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Posted on 04/09/2014 5:23:56 PM PDT by ErnBatavia

Got rid of a 1970's "Home Entertainment Center", and wifey wants a semi-huge screen TV


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Being low-tech (Tracfone category, as a general guide), we'd like FReeper advice - we've just cleared an area in the home and now have room for up to a 50" flatscreen TV.

I know that Plasma is passe - and that's about it......

Any input as to brands and going LED versus LCD (We do have a 32" LCD in a smaller room and it seems quite sufficient, pic-quality wise) would be appreciated.....the guy at Sam's Club today put LG and Samsung in the top tier, and Vizio in the mid range insofar as quality.

1 posted on 04/09/2014 5:23:56 PM PDT by ErnBatavia
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To: SortaBichy

pingie....


2 posted on 04/09/2014 5:24:25 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia

Advise, advice....wassa difference??


3 posted on 04/09/2014 5:25:01 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia
LED vs. LCD is a function of how the screen is lit - both use LCD for the picture, but one uses a cold cathode tube light so you can see the picture, the other uses LEDs for backlight. Go with LEDs, longer life.

Beyond that, I'm going to watch the thread. Have a couple of LG 32" 720's that have been fine. Cheap enough, less than a couple hundred bucks now. Not fast enough refresh to be great for football, but good enough.

We get netflix through an attached PS/II, but you can get a teevee with the network built in. Some people worry about the sound, I say hook it up to your stereo.

4 posted on 04/09/2014 5:29:47 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ErnBatavia

My next TV will be LED. Light weight, easy to move. After that I want a smart TV from Santa Claus.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 5:30:18 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: ErnBatavia

You can’t go wrong with a Samsung.

I got a new Samsung 55in LED 3D ‘Smart TV’ a few months ago, and it has been fantastic(never use the 3D so I can’t comment there). I also have a 52in Samsung LCD that’s a few years old, and it’s still flawless.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 5:31:14 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: ErnBatavia

We compared the boobtoobs on display at Sears and BestBuy and so forth. Consistently, the Samsungs had the best pictures.
We wound up buying Samsungs and have been super-pleased with them. (Also, when we called them for set up info, the lady on the phone was SUPER-competent in providing clear instructions.)

Just our experience. This brand cost a bit more but we are very happy we paid it. You may find you can get good deals on line, including Amazon.com

Best,
fhc


7 posted on 04/09/2014 5:31:48 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: ErnBatavia

PS: Also be sure to maximize the amount of HDMI ports. Mine has 5, and I never imagined needing that many, but now I’m using all of them.

Don’t get anything with less than a 240Hz Refresh rate.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 5:34:01 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: ErnBatavia

Try this one.
It’s only $39,000.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN85S9-85-Inch-Ultra-120Hz/product-reviews/B00CMEN95U/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1


9 posted on 04/09/2014 5:34:26 PM PDT by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: ErnBatavia

I just picked up a 40 inch Samsung 2d LED smart tv, $450 at best buy. I set her up with Netflix and some other stuff, and the wwe network for me.

The picture needs work but someone posted good settings on Amazon. Excellent deal.


10 posted on 04/09/2014 5:34:46 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: ErnBatavia

32’ Vizio flat screen works for me. Got it at Walmart for around $270


11 posted on 04/09/2014 5:36:21 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: ErnBatavia

I’d look into the Vizios. We’ve had good luck with them, and they’re a great value for the price. LED or LCD, see which one you prefer.


12 posted on 04/09/2014 5:36:27 PM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: ErnBatavia
Plasma, Plasma, Plasma.........and the bigger the better!

As a side note, whatever size you're thinking about buying, get the next larger size or you'll start wanting in a mere couple months.......

13 posted on 04/09/2014 5:38:34 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Under Reagan spring always arrived on time.....)
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To: ErnBatavia
The specs are difficult to find for most models.

For me, I'd want a 1080 (x1920) Progressive scan capable machine that is also capable of 1080x1920 from a computer input.

14 posted on 04/09/2014 5:38:39 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ErnBatavia

50 inch LED. Got it at Sams Club at the Black Friday sale. Paid a pittance for such a TV, think I paid about 525?

Of course, it seldom gets turned on. Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, that’s about it.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 5:39:29 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: ErnBatavia

I have a 52” LG LED. I love it...and people comment on the picture quality.
It’s a year old.


16 posted on 04/09/2014 5:39:59 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless And Protect Our Troops)
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To: ErnBatavia

Samsung LED. Excellent. Check Costco online. They have great deals, from time to time. Good luck.


