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I'm looking for a decent flat screen for a guest house we're currently renovating. TV will be viewed from around 12 feet away or so. Don't want a piece of junk, but am not looking for top of the line either. Don't care if it's used. Do want to be able to hook in a DVD player if possible.


Anyone have any suggestions?
 

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First off, everyone has there preference
From that distance you can go up to 65". Nice units for the buck:


Toshiba 46XF550U

Toshiba 52XF550U


Sharp LC-46SE94U

Sharp LC-52SE94U

Sharp LC-65SE94U


Desent units:


Sharp LC-46D64U

Sharp LC-52D64U

Sharp LC-65D64U
 

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Everyone here is going to have their preferences. Since this is a guest house, and unlikely to be used from day to day, I think the main selling point would be price. (This may not be the case if you're a multi-millionaire, but for most it is.)


That being said, LG-Phillips, Olivea make very reasonably priced units that will work with DVD players. You can pick them up at Wal-mart & Sams club, BJ's, & cost-co. The drawback is you'll have crushed blacks (dark scenes aren't as detailed.), lower-res, and less vibrant colors. Other than that, they give you great bang for your buck.


A decent 42" in $1000 range should not be an issue. To help you out more though, you need to decide if you want larger/smaller screen & what your spending cap is.


You can get a stupendous 42" for $1600, but then again you could get an "okay" 52" for the same money.
 

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If you are like me then the most important thing for a "rental" is probably durability followed by ease of use. Seems like renters NEVER know how to operate even a BASIC remote so I would recommend a low-end unit that allows the "configuration" screens to be LOCKED down. Additionally, quality is not of high concern but since we do still have SD in most rental areas (Myrtle Beach for us), you ill want to make certain that any low end unit still provides decent SD presentation. I have a similar decision to make but am trying to put it off until next year so that the SD component can be removed form the equation.
 
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