Originally Posted by Dierkdr
While I agree with your preference for a non-tv internet connection (we have the choice in our main viewing area, and have the player connected, but not our ST50), cannot go along with the "never get a smart tv," if only because - to the best of my knowledge - ALL of the current HDTVs with the "best" PQ are also "Smart."
This seems a similar approach to "never buy a 3D tv": can appreciate the sentiment, but when it came down to The Decision, the best Price/Performance sets were also 3D sets, so that is what we ended up with....
I understand that but I did qualify my statement by saying "personally, for me..." but if that sounded like a generic statement I probably could have made it a bit clearer. However, equating that to "never buy a 3D tv" is not correct. While I would not buy a 3D tv (not sold yet on the overall usefullness) my next set will probably be a 3D tv only because the panels are built more robustly than 2D panels because of the demands of 3D. And if I do go 3D, my blu-ray player is already 3D so I'm all set
Also, I doubt if there is any real hard evidence that the pq is better on smart sets vs dumb sets, especially on set made within the last two years or so. Once you calibrate a tv, the smart aspect has absolutely nothing to do with the pq. I don't believe in updating my tv just because there's an update available. I need to know if one, I'm going to get something that I didn't have before or two, it's going to fix a problem that I am experiencing. Otherwise I don't bother with them. Updates can always be applied via USB. I can certainly appreciate why some would want smart tvs, and that's fine. It just seems that a lot of the issues that people experience are after an update (too many things can go wrong during the process) and while they may work for some (or most) with no issues, I just don't want to take the chance. I agree with the poster about the Roku. Standalone boxes like Roku, AppleTV, etc are more apt to have a more robust interface, better chipsets, and more choices than what the tv mfr gives you. And, they are easier to replace should something go wrong. There's validity on both sides of the discussion (not argument).