Was browsing the JB website, and came across this.
I saw this for $799 a few weeks back seemed pretty good picture wise etc.
$600 for a 42" Full HD LCD is an incredible price!
Damn that's cheap!
I'd like to know the specs on this, there's nothing on JB website, not even a model number.
Hi lovedeals, this sounds cheap but Soniq have a poor reputation.
I'd hang on for the inevitable good deal on a better brand, preferably Full HD, with a free 2 to 3 year warranty.
Check out the Whirlpool & other TV forums for comments & opinions about Soniq, or google Soniq reviews.
If you see a Viewsonic, etc on special, check them out.
how much "full HD" content do you watch?
Although it costs a little more, Full HD is usually a better choice if at any time you need to use the screen as a PC monitor or for some forms of gaming, or simply sitting close-up.
I thought this is a full HD? Thanks for the heads up on this soniq brand.
Ultimately I'm looking for a 32inch but I can do a 42inch if it's cheap as this. It's for a bedroom and won't be watched very often, not as often as my pioneer 50inch that sits in the lounge room :)
It is a Full HD, but I was simply confirming the idea of considering a Full HD TV (instead of a standard HD) for their flexibility.
Check out Mikinoz's comments below re pixel policy & warranty.
Whatever you get, see if it includes a no-dead pixel policy, and a free 2 or 3 year onsite pick-up & like-for-like replacement warranty. This will give you some peace of mind with the cheapies.
At the moment, expect to pay on special, about $400 for a 32" standard HD TV, and about $500 for a 32" Full HD TV with an above-mentioned warranty (and maybe even free delivery!?).
I think prices will keep falling between now and at least the New Year as the AUD stays strong against the US$; and panel prices continue to fall because of more factories & improved manufacturing techniques meaning less wastage. Also imminent market saturation of some sizes and types will put downward pressure on pricing.
Falling panel prices, more insights:
" improved manufacturing techniques meaning less wastage"
funny you should say this, as you did mention looking for "no-dead-pixel policy"
since panels typically fail QA due to one or two dead pixels, i'd say the unreasonable demand for pixel-perfection is probably the biggest wastage in this industry.
can anyone seriously see one bright pixel in 2million during normal use?
if it was me, i'd happily keep a TV with a couple of hotspots (e.g. red or green subpixel).
if everybody did so, i could swear our LCD tvs would be 10-20% cheaper all round.
"…can anyone seriously see one bright pixel in 2million during normal use?"
I probably can't. Or I've been really lucky, as I don't think I've ever noticed one in all the panels we have ever had at home or work over the last decade. So I guess if you don't notice it, you wont complain, as opposed to having one or more annoying bright red dots in the centre of a larger hence more noticeable panel.
Probably a more valid wording would have been: "dead-pixel policy" instead of "no-dead-pixel policy".
Previously there was a much bigger problem due to a relatively high percentage of panels with significant failings - and not just the odd dud pixel or so.
Over the last 10 years the majority of these manufacturing shortcomings have been ironed out resulting in a vastly improved yield and so lower costs. I do expect existing technology monitor & TV prices to steadily fall until at least the new year & maybe even continue to fall as newer wham-bam panel & screen technologies are introduced.
Well, some people don't want to wait too long for a more well known branded tv for the same size with 100hz and same price as it might never happen.
That's true…but on the other hand…
lol, they will eventually. Look at bulky CRT TV's, back in the 90s/early 2000s they were worth alot of money, now none wants them and are practically giving them away for nothing.
Soniq L42S10A 42" Full HD LCD TV
The model number is listed when you click BUY
Yep thanks, I can't get any specs/reviews on that model.
The specs are all there.
106cm / 42 Inch LCD Screen
Thanks but I'm looking for more info then that
see below the manual. 2 hdmi inputs, 1 usb input, coaxial audio, no optical audio
thought it was a plasma? man thats cheap for lcd!
terrible brand and soniq used to have one of the worst pixel policies ie gets sent back for repair with no replacement
I think the screen is not repairable, they just send back and change a screen. I feel that's good enough.
while you wait weeks without a tv, pffft after buying a big screen this is not something you want to do :)
what was the problem?
Hmmm, my experience was quite different. My dad had a 42" Soniq HD tv for years, handed down to me and I used it for a year and a half, then I passed it on to my in laws where it finally bit the dust (due to a power surge or sumn).
Quality wise, I had no probs, can't comment on their pixel policy tho cos we never needed to worry about it.
wow, that's cheap, i bought a new TV on the weekend and was considering this. glad I ended up not buying, would seriously regret spending an extra $200 :p
Cheep cheep. I'd be all over this if I was in the market for a TV. I've seen the Soniq's in JB and they usually look pretty good picture wise - for the price.
These are rebadged Samsung Panels as far as I know….
Check out with the stores.
My brother has a Soniq Plasma screen and its good for what he paid for it.
ITs a rebadged LG his one.
Even a 32' samsung cost lot more than that.
