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Hi ya'll,

I'm looking at getting an HDTV in the near future and I'm wondering I should look for. What's the best sort of TV?

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what you wanna use it for mainly and do you own a htpc or could you utilise a smart tv?
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i say minimum 120Hz and thin bezels. brand would be sony or samsung. depending on your budget and size of room, 46inches and above would be nice.
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also what size do you have available eg viewing distance etc
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I'd want to use it for 1080p BluRay / iTunes movies. Connected to an Apple TV set top box.

Is there any benefit to 120Hz...? Nothing is filmed at that speed is it?

EDIT: Viewing distance -- about two metres, or three. Maybe ~45-50 inch. But I'm more interested in what makes a good one. e.g, plasma, LED, etc.
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Personally I am a plasma fan for general viewing, I find LCD to be too sharp and the colours don't seem as vibrant to me (Yes, even the LED LCD's)

However many here might disagree with me and say that LCD is better. So basically, its really down to user preference. Go into to Harvey Norman, JB, or whoever you are thinking of buying from (or even just to find a few models you like and can research later) and just take a look for yourself. Everyone has different preferences and requirements for what they like/want from a TV.

Sadly if you want to go with plasma you only have two choices these days, Samsung or LG. I've got a 65" LG plasma and its been a more than solid TV. Never had any issues with it, looks fantastic and was pretty well calibrated out of the box. Only had to make some minor adjustments.

I will note that people here will probably suggest a Sony Bravia LED LCD, from personal experience, I think they are rubbish. My brother owned one and no matter what settings we tried the image was always too sharp and the colours were quite dull compared to what we were expecting from a LED backlit TV. But that's not to say all Bravia's are rubbish, just giving you some feedback from a personal experience. He may have just had a faulty unit I'm not sure. All I know is that the Bravia is gone now and a Samsung LED LCD has taken its place which looks MUCH nicer.

But ultimately, go look for yourself, its the easiest way. What suits one person may not suit another.
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If you have house or a lager sized apartment i would get a plasma they do put a bunch of heat but i am still yet to see a LCD(LED back lit or Not) TV that looks better than most plasma's but if you looking into a smaller space me and my wife have a Samsung 7 series LED tv in our bed room.
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i have an lg plasma 50 inch and its a great tv. i find when i watch LCD tv's the colours do seem quite dull in comparison, as said personal preference but ive always thought plasmas look alot better. but yeah throw out alot of heat.
also i sit bout 2-3m from my 50 inch and its really good. i do think a 60 inch would be better at bout 3 m tho
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If you have house or a lager sized apartment i would get a plasma they do put a bunch of heat but i am still yet to see a LCD(LED back lit or Not) TV that looks better than most plasma's but if you looking into a smaller space me and my wife have a Samsung 7 series LED tv in our bed room.

This is a good point too.

One of the main reasons a plasma looks better in my place is because its in a 120m² room and because of the pergola that envelopes the exterior of the entire room, the more vibrant colour reproduction on the plasma is more suitable. Whereas if it was a smaller room and the lighting was different, an LCD may be a better choice.
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Personally I am a plasma fan for general viewing, I find LCD to be too sharp and the colours don't seem as vibrant to me (Yes, even the LED LCD's)

However many here might disagree with me and say that LCD is better. So basically, its really down to user preference. Go into to Harvey Norman, JB, or whoever you are thinking of buying from (or even just to find a few models you like and can research later) and just take a look for yourself. Everyone has different preferences and requirements for what they like/want from a TV.

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But ultimately, go look for yourself, its the easiest way. What suits one person may not suit another.

This

I went with a Samsung Plasma a few years ago and I LOVE it 600hz and crazy contrast compared to LED (at least at the time I might be a bit out of the loop)

only down side is that Burn in is still a bit of an issue (dont let anyone tell you otherwise) If you play games that have HP bars or even work out videos that have a time bar somewhere it creates burn in after about 30 min (thankfully Samsung has a "wash" feature that has corrected it every time so far for the past 3 years.)

my recommendation is Plasma if your not going to be gaming on it, I love my sammy. If not you could go for LED but if you watch much action 120hz are need or motion blur is horrible.

the BEST thing to do is go down to a Brick and mortar store and look at them take a movie you like with some action in it and look at them...I had a salesman try and sell me a panasonic but wow next to the samsung it looked like crap.

also look at proper settings online before going since some of the cheaper ones can look just as good as the expensive ones with a bit of tweaking the settings
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