TEAC 43 Inch 4K UHD - Not Bad!
I bought this on Catch.com.au for $299 at the time and was a bargain for the size, 4K goodness and FreeView/Netflix, at the time of writing, I have have been using for at least 4 months. I was not expecting a high-end TV but I wanted to see how good it was for the price and I was quite surprised with this one!
Firstly, the TV is well built and solid - the box came with Remote, batteries and a solid stand. Nothing screamed out "cheap" to me and the number of input ports (AV, 3 HDMI, RJ45 network and a few more) and outputs (Optical Audio) gives...it enough functionality to be able to support your devices. Wifi is easy to set up and can easily stream from Netflix/Youtube as well as catch-up TV with FreeView. LAN port also works fine. The controls are easy to use, surprised that there are lots of settings to tinker with. Only issue I have is the remote directional buttons can be very clicky/clacky sounding, if that bothers you. The panel looks great, I find it bright enough even in the daylight and in the night. There is the tiniest bleed/light discolouration around the corners but only if the screen is black. Resolution on HD/4K video is sharp as what i'd expect when playing this kind of video. Audio is also very respectable, not as "tinny" that you'll find on cheaper TVs, I could easily say that my ears are happy with the audio that comes out of these speakers - if you need more bass, add a soundbar! FreeView is also enabled on this TV, so being able to access FreeView Plus and TV guide and catch-up TV from all the main TV stations (TenPlay, 7Plus, 9Now, ABC iView etc) is a BIG plus. I've only had issues with TenPlay (no audio on videos sometimes) and I think it may be due to buggy software perhaps? It's a "Smart TV", but it's nothing like AndroidTV - it's works but the app eco-system is not extensive, so you're pretty much stuck with Youtube and Netflix (and if you dive deeper, Plex is available). Netflix is pre-installed and can be launched from the button on the remote, this version will allow you play 4K qualilty content if available. If access to new Australian apps is an issue, I would highly suggest having an external player such as a Amazon FireTV/AppleTV/Chromecast, so you can install Stan/Amazon Prime/Disney+ etc. and other apps. All in all, this TEAC 4K UHD TV is a great find, there are some great features like PVR and viewing content off USB (I have not tried) but for the price of this unit, you can't go wrong - if you're looking for a bedroom or kids area, it shouldn't disappoint! That being said, it would do well as main TV (quality and feature wise).
Good, not great
Bought this for new apartment. It is good, but not great. Sound is fine. Picture quality could be a tiny better, but it is great value for money. Would also prefer a mouse type remote.
Purchased in January 2020.
TEAC UHD smart tv 43inch Model LE43A518UHD
The list price at the TEAC site for this TV is $499. We got ours from Appliances Online for $299. At the regular list price of nearly $500 Teac has some serious competition from the newer Chinese brands so it pays to shop around. We are happy with our purchase. I am very happy with the analogue audio out / headphone jack. This jack can be configured via menu settings to be either a volume adjustable headphone jack or set level line out for a stereo analogue amplifier. The TV also has an optical digital output jack and an optical cable is inc...luded in the box. Handy for my digital amplifier. On that I must the quality of digital output is much better than that on our previous TV (a 32 inch HD Teac) . The sound from my amp and speakers is much better with the new TV so the digital specs of the audio system must be a large improvement. Compared to our old tv the sound from the new Teac speakers is much much better. So we no longer use my hifi system to play the sound from normal programs through. TV sound is good enough for everything, though movies are better through the hifi. Picture quality: I have no complaints. This TV is UHD and it is much better than our old HD TV. I have a friend with a top model LG with a huge screen which is also UHD, and it cost a lot of money. The Teac does not have the fine detail and depth of that expensive TV, but then we only paid a low price for it. It is a good picture, but it would pay to compare the competition at the price point. Controls: the menus are useful and easy to learn. You can adjust the size of the picture, the nature of the picture (cinema, etc etc etc) and many other things. The Teac can record to a thumbdrive. It can play videos, photos and sound from a thumbdrive. The little handbook which comes with the TV is so small it is hard to read. I used the online version. The smart TV features work, but the remote control is not the easiest way of the android apps which make the TV "smart". Luckily, even though the hand book the TV only works with a mouse (wired and wireless but not bluetooth) it does work in smart tv mode with a logitech K400 wireless keyboard with integral track pad. In smart tv mode there is an internet only mode, and this was the fastest way of accessing the net. And certainly the fastest way of accessing youtube. It works well with the with wireless logitech keyboard. In the actual android smart mode, various apps tended to lock up, but this could be a function of my home wifi set up. I have not connected the TV via ethernet which would be faster. In brief the TV was a welcome upgrade for us which did not cost much money. We are happy with the picture, sound and reception of the TV. The smart tv features were not crucial for us, but they are handy. I have seen better TV picture quality in UHD TVs, at around the same listed price, but at $299 - the amount we paid - we are more than happy with our purchase. We have used TEAC products for many years and find them good value and above all reliable and we have found TEAC to be a good company when things go wrong. We have never had to make a warranty claim, and TEAC has repaired one PVR which was old and previously rock solid for a reasonable price. If you want the fastest and most up to date android tv experience and if thats a priority for you, then consider a dedicated android box or apple tv to plug into a TV. We have an apple tv as well as the TEAC smart TV now. All in all the TEAC 43 inch A5 series is a very good unit for what we paid.
