Originally Posted by ckb1978
I am looking for some honest advice. My wife and I have started shopping for a new TV to replace and old Magnavox 1080i tube (CRT?) tv. Our budget is $1000 and we would like to go between 42" and 47" since we sit about 10 feet from the screen.
At first we were considering the Panny Plasmas, specifically the G10/G15 series but as I read about some of the issues with increasing black levels, I am starting to shy away from this model.
Today at Best Buy we looked at the Sony 46EX500 and the Samsung 46B550 as they are both very close in price. We are mainly using the TV for HD cable (comcast at the moment) and gaming on the XBox 360. We are also going to be adding a blu-ray player sometime in the near future.
This is my first flat panel purchase and considering both units have no real reviews that I can find, I would like to get some opinions from the people here.
You are going to use the TV exactly the way I do. I have the 55EX501 and I am very happy with it. That being said, I do not know anything about the Samsung. Not sure if the screen is glossier than the Sony but I would look at that. It will make a difference when you get it in your home. The EX500/501 works fine in my house with some reflection but does not interfere with watching. The blacks are very good with the EX500. Xbox has been fine according to my son. Blu-ray movies are great.
I do not watch very much standard def TV. The quality is not very good on the EX500/501 in my opinion, but I do not care since all my watching is in HD.
HD on cable will vary with each channel and even time of day you are watching. Just the way it is. But mostly it is good ( I have Cox). I would definitely go with a 46" model, you will not be disappointed.
So again, I am very happy with my EX500/501. Costco is a great place to buy the TV's since the Sony's there have a 3 year warranty from Sony instead of 1 year like at Best Buy. The 46" has just been added to the Costco web page by the way.
Hope this helps. I am sure someone with experience on the Samsung may post also. Or check the Samsung Board for the TV you are looking at.