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Old 08-24-2015, 10:47 AM
 
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We will be returning to the US next month after living overseas for 8.5 years. One of the first things we want to buy is a new TV - preferably a Samsung (that was our last TV) but open to other suggestions. With electronics moving faster every day we have no idea what is the latest "must have". We had an LCD rather than a plasma a few years ago and I think we would prefer that again. We bought a house last month that has a built in entertainment center that can accommodate up to a 72" screen. I didn't know they came that big! 1080P is good enough. Don't know enough about 4K and they are pretty expensive still. A TV that would work well with a good universal remote. I would love to be able to connect my MacPro and iPad to the TV - 2-3 ports would be good. LED is not necessary. Picture quality is a priority. So, what do you all suggest? Appreciate your time. Thanks!
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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With Samsung, the 4000 and 5000 series are entry level and don't have features or video quality you might want. According to your budget, look at 6000, 7000, 8000 series 48" or larger TV's. They are 1920x1080 After you purchase, go to Samsung website to see if there is a firmware update for the model you buy. They usually involve added apps.
I bought a UN48H6350 about 7 months ago. I'm totally satisfied with it.
Connections are-
OTA antenna
HDMI1 for cable/dish box
HDMI2 [arc] direct connection to av/receiver surround sound
HDMI3 for DVD/Blu ray
HDMI4 DVI
Component
composite
usb for camera
usb for firmware update
usb for ??
LAN

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Old 08-25-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-25-2015, 04:18 PM
 
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We own an older Samsung and love it. When I was thinking about replacing it earlier this year I was looking at Samsung again. I deleted the links last month since I changed my mind. Now I wish I had kept them.

You might look through this list.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_...nid=1232878011
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:34 AM
 
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Thank you, TekFreek!
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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If you cant afford one of the future proof 4k sets...buy a cheap 1080p in the interim....4k technology is becoming standardized but I don't believe its there yet...also the holy grail of OLED tv is coming along very slowly...check out cnet website and avsforum website for insight...but my recommendation is a cheap 60 inch 1080p LED with a warranty...Samsung is always good but Vizio has some suprisingly good models at that price point (below $1000) but a warranty is a must
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:46 PM
 
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Costco offers an extended 1 year warranty on a lot of electronics at no additional cost. Something to check into.

And you're welcome.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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Vizio TVs the best bang for the buck.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I bought a 48" Vizio. It was a lemon right out of the box. Calendar/clock didn't work. [an FCC requirement] DVD to HDMI on TV didn't work. Tried for two weeks communicating with Vizio tech. Waste of time. Remote was the size of a credit card, very small buttons and had to be pointed directly at sensor. Week three had two dead pixels stuck on blue. TV back in box, back to store, got a refund. Bought a Samsung.

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Old 09-03-2015, 09:41 PM
 
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I almost forgot these guys

TVs on The Wirecutter
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