Hello All, Thanks in advance.
1. Budget - $2000 or under. Less is better! Also need to buy a new Denon AV receiver which I'd like to spend about $500.
2. Seating Distance - 9.5 Feet from Center Seat to Center of Television. There is a 3 person couch and a recliner seated in a line against the same back wall. I need to take into consideration the viewing angle.
3. Size/Placement Limitations - I can go up to 68" wide so a 75 inch TV. I'm mainly looking at 70 inch TVs.
4. Sources -
25% Played through Roku 3 (will probably upgrade to Roku 4) running Plex (720p & 1080p sources) - Some content is pretty low quality. Need to take that into consideration.
25% Blue ray Movies
25% Network TV Shows (TiVo w/Comcast CableCARD (right now I only have a 1080p TiVo)
25% Sports (on same TiVo). All sources running through Denon AV Receiver TBD
5. Room Lighting - This is a new family room designed for watching TV. Natural light can be controlled with curtains. Will do LED back lighting behind the TV.
Notes: This room has 7.1 in wall and in ceiling speakers (typical Dolby 7.1, not Atmos). All audio equipment is in a cabinet on the far side of the room. I need to purchase a new 2014 or 2015 Denon AV Receiver (Denon because the house uses HEOS for distributed audio).
I feel like I'm right on the border distance wise of getting any additional detail with a 70" 4K TV. I will also have to spend a lot more money on a receiver to get a HDCP 2.2 compliant Denon AVR.
Here's where I'm at:
Option 1 - Vizio M70 (70 inch) & 2015 Denon X2200w Receiver (most expensive combo, most future-proof (has HDCP 2.2), only worth it if I'm really going to see the difference with 4K).
Option 2 - Vizio E70 (70 inch) & 2014 Denon X3100w (least expensive combo, this receiver supports 4K but not HDCP 2.2)
Option 3 - Samsung J6300 (75 inch) & 2014 Denon X3100w (about the same $$$ as Option 1 but I get a bigger TV, albeit 1080p, but I still don't think 75" is too big for the 9.5 viewing distance).
My gut is telling me to go with Option 2. I'm not going to get the benefits of 4K with a 70" TV at this distance. By spending so much less I won't hesitate to replace everything if I'm completely unhappy in a few years when 4K content is common. Option 1 feels like I'm early adopting on the low end. Option 3 might be too big for the viewing distance.