No recommendations, but I'm in a similar position, looking for a 60-65" TV that I would like to pick up in the next week, so I will hijack your thread if that's ok. I have trouble going over the $1000 mark, but if $1250 gets me more than 25% increase in "performance" over $1000 I'll consider it. For reference I have a Mitz 60C9 which I'm wholly satisfied with, however I need to replace it with something wall mountable.
I have a projector for dark room movie watching, so I guess I value brightness over black levels (cringe). That said I tried (and failed) to get amazon to price match Fry's on the P60ST60, so Plasmas aren't totally ruled out. Being an HTPC user IR makes me nervous.My requirements:
Good off angle viewing (certainly no worse than my DLP)
I do not require Smart features as I use an HTPC as mentioned. I doubt I will use the built in speakers
Due to the requirement for good viewing angles, I have been generally looking at the ever decreasing pool of direct-lit LED TVs - although I find these don't always give the excellent viewing angles I would expect.Candidates:Seiki SE65JY25 65-Inch
- seen as low as $850
The only thing attracting me to this TV is the price. There are no reviews on the internet. It is direct-lit and Seiki don't have a terrible reputation. 240Hz is a bit of a gimmick.LG 60LN5600
- seen as low as $930
Looks like a solid choice, but scared by the limited reviews available.Samsung UN60FH6003
- seen as low as $830
Could be my perfect TV, customer reviews are good, at $830 the price is right. It is unusually chunky for wall mounting (nearly 4" thick).Samsung UN65EH6000
- as low as $999
Amazon BF deal, so might be impossible to get. Is this basically the same as the FH6003? Customer reviews online are very encouraging, but CNET gave it a bad review (mentioning bad viewing angles specifically). Is this due to the "Samsung Panel Lottery"?Disqualified (feel free to make me reconsider):VIZIO E601i-A3
I haven't been too impressed with what I've seen of the Vizio, although I might be tempted to pick up the 70" for $999 on black friday. Viewing angles seemed poor.Sharp LC60LE550U/650U
Edge-lit and poorly received (http://www.avsforum.com/t/1488760/sharp-lc-60le550-screen-issues
I would really appreciate input from people who have experience with these models.