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So I have the CFO's permission to buy a new set for the basement. I can accommodate up to a 65" screen in the current space and I'm sold on the Samsung sets. Can't go as high as the 65ES8000 which is what I'd really like. I'm seeing the 65ES6500 and the 60ES7500 around the same price point. Is it worth the better screen in a slightly smaller size to go with the 60" 7500 or should I go for the 65" 6500?

I have viewed 55" versions of both at Best Buy and both have a clear picture etc. However I never know if they mess with the settings to get people to buy the more expensive set. While the 7500 has better contrast I'm not sure I'd notice once I get it home. Any clear reason to get the 7500?

Will be using for mostly TV/ mostly sports (40%), gaming (40%) with a bit of movie watching (20% or less).
Viewing distance is 10'-12'.
Wont use 3D much if at all
Smart TV is not a factor either, have a XBox and PC hooked up, can get anything I want from those
I have a 5.1 system so sound is not a concern

The other option is to wait for the 2013 models to come out in a month or so and get one of them.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
John
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Originally Posted by JohnE5 View Post

So I have the CFO's permission to buy a new set for the basement. I can accommodate up to a 65" screen in the current space and I'm sold on the Samsung sets. Can't go as high as the 65ES8000 which is what I'd really like. I'm seeing the 65ES6500 and the 60ES7500 around the same price point. Is it worth the better screen in a slightly smaller size to go with the 60" 7500 or should I go for the 65" 6500?

I have viewed 55" versions of both at Best Buy and both have a clear picture etc. However I never know if they mess with the settings to get people to buy the more expensive set. While the 7500 has better contrast I'm not sure I'd notice once I get it home. Any clear reason to get the 7500?

Will be using for mostly TV/ mostly sports (40%), gaming (40%) with a bit of movie watching (20% or less).
Viewing distance is 10'-12'.
Wont use 3D much if at all
Smart TV is not a factor either, have a XBox and PC hooked up, can get anything I want from those
I have a 5.1 system so sound is not a concern

The other option is to wait for the 2013 models to come out in a month or so and get one of them.

Thoughts?

Thanks,
John

When you jump from the 6500 to the 7500 you get a few feature additions. First you jump from 120Hz to 240Hz, personally I've only seen a few situations where there is a worthwile jump from 120 to 240 and between the two you're looking at there is not a worthwhile jump, at least in my opinion. The 7500 series also adds a "local dimming" feature though it's important to note all of Samsung's ES Series 2012 LED/LCDs are edge lit, including the 6500 & 7500 series you're inquiring about, and their "local dimming" sets use what Samsung calls "Micro-Dimming" which is not actual dimming of the LEDs but rather a video processing technique which is supposed to simulate an actual dim (which from what I've seen doesn't work nearly as well.) That being said however, I've been unimpressed with the ES6100 series and up's uniformity so if you're considering as big of an LCD as you are, stepping up may very well be worthwhile in terms of screen uniformity if the viewing environment fits the bill. If I were you I'd consider looking at the ES7100 series in a 60" size and see what you think. The only benefits you get from 7500 series over the 7100 series is the integrated web camera, voice integration, and a higher CMR (clear motion rate) which is a useless feature anyways in my opinion.

As far as waiting for the 2013's, unless you'd considering jumping into the F8000, or the PDP F8500, I'd see no reason to wait on those.
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hoozthatat,
Thanks for the heads up on the 7100. Not sure why I didn't see that in the lineup. As I don't need the web cam, voice command, etc... it makes sense to look at the 7500 if the 7100 has the same basics minus the crap I won't use. I'll see if I can go back to the store and take a look at the 7100 and see how it looks in comparison to the 6500. Odds are that I'll end up with the 60" 7100.

Also, looking around just now I saw the UN60ES7150 at Costco for $50 cheaper. Seems to be the same specs as the 7100 only in a slightly different shell color frame. Is that the case?
http://www.costco.com/Samsung-60%22-Class-1080p-240Hz-3D-Smart-LED-HDTV-Bundle-UN60ES7150F-.product.11768063.html

John
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hoozthatat,
Thanks for the heads up on the 7100. Not sure why I didn't see that in the lineup. As I don't need the web cam, voice command, etc... it makes sense to look at the 7500 if the 7100 has the same basics minus the crap I won't use. I'll see if I can go back to the store and take a look at the 7100 and see how it looks in comparison to the 6500. Odds are that I'll end up with the 60" 7100.

Also, looking around just now I saw the UN60ES7150 at Costco for $50 cheaper. Seems to be the same specs as the 7100 only in a slightly different shell color frame. Is that the case?
http://www.costco.com/Samsung-60%22-Class-1080p-240Hz-3D-Smart-LED-HDTV-Bundle-UN60ES7150F-.product.11768063.html

John

Yeah that's exactly the case, a lot of times you'll see Costco carry the 6150 instead of the 6100, or the 7150 instead of the 7100, and etc. It's really the exact same FP, just a different "batch" reserved for the Warehouse locations (Costco, Sams Club.) BBY did just indefinitely extended their price matching policy so they should be able to match the FP for you, however I do believe all of these models in question fall under the UMRP umbrella (Unilateral Minimum Retail Price) meaning that Samsung sets the price, not BBY or Amazon, or etc. so they may not be able to match the FP, I'd check it out.
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