Originally Posted by Bond 007
I have an LG 47LH90 that is like new I am selling. It was the flagship display in 2009. Full LED, Local Dimming, 240 Hz and THX Certified. I am having trouble selling it for a reasonable price because no one understands the tech. To most people it is "just a 47-inch tv". It sold for $2100 new and I can't get $500 for it now.
That's nothing new though, just about anything AV or electronics related is like that.
You should only buy high-end if you intend on keeping it for a long time, as high-end stuff is worth just as much as low-end gear a couple of years on.
If a set isn't good enough that you would be happy sticking with it for 5-10 years, it isn't worth buying.
If you can't afford to buy a set of that quality (and few exist these days) then stick with what you've got and save until you can, or buy the cheapest thing you would be happy with, because you're going to lose less money on it. (the less you spend, the less you can lose)
I'll never understand the people I know that buy low-end or mid-tier TVs every 12-18 months, constantly looking for better image quality, when they could have just saved up and bought a high-end set and been happy.
Until OLED is actually here and affordable, which is not likely to happen for at least another three years, I will be sticking with my Sony HX900. Sure, it cost twice as much as any other TV of its size at the time, but two years on, I haven't even considered buying anything else.
Those friends have now bought two more TVs since then, spent more than I did overall, and none of them have nearly as good a picture. I expect them to be "upgrading" again this year. Once I've had this set for five or six years, then
I might be thinking about upgrading to OLED.
Originally Posted by Artwood
The dirty little secret here that isn't talked about at AVS is simply that picture quality is on the march downward!
I'm not sure that I would agree. Up until Pioneer's second generation of "Kuro" displays, and Sony's high-end LED backlit LCDs (the XBR8 and then HX900) I would say that flat panel image quality in general was terrible. I think those few sets have been the high-point of flat panel image quality that has yet to be matched, but everyone else has been making strides to improve, and Panasonic's latest Plasmas are looking pretty good now compared to how they used to be.
The move to Edge LED was definitely a step backwards as far as uniformity is concerned, but manufacturers are getting that under control, and image quality is gradually improving.
Colour accuracy on all but the cheapest flat panels is generally looking really good these days. Motion quality has drastically improved over earlier models, largely thanks to the introduction of 3D. Image quality is still improving every year.
We don't have anything that matches or surpasses those few sets yet, but image quality overall is going up, and few people bought those high-end sets anyway. Pioneer left the TV business as a result of that, and Sony is really struggling.
And if you bought one of them, you probably still have it.
Originally Posted by hoozthatat
That being said there are some respectable LCD's out there. Just few and far between. I feel like 2012 was the year of "the step back" for a lot of LCD manufacturers.
In what way was it a step back? The biggest problem right now is the race to the bottom on pricing, particularly with the Korean-made sets. No-one else seems able to compete with that.