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post #4681 of 5142
1. Budget
$2000; can stretch higher if worth it. Willing to go lower if there is a quality TV I'm missing.

2. Seating distance
probably 10' or more, but location dictates my screen size so it isn't a major factor.

3. Size/placement limitations
-55"-65".
-Will be wall mounted over a fireplace mantle bump-out.
-We are building our house and the mantle isn't up yet, but I have a feeling 60" will be the right size.

4. Uses and sources
-Netflix, HBO GO, MLB.tv.
-hardwired ethernet capable.
-HD Cable Box
-Movies
-Xbox

5. Room lighting
-There will be large windows and a patio door on (1) side wall; pendant lights behind viewers.

Other things
-3D isn't huge, but a tie-breaker I guess.
-Picture quality is important to us.

Just started looking into televisions earlier this week after not getting a new one for about 8-9 years (Sony SXRD).
We went to Best Buy last night and looked at the Samsung UN60F7500 and UN60F8000.
We were also interested in the Sharp LC60LE757, but didn't really look at it as salesperson recommended the Samsungs over the Sharp (with Toshiba being not recommended at all).
I was impressed with the F8000 and found it online for about $800 less at "buysquad.com".

1) Is the Samsung the TV for me or am I missing a better value?
2) Any knowledge of buysquad?
3) Are the savings worth the stress of not being able to return the tv if damaged (buysquad) or would you get one through Amazon or a brick and mortar for peace of mind?...don't know how often most people need to send televisions back.
post #4682 of 5142
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Originally Posted by DKPGuy View Post

Hey guys, I'm new to the forums and was hoping to get some advice on a new LCD purchase. I'm currently in the market for a new hdtv with the release of the PS4 next month. I will be replacing a 32" 1080p Samsung that I purchased back in 2008. I've been looking at a number of different models that hopefully you guys can help me decide between. smile.gif  If it helps, here's a photo of where the TV will be used: http://i.imgur.com/tyHQOr7.jpg

1. Budget
I would ideally like to keep the price under $1000 considering I'll be dishing out $400 next month for the PS4.

2. Seating distance
I measured the ideal sitting location to be between 7' and 8' depending on where I'm laying in bed. 

3. Size/placement limitations
Would ideally like to go no smaller than 50". I figured if I'm going to upgrade I might as well go big! Also, the dressed the tv will be sitting on is 63" wide so I have quite a bit of space to work with.

4. Uses and sources
I'd say a majority of the use will be on gaming (PS4 & PS3), however I plan on getting an HD set top box once I get a new tv so it will get more use with TV and Hulu/Netflix watching.

5. Room lighting
For the most part my room is fairly dark. My room is in a basement so there is only one small window which is closed most of the time. My room has recessed lighting that I use mostly, but when watching tv/playing games I usually only use the lamp on my night stand.

As for tvs I've been looking at, there's been a few. Initially I was pretty much decided on the Panasonic S64 (yes I know it's not LCD), but both Costco's around me were sold out and it is now a "deleted product" in their system. However, while at Costco, I found the TC-XXLE64 (in both 50" and 58" variants) and was blown away with the picture and might be at the top of my list right now. It was the only tv at Costco that was connected to DirecTV so I got to demo the tv pretty well. I've also looked at the Vizio 50" M Series, but wasn't too blown away by the picture at the store. However, my friend has the 47" inch one and is for the most part happy with it. There's also the Sony KDL-50R550A that I've read reviews on and they all seemed pretty positive. 

So in closing I'm stuck between deciding between a number of tvs and looking for any advice or other suggestions that I might want to look into. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Ummm I say kick in a couple dollars and just get the m series 55" vizio you get a nice healthy dose of apps and features calibrate pic amd bam your good. If you look around there are always sells on this thing so should beable to get it at 1k or a couple dollars more. Besides you know ps4 will have 3d games as well so you want all features just in case smile.gif
post #4683 of 5142

Thanks for the suggestion. Initially I was really leaning towards the Vizio, but after reading people's gripes with the remote and seeing it in person, I really started to lose interest. Once I decided I really didn't need 3D, the M Series started to lose a little appeal for me.

post #4684 of 5142
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Originally Posted by DKPGuy View Post

Thanks for the suggestion. Initially I was really leaning towards the Vizio, but after reading people's gripes with the remote and seeing it in person, I really started to lose interest. Once I decided I really didn't need 3D, the M Series started to lose a little appeal for me.

