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Hey guys, I'm in the market for a 55-60" TV. It will be used for tv/movies but also as a computer monitor at times (mostly for gaming likely). My TV knowledge is limited but I'm thinking since it'll be used also as a monitor that plasma isn't the way to go.

Price range is probably $1500 but lets not stick to a price range or particular tv. I'm more interested in knowing the type of tv with what specs to go for as I'll wait for some sales to jump on it as you can save many hundreds doing that. Or maybe a list of some good reliable ones with good picture quality and lots of features so I can pick one out that comes on sale smile.gif

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PS: I'll be running the cable probably 20 feet from the PC to the tv. Is that distance too much?
    
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Samsung UN55ES7003FXZA or any new Samsung LED LCD is usually the best choice.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+55%22+Class+(54-5/8%22+Diag.)+-+LED+-+1080p+-+240Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/6974221.p?id=1218817706907&skuId=6974221



The picture quality and motion performance are superb.

Don't get a plasma unless you want buzzing and annoying glaring issues. Also plasma's tend to heat up rooms in summer which can also be a problem.
Edited by Koehler - 12/11/12 at 2:51am
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Thanks. Anyone with some more in depth info?
    
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Good sales are coming. Usually around this time and after Xmas you can pick up some decent deals on tv's. They also have a pretty nice sale around Super Bowl (usually around the time the newer models are annonced for that year)

As for tv specs, it really depends on you. If you want 3d, smart tv functions, and other crap you'll rarely use. If you plan on using it to game, just make sure it has a "gaming mode". Majority of tv's in the range you're looking at will more than likely have it, but check and make sure.

What gaming mode means is the tv will display the signal without and picture processing. Tv's nowadays do a little video voodoo to make the picture look better. Usually it's no problem but majority of the time it'll cause the video to lag a bit. Not an issue if you're watching a movie but there will be noticeable lag if you using it for a monitor.

If you plan on watching a lot of movies from your computer, then I would prob suggest you look at plasmas again. There are a few really great plasmas that give you the best bang for the buck. Downside is if you plan on playing fps or other games with a HUD or GUI always present on the screen, this could lead to burn in for plasmas. Not a big of a deal as it was when plasmas just started hitting th streets, but still a concern.

Led tv will prob be a better well found purchase. As with any tv, plasma ,led or dlp. They all have their pros and cons. Prob better to put together a list of tvs you like and watch to see if they pop up on sale.
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Originally Posted by soymilk View Post

Prob better to put together a list of tvs you like and watch to see if they pop up on sale.

That's what I wanted to do.

I've been searching a lot and can't quite find the answers i need. I'd appreciate it if I could get a list of some good models with excellent picture quality to look out for, based on personal experience would be great too. Given my parameters (basically I don't have to have 3d or internet but would like at least 2 hdmi and usb and good for gaming as well).

Or are tv's like monitors, all LED/LCDs are basically created equal given the same res?
    
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Not all tv's are made the same. Horrible analogy but think of them as cars. Not all cars are built the same. I personally prefer using a computer monitor and having a separate tv connected that can be used as a 2nd monitor. But that's my preference, given your budget of $1500+ it is still achievable.

If your budget is over $1k, 99.9% chance you'll have 2+ hdmi ports. You will prob have a VGA port as well. It's hard to suggest a tv suited for you because we're not you and you're not sure what you want. The best thing I can say is go to the store. Look around, and jot down model numbers of tv's that catch your eye. You can then compare them against other comparable models and also gives us a starting point at what you're looking for.

You're questions are kinda broad so I can't really give any real details.

Where are you going to be using it? What are you gonna be using it for? Do you care about aesthetics? If 3d is available, would you prefer active or passive? Any preference on brand?
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Yes i'm going to have my current monitor connected as well as the tv that ill switch back and forth.

Where are you going to be using it? 12x15 room.
What are you gonna be using it for? TV/Movies/Gaming (fps, rpg, mmo anything really)
Do you care about aesthetics? No
If 3d is available, would you prefer active or passive? I don't care about 3d as you cant use it for 3d gaming. And not sure what active/passive is.
Any preference on brand? I guess whatever is the best. Samsung I'd assume but preference is just the best quality smile.gif

Not sure why itd be hard to suggest a few for me, ive given my needs. Basically just a good vivid picture quality/black levels (and any other specs that go with picture quality that matter) that can be used for gaming as well.

I guess I just want want peoples opinions and experiences, pros and cons, goods and bads on some good ones. People who have used tvs for simlar purposes and have knowledge on it that I don't.

Appreciate it smile.gif
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Get a Samsung LED LCD HDTV. Best picture quality, superb motion performance and very reliable.
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OLED TVs wipe the floor with pretty much everything else available. They're just now getting their large-screen legs though, so they're crazy expensive and go along with 'new tech' woes.

LED LCD TVs are basically the de facto go-to television right now and are better than normal LCD TVs in every way that I can think of.

Fluorescent LCD TVs (normal LCD) is where you go if you're very budget-strapped.

Plasma has ups and downs, but for the most part between the higher electric bill, heat they put out, and size & weight; the extra contrast and deep blacks aren't really worth the hassle in my opinion.

DLP projection is for you if you want to have an insanely large screen (larger than what you can find LCD TVs at).

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For LED LCD TVs, Samsung is probably going to give you the highest quality and most features for the price. Sometimes Sony's flagship models can beat Samsung's for quality (not always), but you have to pay a name-fee for Sony as well.

One thing almost all TV models have in common: the speaker are horrible. If you don't have a HT system already, you might think about it or at the very least a pair of nice stereo powered speakers to give you better sound.
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So I've searched many tv's and read cnets top picks with video reviews and surprisingly samsung didn't enter the picture much. Can't even find any real reviews for the models i found on the egg.

Anyway I think i've come down to these 2, what do you think? Both have been said to have good black levels while the LG is a bit better. Although more expensive and smaller makes me lean a bit more to the sharp.

LG 55LM7600

Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE640U
    
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