I'm in need of new tv to replace my aging Sony 50" SXRD which will be relegated to the basement for game playing and kids movies.
I've recently moved and decided not to renew my subscription to the monster that is Time Warner in this area. My wife and I have been living on Hulu and Netflix, and I'm also going to get a decent antenna for OTA broadcasts.
That being said, I want a TV with good to excellent smart features. Netflix, Hulu Plus, and DLNA are a must. We really want a nice clean setup. Nothing on the wall but the TV. Right now, we are using a combination of TV, PS3, Computer, and Logitech Revue to view TV. I would really like to bring that all in to one device.
The area has a lot of natural light, so I'm thinking that LED is my best bet. I'm wanting to go with 55" or so, but I'm thinking anything in the 50-60" range will work for me. We do watch some sports, so a good refresh will be key. I would like some decent sound as I don't want to add a whole entertainment system in this room. 3D is a cool feature, but not very high on the list of things we will actually use.
Absolute top budget will be $3K, but less is always better...
I'm thinking that for the price, I should look at the Samsung 55ES8000 and the LG 55LM9600 as my high end...
The LG 55LM8600 seems very tempting as well. Good price point (around $1500), and a dual core processor which should help make the cord cutting a bit snappier. I'm not sure what Samsung would be in the same range with a dual core processor? Something in the 7 series?
Which of these has a better "Smart" experience?
Are there other brands/models I should be considering?
I've been reading through some of the threads here, and quite honestly, the amount of data is overwhelming. Most seem to focus on PQ. Although that is important to me, I think that just about anything is going to be a step up from my current setup.