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zico 3:22 Fri Feb 1
Looking to purchase a new Smart TV, advice appreciated especially from deaf viewers!!
It's technically a West Ham thread as I need a new TV to watch us lose!!

Getting no help from the muppets you get in stores so hoping the WHO community may be able to advise especially deaf viewers like me.

Got Sky Q recently and I think to get the benefit I need to upgrade my 10 year old Sony Bravia and am looking to get a Smart TV around the 49 to 55 inch size. Not great financially at the moment so my budget isn't too high so deals are a priority!

The issue I have is this. I currently listen through infa red headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack plugged into the side of the TV and the Mrs listens through speakers,. It seems however that companies are forgetting the deaf amongst us and modern TV's are rarely equipped with this headphone port and if they are when you plug your headphones in it cuts out the speakers. I have trialled some Bluetooth headphones but lip synch issues were awful.

So in a nutshell I am wondering if possible if anyone may be able to advise a make and model that is still deaf and non deaf friendly with a 3.5 mm headphone jack that allows me to hear through infa red headphones but also will allow my wife to hear through the speakers?

Many thanks......

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Far Cough 2:37 Sat Mar 2
Re: Looking to purchase a new Smart TV, advice appreciated especially from deaf viewers!!
Remember when some TVs had a meter to top up with?

arsene york-hunt 2:17 Sat Mar 2
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You could hire one from Radio Rentals

MaryMillingtonsGhost 1:36 Sat Mar 2
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Had the same picture problems with my 65”Samsung and Blu-Ray discs.
Managed to find a website where suggested settings were given (colour, contrast and all the other picture-processing shite) and the new settings worked a charm.
Unfortunately your TV wasn’t on the site I used but it might pay you to have a butchers at this:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N1BInFAksmM
Also, as Mallard suggests, don’t waste money on a new HDMI lead. If you’re subscribed to the UHD flavour of Sky Q they ALWAYS suggest using the cable provided (pink connector goes in the Sky box iirc).

zico 1:28 Sat Mar 2
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mallard 1:16 Sat Mar 2

Thanks Mallard, just been Googling it actually and it seems HDMI' leads either work or don't so no more expense needed!

mallard 1:16 Sat Mar 2
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The HDMI leads suppplied with Sky Q are more than adequate, no need to purchase expensive gold plated leads.

zico 12:56 Sat Mar 2
Re: Looking to purchase a new Smart TV, advice appreciated especially from deaf viewers!!
Just bumped this to say cheers for all the advice I have had success.

Went to Richer Sounds and they were absolutely brilliant. Went through the specs I required and the TV that did the job and was also in my price range that I ended up with was a Panasonic tx49fx700b.

Sound plays through a headphone jack and also through the speakers and the sound via speakers is remarkably good to be fair because I know many current TV's don't concentrate on speaker quality. It also had adjustable feet so even at 49" is sits neatly on my current stand cabinet and it was £550 so very pleased.

Only thing is I will need to purchase new headphones as mine are crap. Ones in the shop we tested it all on the volume was only at 35 and that was great. Got home and had to turn the headphone volume up to max on both the TV and my headphones so they are crap headphones.

Also not sure if it might be worth purchasing a couple of new HDMI leads as not sure if Sky just give you a very basic one with SKY Q?

Also will play about with the picture. Watched a new DVD and it looked very odd, almost fake but it seems that is down to Intelligent Frame Creation which Tom Cruise was moaning about recently. Watched The Fugiti9ve last night and turned IFC off and it was a lot better. Personal choice I guess!!

Also need to get the best settings for football but very pleased with the purchase so once again thanks for all the advice and usual WHO piss taking!!!!!

arsegrapes 2:04 Sat Feb 2
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so when the mrs isn't there or she has gone to bed I just turn the TV down and can still hear through the headphones.

Sensible, don't forget to clear your cache :-)

BRANDED 12:59 Sat Feb 2
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Philips 50PUS6753/12 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR Plus, Freeview Play and Ambilight 3-sided - Dark Silver (2018 Model

400 Quid on amazon

BRANDED 12:56 Sat Feb 2
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Philips panels are best. Ambilight is cool. The smart bit is ok.

eusebiovic 12:27 Sat Feb 2
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I bought a Samsung despite the fact that I had a long term obsession with Panasonic since forever...for some strange reason they ave fallen from the high standard they once had...

Picture and sound wise they used to be mustard but now they fall behind in every review and test that I've read...

Richer Sounds are helpful and don't try and rip you off with bad advise..better than the retail park behemoths

lab 8:10 Fri Feb 1
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Pardon?

Lertie Button 7:58 Fri Feb 1
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I swear by pye - it's very smart, can't see live football so saves you a lot of grief

Bungo 6:42 Fri Feb 1
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zico 6:25 Fri Feb 1

Will have a look later.

This is the type of cable that I use.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/UNBREAKcable-Optical-Cable-Gold-Plated-PlayStation-Black/dp/B07D6MW8FF/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1549040192&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=toslink+cable&psc=1

Using this connection does not cut out the TV speakers.

zico 6:31 Fri Feb 1
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Thanks fellas. They sound the ticket, as you say so much better than these big places. Interestingly I noticed that even the LG's on Richer Sounds have good warranties but at PC World you only get the one year, on the models I have seen anyway.

JLAP 6:28 Fri Feb 1
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Sniper 5:52 Fri Feb 1

What Sniper said re Richer Sounds, far superior tech advice than your average curry’s, pc world etc.

Mr Anon 6:27 Fri Feb 1
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zico 6:08 Fri Feb 1
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I got my TV from there, it's in London Road. They are very helpful but means you might have a little wait to see someone, its a small place

As I said, very helpful, delivered it for free on the same day because he noticed my address and it was on his way home.

zico 6:25 Fri Feb 1
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Bungo 6:17 Fri Feb 1

No rush mate but that would be great if you could at some stage. Is the digital output the red and white cables? I believe they are getting rarer as well. Someone said I could run something from the optical out port (a little square port on the back) but again I was told this would cut out the speakers.

Your set up does what mine does but in a different way,. My headphones (or the infa red box is) are always plugged in to the jack at the side of the TV so when the mrs isn't there or she has gone to bed I just turn the TV down and can still hear through the headphones but when she is there she just has the sound on and I again listen through the headphones.

ray winstone 6:17 Fri Feb 1
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I find Samsung TV's colour too 'false', Sony always seem to have a 'truer' picture but then my minces are a bit skew whiff.

Bungo 6:17 Fri Feb 1
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zico 6:10 Fri Feb 1

Hi zico,

I'm no expert, but I have this setup working in a bedroom, so you can turn the TV speakers down on the remote, and then put headphones on with the sound controlled from the little headphone amp. Benefit being you don't have to keep plugging and unplugging the headphone jack on the TV.

I experimented and got this to work for me. I can go and look for the details of the particular bits of kit I used if that would help?

zico 6:11 Fri Feb 1
Re: Looking to purchase a new Smart TV, advice appreciated especially from deaf viewers!!
Iron Duke 5:04 Fri Feb 1

How did you guess!!! Being Mutton does have it's benefits with the Mrs!!

zico 6:10 Fri Feb 1
Re: Looking to purchase a new Smart TV, advice appreciated especially from deaf viewers!!
Bungo 5:28 Fri Feb 1

Thanks Bungo I'd looked into that but some reviewers were saying it did work and some said it didn't, some said it cut off the speakers so I didn't know who to believe.

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