Originally Posted by Coolnewbie
I am looking for a large (at least 60 inches) LED or plasma flat screen for a condo living room and am not too concerned about features (except those that interact with my laptop and digital camera).
One local retailer told me they had a 60" Sharp model at a fraction of the price of other brands' 60" TVs, mainly because it had no 3D.
Are there any drawbacks to buying an older model TV or even a current one without 3D? Are there other features that will not be available?
I am not concerned about 3D and do not think there is a lot of support for it yet, anwyay.
Since you mentioned Sharp, I just got a marked down 70" 2012 model showroom display: 70LE640U. No 3D.
This replaces my 65" LG 65LW6500 passive 3D set in my home theater. The LG is a real mirror, and is now in our living room where the reflective screen is less annoying. While I like passive 3D occasionally, I have found I don't want to watch it very often. I dislike active 3D and since all the Sharps are currently active, I was glad to get the base model with no 3D. I wanted big, with good 2D picture quality, and am satisfied. You can get better picture quality, but be prepared to pay more.
My Sharp has decent native contrast, 2,200:1 according to one review I read, as opposed to the LG's 1,600:1. That makes a considerable difference in picture quality. Uniformity is pretty good for an edge-lit set, although not as good as full array. (All current offerings from Sharp are edge-lit AFAIK, the Elites having been discontinued). The screen is much less reflective than the LG and the viewing angle is good enough. I'd say about 40-45 degrees either way from dead center.
All Sharps have a reasonably good onboard media player. I play H.264 encoded MKVs (re-encoded from my Blu-Ray collection) direct from powered external 2 TB, ntfs formatted hard drives.