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    I was. My Sony has a number of base presentation settings that can then be altered to suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YNWaN View Post
    I would be careful when making judgements about a TVs picture quality at a retailers. My Sony has a number of viewing modes: if one picks the demonstration mode colours are very heavily saturated and the contrast is extreme - great for cartoons but rather exaggerated for real life.
    Indeed, it's called 'shop mode', or something like that, and the colours look garish and overblown. Everything is pumped up to the max, to make the picture look 'impressive' to people who've got no idea what natural-looking colours are!

    No, there's only one way you'll achieve having natural colours on TVs now, and that's to tune them yourself using the advanced colour settings.

    I spent quite some time optimising the picture on our Sony that way, via watching a You Tube video, broadcast by a professional AV company showing how it was done, and the difference afterwards was frankly incredible!

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    Most tv’s product lines are launched in about March/April of each year. Building up to this time, you’re likely to see price reductions of current models in preparation for the incoming new models.
    From ‘black friday’ in November onwards, with Xmas sales, new year sales etc prices are keen.
    As far as demo mode is concerned, yes ask the dealers to switch it off & watch a bit of regular tv to see what the screen looks like in real life, or have it hooked up to a blu ray player to watch a bit of a film you’re familiar with.

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    What are the cheaper 4K sets like now then? They seem to be getting quite cheap at the bottom end so my thinking is why spend £3000 when a £600 set would probably do a fair job.

    Thre seems to be quite a price range and Im not sure what extra processing and picture quality is offered at the higher prices

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    Looking at 55”screens as an example, an OLED from Panasonic is available now for £2k, LG at £1800, so no need to think about spending as much as £3k. Even the Sony A1 has come down a bit, although not as much as the Pana & LG.
    OLED does look easily better than “just” 4K, though whether the price difference is justifiable or not is a personal judgement.
    However, bearing in mind that hopefully any purchase should see you right for a good few years to come, if the budget can be stretched, for long term peace of mind, OLED would be my choice.
    Black Friday & Xmas sales aren’t that far away & I’d guess prices may drop a bit more shortly. Plus there may be deals with Blu-ray players or discounted soundbars included. Even if you don’t want one, you could eBay it & effectively get another chunk off the purchase price.

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    Well as this page points out OLED has the edge but there seem to be reliability and high cost issues of production. Samsung have a no 1 market share and according to this they are not going OLED. Its probably not clear cut or all the manufacturers would be on the same bandwagon

    http://lcdtvbuyingguide.com/4k-tv-re...led-vs-4k.html

    someone is offering QLED and I hope we are not having another format war and confusion. Anyway I just want a cheap telly

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    I'm happy with the LG I got bin end from Richer Sounds. £600 it is 55 inch and 4K. Not that I have any 4K available. Just normal HD. You can see people's individual skin pores. How good do you need TV to be? I wouldn't consider spending £2K on telly. Well, maybe I would, but only if I had a lot more disposable income.
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    Samsung hasn’t gone OLED because they didn’t want to pay LG a licence fee to use their tech, I guess. Not to say that they’re not currently developing their own OLED tech for future release though, possibly.
    Their QLED from what I understand is just an evolution of their Quantam Dot tech, which prioritises brightness. To my mind, their brightness is way too forced & un-natural. There really isn’t any competition or “format war” QLED vs OLED, the picture quality from Sony/Pana/LG OLED easily betters QLED.

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