Getting a new TV... Advice?

My 32" CRT of 3 years old has just said goodnight for the last time. I picked it up from my local tip and I paid the nice man/woman £5 to look the other way. I feel I have earned a new, lighter, TV and this will be the first time I have ever bought a new TV in all my adult life. Could I have picked a more confusing time to buy a new one? I think not.
Right from the very beginning of this HD revolution, I picked up on one big thing. "HD READY" means nothing to the consumer. It is just a gold star they slap on to push the price up. The criteria to call your TV HD Ready is very broad. Having a HDMI slot in the back pretty much guarantees it.
I won't be conned so it's 1080 or nothing. Also my budget is £300
Can anyone please share their experiences?
What shops to avoid?
Is this something which is always/more often/never cheaper online?
Brands to avoid?
Is my £300 budget realistic as I'd really like a 32" again?
Which features should I care about? e.g. WIFI enabled, internet TV, youtube, build it freeview/ FVHD, FreeSat.
Please share one line or a novellas worth of your opinions and experiences. All will be appreciated.


  • theblessedone
    theblessedone Forumite Posts: 146
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    Hi Panda,

    Ok, in my honest opinion, you do not need your TV to be WiFi enabled or have access to the internet. You have a perfectly good laptop/PC for that, and the novelty of having it on your TV soon wears off.

    Now, in terms of your budget and screen size, there is one TV I would absolutely recommend, and my company has independently reviewed it as a "Best Buy", and costs £299.99 in Argos, right now. It is HD Ready at 1080p, with 3 HDMI ports. It has built in Freeview, which is a plus, but mainly common amongst HD TV's these days. Another plus is that the sound quality is pretty good for a TV at this price range, better than some expensive models.

    The decision lies with you, but the model number is LE32C530, and it's a Samsung.
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