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Soniq 55" 4K UHD Smart LED LCD TV $599 (Save $200) JB Hi-Fi

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Soniq S55UV16A-AU 55" 4K UHD Smart LED LCD TV $599 (Save $200)

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  • -1 vote

    How would this go as a pc monitor?

    Edit: Upon further research, looks like input lag is the main problem with cheap 4k tvs…

  • +4 votes

    Rubbish televisions. Don't buy - personal experience

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      May I ask rubbish compared to what?

    • +2 votes

      how many soniq TVs and which models did you have problems with?

      • +6 votes

        It's well known that Soniq TVs are poorly made. I haven't owned any but I've sold hundreds and had many of them returned. Every Soniq TV I've seen has had poor picture, high input lag and shocking build quality. It doesn't matter if the panel is Samsung when the rest of the TV is crap. Even other budget brands like TCL and Hisense will wipe the floor with this. Yes you can improve the picture by tweaking stuff in the service menu, but why bother? It'll probably be fine for a kids room or workshop but if you value picture quality at all or want a TV for gaming/PC, look elsewhere.

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          so how many were returned within the 12 months? rather than later?

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          That's not really something I kept track of. All I know is I would not recommend them to anyone as a daily driver unless they have very low expectations.

        • +2 votes

          @Ryballs:

          well were the replaced under warranty or not is what im trying to figure outs….

          of course for $500 your not gona get much but my 42" 1080p $299 lcd is still goingstrong 4 years later.

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          The fact that so many people demand UHD above all is evidence they have no idea of picture quality.

        • +1 vote

          @yoyomablue: Yeah especially since its generally better to get FHD with budget TVs like this due to their poor upscaling making anything but UHD look worse. Unfortunately many people think a higher number on a spec sheet must mean it's better, when that's often not the case..

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          @Ryballs: "higher numbers on spec sheet" - a common catch cry of Android phone users…!

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          I have had a 400$ Soniq TV for 5 years. No problems except the remote broke. The backlight is actually more even than my friend's 1200$ Samsung.

      • +1 vote

        32", 40", 55"

        I didn't learn my lesson from the first two

    • +3 votes

      Disagree completely.

      The only downsides to Soniq are:
      * Casing doesn't look as good as high-end competitors
      * Remote control not great
      * Operating System not too slick

      Sound is not great but that is an issue on all TVs, solved by external speakers.

      Other than that they are solid TVs. Samsung panels too I believe?

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        I have a top of the range Panasonic plasma from a few years ago and sound is great. Having said that, I don't expect people to pay the asking price for those TV's, when speakers are relatively cheap

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        The picture quality is the worst of any generic Chinese brand I have ever come across

    • +4 votes

      With this TV, u would need to buy

      • Chromecast $60
      • Universal remote $60
      • Sound bar/speakers $100

      In my opinion, it is better to go with the Samsung 55 UHD for $950

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      I use hisense and love them - no issues and 3 yr in home warranty. Not a fan of soniq but its ridiculous at this price just connect it to a soundbar and bobs your uncle

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    3 year warranty is decent.

  • +2 votes

    pretty decent specs for the price.

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    sonique tv's are relaible from personnel experience

  • +2 votes

    Still waiting on a cheap 65inch

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    Register interest as a replacement to my 51" FullHD plasma; How are these for latency, as far as gaming goes?

  • +1 vote

    Is much available to watch in 4K yet? Most TV channels are still transitioning to simple HD.

    If you don't have the new 4K PS4/Xbone, or watch 4K youtube videos - what is the benefit of a 4K TV?

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      Future proofing, especially Netflix 4K.

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        That's fair enough. I still have trouble consistently streaming HD content in my area, so don't expect to be able to do 4K any time soon.

        </3 the NBN

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          Yea i'm on FTTP and have congestion :(

          I signed up to myRepublic so hopefully that'll sort it…

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    Is it HDR?
    Any good as a monitor?

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    Far out that's decent.

    Reviews would be appreciated.

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    Anyone know how this stacks up to the Seiki that was being sold earlier at some places?

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    can it run plex?

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    I own this TV, any issues/questions ask away!

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      is it your main TV?
      how is the audio quality? Tinny?
      is there channel changing lag?

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        It is my main TV indeed. Audio quality is not amazing but definitely does the job. No channel changing lag at all. For all things considered the price you pay and warranty you get its a steal.

