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Old 08-13-2017, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I have a 12 year old 55" rear-projection LCD that's just burned out its second lamp. I can replace the lamp for about $50, but figure this might be a good time to get a better TV. Has anyone been in this situation recently? Is it worth the price difference to go to something new and fancy?
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Old 08-14-2017, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I have a 12 year old 55" rear-projection LCD that's just burned out its second lamp. I can replace the lamp for about $50, but figure this might be a good time to get a better TV. Has anyone been in this situation recently? Is it worth the price difference to go to something new and fancy?

Yes, it's really worth spending a couple hundred $$ to buy a new lcd tv set. They've come a LONG way in even 3 years, much less 12.
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Old 08-15-2017, 03:09 PM
 
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:13 PM
 
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I would say yes but you got to factor in your budget and what you normally watch...cheaper 4k HDR TVs don't have good up-scaling so if you mostly watch cable TV (which is broadcast in 720p) the images will not look as great as they do in the store...it will be an improvement on what you have for sure but may not be as massive as you might think...if you want to watch 4k sourced material, factor in the cost of that upgrade as well

Also if you don't have external speakers factor in the cost of those as well...you will need at least a soundbar because modern TVs are way too thin to have the same quality speakers as those old rear projection TVs
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Old 08-16-2017, 08:54 AM
 
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I would not go for something "fancy". Here's the deal. HDR, aka High Dynamic Range, is available in streaming formats like Netflix. Don't know about cable shows. Seems to be easy to implement and becoming more common. I'd get the feature. 4k suffers from a lack of content, and bad implementation of up-scaling in many inexpensive sets. Content? Mostly streaming, but needs very good internet connections because it uses a lot of data. If you're in a location that already has wifi congestion, you have extra work to do. Finally, most people can't see a difference unless they have very good content and sit quite close. Other "features" to be wary of include "smart TV." Some love it, many ignore it. It essentially makes streaming a bit easier by using a connection to the internet built into the tv. A lot depends on the implementation, and whether you care if a company monitors your viewing habits.

Sound bar? I don't use one, but if you're big on high quality, one might help. You can easily buy one later.

Do read reviews before purchase.
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Old 08-25-2017, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I found the bulb for $16 and opted for the frugal option, at least this once.
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:17 AM
 
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I found the bulb for $16 and opted for the frugal option, at least this once.
Nothing wrong with keeping money in your pocket so it can be used on other things...$16 bulb is pretty hard to pass up
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