First of all the TV needed to be of a good size. For research I viewed many screens from 48" to 60". Our living room is roughly 15 feet by 25 feet, with the TV being against the wall, and the sofa back facing the window. This means, once the TV is set up, and you take your seat, you are approximately 12 feet away from the tv at its most average point, with it being slightly further away or slightly closeras you move along the sofa from left to right.
Moving up from a 39" TV, and based on the distance for viewing, after measuring the area and sitting to decide which size, a nice 50" TV was perfect. Anything bigger was too big, and anything smaller was not worth the upgrade.
For the price, we also thought a 4k screen was worth the upgrade in order to future proof the TV for when 4k transmissions become more popular.
Tests of 4k video have been outstanding, and when more 4k video becomes available, the TV should really come into its own.
This is not a smart TV, though it does play USB memory sticks video, photos and Music. A smart TV just has more things to go wrong with it, and an Android box or attached other device is a much better solution.
The TV has 4 HDMI connections, USB, PC and Scary connections. In this day and age, four HDMI cables really is necessary, with this TV using them for Sky, Android box, Bluray player and Chromecast.
Picture Quality and Sound
The Bush had a nice bright screen, with vivid colours and sharp picture. Although the TV has a number of presets, the user defined option allows you to tweak to your hearts content.
120 Frames Super Smooth seems to be all the rage for TV's, it sounds great in theory but makes all your programs look unrealistic as motion is so smooth! As all the technical sites say, turn it off!
Using Sky as the first example, the HD channels look stunning in 1080i and really do the TV justice. The non-HD channels however don't look anywhere near as good even if they are upscaled. There's only so much you can do with a 570i image!
Bluray look stunning in 1080p. Some of the slow motion scenes in the Resident Evil films really show off the screen quality.
The sound quality is however a let down. The documentation and sticker on the front of the TV claim DTS sound, and although it gets very loud, it is a little too thin with not much bass. Thankfully the TV allows easy connection to a soundbar or stereo and this makes a huge difference.
If you're on a budget, this TV can be picked up for under £500 when it is on offer. It's not got any bells or whistles, so there's less to go wrong with it.
It's strengths are great picture quality with minimum bezzel surrounding the screen and it has plenty of connections.
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