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Soniq TV's - are they any good?

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Created by GPA > 9 months ago, 23 May 2011
GPA
WA, 2227 posts
23 May 2011 6:37PM
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Howdy all!

Looking for a TV for the Games room to replace the old fat-back unit... I typically buy known brands, believing that you get what you pay for - and so far I have found this to be pretty well true...

Having said that, I was wandering thru JB HiFi on Saturday and couldn't help noticing the cheap prices of the Soniq brand. Coincidently, I went to a mates for dinner last night and he's purchased a Soniq for his lounge room and is raving about it (features/quality for price).

I did a little Googling and found that they use either LG or Samsung display panels... so that gives me some confidence; but would be very interested to hear if anyone has purchased one - and if so, have you had any problems?? Thanks.

Example:
www.jbhifi.com.au/tv-lcd-led-plasma/soniq/42-inch-full-hd-led-lcd-100hz-tv-sku-66424/

firiebob
WA, 2738 posts
23 May 2011 7:06PM
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First up I'm no TV expert
A couple of years ago our rec club bought a no name with a Samsung panel, it's poop, I've been told it's because the electronics are cheap.

All TV's are so cheap now days I don't think it's a big jump to a brand name set, said rec club has just got a 58 inch full HiDef Panasonic Plasma for $1495, awesome picture, every ones happy.

But hey, if your mates looks good and the price is right and moneys tight, take a gamble

Edit, I just had a look at that link, for comparison while in Perth January this year I grabbed for my mum a 42 inch full HiDeff Panasonic for $830 with little bargaining (HN), again awesome picture and great brand a no brainer

nebbian
WA, 6042 posts
23 May 2011 7:26PM
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The panel isn't what will fail, it will be the power supply or components around it due to heat. Cheap electronics manufacturers use cheap capacitors, which dry out after a couple of years and then go bang (seen it happen). Also their quality control isn't that great so they sometimes put in capacitors backwards (seen that happen on some daewoo TV's back in the day). They work for a while but then go screwy.

Last year I bought a cheap set top box that was like that -- it wouldn't even do 4:3 aspect ratio. So I took it back and got a different brand, that one lasted six months before the power supply started to provide just a bit too much voltage on the 6.3V rail, which caused the processor to overheat and shut itself down. I could force that rail down to 6.3V with a zener but then the zener would go bang and I'd be back where I started.

But that's chickenfeed compared to what really gives me the screaming heeby jeebies with cheap electronics -- the menu system. On a cheapy these are slapped together with almost no usability testing, little attention to detail, there are probably more buttons on the remote than your computer keyboard, and it really p's me off.

I like a system that has had some thought put into it, every button on the remote is put there for a purpose, as if the designer kept taking buttons off until you're left with what's really important. Which means that you can operate it in low light, or slightly sozzled after a couple too many Also getting the same brand of TV as your blu-ray player and sound system really makes life nice. My sony stuff talks to each other through the HDMI leads so when you put a DVD in, the TV automatically switches to playing it. That's really cool

GPA
WA, 2227 posts
23 May 2011 7:59PM
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Thanks guys - appreciate the feedback...

I tend to agree with you both - I've had/have some Sony, Yamaha, BOSE audio equip for over 20years now and it still performs as well as the day I purchased it. Been through a few TV's in that time though... mostly upgrading for features/size etc...

I think I'll wait for the July EOY sales and snag a brand name bargain...

Cheers!

busterwa
3350 posts
23 May 2011 11:09PM
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good luck finding drivers and a native resolution to run that ;-)

Gizmo
SA, 2815 posts
24 May 2011 10:11AM
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Just another point on flat screen TV's, before you buy check out the power consumption. Walk into any retailer "touch" and "feel" the screens some are very hot and some are quite cool, the hot screens are using more power costing lots more $$$ both to run the screen and the need for air conditioning to keep your lounge room cool in summer.

Mobydisc
NSW, 7720 posts
24 May 2011 12:07PM
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Gizmo said...

Just another point on flat screen TV's, before you buy check out the power consumption. Walk into any retailer "touch" and "feel" the screens some are very hot and some are quite cool, the hot screens are using more power costing lots more $$$ both to run the screen and the need for air conditioning to keep your lounge room cool in summer.





Hot TVs are nice in winter though. Summer is for being out and about. Winter is for staying home.

