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$1500 budget, 42", few requirements, what to get?

post #1 of 13
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I recently bought a PS3 and soon realized, actually within about 5 minutes that an SDTV just isn't going to cut it anymore.

Now I find myself in the market for a good 42" HDTV, I have a $1500 budget (I could spend more but $1500 seems like enough for this size from what I've been seeing)

I do have a few specific requirements though. I'd like HDMI V1.3 (I think almost all current 42's have this) It needs to have decent SD scaling for input of DirecTV receiver (480i input via S-Vid or Composite)

It's going to be used about 90% of time for PS3 and Bluray movies. I've looked at the Sony KDL-42V4100 it seems pretty darn good , and hits under my target budget. Also the Samsung 550 series, but that doesn't work as good with 1080/24p from what I hear.
post #2 of 13
Go with LN42A650 or LN42A750 from Samsung. You will never look back. I would recommend Amazon.com.
Don't trust me, just go to BB or CC to check it out yourself. If Sony V series is Darn good to you, 650 will blow you away.
post #3 of 13
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Is the 650 really all its said to be? I hear a lot of great things about it, so it must be.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
You must mean the Samsung LN40A650 cause there is no 42" in that model, none the less 2" doesn't matter that much as my viewing distance is still within that range, plus that's a 120hz panel!
post #5 of 13
120hz = TOTAL GIMMICK lmao nice way to waste your money , go for the LN40A550, best 60Hz on the market without any little gimmicks
post #6 of 13
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Except for the fact 120hz is needed for true 1080/24p? and the 550 judders under that mode? hmm?
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by RevToTheRedline View Post

I recently bought a PS3 and soon realized, actually within about 5 minutes that an SDTV just isn't going to cut it anymore.

Now I find myself in the market for a good 42" HDTV, I have a $1500 budget (I could spend more but $1500 seems like enough for this size from what I've been seeing)

I do have a few specific requirements though. I'd like HDMI V1.3 (I think almost all current 42's have this) It needs to have decent SD scaling for input of DirecTV receiver (480i input via S-Vid or Composite)

It's going to be used about 90% of time for PS3 and Bluray movies. I've looked at the Sony KDL-42V4100 it seems pretty darn good for about $1399 shipped from J&R right now, and hits under my target budget. Also the Samsung 550 series, but that doesn't work as good with 1080/24p from what I hear.

you have a pretty high budget, and you're willing to spend more, why not consider a larger tv? 46" samsung perhaps?

just a thought
post #8 of 13
judders? you must be dreaming or something lol, you know whats funny? before this 120hz gimmick even came out ppl been looking at this and that 60hz panels and were saying OMG/AMAZING and what not and now that this 120hz gimmick came out, these 60hz panels are now, ugh.. TVs with judders? gimme a break lmao i saw 120hz both time, 1 once Pirates of the carribean and the other was batman begins, just a slight difference LOL, not worth the money, i would go to the 52 a550 if i wanted to waste more money, now thats a TV with no gimmicks, always when u buy a gimmick such as a tv with 120hz, u never know becuase it might aswell die as in discontinue or even worse , samsung will release a TV with an even better feature/gimmick and then what is your epensive 120hz panel worth? nada lol because it was a gimmick when you bought it but no longer because the new gimmick is just sooooooooooooo much better thats technology, dont bash 60hz because thats the only true TV, lmao and i dont know if u noticed but in the post where CNET posted their best settings to get the best PQ from the 650, if u notice, AMP is OFF rofl. ah well, enjoy your TV with 120 even tho its an expensive gimmick hehe
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
I just don't need 46" for my viewing distance, 42" is just fine.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by lamonsasa View Post

i dont know if u noticed but in the post where CNET posted their best settings to get the best PQ from the 650, if u notice, AMP is OFF

Auto Motion Plus is the motion interpolation feature that the TV offers, but RevToTheRedline seemed to be interested in the proper(5:5) display of 24 FPS content that 120HZ can offer. It should be noted though that CNET couldn't see a difference on the 52" 650 between 1080p/24 and 1080p/60.

The idea of 2:3 pulldown causing judder is not a new invention however.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by lamonsasa View Post

judders? you must be dreaming or something lol, you know whats funny? before this 120hz gimmick even came out ppl been looking at this and that 60hz panels and were saying OMG/AMAZING and what not and now that this 120hz gimmick came out, these 60hz panels are now, ugh.. TVs with judders? gimme a break lmao i saw 120hz both time, 1 once Pirates of the carribean and the other was batman begins, just a slight difference LOL, not worth the money, i would go to the 52 a550 if i wanted to waste more money, now thats a TV with no gimmicks, always when u buy a gimmick such as a tv with 120hz, u never know becuase it might aswell die as in discontinue or even worse , samsung will release a TV with an even better feature/gimmick and then what is your epensive 120hz panel worth? nada lol because it was a gimmick when you bought it but no longer because the new gimmick is just sooooooooooooo much better thats technology, dont bash 60hz because thats the only true TV, lmao and i dont know if u noticed but in the post where CNET posted their best settings to get the best PQ from the 650, if u notice, AMP is OFF rofl. ah well, enjoy your TV with 120 even tho its an expensive gimmick hehe

The 650 isn't just the same TV with 120hz and AMP. Even if you ignore those 2 features. The 650 has the clear panel, it's a better lcd panel, better processor.

Not saying that the 550 is a bad set. In fact I think it's probably the best lcd in it's price range, but the 650 definitely has better PQ. Is it worth the price difference? That's up to the person buying the set.
post #12 of 13
40A550 may be a good TV - My experience differs. I had owned 40V4100 and 42V4100. Had to return that due to minor defects, after which I got Sansung 40A550.

Man...Standard Definition looks WORST on Samsung 40A550. HD looks OK (not that great) I tried all calliberation settings posted on the official calliberation thread. Nothing could make the PQ better - dull and gloomy pictures....

Finally returned it....No regrets.
post #13 of 13
BB has a nice deal on the 40a550 w/ xbox360 for under your budget... the V4100 is a great tv, much better for gaming... i have a W4100
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