17 posted on 04/09/2014 5:40:17 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: KoRn

Huge thumbs up on Samsung and in second place, Vizio.

Have several of both with no issues ever, going on 7 years for my oldest one.

Love my 60” Plasma Samsung.


18 posted on 04/09/2014 5:42:57 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: ErnBatavia

Chickensoup: The TV threads

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3096718/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3133275/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3103130/posts?page=62


19 posted on 04/09/2014 5:43:50 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Plasmas run hot. Might be OK if you want to heat your tv room.


20 posted on 04/09/2014 5:44:40 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: ErnBatavia

We don’t have any preference being a Hollywood production company but LED seems to be preferred by our kids in the special effects and CGI department. Green screen effects works wonders with LED. Plasma is also great.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 5:44:54 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: ErnBatavia

Wow, I was going to suggest Samsung before reading all the posts!

Sony has also been a good choice for us.

Have had bad luck with a toshiba flat screen.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 5:47:47 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: ErnBatavia
So, I (admittedly) do not even come close to being an expert on flat screen TVs.

We have a 55" panasonic plasma and I love it, passe or not. It is 16 months old. Crisp picture that I prefer to TV #2:

A 50" LG LED. The LED is brighter, and the contrasts are sharper to the point of being harsh, imo (also @ 16 months). I'm sure I could adjust it but I'm too lazy.

Go on the net and do some reading if you have not done it already. Don't waste time w/ less than 1080, and the higher the refresh rate the better. (heck, even this advice may be outdated)

The other things to look for depend on your price point. Stuff like number of HDMI inputs can be important if you plan to use it for gaming, and blue ray and a computer, etc. Sound will be only adequate at best. I bought a small sound system w/ a sub woofer to punch things up for movies.

Since I was upgrading from a big grainy CRT almost anything was going to be knockout good. This stuff is always moving and improving so I would bet you can get a truly kick a$$ 50" for $4 to 5. And if some aspects are a bit outdated; so what? You can pay twice as much for one that isn't outdated and in a few months it will be.

Happy hunting.

23 posted on 04/09/2014 5:47:57 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: ErnBatavia

Got a Samsung 55” some years back. It’s hooked up to the ‘net, and keeps adding more and more features. One problem was the sound, so it’s hooked up to the stereo receiver. It’s hooked up to an Apple TV, gets Netflix and Hulu, movie trailers, content from other online providers like YouTube. Just make sure you get one that doesn’t have its own camera.


24 posted on 04/09/2014 5:49:14 PM PDT by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: ErnBatavia

http://www.cnet.com/topics/tvs/buying-guide/

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2344237,00.asp

One thing that I figured out was that you don’t want anything with a glass screen. Stick with plastic. There is a *lot* less reflection to deal with. (Lamps, windows, daylight... none of it’s bothersome)


25 posted on 04/09/2014 5:50:56 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: GRRRRR
Good evening.

Love my 60” Plasma Samsung.

Agree.

5.56mm

26 posted on 04/09/2014 5:53:02 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: ErnBatavia

Roku streaming stick with 3M projector - and a movie screen


27 posted on 04/09/2014 5:53:05 PM PDT by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: ErnBatavia

We have a Samsung UN55D7000. That’s about all I know but I could get hubby (Mr. Tech) to give you more info if interested, LOL. It’s a really nice TV, for the little I watch of it.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 5:53:10 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: ErnBatavia

I’ve hade three visions. And they worked great. Also have had experience with a samsung and was impressed but can’t tell you about life time.


29 posted on 04/09/2014 5:53:56 PM PDT by DainBramage
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To: ErnBatavia

We did a lot of research and settled on a Sharp Aquos Quattron 70” for our home theater-very satisfied. Got it at Best Buy right before the Olympics started. The Samsung had a slightly better picture, but not better enough to warrant the much higher price, in our opinion.

There are a few levels of Sharp Aquos. Make sure you’re looking at the Quattron for the best picture. We found the reviews at Amazon to be very helpful.

We also like our Panasonic Viera plasma a lot (50”), but Panasonic is discontinuing plasmas, so a larger one of them wasn’t an option for us.

If you have the right type of space, a projection TV is awesome. We didn’t.


30 posted on 04/09/2014 5:57:19 PM PDT by randita
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To: ErnBatavia

Everybody seems to love LCD, I’ll stick with my Panasonic plasma. I think plasma delivers the best pic especially for fast action, sports etc. Plasma has the fastest refresh over lcd or led and the picture is clear from any viewing angle.

