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post #3541 of 5142
Hopefully can get some suggestions - Looking for a 32-40" TV that is good for the following -
HD TV
Xbxo 360
PS3/Blu-ray

So It will need 3 hdmi ports and 1080p is desirable, good video game response but want to keep the price down. CCFL or LED lighting works fine.
post #3542 of 5142
Quote:
Originally Posted by Briant73 View Post

Hopefully can get some suggestions - Looking for a 32-40" TV that is good for the following -
HD TV
Xbxo 360
PS3/Blu-ray

So It will need 3 hdmi ports and 1080p is desirable, good video game response but want to keep the price down. CCFL or LED lighting works fine.

same TVs mentioned above, the LG comes in 32", 37" and 42" and the Samsung comes in 32", 37", 40"
post #3543 of 5142
I'm looking to replace our Panasonic Plasma with a larger TV as well as a more energy efficient TV. The TV is in our master bedroom and puts out way too much heat. The energy consumption of that TV is 690 Watts. Newer plasmas are more energy efficient but still don't come close to LED tvs.

I'm considering the Sony XBR55HX929 and the Sharp Elite 60". I'm not so sure though I want to spend $2000 more than the Sony for the Sharp Elite.

Also, with 2012 LEDs being released soon, is there another model I should consider instead. The LG55LM9600 may be a great TV which should be released at the end of this month.

Thanks!
post #3544 of 5142
Well, I guess I just answered my own question. I just got back from Best Buy, and the Elite is clearly better than the XBR. The Elite has a picture that won't leave me wishing that I had kept the plasma.
post #3545 of 5142
Can anyone help me with a dilemma?

Found a good deal on a Samsung UN55D6000 (55 inch edge lit LED) which would be my first LED/LCD. I've only used Plasma before.

This would actually replace a larger Panasonic 58" plasma set (S2 series). I'm a little scared about the 3" drop in screen size. But even moreso, if I'll miss my Panasonic.

Can anyone help me? The Panasonic has a nice picture overall but I've heard of some issues over time with the S2 series and have noticed some strobing at times that I hadn't seen before. So I'm a little worried it might be developing some issues after 2 years of light use.

Any opinions? Could sure use some expert advice from AVS brethren.
post #3546 of 5142
I have purchased a Samsung UN55D8000 but am having second thoughts. As I posted in that owner thread, here is my wish list:

LED (will be my first)
55"-60" size
decent-looking cabinet
adequate speakers
WiFi ready or adaptable (included or cheap), with Netflix (definite) and Pandora (preferred)

Help?
post #3547 of 5142
I went to ABT Electronics (Chicagoland) to look at the 47" LG Infinia (Model: 47LM6700) that was on special at Frys for $999.

They had the LG next to the Sony 46 Bravia (Model: KDL46HX820). The Sony was a lot brighter and had better details. Great blacks. It is $450 more than the LG, but the Sony picture quality is hard to deny.

Then, headed over to Costco just to see what they had on their floor. Saw the Samsung 46" (Model: UN46D6400) for $999. Great picture. Best picture in a 46" at Costco.

So, I think the LG Infinia is out. The darkness to the picture just wasn't doing it for me. I guess it comes down to the Sony vs. the Samsung. Important of course to note that the Sony is $450 more than the Samsung.

Is the Sony worth it?? Is there a better 46-47 LED for around $1000?? These are just the best looking sets that I saw today.
post #3548 of 5142
Realized that post above was a little lengthy.

Best 46"-47" LED around $1000?

Found the Samsung 46" (UN46D6400) for $999 and the Sony 46” (KDL46HX820) for $1450.

1. Budget: Around $1000
2. Seating distance: Around 8'
3. Size/placement limitations: Corner position facing L-Shaped Seating
4. Uses and sources: Movies, TV, NetFlix, Basic Viewing.
5. Room lighting: Glass Patio Doors behind/side of TV.
post #3549 of 5142
Quote:
Originally Posted by PlasmaPZ80U View Post

LG 32LK450 or Samsung LN32D550, both are 32" 1080p 60Hz CCFL-LCD TVs

I am looking instead at the specs of the E-series LEDs on the Samsung site. One of the cheaper ones seem OK for my usage. I particularly like the thin edge and the low weight of the newer sets. I will try to see if a local store has one of these to look at.
For under $400 various places online:
UN32EH4000, LED 720p, 60 CMR
For about a hundred more:
UN32EH5000, LED 1080p, 60 CMR
Seems to be a question at this point if the other half thinks it is worth another hundred for 1080 vs 720.