Questions & Answers
I am struggling to get Google play to login on the tv's internet browser as it says it is insecure. Without logging in to Google, how do i download and then install chrome or similar so that I can login to Google and securely download Kayo and Disney?
The Smart TV functions on this TV is limited (not Android based) and you will have trouble finding any useful apps. I have an Amazon Fire TV unit installed to my TV but would recommend something like Apple TV/Fire TV/Chromecast/or another Android based media player to supplement the TV with Australian apps.
Is this tv compatible with Stan app?
according to the TEAC site for the TV here: https://www.teac.com.au/product/43-ultra-hd-hdr-smart-tv/ the TV does not come with Stan pre installed. It comes with Netflix. There is facility for installing android apps in the smart tv section (accessed via the menu on the remote control. I have never installed Stan on any device so have no experience in downloading and installing the Stan app - if one exists. Probably does, but Ive never looked or researched it via google or via the Stan help section on its site. Going to the Stan site right now, I find this: https://help.stan.com.au/hc/en-us/articles/203690720-How-do-I-watch-Stan-on-my-television- which lists TVs which currently come with Stan pre installed. Stan on that page gives the makes and models TVs with Stan preinstalled. various LG, Samsung, Philips, HiSense etc are listed. But not TEAC. Stan writes on that page that they are working to include more makes of TVs and more models to include pre installed Stan. On the Stan web page Stan gives setup guides for each TV it lists as having Stan pre-installed. Stan also has a help page here: https://help.stan.com.au/hc/en-us/articles/115007754288-Setting-up-Stan-on-my-Android-TV and Stan says on this page : "Stan is available on a range of Android TVs running Android TV version 5 and above. The easiest way to check which Android TV version you have installed is by going to Settings, then About and checking the Android TV version.
Once your supported Android TV device is running Android TV version 5 or above, then you can go ahead and install the Stan app from Google Play." end quote. So, the first thing to do is check the android TV OS to see if it is version 5 or above. If it is, you can use the TV to download and install the Stan app from Google Play. And it should work. However, if you prefer Stan to work on the TV out of the box as soon as you get it home and plug it in, then you are limited to the models and makes listed by Stan as having Stan pre installed.
Its not really much different to buying a computer with bundled software. If an app is not included at purchase, it can be installed later. So long as the app is compatible with the Operating system. For smart TVs and Stan, than means the smart TV must have android TV OS version or above.
There is another way of making any TV a smart TV - by way of an external android media box. The downsides and upsides of using an external android box need to be considered, but any LCD TV can use such an Android box, and as Android OS advances it is fairly cheap to update the box. this link discusses android boxes for TVs. https://androidpcreview.com/best-android-tv-box/ It depends upon individual preferences as to how one implements "smart" facilities in the home via TVs. The simplest way is buy a TV with everything preloaded. But, as we have seen, that limits choice as not every smart TV has Stan preinstalled. For some people, an ordinary LCD TV and an android box or the Apple equivalent (Apple TV box) is perfectly fine and flexible. Some people have an android box, an apple tv box, a smart TV and a fridge connected to the internet and the Tax department. I havent gone that far yet.
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