Hi guys, I've been planning to buy an LCD TV for sometime now. Just yesterday I walked into the electronics store like I usually do whenever I go to the mall, checking out new TVs. I have my eyes on Samsung ever since I saw the F8 (couldn't afford it then at $2,300
), and to my delight I found the prices for the Series 5, 6, 7 have come down somewhat to my purchase levels. Anyway to the cut the story short here are the prices:
LA40A550 - $999
LA40A650 - $1,350
LA40A750 - $1,700
I'm not loaded, so I really want to choose one which justify every dollar spent. So please, LCD experts and owners of these babies, help me with my purchasing decision. If it helps to know my preferences and what I usually do on my TVs, please read on.
My current TV is an SD-CRT Sony 21", not even 480p capable although it has s-video and component (which I use for my PS2 for a satisfyingly improved picture quality). I was looking for a Bravia, since I like my Sony (menus and all), but after seeing them live several times, I wasn't quite impressed with the picture quality. I don't know why - they're starting to show HD contents on the show floor nowadays. Maybe Bravia owners can shed some light into this.
Anyway, I've read enough about LCD and its shortcomings compared to Plasma and HD-CRT, and accept there will be some trade-off. The LCD will be placed in my room, viewed from about 10' in somewhat darker lighting condition (can be brighter, of course). Currently I have zero HD material, but I watch a lot of DVDs so I'm planning to buy an upscaling player (it'd help a lot if you guys can recommend one, too
), and at some point in the near future, an Xbox 360 (it can play at 1080p, right?). I want to use it as a giant monitor too, and perhaps play some HD content from the PC. I also have a Wii, and looking forward to playing it at 480p. There's no HD broadcast around here, so I'll be watching a lot of SD content. I watch football at weekends (still at SD), so maybe it's a factor, too. I don't have a decent home theater, so I'll be using the TV's speakers for audio.
So like, the Samsung guy was nice enough to show me what these Samsung sets can do. They had them placed side by side. While I was quite pleased with the 550, it was the 750 that blew me away. They're all showing the same content/feed, but I couldn't see any lag on the 750. We browse through the menus and I set them at Dynamic and AMP Auto. I regret not giving the same attention to the 650 but I feel it's somewhere between the 550 and 750. We played the 1080p trailers of Ice Age 2, Robots, SF4, LoTR and during the fast-paced sequences, the 550 faltered a bit while the 750 was smooth as silk. If only the 750 is at the price of a 650, I would have no doubt about my decision. But it doesn't swivel. And I have no use for its built-in gallery/game/cooking/fitness widgets. Pity. I found out later that the 550 is not yet at 100MHz (the Samsung guy lied!
). So, I'm leaning toward the 650. But I read here that the 650 has quite some issues. Now I'm in doubt whether the 650, or even the 750, would justify the significant price increase from the 550. So, please help me on my first LCD.
Thank you very much for sharing your insights.