Getting a new TV...any advice on a brand?

mhend

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I am finally giving up on the TV that turns itself off every few minutes :doh: Anyone got any advice on a good brand to buy next? The one I have is a Toshiba and only about 2 years old, so I don't think I will be going with that one again.
 

buzzard767

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I am finally giving up on the TV that turns itself off every few minutes :doh: Anyone got any advice on a good brand to buy next? The one I have is a Toshiba and only about 2 years old, so I don't think I will be going with that one again.

I'm quite up to date on this topic. I assume flat screen. How large? How far is the viewing distance? How much light during average viewing conditions? 3D - you might think about future proofing yourself? Price range?
 

buckytom

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mhend, is your old tv an hd lcd?

i just fixed a similar problem with my samsung 40" lcd.

if so, you might want to look into a problem with capapcitors in the power supply that help to keep the infrared remote active while the tv is powered off, or a "pick and hold" voltage.

otherwise, i recommend sony and samsung as the best brands out there right now.

you might want to check avsforums.com and cnet.com to begin your research. they span from the ultra technical to layman's terminology, so they're helpful sites.
 

GotGarlic

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We just got a Samsung 42" flat-screen with the new technology - not LCD but something similar. Love it :smile: The HD picture is gorgeous and it can be seen easily from side angles as well as straight on.
 

QSis

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In January, I got FIOS installed, and bought a 40" Samsung flat screen LCD HD. The TV lasted a week and a half before it cut out. After much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, come to find out that there is frequently a Samsung-FIOS incompatibility.

Took the TV back, got a 40" Sony Bravia (looks almost exactly like the Samsung, only a little less expensive) and it's beautiful!

Yesterday, QBro went over to a neighbor's house for a minute, and while he was waiting for her, looked at her 4 year old regular (large) TV. He told me that he couldn't get over the difference in picture quality (hers sucks).

Bottom line: you don't have FIOS, I agree with BT on either Samsung or Sony. If you have FIOS, don't gamble, and go with the latter.

Lee
 

joec

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Ok you are going to make me ask Osis what is FIOS? I am not up on this stuff anymore at all. HD is about the best I will ever see as 3D with one eye is not in my future.
 

buzzard767

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Ok you are going to make me ask Osis what is FIOS? I am not up on this stuff anymore at all. HD is about the best I will ever see as 3D with one eye is not in my future.

It's a Verizon service, Joe.
 

joec

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What does it have to do with TV? Verizon is a phone company I thought.
 

Jim_S

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What does it have to do with TV? Verizon is a phone company I thought.

Joe, everything is blending together. Verizon supplies cable TV, Comcast supplies telephone service, everyone has internet service now.

Jim
 

QSis

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FiOS

FiOS (Fiber Optic Service) is a fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications service offered by Verizon to consumers in the United States. The word "fios" is Irish for "knowledge" and the FiOS acronym is a trademark of Verizon. FTTP, also called "fiber to the home" (FTTH), is the installation and use of optical fiber from a central point directly to individual buildings.
A typical FiOS package includes high-speed Internet access along with cable TV and basic telephone service. For consumer use, FiOS Internet access is available at downstream speeds of up to 30 megabits per second ( Mbps ) and upstream speeds of up to 5 Mbps. Verizon is building its FiOS network in most of the states where it offers landline communications services. As of early 2007 the bulk of the development activity was taking place in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut although the pilot program began in Texas.

(Joe, I have all three - cable TV, internet access, and landline phone through Verizon FiOS. Lee)
 

SilverSage

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I have FIOS service for t.v., phone & internet, too.

I also have 2 Samsung screens - one 7 year old plasma, and one two year old LCD. I am so happy with both that my next set will be a Samsung.
 

mhend

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I'm quite up to date on this topic. I assume flat screen. How large? How far is the viewing distance? How much light during average viewing conditions? 3D - you might think about future proofing yourself? Price range?


It will be a flat screen. Probably around 55"...viewing distance would probably be 12-15 feet or so. Lighting is almost always somewhat dim - lamps usually. 3D - probably not....price range $1500 or so I'm guessing. Not over that for sure.
 

mhend

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mhend, is your old tv an hd lcd?

i just fixed a similar problem with my samsung 40" lcd.

if so, you might want to look into a problem with capapcitors in the power supply that help to keep the infrared remote active while the tv is powered off, or a "pick and hold" voltage.

otherwise, i recommend sony and samsung as the best brands out there right now.

you might want to check avsforums.com and cnet.com to begin your research. they span from the ultra technical to layman's terminology, so they're helpful sites.

Thank you for the info! The tv that's cutting off is a very outdated tube tv. It's time for an upgrade :) I will definately check out those sites.
 

buzzard767

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It will be a flat screen. Probably around 55"...viewing distance would probably be 12-15 feet or so. Lighting is almost always somewhat dim - lamps usually. 3D - probably not....price range $1500 or so I'm guessing. Not over that for sure.