Hmmm look at it like this its edge lit tech unless your about to spend more money and do it right and get full array then don't hold it against the tv. The reason I said that is do you have a 3d tv? You should have at least one no matter the size you want at least one loaded tv that way you can take advantage of whatever the new systems have to offer. There are plenty of nice lg or sharp or Samsung models if your willing to pay more. Just don't expect mind blowing pq and black levels on edge lit. Also as far as controller get a harmony remote as majority of us do
post #4685 of 5142
I don't think there ar any back light LED left except for one very good Sony model and maybe a TCL or Hisense .
Not a Samsung fanboy but sharp is a good direction IMO maybe LG And maybe even Samsung I think Foxconn AKA Apple iPhone ,iPod,iPad PS3,Xbox HP and acer PC's etc makes the Vizios .
they make Some Sonys also! Toshiba and Panasonic LED should also be on his short list I would get either one of those over same price of any of the others except Sharp and Sony .
I would just narrow it down to those 4 forget LG.,Vizio and Sammy at same price as the others .
post #4686 of 5142
1. Budget
Under $2500

2. Seating Distance
12-14'

3. Size/placement limitations
60" or greater I think for seating area, no other restrictions.

4. Uses and sources
Cable HD, BluRay, XBOX 360 (soon to be One), Don't really need a smart TV or 3D but if they are not much for upgrade great (seems like most sets come with both now?).

5. Room lighting
In basement, lighting not really a problem.
post #4687 of 5142
Good morning . . . I've been reading here for months, and posted a couple times as you can see. I narrowed my search down to two dispalys, and then started considering a third. I saw the LG 47LN5400 at HH Gregg and liked it, but I can't find any info about the 5400's here. I saw the Vizio E470 at Walmart, and it was OK, but I thought the LG picture and off angle was better. Again, not much info about it here either. I don't need smart (my bluray has it), and I'm not really interested in 3D, but I'd go the extra hundy if you guys thought the Vizio M471i was woth it to get the better panel. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
post #4688 of 5142
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Originally Posted by BOWERSFJ View Post

Good morning . . . I've been reading here for months, and posted a couple times as you can see. I narrowed my search down to two dispalys, and then started considering a third. I saw the LG 47LN5400 at HH Gregg and liked it, but I can't find any info about the 5400's here. I saw the Vizio E470 at Walmart, and it was OK, but I thought the LG picture and off angle was better. Again, not much info about it here either. I don't need smart (my bluray has it), and I'm not really interested in 3D, but I'd go the extra hundy if you guys thought the Vizio M471i was woth it to get the better panel. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

 

At that price point, you're going to have roughly the same luck regardless of the manufacturer.  The TV you get might hit it out of the park, or it might drive you nuts with clouding, edge bleed, etc.  All levels of TVs have that worry to some extent, but when you're hunting around in the $500ish range, I get the sense that it'll be evenly split.

 

Right now Amazon has the 47LN5400 at $530.  I was enamored with LG for quite a while, so it might be very very good.  Note: Always sort customer reviews by date not by "most helpful".  TV's change over time, as do their bug fixes and firmware updates, and the helpfulness sorting tends to become a self-fulfilling prophesy because it's the review people will keep seeing first, they read on it, and vote only on it.  When sorted by date, there are a lot of positives on this TV.  And it's Amazon prime, free shipping, you have no worries about returning it, and I'd suggest that route.

post #4689 of 5142
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Originally Posted by TimWA View Post

1. Budget
Under $2500

2. Seating Distance
12-14'

3. Size/placement limitations
60" or greater I think for seating area, no other restrictions.

4. Uses and sources
Cable HD, BluRay, XBOX 360 (soon to be One), Don't really need a smart TV or 3D but if they are not much for upgrade great (seems like most sets come with both now?).

5. Room lighting
In basement, lighting not really a problem.

 

If you can deal with the fact that it's an active 3D TV (3D wasn't that important to you you said---it is to me and I prefer passive 3D), then the Sony KDL-65W850A is a triluminus 1080p set right now for $2700 on Amazon.  Black Friday is coming up so you might want to look around, but at that price range, and given that you don't much care for 3D, it's the set I'd choose.


