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post #1 of 7 Old 07-17-2019, 11:52 AM - Thread Starter
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2 steps up from Budget TVs comparison

Hello all. I bought a Samsung 7 Series NU7100 65" 7 months ago. The input board stopped working and Samsung replaced the TV. It is sitting in the box still in my living room.


I never really liked the TV's smart features. The picture was fine. I only have SD cable anyways. I watch blurays and 1080p downloads.



I've decided to get a different brand of TV. Either a LG or Panasonic.



What are the equivalent models in LG/Panasonic to the Samsung 7100 series?


I am in Canada and my budget is between $1000-$2000 CAD



My local mom and pop store sells LG/Panasonic and I want to support them.



I have been looking at:



Panasonic TC-65FX800 - 65" 4K Ultra HD LED - Store has a 55" on display.
https://www.panasonic.com/ca/consume...c-65fx800.html


LG 65" 65SK8000 - Store has 65" on display.
https://www.lg.com/pa_en/tvs/lg-65SK8000PSA


Should I be looking at other TVs in the $1000-$2000 CAD range?

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I guess the Panasonic is the better of the two, LG could have been great too if it weren't for the nature of IPS technology with its weak contrast and poor black levels so yeah go for the Panasonic, you'll thank me later.

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I guess the Panasonic is the better of the two, LG could have been great too if it weren't for the nature of IPS technology with its weak contrast and poor black levels so yeah go for the Panasonic, you'll thank me later.

I should have also mentioned that the choice for LG/Panasonic is the availability of service. The shop that sells them is one of two repair shops within 300 miles and they are fighting with Samsung right now and not repairing any of their TVs.


I haven't ruled out other brands of TVs, so if something sticks out that you think is better, feel free to express your opinion.
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I just realized I put the wrong LG model and link in.


Its actually the 65SK8000 model.



https://www.lg.com/pa_en/tvs/lg-65SK8000PSA
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Upon doing some research, I realize the Panasonic FX800 is also a IPS-based TV, just like the LG LED TVs. My advice unless you need wide viewing angles and better color accuracy, you may wanna skip IPS panel TVs at all costs. Instead, I think you'll be a lot happier with the Sony X950G, it's a VA panel and although viewing angles won't be as good, at least the contrast and black levels will be a lot better. If available in Canada, the TCL 6 series is definitely worth the look too.

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There are quite a few VA panel choices. RTINGS is a good source for this information, but they don't have Panasonic (not available in the US). Besides X950G, also Sony X900F, all Samsungs, most or all Vizio's, most or all TCLs. All LG LCDs are IPS.
You trade off viewing angle for better contrast and better dark screen uniformity.

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I decided on the Panasonic TC-65FX800. It will be here between Monday-Wednesday.


Now I need to choose a new AV receiver!
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