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Time to Purchase a TV HDTV Input please HDTV PING LIST PLEASE
12.02.11 | Chickensoup

Posted on 12/02/2011 4:36:08 PM PST by Chickensoup

I am now ready to buy my HDTV. I have been looking at the big Samsungs. Remember this is the first tv for a non tv home. We will mostly be watching CDs and downloads, not much broadcast...except for the Superbowl for my son (if I can figure out how to stream it on the net).

The big Samsungs often have 3D. Will the 3D affect the regular view? I am looking for a clear viewing set that will manage action

I keep reading that TV is changing and I wonder whether these TVs are old technology?

Can I actualy put an aerial on it?

Can these tvs live in a room that in the winter sometimes go down to 60's or even 50's? I would heat the room before I use it.

I have a BJs card and they sell them there. CNET also has them by price at their site.

One last question: is it better with respect to price, to buy now during the Christmas season or wait for the football season.

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I am now ready to buy my HDTV. I have been looking at the big Samsungs. Remember this is the first tv for a non tv home. We will mostly be watching CDs and downloads, not much broadcast...except for the Superbowl for my son (if I can figure out how to stream it on the net).

The big Samsungs often have 3D. Will the 3D affect the regular view? I am looking for a clear viewing set that will manage action

I keep reading that TV is changing and I wonder whether these TVs are old technology?

Can I actualy put an aerial on it?

Can these tvs live in a room that in the winter sometimes go down to 60's or even 50's? I would heat the room before I use it.

I have a BJs card and they sell them there. CNET also has them by price at their site.

One last question: is it better with respect to price, to buy now during the Christmas season or wait for the football season.

HDTV PING LIST PLEASE

1 posted on 12/02/2011 4:36:14 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

I don’t know about the Samsung TV’s, but our Samsung Blu-Ray player lasted just 3 months before losing its mind. We didn’t even use it that much - maybe once a week for Netflix.

Maybe our family is just snakebitten, but I have heard similar tales from family members about Samsung products. They vow they will never purchase another Samsung product. I concur.

Hope you have better luck.

We are happy with our Panasonic Viera plasma TV which we purchased 3 months ago for a great price at Sears. It works great.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 4:41:33 PM PST by randita (I'm not a percentage. I'm a free person.)
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To: randita

Thank you! Good to know. The TVs have a real high CNET rating.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 4:42:54 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

I can only tell you that we LOVE our Samsung big screen. 180 degree difference from the prior post.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 4:44:34 PM PST by battletank
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To: randita

Now that I think of it, CNET ratings are from a tech perspective and probably have nothing to do with longevity.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 4:45:27 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup
Buy the cheapest you can find. They are all pretty good. 3D is an annoyance. It is the industry trying to manufacture a reason for everybody to buy a new TV.

With the money you save on the TV, buy a cheap dedicated media center laptop to connect to it by HDMI. There is SO MUCH free stuff to watch that you would never need cable anyway.

6 posted on 12/02/2011 4:45:53 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: Chickensoup

Ping. Also anxious for inputs on the Samsungs.


7 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:13 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Chickensoup; All

Yes, TV is changing. I have several different kinds and ages. I refuse to spend $100 per month of my social security money on cable or satellite. I have converter boxes or regular antenna for my newest “modern” TV. Any time a plane flies over, someone walks above or below my room, I am likely to loose signal. SOME IMPROVEMENT!! I wish I knew who to bitch to or vote out of office.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:13 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Chickensoup
Get one with plenty of inputs - (multiple)HDMI, VGA, DVI, composite so you can hook up computers and cameras.

Check native resolution so you know what you are getting.

9 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:38 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Chickensoup

We have a Sanyo. Three years. No problems. BTW, there is no such thing as an HDTV. Found it out when we were buying ours. See http://www.schubincafe.com/2005/07/04/theres-no-such-thing-as-hdtv/


10 posted on 12/02/2011 4:47:02 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Chickensoup
I'm a novice, just letting you know what I have. I bought an Apple TV, a little box that allows you to stream content wirelessly from your home network or home computers. There are other similar products available from big-box stores, around the same price ($99). But if you stream content, a lot of it requires payment for rental or buying. I got Netflix, and can stream lots of movies and seasons of TV shows for $8 a month. I don't miss my Cable premium channels, which I cancelled. $8 a month is cheap.

