Originally Posted by Kragg-O
I'm in the market for a new TV. I'd like to be in the 50" - 60" range. The budget is under $1000. It will be used for movies and gaming.
I've seen 4k offerings in that range, like the Samsung UN50HU6840, but they appear to be 60Hz, so I worry about motion blur.
I really don't care about the smart features - no use for yet another web browsing device. It will be connected to an Xbox 360; all the apps I need are on the xbox.
Do you guys think the budget 4k displays are worth-while? Or would I be better off spending less on a 1080p set with at least 120Hz native refresh rate?
I think the Vizio P series and higher end 1080Ps under $1000 are great and you really can't go wrong with either. If size is not a limitation, bigger is always better especially considering that movies may be smaller, leaving some wasted space on the top and bottom. I too was considering this dilemma and eventually went with the Sony 55" w700b. Here's the factor that led to my decision.
1. I didn't care for smart features because my tv is connected to my computer via HDMI cable. Sony's smart features only satisfactory.
2. 4k brings about a price premium but not necessarily a better image because contrast ratios, viewing angles and motion blur which is more important are comparable for the top models in your price range. It was the choice between a smaller 4k tv or a bigger 1080p tv at a certain price and I went for bigger.
3. The aesthetics of the TV mattered for me because when it's not on, it's a big piece of furniture in my small living room and I found the Vizio M and P series and Samsung U6840 series to be less aesthetically pleasing.
4. If gaming is a priority then you should check for reviews of the input lag and ghosting of whatever screen you are interested in. Sony tvs have an impulse mode setting that drastically cuts down ghosting at the cost of brightness.
Because of these factors, I ruled out 4K TVs and the HDTVs on my list for consideration were:
Samsung 7150 series
Vizio M series
Vizio E series
I went with the Sony w700b because it had the best image quality, build quality and biggest size at the right price of $720. $799.99 sale at Best Buy /w 10% movers coupon.