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Deciding on 46 or 52 inch LCD with 120hz

pf009
09-16-2009, 06:05 PM
I want to get an LCD with 120hz.
I find three Sharps interesting, two are LED:
52E77UN (roughly $1265)
46LE700UN (roughly $1400)
52LE700UN (roughly $1750)

I find Sony to be too pricey and the reviews I have read have me looking at Sharp over Toshiba and Samsung. I planned on getting the 52E77UN, but noticed that LED LCD is now an option. Is it worth it? Thoughts? Just get biggest size for least money??

1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it?
7 to 9 feet.

2. What TV will it be replacing (i.e. 27" tube TV, etc)
Low-end Sylvania LCD.

3. What will you be watching on it (i.e. 1/3 movies, 1/3 TV shows, 1/6 Sports, 1/6 gaming console, etc)
1/4 movies, 1/4 tv, 1/2 gaming (xbox 360).

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?
Rarely, not important. I plan to use the Xbox 360 to stream Netflix.

5. Will you be getting a Blu-ray player to watch movies and will you be getting any HD service from cable/sat, or will you just be watching SD programming, and upscaling SD DVD player?
I plan on Blu-ray. I watch SD and have an SD DVD player. I MIGHT get HD cable.

6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display?
Best bang for the buck in the middle.

7. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)
Sliding glass door to right of viewer with long plastic blinds over it. Above this door are two windows, about six feet in total length covered with clear "privacy film".

8. What is your budget range?
Just under $2,000.

Loves2Watch
09-16-2009, 06:12 PM
LED lit LCD display technology is in it's infancy and currently not to reliable. I would suggest looking at a conventional 120 Hz LCD or plasma if you haven't considered one.

Of the LCD display's I prefer the Toshiba Regza for a great picture good black levels and reliability.

If considering plasma, Panasonic would be the one, excellent black levels (what you want with a HD display) and proven reliability as well as excellent customer service..


Hope this helps.

pf009
09-16-2009, 06:15 PM
Any particular series of Regza? I've been told to avoid plasma because of the sunlight in the room.

1happyguy
09-16-2009, 07:28 PM
Any particular series of Regza? I've been told to avoid plasma because of the sunlight in the room.


Check out the 52xv645U It is on sale at BB for 1299!! I know someone who bought one!! 1happyguy thinks it is one of the BEST tvs he ever bought!! But, to be fair check out Samsung and Yes Sony is overpriced!!

Good Day

PFC5
09-16-2009, 09:12 PM
Any particular series of Regza? I've been told to avoid plasma because of the sunlight in the room.

I have my plasma in a room with 2 west facing windows opposite of the TV and 1 north-west facing window. I solved the intense sunlight issue after noon time by just getting a $26.00 wood blinds set for each window. You should really do this regardless of which TV type you buy since sunlight is not good for such appliances to be in direct contact for extended periods AND even with a matte screen that some of the lower end LCDs have it WILL still cause some glare issues.

I have a 50pz80u plasma and we game on it a lot. I also own 2 LCDs & 1 DLP also and the Panasonic plasma is the best for PQ and where i usually try to watch most material on because of this. The screen is over 1000x faster than any LCD for watching fast action and has better black levels and much better viewing angles, compared to ANY LCD.

If you are set at getting an LCD, then I would choose a brand in this order:

1. Toshiba (best black levels and viewing angles)
2. Samsung (Very good but I believe less reliable and lower customer service)
3. Sony
4. Sharp (Horrible viewing angles that can look purple when seen at angles in dim lighting, and HORRIBLE customer support.)

Hope this helps!

IGExpandingPan
09-17-2009, 12:33 AM
Any particular series of Regza? I've been told to avoid plasma because of the sunlight in the room.

That was my situation, as well using a PC much of the time. I have 3 huge western windows, southern windows, western green house and glass doors, and no air conditioning, on top of that bright ceiling paint. I don't get "direct" sunlight but I get a ton of reflected light.

My set is no longer available but my 52rv535 does VERY VERY VERY well when set to auto dimming.

Fortunately for you stores tend to be brighter than day.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TOD3IW
$1,398.94 and free shipping. About the same at bestbuy (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9300552&type=product&id=1218081119748&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9300552). This was out of my budget when I bought mine. Personally I don't find 120hz to be that exciting, but the price is right and it would cost you more to buy my 60hz set. You may also meet it at frys.

ETA: Costco has a decent price on the Sony DKL-52VL150. $1700+tax shipped. I happen to think Toshiba has the superior set, but decide for yourself.

BeeF
09-17-2009, 10:56 PM
I have my plasma in a room with 2 west facing windows opposite of the TV and 1 north-west facing window. I solved the intense sunlight issue after noon time by just getting a $26.00 wood blinds set for each window. You should really do this regardless of which TV type you buy since sunlight is not good for such appliances to be in direct contact for extended periods AND even with a matte screen that some of the lower end LCDs have it WILL still cause some glare issues.

I have a 50pz80u plasma and we game on it a lot. I also own 2 LCDs & 1 DLP also and the Panasonic plasma is the best for PQ and where i usually try to watch most material on because of this. The screen is over 1000x faster than any LCD for watching fast action and has better black levels and much better viewing angles, compared to ANY LCD.

If you are set at getting an LCD, then I would choose a brand in this order:

1. Toshiba (best black levels and viewing angles)
2. Samsung (Very good but I believe less reliable and lower customer service)
3. Sony
4. Sharp (Horrible viewing angles that can look purple when seen at angles in dim lighting, and HORRIBLE customer support.)

Hope this helps!

I can't stand watching our LCD in the sun. The matte screen kind of just disperses the sunlight across the screen if you know what i mean. Really watching any tv in direct sunlight is going to suck. Like you said PFC5 getting blinds is a better sunlight insurance than getting an LCD.

PFC5
09-17-2009, 11:58 PM
I can't stand watching our LCD in the sun. The matte screen kind of just disperses the sunlight across the screen if you know what i mean. Really watching any tv in direct sunlight is going to suck. Like you said PFC5 getting blinds is a better sunlight insurance than getting an LCD.

Yeah, my LCDs have the big dull glow on the area where a light reflection hits the screen. That is why controlling light is important for good PQ regardless of what type of display you own.

Techlord
09-18-2009, 12:58 AM
You should invest in some hardwood shutters, they will completely block out the sun making the room dark. Like PFC5 said do this regardless what display you decide get, you'll wonder how you have managed without them!