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Old 08-01-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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The rear projection dinosaur died and needs to be replaced. Looking for a new 55-60" flat panel, preferably LED. I believe the room is a little too bright for plasma. Also want it to be a smart TV. Already have a surround sound system so sound output is not a is not a big deal. It will be used for everything from cartoons to soap operas to NASCAR so picture quality is important.

I haven't bought a TV in over 15 years and the choices are kind of overwhelming.

Any suggestions on what features to look for or which brand has a better picture?

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Old 08-01-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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Replaced my 55" rear projection after 10 years, with a new flat panel.

Got a 55" Vizio LCD/LED 240 refresh rate. Had it about 2 - 3 months now, and I'm still stunned when I walk into the room and see the picture quality. It has built in WiFi, streams from Netflix and Amazon Prime flawlessly, plus from my computers. Also supports Hulu and many other services I don't subscribe to. I can even stream Youtube videos straight to the TV.

It has the most features (that mattered to me) for the $$$ of all I compared. (signaficent price difference)

Based on how pleased we are with the 55" set, I replaced an old 27" CRT set in my office/computer room with a 32" Vizio LCD/LED set with Wifi which I'm watching the Olympics on now.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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Samsung LED or Panasonic plasma, if you want top tier. Panasonic is the best plasma since Pioneer stopped building plasmas. Samsung is consistently one of, if not the best, in LED picture quality. That's my opinion but it is supported by pro recommendations.

Keep in mind that turning up the brightness on a TV to overcome ambient light changes the whole picture. And if you crank it up to watch during the day in a brightly lit room, it will be painfully bright in the evening. Every setting affects another setting. Bright light coming in directly onto a TV is going to be a big problem no matter what you buy. Hope that helps.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:19 PM
 
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Plasma is washed out by ambient light, and if your TV is near a window, sliding door, or skylight, you will never be happy with a plasma.

Take a bright flashlight with you when you go to compare sets and shine it on the screens in the show room. It will barely show on a good LCD set, and severely wash out plasma's.

Where my 55" is placed for a short time in the afternoon the sun hits the screen directly. It is barely noticed unless it is dusty. Plasma's had their day, but the new LCD rule now.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:25 PM
 
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Samsung Dynamic LED.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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Sony, Samsung and Vizio in that order to choose a new TV from. None will let you down BUT BE SURE YOU NEED , AND CAN USE, ALL THE FEATURES EACH TV OFFERS BEFORE YOU BUY.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Have the Samsung D7000 series. No complaints. I think its now called the E7500 series. It fits all the criteria you mentioned plus more.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies.

Any thoughts on Sharp? No particular model, just the brand in general.

Also, anyone have a 3D TV and is it worth the added expense?
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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I like
Plasma TV Buying Guide: Plasma TV Reviews, HDTV Ratings, Pricing and Comparisons
and
LCD TV Buying Guide: LCD TV Reviews, Ratings, Models, Recommendations & Best Prices on LCD HDTVs
and then shopping for price.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies.

Any thoughts on Sharp? No particular model, just the brand in general.

Also, anyone have a 3D TV and is it worth the added expense?
When it comes to TVs, no one hooks up to Samsung. The only exception is the Sony RGBLED and PLED TVs if your willing to spend $5000+. I say stick to Samsung.

no one else can decide whether 3d is worth it for you. You have to test it out and decide for yourself. I don't have 3d and i don't miss it but if I were yo buy a TV today, I would probably get the 3d since its pretty cheap.
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