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Old 08-26-2008, 11:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Alrighty folks, sorry for lurking these forums for a while. I know i'm not really in any place to ask for a favour, but I'm short on time.

here's my conundrum:

I am going to purchase an LCD television within the next 24 hours.
This is going to be with me and 3 friends at school

I want a nice low response time for gaming and (of course) accurate colours, good saturation, and solid overall picture quality.

I've narrowed it down to the Samusing LN40A550
5ms response time is decent, 3xHDMI + 1 USB, 30000:1 is pretty normal, 1080p is mildly useless on 40" but ego padding, price is relatively amazing on amazon (from $892 link coded for spam purposes?)
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http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN40A550-40-Inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B001418W2C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=audio-video&qid=1219810854&sr=1-2
any alternatives that you guys can suggest?
maybe a cheaper 720p 40 incher or a good value larger screen where 1080p would be noticeable

What you should know
Budget: up to 1300 dollars but as far below as quality will allow.
Size: around 40"
HD Sources: XBOX 360, PS3, occasional laptop connection, and possibility of HD cable in the near future


THANKS IN ADVANCE
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:24 PM - Thread Starter
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bump.
time is of the essence.

no pressure though....
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Sony's S4100 is better than the 550, especially for gaming, but they are both kinda ******.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:48 PM - Thread Starter
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better for gaming?

wouldn't the 8ms vs 5ms response time be a detriment?
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Old 08-27-2008, 12:20 AM
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hmmm yeah for gaming i'd definitely recommend the sony S4100 or V4100 since the "gamer" settings are more customizable.

But I haven't had experience on the 550's though, just going off my experience of the 750.
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I have the Samsung 46A550, so I guess I'm a little biased, but I think the 550 series is a pretty good choice.

The input lag isn't too bad; I measured it at around 30ms, give or take 16 ms or so, which seems to be about average for LCDs. As a note, when you choose "LCD TV" for the input calibration in Rock Band, it chooses 30ms, and I got around that value when I calibrated manually. And this is without game mode, mind you; enabling game mode makes a slight difference. So it's not the best, but it's not "horrible" as some people describe it -- see this post for some evidence. Sure there are better, and there are worse; it's really up to you how much input lag you find acceptable.

The response time could be better; if I look for it, I do see some minor ghosting, but it's not enough to bother me.

CNET gave it a pretty good review too, if you trust CNET... some people think they have a Samsung bias though.

Other sets to consider:
Samsung 530 series (with a coupon at BB, you can get the 46" version for only a tiny bit more than your budget).
Vizio XVT series - it has 120Hz, and CNET's review of it was pretty good, though there's a lot of Vizio haters .
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better for gaming?

wouldn't the 8ms vs 5ms response time be a detriment?

the response time isnt the issue, input lag is and its horrible..... And even though samsung has a faster claimed response time the sony some how handles motion better.

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