Edited by tgm1024 - 10/21/13 at 8:32am
post #4690 of 5142
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Originally Posted by tgm1024 View Post

At that price point, you're going to have roughly the same luck regardless of the manufacturer.  The TV you get might hit it out of the park, or it might drive you nuts with clouding, edge bleed, etc.  All levels of TVs have that worry to some extent, but when you're hunting around in the $500ish range, I get the sense that it'll be evenly split.

Right now Amazon has the 47LN5400 at $530.  I was enamored with LG for quite a while, so it might be very very good.  Note: Always sort customer reviews by date not by "most helpful".  TV's change over time, as do their bug fixes and firmware updates, and the helpfulness sorting tends to become a self-fulfilling prophesy because it's the review people will keep seeing first, they read on it, and vote only on it.  When sorted by date, there are a lot of positives on this TV.  And it's Amazon prime, free shipping, you have no worries about returning it, and I'd suggest that route.

Thanks for the response . . . I'm really leaning towards the LG . . . It's mostly going to be the wife's TV for watching The Real Housewives of I Have No Idea Cuz I'm in the Mancave . . . And her eyes aren't that good any way . . . I just want it simple and without a bunch of problems and she'll be happy . . . Which means I'll be happy . . .
post #4691 of 5142

If you have the choice would you go the samsung 60 inch 7100 or the sony kdl 55W900A if the prices are equal.  Right now they are both at $2k.  Is it worth sacrificing 5 inchs for a bit more quality?  I was looking at the size and it was noticably different.  The TV will be in the living room with lots of lights and the main use will be for movies, regular tv and sports.

post #4692 of 5142
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Originally Posted by taannerz View Post

If you have the choice would you go the samsung 60 inch 7100 or the sony kdl 55W900A if the prices are equal.  Right now they are both at $2k.  Is it worth sacrificing 5 inchs for a bit more quality?  I was looking at the size and it was noticably different.  The TV will be in the living room with lots of lights and the main use will be for movies, regular tv and sports.

Bigger is better just throwing this out you could get a 70" for that kind of money sharp or vizio just saying
post #4693 of 5142

Havent looked at Sharp or vizio but are the decent brands?  You have any models you recommend? Probably just want a 65 inch.  If I could spend less I would.

post #4694 of 5142
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Originally Posted by taannerz View Post

Havent looked at Sharp or vizio but are the decent brands?  You have any models you recommend? Probably just want a 65 inch.  If I could spend less I would.

You do know Vizio is made by Foxconn ? ............. the iPhone iPad,iMac, Macbook Pro,Mac mini people........... so are PS3 , X box ,also Acer computer ,Hp computer,and Dell Computer consumer products and otherwise 40% of the earth's consumer electronics et al .

That being said of the two the answer should be obvious and it isn't Vizio but only because IMO opinion Sharp ,Toshiba,Panasonic and Sony would ordinarily be a better product .maybe even LG and Samsung. OTOH my PS3 and 3 HP computers are just fine! . Foxcoon is capable of fully designing and manufacturing just about anything they would want to
and probably do that for Vizio they are both an OEM /ODM mfr. but they have to meet agreed upon Vizio price points just something to keep in mind.
Edited by tubetwister - 10/22/13 at 10:58pm
post #4695 of 5142
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Originally Posted by tubetwister View Post
 
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Originally Posted by taannerz View Post

Havent looked at Sharp or vizio but are the decent brands?  You have any models you recommend? Probably just want a 65 inch.  If I could spend less I would.

You do know Vizio is made by Foxconn ? ............. the iPhone iPad,iMac, Macbook Pro,Mac mini people........... so are PS3 , X box ,also Acer computer ,Hp computer,and Dell Computer consumer products and otherwise 40% of the earth's consumer electronics et al .

That being said of the two the answer should be obvious and it isn't Vizio but only because IMO opinion Sharp ,Toshiba,Panasonic and Sony would ordinarily be a better product .maybe even LG and Samsung. OTOH my PS3 and 3 HP computers are just fine! . Foxcoon is capable of fully designing and manufacturing just about anything they would want to
and probably do that for Vizio they are both an OEM /ODM mfr. but they have to meet agreed upon Vizio price points just something to keep in mind.