Neither of these has networking or any other fancy features, but the specs online say they have a minijack stereo output. (The Samsungs that have stereo out all seem to use a minijack. I assume I can find a cable somewhere with minijack one end and L/R jacks on the other to adapt to my amp inputs.) BTW, some of the Samsungs that do not have analog audio out say they have a PC audio in minijack port. Anybody besides me find that strange? What is it intended for, my MP3s? Can't imagine why I would want to play music on the crappy speakers that come with essentially every TV.
post #3550 of 5142
LG 60" Class (59.8" Diag.) 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV 60PZ950

Sony KDL55EX720 Bravia 55" Edge LED Backlit 3D HDTV - 1080p, 1920 x 1080, 16:9, PC Input, HDMI, WiFi Ready, Motionflow XR 240

Sony KDL55NX720 55" Class Widescreen 3D LED HDTV -1080p, 1920 x 1080, 16:9, Infinite Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 120Hz, HDMI, USB, 3D Conversion, Energy Star

These are my three top choices. I just want to know what you think would be the best. I plan to watch 3D movies and 3D game a lot. I have a smaller Sony 3D tv and I just love playing games in 3D.

Well the tv will be going in my bedroom and used mainly for ps3, 360, and online streaming. Which do you think will have the best picture/3D quality? I like these because there big and not that expensive and they are super thin...KDLNX720 especially Well I just want to your opinion, and if you think of any better tvs that I can pick up for around 1,300$. Well thanks ahead for the help!
post #3551 of 5142
Hey all, I'm in the market for a new TV. I am considering plasma because my main concern, my #1 priority, is input lag - I'd use this TV for games primarily and am sick of using my old (2006), laggy LCD for Street Fighter. I'd like something in the 1-2 frames (<32ms) range and I am trying to do due diligence - are there any LCDs out there that can give me this?

I would buy a plasma without hesitation but, you know, videogames have HUDs and plasmas have image retention issues.
post #3552 of 5142
Quote:
Originally Posted by number1laing View Post

Hey all, I'm in the market for a new TV. I am considering plasma because my main concern, my #1 priority, is input lag - I'd use this TV for games primarily and am sick of using my old (2006), laggy LCD for Street Fighter. I'd like something in the 1-2 frames (<32ms) range and I am trying to do due diligence - are there any LCDs out there that can give me this?

I would buy a plasma without hesitation but, you know, videogames have HUDs and plasmas have image retention issues.

I've been gaming on my Plasma for over a year now - no image burn at all. Image burn seems to be overblown in my experience. Just set your Panny to game mode so it subtly shifts the pixels every so often. You'll be fine. Just break it in gentle !
post #3553 of 5142
To start off, like probably many who ask here, I am a total noobie in HDTVs.
For shipping purposes I live in North NJ

Based on what I know (though I could be wrong, so please correct me if I am)
-I want 120hz, because I don't want motion blurring, and 240hz is a significant price hike.
-I don't care about how thick the TV is, so if a thicker TV means cheaper price or better performance, that's good for me.
-1080p is the standard resolution and the one I want.
-I was thinking about a 40-42" but realized I might be able to get away with even a smaller size for my room, though not sure.


Budget
-I would like to spend around $500 or lower on the TV (wouldn't rule out any good deals around the under $600 price range right away either)

Viewing distance
- I will be sitting/laying down about 7.5-12ft (depending on which part of bed I'm on). I will probably want to mount it on the wall so I can change the viewing angle, in case I want to watch from my desk-chair (see room sketch image)

Current TV
- I will be replacing a 20" tube TV that is probably around 18 years old.

Uses for new TV
- I want to use it to mostly hook up my laptop with HDMI cable and watch movies/shows I download (I use a separate monitor for PC gaming), also probably will get a cable box and a DVD/blueray player for it, and maaaybe a gaming console in the future (though slim chance).

Extra features
- I do not really need "Bells and whistles" such as internet browsing/3D TV etc. if it will save me money, though if they're included in the deal, that's cool too.

