AVS Forum is planning a series of buying guides for the holiday shopping season, and we need your help. Each guide will include the top picks of AVS members based on reviews, threads, and—most importantly—your response to queries such as this one.
To start things off, what are your favorite LCD TVs (including, of course, those with LED illumination)? Since this is for an upcoming buying guide, we're only looking for currently available models. Simply post a comment with the make(s) and model number(s) and any elaboration you care to add; we might even use your comments in the final buying guide. Perhaps you love the one(s) you own or those you've seen at friends' places. Either way, feel free to include more than one, but please limit your response to the best you've seen among currently available models. You can also consider price and value in your choices—a particular product might not be the absolute best performer, but if it's very good and its price is relatively low, that makes it an outstanding value and worthy of inclusion.
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1) Sony XBRX900A (4K)/ Sony W900A
2) Samsung F8000/F9000 (4K)
3) Samsung UN85S9 (never seen it but I'm sure it's incredible).
4) Samsung F6400 for a budget pick.
That's about it. Nobody else doing much interesting with LCD at the moment.
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I am rather enamored by the Vizio M series. Well implemented passive 3D and good on-axis image quality combine with a sweet price and good design. The 80" M801D is the "complete package" when it comes to a 1080p LCD for under $4000.
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i really hope manufacturers seize the market of heart broke plasma lovers(assuming panasonic, and shortly after the rest of the world does shut down production) by bringing back a full array local dimming set. with no plasma to compete against, the sharp elite starts to look like a bargain, haha
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This is to be a buying guide for the Holiday Season. I din't think the Elite can be purchased anymore, correct?
For me it would be one of two UHD TVs
Panasonic's TC-L65WT600 because it already has the new 2.0 HDMI ports ready to go
Or Samsung's UN65F9000
Either one, I would not turn down as a gift from someone. They both are beautiful sets. I am considering taking a few of my Blu-rays down to do a demo for my self. Then, I will send in my note to Santa Clause.
Now, I won't turn down one of the OLEDs but the negatives for me would be: 55" only (so far). curved, and cannot hang on the wall
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Pretty much the entire Sony line needs a special mention for their low input lag, name it the gamer's choice pick if nothing else.
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As some of you have noted, this particular thread is about LCD TVs that are currently available; I should have made that clear in the original post. The Sharp Elite is a wonderful set, but I don't think it's available any more, other than perhaps a few remaining units in some retailers' inventory.
Vizio M Series 70" is also passive 3D.
I posted some screen shots of the set in operation. Open the site below and page down a ways to see the 5 screen shots starting with the picture control pix. The pictures are square due to me zooming in to get a better detailed look at the screen. I took the pictures with the room lights off.
The 3D on this set looks good and the TV comes with 4 pairs of active glasses.
As for available units Sony KDL55W900A the Sammy UN65F9000AFXZA 4K TV.
Sharp Elite Pro 60
Pioneer Elite VSX-52 Receiver
Pioneer Elite BDP-62FD BluRay
-Sharp LE650 (60"/70")
-Sony R550A (although I'm not so fond of the W802)
-Sony R450A (40"/50")
-Sony W650A (32")
-Vizio M-Series (not to sound like a snob, but I'd never buy one personally)
too much stuff
Grab one of these in a 60 or 65 inch and you are set for a fantastic image in all lighting conditions.
Like the un60es8000 that I own, the F series continues the trend with a razor sharp, crystal clear, depth filled picture that displays excellent colors and textures.
Design wise the ultra thin bezel shows off this tv even when turned off, as if its a piece of electronic art.
Fortunately there are a number of great TV's to choose from but....the Samsung always pulls me back and shows why its superior, especially when I go into "play house mode" and do the side by side comparisons in the magnolia rooms.
The good news is when I get home, my es8000 never leaves me wanting. The better news is what we will have, at pedestrian pricing, in 4k/oled from Samsung in 3-5 years when I start shopping again.
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It makes sense that sony would be all about gaming. I heard some bad things about the r550a and have been following the thread, I have been having problems with the kdl-47w802a myself.I actually just exchanged it today for another but all in all it is a great tv on the cheaper side for 2014 and has a significantly lower input lag then the kdl-xx"r550a. So if your looking for a great tv for the gamer in your house this holiday go with the kdl-47w802a.