I too am interested in a new LED-LCD HDTV. I have a 5 year old 52" LG LCD that stills works great, but the new LED sets look better and are so inexpensive I thought of upgrading. I paid $1,650 for my then top of the line LG on sale, but now you can get a better basic 55" for $800, and even basic models have more features than the best TV 5 years ago.
LG seems to be making new sets with "Google TV" installed, which I was originally interested in until someone posted that every time you fire up the TV you have to sign in to a Google account. If that is true, that is a deal breaker for me.
I have my TV hooked up to my 6 core computer, so what do I need a "Smart" TV for?
I also would appreciate anyone posting news about the latest sets from LG and Samsung. I get over-the-air TV and low speed Internet TV via DLS and have no cable TV or sat box. I am interested in the 55" size. I am more interested in LG and Samsung because they are both known for making better quality tuner chips, which is vital for me. OTA TV looks better than cable digital, and it is free.
Debating still between plasma and LCD but if I go LCD what tv would you recommend that is a good quality tv for my living room that gets some natural light (nothing direct, 4 windows and windows go to covered porch) with seating 15'-17' away. Budget is $2000ish and size I'm guessing 55"-65". Thanks in advance
you may consider Sony KDL-55W802A (LED LCD) or Panasonic TC-P55ST60 (Plasma). Some useful specs comparison can be found, http://www.zimbio.com/High-Definition+Television/articles/7ywxSmq-lte/KDL+55W802A+vs+TC+P55ST60
You should consider the new LED edge lit Vizio Razor M series. There is a very large thread here regarding the set and it is easily one of the best buys this year for the amount of money per inch you can get. Right now its 1798 on amazon 1649.99 through costco, however you can get it for cheaper if you wait/shop around. I bought my 65" m651d-a2r for 1698 through amazon and while it does have its quirks its by far a fantastic value.
A plasma like a TC-P60ST60 will give you the best picture quality you can buy sub 2k priceline in the size you want, however its a plasma and not made for brighter rooms. Long wait for this baby on amazon but other places have it in stock.
There are samsung models in your pricepoint with great quality and features but be warned there are alot of issues with the 7100 series.
When I was shopping for an LCD I ruled LG out because its offerings were not up to par for the price when compared to this years Samsung, Panasonic, Vizio offerings so I don't have any info for you on them.
I'll second that. I have the 70" version of this set (Vizio M701d-A3) and its hands down this year's best price/performance champ. Stunning PQ on Blu-ray and very lifelike on Directv HD programming.
In addition to that, until 4k sets become the norm, Its passive 3D performance is among the best available right now.
If you are sitting any further than 9 feet from the set, you should go no lower than 70" if you want the maintain the "WOW" factor and field of view that you get in an actual theater.
Samsung UN60F8000 ($2000) 60 inch
Sony KDL-60R550A ($1498) 60 inch
Samsung UN60F6300 ($1499) 60 inches
I also agree that one should go big.
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