Is there any Cons in using it as a PC monitor? Coz I hate my 22inch and thinking of replacing a new 24inch. But if a 42inch Full HD LCD can be had for this place, is there any issue in using this as a PC monitor?
via VGA -> no
via HDMI -> yes as it will most likely suffer from overscanning (an issue that plagues most LCD tvs).
You mean if I am using it as a PC monitor, I need to plug it with via VGA??? And it will be no issues in reading emails or using google and playing PC game?
Now I am very tempted. Hehe.
Hi Mate, i think it will be good for a monitor, iv got a dell 24" and tried my browers cheap celist 32" tv and it was fine, had to run it at 720P res native, i wanted a full HD one and this looks like it might do the trick!
If you use a VGA cable, it will be just like any other PC monitor as you'll be able to run it at its native resolution. I can't say what the quality of the panel will be like though.
overscanning can be usually solved quite easily using the driver software on windows…
anyone knows the warranty terms of this one? any extended warranty available?
I'd say standard 12 month warranty
Ya, would be good to buy a 4 years extended warranty for $129 extra so makes 5 yrs worry free.
Best bet with these is to compare them with a samsung/sony in store. Last time I was checking out one of these "bargain" brands, actually comparing them in store turned me right off.
cheap and ugly crap personally i would pay 350 tops for it
i suspect despite being cheap an tacky and ugly <insert bad word here> its still better then $5,000 TV's bought a few years ago by people!
What did you have to say that for… :-) I was one of those…!!! DOH!!
Gawd, how long ago were HD set top boxes selling for $500?
I agree with a lot here that this is not a top quality set but for the money could you go far wrong?
soniq is absolute crap,folks recently got one and is the biggest piece of junk,wouldnt take it for 100bux,nor deal with jb also, as most of their sales preson seem to have a bad attitude
Agreed, with the sales person thing, most of them always have bad attitude,
Ive had a Soniq Plasma for a Very long time and its a great TV it has a Samsung sticker on the back of it tho lol, mine is an older model that is analog only but is better quality than the newer ones like this, I think they are great TVs some people here are Badge snobs.
This is a good buy.
Cheap, but no good review.
in my opinion, look for the brand hisense. they are also stocked in jb and are fantastic for the price.
also, for those who weren't sure, soniq are rebadgers.
We got a Hisense 26" for a bedroom tele and I would buy another one.
Hmmm, flicked through the manual… looks like the TV has a USB input that supports rmvb and mkv file formats… not bad!
good luck getting that to work reliably.
Want to play mkv? You are really going to need a HTPC (preferably with xbmc) everything else is just annoying.
Very tempting for the price.
I bought one of these for my partner a few years ago as a Christmas present. It had an inbuilt DVD player and iPod dock. The DVD player broke one week out of the box. When I brought it back to JB, the guy said I was the 3rd person to return the same TV that DAY.
I was in JB tonight and randomly walked past it and had to look twice. They had a spiderman blu ray playing on it and I have to say I was impressed for the pirce. Yes is Soniq but the PQ blew me away on Bluray. Not sure what its like on DTV channels. Also you can play media of a USB device. I think its great! Very very tempted.
tempted too! might go into JB to have a look tomorrow.
Yeah I looked at it at JB today and it was connected to a Bluray player playing some nature programs at 1080P and was very clear.
Ooooh man, that is hot.42" LED with 100 hz refresh rate.
Whatever the brand is, take an additional 5 years warranty, and still it is pretty cheap. Could not believe at first site.
How much would the extended warranty(4 yrs) cost?
thanks, it's well worth it.
Read this article before you judge Soniq too harshly : http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/166672,who-is-soniq-looki...
A friend of mine bought this TV just last evening immediately after I told him of this offer.
It worked out great for him, the TV is excellent. Plus it reads his portable hard drive!
Bought it with total 5 yrs warranty, couldn't be happier! Pic quality is not bad at all. He isnt a videophile anyway :)
Clive Anthony also has this set for $599.
Maybe they are affiliated with JB HiFi. Same garish type advertisements.
Yeah they are affiliated.
"In July 2004, JB bought the Queensland Clive Anthony chain of stores which sell consumer electronics, white goods, cooking appliances and air-conditioning."
Well thanks very much for finally putting me in the loop.
Why am I always the effing last to know?
Thanks OP - Bought one today and it's a okay TV as a secondary TV.
Just bought one from chatswood, now watching videos from my usb HDD, It is same as LG 42". Nice!
Bought one from chadstone with 4 yrs extended warranty. very good value!
Bought this for the grand final. Quality is much better than I expected and the USB playback works quite well too. Also 100hz! Very impressed, thanks for the link.
I got one of these for $599. I am disappointed due to motion blurring. ie. fast motion or fast panning of the camera make the picture go blurred around the moving object on screen. It was 599, so you get what you pay for. FOr some people it might be fine, but i really notice these things. It mainly happens for HD tv and blu ray, but standard DVD seems ok.
did u try changing the picture to mild mode? it might help.
Bought one of these. Very disappointed with picture quality compared to my Panasonic plasma.
Agree with Mochajazz, motion blur is really really bad
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