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      12.10.2010 14:02
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      For the price, it's an excellent TV. Although there are close competitors this is still a bargain!

      I bought this TV about 4 years ago as an ex-display item for £200 from ebay, an almost unheard of price for a 32" LCD TV with HDMI inputs and extra features like PIP.

      The price point was the major factor for my purchase and at £200, it could have had 500 dead pixels and I wouldn't have complained.

      It's taken the best part of 4 years of torment and still comes up trumpts, I use it as an extra monitor for my PC and although there is no native resolution that works with my PC the quality is still excellent. It's the main gaming TV as well.

      My only gripe is the sound quality, it seems to have a constant echo and although it can output at a v. high volume it just seems to distort. There was also an issue where the left speaker emmitted a constant high pitch squeek.

      Channel change takes a little while, but that's fine because you've spent the money you've saved on a tablet, or foot massager.

      Overall a great purchase and will be buying another one of these if this one ever dies (it's been dropped a few times as well... god knows how it's still working)

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      07.09.2010 22:07

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      A good quality TV which is plenty big enough and at a good price.

      This TV is awesome!
      Its a reasonably good sized screen in an attractive shiny black. Doesn't look too ridiculous in a room but looks flashy all the same. There are no ugly obvious buttons on the front which would detract from the view instead all you can see is "philips" and a blue shiny light, which is pretty. The stand rotates which is useful if, like me you tend to move around sofas.
      The HD ready is great with my HD box so many channels are in beautiful quality and it really does make a difference.
      Its also really thin/flat screen so doesn't take up too much room and can fit neatly into any alcove. The sounds quality is good. You can change the resolution to widescreen/fullscreen to watch movies in good clarity - this versatility is really useful.
      I personally think that for the price this TV is good value and has all the "modcons" (HD ready, can plug in playstations, 2 htmi portals).
      Also its really reliable I have never experienced any problems with it in 3 years.

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      02.08.2010 15:05
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      Worth the cash if you have a pair of extra speakers kicking about.

      It has been nearly four years now since I picked up this TV for a brilliant £300 at Argos. Released just as LCD TVs became affordable, it was probably the best balance between price and screen size I'd ever seen and just had to grab one. For those that don't know, Acoustic Solutions is an Argos badge stamped on electronics they seem to acquire from a range of different sources; this means that the quality is unpredictable at best. Fortunately, I've played the Acoustic Solutions lottery a few times before and know what to expect.

      This TV was an excellent quality for the price at the time but is still a budget set. The first advantage it offers is a very stable little stand, I've been my usual clumsy self around it on many an occasion and have yet to send it crashing to the ground. The contrast ratio is a modest 1500:1, this offers some acceptable blacks but don't expect the kind of deep shades you'd get with a £500 set. Colour is clear and the refresh rate is acceptable for TV with very little signs of smudging or blur but when gaming this can suffer at 60fps. The set has very little in the way of post processing, it offers some basic digital noise reduction and sharpness tweaks but not much else. A minor benefit is also the surface of the screen which is not hugely reflective and remains watchable through a fair amount of daylight. Configuration tools for colour, contrast, brightness are all here but not much else. They are easy to configure though as both the remote control and on screen menus are very intuitive and setting up the TV should take much more than half an hour from opening the box.

      Where this TV lets itself down is in the audio department. This is hardly a surprise, since the move to flatscreen I haven't seen very many TVs with decent sound output. Unfortunately the speakers here are below par even when compared to similar sets, sound is tinny and carries little bass, it also degrades significantly at higher volumes. This is easily fixed by fitting some half decent external speakers but it's still a shame that it is necessary.

      At a good size and fair quality, this set is great for your first HDTV or even a spare set for a big bedroom. It lacks some of the bells and whistles of more expensive sets but it offers a lot of quality for not so many pennies. Real videophiles could be turned off by the choice to stick with an HD Ready resolution but it handles most sources well and always provides a picture that pops. If it has any drawbacks it is that older DVDs players or games consoles when fed through SCART cables tend to scale poorly, if you're using a cheaper freeview box or an older DVD player then it would probably be worth upgrading to a model with HDMI output. Otherwise this is an easily recommendable, budget TV.