    • +6 votes

      Did you price match it?

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      how is the smart function? Can add and use apps for netflix, plus7, iview etc?
      what is the power consumption (sticker on back)?

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      Are you actually associated with JB/Soniq?

      That aside - have you used this TV with a computer/game console/etc? What was your experience? I find with cheap TVs they're fine for just casual television viewing, though lack behind the moment quality really impact your experiencing (ie playing games on Xbox/using as computer display).

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        Yes.

        I use it on my PS4 Pro console without an issue. 4K Display is actually amazing!

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          Can you elaborate on your associated status?

          Edit; Seems you work at JB judging by your past comments elsewhere… So there's no possible monetary gain to you from your comments - purely honest opinion, right?

        • +1 vote

          @dyl: Absolutely! My brother has worked at the Casuarina store for the last 4 years. So closely associated but couldn't care less about the monetary gain. It's a steal of a TV at that price. I bought it at a ticket of $699. Speak to the right salesman and they can bundle warranty maybe. Good luck :)

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          @ThePriceMatchGuy: Casuarina?! So you're from Darwin?

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          @foor: Correct!

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          @ThePriceMatchGuy: Awesome! Same here. Great we have someone representing! I might have even bumped into you a few times without knowing seeing as I'm also shopping for pretty much the same things all-the-time.

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          @foor: Very true also! I shop a lot at EB Games! If you happen to shop there or know the system I've been a level 4 for 3 years :P haha

  • +3 votes

    just a quick FYI, if you buy these cheap 4k tvs, buy them only for the display. dont use the shitty speakers, or terrible 'smart tv' software. only use them for display, plug in a roku and hook it up to an amp/speakers and its worth the money.

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    I own the previous 55" no 4K soniq that sold for $400 back in the day.

    Still going strong 3+ years later!

    I run it with ozbargain edition Harmony Elite remote + LifX

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    Doesn't Woolworths well JB gift cards? Extra 5% off! Will be something like $570 (600 of gift cards).

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      can you buy JB Gift card with WW Gift cards?

      If you know someone with a rewardgateway corporate account, they offer 7.5% discounted JB cards at the mo ;)

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        I'm quite sure I've seen JB gift cards there before, not entirely confident though…
        You can buy anything they stock with gift cards, the gift card is basically treated like a debit card at self serve checkouts. The only limitation is cash out.

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    Seriously considering this TV as I've got a good soundbar which will null the average speaker quality and I've also got a great android tv box which eliminates the poor smart TV function from reviews…… Upgrades my old 42" HD LG TV for a reasonable outlay….. What do you folk reckon?

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      You better add universal remote to the list. Because I tested this TV at the store and it took multiple attempts to get the IR to work and had to point straight at the IR receiver to get it working.
      It takes about 30 sec to start and the colours are dull even with dynamic mode. JB had no way to test the Live TV quality so cannot comment on the quality of regular Free to Air TV. Also cannot comment on the time it takes to change channels and program guide. Not sure how well it would upscale stand picture to use 4k. Finally, JB staff were not interested in selling this TV.

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        Low profit margins hence not interested.

        I bought the 43 inch Soniq. It's not bad of a TV for elderly. Just hook up an Android box or if you like a sound bar.

        Very cheap solution for entertainment and has 3 years warranty. Paid $285 last deal on 43,can't say it's bad. Less than $100 a year. Anything after three years is a bonus

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      What do you folk reckon?

      All you need is a 55" TV which will null the poor image quality, and you're good to go!

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    Personally I would check in store to see quality of display

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    For $600 this is incredible.

    Id buy 4x at this price and use it as a 110" TV. All I need a 1 to 4 output HDMI converter.

  • +1 vote

    I saw about 5 x 55" Aldi 4k TVs from their recent special for $499 (down from $599) yesterday. Weren't there today but might be worth looking for. Would be similar levels of quality and should be less hassle returning to Aldi rather than JB.

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    Aldi- may not be

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    Does this tv upscale content to 4k? Manual isn't available online.

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    does it run netflix / plex?

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    Hi. It says this tv is 50hz, is it really? Or just some AU marketing stuff? (PAL)?

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    How much power do TVs around this size us nowadays? Say compared to other similar TVs in this size bracket? Looking for a 65"

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