When did tellies get so cheap?

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When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Otto Sump @ Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:20 am

I was idly window shopping on Amazon recently and looking at 4k TVs (I don't need one or nothing, just looking) and couldn't believe how relatively cheap they've become lately. Not so long ago, a decent sized (43" plus) plasma or LCD/LED would have set you back faaaaasands of paaaaands but now you can get a 49" 4k set for about five hundred quid.

Are they just cheaper to make now? Economies of scale? Or are they a loss-leader?
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by CJ+ @ Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:43 am

I paid £300 for a 42" Panasonic with LED backlight in the spring. OK, it's not a smart telly (but who cares, there's a TiVo and an XBox One sat under it) but what a lovely picture. Sure, the interal speakers are all sorts of shit, but that's what the soundbar is for.
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Otto Sump @ Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:17 pm

The place we stayed at up North had a smallish (I'm guessing 37"), nothing special, built in Freeview, possibly HD.

The picture was amazing. Very cinematographic. We watched "Holby" (it was a romantic break) and any characters in the foreground looked almost superimposed on the background. That had "Ambilight" too.

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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Rod Rammage @ Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:36 pm

CJ+ wrote: Sure, the interal speakers are all sorts of shit, but that's what the soundbar is for.



See Otts, that's how they do it. They deconstruct the buggers. Take the speakers out.

The tellies are cheap but there's no sound.
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Darthdeathdealer @ Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:19 pm

When I was growing up my old man always rented the telly, they were properly pricey to buy. Now due in a large part to Globalisation and mass manufacturing, they cost relative peanuts. This is why every council house in the land is adorned with a telly that's the size of a small country.
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by stuart @ Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:28 am

I have a 4k TV, but it doesn't have HDR.

Is it worth an upgrade just to have HDR?
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by moleamol @ Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:30 am

I doubt it since the majority of things aren't even 4k.
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Otto Sump @ Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:52 pm

moleamol wrote:I doubt it since the majority of things aren't even 4k.


I'd rather have a future-proof TV and let the media catch up.
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Dirk @ Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:00 pm

Otto Sump wrote:
moleamol wrote:I doubt it since the majority of things aren't even 4k.


I'd rather have a future-proof TV and let the media catch up.

Future proof technology.

Yep. Luckily there is nothing left to invent
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by Käsemeister @ Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:01 pm

GingerNinja wrote:Look as this bargain

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-55UH605V-Di ... 0RJ3KM2VC7


Itchy scratchy icky eyeball bleedy LCD telllyyyy.
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Re: When did tellies get so cheap?

Post by moleamol @ Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:15 pm

Otto Sump wrote:
moleamol wrote:I doubt it since the majority of things aren't even 4k.


I'd rather have a future-proof TV and let the media catch up.

Like when everyone got HD TVs?
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