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Scott A. Reed
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My wife and I are looking to get a new television for Xmas, and I was hoping to poll the community for a good value television for under $1000

Here's what we want:
1) 48-55" flat screen
2) Good resolution and refresh for
*Movies
*Video Games (Xbox 360)
*Cable Television
3) Would probably wall-mount, though a stand-mount is not out of the question.

Sound probably is not an issue because I would be planning to route sound through a stereo with floor speakers.

Any advice, or things I should take into consideration? Praise / horror stories?

Some models we looked at at first blush:

Vizio M550VSE
Vizio E552VLE
Samsung UN55EH6000
Sanyo DP55441
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Don't know the model # but we got a Vizio 42in about 2 years ago and it's really good.
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We just bought an LG some months ago and love it.

At first we were looking at a Samsung to replace my 10 year young model that died, but looking at the colors on the wall o'teles the LG clearly won out.

Plasma, but haven't seen any issues and the picture is crisp.
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I purchased two new flatscreen TV's in 2009

the 40" Samsung LED TV is fantastic thumbsup
there is nothing wrong with the 36" Samsung LCD

cable TV and DVDs come in great
I do not have a game console

today your can better TVs for 1/3 to 1/2 of what I paid in 2009

I think you may want more than two HDMI imputs, look for 3 or 4
Cable and a DVD player will each need one

I think the LG TVs are also good products




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Back in 2008 we bought a Dynex 42" LCD from Best Buy, and it has worked like a champ. It even survived the move from Shreveport to Kansas City with no problems. (Dynex is the "house brand" for Best Buy, and I think it's made by the same factories that make LG, although I could be mistaken.) When watching TV over the antenna (we don't have cable) sometimes the picture pixilates, but not very often. When we watch a DVD or stream a movie off Vudu, Hulu, or Amazon, they always look great.

Ours sits on a long, narrow side table we picked up at a thrift store. I made some shelves to fit underneath the table to hold our receiver, Blu-Ray, VCR, and CD players. I run all the sound outputs through the receiver and into a pair of Polk M-30s, and we get great audio.
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We haven't had any problems with the Vizio we got a couple years ago. I'm guessing they're well within your price range, as our 42" was around $500 at the time, and I know they're cheaper now.
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We picked up a 51" Samsung and are very happy with it. The biggest question for us was Plasma or LCD. After viewing a lot of models of both we went with plasma. The biggest factor was that we sometimes host people for viewing parties (football and Game of Thrones) and the plasma had significantly better viewing angles. The trade-off is plasma is more apt to glare and reflection, but it's easy enough for us to just dim the lights and close the blinds ...
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Can't go wrong with a Samsung LED TV. They make really nice ones.

There are a lot of excellent brands, though.
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I have a 50" Samsung. Fantastic product.
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My old TV is dying and we are going through the exact same process.

We don't have cable, so our goal with the new TV is to get built-in Wi-Fi so that we can watch Hulu and Netflix without difficulty. It usually puts the TVs into the next bracket, sadly. My gut tells me, though, if I'm going to spend the money, it is better to buy something for $800 - $1000 that will be useful for the next 5-10 years than buying something that won't be able to handle updated tech for $600 - $800 and be left in the lurch.

Here's what I'm looking at:
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST50
VIZIO M3D470KD
Samsung UN50ES6100
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sisteray wrote:
Here's what I'm looking at:
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST50
VIZIO M3D470KD
Samsung UN50ES6100

Thanks, Morgan. I'll add those to my review list.
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skelebone wrote:
sisteray wrote:
Here's what I'm looking at:
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST50
VIZIO M3D470KD
Samsung UN50ES6100

Thanks, Morgan. I'll add those to my review list.


If you beat me to the punch on any of these let me know what you get and what you think.
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sisteray wrote:
My old TV is dying and we are going through the exact same process.

We don't have cable, so our goal with the new TV is to get built-in Wi-Fi so that we can watch Hulu and Netflix without difficulty. It usually puts the TVs into the next bracket, sadly. My gut tells me, though, if I'm going to spend the money, it is better to buy something for $800 - $1000 that will be useful for the next 5-10 years than buying something that won't be able to handle updated tech for $600 - $800 and be left in the lurch.


I strongly urge you not to buy the Internet-capable TV. I'm a big fan of component entertainment system for the simple reason that, if one part craps out it's a lot cheaper to replace that bit than buy a whole new all-in-one item. My wife bought a combo TV/VCR for the kids several years ago and it was less than six months before the VCR part died, leaving us with a small extra-heavy TV that was now useless except for plug-in video games. We donated it when we moved.

When our DVD player went wonky earlier this year, I bought us a Blu-Ray player as replacement, since that would allow us to rent BR disks from Red Box. The added advantage was that the BR player was also Internet capable. I already had our home network set up, so as soon as I plugged the player in, it wanted to be added and walked me through the steps. We've watched movies on Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon, and the kids have showed us YouTube videos. The player was about $60, and if it goes out it won't mess up our $600 TV.

(I'm sure that in a couple of years all new TVs will be Internet-capable, so my argument will rendered invalid. Such is life.)
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claymore_57 wrote:
sisteray wrote:
My old TV is dying and we are going through the exact same process.

We don't have cable, so our goal with the new TV is to get built-in Wi-Fi so that we can watch Hulu and Netflix without difficulty. It usually puts the TVs into the next bracket, sadly. My gut tells me, though, if I'm going to spend the money, it is better to buy something for $800 - $1000 that will be useful for the next 5-10 years than buying something that won't be able to handle updated tech for $600 - $800 and be left in the lurch.


I strongly urge you not to buy the Internet-capable TV. I'm a big fan of component entertainment system for the simple reason that, if one part craps out it's a lot cheaper to replace that bit than buy a whole new all-in-one item. My wife bought a combo TV/VCR for the kids several years ago and it was less than six months before the VCR part died, leaving us with a small extra-heavy TV that was now useless except for plug-in video games. We donated it when we moved.

When our DVD player went wonky earlier this year, I bought us a Blu-Ray player as replacement, since that would allow us to rent BR disks from Red Box. The added advantage was that the BR player was also Internet capable. I already had our home network set up, so as soon as I plugged the player in, it wanted to be added and walked me through the steps. We've watched movies on Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon, and the kids have showed us YouTube videos. The player was about $60, and if it goes out it won't mess up our $600 TV.

(I'm sure that in a couple of years all new TVs will be Internet-capable, so my argument will rendered invalid. Such is life.)


Thanks!
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Hey Scott, check out this article: http://reviews.cnet.com/8342-6475_7-57525332-242/tv-buying-g...
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I just got a Panasonic VIERA TC-P50UT50 on sale at Amazon for Cyber Monday. I'll let you know how it turns out.
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There's already plenty of good advice here, let me add some small other tidbits as well...

How well lit is the TV room? Lots of windows, overhead lights and lamps in the rooms sets you up for lots of screen glare. LCD TVs are the way to go in these cases. A dark room with little to no outside light will do well with a plasma TV (I think these are still made).

When you go shopping, look at the reflection quality of the screen. Do you see the overhead store lights in the screen? If so, this will probably be the same as when you get it home.

The stores tend to crank up the video settings to make them look better in their brightly lit stores. Keep this in mind when evaluating the image.

120Hz refresh rate or higher. 10,000:1 contrast ratio (number of colors) is good enough. The human eye can't make out more colors than that, if even that.

Agree on the comment about smart TVs. Not necessary with all of the other internet devices we already have.

I only have one HDMI input on my TV, but my Onkyo Stereo has 8 inputs that redirects everything it can to the one HDMI output (including non-HDMI signals)

Good Luck!
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