 

"Foxconn"?  Be careful with statements like this.  Vizio is not immune to OEMing panels from whomever on a per-model, per size, per anything basis.  Also, while Samsung does make panels, they still commonly use their own AND OEM out panels FROM various manufacturers for their own LCD's.  It's all unaffectionately referred to as "The Panel Lottery".

 

Further, Sony hasn't made their own 2K LCD panels for a while now.  I'm not sure about their 4K, nor am I sure about their Triluminus (any resolution).

post #4696 of 5142
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tgm1024 wrote


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Foxconn"? Be careful with statements like this. Vizio is not immune to OEMing panels from whomever on a per-model, per size, per anything basis. Also, while Samsung does make panels, they still commonly use their own AND OEM out panels FROM various manufacturers for their own LCD's. It's all unaffectionately referred to as "The Panel Lottery".

Further, Sony hasn't made their own 2K LCD panels for a while now. I'm not sure about their 4K, nor am I sure about their Triluminus (any resolution).
Eh. Frontal lobotomies have a bad rap...

Actually I was referring to complete sets Foxconn AFAIK does not make panels but buys them from others they do make Vizio TV's I can't say they make all models of Vizios but the majority of them yes at this time .
I read Sony's 4K panels are from LG don't know about their 2K panels maybe LG maybe Japan Display,maybe lottery, no clue here .
post #4697 of 5142
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Originally Posted by tubetwister View Post
 
Quote:
tgm1024 wrote


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Foxconn"? Be careful with statements like this. Vizio is not immune to OEMing panels from whomever on a per-model, per size, per anything basis. Also, while Samsung does make panels, they still commonly use their own AND OEM out panels FROM various manufacturers for their own LCD's. It's all unaffectionately referred to as "The Panel Lottery".

Further, Sony hasn't made their own 2K LCD panels for a while now. I'm not sure about their 4K, nor am I sure about their Triluminus (any resolution).
Eh. Frontal lobotomies have a bad rap...

Actually I was referring to complete sets Foxconn AFAIK does not make panels but buys them from others they do make Vizio TV's I can't say they make all models of Vizios but the majority of them yes at this time .

 

Sure, ok, makes sense, sorry for misunderstanding.  That is one moose of a company though.  And a big time nasty place to work.  Lots of controversies.  A 25 y.o. guy looses an iPhone 4 prototype and commits suicide?  High suicides in that company.

post #4698 of 5142
When you consider that Foxconn employees ~1.3 million people things are bound to happen.
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Foxconn's largest factory worldwide is in Longhua, Shenzhen, where hundreds of thousands of workers (varying counts include 230,000, 300,000, and 450,000 are employed at the Longhua Science & Technology Park, a walled campus sometimes referred to as "Foxconn City" or "iPod City". Covering about 1.16 square miles (3 square km), it includes 15 factories,worker dormitories, a swimming pool a fire brigade,its own television network (Foxconn TV), and a city centre with a grocery store, bank, restaurants, bookstore, and hospital. While some workers live in surrounding towns and villages, others live and work inside the complex; a quarter of the employees live in the dormitories, and many of them work up to 12 hours a day for 6 days each week. Another of Foxconn's factory "cities" is Zhengzhou Technology Park in Zhengzhou, Henan province, where it is reported 120,000 employees work http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn#China
post #4699 of 5142

Jus hang the sony kdl55w900a on the wall and its too small.  Picture quality is great tho.  Think i will need a 65 inch or bigger for under $2k cuz this 55 inch is not gonna work.  The main reason that I choose the sony over the samsung f7100 is the frame skipping when there are fast movements.  not sure what is the proper term.  Its quite noticeable on the f7100 at best buy.  The sony R550A was quite noticeable as well.  Any recommended 65 inch or 70 inch screens for under 2k that have low frame skipping?  Was kinda looking at the Vizio M701d-A3R or the sony KDL-70R550A. 


Edited by taannerz - 10/24/13 at 6:53am
post #4700 of 5142
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Originally Posted by tubetwister View Post

When you consider that Foxconn employees ~1.3 million people things are bound to happen.

 

>impact<  Now that I didn't know.  That's greater than 1% of the employable adult workforce in the US.

post #4701 of 5142
Looking for good 39"-class LED LCD display under USD $375. I am helping my college-age daughter pay for a TV as part of her Christmas gift. I will put $200 towards the TV and she will put up the rest. Cheaper is always better of course, but not at the expense of PQ. PQ priorities are (most to least important):

1. 1080p
2. Contrast ratio/black level
3. Detail clarity/sharpness
4. Color accuracy/saturation

Feature priorities:

1. 3 HDMI inputs
2. Low input lag on gaming "nice to have"

Smart TV not important nor desired. Sound quality not important at all - audio will be connected to an Emotiva component stereo system. All money to the display.

