Product Type: Bush 3D LCD TV
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Bush HD Ready Digital LCD TV/DVD Combi
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Bush HD Ready Digital LCD TV/DVD Combi
Date: 10/06/10, updated on 10/06/10 (719 review reads)
Advantages: Price, Features, Picture and Sound Quality
Disadvantages: DVD player is flimsy and could easily break
We've had this TV for around six weeks now so have had time to get used to it and with the World Cup just around the corner and TV's being a popular purchase at the moment now seems an ideal time to review it for anyone looking for a second TV for any 'World Cup Widows/Widowers' to buy to escape the upcoming games.
Packaged in a cardboard box with protective film sleeve the set weighs in at just under 6kgs in its packaged state and approximately 5kgs when out of the box and on it's (already) fitted stand. Easy to manoeuvre around and sits wherever you chose ours is placed where our old one was but takes up a fraction of the space. With its stand it sits 42cms from base to top, 48cm in width and just under 19cm in depth (approx 26" x 14" x 4.5") so is small and light but still big enough to make a nice design statement which looks stylish and modern and definitely up-to-date when compared to our old CRT beast.
Setup is easy and once connected to an aerial the Freeview tuner automatically finds all the available Digital channels with just a single press of a button on the remote control and it really is as simple as that. The picture quality is crisp and well defined and even though we don't have any HD devices in place to benefit from the 'HD ready' capabilities the definition is still far better than our old TV and we can certainly notice a difference. For anyone with Sky HD or a Bluray player you may be interested to know that the resolution is set as 1366 x 768 pixels and 60hz (this means absolutely nothing to me, but if you know your stuff then this may be an important consideration which may be the deciding factor as to whether or not you buy this system) the contrast ratio is 600:1 and the viewing angle 150/140 degrees (apologies again if this is random information, again I don't fully understand what this actually means but it is obviously important!) What is important to me is the picture and sound quality and in both regards this television is absolutely superb and offers us an excellent device to watch television and DVDs on. Nicam stereo is the installed sound system and the speakers run along the front of the television itself under the 'Bush' badge and unlike earlier incarnations of LCD televisions the sound quality here is crisp with good depth of tone and is clear without distortion and crackles - my parents-in-law bought an LCD TV a good few years ago when they were first launched and I find the sound quality on their set to be tinny and seems to lose a lot of its volume even when set at a high output, here on the Bush set the sound is clear and certainly puts their old system to shame.
My only real niggle with this system is the integrated DVD player which sits on the right hand side of the TV set itself. To open the disc drawer there is a small button which needs to be depressed and when pushed releases the tray for your DVD to sit in, you then have to push the tray back into the set itself and the DVD begins to play. The design of this feature does feel a little flimsy if I'm being honest and if your DVD disc is not correctly positioned there is a strong chance that damage could be caused to the tray itself. I would be cautious as to whether this would be suitable as a TV system for a child as there is a real chance that irreparable damage be caused to the DVD player and can't help but feel that this is why the whole system is price-marked at the level it is - for us it is ideal as we are careful when using this feature, however if you are on the clumsy side or have poor hand-eye coordination or just generally cack-handed then there is a very real chance that you will break the DVD tray and then will be without the DVD player. This seems to me to be a very poorly designed area with this system and would be the only area that I would have concerns over when recommending as a whole, however for our needs this has still been a super buy even though I have my doubts as to its long term durability and longevity.
For the picture quality, depth of sound and the features this system offers I do consider it to be a worthwhile buy - you are getting a HD ready LCD television with Freeview AND a DVD player for under £130.00 and visually the set is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Colour depth is superb, the sound quality is rich and you know that you are ready for the digital switchover - however the DVD player does ring alarm bells for me and to give an honest review I do have to mention my concerns.
Personally I would recommend this system as a second TV for the kitchen or bedroom, if like us you enjoy going to bed to watch a bit of telly or a DVD then it provides exactly what you want, it doesn't take up a lot of space on a unit, looks the part and for under £130.00 is fabulous value for money. I wouldn't recommend it for a young child or maybe an elderly relative with poor dexterity but if you are looking for an escape from the World Cup and have a modest budget then this could be an ideal purchase for you.
Overall then all things considered the Bush 19" HD Ready Digital LCD TV/DVD combi (what a mouthful!) comes out with a very good 4/5 dooyoo star rating from me for all the reasons covered in this review. It is available for the price I paid online or in store at Argos and does come recommended despite my few concerns.
Thanks for reading my review.
Summary: A very decent, if not flawed TV/DVD Combi
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