The Apple devices allow you to easily wirelessly stream photos and video from your computers, iPads and iPhones to your HDTV via Apple TV. Pretty cool, as I used to have to run a cable, now it's all wireless.

I also tried to run a digital antenna (on my roof) but reception sucks in my area, you may have better luck.

11 posted on 12/02/2011 4:47:19 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Chickensoup

Our Sony Bravia 40 inch HDTV is nearly 3 years old with no problems, great picture. My only regret is not buying a bigger one.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 4:47:32 PM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: randita
We are happy with our Panasonic Viera plasma TV

By far the best option going out there.

By far!

13 posted on 12/02/2011 4:49:17 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Chickensoup

You can’t go wrong with a Vizio.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 4:49:26 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Chickensoup
Can these tvs live in a room that in the winter sometimes go down to 60's or even 50's? I would heat the room before I use it.

The main thing to worry about is to control the humidity to prevent moisture condensing in the room. Electronics work fine in those temperatures so long as there isn't any moisture in them.

15 posted on 12/02/2011 4:49:37 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Chickensoup

If you are buying an HDTV, and want the best quality picture available in all formats (that’s what a TV does, right? Presents a picture, right?) then get a:
1 High end Pan TC-PVT30 series (this year)
2 Alternate - Pan GT30 series 50/55 etc (last year)
The SPORTS are INCREDIBLE with NO ARTIFACTS(blur) on screen.
If you don’t believe, then do a side-by-side test to Sammy or Sony or any ‘old LG.
Do your own research, ‘see’ for yourself.
You cannot understand until side by side, don’t be fooled by uncalibrated VERY BRIGHT stuff at store- “gee, that’s neat! “ That brightness is color which is WASHED OUT.
You’ll go panny.
It Rocks.
Period.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 4:50:04 PM PST by foldspace (Barak Obama is still not a >convicted< criminal...)
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To: Chickensoup

Sony Bravia 40” LCD 1080i HDTV. Great picture. Works great with an upconverting DVD player and HDMI cable.


17 posted on 12/02/2011 4:50:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Chickensoup

Hi FRiend,
Mrs. Slim and I have a couple of the Vizio TV’s (42” biggest). They’ve been great. Run them off indoor antenna’s and we’re in the boonies so we get about 5 over the air channels. We keep the house around 65 degrees, but I have one in the garage, and that is in the 50’s with no problems.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 4:50:47 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Paladin2

You mean jacks in the back? Should they be USB jacks?


19 posted on 12/02/2011 4:51:26 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: dainbramaged

Same here. I wouldn’t go bigger. Its big enough to dominate an average size living room.


20 posted on 12/02/2011 4:52:54 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Chickensoup

My suggestions follow:

1. 3D will not effect regular viewing. It is a feature that requires special content (currently BluRay DVD). For your needs, I do not recommend 3D - save the $$. All new TV’s can “manage action”. If this is really important, focus on a screen refresh rate of at least 120Hz. If it’s REALLY important to you, buy a plasma TV.

2. There is no new disruptive TV technology out there, so its a good time to buy without worry of obsolesence.

3. The electronics can easily handle 50-60 degrees.

4. BJ’s is a good retailer. Check their return policy. COSTCO has 90 Days no questions asked.

5. 40% of all TV’s are sold in the Christmas season because that’s when the best price/value can be found. Don’t wait for the Super Bowl.

6. Buy a name brand. Off brands have crappy service.

Good luck!


21 posted on 12/02/2011 4:53:18 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: dainbramaged

Our Sony Bravia 40 inch HDTV is nearly 3 years old with no problems, great picture.

