Our 32" Philips smart TV died the other day. The repair man said it would cost 2900 pesos to replace the main board (placa).
I was already excited we would be getting a new TV and we went to Rodo yesterday to have a look at the various models/prices.
There are many models, but only a few are 4K and as Splinter said last year in this post, the difference is amazing. It should be noted that 4k TVs are only available from 43" upward. I think we can definitely put a 43" TV.
Indicatively, a new 4K TV costs 20-25k pesos, which amounts to roughly 550 USD right now.
We would also need an arm to fix it to the wall, since our small wooden stand is pretty precarious and we don't think it would hold well the weight of a bigger TV - and we move the stand from the wall to in front of our bed every night. A mechanic arm would be pretty neat.
The arm would cost another 2-4k pesos (we also need a long one, and the longest available on mercadolibre is 60 cm, although longer it would be better), and it should be able to swing downward. since the Tv would be installed higher than our bed.
My question is:
1) is the 4k difference appreciable also at home? I.e. when we watch Netflix, should we look for HD contents to fully appreciate it? Are movies downloaded from the internet high quality enough to show on a 4K?
2) Would we need a faster internet connection to watch HD movies with a 4K screen?
3) Is it really important the brand? At Rodo there was a 50" 4K model on offer for less than 20k pesos, but it was by Zenith.
My husband is of course pushing to repair the TV, but I hated the Philips because the system was old, it was not possible to install Amazon Prime app (only Netflix was installed), and it needed to connect to the internet manually each time (there is a Smart TV button to press, but you have to wait almost a minute or navigate two menus).
My mom in Italy has a newer LG which is a lot faster.