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Well doesn't look like this thread is getting too much love for "what TV should I buy", but I guess I'll start off here first and hopefully get some good feedback.

I'm in a temporary living situation (1-2 years max) and my 32" 720p just isn't cutting it in the space. I also don't have a setup conducive to mounting my projector, so my stop-gap solution is a (cheaper) larger TV that will eventually be resigned to a bedroom or kids room in 2-4 years one we have moved and can invest a bit more in a nicer setup.

Main question is:
What is the best $300-500 TV I can get in the 50-55" range.

Some main questions now are:
* Should I even be looking at 4K sets? While I realize 4K is backwards compatible to 1080, I think I might be able to get a pure 1080 with better colors/contrast/etc then a low end 4K that doesn't have them. Ofc, it is getting harder to find non 4K sets.

* If I go for a 4K, HDR isn't in my budget and I'm not sure how much I'll kick myself for not getting an HDR? (then again this is being considered a budget buy, and I realize I can't have everything)

* I already have a Roku/HTPC source, so not sure if a "Smart" TV is worth the extra $$. However, if I go with a 4K TV, having the streaming integrated means I can access 4K sources without going through my receiver, etc. Thoughts?

* Should I opt for a smaller 43-50" over the 55" to save on cost? I'm thinking we want as large as possible based on our viewing distance.

* Should I even worry about 120HZ+, or save money (more details on my thoughts below)

This all being said, I would like to buy something that will continue to get good use in a few years. In all likelihood I don't want to pay to upgrade my receiver/HTPC and other components for at least another 2 years.

1. Budget
- I would really like to stay below $500, and the lower the better.

2. Seating distance
- The back of the couch(es) to the front of the entertainment system is between 10-11'

3. Size/placement limitations
- I can't mount on the walls here, but I was left a very nice "old school" entertainment system cabinet with a space for a TV that should accomodate most modern 55" displays. The opening is just shy of 32x50" but there is an overhang bezel which I have accounted for. So, technically I can probably squeeze at least another half inch by having the TV bezel behind the overhang.

4. Uses and sources
- All TV/Movie viewing. We almost primarily use Roku and an HTPC media source where I store my ripped DVD/Bluray collection and some downloaded TV.
As mentioned above, I don't really plan on upgrading my other media components for at least a couple of years, so I'm not really sure what advantage I will gain from 4K.
Additionally, my wife and I both hate the "soap opera" effect of refresh above the standard 60Hz, and we rarely watch live events or sports. That being said, I'm thinking in the future it might be worth having it.

5. Room lighting
- Room is family room so it is well lit and cannot be blacked out (or even close to it) in the daytime.

Additional Information:
Reciever - Onkyo TX-NR809
HTPC - AMD Radeon HD 6550D
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