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  1. I saw some analysis saying they have dropped in cost by around 55% over the past 3 years - and will halve again by 2021. But if you always applied this logic, no one would ever buy a new TV....
  2. I'm not a big believer in the possible burn-in issue with OLEDs but with a demo model that's something I would definitely check. A solid single colour - red apparently shows it off best - so the opening graphics of a Marvel movie would work.. Outside of that - I don't know your Plasma so I can't really compare (I was coming from a 10 year old LCD) but I am loving my OLED picture quality even with just 720p - its upscaler must be pretty good. Its is a bright room but reflections are not an issue. If you stream netflix or similar and have decent bandwidth then 4K is accessible now - and growing.
  3. Thanks Joe. I was afraid of the non-powered option so I have gone with 2TB powered. I don't watch a huge amount of FTA TV - mainly sport, so I am pretty sure that will be sufficient. The manual suggested to stay at 2TB or under - not sure why.
  4. Thanks - I think I will go HDD and will look at the power requirement. I have plenty of outlets under the TV so I can get a powered HDD to make sure. Not too worried about 2 tuners. I have Foxtel but because its via satellite it only provides SD FTA TV - but I can always record the second item on there if I need to. For a $5k TV you think it would be dirt cheap to simply add a 1 or 2 TB HDD on the unit itself, not sure why they don't.
  5. (I think this is the logical place for this question as it relates to the recording functionality of the TV rather than an independent DVR or streaming type device.) As a new owner of a "Smart TV", specifically an LG C8 - I understand that to record free-to-air TV I will need a USB storage device. So I am looking for any recommendations on devices that work well for this purpose, in particular: I presume it should be a USB HDD rather than Flash drive as the capacity for HD recording will be pretty limited on a flash drive Any recommended sizes and minimum speed requirements you would suggest? Any specific brands or models you would recommend? I understand these files can only be read on the TV they are recorded on - so portability isn't that big an issue?
  6. If anyone is interested - I ended up getting the LG C8 (not a huge upgrade over the C7 but I couldn't help myself - my wife only lets me do these things once in a blue moon...) Absolutely happy with the picture quality. SD content looks average but can pretty much avoid that now. Any decent picture looks fantastic - the 4K content on Netflix looks totally amazing (see Planet Earth II) but was really happy with plain old DVD content and normal resolution streaming - its upscaled really well. And sport looks great too, including high speed motion like Wimbledon tennis balls.... Interface is good, remote with voice control works surprisingly well. So overall really happy.
  7. Item: Sim2 Cx3 Lite 3-chip Projector Location: Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Price: FREE Item Condition: Not working Reason for selling: Replacing after a long useful life Payment Method: N/a Extra Info: Hi, After a long useful life I am replacing my old Sim2 Cx3 3-chip DLP projector. The fan was playing up for a long while and ultimately ceased to function. I did look around to see if there was anyone around to repair it but Sim2 have moved their distributor so many times no-one really wants to touch these old projectors. One guy, who was the Sim2 service guy at one point, had a look at it. He seemed to think it could be more than just the fan but he didn't want to try fix it - and apparently parts are a pain to get out of Sim2 in Italy. So that's full disclosure. If I don't get any takers, I am taking it down the road to the electronic recyclers, but I thought I would at least post it on here in case anyone wants it for parts or to have a go fixing it. If you are not in Melbourne, I am happy to ship it, but I am not paying for shipping as its not going to cost me anything to recycle. Pictures: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/projectors/sim2-c3x-lite-123982/review
  8. I was concerned to understand this a bit better so I have done my research. The testing they put these through to get any impact is pretty unrealistic in the real world. Permanent burn in takes weeks to show in - see RTINGS test - 20 hours a day - it took about 4 weeks before faint burn-in on started to appear. So only an issue in the real world if you are buying a used display set - you want to check particularly red (say the Marvel title screen would be a good test). Or if you leave the screen on a text page while you go away on holiday for a month! see RTINGS test here Temporary burn is what it says - temporary - goes away in minutes. And again only a real world issue if you play one video game for hours at a time OR use a particular news or other channel that keeps a bright logo on the screen all the time. A few minutes of playing normal moving images and it goes away. Or they have a pixel refresh feature in the menu.
  9. Fair point - will get a chance to find out today. If I don't get the right person, I will just come back another day or go somewhere else to look.
  10. LOL, You're supposed to be making my decision easier, not harder! Seriously, the discussion is helping greatly - I am leaning to the 65 for budget / happy wife reasons - but I might mark up the 65 and 75 on the wall with tape or something just to get a sense of size in the context of the room.
  11. Hmmm... Will be a big jump for my wife - she is not a TV watcher at all - and we do almost all movie watching in another room on projector as you do. TV in family room is mostly me watching sport - kids watching a bit of Netflix - and overflow if the projector is being used by someone else. But it is quite a large room and the TV and couches on opposite sides - so probably about 5m distance between.
  12. TVs in the stores are generally set-up with optimal content to show off the panels. Is it possible to take your own content to test the screens - are they even set up to do that? What's your experience? (Last time I bought a TV I used LOTR - dark scenes within the mines of moria, switching to the lush elvish forests)
  13. I think the 75 inch will freak the wife out - 65 is about as far as I can go (upgrading from 46 inch Sony Bravia). Leaning towards the C7, but noticed that the 55 inch C7 seems to have already disappeared from the stores, 65 inch may be gone soon too. So no advocates for the C8?
  14. I must have misread the Sony pricing - its $5700 (now fixed above). People felt this had the edge on the C7 (but at a premium) - question then is - does it have an edge on the C8?
  15. Reading the past month or so's worth of posts on the forum it seems like the majority believe the LG OLED C7 is the best TV out there. Some debate that the Sony A1 is better but generally if around the same price point (which it isn't). Now LG have released the C8, which is the best mass market 65 inch TV, when you factor in the price? (these are retail prices advertised online and I am rounding up the few dollars to the actual price.) C7 at $4500 C8 at $5500 A1 at $5700 Most opinions seem to have it as a close call between the Sony and the C7 - so does a $1200 gap to the C7 rule out the Sony? Or is it worth paying an additional $1000 for the latest model C8 over the C7? Seems like the primary change is the beefed up processor - which may improve interpolation and processing of motion blur and lower def pictures. Is that worth the difference?