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#417602 - 03/11/16 02:12 PM Time for a new TV
pmbuko Offline
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Our new home has a larger living room than the last one, where we sat about 6.5' away from our little 32" Samsung LCD TV. The primary seating position is now about 12" away. I'm looking at a TV around 50" in size. 4k is not a must, and I'm not worried about the quality of built-in apps/streaming. I want good gaming performance with good color and contrast. I'd rather have a flat than curved screen, as well. Limit $1000.

Any thoughts on brands to focus on or omit from my list?
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#417603 - 03/11/16 02:23 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
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If, as stated, you are only sitting 12" away, I would think that your employer could offer you a good deal on an iPhone.
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#417605 - 03/11/16 03:00 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
spiroh Offline
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My parents got a good deal on a 60" vizio e series tv. See if you can find a good deal on a 60-70" 1080p. Only a few options for 4K tv's in the 1k range.

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#417621 - 03/11/16 08:50 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
brendo Offline
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See if you can find an older model. I found my 50 inch Samsung for about $800 though it's a 2013 model without the smart features.

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#417906 - 03/19/16 03:18 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
tomtuttle Offline
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Mark is right.

If, however, you mean 12 feet, you need a bigger TV. There is no substitute for bigger.

Samsungs always look good to me.
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#417916 - 03/19/16 07:08 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
michael_d Offline
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Unless you still enjoy perfect vision, I'd go 65" at that viewing distance. We are 12' from a 55" panny plasma, and I am finding it difficult to see lately. I'm looking into a larger TV now. If you have a Costco or Sam's Club around, it might be worth your time to do a walk through. Both often carry discontinued models at a pretty good price point. I saw a 65" Samsung the other day for about $1200.
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#417922 - 03/19/16 08:20 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
SRoode Offline
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We sit about 14' from out 65" TV. I would not go any smaller than that. It will be hard to find a 65" for $1,000 though. You can get a 60" for that price pretty easily.


Edited by SRoode (03/19/16 08:25 PM)
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#417924 - 03/19/16 08:53 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: pmbuko]
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When I was looking at a new TV, for me it was the choice of size and picture quality.

I will admit that the QLED did look pretty impressive and I probably could have put up with a smaller TV, but the price was just too out there for me to take.

I did get a 4k tv and to be totally honest, I don't think that I can really tell the difference between the content that I see in actual 4K source and that at 1080p. However, what muddies the waters with that statement is that all the input sources are unconverted to 4k by the TV so it's not that you are really seeing a lower res on the screen.

For me however was the picture quality. I found that the Panasonic panel that I got gave me a picture that I really loved and I knew it would not be something that I wished I had bought something else instead.
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#418133 - 03/26/16 01:33 AM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: MatManhasgone]
pmbuko Offline
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All good advice, everyone. Thanks! There's a Costco one town over and we have a membership. I'll see what what they've got.
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#418162 - 03/26/16 02:59 PM Re: Time for a new TV [Re: MatManhasgone]
casey01 Offline
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Originally Posted By oakvillematt
When I was looking at a new TV, for me it was the choice of size and picture quality.

I will admit that the QLED did look pretty impressive and I probably could have put up with a smaller TV, but the price was just too out there for me to take.

I did get a 4k tv and to be totally honest, I don't think that I can really tell the difference between the content that I see in actual 4K source and that at 1080p. However, what muddies the waters with that statement is that all the input sources are unconverted to 4k by the TV so it's not that you are really seeing a lower res on the screen.

For me however was the picture quality. I found that the Panasonic panel that I got gave me a picture that I really loved and I knew it would not be something that I wished I had bought something else instead.


I guess it is the old story if you have nothing to actually compare to, it is hard to tell if there is a difference. We have two other 32" LCDs in the house that are about 2 years old. When I bought the 65" LG LED 4K monitor back in November and almost immediately just comparing off air HD cable stations, with the significantly wider color space, 4 times the pixels, and upconverted signal on the 4K set, I felt the picture looked noticeably better than the the older smaller LCDs.

I calibrated my 4K set so it even looks better with picture detail and sharpness on all sources looking better even without a native 4K signal. Youtube has a considerable number of 4K videos to look at, especially a lot of colorful outdoor nature scenes. I have seen a number of these shown on 4K monitors when on display in retail outlets. In any case, I felt overall, that the picture just jumps out at you that much more.

The one advantage of the OLED technology that is constantly discussed comparing them to LED/LCD monitors which still can't give you and probably because of the limitations of the their technology never will, is the black levels, however, OLEDs in the larger sizes still are considerably more expensive. LG has introduced a couple of new top of the line OLED monitors(G6 and G8)that were at the CES in January which look incredible and even have a built in soundbar, however, in the 65">75" sizes, there still looking at an MSRP in the $7000-8000 range or more.


Edited by casey01 (03/26/16 03:18 PM)

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