Originally Posted by BMLocal175
Been looking at this Tv the last day or 2 seeing how the one my son uses now has died.
Looking at the stats it has everything we need and in our price range. we are looking at the 32" 5300. Is there another TV close to this price range that might be better?
We are replacing an older 30" Sony CRT wega that has the 6 or 7 red blink. Repair myself might be 50-100 dollars but really don't want to get into it and the kid wants 1080p finally.
If smart TV functionality and built-in media player are not important, LG 32LN5300/5310 might be another good choice with a better price tag. 32LN5700 will be a smart version of 32LN5300, but not sure about its price. Anyway, as you know, there are a lot of things to be considered when choosing a TV set, and if I were you, I will make a decision based on next things:
1. high contrast ratio is the most important thing: Samsung is better
2. I am going to frequently use the TV at more than +-30 degrees off the center: LG is better (should be IPS, see below)
3. I am going to use it out of the box without any calibration: In my opinion, LG is better (but quite subjective)
4. I am quite sensitive to the uniformity of backlight: In my experience, LG is better (see below)
5. I hate to have a TV with a few dead/stuck pixels: In my experience, LG is better (see below)
6. I'd like to choose a brand selling #1 all over the world. I hate #2: Samsung is better
7. I am going to use external amp/speakers through analog audio connection, not an optical connection: Samsung is better
8. TV set should handle fast moving objects quite well: In my opinion, LG is slightly better, maybe it's difference between 2012 (Samsung) vs. 2013 model.
I have UN40EH5000FXZA model now, but at first, I bought LG 39LN5300 and 42LN5300 because I like natural/not overly exaggerated color reproduction with more wide viewing angles of IPS panel, but needed to return them because some VA panels (possibly made by Chimei or AUO) were used instead of IPS panels. Those VA panels were simply like a collection of disadvantages of VA and IPS: narrow viewing angle and low contrast ratio. So, if you decide to go with LG, please check whether or not its service code on the box has "Y" on the 4th from the right. In late December, most 32LN5300 sets at local BestBuy stores here in southern CA were IPS panel based ones. Based on my research, if it is "J", it is some cheap VA panel possibly made by ChiMei, and if it is "D", it is A-MVA3 panel made by AUO, which is better than "J", but worse than "Y."
When it comes to backlight uniformity, I didn't feel irritated a lot when I bought 39/42LN5300, but UN40EH5000, it was so irritating, especially at around lower right corner. Even though the current 40EH5000 set that I have now is the best among the sets that I tested, but still I find myself looking for white spots on the screen in dark scenes here and there.
All the UN40EH5000 sets that I tried had 1 - 3 dead/stuck pixels even though they were hard to find if not using a PC input. (Actually, when I returned them, BestBuy guys could not locate those dead pixels easily) I didn't have this problem with 39/42LN5300 from LG at least. Maybe that problem might be confined to the sets made in Oct.2013 in Mexico, using Samsung's S-PVA panels (version #: UF04), but not sure.
Hope this helps. Edited by Jun - 1/10/14 at 3:38pm