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View Poll Results: Which Chinese / Non-TV TV brand are you most likely to vote for with your wallet
HiSense 2 0.88%
Kodak 4 1.75%
Motorola 0 0%
OnePlus 39 17.11%
Realme 4 1.75%
TCL 28 12.28%
Toshiba 25 10.96%
Vu 54 23.68%
Xiaomi 51 22.37%
Others (Please specify) 21 9.21%
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Old 29th October 2020, 12:24   #76
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Hi,

1) I got an Onida Panaroma (43 inch ) LED in 2016 November for 21,000. Its going strong till now.

2) I got another Sanyo (Parent is Panasonic ) Smart TV with IPS Panel for 24,000 (50 inches. Awesome clarity and dedicated buttons for Netflix and Youtube. Attached my Airtel xtream STB + LG Home Theatre with it. Its a bang for the buck.

LED TVs actually lack good sound so external sound sourcing is required for enthusiasts.

3) Will buy a UHD TV (55 inch) this Diwali as an upgrade to previous 43 inches. I will prefer a non smart TV and will attach a UHD Amazon Fire Stick to it......
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I think Nokia Tv's with Onkyo Soundbar and Blaupunkt Sound series with in built sound bars look very good. The reviews, for Nokia are good. And both are manufactured in India.
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I belong to consumer electronics industry and have worked on TVs and devices that work with TVs. I suggest to consider the following tips while making a purchase -

1. Whatever you buy more than 80% components are from China or Taiwan. Electronics component industry belong to this region in the world. So, it does not matter whether a TV is made in India, China, Thailand, Vietnam etc. If you want to ensure that India gets most benefit from your product purchase try to understand who is making most money in the value chain till customer. The answer is not always obvious.

2. There is not much difference in design of TVs from all the brands. The electronic circuit designs are pretty standard. The cheaper brand TVs use less protections at inputs so there are more chances their motherboards/LCDs/LEDs panels can malfunction due to surges in electricity supply and other environmental factors (humidity, Sulphur deposits etc.). Cheaper brand TVs have higher annual failure rate but companies do not disclose that. Annual failure rate of product for good brands could be 1% or less while that of cheaper brands could be 1% - 4%. This is the risk to consumer selecting a cheaper brand.

3. Some of the better brands such as Sony source parts with better lifetime and failure rate. Most Japanese brands wants to ensure that components do not fail before 10-12 years. The cheaper brands only ensure that components have lifetime of 3 years.

Components exceeding the lifetime is a normal expectation from Japanese engineers and as my customers they have asked me to analyze why a component failed after 8 years when the lifetime is 9 years. I have never heard this from an Indian or a Chinese customer.

4. Out of warranty service is a cost to company (maintain part list, service centers etc.) and in today's competitive scenario no brand is willing to invest in it for long term. After 2-3 years a TV becomes a use and throw product.

5. There are very few LCD/LED panel manufacturers in the world (less than 5 I guess). Many Xiaomi TVs have Samsung panel but they are on older technology (such as edge lit LCDs) and that leads to lower picture quality on cheaper brand TVs.

6. Try not to be an early adopter of latest cheaper brand TV. It is always better to read reviews of their reliability before purchase.
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All iPhone 12s come with standard 60Hz Panel.
Only Ipad Pro offers higher refresh rates for now.
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All budget LED TVs have refresh rate in the range of 50-60 Hz, whereas the bigger boys with better displays have 90-100 Hz. The latest iPhone as a 120 Hz display!
I stand corrected.

However, further research shows that Galaxy S20 and the OnePlus 8 Pro have displays with 120 Hz refresh rates. So the point I was trying to make stands - that flagship mobile screens have upgraded to 120 Hz whereas the budget TV's are stuck at 60 Hz.
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Looking for a good inexpensive LED TV whose width doesn't exceed 32" (so as to fit in the space available).

I have narrowed down bween:
- Kevin KN32S (Made in India: Rs 11.5K on amazon)
- Mi L32M5-AL (Made in China: Rs 13.5K on amazon)

Which of these two would you recommend?

