Thanks to a small bonus I'm looking at upgrading from the no-name basic 55" 4K TV in my living room starting next week to...pretty much anything above that. My comfortable budget is around $700 (I think I could do $800 in a pinch, but it wouldn't be pretty), but given a choice I'd certainly prefer to stay below that...so I'll probably be looking at sales for the next few weeks.
I've been mainly looking at 65" sets, although getting another 55" set would be fine as well. And there are two wrinkles:
1. I would prefer a set with a component video input--one word: Tivo--and three HDMI inputs, or four HDMI inputs. (Trying to avoid adding an HDMI switch to the electrical rat's nest where the set is.)
2. The set's legs/base cannot be wider than four feet at surface contact level, since that's exactly how wide my TV stand is. Wall mounts aren't an option, so this is absolutely a dealbreaker...and it may have ruled out one set I was looking at (the LG 65UN7300
) unless I went full HAM and sprang for a VESA stand as well, which means more money and isn't my first choice.
3. This doesn't count as a wrinkle per se, but an observation: between an Apple TV and two consoles I don't really need
it to be a smart TV, but since the only way to avoid that apparently would be with a monitor-class display or something else far outside my price range...(shrugs)
Panel lottery aspects aside--although admittedly I don't know how severe that possibility is--off some cursory checks it looks like the Hisense 65H8G
is probably the best set so far that meets those criteria (apparently there are two positions for its legs to be installed in, so it meets the width requirement). Apart from that, and possibly the TCL 6-series if I could find a really good deal on it, should I be looking at anything else actively? Or should I try to wait until sale season rolls around in general?