• I say urgent because the labor day sales will expire tomorrow so I need to figure this out by then.
• I only put such a large price range because there's a chance a $1000 TV could be available in the $500 range in a sale. Besides that variable the price range is really only the $400-600$ range, maybe willing to go to $800 if there's just a big leap in picture quality that necessitates it.
Here are the specifics I'm looking for in the television.
• I like a very sharp but natural picture
• Dynamic range is important to me as well as shadow detail and deep blacks
• Television does not need to be the absolute brightest on the shelf because I mostly watch it in a pretty dark room, but you should still be able to see the picture in some ambient light
• Accurate color is important, just a good picture
• 3D is not needed
• WIFI/internet is not needed, in fact the TV cannot have WIFI, or at least it absolutely has to be able to be turned off completely both in the settings and the actual hardware has to turn off too.
• I watch a lot of movies, tv shows, and motion sports
• For the motion sports, it's very important the TV have zero motion blur when watching something fast like ice hockey. If the TV can't achieve zero blur when the camera pans or players move fast by itself, then it has to have frame interpolation or "motionflow" as Sony calls it.
This will be a 2nd TV for the house, and I'm looking for an upgrade over the entry level price 40 inch Sony I bought maybe two years ago for in the $400-$600 range. (EDIT- It may actually be 32 inches not 40, but everything else is accurate). That Sony which is what I'm still using now has options for "standard" motionflow, which I believe is 120 frames per second, and "high," which I believe is 240. Having it on at least standard is integral to watching sports or really anything with movement since LCD's by their nature don't handle movement very well. I recently tried the newest sony model of this TV in a 46 inch, and the new model does not have frame interpolation. The motion blur was very bad, in fact the whole picture just seemed worse than the old model for some reason. I was not happy with the newer model at all.
My plan was just to go with the newer and presumably better version of this old Sony since I've been happy with it, but after testing it out, that plan won't work. I've considered just trying to get another one of this (2?) year old model, maybe in the next size up if they make one, but I figure two years later, there must be something even better for around the same price.
I realize LED is going to be better pound for pound no matter what, but I would appreciate recommendations for both the best LCD options and the best LED options that would fit what I'm looking for as I'm not sure an LED TV would work for my house, and I may be stuck with LCD.
Thank you for the recs!