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Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by aposhark, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. DavidAlma
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    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    Just to add a point that may not be obvious to everyone. Whilst 4K UHD is great, something which is equally important, if not more so, is HDR. High Dynamic Range. It adds greater range of lights to dark, higher saturated colors and more colors to the picture. It can be thought as such, if 4K adds better resolution by adding MORE pixels, HDR adds quality by adding BETTER pixels. Most 4K UHD TV's will have this, but maybe not all, so best to check before making a purchase. Many Netflix and Amazon Prime videos are HDR.
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  2. JohnAsh
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    She’s gone and done it. It’s bloody massive! So we now have a 4K TV that receives 8mb/s if we are lucky. It’s her money though. She said the TV is bigger than she thought it was. It was quite difficult to wall mount at 20kg.
  3. oss
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    What size John?

    I bought a very large set for the kids at Christmas but I got used to it quick.

    Me I would never wall mount, just don't want to look up at TV, just a personal view, of course it can still be mounted low.
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  4. JohnAsh
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    It’s 65”. 20kg. She said she was thinking of 75” but that would not have been sensible at all and she realises that now.

    Our last TV was wall mounted but it was 43” and a lot lighter. At first Mrs Ash complained it was too high and was causing her to have too adjust her kneck to look up constantly. So I moved it lower. This time we have the thing on a tiltable hanger which points at a shallow angle to us across the room about 12 or 13 feet away.
  5. oss
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    That is large the one I got the kids was 50" and that was big enough.
  6. JohnAsh
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    50” would have been fine for me.
  7. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    i cant see the point of mounting a large screen on a wall--if i am sitting down--in a loung--then i want the screen at a comfortable eye level.

    i bought a 49 " techwood early this year--so far--so good. its my first smart tv--so no need for a decoder box. i seem to watch a lot less tv now. most of the extra channels are repeats of old rubbish, and films seem to be repeated on other channels on different days and times.
  8. Mattecube
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    Wall mounting or not??? A lot will depend on the room it is in , shape and size of room.
    Just make sure you have enough room to get round the back to change the valves!
  9. oss
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    I loved watching the valves glow when I was a kid :)
  10. JohnAsh
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    With this monstrosity there is no room at all to get around the back for anything. It has to come down off the wall first and that includes to add or remove a memory stick. This is an oversight of Samsung’s and by me for not checking. Our older TV allows some access from the side but not this one. If I am going to use the memory stick port I will probably have to add an extension lead of some sort. We have a couple of movies on the memory stick and one “The Good Dinosaur” has been a favourite of my daughter’s.
  11. aposhark
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    I was trained up on valves when I was a technician in the MOD. Techs had to have been there a long time before they were let loose on solid state. The MOD was quite old fashioned back then and there was a hierarchial system to conform to.
    Many of my peers went overseas because of this and low salary, which would only improve after years. One day I had a visit by someone who told me to slow down repairing equipment as it wouldn't reflect well on the older technicians. That was the final straw.
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  12. Mattecube
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    I was reminiscing about the days when TVs had valves in that used to heat up and glow when the TV went on!
    However you make a good point about todays latge screen TVs and the space they can take up if not on the wall.
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  13. oss
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    Mike, I had to troubleshoot a civilian time recording computer system in 1993 for the MOD at Faslane, I got to see a lot of the base and they still had round pin 13amp plugs in use, every plug and power fitting you could imagine, tons of archaic equipment that was still being supported and laid out on the benches for maintenance and I'll tell you I bet most of that kit is still running and still being serviced :D

    It was a different era but on my first day working for the South of Scotland Electricity Board I was greeted asked if I liked tea or coffee and told to put my feet up as I was a nationalised layabout now and I was scolded for working too fast too :D I was on 150% of the pay I had been on in the private sector as well :D
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  14. JohnAsh
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    Yes, I knew what you meant about the valves. My ex father in law used to fix old tellies and sometimes it was just the case of replacing a valve.

    And yes, one of the benefits of wall mounting a flat screen tv is that it creates space in the room it is in.

    My last job will be to bury the cable in the wall, behind the stud walling. Just so the cable is no longer visible.
  15. JohnAsh
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    Some of the sockets in my old house in Manchester were still round pin.
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  16. oss
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    You were probably taking a bit of a risk as it likely implies that the wiring was very very old.

    We had round plugs up until about 1973 when my parents flat was rewired, but the MOD had so much really ancient kit with strange connectors and their workbenches were kitted out for for multiple old UK standards as well as foreign power fitting and supply standards.
  17. JohnAsh
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    You are right. We did run a bit of a risk. The wiring was ancient. We kept putting a rewire etc off. Most of the sockets had been replaced but the wiring and box were pretty old, except in the modern extension. When we sold it, it still needed a rewire. We did however get rid of the remaining lead gas and water piping.
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    my old dad was an electrician. he used to put new valves in a radio himself. he gave me the dud valves to play with--model spaceship!
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  19. JohnAsh
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    I had an Art Deco radio that needed a valve replacement. I managed to get hold of a replacement and swapped it out.
  20. oss
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    My pal had a Quad Pre/Power amp combo that used valves, he is a hi-fi nut and spent a lot on really good kit, it was very very good he kept it for a couple of decades indeed he might still have it, there are still people that can make valves for specialist usage.

    Just remembered he brought it down to England to get it repaired a few years ago so he does still have it :)

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