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So you've decided that you want an LCD HDTV. Maybe you just got this year's bonus, or that big tax return, or you need a new TV because that 20 year old tube just died this week. But, you aren't sure where to begin. Well, you've come to the right place.

Resources for research

Information at CNET

Here are some helpful CNET links to reviews and buying guides for HDTVs:

CNET's television reviews:

http://reviews.cnet.com/televisions/...ftColumnArea.0

CNET's HDTV buying guide:

http://reviews.cnet.com/tv-buying-gu...tColumnArea1.0

CNET's HDTV finder, a step-by-step guide for chosing a TV:

http://reviews.cnet.com/4247-6475_7-...rColumnArea1.3

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Before diving into makes and models, there are some things you should consider that will help your decision making process.

If you plan on posting in this thread asking for assistance, please include the following information in your post:

1. Budget
2. Seating distance
3. Size/placement limitations
4. Uses and sources
5. Room lighting

1. Budget

Buying a new HDTV can be an expensive endeavor. To make things even more complicated, there is a whole price range of LCDs available, costing from just hundreds to several thousands of dollars. You should understand from the beginning how much you want to spend for a new TV. By having a budget, you whittle down your search to a price range and just look at makes and models within your budget. It will reduce the number of LCDs you are looking at, making the task of choosing less daunting.

2. Seating distance

High definition televion brings greater detail to the picture. However, in order to be able to see the increased detail in HDTV we need to sit within an optimal distance from the TV. Also, the room you plan on putting your new LCD in may limit you on how close or how far you will be sitting from it. Now, not everyone is going to (or be able to) sit 7 feet from a 55" LCD. Knowing how far you plan on sitting from your new LCD will help you determine how large of an LCD you are interested in.

3. Size/placement limitations

Where you plan on placing (or mounting) your new LCD may also impact the size of the LCD you choose. So, in terms of getting the most out of your new high definition experience, you will need to find a balance between size, distance, resolution (720p, 1080p), and practicality.

Some resources that can assist you in making the size/distance choice can be found here:

Viewing distance calculator:

http://myhometheater.homestead.com/v...alculator.html

Seating distance chart:



If you find yourself sitting farther than ideal for 1080p viewing from your chosen size, you may want to consider saving some money and buying a 720p LCD, instead.

4. Uses and sources

The number and types of source devices you have and plan on getting will determine the types of connections you will need available on your new LCD. Or, you might find after tallying up your sources that a new audio/video receiver would be a good addition to your new purchase.

You should also consider what you are planning on using your new LCD for. For watching primarily movies on Blu-ray, you might want to consider seating arrangements that put you closer to the optimal seating distance for the size you purchase. Perhaps you will be watching alot of broadcast over cable, or you haven't upgraded to Blu-ray or you still have a large collection of standard DVDs. What you plan on watching on your LCD HDTV can influence what quality level, features, or even resolution (720p? 1080p?) you choose in a model.

If you plan on gaming on your LCD, you might want to find out about input lag of the different makes/models you are considering. Here's a good thread we have going here on input lag:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1131464

5. Room lighting

Well lit room? Or do you like watching movies in the dark? Some LCDs come with matte finish screens, and others can be as reflective as plasmas. You should consider the lighting of your room and look for models that would be appropriate.

What about bias lighting? What exactly is bias lighting? Here's a good post on theory from the Calibration forum:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1162578

Here's a thread of bias lighting examples with pictures in the LCD forum:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=bias+lighting

2010 LCDs from some of the top brands

Samsung:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...t=samsung+2010

Sony:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ight=sony+2010

LG:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hlight=lg+2010

Toshiba:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...t=toshiba+2010

Sharp:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ght=sharp+2010

Panasonic (not much going on in this thread, but it's the best I could dig up):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ight=panasonic

Vizio:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ighlight=vizio

Cables!

For all your buying needs:

http://www.monoprice.com
http://www.bluejeanscable.com
http://www.tartancable.com


I'm hoping that this thread will be a help to people, and a place for knowledgeable folks to stop by and help out others looking for information. If there's anything you think should be in this first post, either information or links, just let me know and I will put it up.
 

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Thanks for doing this!


Hopefully this thread will cut down on new thread creation and make the main forum focused on specific topics (other than "what LCD should I buy?").


Even though this thread may get long, it's still the place to ask questions about what LCD to buy even though the answer may be buried somewhere earlier.


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Great thread starter. As a suggestion, compose a simple questionnaire based on your original post.

(like the "OK! Your LCD! You Tell Me! Got a new one? post it here" thread)
 

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Originally Posted by TravisBean /forum/post/18204738


Great thread starter. As a suggestion, compose a simple questionnaire based on your original post.

(like the "OK! Your LCD! You Tell Me! Got a new one? post it here")

Done.
 
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Originally Posted by PooperScooper /forum/post/18202227


Hopefully this thread will cut down on new thread creation and make the main forum focused on specific topics (other than "what LCD should I buy?").

wishful thinking. ive seen more "which tv should I buy?" threads in the last 2 weeks than I have in a while. people clearly arent reading the whole forum or just want to feel cool by starting a new thread here. personally I cant see letting others spend my money for me when there are so many fanboys around. not to mention, almost every "which tv should i buy and my budget is $1400" thread contains this answer, "get the samsung 55b8500". lmao simply amazing.
 

