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I'm debating between getting the Samsung LN46A650 or the Samsung LN52A550. If the viewing distance will be between 10-12 feet, will I regret not getting the 52" screen? Also, are the features in the 6 series (120hz, etc) not to be missed?


I really do not want to spend more than $1850 on the TV. Are their any others LCDTV's that I should be looking at in this price range instead?


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Speaking as someone that has gone from smaller to larger - I would always go bigger with the same/similar PQ panel. I do not have 120Hz on my 57" Sharp so I am blind to it's benefits and there isn't a feature you could place on a 46" that could make me even consider it as my primary HT panel to go smaller.


Size simply brings out more picture details and Wow factor with everything HD - same 2 million pixels get larger and more detail is observed. My 45" was a great panel which is in another room but I have zero desire to go view anything on it ever - my wife views it as her alternate artsy old movie crap.


Perhaps if 120Hz or motionflow could have a porn queen pop out of the TV via the remote then I'd consider the smaller TV.
 

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Originally Posted by Rangers4me /forum/post/14266142


I'm debating between getting the Samsung LN46A650 or the Samsung LN52A550. If the viewing distance will be between 10-12 feet, will I regret not getting the 52" screen? Also, are the features in the 6 series (120hz, etc) not to be missed?


I really do not want to spend more than $1850 on the TV. Are their any others LCDTV's that I should be looking at in this price range instead?


Thanks!

Your price limit is $1850? That's probably about the cheapest and I mean the cheapest I have seen the ln46a650. I have been watching sales and prices for about a month now. I actually have a similar thread as this if you would like to check it out. Mine regards me getting the 40a650 vs the 46a550. Same discussion just next size smaller in each. Here is the link .
 

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Typing LN46A650 into a popular search engine yields a first result of almost $100 under his budget from a reputable seller- you obviously haven't been watching very carefully to miss that.


From 10-12ft, that extra six inches will be very valuable. If you need to plunge now, grab the 52A550- but if you can hold off and save a few pennies (~$400), go for the 52A650...


The 5-6 series jump would include increased contrast, decreased response time and an additional HDMI 1.3 port in addition to the 120Hz mode (valuable for sports and gaming perhaps?). So the extra $400 may get you a little extra longevity out of the TV before you itch for something else years down the road.


If you can adjust seating closer, the 46A650 would work well and give you the above features in a smaller size...
 

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Originally Posted by westa6969 /forum/post/14266204


Speaking as someone that has gone from smaller to larger - I would always go bigger with the same/similar PQ panel. I do not have 120Hz on my 57" Sharp so I am blind to it's benefits and there isn't a feature you could place on a 46" that could make me even consider it as my primary HT panel to go smaller.


Size simply brings out more picture details and Wow factor with everything HD - same 2 million pixels get larger and more detail is observed. My 45" was a great panel which is in another room but I have zero desire to go view anything on it ever - my wife views it as her alternate artsy old movie crap.


Perhaps if 120Hz or motionflow could have a porn queen pop out of the TV via the remote then I'd consider the smaller TV.

Bigger is not always better....the A650 is getting great reviews from calibrators, reputable online sources and end users for many reasons. There are a few MAIN differences:

1)10 bit vs 8 bit on the panel....huge!!!

2) "clearview" panel makes a big difference in PQ in EVERY regard!!! Reflection is not that bad...actually it's about the same as the A550.....just dispersed differently.

-There are processing differences, deeper blacks,120 Hz (almost no to slight blur),4 MS response over 5 ms,etc.


I compared the two way back at the beginning of my research and no offense to anyone the A550 is decent,but the two side by side time after time, there was no comparison.If I did not have the funds for the 52A650 and you want a 52", I would either wait for the price to drop or try a few online retailers..."big river" for one....
 

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I somewhat agree with mikelets comments, in that i too am looking at a 52inch lcd but am looking at either the A550 or the A650.

Even today, the big river has the 52A550 in your budget...


Now when i look at CC or BB, i find that the 650 beats out the 550, but I am just a little worried that the glare will be too much to handle.

I plan to purchase the 650, and then if i can live with the glare, i will keep it, but otherwise the 550 will get my nod.


I am not so sure that the reflections are of similar magnitude and dispersed differently... i havnt measured them... but the 650 definitely reflects more when you just look at it... no matter what real room lighting you have....


Come back and tell us all what you decided... Id like to get "yet" another opinion...
 

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Was in the same boat as you. Same budget and about same viewing distance. I'm new to the HDTV world and was coming from an old tube CRT TV and i decided to go with "bigger is better". So i got the LN52A550. Also, glare was one of my concern (big windows with adjacent sliding doors) and the A550's semi-gloss screen sealed the deal for me. The 120HZ AMP feature of the 650s was nice but found the motion "soap opera effect" too artificial to my taste. I saw it playing at BB and was awestrucked and mesmerized at first but found myself a little dizzy afterwards. I know others swear by it and love it, it all boils down to personal preference. I also considered the 650 features a way big jump for me coming from my old tv set and wouldn't be able to make use of it's added features right away. I'm still in the early process of piecing together my home theater set-up and the 52A550 was the big start for me.
 

