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I need help buying a new LED LCD HDTV. I'm tired of reading product reviews and specs. I can't find exactly what I want, so please help a noob out!

I currently have a 42" LG LED LCD that I bought 2 - 3 years ago. I hate it. The picture isn't that great, it takes forever to turn on, the sound is awful, and the design is ugly. I don't know if LG is completely out of the question, but I'm certainly not a fan. You'll have a tough time convincing me to buy another.

* Note that at this time I am NOT using a high definition cable box. I'm using basic, coaxial cable and view channels like 8-1, 10-1 and so on. I will likely upgrade my cable in the future. I DO purchase high definition movies through Amazon video weekly.

Here are my parameters:

1. 50" diagonal, no more than 45" in width. I can't fit anything wider in my space. I do not want anything smaller. For example, moving from 42" to 47" doesn't seem worth it. Maybe not?
2. The TV will be mounted on the wall (suggestions for mounts are welcomed).
3. Great picture (duh). I watch sports and some occasional action movies, but I do not play video games.
4. NO 3D! I think it's a gimmicky feature and I don't want to be forced to pay extra. If you can assure me that I'm not, then okay.
5. A smart TV is preferable. Arguably, this could be considered gimmicky. I have Roku boxes and other devices. I have another smart TV and I love it.
6. Let's try to keep this around $1,750 or less.
7. No plasma; the room is very light - tons of windows.
8. I'd prefer not to have to configure the heck out of it to get a good picture. Out of the box would be nice, but not strictly required.
9. A current, 2013 model isn't necessary. A 2012 or a really good 2011 is okay by me.
10. Three or more HDMI inputs.

Thanks for all of your help!

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Welcome to the AVS Forum, Tyler. I recently acquired a 2012 Samsung UN46ES6580 (46" diagonal, 42" wide) 3D LED mode and find it to be excellent. Price, before tax, was slightly under $1200 -- from either COSTCO on-line (if you are a member) or Amazon. IMO 3D is not essential, but the better 2012 models all seem to have it. I also added a Samsung sound bar (E450); sound is OK without it but far better with it. Current price for that is $270 or so (currently a $50 instant rebate at COSTCO.

Pertinent AVS threads are:

TV: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1401438/official-samsung-unxxes6500-owners-thread

Sound bar: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1397976/samsung-hw-e450-soundbar

The Samsung page, with specs and some reviews, is here: http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN46ES6580FXZA

Amazon page, with more reviews, is here: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN46ES6580-46-Inch-1080p-120Hz/dp/B007B9PMCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358362346&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+46es6580

I bought from COSTCO because they extend manufacturer's warranty to two years and you can return the set to any COSTCO store for up to 90 days. Shipping was free.

BTW -- there is a 50" version specified here http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN50ES6580FXZA-specs but it may be just a tad wide for your space. 46" was as large as I could go due to height limit in my existing cabinet; going from a 2002 34" Sony 16:9 tube HD set, 46" looks huge and the technology has improved immeasurably since 2002 (when there was very little HD broadcast available and OTA was analog).

Edited by Phil Wheeler - 1/16/13 at 11:54am
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Try this one. It is just under 45" wide and is almost exactly the same as the 6580 model. Only difference is 3D (I believe). It is a 50" so it is the biggest you will be able to fit in your space.

Also, my brother in law recently purchased a Vizio from Costco, and while it was well featured for the price, it lacked severely in picture quality as well as responsiveness. So, try to stay away from them. (Granted, it probably wasn't calibrated yet, but I still wasn't impressed at all.)
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