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Samsung vs Samsung vs Sony vs Vizio?

post #1 of 10
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I'm about to make a LCD purchase and wanted to check for opinions of this respective group before I drop cash. The TV will be placed in a dedicated media room with blacked out windows. Usage will be 50% on gaming / 50% movie/DirecTV watching.

Here is my assembled list of candidates:

Samsung LNA750 - $2000

Samsung LNA650 - $1800 - To my eyes it looks like the exact same TV as the A750 save for the added DLNA features in the A750. Is that accurate?

Sony KDL-52W4100 - $1700 - The image quality appears to be on par with the Samsung models (though perhaps the blacks aren't quite as good to my eyes?). Great price/value.

Vizio VF550XVT - $1800 - A 55" for $1800 is quite the value. It's an ugly, ugly TV but that's of small concern. I have only seen this one running in a Costco and it looks OK but lacks the "holy, crap...wow!" factor of the Samsung & Sony models.

I know you guys get this kind of post all the time. I really do appreciate your expert opinions.
post #2 of 10
The 750 is a PCMag best buy and Editor's Choice, FWIW.
post #3 of 10
Many here recommend Vizio as a great value, and many others (including myself) would never consider a Vizio. I'd go Samsung.
post #4 of 10
I talked to a couple of techs before buying my TV they told me
that Samsung is making superior electronics right now.
So thats what I bought , all though I would have settled for
the higher end Sony also.
post #5 of 10
You should also consider the toshiba xv545u. The 52xv545u is consumer reports best buy.
post #6 of 10
I just got a Sony KDL52W4100 and love it, so I'm totally biased.
Having said that, I was looking at the same sets (except the Vizio). What did it for me was seeing a 52A650 next to a 52V4100. The Sony looked better in every way. Blacker blacks, whiter whites, more vibrant colors and a nice, sharp HD picture. Checked out the 46"ers and the same story.
So I was all set to get the V but the place I went to didn't have any in stock so I ended up getting a crazy deal on a W.
I will say the Samsungs had a good picture but the Sony's was just better, IMO. You really can't go wrong either way.

Don't know anything about Vizio so I can't help you out there.
post #7 of 10
I purchased a Vizio last year. No problems. No regrets. I'd buy another. IMO its a great value for goods received. Sure there are others out there that are better, but you're gonna pay for that (something just a little) better. For me, that little better wasn't worth it.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
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You should also consider the toshiba xv545u. The 52xv545u is consumer reports best buy.

Looks like a nice TV but it's roughly $2200. I really want to keep the price under $2k.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by SiliGoose View Post

Looks like a nice TV but it's roughly $2200. I really want to keep the price under $2k.

You can find them for less at other online sellers. Cleveland plasma shows it on his website delivered for less than that. You can just click on the cp link above.
post #10 of 10
I would take the sony, in my opinion sony's picture is slightly better than samsung's, but the samsungs are good too!
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