Originally Posted by u4ea
We just recently moved into a new house. We have a big media/family room where we have a 65" Mitsubishi. It's great down there. But we also now have a living room with a built in above the fireplace. It looks completely naked at the moment. As we have an opening for a tv that is 40.5" wide x 30" tall... So we are looking for the best tv that can fill that space while staying in our budget.
There are two windows flanking each side of the fireplace and are recessed back ~16" There is also a big sliding door to the right of the room which gets morning to noon sun. We intend on hanging blackout curtains in there. Also, the room connects sort of to the breakfast nook which has yet another slider. Anyway, we can actually get the room decently dark during the day. At night. It's pitch black if we turn the lights off -- we live in the country. I have a small budget of $800-900 for the tv. Pretty much we will only be watching Dish HD, Google Tv/Blu-ray and maybe Netflix/Amazon Prime running up there. A smart tv would probably work well for us here as we are limited as to space for components. We are a Mac only house. So if it needs to be able to stream it must work well with Mac. We have wifi that can easily reach the tv.
Looking for recommendations for getting the best bang for the buck. Looking for a very clear and clean screen. We won't be using it for gaming. Also, as we have limited space for equip back there a set with decent sound would be sort of important. But if needed we can pop a sound bar or a small speaker system in there as well.
I've tried to be as detailed as I could. If you have questions. Please let me know.
Thanks in advance
Do you need a Smart TV? Or is that just a bonus? For that price range you've got a plethora of options. If your using a BD Player and/or Google TV there's your streaming options. Any preference for manufacturer?
The Samsung EH6000 is a backlit LED/LCD and is a pretty solid performer. I'd encourage you too look at that FP first and check out the owner's thread on here. I've been pleasantly surprised with the performance on that one and it meets your "good bang for the buck" quality. The 40" is only $550. The biggest downside to this Samsung is the fact that it only has 2 HDMI inputs, which you may run out of connections. That being said you can find an HDMI selector for pretty cheap on Amazon or Monoprice. Something I do like about this FP is the fact that it's a backlit rather than an edge lit which typically gives you better uniformity, contrast ratios and black levels. In actually prefer this FP over it's bigger brother FP the ES6100 which is an edge lit but comes with Smart TV functionality.
That being said the Samsung ES6100 is another option for you. The 40" is $748, comes with 3 HDMI inputs and is alright. Again I'd prefer other options such as the EH6000.
The 40EX645 from Sony is deserving of a shot as well. Another edge lit LED/LCD, with 3 HDMI inputs, it's priced at $717. Performance wise I'll put it in the same boat as the aforementioned ES6100 from Samsung. Black levels aren't terrible and has pretty decent uniformity. The nice thing I do like about from what I've seen from the 2012 Sony's that they seem to have pretty good video processing algorithms which in turn give you acceptable performance for sports if that's a concern for you.
The Panasonic E50 is only $549.99, comes in a 42" size and that'll fit well in your space. The nice thing about the Panasonic is the fact that it uses an IPS panel which helps improve LCD's poor off angle viewing. The downside of this FP, at least from what I've seen, is the poor black level performance and shadow detail coupled with mediocre uniformity. It's an edge lit LED/LCD. Panasonic is know for their PDPs, not LCD's so generally speaking I think you can find a more viable option, however Panasonic is a world class brand and they're trying to build on their LCD business so hopefully that'll come to fruition.
The only thing limiting you here is that you can "only" do a max of 40.5" wide.
All of the mentioned FP's above are 1080p, 120Hz.
Best of luck and cheers.