Content sources will be streaming movies, Blu-ray movies, and Xbox 360 gaming. No sports. The gaming will be an occasional use item, as she has recently gotten more into PC gaming with a desktop.

Models under consideration:
  • Insignia NS-39E400NA14 $329.99 Best Buy
  • Toshiba 39L1350U $369.99 Best Buy (this one measured 30 ms lag time at displaylag.com)
  • Magnavox 39ME413V/F7 $329.00 Sam's Club (only one I've seen in person yet - looked very good in terms of contrast, color, and detail compared to the 39" Vizio parked next to it.

Wondering if I am missing any other promising models for consideration?

Thanks!
post #4702 of 5142
Out of those 3 I would get the Toshiba it should have good contrast, color, and detail compared almost anything near its price range as is typical IMO of most Toshiba sets.
In fact if I were looking for a 39 pr 40" it would be on my short list.

That's one reason I bought my Toshiba 8 mo ago. not to mention Toshiba is a tier one brand so I would expect it to be better overall than the other two.

Insignia is made by Hisense . Magnavox is no longer related to Phillips or Funai electric the brand was recently acquired by a Chinese mainland company of unfamiliar
naming I can't remember which one but it is Not Hisense ,Compal , TCL or Foxconn .
Edited by tubetwister - 10/26/13 at 10:52pm
post #4703 of 5142
1. Budget
maximum $1400 including taxes

2. Seating Distance
7-10 feet

3. Size/placement limitations
50" or 55"

4. Uses and sources
cable (mix of HD and SD), sports events,blu rays from htpc (must be able to handle 1080p/24 properly without judder/problems)

5. Room lighting
In basement, lighting not really a problem. Some pot lights on sometimes, mostly dark.

I'm thinking I need a 120hz for proper blu ray playback correct, 60hz won't work?

These are the ones I'm looking at currently, any other suggestions welcome:

Sony 50" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED Smart TV (KDL50R550A) - http://www.futureshop.ca/en-ca/product/sony-sony-50-1080p-120hz-3d-led-smart-tv-kdl50r550a-kdl50r550a/10245473.aspx?path=5e9ad8befb6bb0d748f17ef370c573f7en02

Samsung 50" 1080p 120Hz LED Smart TV (UN50F6300AFXZC) - Web Only - http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-50-1080p-120hz-led-smart-tv-un50f6300afxzc-un50f6300afxzc/10243932.aspx?path=849604be7e61aca6b6a5988380653648en02

Panasonic 50" 1080p 120Hz LED Smart TV (TCL50E60)-http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/panasonic-panasonic-50-1080p-120hz-led-smart-tv-tcl50e60-tcl50e60/10242939.aspx?path=3bc2633fd4a461e294a9dfb7142bb66den02

LG 55" 1080p 120Hz LED Smart TV (55LN5700) - Future Shop Exclusive-http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/lg-electronics-lg-55-1080p-120hz-led-smart-tv-55ln5700-future-shop-exclusive-55ln5700/10243607.aspx?path=a9b621cd99a0442fa6394638a202ea01en02
Edited by shawnb44 - 10/26/13 at 11:08pm
post #4704 of 5142
Thanks for your response tubetwister. My daughter and I went and studied all three 39" candidates yesterday afternoon. Of course, they were all set to Store, a.k.a. Torch Mode and were grossly inaccurate. We found the remotes for the Tosh and the Mag, and adjusted the Insig using the side panel buttons. We set all three to Standard mode with backlights at 75%. From there we adjusted all primary picture controls to their neutral values, e.g. mid-scale in most cases although in a few cases like Sharpness that meant minimum.

