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Old 12-18-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Or more importantly, what features would you find important for you to be willing to spend big money for?

For me, I already have blu-ray players that have netflix and movie rental on them, so an internet based TV is not important. However, I would be willing to spend good money for actual picture quality on both HD and non HD channels. I would like good refresh rate (at least 120Hz), bright picture for a bright living room, great picture for live sports, and of course excellent picture for blu-ray. My wife and I were casually looking at HDTVs in a big box store the other night, and out of all the displays, the Samsung had the best picture in the 55" variety. It was $2k, quite pricey for my taste, but a great HD picture. Not sure how it looks on non-HD channels though.

So, what would you guys be willing to spend on a TV? What brand, what size? What are the trimmings you would want on your TV?
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Hey it's $999 on Amazon!
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Not 2 grand, that's for damn sure.
I wouldn't spend over $1,000.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:59 PM
 
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Depends on the application. There is no free lunch, so buying cheap TVs will not result in a satisfactory experience. I spent $1750 on a 58" Panny plasma about two years ago, and that was the closeout wholesale price. But the picture is arguably the best of anything that was out at that time. If I replace it I'd go bigger and mount it, so that would drive the cost up. It's the main TV. If I was doing a smaller media room, I'd consider one of the big OLED panels, for quite a bit more. Other TVs around the house I spent far less on.

But I still won't buy crap, no matter how good a deal it is. I don't watch a lot of TV, but when I do I want to look good. Many people are happy with lesser quality. More power (and money saved) to them.

For me features are far less important than quality. I have bought, and would buy, other boxes to give me the features that many TVs have built-in. But the problem there is you can't find a stripped down TV that has the picture quality of a top of the line model. Having said that, the TV I bought for my bedroom doesn't have audio outputs. I didn't think I'd care but I wish I could improve the audio without spending a bunch of money. I should have stepped up a model or two. Next time...

As for watching non-HD channels, mine do fine. Some do better, some worse. But now that I've watched HD for a while, I can hardly watch non-HD TV programming. Some of it is OK, but much of it is so poor quality, relatively speaking, that it's not enjoyable. A couple examples are the channels FUEL and CLOO on Dish. I like the content, but they aren't available in HD on Dish. The picture quality of some of the shows is just terrible, not to mention having to resize the picture. So my suggestion is to focus less on how the TV manages non-HD channels, since it will be only be a matter of time before they're gone.

Samsung is an excellent TV, likely the best in LCD.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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$500-$1000 (closer to $500) for a decent size and good quality. I don't need a smart TV or 3D. I would like the TV to have decent speakers as well.

I'm currently looking for the best value for a 47-55 inch LCD/LED/Plasma.

I had defended plasma's in the past and think they can be great buys, but I'm now leaning towards LED.

...But my wife and I are also wanting to get a new TV console and replace our aging couch, so we're taking our time, and might not even purchase anything until next year.

We currently have a 37" LCD by Vizio and it's been really good for the past 4-5 years, we just want something a bit bigger.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I have a Samsung UN55D7000. Has been perfect in all ways. Currently its been replaced with UN55ES7100 in the retail stores. Even though it comes with 3D, it wasn't a part I cared for as I wanted the screen and the sound quality. This TV has the best of everything IMHO. I bought mine bundled with a Samsung BDD6500 (currently BDE6500) and the 3D kit (glasses and some movies) online last year for under $1500 from Pauls TV online (Best Buy wanted $2000 just for the TV).

Amazon.com: Samsung UN46ES7100 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Slim LED HDTV (Silver): Electronics

Did a quick search and the TV is available at a few sites for under $1500 + free shipping + no tax. But I think its too late in the season to find some bundled pricing.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I spent just over 1900 for a Samsung PN59d8000 plasma early this year. At the time I bought it it was considered with the Panasonic VT50 of similar size the two best plasmas. It happens to be 3D (never used it) and is an internet TV. I use Netflix on it sometimes.

It has a beautiful, natural picture. It was worth it. My only regret is that I didn't buy the 65 inch model instead.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Some people spend a lot of money on their TV it seems.

I have no HD signal to feed into a HD TV so I would not spend anything on one.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Oklahoma
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Some people spend a lot of money on their TV it seems.
I have no HD signal to feed into a HD TV so I would not spend anything on one.
Thanks......very helpful.

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