Room lighting/lighting preferences
- I have a bright lamp hanging from the ceiling that uses a wall switch, and two windows both opposite from the place my current TV is (see room sketch image), both of them have light colored blinds covering them. I usually like to keep lights on when watching TV (the brightness of TV in the dark bothers my eyes).

I've heard that Samsung is best with LG trailing close second and then SONY as 3rd. (Don't know if this is true, but this is what I've heard.

Any info you could give me regarding all of this or advice would be much appreciated.

post #3554 of 5142
Looking for an 32 to 40 inch tv for the bedroom (LG,Panasonic,Samsung,Sony)

1. Budget
O - $1,000
2. Seating distance
4 - 5 feet
3. Size/placement limitations
32 - 40 inch
4. Uses and sources
Xbox 360/Blu-ray
5. Room lighting
Medium
post #3555 of 5142
**EDIT*** **I choose the 835u**

Was out last night and thoroughly impressed with the Sharp 60C640U that was connected to BluRay at the store. I can get it for $1499, but for $300 more I can get the 835u which has 240hz and Quadpixel (3d too).

My main concern is gaming performance.
post #3556 of 5142
Hello, I am Brazilian and I live in Rio de Janeiro.
After searching a lot, I got up to two TV models that theoretically meet my needs, they are:

Sony 32CX520: http://www.sony-asia.com/productcate...d-cx520-series

Panasonic 32U: http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-L32U3

I know that the model uses Panasonic's IPS Alpha Panel, but was wondering what type of panel 32'' for the CX520 uses, does anyone know?

The usage is:

- Cable TV (SD and HD channels)
- Blu-Ray and DVD
- Sometimes, using as a monitor to play games via PC.

When you choose, please make clear the reason for the choice.

Thanks in advance.
post #3557 of 5142
Hello all (also, this is an awesome forum; first post!)

We are looking to replace our old CRT big screen tv (55") with a comparably sized replacement-plus or minus some is fine. I am interested in smart tvs but really know very little about the products on the market so any recommendations in the $1,000 price range would be awesome. I am not terribly interested in 3D options, that may help. Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
post #3558 of 5142
Hi all. This is an enormously helpful forum. I'm looking to replace an old 27" Sharp LCD with a thin, wall-mounted unit. Here's the basics of what I'm looking for:

1. Size: 35 to 42"
2. Room: Bedroom
3. Lighting: Bright, but able to cut well with curtains
4. Seating distance: Approx. 10 feet
5. Purpose: cable and AppleTV (will prob upgrade to 3rd gen)
6. Budget: would stretch to 900 or 1000, but only if really compelling

Other facts:
  • My main TV is a 9G Kuro. It has spoiled me with deep black, so good contrast is important. I am a huge plasma fan, but recognize it's not practical at this size.
  • I would like something that handles motion reasonably well, so refresh rate is probably important.
  • I'd experiment with 3D, but don't need to make a point of getting a 3D set if it's going to cost a lot more.
  • For now I have no separate audio, so something that doesn't have awful sound is helpful.

Thanks for any and all advice!
post #3559 of 5142
Hi all,
My 5YO Samsung DLP is on its last legs and it's time to consider a flat panel. I'm more inclined to look at DLP over Plasma because we watch TV with the lights on, number one, and number two, plasmas are known to generate spurious RF emissions that interfere with my amateur radio equipment at home.

Picture quality is my number one concern. I watch a fair amount of upconverted SD DVDs at the moment but want to have the BR option as well. The majority of my viewing, however, will be DVR'd network TV off Verizon FiOS.

Viewing distance is constant at roughly 9.5', with one seat off at a sharp angle, 12' away.

My budget is up to $1,500, but I'd prefer to come down closer to $900-1000 if possible.

I do NOT want 3D, nor do I really care about Internet connectivity. I have a good 5.1 Home Theatre setup so sound isn't a significant consideration, although more HDMI inputs would be OK, of course.

Reliability is a major factor as well. My 5-YO dead DLP cost around $3000 at the time. I'm not prepared to buy another set every 5 years. I need something that not only has a good solid reputation but also is economically repairable if a system board or light source fails out of warranty.

