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    LCD TV Help

    Looking to purchase a new LCD TV in the 40-46 Inch range. Would appreciate some tips on what to look for, don't know much about MHZ #'s etc, or other things to look for. Also would appreciate opinions on some good brands and Model #'s to look for. Don't want to spend a ton of money, but also don't want to buy some cheap thing? Thanks!



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Anything Samsung 120 Mghz or more


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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Amazingly, I have found that LG makes a pretty good TV.

    Amazon.com: LG 47LD520 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV: Televisions & Video

    You could probably go to Traviss Audio/Video as well and learn about the LG model as I believe they sell it very well. I have the 32" version of this and it works great!


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    Re: LCD TV Help

    I have a 42" Insignia (Best Buy's exclusive brand) that I've been really happy with. Not top of the line but I don't care. 1080p, I got it for $500 and they come with a 2 yr warranty that includes IN HOME service if needed.


    Last edited by ubuntuCAT; 05-29-2010 at 11:51 PM. Reason: typo! $500, not $200

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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Quote Originally Posted by ubuntuCAT View Post
    I have a 42" Insignia (Best Buy's exclusive brand) that I've been really happy with. Not top of the line but I don't care. 1080p, I got it for $200 and they come with a 2 yr warranty that includes IN HOME service if needed.
    $200?

    I was all set to buy an LG until I went to the store. They had them sitting right next to the sony's (which were more expensive by the way). I came home with a sony. The LG's model looked surprisingly poor. At least that particular model anyway



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Just a FYI my Samsung plasma has a great picture (50inch, 720p) but it gets pretty hot, and in the summer, it can really heat up the room. Be aware of that if you are looking at TVs.
    Also If a plasma is close to windows, you will get some glare back.
    We have a Westinghouse LCD (32" 1080i) in the bedroom, probably had it for 4 years. It's been a very solid tv at an economical price point.

    If you are looking at having this be a focal point of a home theater, don't let a couple hundred bucks stop you from getting a quality Samsung or Sony.



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Quote Originally Posted by cyhobby View Post
    Looking to purchase a new LCD TV in the 40-46 Inch range. Would appreciate some tips on what to look for, don't know much about MHZ #'s etc, or other things to look for. Also would appreciate opinions on some good brands and Model #'s to look for. Don't want to spend a ton of money, but also don't want to buy some cheap thing? Thanks!
    Really depends on what you want to spend. Look for the best value. I wouldn't buy anything less than 1080p and 120hz. If your budget is bigger you can go 240hz or LED. You can find good brand 42-46 inch 1080p and 120hz for $800+. I remember seeing a 46-inch Sharp Aquios 1080p and 120hz at Best Buy for between $800-$900, maybe a week or two ago. That's a really good value.



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Quote Originally Posted by cyhobby View Post
    Looking to purchase a new LCD TV in the 40-46 Inch range. Would appreciate some tips on what to look for, don't know much about MHZ #'s etc, or other things to look for. Also would appreciate opinions on some good brands and Model #'s to look for. Don't want to spend a ton of money, but also don't want to buy some cheap thing? Thanks!
    I'll let others help you with the brand, but do yourself a huge favor and go bigger. I think the No. 1 complaint I've heard from friends and other posters after they've bought a new LCD, especially if it's their first HD TV, is that they wish they would have gone bigger. I got a 52-inch Sony for just under $1,000 and I'm sure you could find one online where that price would include tax and shipping and handling. But even though that TV is more than big enough for my living room, I can't help but wonder what a 60-incher would look like in there. And now my 37-incher in my bedroom is looking mighty puny too.



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    I will let others comment, but do yourself a huge favor and consider a plasma. LCD, even with LED non-edge lighting, is an inferior technology to plasma. Unless you are in a bright room, concerned about heat (not a big issue), or power usage (also not that big of deal anymore), get plasma. Also, anyone who mentions burn-in has not looked at a plasma since 2004-05. Doesn't matter anymore, unless you put the espn logo dead center for 100+ consecutive hours.

    Once you look at plasma, go panasonic first, and samsung second. In my experience, (haven't looked at this year's models) LG's a cheaply made and lack quality processing. A $1200 Panasonic plasma will blow out a $2000 Sony LCD (except in the instances listed above).

    This may sound pompous, but do some independent research and you will likely agree. Note I said likely.



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    Consumer Reports

    www.consumersreport.org. 46-47 inch models: Recommended. Samsung UN46B7000 Rating 77. Samsung LN46C630 Rating 74. Toshiba REGZA 46SV67OU Rating 72. Samsung UN46C7000 Rating 72. LG47LD450 Rating 72. Sony is not checked for the CU Most Recommended but the Bravia KDL46XBR10 is rated a 77 at the top with the Samsung.

    40-42 inch models: Recommended Hitachi Ultra Vision L42S502 is rated a 73. Toshiba REGZA Cinema Series 40XV645U is rated 71 and Sony Bravia 40EX500 is rated a 71. These are not checked as the CU Most Recommended by the Samsung UN40B7000 at rated a 75. Samsung LN40B650 is rated 74 and Samsung LN50B750 is rated 73.



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Last edited by dmclone; 05-30-2010 at 07:11 AM.

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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Whin4Cy View Post
    Amazingly, I have found that LG makes a pretty good TV.

    Amazon.com: LG 47LD520 47-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV: Televisions & Video

    You could probably go to Traviss Audio/Video as well and learn about the LG model as I believe they sell it very well. I have the 32" version of this and it works great!
    This. I've got a 47" and a 55" LG from Traviss and I love them. At least go and talk to them. They have been selling TVs for a long time and there's a reason they push LG.


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    LCD TV Help

    What is the price range you're lookin at? TVs in the size can go from 500-1200. If you have a blu-Ray, get 1080p, if that's not an issue, easy to go cheaper with 720p. I just got a 1080p 37" Panasonic Viera for $650. Great picture, only 2" thick, plenty of inputs.


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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Just saw this deal. If you want under $500 this is a serious bargin

    Panasonic Viera TC-P42C2 42" 720P Plasma HDTV - Slickdeals.net



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    Re: LCD TV Help

    Quote Originally Posted by bstegs View Post
    I will let others comment, but do yourself a huge favor and consider a plasma. LCD, even with LED non-edge lighting, is an inferior technology to plasma. Unless you are in a bright room, concerned about heat (not a big issue), or power usage (also not that big of deal anymore), get plasma. Also, anyone who mentions burn-in has not looked at a plasma since 2004-05. Doesn't matter anymore, unless you put the espn logo dead center for 100+ consecutive hours.

    Once you look at plasma, go panasonic first, and samsung second. In my experience, (haven't looked at this year's models) LG's a cheaply made and lack quality processing. A $1200 Panasonic plasma will blow out a $2000 Sony LCD (except in the instances listed above).

    This may sound pompous, but do some independent research and you will likely agree. Note I said likely.
    I did a lot of research and came to exactly the opposite conclusion. Plasma is a dying technology. I'm not going to get into the reasons why it's dying, but it is. Fewer manufacturers are making plasma units and the ones who are still making them are making fewer.



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