Here's what we found:
  • Color on the Toshiba 39L1350U looked very punchy, in fact it looked unnaturally punchy. The set seemed to be strongly pushing red and yellows and blues were inaccurate. I still have a 32" Toshiba SD tube TV that behaves this exact way...I wonder if it is kind of the "Toshiba Look"? In any case, we ranked this TV in last place on PQ.
  • The Insignia NS-39E400NA14 was the opposite of the Toshiba. While the picture was crisp and detailed, it was more muted. In a store environment, what looks dull and muted may in fact be an accurate picture. We looked long and hard at it, and decided that the issue was actually poor contrast. The dynamic range between the brightest and the darkest picture areas was not very great. Since we still preferred the picture over the Toshiba, we ranked this TV second.
  • My daughter was instantly impressed with the PQ on the Magnavox 39ME413V/F7, and that was when it was still set to Torch Mode. Once adjusted as described above, it was spectacular. We were watching a Blu-ray of "A Monster in Paris". The fibers on a coat looked three-dimensional. You could make out subtle details on a girl's sequined dress, and the water of the river in Paris looked very realistic. The TV just has a lot of contrast, a lot of detail, and accurate color. We happened to go into the Advanced picture menu and found out that it had adjustable Gamma and Gain for each color, meaning we have a good shot at calibrating it to REC 709 using a colorimeter.

Needless to say, we picked up the Magnavox!

Edit: doing a little more research on the Magnavox brand, it is owned by Funai Electric Co. (1961) of Osaka, Japan doing business in the US as Funai Corporation with offices in Torrance, CA and Rutherford, NJ (est. 1991).
Edited by HMenke - 10/27/13 at 4:14am
post #4705 of 5142

Hi All,

 

I did scour the other threads a little but thought I would ask for suggestions based on my budget, room size, etc. 

 

We have just bought a house and the living area is a big space, so my 47" LG just looks tiny. That means that I'm going to have to splurge a little and get a bigger TV. I would like to say that I have an unlimited budget, but unfortunately I don't so I'm going to need a little advice. I had narrowed it down to one of the 70" or 80" Vizio's based on price. In fact, the 80" Vizio which I think I can get for around $3,250 is probably pushing it for me, but I could stretch to that if the replies all say that a 70" would just look too small (or my wife is going to have to help me figure out a way to bring the sofa closer to the TV and not back against the rear wall which is how she currently wants it.

I'm definitely open to other makes but I don't know if I have a lot of choice at my price point. 

Lastly, I am fine waiting until Black Friday sales if people think this is a good idea.

 

Here's the details:

 

1. Budget: ideally under $2,300, but if I really need to, I could probably spend another $900 with some serious justification to the wife.

 


2. Seating distance: about 15' from where the TV will hang to where our heads would be when seated - that distance is around 10" off the wall (where the TV would go).

 


3. Size/placement limitations: will be wall mounted and the wall space is plenty big enough for 80" if needed.


4. Uses and sources: Some HD cable TV. Blu Ray, Netflix, etc. I also have a Mac Mini which I connect up via HDMI and stream from the net and have movies/TV shows archived on a home server/LAN to the computer. I won't have a games system. I'm not really into 3D movies, but I have two kids 3 and 5 years old, that may in a year or two, enjoy the experience (unknown at this point).


5. Room lighting: I have blinds but the room is on the main level of the house and there is a fair amount of light. This comes from the left and right hand side of the room, but also I have a couple of skylights above the room (which have blackout blinds if needed. That's why a projector or plasma likely wouldn't be a wise move. However, not a lot of TV if any, is watched during the day, so it's often in the evening when it's getting reasonably dark outside. 
 

 

Thanks for the help!

post #4706 of 5142
I am looking to move my 8 year old 40" Sony Bravia (I think this is the exact model# KDL-V40XBR1) into my bedroom and get a new tv for my main viewing in the living room. My primary concern is getting the best picture quality possible for my budget. I don't care about 3D, and I can basically already do what Smart TV does through my HD TiVo.

Budget: $600-800 range (although I would consider going up to $1000 if it would mean a significant difference in picture quality)

Seating Distance: about 8 feet

Size/placement: I have been looking at 46"-55". It will be on my current tv stand which is directly across from the main couch.

