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I am looking for a new TV for my home office which will be connected to an HTPC so internet connectivity, while desired, is not required. The TV will not be used for gaming.

I almost pulled the trigger on the Samsung UN40ES6100 40-Inch 1080p 120Hz Slim LED HDTV ($750 at Amazon) but I've seen a lot of negative feedback on the Samsung SmartHub and about the picture uniformity on LED's in general.

So I'm beginning to lean towards a basic (non "smart," non 3D) TV and I've narrowed the search down to the following TV's: Sharp LC-42SV50U 42" LCD 1080p - 60Hz ($399 at Best Buy) or the
LG 42CS570 42" LCD 1080p -120Hz ($499 at Amazon).

I've always had great luck with Sharp TV's so Im interested to know if I'm missing something here, seems like a great deal. Thanks!
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http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666415264

KDL-40EX640

Mainly suggesting this because it is a 40". Sony support is decent, and people get good 640 panels. Limitations of this model are no wifi-direct. You'd have to go up to 46" and $1,100 to the HX750 to get wifi-direct, if it's important to you. However, it sounds like you'll be using it as a monitor only, with all controls occurring through an htpc.

With LED, there is a panel lottery. Which I why I would suggest you get a great price locally, and buy from a brick and mortar store with a simple 2-4 week no hassle return policy.
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I would consider this tv as well, even though it's a last year model:

http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666294423#overview

It has wifi-direct, as well as a built in onscreen tv guide.

Disclaimer: I typically only consider Sony when it comes to tvs.
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Great, thanks for the feedback. Question about you 'panel lottery' comment...does this mean that for the same model depending on which actual unit you get, some are bad and some are good?
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Exactly. Which is why the ability to return/exchange easily is so important.
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I have a Dynex 40'' connected via HDMI to a PC. I use it as a video monitor and I am quite satisfied with the results.
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Seems like a no-brainer to go with the Sharp for $399 at Best Buy? I've never had a bad experience with Sharp & for what you're using it for the connectivity is not essential so you can put the savings into your HTPC!
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