Are the models found at Costco/BJs in the $1000 price range generally decent buys or should they be shunned in favour of those found in specialty stores? I hear evil things about Vizio and a zillion other brands I've never heard of before, yet they all look "acceptable" at Costco and WorstBuy.

Any guidance gratefully appreciated, and thanks in advance.
post #3560 of 5142
Hello -

I am in the market for a new HDTV and have been out of the game regarding what to look for.

I would like a thin benzel and overall thin HDTV. WIFI option for Hulu etc would be ideal (I do own an Xbox 360 but have had issues with Netflix). Unsure if I need to look at 240mhx vs 120mhz or any other features that I am out of touch on nowadays.

1. Budget: under $2000
2. Seating distance: 7-9 feet
3. Size/placement limitations: None
4. Uses and sources: Programming, BluRay, Gaming and most likely DISH source
5. Room lighting: natural lighting but do not think direct sunlight will cause glare.

Thanks,

Todd
post #3561 of 5142
Quote:
Originally Posted by nathan_h View Post

Hmmmm. Methinks this thread is just a way to keep these kind of posts out of other threads or from being new threads.... but it's really mostly a one way dialog :-)

This makes me sad. I scrolled through this thread and all I see are people asking for help with very little helping happening. But, I'll give it a go and hope for the best...

1. Budget: $1400
2. Seating distance: Varies, 6-10 feet. I'd like a 55-60" TV
3. Size/placement limitations: None really.
4. Uses and sources: Video Games & Bluray.
5. Room lighting: I darken my room for best viewing. So, pretty dark besides some ambient lighting.

Help me AVS Forum member, you're my only hope.
post #3562 of 5142
Quote:
Originally Posted by He Save Dave View Post

This makes me sad. I scrolled through this thread and all I see are people asking for help with very little helping happening. But, I'll give it a go and hope for the best...

1. Budget: $1400
2. Seating distance: Varies, 6-10 feet. I'd like a 55-60" TV
3. Size/placement limitations: None really.
4. Uses and sources: Video Games & Bluray.
5. Room lighting: I darken my room for best viewing. So, pretty dark besides some ambient lighting.

Help me AVS Forum member, you're my only hope.

Samsung un55d6000 meets all your needs. Hope this helps
post #3563 of 5142
Hey y'all, been lurking for a while, but maybe I should crowd-source this:

Looking at several medium-to-high end LED/LCDs to replace my "apartment-sized" 46" Sony XBR2, now that I have a proper family room in my new house.

1. Budget -- Around $2,000, up to $3,000, but would have to get permission from my other half to go a little beyond that to $3,200.

2. Seating distance -- I like to feel like I'm watching a big TV -- used to have the 46" 5-8 feet away, now my couch is 15-18 feet from the TV.

3. Size/placement limitations -- Only wall to mount it on would be the shared brick townhouse wall, so probably going to keep it on a corner stand that I use for the 46."

4. Uses and sources -- Want to have the ability for 3D Blu Ray, even though I'm more excited than my other half about that. Have a TiVo, PS3, 1080p Apple TV (soon).

5. Room lighting -- Room is lower level, but TV would be mostly facing windows, but they don't bring in a ton of light. At night, I prefer a dark room to watch movies.

From reading here, I'm fairly enamored with the Sharp 70" 735 (wifi, 3D, full array back-lit LED). Can't afford the Elite 70 or the Sony XBR929 unless there's a fire sale. Also looking at LG Infinia Passive 3D 65" W6500 and the Samsung 65"UND8000.

So, Passive vs. Active 3D? Edge-Lit LC70LE847U or full-array (but no local dimming) 735?

Thanks!
John
post #3564 of 5142
Hello,

I am currently in the process of purchasing a new ~55" 3D HDTV.

The TV will be used for Movies > Sports > Games in this particular order. There will be a mixture of SD & HD content.

Also, I dont really watch TV in a "dark" room and usually have regular lighting. Will probably reduce the lighting a bit sometimes to "enjoy" the TV more.

The two HDTVs that caught my eye are Panasonic 55ST30 (Plasma) & Samsung UN55D6400 (LED).

Please can you kindly advise which option will be better for my requirements? Price between these two sets is not an issue. I'm not looking for a ridiculously expensive set though.

Are there any alternatives that offer better for the price?

Please note that I live in Dubai, U.A.E so availability will be concern.

Thanks in advance.

