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11.29.13 | chickensoup

Posted on 11/29/2013 5:32:29 PM PST by Chickensoup

My last thread about TVs was published in 2006.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1725379/posts

I still have the 2k in the bank and still want to buy one I have been looking at the Sharp Aquos Quattron 3D 240 70" Model 757.

Any opinions? Good Amazon ratings.

How does one get it installed if purchased on the net?

How does one pick a sound system, and I need a sound system with headphones because of a mild hearing deficit (What did he just say? Where are they going? Why did he kill her?)

I am looking for a theatre-sort of experience at my low low budget. I will probably only use it for DVDs and perhaps the Superbowl game if son is around. I am not a broadcast or cable watcher. The former TV died and I watch little tv on the laptop (not a comfortable venue for me) I have the library set up and ready to take the tv. I am installing window shutters now.

Your insight would be much appreciated.


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My last thread about TVs was published in 2006.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1725379/posts

I still have the 2k in the bank and still want to buy one I have been looking at the Sharp Aquos Quattron 3D 240 70" Model 757.

Any opinions? Good Amazon ratings.

How does one get it installed if purchased on the net?

How does one pick a sound system, and I need a sound system with headphones because of a mild hearing deficit (What did he just say? Where are they going? Why did he kill her?)

I am looking for a theatre-sort of experience at my low low budget. I will probably only use it for DVDs and perhaps the Superbowl game if son is around. I am not a broadcast or cable watcher. The former TV died and I watch little tv on the laptop (not a comfortable venue for me) I have the library set up and ready to take the tv. I am installing window shutters now.

Your insight would be much appreciated.

1 posted on 11/29/2013 5:32:29 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

I’ll be interested in this one too. BFLR to come back, and check on the responses. Thanks for the thread Chickensoup.


2 posted on 11/29/2013 5:36:26 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Chickensoup

I and my father use Sharp. GREAT TV. My mother has a Samsung. Also GREAT TV. In the living room we have Panasonic. Very happy with this one. I have LG monitor at work. Also great.

Sony’s are good too.

I would stay away from anything else.


3 posted on 11/29/2013 5:36:54 PM PST by doomtrooper99 (Mr Truman, you did not finish the job)
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To: Chickensoup

We got our 92inch from Aarons, rent to own. They bring it out,install it, hook everything up, show you how to use it, & if need be repair it if something goes wrong with it.


4 posted on 11/29/2013 5:37:15 PM PST by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: Chickensoup
Which reminds me of an old witticism from scouting days:

    indian build small fire, sit close . . white man build BIG fire, sit faaar away

5 posted on 11/29/2013 5:38:35 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Chickensoup

Personally I wouldn’t spend money on 3D.

I have a Samsung LED and its fantastic.


6 posted on 11/29/2013 5:39:05 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TMSuchman
I don't think we have an Aaron's in the hinterlands here. 92 inch TV I don't think my room is big enough...only 12 to 14 feet from seat to TV wall.

I am mightily impressed though.

7 posted on 11/29/2013 5:39:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: doomtrooper99

I hear that LG brand TVs can give many of those a run for their money on quality. Check around. I haven’t been hearing great things about Samsung lately.


8 posted on 11/29/2013 5:39:51 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Chickensoup

We turned our family room into a real home theater. They also have other sizes avail. Just go to their website & that lists which one is closest to you. They are nation wide.


9 posted on 11/29/2013 5:41:45 PM PST by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: Chickensoup
Please be sure to review this series:

LG LM8600-9200 series Passive 3D TVs

We've been very pleased with them and the 3d is spectacular.

Wireless performance is good and Netflix is beyond amazing.

10 posted on 11/29/2013 5:44:02 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: tomkat

after no TV for many years want BIG fire.


11 posted on 11/29/2013 5:44:14 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

You get a lot of bang for the buck with Vizio. You can get a Smart TV (internet w/Amazon, Netflix and Pandora) and 3D for modest prices. Amazon is also currently a special on a Yamaha stereo receiver for less than $300.

Order the tv from Sam’s Club and they can install it.


12 posted on 11/29/2013 5:45:43 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: driftdiver

Likewise. Samsung LED, no 3D. We love it.


13 posted on 11/29/2013 5:46:11 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: TMSuchman

I will check!


14 posted on 11/29/2013 5:48:29 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ping.


15 posted on 11/29/2013 5:49:06 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: driftdiver

I didn’t think I would like it.

I went to three films in 3D and I love it!


16 posted on 11/29/2013 5:49:26 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: driftdiver
We also have a new Samsung LED. Yes, it's great (and it's not made in china, fwiw.)

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17 posted on 11/29/2013 5:50:52 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Chickensoup

3d is good at times, but I chose not to get it for home. Spend the extra on a blueray. The picture quality will blow you away.


18 posted on 11/29/2013 5:51:56 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Bluray is the DVD player? Yes I plan to get one.


19 posted on 11/29/2013 5:54:02 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup
lol .. bon appe'tv !
20 posted on 11/29/2013 5:55:22 PM PST by tomkat
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To: Chickensoup

Blueray is a different format than DVD. Much better picture quality.