Uses/sources: Watching HD cable (and some SD) through HD TiVo, sports (football and basketball), streaming movies, an up-converting dvd player

Room lighting: sliding glass door (with blinds I open during the day) on the side wall; only light at night would be a halogen on the opposite wall from the tv (but to the side, not directly across from it); I turn off all lights for movies at night, but not for watching cable

While researching, reviews said that the plasma Panasonic TC P50S60 (or possibly the ST) has the best picture for my budget, but I'm not sure if my room is too bright (particularly since I'm used to my LCD), and I'm also not sure about the reflectivity. I started by looking at the:
Vizio E470i-A0
Samsung UN46F5000
Panasonic L50E60

But the more I read, the more I start expanding my options (sizing up to 55" Vizio E, several other Samsungs, Vizio M series, or now Sonys I've read about in this thread). I'm getting further away from a decision. I appreciate any and all help! Thank you in advance!
post #4707 of 5142
Hi, I wanna get a new tv for my husband for his mancave cause he is awesome. I know what I don't know and that is what to buy.

So any help would be awesome.

1. Budget: $1000 (lil wiggle room)
2. Seating distance: 6-12'
3. Size/placement limitations: Currently he has a 46 inch (probably can go to 55 but i will go with others advice) but it got the evil vertical lines on the screen showing up meaning its time for him to get a new one.
4. Uses and sources: TV, sports, xbox.
5. Room lighting: Not dark dark, during the day it gets lot of natural light however it is never a bright room.

Thank you for any tips for us.
Edited by iknowican - 10/27/13 at 3:15pm
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Originally Posted by ollib1 View Post

Hi All,

I did scour the other threads a little but thought I would ask for suggestions based on my budget, room size, etc. 

We have just bought a house and the living area is a big space, so my 47" LG just looks tiny. That means that I'm going to have to splurge a little and get a bigger TV. I would like to say that I have an unlimited budget, but unfortunately I don't so I'm going to need a little advice. I had narrowed it down to one of the 70" or 80" Vizio's based on price. In fact, the 80" Vizio which I think I can get for around $3,250 is probably pushing it for me, but I could stretch to that if the replies all say that a 70" would just look too small (or my wife is going to have to help me figure out a way to bring the sofa closer to the TV and not back against the rear wall which is how she currently wants it.
I'm definitely open to other makes but I don't know if I have a lot of choice at my price point. 
Lastly, I am fine waiting until Black Friday sales if people think this is a good idea.

Here's the details:

1. Budget: ideally under $2,300, but if I really need to, I could probably spend another $900 with some serious justification to the wife.


2. Seating distance: about 15' from where the TV will hang to where our heads would be when seated - that distance is around 10" off the wall (where the TV would go).


3. Size/placement limitations: will be wall mounted and the wall space is plenty big enough for 80" if needed.

4. Uses and sources: Some HD cable TV. Blu Ray, Netflix, etc. I also have a Mac Mini which I connect up via HDMI and stream from the net and have movies/TV shows archived on a home server/LAN to the computer. I won't have a games system. I'm not really into 3D movies, but I have two kids 3 and 5 years old, that may in a year or two, enjoy the experience (unknown at this point).

5. Room lighting: I have blinds but the room is on the main level of the house and there is a fair amount of light. This comes from the left and right hand side of the room, but also I have a couple of skylights above the room (which have blackout blinds if needed. That's why a projector or plasma likely wouldn't be a wise move. However, not a lot of TV if any, is watched during the day, so it's often in the evening when it's getting reasonably dark outside. 

 

Thanks for the help!


At that distance get a 80" also because of lighting look at sharps the vizio has a reflective screen while sharps are matte.
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Actually, having seen both the 80 inch sharps and the 80 inch Vizio (which I own), the Vizio is much less reflective than a plasma but it is somewhat more reflective than the Sharp. The tradeoff is that the Vizio has significantly deeper blacks than the Sharp (per CNET's evaluation, the Vizio M series has black luminance of .001 percent while the Sharp 757 series has a black luminance of .015 percent).
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I posted a few pages back but got not responses so far. I have further narrowed my sets to 2 of them. Figured I would post them and see if I can get some help on what might be the best of these. At first I was considering a 60", but now I am thinking 65". I have increased my budget to about $1800.

-Will be setting ~13 ft from TV
-room is fairly bright during the day, so would prefer an LED
-I was thinking 3D would be nice, but not sure how much I would actually use it.
-Still on edge about price and if it is worth an extra ~$250 to go for a 65" instead of a 60".

The ones I am considering are...

-Samsung UN65F6300 - reviews I have seen are pretty good
-Toshiba 65L7350U (active 3D) - Not many reviews out there besides customer reviews and they are mixed.

Thanks for any help.
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