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#1 4 years ago

Hopefully soon I will be moving into my own apartment. It's a 2 bed 1 bath, of which, one of the rooms will be used as an office (potential future thread about the office). Those two rooms I'm not really worried about setting up. However, I am looking to setup my living room. I'm looking for a nice TV about 42-50" in size around the 500 dollar range. I don't need to spend an arm and a leg on a TV as I still have to get furniture and what not for the living room and my office.

So...post away with your thoughts. Just curious to know what peoples think. Yes...I know the TV market may shift and new tech may/will be out in six months, but I'm looking for ideas and recommendations.




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#2 4 years ago

Disclaimer: It's been a long time since I had an internship at a shop that sells these, so A) I've forgotten a lot and B) I am completely and utterly out of touch with what's up. Still:

Mind the distance between your couch and where you are placing the TV, so you don't make your TV too big. Try going for a TV that's going to last longer, preferably LCD. Remember that you can tinker with the settings to change various stuff around, but make sure to see the thing in action by using a Presentation DVD or something. To really show what the device can bring to the table. Because what's important is that it's easy on the eyes. There's a good chance you might be dealing with an older model too, or a cheap assed model, so check to see if it has all the right ports. (HDMI and whatnot)

Most importantly, though: Go to all the shops to compare prices and insurance.




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#3 4 years ago

I recently spent a bit of time looking for a new TV for my parents, so I'll pitch in here.

After going to a lot of stores, looking at different brands and models, I finally settled on Samsung. Their panels seem to have the best colors and picture of any of the widely available brands. Not only that, but they last a long time. I'm had the same Samsung DLP TV since 2007, and haven't even had to replace the bulb in it yet.

Moreover, the customer service is pretty spot-on as well. In 2012, I had an issue with fixed white dots appearing on-screen. First it was one, then three, then five. After a month of so, a black screen on my TV looked like the classic "Starfield Simulation" screen saver.

I had pretty much resigned myself to buying a new TV, and felt pretty good that I had gotten 5 years out of that one. Just on a whim, I called Samsung to see what it would cost to have them fix it. After describing the issue, they said it was a known issue with that model of DLP, and they'd have someone come to my house and replace the part at no charge.

Needless to say, that was NOT the response I expected.

Anyway, I'm still using that TV, and I have Samsungs throughout the house now, and have never had a problem with any of them. You pay a little more, but I think the quality is worth it.




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#4 4 years ago

I have to agree with Ron about Samsung as they really do make the best screens going. That said my LG plasma has been going for years now as well and the picture is very sharp and the color saturation is awesome but that is plasmas for you.

Now were are you looking to buy from as that helps if we can look at there range or is this a anywhere that delivers in the US thing ;)




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#5 4 years ago

Goody.;5745965I have to agree with Ron about Samsung as they really do make the best screens going. That said my LG plasma has been going for years now as well and the picture is very sharp and the color saturation is awesome but that is plasmas for you.

Now were are you looking to buy from as that helps if we can look at there range or is this a anywhere that delivers in the US thing ;)

I'm looking at TV's at Best Buy and Wal-Mart, but will most likely order from either Newegg or Best Buy. Best Buy has a 50" Sharp 1080p that I'm currently looking at.

Thoughts on Sharp?




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#6 4 years ago

Sharp used to be quite good back in the day or at least the brand did however I have no idea about them now.

Just having a look at the Tv in question m8 and for the price I do not think you could do much better. It has good reviews as the few that gave it bad ones were kind of straight out the box issues that would be sorted out with a replacement. Sharp 50" Class 4912" Diag. LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV LC-50LB261U - Best Buy




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#7 4 years ago

That Sharp is pretty nice for the money. 3 HDMIs and a an optical out on a sub-$500 TV? Nice.

I would suggest that you visit a local store and check out the TV with your own eyes. There's no substitute for seeing what kind of image the screen produces before you shell out for it. After all, you're (hopefully) going to be watching this thing for years. Don't buy it sight-unseen.




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#8 4 years ago

Yeppers, that's the one I was looking at. Sub 500 with three HDMI's (HTPC, Blu-Ray, and possibly either another 360/XBONE/or cable box). Optical out? Gotta grab a sound bar.

I've looked at a few Sharps, especially their 70-100 inchers back when they first came out on a dedicated HDMI connection. They looked sharp (hehe...see what I did there :) )...at like 20 feet away. But then again, what do you expect with a massive TV the size of some walls.

That 50" one looks to be a good deal and I'm going to see if I can find one at the local store near here, or the one about 45 minutes away. If it looks good...I might sit on the thought of it for awhile...and see if the price drops when the new models start coming out here shortly.

Any good choices from the Samsung market around the size?




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#9 4 years ago

Optical output is pretty important if your getting a sound bar or other surround system. It uses fibre for the sound input / output so there is no loss in the quality and it is just 1 cable.

DemonSeed is right go and see one working before buying but tbh I doubt the price will go down much further than it is. I mean seriously under $500 for a 50in full HD tv with that many hdmi sockets it is a real bargain.

As for the samsung well around that size your looking at spending at least half again but you can be assured that the screen your getting is great. Samsung 50" Class 4912" Diag. LED 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV UN50H6203AFXZA - Best Buy

There is this one that is a smart TV that you can browse the net, watch YT or netflix and so on but it is $750 and lets be honest if your not a big TV watcher then the sharp is probably the better option and if you really want to netflix on your TV then any recent console will do that of buy the cromecast dongle for a extra $40

EDIT http://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-51-class-50-3-4-diag--plasma-1080p-600hz-hdtv/8239047.p?id=1218866283709&skuId=8239047 I have just found this one and it is a bargain. Plasma is by far the best system but it is a thicker TV and they are stopping production of plasmas but they are still the best for viewing. http://www.cnet.com/news/can-led-lcd-look-as-good-as-plasma/




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#10 4 years ago

One important note on Plasma. It's not great if you live in a high-altitude area, and they sometimes have slower response times, which can affect you playing games.

However, many Samsung TVs offer a "Game Mode" which speeds up the response time on the panel specifically for gaming. These are good things to check on before you buy.




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