Both are 20 Watt audio o/p, similar resolution and features. The Mi unit has one extra HDMI port but I don't care about that.
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I am unable to locate any inventory of VU 55 inch 4k TVs online. Even their website is showing every SKU as out of stock and support as offline. Has the company shut shop?
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Government had imposed some restrictions on the import of TVs.

https://www.techradar.com/in/news/in...-thats-not-all

VU basically sells HiSense TVs, a Chinese TV brand that happens to be the World's third largest TV seller after Samsung and TCL. This is the reason why their flagship TVs are out of stock.
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Will do first thing. Thanks for the feedback

I just hope this TV has better / comparable picture quality to my 5 year old LG 4k TV. I use Apple TV for apps and an 18 year old Bose 321 for sound so smart features or sound quality is not as important.

This deal was available for the first few hours on day1 of the sale. Couldnít resist buying it even though I didnít have any complaints / issues with my current LG tv or a need for 2nd TV
What would be your review of the TV? It's for 44K on Flipkart now but still much cheaper than the other brands.
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What would be your review of the TV? It's for 44K on Flipkart now but still much cheaper than the other brands.
So the first impressions were not as great! Coming from the LG, it seemed like a big downgrade in terms of colours and image quality in general. However over time I figured that it's the AI engine that makes the images look unnatural (high contrast, red colour was out of calibration). Eventually after playing with so called "expert settings", i figured a sweetish spot where I am comfortable with attributes like colours, brightness and sharpness. Sound quality is acceptable but not pleasing. Apps are ok, they perform the intended function but a firestick/ apple TV pairing can open a world of possibilities

So not the best experience available, but at that 36-37K price point it is an acceptable experience. I have been able to emulate 90% of iPhone/ iPad like colour and contrast after a week of tweaks. I wouldn't know how this TV stacks up against a Thomson or Kodak, both these TVs retail around 26-27K price point for a 55". If it's comparable then why spend the extra 10-15k

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So the first impressions were not as great! Coming from the LG, it seemed like a big downgrade in terms of colours and image quality in general. However over time I figured that it's the AI engine that makes the images look unnatural (high contrast, red colour was out of calibration).
Apps are ok, they perform the intended function but a firestick/ apple TV pairing can open a world of possibilities
Quick update - connected my Apple TV to the Phillips TV yesterday and the difference in picture quality is insanely significant. Dolby vision and HDR+ switch on by default. Loving the details and quality. Colours look far more natural with this setup
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Our Samsung 40" lost it voice, then a line + part dark shade. We replaced it with Flipkart MarQ 43 FHD for ₹16.2 k. I plan to buy 3+ extended warranty from gowarranty.com (can till nine months from invoice date). I love Sharp but Hisense owns it. Chinese companies now own all major Japanese TV brands. So I chose Flipkart.


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https://www.gowarranty.in/
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Our LG 49" TV panel just got damaged and it is no longer in a usable state. Hence ordered Amazonbasics 50" 4K TV for Rs 29999 (https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B08...?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Have been using it for last 4 days. Delivery was fast and installation was on time. The pack came with a wall mount bracket. The TV bootup is fast and overall experience with FireOS is better compared to LG WebOS. Display quality is fine, not as great as that of LG. Overall a value for money product I feel. I bough it trusting Amazonbasics brand as it was a new product and there is not much reviews available.
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Our LG 49" TV panel just got damaged and it is no longer in a usable state. Hence ordered Amazonbasics 50" 4K TV for Rs 29999 (https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B08...?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Have been using it for last 4 days. Delivery was fast and installation was on time. The pack came with a wall mount bracket. The TV bootup is fast and overall experience with FireOS is better compared to LG WebOS. Display quality is fine, not as great as that of LG. Overall a value for money product I feel. I bough it trusting Amazonbasics brand as it was a new product and there is not much reviews available.
Hi, I have been waiting for someone to post a detailed review on this TV since the prices are really good. Grateful if you can post a detailed review. In the mean while can you advise:
1. Whether the TV has HDMI - eARC port or not? Also how is the sound quality?
2. Does the TV acts as a set top box for DTH services?
3. How bright is the panel and how good is HDR compliance?
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