Originally Posted by tvaddicted
Well, what I'm looking at is under 1k.
Id be good with a 50 or 55", so what Sammy model do you recommend? I see a lot of Sammy LED's. Not plasma so much.
when you say good with 50 or 55" is that min, max, or just what you guess you can afford?
the f5300 plasma comes to mind, it's way under 1grand if you're buying the 51" model. but I think you should be able to find the 60" for less than a grand as well. the f5500 should also be in that price range, but gets you 3D if you want it.
don't take this the wrong way, I obviously don't know your situation or your preferences, so this is just a comment on what I've found works for me. but I feel buying a tv at the 1000 price point to be a poor long term decision. it's still a lot of money, so it's not a throwaway item you can afford to replace in a year, but it's also not enough money to get a really good tv that you're going to be happy with for the next 5years. I've found, that if I buy a cheaper tv(like 1000bux in todays market) I'm left dissatisfied with it a few months after purchase, and spend the next 3yrs wishing I spent more money as I save up for a replacement. on the other hand, if I spend a little more, and buy one of the top end TV's(unfortunately the only one still left is the f8500), I'm not only super thrilled with it when new, but I'm actually still really impressed with it years later.
my brother bought a high end CRT RPTV around 2004, and there's only been a handful of TV's I've seen since that were even as good, let alone better than it. that tv lasted nearly 10yrs, and I'd say I was thrilled with it's PQ for almost all of them. on the other hand, I bought a Samsung plasma in 2008 or 2009 for about a grand that was not only inferior in PQ to the RPTV, but also very quickly surpassed in quality by even the cheapest TV's on the market the next year. I didn't even get 1yr of satisfaction from that tv. so when the time came to buy a new one last year, I opted for the best I could find, which ended up being the f8500. a year later, I certainly don't regret it, if anything I wish I spent more and got the zt60. for me it's the difference between wasting 1000bux or 3grand spent well.
basically what it boils down to(for me), is that it's cheaper to buy a great TV once every 5-8yrs than it is to buy an average tv every 2-3yrs. and as a bonus, the 'expensive' tv is usually better for that entire 5-8yrs. just ask the kuro guys.
in the long run it's always better to buy quality. this is true of TV's, tools, cars, plumbers, or whatever. if you spend a little more upfront, you spend less down the road. assuming you do your research and actually get quality for that money, sometimes that's not always the case anymore.