Choose for yourself but I chose plasma with full satisfaction. And they don’t burn in or have the problems they had when they first came out.

Make mine PLASMA.


31 posted on 04/09/2014 6:01:00 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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To: ErnBatavia; Las Vegas Dave
I bought a Vizio LCD five years ago. It offers a great picture and it was reasonably priced at WalMart. And it's American-made.
32 posted on 04/09/2014 6:01:12 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: ErnBatavia
Don't pay extra for 1040p or 120Mhz.

You can't tell the difference in resolution from 720p for all practical purposes, and 120Mhz is just interpolated 60Mhz.

You can't go wrong with any of the major brands... Samsung, LG, Visio, etc.

Shop for price, and spend the savings on a laptop to connect to the TV. If you have broadband, you don't need cable. There is so much free stuff to watch. ;>]

33 posted on 04/09/2014 6:02:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket)
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To: rabidralph

Agree, I have three 5 yr old Vizios from Costco. All have been trouble free.


34 posted on 04/09/2014 6:02:42 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: ErnBatavia
Outlet site at Vizio has some great prices
35 posted on 04/09/2014 6:03:25 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: RginTN

No Vizios I install flat screens and surrond sounds all the time had to take back 3 of them your results may vary


36 posted on 04/09/2014 6:05:04 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: ErnBatavia

Al baby knows


37 posted on 04/09/2014 6:05:25 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: KoRn
What KoRn said...

BTW - What I was surprised by when I was looking was that the picture can vary quite a bit even between different size tvs from the same company. Visit places that have substantial displays and find what you like.

Not sure what the refresh rate is on my plasma or LED, but the pictures are sharp and true even with live action. I can see easily see that gap between the receivers fingers and Sanchez's pass. Then again that could also be because the gap is a couple of yards...

38 posted on 04/09/2014 6:05:47 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: ErnBatavia

> Any input as to brands and going LED versus LCD
Go LED. Both use LCD for the picture formation. The electronics is identical. The backlight can be LED for very long life or vacuum fluorescent for a life expectancy about double that of a standard fluorescent light bulb.
Get the LED.


39 posted on 04/09/2014 6:06:31 PM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: Kirkwood

No chit its wonderful when our local station runs the yule log on Christmas morning its so real


40 posted on 04/09/2014 6:06:31 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: ErnBatavia

This may help (BTW: I believe the links are still current.)

http://www.satelliteguys.us ,
http://www.highdefforum.com ,
and * http://www.avsforum.com/f/ (*best for searches IMO).
All three are worth checking out for most any HDTV information; reviews, equipment, latest news, etc…
For TV reviews, I suggest the following three buying guides for starters,
http://www.lcdtvbuyingguide.com
http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com
http://www.3d-tvbuyingguide.com
And for newbies’ to HDTV; http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ (Note: This can be somewhat technical!)


41 posted on 04/09/2014 6:08:35 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (The democRATic party preys on the ignorant..!)
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To: ErnBatavia

For the really opinionated tailored to your needs you should supply the following:

Target Budget Amount or Range

What type of viewing — Home Theater, Everyday TV and nightly sitcoms, blue-ray movies, etc.

Room setting and environment — big windows to one side, basement rec room, amount of wall space, viewing distance from your planned seating layout.

Do you plan to add a 5.1 sound system?

Are you looking for wall mounted or standing on a stand on a piece of furniture..

Can you tolerate cutting the wall to add hidden wiring.

Will you feed it from cable, blue ray, disc player, and.or antenna.

Will you promise to never tune to MSNBC?


42 posted on 04/09/2014 6:12:17 PM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: ErnBatavia

“I know that Plasma is passe - and that’s about it”

Plasma is NOT passe, especially if you watch a lot of fast paced sports. LCD/LED panels STILL cannot refresh fast enough to avoid judder, that nasty breakup of portions of parts of the picture into a bunch of pixels when something really fast like a football being snapped is occurring.I

I watched the Superbowl on a friend’s top-of-the-line Samsung LCD/LED panel and was appalled at what I was seeing compared to watching football on my old Pioneer Elite 52” plasma panel.

I do gotta buy a new plasma though, as this one is starting to give up the ghost, though I’ve certainly got my money’s worth out of it since I bought it used for $400.00 many, many years ago, when it was selling new for $7,000.00.

Right now I’m looking at the top of the line Samsung PN60F8500 plasma, which is reputed to be nearly as bright as an LCD/LED panel, which is really the primary drawback to plasma, namely they aren’t as bright as LCD/LED panels, so aren’t as good in a situation where you have lots of ambient light, say from a large number of sunny windows.

