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Hooray! you tested input lag! thank you TR!
Frustrating that everywhere seems to be selling it above the £522 price quoted in the review - sometimes substantially above :(
@simon: everywhere seems to be selling it above the £522
My mother bought the UE46D8000 from RicherSounds, they also do a 5 year warranty's at a good rate. They have the this one for £519.95 -> http://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-tv/samsung/ue40d5520/sams-ue40d5520
Im confused why this model has an input lag of 34ms and yet the more expensive Samsung UE40D6530 you reviewed has between 40ms and a potentially performance-affecting 70ms as per your review (which is the only reason I did not purchase it). Surely in game mode it should at least be as good if not better?
How do they make it so cheap? Its called a loss leader. Its common practise. And you're right, nobody makes money out of TV's any more because everybody wants it as cheap as possible and to hell with the long term consequences. That's why there are no TV factories in England, that last one (Toshiba) closed late in 2009. That's why they are closing all over Europe and moving to China and other super low wage economies. 8 years ago a 32" LCD cost £3000+. Now its £3-400. While it is fair to say that prices naturally reduce over time because of economies of scale, improved manufacturing techniques and large scale integration (most LCD TV's only have a couple of PCB's in them now), a 90% price erosion in just 8 years is not sustainable and something has to give. They will be quality (more cosmetic or other defects will be accepted in the factory, example the clouding issue that blights so many LED side lit TV's), long term reliability (use of cheaper, poorer grade components) and, as we have discovered over the last 20 or so years here, people's jobs. That is the reality of the electronics world today, especially audio visual and I fully expect that over the next few years a lot of companies who have had long associations with the TV business will drop out.
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