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hey guys, I'm about to make buy a TV and wanted to get the site's opinion on what I'm about to buy. My budget is $650-700 MAX. Cheaper is better! This display will be used for Watching Blu-Ray/HD movies and gaming (PC and Console). Some feature's I do know I want are: 1080p, minimum 40 inch view-able screen size, At least one HDMI port and at least one USB port and a good enough . I would much prefer to buy local to avoid shipping(places like best buy, target, wallmart) but would buy from amazon if the deal/TV was really worth it.. Trying to avoid having to ship the thing back if its faulty.


This LG TV is one I found at a local Target for just under $600. The only thing about it that I'm unsure of is the 120Hz part, Is this going to be worth it on a TV? I know a PC monitor is worth it but I'm unsure about it. Suggestion's please!
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Sorry to plow into your thread but i had the exact same question about the exact same tv biggrin.gif
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I use an LG 42LK520 to play my PC games and watch Blu-Rays, it has 3 HDMI ports and can be found for under 600 bucks. I absolutely love it if that helps biggrin.gif
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Sorry to plow into your thread but i had the exact same question about the exact same tv biggrin.gif

No need for apology. What I know about the TV in question is: They may not be fully truth full about the responce time of 1ms. There are also no option's to turn off the so called 120Mhz refresh rate(TruVision i think LG call's it). From my understanding the TruMotion kicks in automatically.

I can also tell you that the sound coming from the TV speaker's is horrible due to the "slim design" the picture however is amazing from what I was able to see at the local target.
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I use an LG 42LK520 to play my PC games and watch Blu-Rays, it has 3 HDMI ports and can be found for under 600 bucks. I absolutely love it if that helps biggrin.gif

Thank you for the suggestion, checking it out now.

EDIT: that TV is discontinued and unavaible from any trustworthy vendor I can find frown.gif Also the 42 inch model is a tad small.. Still going to look around for it.
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that TV is discontinued and unavaible from any trustworthy vendor I can find frown.gif Also the 42 inch model is a tad small.. Still going to look around for it.

Wow you're right...got mine about a year ago from Bestbuy...anywho, you can't go wrong with an LG!
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Wow you're right...got mine about a year ago from Bestbuy...anywho, you can't go wrong with an LG!

Samsung and LG tend to be my favorite display manufacture's. It seem's most of the Samsung TV's are a bit out of my budget for the options I would like to get. So far it looks like the LG in the OP is the one I'm getting. Still looking around for others.
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As far as I know, in terms of 120hz T.V.s, most televisions do not support a native 120hz refresh rate like gaming monitors do. I would imagine that this would be most common in the cheaper end of the spectrum. Also, with some T.V.'s, there tends to be perceivable input lag, and ghosting depending on what T.V., so I would suggest researching each T.V. you look into, and look for reviews that indicate that specific unit's performance.

Good luck with your purchase!
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As far as I know, in terms of 120hz T.V.s, most televisions do not support a native 120hz refresh rate like gaming monitors do. I would imagine that this would be most common in the cheaper end of the spectrum. Also, with some T.V.'s, there tends to be perceivable input lag, and ghosting depending on what T.V., so I would suggest researching each T.V. you look into, and look for reviews that indicate that specific unit's performance.

Good luck with your purchase!

I know some higher end models support 120Hz input but most don't. So far I hear nothing but rave review's about the TV but this is all from console player's and movie watcher's. I was hoping for a PC gamer's point of view on the input lag, ghosting, ect. its kinda difficult to get TV opinions from PC gamer's. I have found the console crowd to be a horrible judge of display's and display performance for gaming frown.gif

I forgot to add that I know TV's aren't the best option for a PC display's but this will be a second monitor. I planned to run a long HDMI cable to a Receiver, Allowing for some gaming/HTPC usage with the big screen and surround sound while friends are over. For more competative gameplay I plan to stick with my 24 inch monitor for now.. I'll get something better later.

So far I can't find anything much better than the linked TV, Still open to options smile.gif
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ok, well I found the major draw back fro the LG TV in the OP. There are no audio output's digital or otherwise.

I was at Target last night and was shocked at how crappy all the TV's look. It seem's that when they set up the wall-o-display's They don't set up any of the display's. All the color's, backlighting and everything looked nasty. Even on very nice high end Samsung display's. Same for best buy. They both just hung the TC's on wall mounts, Turned them on and pressed the Demo function.

The worst part was you can literally tell the 120hz display's from the 60 hz displays, and not in a good way. All the 120Hz monitor's I have seen in store on Demo Mode are disgusting. full of ghosting and image tearing...

I guess this is what happends when you have uneducated minimum wage high school staff working in the Electronics Departments. Going and seeing the TV's was eye opening and make's it hard to select one. Had to try sooooooo hard to resist setting up all the displays. I know even the Vizio display's look better than they did in the store's.
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Well today we(wife and I) went to a local Best Buy to look at their giant wall-o-TV's. Almost every TV in there was twice the price as other vendors. This was a much better shopping experience than at Target to be honest. The TV's were all actually set up proper most of them looked amazing, some not so much.

When we first walked up to the wall I told her to just look at the screen and picture quality and we would go from there. out of the mass's there were only 3 that caught our attention.

One was a 51 inch Samsung Plasma TV for $599. Options on it were nill and the screen was horribly glossy. Like mirror shine finish! It was in our price range but it just didn't feel right, Picture was pretty good, slightly dim but good. The next TV we saw that struck us was some $2300 60 inch monster. It was just down right beautiful! Then there was this Insignia 46" LED TV for only $549. The picture was very nice, even compared to other more expensive TV's. Its full of options I wanted. The only one its missing is 1080p up conversion. We went with it and after spending the afternoon and night watching DTV, Blu-Ray's playing battlefeild 3 and doing everything else I can think of I love it!

The most notable thing I wanted to comment on about this TV is the "Tru-Vission" 120Hz mode. Its just amazing! on occasion it has trouble simulating a frame here and there but most of the time it looks seamless! Even on video game's it works very very well!

I will say that I am shocked I bought an "off brand" TV when I was originally looking at the LG(no audio out killed it for me). Thanks for reading
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