We have the same set nearly 4 years old so far only one lamp replaced did it myself working great.


22 posted on 12/02/2011 4:54:16 PM PST by bikerman (you can take the man out of the jungle but can't take the jungle out of the man)
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To: Chickensoup

My middle of the pack Samsung (1 year old) has a very nice picture, but not when there is a lot of motion. Then it has significant pixellation. I think this will depend on the model you purchase and is not indicative of all Samsung products. However, my Sony has very little pixellation.

You will need a sound system because the speakers on the Samsung are pretty bad. My Sony has very good sound, but even so I use a surround sound system on all my TVs. The Samsung tuner is quite good and outperforms the Sony in picking up over the air broadcast TV. My antenna uses a Motorola amplifier, which helps with all my systems.

I don’t usually heat the gym where I keep the Samsung and it is below 60 some nights and it is not a problem.


23 posted on 12/02/2011 4:54:38 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Chickensoup

An HDTV will have dedicated inputs for composite video and audio, S-Video and HDMI. So you can attach various players and cable boxes to the TV.


24 posted on 12/02/2011 4:54:53 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Buy the cheapest you can find. They are all pretty good. 3D is an annoyance. It is the industry trying to manufacture a reason for everybody to buy a new TV

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Seems as though any of the larger sets 55-64 inches are all 3D.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 4:57:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

My youngest TV is probably about 15 years old. I won’t be buying a new TV until I see them at Krogers for 20 bucks. Besides, what’s to watch on them now anyway?


26 posted on 12/02/2011 4:57:49 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Chickensoup
My TV has a USB jack for software updates.

I'm talking about all sorts of ways to use the TV as a monitor.

For example, I have an inexpensive video camera that comes with cables to hook up to a TV using phono jacks for L&R sound and composite video. SVGA would be another jack to have for hooking up older hardware that may be laying around.

27 posted on 12/02/2011 4:58:39 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paleo Conservative

The main thing to worry about is to control the humidity to prevent moisture condensing in the room. Electronics work fine in those temperatures so long as there isn’t any moisture in them.
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Maine in the winter? Humidity must be about 17%.


28 posted on 12/02/2011 4:59:36 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Technology keeps progressing and with Murphy’s Law, by the time it breaks down or wears out, there will something better and cheaper. Don’t wait - buy now and don’t worry about what comes out in the next six months.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 4:59:51 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: dainbramaged

Good set. Sorry to say my Bravia died after 6 years. Technician said expected life of new sets is 5-7 years. My Trinitron was still working after 20+ years.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 4:59:55 PM PST by oldsicilian
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To: Chickensoup

“You mean jacks in the back? Should they be USB jacks?”

You want HDMI jacks, at least two, better three.

You also want a home theatre controller. This is like a multi input amp, so that all your inputs can go into your sound system. Then you only need one input into the screen - from the controller/amp to the screen.

I’d also recommend a Seagate Home Theater Plus or the equivalent unit fro Western Digital if you don’t have a direct connection to a computer. These inexpensive units let you access content off the web, or from a small portable hard drive, which can store tons of stuff, by the way - movies, TV specials etc.

I would also stay away from power-hungry, heavy, plasma. LCD has improved to the point that it is almost always the best, least expensive choice.


31 posted on 12/02/2011 5:00:33 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: foldspace

Is Pan a Panisonic?


32 posted on 12/02/2011 5:00:46 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Ok this is going to sound silly but we are thinking of maybe or not getting a new TV. We both really do not care if we do our not so time and price are on our side....anyway if you really want to learn about the “problems” a TV can have type in a google search
“Do (name of what ever brand, size or model you are looking at) suck”....believe it or not, this most basic sentence does a great search with peoples reviews of TV’s they don’t like.


33 posted on 12/02/2011 5:01:12 PM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: WKUHilltopper

I had a computer behind my Dad’s TV that I used to show him video off the web (Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, etc) on his TV so he could see it from his favorite chair.


