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My fiancee and I are looking to buy a new TV - in fact it would be our first HDTV (using a clunky internal projection right now redface.gif )

We went to a few stores and checked out those around the $800-$1200 range. Saw a couple we liked, wanted to get other opinions or suggestions.

First one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+46%22+Class+-+LED+-+1080p+-+120Hz+-+Smart+-+HDTV/4837482.p?id=1218540196359&skuId=4837482

Second: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+VIERA+-+47%22+Class+-+LED+-+1080p+-+120Hz+-+Smart+-+HDTV/4839348.p?id=1218541223708&skuId=4839348

Third: http://www.target.com/p/VIZIO-47-Class-1080p-120Hz-LCD-HDTV-Black-E470VA/-/A-12308496


We primarily want a bright display, hence the LED. my one concern is the effect some TVs have that make it look like whatever is playing was recorded on a home camera rather than film (for me it also makes it look like the backgrounds are static green screens).

Also, a secondary thought is are TVs that have an Ethernet port able to access LAN resources? For example could it play video from my Samba server on the LAN, or would I still need an HTPC for that?

Any other suggestions would be great. thumb.gif
    
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I own a Sony Bravia and I love it! I don't own the wireless adapter to it so I don't know much about how that works. As long as you have a good HD feed it won't look like "picture was recorded on a home camera", but unfortunately the best HD I've seen is on verizon fios. Out of the three you listed I would go for the samsung. Mt personal preference though is Sony. Although Toshiba also makes some nice sets too.

You would probably still need the HTPC for what you want to do. I believe that the ethernet ports on the tvs are for firmware updates and some evn do widgets. Then again it all depends on what the manufacturer allows.
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I too have a Bravia, the Sony BRAVIA KDL46EX720 which I got on amazon used (like new) for 850. Right now they are 930 for a like new but they drop a lot. Sony also offers free in home service for the first year if anything goes wrong. I think it looks better than my buddies LED Samsung (no sure which model) but I am not sure how it is with 3D yet because I still need glasses.

It's also an internet TV with an ethernet port and is also compatible with many wireless usb adapters.
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