Long time lurker, first time poster
Anyways I got a cruddy Emerson 40" LCD (1080p) from Walmart for xmas, after seeing its rather pitiful quality I promptly returned it and have been looking for a better set.
This will be my first LCD tv ever (LED it out of my price range it seems) so I want it to be around for several years before I need to replace it/fix it/etc
I also have for the most part settled on getting a Samsung LN40D550 after a week of research but I am very much open to other brands/models etc
I mostly do a lot of media streaming and up to this point have just been doing that through my PS3 but the idea of doing it direct to the tv definitely interests me.
I do a little bit of gaming (although once I get my computer hooked up to the tv I may do a fair bit more, no shooters/racing/etc, mostly RPG/Adventure/Sandbox titles.
I also do plan on using it as a monitor for everyday comp stuff once I move in a couple months.
I need something that upconverts 480i well enough to impress my skilled eyes since the majority of my media collection is that and I'd rather not spend months upgrading it, at least not in the near future.
I live in British Columbia (not on the coast though) Canada and would prefer to buy local. The stores I have available to me are Best Buy, Zellers, Future Shop (I know, same as BB more or less), Walmart, Andres Audiotronic (private company out of BC Canada), The Source, London Drugs, Visions, Sears, The Brick, and a couple of other one-off local joints that are too expensive for my price range.
My budget is limited to 529 before taxes (12 percent)/eco-fee (31.75CAD) (549 at Walmart since a family member has a discount there) + a 2 year warranty plan. I could probably squeeze 599 at walmart if it was something really good but no more than 549 anywhere but walmart.
My needs: LCD/LED/Plasma but has to be 1080p, 37" Minimum but 40"+ preferred. 3 minimum (4 preferred) HDMI ports, 1 USB Port, Audio Out, Optical Digital Audio, 1 component (2 preferred) jack set, 1 composite jack set, Bonus points for a DVI/VGA plug and/or being a Smart TV.
Preferred Brands: Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Sharp in that order
Estimated Buy Date: 1 1/2 weeks from *today*
Now, that all said I know my selection is fairly limited especially since I'd also prefer the tv had somewhat recent tech in its innards (2011) but what I've come up with from all the above mentioned stores: (can't post links yet so will just post model numbers)
(in no specific order)
LG 42LK520 (ONLY on sale for 549-599, latter walmart only)
LG 42LV4400 (On Sale Only)
Samsung LN40D630 (only if it magically drops down to 549 sale price, 649 normal price)
I'd also consider a 720p Plasma if it had everything I need and had decent reviews.
Anyways, long post aside I hope to get some outside input on my choices before the 10th as that's likely when I'll be buying. Any and all help is welcomed and appreciated