21 posted on 11/29/2013 5:56:34 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dhs12345

“Likewise. Samsung LED, no 3D. We love it.”

We have a Sony, a Panasonic and a new Samsung LED/LCD Smart TV. The Samsung is clearly the best, and it’s also the least expensive. Features and quality go up and prices go down: Moore’s Law! Technology is moving so fast that if you want the very best, don’t buy anything because it’s obsolete before the bill arrives.


22 posted on 11/29/2013 5:57:54 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Chickensoup

I absolutely love my Samsung 46” smart TV with 120 hz scan. Netflix works very well,though the browser is a bit clunky as the remote control is not suited for typed input


23 posted on 11/29/2013 5:58:09 PM PST by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: Chickensoup

I have two Sharps (60” and 47”). Both Aquos, and I love them both. Sharp provides good value along with reliability.


24 posted on 11/29/2013 5:58:59 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Chickensoup

I went with Vizio when my standard TV died in 2008. Never had a problem with the Vizio — very good picture quality.

As for larger sizes online, many special ship them and that includes initial set up in your home. Check the website for specific delivery information, etc.


25 posted on 11/29/2013 5:59:54 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: Don W

What does smart tv mean?


26 posted on 11/29/2013 6:02:22 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: FlJoePa

Thank you


27 posted on 11/29/2013 6:02:49 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

Don’t get a plasma...They suck electricity and emit tons of heat due consuming so much juice.


28 posted on 11/29/2013 6:03:50 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: driftdiver

So I need a dvd player and and a blue ray player?


29 posted on 11/29/2013 6:03:54 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: vette6387

Moore’s Law! Technology is moving so fast that if you want the very best, don’t buy anything because it’s obsolete before the bill arrives.

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That is the part that paralyzes me. If you read the old thread I posted in the body of my thread, you will see that I even did this with stereos.


30 posted on 11/29/2013 6:05:56 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

Dude, that’s a feeling I know. (Waiting for the next generation of Chromebooks, as we speak. And waiting.)

Blu Ray players will play DVDs, I understand. And if I were to buy one, I’d look for a model that plays discs from all Regions.


31 posted on 11/29/2013 6:09:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Regions.

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Like all countries?


32 posted on 11/29/2013 6:15:26 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

If in doubt why not go with a 46” - 50” LED, a Roku 3 with headphones jack on the remote, a years subscription to Netflix and keep $1200 - $1400 still in the bank?


33 posted on 11/29/2013 6:16:26 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Chickensoup
Samsung makes the best LCD/LED screen components on the planet. They invested MANY $ billions in manufacturing the large LCD glass panels, which in turn gets OEM'ed to most of the other flat panel vendors. Their products have excellent longevity.

LG products seem to produce a LOT of heat. Good natural colors, but heat is the enemy of longevity.

SONY has OK TVs, but their sound systems don't perform well and have significant "clipping" issues if played loud (breaks up - like pixilation with video broadcasts). They're also priced at a premium.

Mitsubishi also produces excellent video products. They may be best known for DLP and projection video products. In fact, I have a "free" 60" Mitsubishi pro rear projection TV that I paid > $5K in 1997 for someone who will take it from my storage in Austin (Freepmail me). I'm going to donate to a battered women's shelter or kid's place ASAP so I can free up space. Fantastic product - I just can't afford the space.

34 posted on 11/29/2013 6:18:07 PM PST by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: Chickensoup

Here’s a link that explains DVD and Blu Ray Regions.

http://help.abcshop.com.au/questions.php?questionid=11

The reason I’d want an all-region BR player like my DVD player, is that during my foreign trips I occasionally pick up some DVDs, or someone sends me one, so that compatibility never becomes a problem.


35 posted on 11/29/2013 6:18:41 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Chickensoup

Smart means it can do a bunch of stuff, besides being a TV, you can connect to the internet, connect to your camera and darn near anything,, all at the press of a few buttons.

I have wimped point doing it with our 46 inch Samsung, 3 years and working great.. The bummer these days is seeing what the same TV now costs. At least half... Oh cell.

We need a new one in the family room.. Maybe a 60 incher.. Ehhh,, 55 will do..


36 posted on 11/29/2013 6:18:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Chickensoup

I’ve had good luck with Vizio, purchased from Costco (thier warranty is good).

And Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!


37 posted on 11/29/2013 6:20:29 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Chickensoup

Most blue rays will play DVDs as well.


38 posted on 11/29/2013 6:20:54 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: truth_seeker

Because I want a BIG TV. When I walked into BJs and saw that tv, I paralyzed. I was so taken by the color and the size. It just floored me. I cannot describe it. I am not a particularly materialistic person, and tend to buy durable and good value over flashy. As a matter of fact I regret, at times my Yankee upbringing, for it is about good wools, silks and cottons. all understated.

In retrospect, I wish I could have worn clothing with sparkles.

