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Old 03-25-2013, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, my 65" DLP Toshiba is finally going, and I need a new HDTV for my living room. I'd really like to get 65" at a minimum, but probably won't go larger than 70" right now due to price constraints (ie, We have to pay 5k in taxes soon).

I don't need 3D or a smart tv, but would not be opposed to it, just not willing to pay extra for it.

I know Samsung's are great, but I am wondering if anyone has had a good experience with the 70" Vizio's at all? Generally I think of Vizio as crap, but maybe I am wrong ...

How about Sharp Aquos?

Does LED vs LCD really matter?

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LED is not an opposing technology to LCD.

LCD is the display type and LED is the backlighting as opposed to CFL backlighting.

Your choices are CFL LCD (bleh!), LED LCD (yummmm), or plasma (depends).

I would say Samsung. They are really amazing TVs.
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With LED LCD I'm looking for full array? Or is edge lit ok?

Also, why doesn't anyone like plasma anymore?
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With LED LCD I'm looking for full array? Or is edge lit ok?

Also, why doesn't anyone like plasma anymore?
edge lit is fine... depends on how much you want to spend really.

Personally, for us, plasma is just too hot. In south Florida where the AC is on 10 months of the year anyway (not really) we didn't want to add to heating the place.
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I have a large living room, so I was considering plasma for the better off center views, plus the higher contrasts and 600hz for sports viewing.
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I have a large living room, so I was considering plasma for the better off center views, plus the higher contrasts and 600hz for sports viewing.
I believe refresh rates are getting to be a hoax kinda like audio codecs. At a certain point, our senses are just too 'dumb' to be able to tell the difference between x number of things and x*z number of things.

Also, our Samsung LED is plenty bright and colorful at wide angles.

Your best bet is to hit up a store and look at the TVs. Really stand there at the correct distance, matching your living room and see what technology you like.
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With LED LCD I'm looking for full array? Or is edge lit ok?

Also, why doesn't anyone like plasma anymore?
I have the Panasonic Vierra 3D Plasma HD 55" and I love it. One of the clearest pictures I have seen on a TV. Bought it with Avatar 3D and 3 sets of glasses for $1800.00.

Thinking about getting the 65" for over my fireplace.

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I have the Panasonic Vierra 3D Plasma HD 55" and I love it. One of the clearest pictures I have seen on a TV. Bought it with Avatar 3D and 3 sets of glasses for $1800.00.

Thinking about getting the 65" for over my fireplace.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...aDOTmgw5WvSApw

I was looking at the 65" Panasonic as well - either VT or ST series. Which do you have? How is the tv in the day time, or with lights on?
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Just bought the 55" Samsung smart tv. We're really happy with it.
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Problem I'm having is i really need 65" at a minimum. I'd like to go to 70" maybe, but I'm not paying 7-9k or a 75-90" HDTV.

I'd like to stick between 2-3k.

Anyone have any experience with the 70" sharp aquos series?
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Heard Sharp is good, other people says it's overpriced. IMO Vizio is a cheap buy, the contrast ratio isn't that good (100K compared to similar Samsung/LG HDTVs at 1M+) on LEDs. I used Tiger Direct/Best Buy websites to purchase a 55in LG LED for about $850 at Best Buy couple months ago.
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Hogwash sir. I bought the 51" Samsung Plasma 3D Smart TV last month for $700. Sports, movies, & Black Ops 2 have never looked better

Also, the great thing about the Samsung is that it comes with three HDMI outputs vs. two HDMI outputs for most Panasonic plasmas.

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side lit doesn't have the best blacks...if you can find back lit led lcd it's the best way to go for blacks/colors if you don't go with plasma!
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We have had a Vizeo for a while now and I love that thing. Its been nothing but good
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In the past Ive only bought high end quality TVs. I think the next time I buy another tv once a do a reno will be a VIzio just to try it out. I own a Sony Bravia hx 929xbr and a samsung smart tv 8000 series I think. The sony has it beat by a mile for blacks and pictures with its monolithic glass. But the samsung is easier to use when you go through the menu stuff and skype. Its a toss up. Samsung for features and Sony bravia for the picture quality.

No side lit. Just get full LED backlit. FULL LED / OLED is much to expensive still.
You can get a Plasma as well. Plasmas give off heat and dont do well with too much lighting compared to lcd/leds. If the room is well lit with lots of sunlight, plasmas is not the way to go.
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I was looking at the 65" Panasonic as well - either VT or ST series. Which do you have? How is the tv in the day time, or with lights on?
This is the model we purchased. Model: TC-P55VT50. I have had no issues with viewing at any time. We looked for a while in the store. As suggested earlier look at the screen in the lighting at the store. We stood in front of several TV's going back and forth before deciding on this one. The deciding factor for us was the 3D. There was a Sony that looked a little sharper in the picture but the difference was negligible.
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Heard Sharp is good, other people says it's overpriced. IMO Vizio is a cheap buy, the contrast ratio isn't that good (100K compared to similar Samsung/LG HDTVs at 1M+) on LEDs. I used Tiger Direct/Best Buy websites to purchase a 55in LG LED for about $850 at Best Buy couple months ago.
I was checking out tiger direct but it seems ALL of their 65"+ TV's are all refurbished. Not sure id want to take the risk there.
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Going with the Sharp Quattron 70" LED 3D Smart HDTV

I get a month to try it out without any return penalties and at less than 3k seems like a decent TV. Picking it up now
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This is the model we purchased. Model: TC-P55VT50. I have had no issues with viewing at any time. We looked for a while in the store. As suggested earlier look at the screen in the lighting at the store. We stood in front of several TV's going back and forth before deciding on this one. The deciding factor for us was the 3D. There was a Sony that looked a little sharper in the picture but the difference was negligible.
Not that it's the be all end all but this model is very highly reviewed on a number of consumer electronic sites and it goes up to a 65 inch. The slightly cheaper brother P65GT50 is also well reviewed. If you are looking plasma, I'd consider those models. You aren't going to be able to match picture quality in an LCD at the same price ($2,400).

As a whole, it's currently a great time to buy as the manufacturers are clearing out 2012 models(some of which are the creme of the crop) as new models are coming out right now.
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