Originally Posted by Ncognito30
Ok, I haven't been on AVS in awhile and lurked a long time here when I was building my HTPC and the info was invaluable when it came time to build. I need a new TV and there are sooo many models out now for a good price. Was hoping someone could point me in a good direction. A little background, looking for a 40-47 inch TV for a Game room. This TV will see mostly 360/PS3 games with random TV(hulu, streaming,OTA) probably 60/40 with gaming taking up most of its time. I also have some old school games that NEED a component/composite hookup, so it is a must. Gaming is why I am looking at LCD, burn in on the plasma would suck(I know they've gotten better, but...) This TV would see hours of continuous gaming on weekends (14 y/o son and friends)
I bought a 50' Vizio Smart (e500i-a1)on a whim and it is entirely too big for the 11x11 room, seating distance is probably 7-8 feet. The apps suck because of loading time, but are functional. I really think a 42 would better suit and maybe ditch the smart and add a WD live ? Any thoughts on which particular models to keep an eye on ? I'm all for the smart TV but I have been unimpressed by all the TV manufacturer's implementations. I'm not looking for a perfect TV, but don't want junk either. Trying to stay in the same 4-700 range (including the WD live if needed) TIA, Steve
Here are my requirements...
2. Seating distance
3. Size/placement limitations
40" to 46"
4. Uses and sources
Gaming, OTA, Hulu, streaming
5. Room lighting
Have nice shades so not really an issue
You said that you have some legacy device you're hooking up to the FP, does that mean you need multiple component and/or composite inputs? I'd consider the 40" Toshiba L5200 model, it's an edge-lit 120Hz LED/LCD, and from what I've seen has been a pretty solid performer in a lot of ways. Fairly decent black levels, passable motion handling, and a really solid value. The 40" comes in at $499 and for the price, I don't think you'll find a better LCD in the size/price point you're considering. It also has 3 HDMI inputs, 1 composite, and 1 component input, which is a solid selection for the price. I'd take a Toshiba over anything from Vizio, hands down.
The Samsung EH6000 comes in a 40" as well and is also solid for the price. It's a diretc backlit LED/LCD, also 120Hz, the kicker here is that it only has one shared component/composite input, so if that won't cut it for you then maybe consider another FP (like the L5200.)
I'd maybe consider other options then what LG's offered up for their 2012's, color me unimpressed. I'd pass.
Last option is possibly consider the Insignia NS-42E480A13. It's another edge lit LED/LCD, 120Hz of course. Doesn't have the most impressive black levels, color reproduction is a bit on and off, with most things having a bit of a bluish tint. But the price is solid @ $399. And for the price I'd have to give it a look, but I'd also be hard pressed not to spend the extra $100 for the Toshiba because for the price, I think thats your best option. Hands down.
Best of luck!