I have the 75" Samsung 75F6400 which is great but goes for $4k. If you can't stretch to that, at your price point you have a choice of:
- the Vizio e series 701 which is dirt cheap at around $1600, 2D only. Very good bang for the buck but so so black levels . There is a long thread on it as its been out for a while.
- the Vizio m series, and new Sony, both of which are around $2400 and just starting to ship. Owners threads here as well so check for reports as they get into the hands of owners. Both 3d passive I believe
- tons of different Sharp 70" models as well, some 2d, some 3d. I'm not so familiar with these.
Good luck in the hunt and I definitely agree with your inclination to go bigger. That's how I landed at 75" after having had a 70" Vizio.
Btw the older (632, 844) 80" sharps can often be had for not too much more than $3k if you can find one...
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