Soniq 40-inch Smart TV

The price might well be right, but there are better TVs to be had for only a little bit extra.


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When we previewed the Soniq 40-inch Smart TV, we said that on paper the TV ticked a lot of the right boxes. Sadly, it turned out that in practice, some of these ticks were a little outside the margins, resulting in a fairly flawed product.

Let's look at the good stuff: for under AU$470, you're getting a pretty decent panel. It's not the sharpest we've seen, but for the price it's better than you might expect. Blu-ray playback was highly watchable, with fairly good blacks and crisp action scenes.

Playback from USB source was fairly simple, and the quality was decent (large AVI file), but not the cleanest we've seen. The remote, however, gets some bonus points for having a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear, without being oversized or particularly heavy. All good so far.

Sadly, one of the first issues we had with the Soniq was a particularly egregious design choice — there's a lip, for want of a better term, below the area for the various input ports, which makes it extremely difficult to plug anything in. In fact, we actually broke the plug housing on an older Belkin HDMI cable attempting to get it in — a task that we were ultimately unsuccessful in; we had to use a different cable.

The strange design choices around the HDMI port area.
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In terms of the smart TV component, Soniq's Cinavision interface leaves a great deal to be desired. While the YouTube app works fine, as does the Facebook one if that's what you want, the home screen is confusing and the navigation is not particularly intuitive. The channels on offer aren't the most compelling, either (although Khmer Comedy had a strange sort of appeal). Also, the weather app on the home page kept giving us the temperature in Melbourne, even after we told it we were in Sydney.

We also found that when we ran a firmware update on the TV, it reset every single setting, requiring us to completely redo the set-up — from network settings right down to rescanning the TV channels in.

As a straight 40-inch TV, the Soniq performs well, although it's let down by the bizarre design choices. As a smart TV, it leaves a lot to be desired. Whether the AU$468 price tag is worth it just for the 40-inch panel is up to the individual, but we think a few hundred more can get you a far superior TV.

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TigersB posted a comment   

It at first I thought it was a great tv then just after a few months lost picture got sound. That is real handy when I get another tv it defiantly will not be a soniq in my opinion do yourself a favorite and stay clear of this tv

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sashakiba posted a review   

it is one of the most awful tv I have ever had. I bought it for 3 months ago, while I was installing a software on it, the screen suddenly went out, it now doesn't show any thing just its audio system works.

 

izel9812 posted a comment   
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bought 40 inch yesterday great price but when unpacked and plugged in, can't pick up any channels. Worked for about twenty minutes, before all signals just cut. Unplugged everything, tried to re-scan number of times. Tried different antenna, nothing worked. The dvd connection was great, but all DTV and AV connections were lost. Can't seem to get the correct time, or any possible channels VIA scanning. Help? :)

 

izel9812 posted a comment   
Australia

bought 40 inch yesterday great price but when unpacked and plugged in, can't pick up any channels. Worked for about twenty minutes, before all signals just cut. Unplugged everything, tried to re-scan number of times. Tried different antenna, nothing worked. The dvd connection was great, but all DTV and AV connections were lost. Can't seem to get the correct time, or any possible channels VIA scanning. Help? :)

 

Broski6813 posted a comment   
Australia

Does this come with a Analog Output with the red, white and yellow slots for cables?

 

"is it actually a smart TV?"

tcater posted a comment   

is this actually a smart TV - i saw one at JBHIFI yesterday and was under the impression that it was not a smart TV?
Thanks!

 

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LynFrank posted a comment   
Australia

The Good:great screen

The Bad:not got books

HELP!
My brother had one given as a gift, but does not have the books - can anyone help please?

 

ShayleeK posted a comment   

My parents have the soniq smart tv the cinnavision one they got flooded the tv went under 3 meters of water was sat out side to dry out for a week plugged it in and away it goes and that was 6?months ago awesome tv ..?

 

AdamK1 posted a comment   

Just picked one up for 349. Nearly a $120 price drop. I think this more than makes up for it's cons. It's near impossible to find a 40inch tv with good screen for that price.

 

JacintaW posted a comment   

im having issues watching movies from a USB, they go all scrambled yet they work fine on my computer... pretty annoyed about this since this is the main feature i was after.


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  • TigersB

    TigersB

    "It at first I thought it was a great tv then just after a few months lost picture got sound. That is real handy when I get another tv it defiantly will not be a soniq in my opinion do yourself a fa..."

  • sashakiba

    sashakiba

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    "it is one of the most awful tv I have ever had. I bought it for 3 months ago, while I was installing a software on it, the screen suddenly went out, it now doesn't show any thing just its audio sys..."

  • izel9812

    izel9812

    "bought 40 inch yesterday great price but when unpacked and plugged in, can't pick up any channels. Worked for about twenty minutes, before all signals just cut. Unplugged everything, tried to re-sc..."

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