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Was in the same boat as you. Same budget and about same viewing distance. I'm new to the HDTV world and was coming from an old tube CRT TV and i decided to go with "bigger is better". So i got the LN52A550. Also, glare was one of my concern (big windows with adjacent sliding doors) and the A550's semi-gloss screen sealed the deal for me. The 120HZ AMP feature of the 650s was nice but found the motion "soap opera effect" too artificial to my taste. I saw it playing at BB and was awestrucked and mesmerized at first but found myself a little dizzy afterwards. I know others swear by it and love it, it all boils down to personal preference. I also considered the 650 features a way big jump for me coming from my old tv set and wouldn't be able to make use of it's added features right away. I'm still in the early process of piecing together my home theater set-up and the 52A550 was the big start for me.

The "soap opera affect" is not caused by the 120Hz, it's caused by AMP...probably set too high. 120HZ is the refresh rate for objects in motion for "less blurring" also for 5:5 pulldown on 24P material (24 into 120 is 5) 24 into 60hz must do 3:2 pulldown introducing artifacts, etc. 5:5 is not yet confirmed on this set, but the clearview panel, 10 bit screen, 120 hz, etc makes for a better set.


But to each is own...there is no right or wrong answer, just opinions....which mine is always right...
well, unless my wife is around.
 

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Typing LN46A650 into a popular search engine yields a first result of almost $100 under his budget from a reputable seller- you obviously haven't been watching very carefully to miss that.


From 10-12ft, that extra six inches will be very valuable. If you need to plunge now, grab the 52A550- but if you can hold off and save a few pennies (~$400), go for the 52A650...


The 5-6 series jump would include increased contrast, decreased response time and an additional HDMI 1.3 port in addition to the 120Hz mode (valuable for sports and gaming perhaps?). So the extra $400 may get you a little extra longevity out of the TV before you itch for something else years down the road.


If you can adjust seating closer, the 46A650 would work well and give you the above features in a smaller size...

Yeah I have been watching closely I just am not hugely fond of the online retailers. The only ones I would really trust are crutchfield and amazon. Which amazon does have the tv pretty low lately and definitely within his budget. I personally have been looking for a month and won't have the money for another two months but just watching I have seen the price drop by hundreds of dollars. If I were him I would wait another month or two and see where they go.
 

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Hi'yall,

I have been looking at both the 46" Samsung and Sony LCD's when these sets were selling at over $3000.00! I have a chance to buy the LN46A650 for a decent price of $1700.00 through Fry's electronics for a limited time. I could wait,but if i don't buy it after looking for two years, well, don't think I ever will.


I've been going back and forth with the Sony 46 W4100 with the semi-matte panel. It is more mula, and I would sacrifice about 20,000 Dynamic contrast for the Sony, but what about the 24p or (24 frames per second) feature that the Samsung does not advertise on it's sets. Do they have this?


Someone mentioned here that the Samsungs shiny screen is very shiny,without any ambient light reflection hitting the screen. Is this a problem?


And finally, the upgrading the firmware feature. Is it as simple as downloading the .exe file,putting it on a flash drive and installing it on the set?


Thanks for all your input on this.
 

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Originally Posted by Rangers4me /forum/post/14266142


I'm debating between getting the Samsung LN46A650 or the Samsung LN52A550. If the viewing distance will be between 10-12 feet, will I regret not getting the 52" screen? Also, are the features in the 6 series (120hz, etc) not to be missed?


I really do not want to spend more than $1850 on the TV. Are their any others LCDTV's that I should be looking at in this price range instead?


Thanks!

Although the screen size/viewing distance equivalent should be based mostly on your personal preference, the LN52A550 has more appropriate screen size for a 10-12' viewing distance than the LN46A650 - traditionally speaking. I strongly suggest you going to any bricks-and-mortars retailers to see the difference yourself. Some retailers even allow you to bring your DVD player or video game console for a try-out, so you might want to bring them with you just in case.


As for the features, the Samsung LN46A650 features InfoLink technology as its highlight. This feature allows you to receive news, weather, and stock information on separate window(s) simultaneously with your current TV channel. Personally, I wouldn't recommend you the InfoLink feature unless you're a Wallstreet broker or some sort, whose job is to update stocks religiously - yeah, even when you watch the Flintstones with your kids.



In addition to that, the Samsung LN46A650 also has an Ultra Clear Panel feature, higher contrast ratio (50,000:1), faster pixel response time (4-ms), and more HDMI inputs (4x).


The Samsung LN52A550, on the other hand, lacks the InfoLink and Ultra Clear Panel; has lower contrast ratio (30,000:1), slower pixel response time (5-ms), and less HDMI inputs (3x).


But really, despite these differences, I don't see that the LN46A650 is of a dramatically greater value than the LN52A550. Take the pixel response time technology, for example: 4-ms vs 5-ms? I doubt that anyone can spot that split-second difference and be bothered by it. So for me, what really distinguish these two models are the InfoLink, Ultra Clear panel, and HDMI inputs.


In conclusion, the Samsung LN46A650 is great if you're willing to sacrifice a bigger screen for a slightly better picture quality. Oh, and the InfoLink. On the contrary, the Samsung LN52A550 is great if you want a bigger screen LCD HDTV for a price cheaper than the smaller LN46A650.
 
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