However, the PN60F8500 has way too many bells and whistles for my taste, and Samsung is reputed to be coming out with a simpler, less expensive model sometime during the middle of this year, but with the same picture quality as the PN60F8500, so I’m waiting until then to make my final decision.


43 posted on 04/09/2014 6:15:48 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: ErnBatavia

samsung. add a samsung blu-ray player and you’re good to go for netflix, hulu, games, fireplace screensaver, etc etc etc


44 posted on 04/09/2014 6:18:34 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: ErnBatavia
Advise, advice....wassa difference??

One's a noun, the other a verb.
Other than that...

45 posted on 04/09/2014 6:20:58 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: ErnBatavia

Vizio.

I have two. A 32 and a 46. Buy From COSTCO and they double the warranty.

Outstanding tv with great sound and color.


46 posted on 04/09/2014 6:21:19 PM PDT by JimBianchi11 (The 2A is the cornerstone of our free society. Those that don't support it, oppose it.)
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To: al baby

Nooooo! The LG, Samsung were sooo pricey. I didn’t want to spend over $300 for a 32 inch tv. Well hope the original poster sees your post.


47 posted on 04/09/2014 6:24:37 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: ErnBatavia
Don't waste your money on ANY 1080p TV because they are ALL TECHNOLOGICALLY OBSOLETE because EVERYTHING from TV's to Audio Video receivers are moving to 4K HD/HDMI 2.0 (up from HDMI 1.4). This is the NEW STANDARD and that is where the entire industry is heading.

The picture quality difference between 1080p and 4K HD is like that of the old fashion 420 cathode ray TV and 1080p. It is that drastic an improvement.

If you want to see just how good 4K HD is over 1080p just head over to your nearest Best Buy and ask a salesman to show you the SAMSUNG and SONY 4K TV's they have on display. As soon as you see the intricate FINE DETAIL of 4K HD compared to all existing 1080p sets you will no longer have any interest in throwing money away on any 1080p set, no matter how "cheap" or a "good deal" it is. They are going to be blowing out 1080p TV's like crazy because once 4K HD TV's flood the market, no one will want them because the picture quality is nowhere near as good as 4K.

Now, although the Samsung and SONY 4K TV's are more expensive, that isn't going to last for long thanks to good old competition. VISIO, which makes a very decent TV, and I believe LG, has already come out with their own 4K line of TV's and they are very reasonably priced. Samsung, SONY, et.al will all have to follow suit and lower their price because they no longer have a corner on the tech and as I said, EVERYTHING is heading to 4K HD.

Now, some will rightly make the argument that there is very little in the way of 4K content available. The answer is simple:

1) 4K Blu-ray players and disks are already under development and should be ready for prime time within 2 years.

2) In the meantime, SONY and at least one other manufacturer already have 4K HD streaming players that download native 4K content movies and store them on a hard drive for you to access and play/stream to your 4K HD TV.

Lastly, all of the 4K TV's have onboard computers that "upconvert" all of your existing 1080p Blu-ray movies and 1080i TV signals to near 4K HD quality (the better the set, the better the upconversion.

I have been an audiophile and videophile for decades and my strong advice to you and anyone else reading this is to WAIT and buy 4K. If you absolutely need a TV to hold you over for 6 to 8 months (there will be great sales on 4K HD sets come Christmas and Super-Bowl season). Then go onto Craigslist and buy a used 1080p set for SHORT money, then invest in 4K HD and enjoy the ride because that is where everything is heading and in the technology game you want to be "ahead of the curve". Otherwise you are throwing your hard earned money down the toilet on 1080p and will be kicking yourself because you didn't wait. Then you will turn around and spend twice as much money when you end up buying 4K HD.

My motto regarding all purchases is this:

"Buy it right the FIRST TIME so you don't have to buy again for a long time."

I hope this helps.

P.S. Sam's Club had 4K HD TV sets available last Christmas and they entirely sold out all of their inventory while their 1080p sets languished on the shelves.

48 posted on 04/09/2014 6:30:11 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Deliver us from this evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
+10 for plasma.

Yey to see a LCD that compares to our six year old Pioneer plasma 42". No viewing angle weirdness, beautiful color range.

Sure, it may be a bit heavier, but how often to you move things around? I set ours up by myself.

49 posted on 04/09/2014 6:37:40 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Jmouse007

Shouldn’t one instead wait for 8K?


50 posted on 04/09/2014 6:39:39 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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