34 posted on 12/02/2011 5:01:25 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: oldsicilian

Its just cheaper to replace it. No one bothers fixing electronics anymore. By the time they need to be fixed, there’s something better and cheaper in the stores.


35 posted on 12/02/2011 5:02:02 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I do not recommend 3D

3D is now folded in to the better TVs.

If you want a better 2D TV, the 3D capability will come along for the ride.

The last time I shopped for a customer of mine (about a month ago), the Panasonic we decided on was 3D capable but did not include any glasses or other things that would needlessly up the price.

Very similar to Internet Apps that come with TVs these days. Only the lowest models come sans apps. If you want a better TV, it will come loaded with NetFlix, Pandora etc.

36 posted on 12/02/2011 5:03:00 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: Chickensoup
You should: I've had a 42" Sony for 6 years and the HD picture still knocks me out. Good luck ...
37 posted on 12/02/2011 5:03:48 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Chickensoup

My friend’s Sharp Aquos looked very nice, but he paid a lot more than I did for my Samsung. Also I paid nearly twice as much for the Sony, but the picture is nearly perfect, while the Samsung suffers from motion artifacts. The Samsung is good for watching non-action programs.


38 posted on 12/02/2011 5:03:56 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Hi FRiend,
Mrs. Slim and I have a couple of the Vizio TV’s (42” biggest). They’ve been great. Run them off indoor antenna’s and we’re in the boonies so we get about 5 over the air channels. We keep the house around 65 degrees, but I have one in the garage, and that is in the 50’s with no problems.

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Hello FRiend! I hope you are yours are enjoying the season. Thank you for the information. My son, btw is looking at community colleges. He is now a jr. Firefighter and is involved with heavy equipment. I am so proud.


39 posted on 12/02/2011 5:03:59 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: John Valentine

I second the recommendation about LCD. It gives the most bang for the buck in a HDTV.


40 posted on 12/02/2011 5:04:07 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Paladin2

SVGA -—> S-Video (as listed above)


41 posted on 12/02/2011 5:04:33 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Chickensoup

Stay away from 3d. Go withe the standard HD. The only arguments are between plasma and lcd. Don’t buy any less than 120 MHZ


42 posted on 12/02/2011 5:05:19 PM PST by Figment
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To: Chickensoup

Picked up a Vizio 42 inch hdtv 2 years ago. Has run 8-10 hours per day since new with zero problems. Great picture, even when viewing from angles other than straight on, (unlike some other brands), good sound also. I live high up in the Mountains/boonies and use Dish Network with it. I am replacing another room’s TV shortly and I am buying this exact same model again simply because of the first one’s dependability, performance and competitive price.


43 posted on 12/02/2011 5:07:19 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: Kirkwood

thank you.


44 posted on 12/02/2011 5:08:24 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: blueyon

The problem with that is that you can find people who complain about anything. Better to go to a place like Amazon and the look at the ratings. You can then see the proportion of good to bad by the number of stars.


45 posted on 12/02/2011 5:09:02 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: randita

but I have heard similar tales from family members about Samsung products.

Hate to say never, but I’ve never had good results from a samsung product.I will avoid them whenever possible


46 posted on 12/02/2011 5:09:12 PM PST by Figment
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To: eddie willers

Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ST30 60-Inch 1080p 600 Hz 3D Plasma HDTV

Agree 100% - any of the 3 models (ST, GT, or VT) are simply stunning with picture quality that simply outclasses LED models.


47 posted on 12/02/2011 5:10:29 PM PST by motoman
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To: blueyon

Ok this is going to sound silly but we are thinking of maybe or not getting a new TV. We both really do not care if we do our not so time and price are on our side....anyway if you really want to learn about the “problems” a TV can have type in a google search
____________________

After 25 years without one, this is going to be the family treat and our time at the movies.


48 posted on 12/02/2011 5:11:07 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Paladin2

I have a couple of old XPs lying around?????


49 posted on 12/02/2011 5:12:04 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

bttt


50 posted on 12/02/2011 5:12:24 PM PST by advertising guy (dammit)
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