Soniq TVs seem to get reasonable reviews on other forums that deal with TVs like Whirlpool and OCAU. So if the price is right and the it has a good picture then they are good value for money.

busterwa said...

good luck finding drivers and a native resolution to run that ;-)


Why would drivers be an issue for the TV? Most modern operating systems will spot a TV when connected via VGA or DVI. At worst it would be a generic monitor. The resolution is the standard for HD TVs. All 1080p TVs have the 1920x1080 resolution.



kiteboy dave
QLD, 6525 posts
25 May 2011 1:45PM
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You can get around the 60" size plasma from a known big brand for $1500 max now (poss quite a bit less) if you shop around hard enough. So you'd be wasting your money buying anything smaller.

Price example:
www.catchoftheday.com.au/Samsung_TV%27s_at_Amazing_Prices%21-p-2182.html

Simondo
VIC, 7961 posts
25 May 2011 2:33PM
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Soniq;
Firstly, I'm no High Tech Wiz kid... But;
I bought a Soniq Sat Nav unit about 4 years ago, brand new from JB Hi-Fi. Opened it up at my desk at work, and it was already "fried". Like KFC Fried... The Power Button had an obvious "cooked" or "lightly fried" look to it.... Needless to say, I finished my lunch and took it back for a replacement... To be confronted by the biggest numpty employee, accusing me that I had dropped it !! Our discussion escalated quite quickly, and I wisely decided to ask, "can I speak to your manager?". Within 1 minute the manager was there, and happy to replace it, and within another minute, the Store Franchise Owner was also there, plus another guy.... they were personally inspecting all of the SONIQ devices...

I prefer to pay a little bit extra for at least mid range brands, with the conceptual thought that they will be less likely to set my house on fire !!

I recently looked at 32 Inch SONIQ Normal HD LCD TV for roughly $495 (5 inches thick)... Sony had a comparative model for about $576 (5 inches thick). I ended up spending $816 on SONY's FULL HD 32 Inch LED TV, Super Slim Line Model (only 1 inch thick)....

OceanBlue64
VIC, 980 posts
25 May 2011 11:22PM
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Being a waranty service agent for Soniq - I wouldnt buy one.

While the cheap brands may have either Samsung or LG panels, they are generally 'seconds' that do not perform to specs to put in their own models and certainly are not driven but the same quality driver boards, both in design and manufacture.

As for the caps in the power supplies - I would say that 75% of all electronics that use switch mode power supplies (LCD, plasma, dvd, bluray, some audio products etc), caps will fail and cause power supply issues within 5 years. 50% of all our 'out of warranty' repairs would be power supply issues generally caused by failed caps (this can and often will lead to other components failing as well).

In saying all of that - get a tv, whether it be LCD or plasma (my fav is LCD), that has a picture that you like. And most importantly - GET AN EXTENDED WARRANTY. For the extra cash, thay are worth their weight in gold. The odds are that after a cpl of years the parts may not be available and the ext warranty company (basically just an insurance company) will replace the set with a new one.

GPA
WA, 2227 posts
26 May 2011 1:19AM
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OceanBlue64 said...

Being a waranty service agent for Soniq - I wouldnt buy one.

While the cheap brands may have either Samsung or LG panels, they are generally 'seconds' that do not perform to specs to put in their own models and certainly are not driven but the same quality driver boards, both in design and manufacture.

As for the caps in the power supplies - I would say that 75% of all electronics that use switch mode power supplies (LCD, plasma, dvd, bluray, some audio products etc), caps will fail and cause power supply issues within 5 years. 50% of all our 'out of warranty' repairs would be power supply issues generally caused by failed caps (this can and often will lead to other components failing as well).

In saying all of that - get a tv, whether it be LCD or plasma (my fav is LCD), that has a picture that you like. And most importantly - GET AN EXTENDED WARRANTY. For the extra cash, thay are worth their weight in gold. The odds are that after a cpl of years the parts may not be available and the ext warranty company (basically just an insurance company) will replace the set with a new one.


Thanks OB64 - appreciate your very honest feedback/reply... that's the deal breaker/decider for sure!!

Simondo
VIC, 7961 posts
26 May 2011 10:59AM
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www.jbhifi.com.au/tv-lcd-led-plasma/sony/bravia-32-inch-hd-led-lcd-tv-sku-67592/

This is the one I bought for about $812 or something. After a few short months, already dropped down to $750-ish. (32 inch).

felixdcat
WA, 3518 posts
26 May 2011 11:34AM
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Have an earlier model (12 month old) of tha one had no prob yet and the pic is perfect, has all what you need even a USB 2 port. It is my bedroom tv, @ $ 350.00 it is a bargain.

dicksmith.com.au/product/GE6606/dick-smith-81cm-32-quot-high-definition-lcd-tv



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