Originally Posted by cap2587
I am looking to buy a 65" LCD TV and wanted some advice on the best quality for $3500 and Below. Two I am looking at so far are:
LG Infinia 65LW6500 65-Inch Cinema
Sony KDL65HX729 65"
Any suggestions and advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Those are all old and/or discontinued models. I have seen the 65" LG and it looked bad, it had poor uniformity and very visible vertical banding. The Samsung UN65C8000 is a 2010 model, which was rife with QC issues and poor performance; it was replaced by the 2011 UN65D8000, which was not much better. The new replacement is suposed to the UN65ES8000, which is not out yet. I have only seen the Sony in a 55" and I'd wager the 65" version would offer better performance than those other two, but it's still only edge-lit.
As LCD sets get bigger it is much harder to achieve backlight uniformity, especially when they are only using an edge-lit backlight (nothing behind the LCD panel). The models you listed are all edge-lit and those types of sets are notorious from suffering from spotty uniformity, especially during dark or mixed-contrast content. You can spend $3500 on an LCD, or you can spend $1000 less and get better performance for a plasma, like the Panasonic TC-P65ST50. Get the VT50 if you want to go whole hog. Since plasmas are self-illuminating you don't have to worry about backlight distribution. The 2012 Panasonics also feature an excellent filter on the screen that rejects ambient light and works very well in bright rooms (in fact, they even have less glare than some LCDs).
if you really, truly, are stuck on LCD, I'd seek out a 70" Sharp from last year, since they all use a full-array LED backlight placed behind the panel. The LE735 was their best model last year and is still floating around online for well within your budget.
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2ch Marantz PM8004, Sony BDP-S1000ES, JVC T-X3 tuner, Monitor Audio Silver RX1, REL T3, Apple TV, Peachtree Audio DAC•iT
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