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        11.07.2009 12:49
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        Quality flat screen digital ready tv

        We purchased this lcd Tv as a treat as we do not tend to go out and spend a fair few hours in front of the tele.
        Feature ************
        * LCD TV colour remote controlled
        * Fully integrated digital TV
        * 2 HDMI connectors for digital video and audio
        * Full HD
        * 100 programmes can be preset
        * OSD menu system
        * 2 scart sockets
        * stereo sound system
        * teletext, fastext, TOP text
        * Headphone connection
        * Automatic programming system
        * plug and play for windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
        * Freeview built in

        The instruction *************
        The instructions that come with the TV are very detailed and easy to understand. The TV came with the power lead, 2 connection leads, one being a scart, remote control and even batteries for the remote and a stand for the TV.

        My views *****************
        The TV looks modern and sleak even with the speaker grill running along the bottom of the front panel does not spoil the lines of this TV. The instructions even showed how to connect the TV up to other things you may have such as DVD, Video and sky box.
        When you turn it on for the first time a message will come up on the screen and ask if you want to start first time instillation. It then asks if you want to search for digital channels, when that is complete it then searches for Analogue channels. Once that's done its all ready to go.
        The on screen menu does become easier to navigate after a few times of use. You have a vast selection of things you can do to improve your viewing experience. if you are already receiving digital channels via the aerial you will be able to access the electronic program guide.

        Sound ************
        You can alter the sound via the built in equalizer. You can chose between, user, music, movie, speech, flat and concert. In sound mode you can switch from mono to stereo and if the selected channel supports it you can even select Dual 1 or Dual 2 mode.
        You can also alter the balance and select dynamic base, switch on 3d panorama or switch on the sub woofer if you have one connected to the TV.

        Viewing ******************
        You can also watch the tv in different zoom modes. To take it to another dimension you can actually connect a computer and use the screen like a giant flat screen monitor.

        My Views ****************
        The picture quality is one of the best i have seen on any tv i have owned in the past. It makes you want to go and watch all your DVDS you have already seen to see what they are like on this TV. With the added dimension of being able to switch the audio mode enjoying a concert on TV goes to a whole new level. I have to admit when i have watched a few programs on the TV, i have looked to the side of me or behind me to see what the noise was, only to discover its a noise on the program soundtrack, and we do not even have extra speakers in the room ! the sound quality is that good.
        The ease at which it was to set up the channels initially was exceptional. Although we can not receive digital channels through our aerial yet i can not wait for the digital switch over. With the inbuilt freeview channels this is well worth the money.
        The other thing i love about this TV is that if the batteries run out in the remote, or the remote is lost or broken. On the side of the TV there are buttons allowing you to operate the TV. These are easy to get at but they are tucked away so you can not see them and you would not even know they were there
        There is only one down side to the TV and that is, that there is no on-off button. When you switch it off it only goes into stand - by mode. To actually switch it off you have to either switch it off at the mains socket or unplug it.
        This is a great TV and can be picked up fairly cheaply from such stores as Argos and comet. I have never heard of this make before but i would recommend it to anyone now.

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          07.05.2009 12:46
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          Its brilliant and cheap

          I was looking into purchasing a TV for when I moved house. I had a look around Bennett and Comet etc and was looking at the quality of the TV was poor for the amount of money they were charging. I found to get a decent TV set you would have to pay atleast £350 for a 32 inch TV.

          I had a look in the Argos book and saw an Acoustic Solutions 32 inch Tv for £300. I went onto the Argos website and saw it had been reduced to £280. I didn't know what this TV looked like or what the picture quality was but I thought for £280 it was worth a gamble.

          I went into Argos and went to pay for it, I got told it had been reduced again so £250. That's £250 for a 32 inch TV with built in Freeview etc. You could also get a half price TV stand with it, but I bought a cheaper black glass TV stand to match the colour of the TV.

          When I getting it out of the box I noticed its not the prettiest television you will ever see. Its black, with the speaker along the bottom and the acoustic solutions logo above it. It has a thick black outline probably about 7 cms around the TV. While the TV doesn't look the best it does look fairly stylish for the price.

          The installation of the Tv was so simple. I plugged it in, it came up on the screen do you want to search for digital channels, i pressed yes. 2 minutes later it was set up and ready to use.

          The television picks up all the freeview channel, This might be just because of the area I live in though. The colour is brilliant, the sound is brilliant, the picture is brilliant. I can't believe this only cost £250.

          A mate of mine come round and he said it was better quality picture than his LG TV which cost him £150 more just under a year ago.