This TV is out of character for me. But I do want it. I want to enjoy big tv in my library.


39 posted on 11/29/2013 6:29:55 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Thank you, Meow!


40 posted on 11/29/2013 6:31:11 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
And Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

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How are you, I hope well! Life is well here in the country. Kids are mostly gone and life re-boots a new way.

Son has been working with a rigging company since June. It has been a tough work situation, poor abusive management, fighting, shady practices, etc, and he recently put up a post on Facebook on a Friday saying I need a new job!

Got a call within 10 min from a man who had met him at a Voc school job fair and he interviewed on Monday, they pulled his spotless driving record last week, he did the mandatory drug testing this week and he is expecting job offer Tuesdays. They are an international company and offered to provide Class A truck training, he has class B and Heavy Equipment Certifications. I think this will be a good move out of a bad situation.

41 posted on 11/29/2013 6:39:06 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

Since you like BIG, have you considered getting a projector and a screen rather than a tv? You may be able to get one much more reasonably priced at a similar quality. I lucked out and got a used Epson projector with a 110 inch screen for $500, we love it.


42 posted on 11/29/2013 6:42:48 PM PST by Gennie
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To: Chickensoup

3D is pretty much dead for now. Doesn’t make sense to get 3D unless you are happy to watch the same 3D movies already made over and over. Spend that money on the highest frequency and contrast you can get.


43 posted on 11/29/2013 6:42:58 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

Wont I also get that with this sharp model?


44 posted on 11/29/2013 6:50:22 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Don W
I absolutely love my Samsung 46” smart TV with 120 hz scan. Netflix works very well,though the browser is a bit clunky as the remote control is not suited for typed input

If you have a smartphone, download the Samsung Remote app... makes your phone work as a better remote than the remote that comes with the TV.

Love our Samsung SmartTV too.

45 posted on 11/29/2013 7:03:00 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Chickensoup

Plasma TV’s run hot and have a great picture, but have problems with reflected light. Plasma’s reproduce black better than LCD’s. LG makes a good plasma

LED TV’s are thin and more energy efficient than plasma. Look at your refresh rate for the screen, most are 120hz, I’d go for a 240hz. Nothing below 120, you’ll get bad pixelation of the picture if there is lots of motion like a football game. Samsung all the way. My bro-in-law has a 60 inch Sharp and it looks dang good.

Keep in mind the picture is only as good as it’s input signal. If you ain’t pumping HD into it, you’ll probably be disappointed.

These are my humble opinions. Suggest you check online reviews by customers when you spot a TV you might like.


46 posted on 11/29/2013 7:03:37 PM PST by Farnsworth (Now playing in America: "Stupid is the new normal")
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To: Chickensoup; a fool in paradise

And when you go shopping, be sure to take a tape measure with you to measure the diagonal of the TV set that caught your eye, the manufacturers like to cheat, and the government has let them get away with it (another reason to call your Senator.) On the other hand if you go to a furniture store that also sells TVs they might have those yard sticks that they give away for free, so you might walk away with one even if you don’t purchase a TV set.


47 posted on 11/29/2013 7:04:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: driftdiver

Almost all of the good (240hz) TVs out there are 3D at this point. It’s basically a throw in.


48 posted on 11/29/2013 7:08:01 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (If you don't stand up, you don't stand a chance.)
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To: Revolting cat!

On the other hand if you go to a furniture store that also sells TVs they might have those yard sticks that they give away for free, so you might walk away with one even if you don’t purchase a TV set.

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You think of everything! Me-ow.


49 posted on 11/29/2013 7:11:12 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup
Here are some Ultra HD sets. That would be 2160 (vs 1080).

Just posted this on another thread. Links below...

I picked up an LG the last time. It's 54.6" or some such, just shy of the 55-56 range I normally get.

The reason I mention it, is due to the fact that some of the televisions now have very little trim around the actual display screen.

Mine has about 5/16ths on the sides, meaning you can now put a little larger screen in the place you used to have to limit yourself because there was several inches around the perimeter.

My JVC had about 1/2 an inch on the sides, but then it flared out to about 1.5" on each side. Current television is just shy of 2.5" more narrow width wise.

The base is very small too. This unit is LCD, so the projection back is gone. You could hang this on your rec room wall or some such.

It's amazing what they're doing these days.

You may wish to take a look at the LG Quad HD system they have out now at 84". Hey it's only $17k. Ouch! Hurt me.

At any rate, it's pixil rate is 2160 instead of 1080. Across it's 3840. Nobody is broadcasting that rate yet, but when they do the 55" model will be so clear it will be better than being there... well almost. Can't wait to see a demo.

It's screen is like having four 1080p screens, one in each quadrant. Of course that's only showing 1/4th of the full picture too, with that many pixels.

LINK

Here's a link to smaller (by comparison to the 84" only, still big screens) ultra Hi-Def LG televisions.

My mouth is watering... LOL

LINK

50 posted on 11/29/2013 7:13:04 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Obama, the Democrat Party, the Left in the U. S., have essentially become the 4th Reich.)
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