Seems to me that the Samsung LN55C630 would suit you perfectly. Amazon reduced the price from just over $1700 to $1499 on June 1st.

Read it here and here but remember that many of these posters are not all that savvy.

I have a 40" in a highly bright room in Florida and it is excellent. There is a small difference between the 40" and 55" in that the 40" has a semi matte screen.

You should be able to see them for yourself at Best Buy, Sears, and maybe Sam's and Costco. The displays will all be in the dynamic picture mode and will blind you. lol On the lower right hand corner of the bezel select menu and then change the mode to anything other than dynamic to get a better idea of what the picture should look like in your home. If anyone can beat Amazon's price so be it. Don't have any fear of ordering anything as bulky as a 55" telly off the Net. Just make sure that the set is damage free, hooked up, and running before signing for it. I've never had a problem.
 

Lefty

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I have a Samsung UN46B7000 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV. It was my first larger hdtv for home and I couldn't be more happy with it. I also have a 32-inch LCD up stairs and I love it too. I am a huge sports fan and I love catching a games in HD. The LED set was my first home experience with BlueRay and it is a spetacular difference for DVD.

My TV was 2000 a year ago, and amazon has it for 1900 now. I would assume the standard LCD TVs will drop quite a bit this Xmas and LED set should drop but not as much with the 3d coming into play. I for one don't want to have anything to do with 3d. I get a headache just thinking about it.
 

Lefty

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FiOS

FiOS (Fiber Optic Service) is a fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications service offered by Verizon to consumers in the United States. The word "fios" is Irish for "knowledge" and the FiOS acronym is a trademark of Verizon. FTTP, also called "fiber to the home" (FTTH), is the installation and use of optical fiber from a central point directly to individual buildings.
A typical FiOS package includes high-speed Internet access along with cable TV and basic telephone service. For consumer use, FiOS Internet access is available at downstream speeds of up to 30 megabits per second ( Mbps ) and upstream speeds of up to 5 Mbps. Verizon is building its FiOS network in most of the states where it offers landline communications services. As of early 2007 the bulk of the development activity was taking place in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut although the pilot program began in Texas.

(Joe, I have all three - cable TV, internet access, and landline phone through Verizon FiOS. Lee)

I would love to have FiOS here. Damn backwoods state.
 

buzzard767

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I have a Samsung UN46B7000 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV. It was my first larger hdtv for home and I couldn't be more happy with it. I also have a 32-inch LCD up stairs and I love it too. I am a huge sports fan and I love catching a games in HD. The LED set was my first home experience with BlueRay and it is a spetacular difference for DVD.

My TV was 2000 a year ago, and amazon has it for 1900 now. I would assume the standard LCD TVs will drop quite a bit this Xmas and LED set should drop but not as much with the 3d coming into play. I for one don't want to have anything to do with 3d. I get a headache just thinking about it.

LED is great stuff but LED LCD is not that big a deal in my opinion. I have an LED rear projection Samsung HL67A750 in my apartment and that IS a big deal because the LED light engine versus bulbs results in an enormous difference in longevity.

As to pure picture quality, the plasmas, especially Panasonic and Samsung, still have a slight edge over LED LCD, but only in a light controlled environment.

Concerning 3D, get used to it because it is not going away. Some sports and some movies will benefit. ESPN 3D channel begins broadcasting tomorrow with World Cup soccer. Everyone who saw The Masters golf in 3D was astonished at how good it was. Oddly enough, ESPN will broadcast in 1080i instead of their usual 720P initially so we'll how it plays out.
 

joec

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FiOS

FiOS (Fiber Optic Service) is a fiber to the premises (FTTP) telecommunications service offered by Verizon to consumers in the United States. The word "fios" is Irish for "knowledge" and the FiOS acronym is a trademark of Verizon. FTTP, also called "fiber to the home" (FTTH), is the installation and use of optical fiber from a central point directly to individual buildings.
A typical FiOS package includes high-speed Internet access along with cable TV and basic telephone service. For consumer use, FiOS Internet access is available at downstream speeds of up to 30 megabits per second ( Mbps ) and upstream speeds of up to 5 Mbps. Verizon is building its FiOS network in most of the states where it offers landline communications services. As of early 2007 the bulk of the development activity was taking place in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut although the pilot program began in Texas.

(Joe, I have all three - cable TV, internet access, and landline phone through Verizon FiOS. Lee)

Now Fiber Optics I understand the FiOS that didn't ring up. Only problem with it is it is in a very limited places at this time.
 

High Cheese

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All I can say is make sure you get a model with more than one HDMI input.

I have Fios, a 4 y/o Sony Bravia, and a couple Samsungs.
 
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