          There are 2 small things i could pick up on these tv. The remote looks basic and the television is quite slow to change channel.

          All in all though a superb tele at a superb price.

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            09.01.2009 16:52
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            Highly Recommended

            When our old CRT television finally gave up after 5 years of good service we decided to replace it with an LCD. Having decided on the size of 32 inches I spent some time checking various websites and in the end the Acoustic Solutions one from Argos seemed to be a good option.

            The television certainly looks good although I was used to a cheap 28 inch CRT. It feels well made although it wobbles slightly it doesn't seem to be at risk of falling over (with two young children this is an important aspect).

            The television has a number of useful features and various different modes. The on-screen menu is very easy to use.

            We did have to fiddle with the picture settings for a couple of days until we were happy with the picture - out of the box it seemed quite dark. The picture is very clear for everything we use on it - Sky, DVD player and a Wii console.

            We don't currently have anything that is HD so I can't comment on that side of things but the picture from everything else is fine.

            The sound quality is good - it has a very handy noise reduction feature which adjusts the volume to allow for the fact that adverts are quite often louder than programs etc and this seems to work quite well.

            There are two Scart sockets and a few other inputs such as component and RGB. Running the Wii through RGB provides an outstandingly good picture.

            It has various picture modes including Cinema, Game mode etc although i think this just adjusts the settings you can change anyway and we haven't noticed too much difference using them. They might be more effective in HD.

            I haven't seen too many other LCD TVs yet to compare it against but based on my experience with this one it's a very good TV and I definitely recommend it, especially considering the price.

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            02.11.2008 16:05
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            Not a well known brand but don't let that put you off

            Our old TV was on the way out after a good few years of dutiful service and we decided to splash out on an LCD TV. Money was tight however after Christmas last year and then we saw this 32" model in Argos reduced to £299.99 in the January sales.

            I hadn't heard of this make before, Acoustic Solutions, but with other 32" LCD TV's costing a good few hundreds of pounds more, decided to take the plunge.

            There is a 12 month guarantee provided by Argos as opposed to the manufacturer, along with a customer help-line number if there were problems, so I felt re-assured by that.

            In the pack was the TV itself, black in colour, a matching TV stand with three screws (plus screwdriver) to attach it to the TV, remote control with 2 AAA batteries, a red & white audio cable, yellow composite video cable, power cord and plug along with a user manual and thankfully a quick start guide.

            I won't describe the set up process as it depends on what other equipment you have connected, such as Sky, DVD, video, surround sound etc etc. Suffice it to say that armed with little sticky labels I was able to set everything up quite easily - the manual is extremely easy to follow.

            I find 32" to be be more than adequate but of course it depends on how much space you have available. It is very slim and there is an option to hang on a wall bracket if desired (bracket not supplied but can be bought separately). The measurements are W80.9cm x H64.5cm x D25.3cm

            The TV looks stylish with the black surround and underneath the screen is the sound grille running along the length of the TV. It has a LED light on the front to indicate when the TV is on (blue) and changes to red when on standby. I have not found this light to be a nuisance when viewing. The infra-red receiver is also located on the front.

            Should you misplace the remote, buttons can be located unobtrusively on the side of the TV, these being volume, channel, menu, input and power. The remote is easy to follow and is well explained in the manual.

            This TV has PPP (Picture Perfect Platform), HDMI (High Definition
            Multimedia Interface) and can carry up to 5Gbps of combined HD video and audio signals, HDTV component video inputs and 3D digital noise reduction. It has a contrast ratio of 1500:1 with a resolution of 1366x768. Finally it has Teletext.

            Anyway, enough of the technical jargon - how is the TV?

            It has an auto-tune function and was very easy to get the channels set up. I was impressed with the excellent picture quality but initially the sound was a little bit tinny on the factory default settings. By playing around with the sound settings and increasing the bass, the sound was much improved. You can also change between the following sounds, surround, live, dance, techno, classic, soft, rock, pop or off!! It also has NICAN stereo. If you have a separate surround system, even better.

            Originally despite the great picture, the black colour was a little bit un-natural but I went onto a technical forum website (AV forums) and they advised picture settings to use and that sorted it out.

            If you covered up the make I think you'd be hard pressed to tell it apart from the more well known brands that, as I said, cost a great deal more. Since January, touch wood, we have had no problems whatsoever with it and would recommend as a great purchase for anyone looking for a 32" LCD TV on a limited budget.

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