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Well you have your first consolidated "which LCD should I buy" thread victim -- err I mean contestant. :)


I have a samsung LNR268WX 26" 720p TV from 2005 that I want to replace with a similar sized set. The Samsung I have doesn't support "just scan" and isn't playing nice with my HTPC over HDMI. I want to know what the current recommendations are for sets in the 26-32" range that "just work" with PC output over HDMI. I suspect that means it supports 1:1 pixel mapping and takes PC input over HDMI (ie does the right thing with the color space). I see that the price range for these sets is between $300 to $600 and thats fine. Obviously less is better. Anyone have suggestions? :)
 

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So I am looking to replace my 55 inch Olevia that I got from woot a year and a half ago. Here is what I am looking for:


1. Budget

About 1200, but I will go higher for the right set that I can be happy with and not have to upgrade for at least a couple years.


2. Seating distance

About 13 feet at the farthest point.


3. Size/placement limitations

I live in military housing so the rooms dont have much decorating options. I also have a L-shaped couch and only 1 viable wall/corner for a TV, further limiting options. Maybe something with a swivel?


4. Uses and sources

Primarily HD television content and Blu-Rays. I also order a lot of sporting event PPV's. I also do a lot of gaming (360) and watch a lot of content off of my computer. At least three HDMI ports is desirable. I do not really need an S-video connection however.


5. Room lighting

My current living room has an entire wall made up windows. I work 2nd shift so I do have blackout curtains. I guess what im saying is it can be really bright or really dark, so lighting isnt really a concern.


Other: I have reviewed CNETs Best TV lists but still cant make a decision. I was thinking one of the ultra-thin samsung plasmas, but was scared by all the reviews mentioning buzzing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Sales galore will be starting soon so I have selected the 3 HDTV's indicated

and truthfully find little difference between them other than price. I am not

a guru on TV's and after scanning the spec's I am leaning towards the

Toshiba 55ZV650U. For the most part of my TV watching is sports and

watching Blu-Ray movies. Your thoughts please.


Thanks
 

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Originally Posted by henbone11 /forum/post/18207362


wishful thinking. ive seen more "which tv should I buy?" threads in the last 2 weeks than I have in a while. people clearly arent reading the whole forum or just want to feel cool by starting a new thread here. personally I cant see letting others spend my money for me when there are so many fanboys around. not to mention, almost every "which tv should i buy and my budget is $1400" thread contains this answer, "get the samsung 55b8500". lmao simply amazing.

The sticky just went up yesterday. Previous threads can't get merged because of post order goes by date. New threads will continue only if people here let them continue, i.e. don't report them or don't remind people there is a sticky. Moderators, contrary to some people's assumptions, don't read every post in a given forum. It's not like we get paid or something...



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Upgrading from a Sharp LC46D82U


1. Budget: $3000

2. Seating distance: 6-12'

3. Size/placement limitations: None... but I would like at least 52"

4. Uses and sources: HTPC, Gaming (1080p)

5. Room lighting: Generally dark. I prefer matte screens though.


Not a huge Samsung fan... would prefer LED local dimming (I think).


Any suggestions?
 

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I am a HD DV-CRT guy but I want to get my daughter a new TV for her room as a birthday present to replace 13" SD CRT


Budget: unimportant

Seat Dis : 3-10ft

size/placement: desk mtg - limited to 22-24" total height including stand

use: SDTV + DVD (I have a spare Blu-ray player for her to use) using TV speakers

rm light: usually with lights, no sunlight issues


So at size is the PQ similar?

Do some have better speakers?

Any with headphone jacks?

Any that could also double as a monitor? (maybe to replace a Dell 17" 4:3)


Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
 

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3D not being important, do you think that the new C8000 series Samsungs will out perform the B8500? ie: Black Levels, PQ and clouding

The C8000 should be an improvement over the B8000. The C9000 should be an improvement over the B8500.
Hence, the B8000
 

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OK a simple question for the experts:


Assuming the price differential is only $100 with the Toshiba being the higher priced, which of these 55" LCD should I get:


LG 55LH40

OR

Toshiba 55ZV650U


I did my homework and these two seem to be the cheapest 55" LCDs right now. Thanks!
 

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OK a simple question for the experts:


Assuming the price differential is only $100 with the Toshiba being the higher priced, which of these 55" LCD should I get:


LG 55LH40

OR

Toshiba 55ZV650U


I did my homework and these two seem to be the cheapest 55" LCDs right now. Thanks!

Too many problems with A/V sync in the LG H40 series.
 

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Too many problems with A/V sync in the LG H40 series.

Yeah I heard about that. But let's say that it is not an issue for me. Strictly based on picture quality, features, and build quality (ignoring the A/V issues for the moment), which is the better set?
 

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Yeah I heard about that. But let's say that it is not an issue for me. Strictly based on picture quality, features, and build quality (ignoring the A/V issues for the moment), which is the better set?

From casual observation, I'd say about equal, but I'm no expert.
 

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3D not being important, do you think that the new C8000 series Samsungs will out perform the B8500? ie: Black Levels, PQ and clouding

The C8000 is edge lit, the 8500 isn't and thus less susceptible to flashlighting and clouding.
 

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Hey all,


Been browsing here for years, finally need some help on upgrading from my 37" Vizio to a real good 1080p flat panel for the living room in my new place.


1. Budget: Preferably under $1200. Cannot go much higher.

2. Seating distance: 6-10'

3. Size/placement limitations: 46-55" would be best

4. Uses and sources: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, FIOS, HTPC

5. Room lighting: Pretty dark room. Few room lights and little natural lighting.


I've been having a really hard time deciding what to pick up. I don't have a lot of time to do real good research. I need something fairly lag free as I do game and I hear (on here) that the Sammy's have some bad lag input which is unacceptable. I don't really have any brands that I prefer.


I don't really care whether it is Plasma or LCD. I haven't had much time to check out LEDs either, but I'm wondering if you guys could point me to the best panels in that price range.


If it helps, I'm local to the DC area.


Thanks!
 
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