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So I'm not entirely sure this would go here. I'm looking for a TV for the living room with a viewing distance of about 11ft. It'll be used for gaming, TV, movies, and I may possibly hook the computer up to it for an extra screen (multipurpose - streaming, desktop view while gaming, or for gaming itself depending on how well it looks with such a close viewing distance).

The computer will be against the wall with the TV wall mounted towards the ceiling above it.)

So my question is at an 11ft (and 4ft computer) viewing distance, what should I go for. I don't want to sacrifice quality for size since I only have a 1-1.5k spending limit.

I figured 1080p the way to go (?) beyond that, and trying to find one with 120hz (?) I'm not sure what to look for. I don't know how to judge color quality and saturation of color off the specs, and I hardly ever trust in-person viewing at stores since they tend to always look better (due to lighting and material played) than they would in your home.

TL;DR is pretty much: I have 1.5k to spend, couch is about 11ft away from where the TV will go (main use), Computer is about 4ft under where the TV will go (secondary use).

What's the best TV I can get, given all that information? Also, don't really care about 3D. I just want crisp picture, beautiful colors, and no motion blur. but i think that's probably obvious.

I should also note that the TV must be available at best buy, since i'm financing through them. not sure if that'll be an issue since i'm sure they carry some of the best stuff.

thanks guys!
Edited by Nannaki - 3/29/14 at 5:24pm
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Samsung UN40H6350 32-50"

Best Buy

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Very pleased with the LG 55LA7400. I think it is a phenomenal set for the price, I paid $899 last October maybe?
   
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I know plasma might not be the best way to go for a lot of gaming but for movies and tv I think it's the way to go hands down. You also get the best bang for your buck with plasmas. The panasonic st series is an amazing value and you will get picture quality that will equal lcd's that go for thousands of dollars. The black levels are amazing. Motion handling is so much better than lcd's and the newer plasmas also have the motion enhancers like lcd's to get the 120hz "effect". You just have to be careful not to leave static images on the screen for hours at a time. With that budget i would always go with a plasma. The only way I would ever go lcd for a big screen tv is if I could afford a full array led-lcd tv.

Also I would suggest checking out avs forums as they have owner's clubs for the tv's like we have here. I have a panasonic 55" vt50 and it's amazing. The st series has a very similar picture quality and the newer one is probably just as good as the older vt50.
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wow for some reason best buy doesn't carry panasonics full line of plasmas anymore. I guess plasma sales are bad right now. This is the only plasma I would suggest from best buy but it's above your price range. It is the top of the line model for that screen size. it's an amazing tv. Also samsung plasmas don't have as much screen retention issues as panasonic plasmas do so samsung would be better for gaming and pc in that regard.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/51-class-50-3-4-diag--plasma-1080p-600hz-smart-3d-hdtv/8490071.p?id=1218877693027&skuId=8490071&st=pcmcat193400050016_categoryid$abcat0101001&cp=1&lp=5

I will try and find some lcd's that fit your budget.
Edited by strong island 1 - 3/31/14 at 11:20am
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post #6 of 6
11ft viewing distance is a tall order to fill. Recommended screen sizes as that distance are 80+ inches. Only way your gonna come under you budget is with a projector. Otherwise get the cheapest 70" BB offers.

Strong - Panny is bowing out of the plasma business.
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