HELP with new TV choices

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scotty13

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Hi all,

Shortly we are moving into our new home (thanks fed gov for the Home Builder Grant and state gov for FHOG) and we have a home theater room which means we need a new screen.
Initially I was all gun-ho for a smart projector, however seeing the prices meant either get a smart projector or get a new home.

My wife (thanks darling) has set me a limit around around $700 for a new screen, although she is constantly trying to find something on marketplace for me to buy :mad:

I am looking at something around the 55-65inch, and I know $700 wont buy me a Samsung or Panasonic or anything like that, however I have come up with a couple of options and basically wondering if anyone has these TV's and how they rate them for: a) gaming - old school hook up with N64 and Snes. b) Movies filmed and streamed in HD c) Kayo sports - I don't want a TV where live sport is barely watchable.
My criteria is basically Smart TV with Google Play store access so I can download everything I need, and watchable across the 3 main reasons I will use it (with sport being number 1)

My TV options are:
1. Kogan 65inch smart TV $699 when on sale which seems to be quite often.
2. Phillips 58inch TV $695 not sure if android tv base though
3. Ffalcon 65inch Smart TV $699 Linux based so don't know if all apps can be downloaded, although I would assume yes as it is Linux.
4. Bauhn 58inch Smart TV $569 Aldi brand TV, not sure on quality

Any thoughts, suggestion or other options are greatly appreciated.
 

Kram

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Ron The Bear

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You’re probably not going to get much new for that money. The 2021 models will be out soon (now ?) and compulsive updaters will be shifting good sets on the second-hand market. Panasonic was a quality TV manufacturer but recently pulled out of Australia; a recent model of theirs would be a good option if you can find one.

I make this recommendation on the assumption that a dedicated theatre room demands quality over newness.

Of the brands mentioned my preference would be Philips (based on experience with decent budget PC monitors).
 

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was just browsing thru jbhifi and noticably, there's more and more 50Hz TVs now...instead they spruik Clear Motion Rate (100 or 200 even) yes I have read up to find out what it means... but has anyone got one of these new fandangled thing ? and do you trust your own eyes ? I'm still in the camp of 100Hz refresh rate or GTFO...

Would rather keep my 3 yo 100Hz 4K Hisense than get a new 50hz one.
 

kickazz

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was just browsing thru jbhifi and noticably, there's more and more 50Hz TVs now...instead they spruik Clear Motion Rate (100 or 200 even) yes I have read up to find out what it means... but has anyone got one of these new fandangled thing ? and do you trust your own eyes ? I'm still in the camp of 100Hz refresh rate or GTFO...

Would rather keep my 3 yo 100Hz 4K Hisense than get a new 50hz one.

Yep if you are going to watch sport or anything with objects that move a lot you want 100Hz.
 
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Imo, those cheap and nasty large hdtvs should be avoided at all costs.
Also be aware that the ĺarger the TV, the more obvious any defects are.

I also don't recommend anything bigger than 55in if you're going to be watching SDTV broadcasts and DVD.

Another thing to be mindful of is that the manufacturers do some annoying things, for example in their higher end TV they might decide to use a different panel from the rest of their range, and even worse, you have this absurd scenario where US and Australian model differ.

The difference could be panel, or connectivity options or both.

Use the internet before buying.
 

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