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Best 46" TV $1500 budget

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
My parents only have 45" of width to work with so the 50" DLPs (the HLS5087W is 45.4" wide and its too big) are out of the question. It looks like a 46 or 47 inch screen is the biggest that will fit in the built in.

So - I have a Samsung HLR5078W (last years 1080p model) and I really like it. As a result I'm inclined to advise them towards Samsung's 46" DLPs. Unfortunately Sam. doesn't offer a 1080p in the 46" model.

Does anyone have experience with the HLS4666W model?

Any other recommendations? They would consider either plasma or LCD but in this size most sets seem to be >$2000.

Thanks!
post #2 of 19
I've seen the 46" Sony Bravia under 2 grand ONE place from a semi reputable place (I think it was e-bay). But for that price point, you've got to decide 1080p or 760.

If you are willing to go less than 1080, then vizio has a the price point you want, and gets decent reviews. And there are other 46"ish players at that size in the LCD arena.

-Joel
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
They would be fine with 720p - this is their first HDTV and they'll be upgrading to the HD cable box at the same time. I don't forsee them getting any 1080 content until blu-ray or HD technology is at the same point in its lifespan as DVDs are today (ie. not for 5 - 10 years).

The only thing that concerns me about the 720p DLPs from Samsung is the low(er) contrast ratio 2500:1 vs. 10000:1 in their 1080p line ups. Maybe this isn't such a big deal - I need to see the sets to compare them.
post #4 of 19
If your parents are the same as mine, they can "spell" technology, but really don't care. I notice black levels, and texturing, and resolution and stuff like that, but my mom really could care less.

You don't want to buy crap. But if I'm reading you right, you can get by with a good midlin' set, b/c honestly they just don't care.

If they want Thin, get something like a Vizio. Or the westinghouse. Stay away from the Eye-Fi. Hitachi is good too for midrange sets.

You also might catch a break on the sony's that they're phasing out, the v2000 series, or maybe the xb1 series.
post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
I checked out the v2000 and xb1 series and prices still seem to be quite a bit above the 1500 mark for the 46" screens.

I think I've narrowed it down to either the
HLS4666W (Samsung DLP)
OR
KDF-46E2000 (Sony 3LCD)

I'm going to try to see them both at CC since their local electronics stores don't have either.
post #6 of 19
Those are the two sets I've been looking at. The Sony is in the lead due to more imputs I'll use. I think either one will work nicely for your folks. The Sony is around 43" across and the Samsung is an inch or so smaller.
post #7 of 19
What about the New Samsung HLS4676W it is just out in Aug and replaces the 4666 which is still on store shelves. I just bought one last month at CC and it is great, check out their web site, no sense going with last years model. The new set has a 5-Color higher speed color wheel, all gloss black frame and is lighter and thinner than the 4666. I really like mine it is great. I don't know how you could get the blacks any blacker than I get on this set. The contrast is excellent.

It also has a speech mode which helps older people hear the voices over the music and background noise. It has a built in siginal amp for the OTA antenna and seperate RF in's for cable and OTA antenna. It is loaded with inputs and only displays on screen the inputs which have a device plugged in and you can label the inputs ie: VCR DVD etc. It helps the older folks out once you get it set up for them.

gturn
post #8 of 19
Doh, that's the Samsung set I'm looking at not the 4666.
post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 
I would consider either set - as far as I can tell the only difference between the 4666W and 4676S is the depth - the 76 is slim fit and the 66 is not.

They both use the 5th Gen TI DLP chip (with the 14.4k color wheel).

If there are other differences (besides cosmetic) I would be interested to know.
post #10 of 19
i just got my 4676 2 days ago and i love it! i fall into that old folks not too picky just want a nice sized tv with a decent picture-and, it was a good price. right now i have it hooked up to comcast cable but will be upgrading to comcast hd or just put on a hdtv antenna for free hdtv. my sister and i picked it up at cc-brought it home-carried it in and had it up and running within minutes! everyone we tell that to is amazed since this is not an area that either of us shines in-to think that 2 senior citizens could even carry a 46" tv and get it going even amazes me and i was one of them!
post #11 of 19
oh, forgot to say it was $300 cheaper than what you wanted to pay!
post #12 of 19
I have had my 4676s for a few weeks and just had my upgrade to HD over the weekend. I would highly recommend this HDTV.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by skiier3_9 View Post

I checked out the v2000 and xb1 series and prices still seem to be quite a bit above the 1500 mark for the 46" screens.

I think I've narrowed it down to either the
HLS4666W (Samsung DLP)
OR
KDF-46E2000 (Sony 3LCD)

I'm going to try to see them both at CC since their local electronics stores don't have either.

I have the e2000 and love it. Check out the e2000 thread and you will find many satisfied customers. The prices on those are dropping like a rock too.
post #14 of 19
My decision included the samsung and the sony. I chose the sony 46e2000. Much of that was due to the fact that I managed to get a great deal on the sony, by negotiating a price match at best buy. But I also felt more comfortable buying the sony as the reviews seemed universally positive, whereas I felt there were several people who had issues with the Samsung. Fry's had the sony for 1050, but that ended yesterday.
post #15 of 19
You will need to rent an HD box if you get the HLS4666 as it does not have a digital cable ready tuner. You may check around to see if you can find a leftover 2005-2006 HLR4667W from a place like video-only (saw them there for CHEAP! ~1k), because it has other cool features. If they are using cable and don't want a bazillion boxes and remotes, the 4667 has the DCR built-in, so you not only get digital cable for free, but also see free HD channels (anything less than digital cable generally looks bad on this size tv). It also has the TV Guide function and PIP which they also stripped out of the newer 46" sets. I find the TV guide very useful and functional for the lower channels, for what it's worth.

I found mine for less than $700 with full factory warranty and couldn't be happier. My family are always in awe watching it whenever they visit. Either way, enjoy.
post #16 of 19
I have no idea who you had to kneecap to get that price, JonDotCom, but please share with the class?

I'm sitting here staring at Amazon.com, which has the 4666W for what I thought is/was a wicked price. (Though it says it has an ATSC tuner--but from the above comments I'd need a ATSC/QAM tuner to snag digital cable HD signals, right?) I'm trying to come up with a reason not to pull the trigger...
post #17 of 19
46E2000 hands down. Best bang for your buck under $1500.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by Bill C. View Post

I have no idea who you had to kneecap to get that price, JonDotCom, but please share with the class?

I'm sitting here staring at Amazon.com, which has the 4666W for what I thought is/was a wicked price. (Though it says it has an ATSC tuner--but from the above comments I'd need a ATSC/QAM tuner to snag digital cable HD signals, right?) I'm trying to come up with a reason not to pull the trigger...

Sorry I didn't reply earlier. In the bay area ca, a place called video only. Fry's is where I got mine, but I think they've sold out.
post #19 of 19
IMO...Go with the Samsung HL-S4676S. I just purchased one about a week ago @ CC for $1250. It's newer & PQ is awesome! I have to calibrate it to my likings, but so far the presets are very nice. I could imagine what it will look like afterwards. X360, HD-DVDs & im using VGA to upscale my DVDs...All look excellent! SD channels look decent, a lot better than my old 47" Samsung RP CRT.(which wasn't even old - 1yr old) I sit about 8ft away, so i didn't go for overkill sized sets. No offense to you big ballers. lol

Anyways, good luck on your purchase.
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