Product Type: Celcus 3D LCD TV
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Looks Good - Sounds Awful
Member Name: northernlovely
Advantages: Picture, EPG
I had personally never heard of the brand 'Celcus' but about six months ago I found the Celcus LED32S0913 on sale at my local Marks and Spencers for an amazing £149 (they were closing their electrical department). I
DooYoo has it under 'LCD TVs' but the Celcus LED32S0913 is actually an LED TV which is a much newer and better technology - it's brighter and lasts longer. The Celcus LED32S0913 has a built in freeview box, too, which means you can just plug the aerial right in, and control everything from one remote. I thought it was ideal for our bedroom at 32" diagonally.
The TV looks pretty good for the price - the bezel is black and about 2 inches, a bit chunkier than pricier versions (I have the Samsung U800 with a 1cm stainless steel bezel, but for a second or budget TV this is fine). It comes supplied with a removable black stand, but I did not use this as my husband bought a mount for the wall (£9.99 from Currys PC World). It looked pretty good on the wall of the bedroom and I was happy with the looks.
It also comes of course with a remote, the remote feels a bit cheap and plastic-y with it's big chunky rubber keys, but what do you expect with a cheaper TV? It works well so no complaints there, and it is easy to understand.
Setup of the TV was easy - plug in the aerial, scan for channels and away you go! If you do need to use the supplied instructional manual, it's pretty easy to follow with instructional pictures and so on.
The screen quality is excellent, very bright and vibrant, and looks good close-up and at a distance, too. It is a huge upgrade on my old LCD TV in terms of picture clarity. No dead pixels and perfect colour tone. I really was impressed at the picture quality for the price of the television.
The EPG (electronic programme guide), too, was very easy to use, fairly quick, and easy to navigate.
Unfortunately the Celcus LED32S0913 has a huge, huge problem which unfortunately resulted in me returning the TV after just under a week. When I returned it, the courier said that quite a few people had returned it with the same reason, so I know that I wasn't just unfortunate with a dodgy model.
The problem is with the sound. It's absolutely awful. If you buy a little radio from a pound shop, you expect the quality to be poor - tinny and raspy and buzzy, and that's EXACTLY how this TV sounds. The speaker is just far far too poor a quality to support such a large size TV, even with equalising as best as possible using the setup menu, it's just impossible to lose the buzz or the tinny top end and it just makes most programmes near impossible to understand at a lower level of volume and completely irritating and distracting at a higher volume.
It's such a huge shame because it was a bargain TV for the price and the picture quality and the controls were spot on. But the sound was so ridiculously bad that unfortunately it joined the other returned Celcus LED32S0913's in the M&S warehouse, goodness knows to what end! I certainly wouldn't risk another Celcus again. I can only give this 1 star out of 5 and that's because I can't give it a 0, and because I need to give some credit to the positives of this TV. But since it's pretty much un-usable as a TV I cannot in any way recommend it.
Summary: Do not buy
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