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Hello all,

The HDMI input on the main board of my Syntax Olevia 37" LT-37HVS went out. The boards for these are expensive and I am out of warranty so I am looking for a bang for the buck replacement. The two I have narrowed so far are:


Sony KDL-52W5150 - 52" LCD TV @ Circuit City w/ Free Shipping = $1,349.99


PHILIPS 52" 16:9 5ms 1080p LCD HDTV 52PFL3704D/F7 @ Newegg w/ FS = $999


Anyone have experience with either of these? If there is a better deal for a quality display that you know of please let me know.


Thanks for the help,

Nish
 

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Why not the Samsung 52B550 over at Newegg for $1,119?

Thanks for this suggestion...

For $120 more it has

+ Better dynamic contrast ratio 70000:1 vs 33000

+ about 30 lbs lighter

one negative was

- 1 second slower response time (6ms vs 5ms)
 

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Thanks for this suggestion...

For $120 more it has

+ Better dynamic contrast ratio 70000:1 vs 33000

+ about 30 lbs lighter

one negative was

- 1 second slower response time (6ms vs 5ms)

My main reason for suggesting it is it's a 1st teir brand for only $120 more than a 3rd teir set. I've been inside all 3 sets and the build quality is comparible between Sony/Samsung, the Phillips just seems cheap.
 

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Looks like I can also get the 52B550 for $1,031.60 at lacc.com (using bing 2%)... will still probably go with newegg since they are so reliable.
 

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My main reason for suggesting it is it's a 1st teir brand for only $120 more than a 3rd teir set.

Pardon what may seem like a rudimentary question, 1st tier brand would mean in the event of needing anything I would be dealing with the actual manufacturer of most of the guts of the tv itself as opposed to 3rd tier where if I needed it fixed, the parts are from other places and apparently not very sturdy?
 

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Dam! I waited to long and Newegg ran out of stock. Looks like I can get it through Amazon for the same price with free shipping though I prefer Newegg as a vendor.
 

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In the same boat, had a buddy who was ready to pull the trigger on the 52" $999 Phillips but told him to hold off. Not comfy with the unknown OEM, Phillips is not like the NAP of old (where you could score the occasional awesome Phillips component with a Magnavox tag). So looking for a 52" LCD that is decent, and he has 1K in his mind, and has the epic plasma fear beat into him by the kid he talked to at Something Buy. Thinking of watching the Sony outlet store. Does anyone else know of other manufacture outlets that have items available on their website?


Good luck with your TV hunting, and thank to all for the info!
 

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Ack! now im torn again... between these:
Samsung LCD 52B550 for $1120 or
Samsung LED UN55B6000 for $1,999.00...

The B6000 is less than that [ add to cart and you'll see
] and it should come with a free BR Player [ Samsung BD-P1600 iirc ]


I just got last Friday from Amazon and it's amazing!! TV's I've been thru before settling on this one..


1) Sony KDL-46S504

2) Sony KDL-46V5100

3) Toshiba Regza xx645U

4) Samsung LN46B630

5) Samsung UN46B6000


They all went back for one reason or another [mostly PQ related] and I took a chance with the UN55B6000 and, so far, I've been impressed!! The only complaint is that the tab on the Optical In broke rather easily.. but the TV's PQ is solid!


Sure, it has some flash-lighting when the room and screen are completely dark.. But, ask yourself this, are you going to be looking at a dark blank black screen w/o a picture and getting upset about the clouding or enjoy the motion pictures ?


I see ZERO cloudiness in a completely dark room as long as I'm not looking a blank black screen, and even with that, it's not all the time! Even the off angle viewing isn't as bad as some say.. However, I should add that there is considerable variance between sets! My 46" had poor off angles while the 55" is quite good!


In the end, if you're iffy about the edge lit LEDs, get the LN52B750 for the same price as the UN55B6000 from Amazon. You just can't go wrong with the 750!!
 

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get Sony 52w5150. Samsung 52b550 is the lower end TV that is comparable to Sony 52S5100 and 52W5100. 52W5150 competes with Samsung 52b630 or 650 series. Both Sony and Samsung LCD TVs are known to have clouding and flashlighting issues, though.
 
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