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Looking to buy an HDTV ~50 - 55". Never bought a TV before so I'm not even sure which vendors I should look at. Most people in this forum seem to link others to amazon or newegg. My budget is around ~$1000, but willing to go higher if it's a good deal. Looking for all the latest functions (not sure what they are). I know this isn't much to go off of but I'm a real amateur when it comes to this stuff.

Edit: Also looking for LCD/LED, not plasma.

How's this one for $1200?
https://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN55F6350AFXZA-specs
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How well lit is the room for the TV? Mainly, are there any windows?

 

Here is a 3D smart 50in plasma (pretty sure it has Netflix, but I'd call and ask before hand):

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+VIERA+-+50%26%2334%3B+Class+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/8018046.p?id=1218863741614&skuId=8018046#tab=specifications

 

There is also this one, but even Best Buy reviews talk about some buzzing noise? I think I read some stuff on google about it too: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+VIERA+-+50%26%2334%3B+Class+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/8018046.p?id=1218863741614&skuId=8018046#tab=reviews

 

Here are two 60in plasmas:

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/LG+-+60%26%2334%3B+Class+%2859-7/8%26%2334%3B+Diag.%29+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+HDTV/8892685.p?id=1218934208023&skuId=8892685

 

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+60%26%2334%3B+Class+%2859-9/10%26%2334%3B+Diag.%29+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+HDTV/8182045.p?id=1218864995544&skuId=8182045#tab=specifications

 

Not sure on the quality, but I know none of those are super budget garbage bin plasmas. Watching the Wings game on a 55in LG plasma right now and I'll never go back.

 

So cheap. So amazing.


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post #3 of 19
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Okay, I'm looking at this one
https://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN55F6350AFXZA-specs
for $1200. Is that a good deal or can I get something better?
    
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SEIKI SE50UY04 50-in 4K 3840x2160 TV
This one is 4k and its the price range you looking for and it's really nice one
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http://www.frys.com/product/7612817?site=sa:adpages%20page:P1_FRI%20date:051713

How about this?

Part of Fry's Anniversary sale till 05/23.

Edit: Btw, you can't go wrong with a Panasonic on HDTVs.
Edited by dzyvette - 5/20/13 at 6:57pm
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Sony has bravia series tvs and they have great picture quality
 
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Originally Posted by Dt_Freak1 View Post

Sony has bravia series tvs and they have great picture quality

Not so much IMO.

Sony has serious delusions of being a premium brand(and charge like they are) when they can barley compete in terms of panel quality, features, etc. in any given price range in most cases.
And their support is abysmal.

Brands: Panasonic, Most Sharp, Many Samsung

Personally, I would go for plasma, but barring that, high end VISIO TVs have been really good recently.
In your price range, there is no reason not to go plasma though.
When you have that much to spend, the VAST majority of LCD/LED TVs will be inferior to a comparable Plasma in almost every way.
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Here's my thoughts. Considering your lack of interest in Plasma. Vizio has been making some truly amazing TVs of late. One of my favorites is their 60" LED Smart TV. Super thin panel, 120Hz, Wireless, comes with a remote with a full keyboard, 4 HDMI ports, and an EXCELLENT contrast ratio. Best of all, it's under $1000.
http://store.vizio.com/via-hdtvs/e601ia3.html?___SID=U
http://www.walmart.com/ip/VIZIO-60-Class-LED-1080p-120Hz-SMART-HDTV-1.94-ultra-slim-E601i-A3/21311919



We have one playing Life of Pi in our local Walmart, and it's absolutely the best picture I have seen. We have people stopping and staring at the TV all day, asking questions.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post

Not so much IMO.

Sony has serious delusions of being a premium brand(and charge like they are) when they can barley compete in terms of panel quality, features, etc. in any given price range in most cases.
And their support is abysmal.


Brands: Panasonic, Most Sharp, Many Samsung

Personally, I would go for plasma, but barring that, high end VISIO TVs have been really good recently.
In your price range, there is no reason not to go plasma though.
When you have that much to spend, the VAST majority of LCD/LED TVs will be inferior to a comparable Plasma in almost every way.

Wow. Talk about baseless negative comments based upon no personal experience.

Dt_Freak1 is correct the Sony Bravia series has excellent picture quality terms of visual fidelity, definition, and crispness of contrast. Its the only reason why I bought mine after spending 45 minutes hands on at Futureshop looking at dozens of different models carefully scrutinizing every minute detail. Additionally Sonys support is not bad like you are suggesting. Unlike other brands you can take your product immediately to any Sony store for same day replacement or service without any hassles or telephone tag. It should also be mentioned that all bravia models are 4 and 5 star rated by their customers.

See here:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Asony%20bravia

No need to bash a perfectly good brand and company..
Edited by Interpolation - 5/22/13 at 6:08am
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thanks interpolation. I absolutely love my sony bravia. got a great deal on it in 2009 and still going strong even today. biggrin.gif. to be perfectly honest I believe vizio to be a walmart brand only. ive looked at a few vizios in the past and found their pq to be worse then that of my 2009 40" 1080p sony bravia. though I haven't checked them out lately, so don't hate on me because I recall thinking their older products looked bad. my suggestion is always go with a brand name, such as sony, Samsung, sharp. but more importantly, don't just buy one because of the name, buy one because you've seen your favorite movies on it and you know the pq is to your liking. the refresh rate I believe is mostly just a marketing ploy, but I think 120hz is current. my bravia has 60hz refresh, but that doesn't hold it back in any way shape or form. definitely check out all brands, maybe see about having the store demo the tv to ya with a movie you like on bluray as well as hd channels on the cable/satellite side. you might be surprised that the one tv you had your heart set on turns out to be rather strange PQ in your fav movie. but a competing tv has better PQ for cheaper. and don't mistake me for a sony fanboy as my first hdtv was a polaroid.
 
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