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I'm in the immediate market for a new TV. I want a LED/LCD type display. I was about to pull the trigger on a 52inch XBR9, or a Samsung LNB52750 but I had a business assignment that had me leave the country for 3 months.


I thought coming back would mean I would be able to find a nice XBR9 or the samsung for closeout pricing. But it appears no stock exists.


What I want is a stellar TV. Maybe not the best of the best but a very good one. The XBR9 intrigued me a lot because it was a very very expensive high end panel when it was released and then it was being heavily discounted.


Not having followed up on the state of TV affairs for the past 3 months means I have no idea what to even look at. I do not want 3D TV.


I would like 52" or bigger.


The NX800 Sony seems interesting. So does the Samsung 8000 series. But both are edge lit TVs. From past research (1 year ago) it said that edge lit LEDs has minor issues with uniform brightness.


What should I be focusing my research on? I'd like a quality high end TV that I can use for 6+ years. I'm watching my 32 CRT Sony Trinitron from the late 80s still.


I want this TV to be the centre piece of my condo when one walks in.
 

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I'm in the immediate market for a new TV. I want a LED/LCD type display. I was about to pull the trigger on a 52inch XBR9, or a Samsung LNB52750 but I had a business assignment that had me leave the country for 3 months.


I thought coming back would mean I would be able to find a nice XBR9 or the samsung for closeout pricing. But it appears no stock exists.


What I want is a stellar TV. Maybe not the best of the best but a very good one. The XBR9 intrigued me a lot because it was a very very expensive high end panel when it was released and then it was being heavily discounted.

Both the Samsung B750 and the Sony XBR9 use CCFLs and not LEDs for the backlight.

I also don't think that the XBR9 was extremely expensive - do you perhaps mean the XBR8, which has a RGB-LED local dimming backlight?


If you can get a 55" XBR8 you should be very happy picture-wise but the supply has become very scarce and the set didn't lose as much of it's original price as the smaller 46" model.

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Not having followed up on the state of TV affairs for the past 3 months means I have no idea what to even look at. I do not want 3D TV.

You could also try to get a Samsung 55" B8500 which has also gotten excellent reviews and which is being called the best LCD right now by several webzines.

Some XBR8 owners will give this an argument but I would say that if you can choose between the two you should buy the one with the panel surface that you like more: semi matte = XBR8, glossy = B8500.

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The NX800 Sony seems interesting. So does the Samsung 8000 series. But both are edge lit TVs. From past research (1 year ago) it said that edge lit LEDs has minor issues with uniform brightness.

The B8000 is noticeably worse in uniformity compared with the B8500 and it has less contrast. The B8500 has worse viewing angles (for the best picture quality) and is, obviously, more expensive so you'll have to decide which is the lesser evil.

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What should I be focusing my research on? I'd like a quality high end TV that I can use for 6+ years. I'm watching my 32 CRT Sony Trinitron from the late 80s still.

You "should" be fine with most sets from *all* major brands but of course it's possible that you get a lemon - even with a very expensive set. That shouldn't stop you.

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I want this TV to be the centre piece of my condo when one walks in.

You want to show-off? Then get a Samsung - the design of these sets is pretty much timeless if you ask me and the shiny surface may appeal to most people.

The new Sony 2010 models with the monolith design look appealing, too, but seem to be thicker.
 

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OP, I would bypass any of the above mentioned models and wait for the new LG lineup, the locally dimmed LE9500 looks impressive at this point as a successor to the LHX/LH90 models.


Let's hope it pans out.
 
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