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HI all,

I am looking for a budget friendly 1080p TV with great picture quality. I have no need for 3D (not interested) or Internet connectivity (that will be provided by a Google powered media player).

I was considering the Samsung UN40EH5000 when I came across TCL's F3300 line. It is very similar to the Samsung in specs and uses Direct LED rather being edge lit, and the TCL LE43FHDF3300TA 43" version costs more that $150 less than the Samsung. The only problem is, I have never seen the TCL in person.

Can anyone out the vouch for the picture quality of the 2012 line? They seem to be sold almost exclusively online (Amazon, Best Buy, Tiger Direct). Can anyone speak to the quality of other TCL models? I've heard it rumored that they use Samsung panels.
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As best as I can determine OpenCell LED backlighting is edge lit and does not support local dimming.

http://www.displaysearchblog.com/2012/04/half-of-all-lcd-tv-panels-likely-to-be-cell-in-2012/#more-3113
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While there isn't a lot of specific info on Amazon.com or tclusa.com, I made the assumption that it is Direct Lit, based on similar models on their european and australian sites:

http://www.tcl.eu/es/productos/led-tv-109cm-L43F3300FC

http://www.tclelectronics.com.au/product.asp?pid=101&cid=44
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I bought the Samsung-PN43E450 43" Plasma two weeks ago and it's a fantastic TV.
very powerful picture processing, a must have if you are mostly watching cable/dish HD programing.
and you don't need 1080 for a 43" screen.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN43E450-43-Inch-Plasma-Black/dp/B0076LXHII/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341336301
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I think you are confusing a 'Full array" local dimming :LED backlight with a backlight that is direct and fully lit from the edge with no local dimming, A full array LED backlit model normally costs a lot more then an edge lit local dimming or a edge lighting that fully illuminates the back directly without any light guides

Just found the following link which explains the difference between Direct LED backlighting(which is new this year) and full array local dimming backlighting see::

http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/120118_low_cost_direct_led_backlights_to_reduce_premium_for_led_backlit_lcd_tvs.asp
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I bought the Samsung-PN43E450 43" Plasma two weeks ago and it's a fantastic TV.
very powerful picture processing, a must have if you are mostly watching cable/dish HD programing.
and you don't need 1080 for a 43" screen.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN43E450-43-Inch-Plasma-Black/dp/B0076LXHII/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1341336301

If you want to watch 1080i broadcast content or 1080p Blu-ray content without 1/2 of the pixels being deleated to create 720p you need a full 1080p TV. If you could insure, whch you cannot, that the pixels being deleated contributed less to good detail then the one's remaining then a 720p TV would be ok. Then nunber of 720p on the market this year is less then last and the 720p models do have the faster and more advanced video processing chips that are in the top of the line 1080p models.
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US website indicates Direct LED panel

http://www.tclusa.com/products/led/le43fhdf3300/

I am actually buying this set for my bedroom

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