P.S. Does anyone have an idea when the Panasonic ST50 will launch in the U.A.E?
post #3565 of 5142
I am looking for a 65" LED backlit LCD with good blacks and low lag. Will be used mostly for gaming and Blu-Ray watching.

I do NOT want the Samsung PVA or S-PVA panel tech. That's what my 2008 52" Samsung LCD has now, and I can't stand the off center contrast shifting anymore! I also need something without the backlight bleed that my current TV suffers from, so I'm thinking LED should help there, especially if it has local dimming.

Ideally, I'd want a IPS tech panel or something else without off center color/contrast shifting issues.

So bottom line: 65" LED LCD with some kind of IPS type tech, low lag, and at least a 240Hz mode. Does anything close to this even exist? Also, it has to be black, not silver.

I was looking at a plasma, but for gaming, I can't deal with line bleed, image retention worries, and certainly don't want to bother with break in.

I already ruled out the Sharp TVs because every time I've seen them in stores, the PQ has been awful compared to the competition.
post #3566 of 5142
How do you know it is not due to a lousy cable or satelite signal? Maybe try testing it with a DVD or Blue Ray Player. The larger the screen is the more imperfections will show up and become noticeable. Try to take it back right away if it is defective. Might just be a bad screen. If it is a local shop maybe they would send someone over to look at it. Dont throw the packing material away any time soon.
post #3567 of 5142
There aren't that many 65" tvs to begin with, so you are really limiting yourself. And taking out plamsa makes the field even smaller. I'm looking to get the LG 65".

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flavius View Post

I am looking for a 65" LED backlit LCD with good blacks and low lag. Will be used mostly for gaming and Blu-Ray watching.

I do NOT want the Samsung PVA or S-PVA panel tech. That's what my 2008 52" Samsung LCD has now, and I can't stand the off center contrast shifting anymore! I also need something without the backlight bleed that my current TV suffers from, so I'm thinking LED should help there, especially if it has local dimming.

Ideally, I'd want a IPS tech panel or something else without off center color/contrast shifting issues.

So bottom line: 65" LED LCD with some kind of IPS type tech, low lag, and at least a 240Hz mode. Does anything close to this even exist? Also, it has to be black, not silver.

I was looking at a plasma, but for gaming, I can't deal with line bleed, image retention worries, and certainly don't want to bother with break in.

I already ruled out the Sharp TVs because every time I've seen them in stores, the PQ has been awful compared to the competition.
post #3568 of 5142
1. Budget
$300USD maximum. Ideally something in the $200 range, if that's even possible. I want to get the most bang for my buck, and get a tv that will last me and be suitable for my needs for many years.

2. Seating distance
4 to 5 feet. If I shuffled things around alot, I could sit as far away as 10 or 15 feet.

3. Size/placement limitations: my room is kind of small
my room is kind of small, and it'd be nice if I didn't have to install a wall mount.

4. Uses and sources: PS3 gaming (exclusively!)
Gaming on my PS3! I also have a PS2 that I want to hook up, which is why I'm interested in an hdtv rather than an hd computer monitor.

5. Room lighting: Low
kind of dark. My room is half underground and doesn't get direct sun exposure. However, that might change if I move into an apartment at some point in the future. I have no idea what the lighting situation would be in that scenario.
post #3569 of 5142
Cuddly,
The Playstation 3DHDTV is usually on special at Best buy for $300. It's only 24" but comes with two pair of 3D glasses and two games: MLB 3D and Motor Storm 3D. There have been a few lemons but overall it sounds like a great deal for PS 3 gaming.
post #3570 of 5142
Hi all,
Replace a Philips LCD-CCFL 1080P 120HZ. I am looking for a LED tv with wifi built in, 120hz, and 3D is not needed, but if one is suggested then I would like 240hz. I have looked at some but there are so many to choose from.

I would love a great PQ obviously. I do watch a lot of movies.

1. Budget
$1K-$1.5K ( Might go over if it is well worth it. If it doesn't sacrifice PQ I have no problem going under budget. )

2. Seating distance
Bedroom TV so it changes all the time.

3. Size/placement limitations
42-47

4. Uses and sources
Use it as my main TV.
360/PS3(BR/DVD)/Netflix

5. Room lighting
Can be dark or completely lit up.
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