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Need help from the Collective in choosing a TV

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Hi All!

I need help in choosing a tv. This is going in the family room that has windows on the east and south sides of the 4 sides so it is fairly bright in the daytime. Main use of the tv will be for tv and some Blu-Ray movies in the afternoon and evening and I don't need 3D or gaming. Somewhat energy efficient would be nice and I don't have a limiting factor on size. My budget for this is $1K. So what says the Collective! Thanks for the help.
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Originally Posted by docmhale View Post

Hi All!

I need help in choosing a tv. This is going in the family room that has windows on the east and south sides of the 4 sides so it is fairly bright in the daytime. Main use of the tv will be for tv and some Blu-Ray movies in the afternoon and evening and I don't need 3D or gaming. Somewhat energy efficient would be nice and I don't have a limiting factor on size. My budget for this is $1K. So what says the Collective! Thanks for the help.

I like the LM7600 from L.G., and its an edge lit local dimming LED/LCD, only thing I'm not a fan of in that FP is the glossy screen. Performance wise it's pretty solid, in the 47" size it sits right at the top of your budget but again it's a worth while consideration.

The LE640U from Sharp is another worthy option. My only problem with what I've seen from the Sharp's from 2012 is the inability to handle motion too terribly well. I've seen the LE640U in action with several sporting events from hockey and football to basketball and horse racing and the FP didn't handle the temporal resolution too well.

The EH6000 series from Samsung is definitely a great value, no frills TV. You don't get a ton of input options which may or may not be a big deal for some. However it is a direct backlit LED/LCD and typically you'll get better uniformity from the backlight on those over the edge lits.

Lastly the EX645 from Sony deserves a look. I personally think there are better options out there but still it's a decent performing FP. I like the fact that it comes with a swivel base, quirky or not. I just felt like from what I've seen on the Sony whites tend to be too cool and blacks too washed and gray.

The LG I mentioned would be a 47" for your budget, the Sharp a 52", the Samsung a 55", and the Sony a 50"

If 47" will suffice I think the LM7600 is the best performer of this bunch. I tried to go from most viable option to last ditch here.

Anyway, best of luck and cheers!
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I forgot to add that I need the tv to have an OTA digital tuner feature.
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If size is in the equation then get the 60" Vizio.
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Originally Posted by andy sullivan View Post

If size is in the equation then get the 60" Vizio.

If you have any sense you won't buy anything Vizio.
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I forgot to add that I need the tv to have an OTA digital tuner feature.

Not a fan of any of the above mentioned FP's?
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There are a great many sets I'd buy long, long before I even considered a Vizio. Not being on top of the market, but LG has a 60" BOL plasma that often shows up in your price range. There are also a few Sharps that might fit the bill. Avoid Vizio.
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There are a great many sets I'd buy long, long before I even considered a Vizio. Not being on top of the market, but LG has a 60" BOL plasma that often shows up in your price range. There are also a few Sharps that might fit the bill. Avoid Vizio.
That's like saying "avoid Hyundai" based on old assumptions. I'm not saying that Vizio is a top tier performer, but read the reviews in Sound and Vision Magazine, or Home Theater Magazine, or Home Theater Review, or CNET. Not great but considered a solid value for the person looking for "bang for their buck". Once you get away from top plasmas or top tier LED/LCD's with local dimming the mix becomes much closer in PQ. Vozio uses a Sharp Next Gen screen and the ones I've seen look very nice. Just my opinion but not based on biases formed two or three years ago.
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Originally Posted by andy sullivan View Post

That's like saying "avoid Hyundai" based on old assumptions. I'm not saying that Vizio is a top tier performer, but read the reviews in Sound and Vision Magazine, or Home Theater Magazine, or Home Theater Review, or CNET. Not great but considered a solid value for the person looking for "bang for their buck". Once you get away from top plasmas or top tier LED/LCD's with local dimming the mix becomes much closer in PQ. Vozio uses a Sharp Next Gen screen and the ones I've seen look very nice. Just my opinion but not based on biases formed two or three years ago.

A Taiwanese company called Amtran makes Vizio's TV. They're worthless. To say that they give you "great bang for the buck" is comical. Where did you get Sharp from as a "screen" supplier?
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A Taiwanese company called Amtran makes Vizio's TV. They're worthless. To say that they give you "great bang for the buck" is comical.


Then I suggest you contact Sound And Vision, CNET and Home Theater Magazine and set them straight!




Ian wink.gif
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Then I suggest you contact Sound And Vision, CNET and Home Theater Magazine and set them straight!




Ian wink.gif

I respect their reviews and I trust in them whole heartedly. My issue with Vizio is solely from a reliability and quality stand point on the manufacturing end. For lack of a better analogy, you can paint crap gold but in the end it's still crap wink.gif

I'll do my best to set them straight smile.gif

You own a Panasonic PDP and a damn good one at that, you've got you're head on straight biggrin.gif
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You own a Panasonic PDP and a damn good one at that, you've got you're head on straight
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I also own a Toshiba LCD. I guess you can say I'm bipartisan.



Ian biggrin.gif
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I also own a Toshiba LCD. I guess you can say I'm bipartisan.



Ian biggrin.gif

Cheers!
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