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Already Posted this on LCD, Help choosing a new 75 inch TV!!
I am currently in the market for a new 75 inch tv to replace my 2012 LG 60 inch plasma. So it has been a while since I have been in the market and things have changed quite a bit. Looking at sets at a local Costco and Best Buy I have been overwhelmed with advice on what to choose based on certain budget limitations. Terms like 8K, 4K, FALD, edge lit, direct back lit, vewing angle, nits, and so on are making this a much harder choice than in 2012. While in those stores they were providing all the TVs with a 4k feed so they all looked good, I want a set that will do a great job of upconverting my directv signal as well as dvds. I also want it to excel at sports and movies, not a gamer other than an occasional nintendo game with the kids. It would be nice if it would display what is on my smartphone easily (Samsung S10).
The viewing room (attached) is a large open space family room with windows next to the tv that are usually closed when watching movies and sliding glass doors (east side) facing the tv that causes trouble for my plasma. The main seating position has 2 recliners 12 feet back directly in front of the tv. There is a chair off to the left side and a love seat to the right and a couch behind and offset from the recliners. The tv is set back in a corner of the room on a 6 foot wide tv stand that houses all of the electronics. The front speakers are 65 inches apart and can go a little wider so 75 inch tv would be as large as I could go without moving things further out. Besides I think that a jump from 60 to 75 should be good enough.
My budget is around 2k but I would gladly go lower if possible without sacrificing too much. I have been advised to avoid TCL and Hisense as they do a poor job with with upconverting. I am obviously ruling out OLED as they are too much for that size tv, plus I think that I would incur the same problems that I have now with a plasma. Have always been a fan of Sony and Samsung especially the latter as it plays nice with my smartphone on my other Sammys in the house, though I have heard that they are not as good as they used to be or in comparison to similarly priced Sony and LG panels.
I am also wondering if now is the time to buy or wait another year as these 75 inch sets are priced significantly higher than 65 inch sets.
In my search I have found a few that seem to stand out on all price points but would appreciate further advice from people who have first hand experience with these or other similar sets. I know that some of them exceed my budget but I could be persuaded if it is really worth it. Interestingly I researched a Sony 940e 75 inch FARD that went for 6k but can still be bought at amazon for 2k....and that drastic change scares me a little.
Samsung: RU8000, Q70, Q80, Q8fn
Sony: 800g, x850, x900
LG: sk9500, sm9070
Vizio: p series and p quantum, m series quantum