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New bedroom TV recommendation (Costco pref)

03-23-2010, 03:14 PM
Hi everyone,

This seems to be THE place for TV information. I've been reading around and looking at reviews here and I need some more recommendations and suggestions.

I will be watching TV in bed in a standard room size (about 8ft away from tv).
My budget is no more than $700 (ok maybe a little more).

I'm definitely leaning towards buying one in person (e.g. Costco) but noticed their website doesn't have all the same TV's as they do in person.

I know in person I saw a 40" Sony Bravia, a 32" Sony Bravia and a 40" Samsung that were my top picks. The Samsung 40" was $699 I believe. Unfortunately I did not take down the model numbers when I went. Using Costco dot com to try to guess which ones they were I came up with:

Sony 32" Bravia KDL-32EX301
Sony 40" Bravia KDL-40EX401
I couldn't find anything on the Samsung though. =/

Does anyone know which model the Samsung is and how it compares to these two Sonys? Or is there a sure fire bet on a different set?

Thanks in advance!

03-23-2010, 03:57 PM
I would fill out the sticky at the top of the page for some recommendations.

Its hard to recommend a set when we are unsure of how it will be used

03-23-2010, 04:49 PM
Thank you for the suggestion! Sorry I am new here =)

1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it?
8' while in bed

2. What TV will it be replacing
It is not replacing anything. I just moved into a new place and want a TV in the room =)

3. What will you be watching on it
1/3 Sports, 1/3 Movies, 1/3 TV shows

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?
Probably not because I have a 22" LCD monitor on other side of room

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 an upscaling SD DVD player?
Comcast HD cable, and maybe a PS3 down the road

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 in class display or best bang for the buck

7. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)
I will be buying blackout curtains soon and usually lights off

8. What is your budget range?
Up to $700 and maybe a little more if $50-100 will make a huge difference.

9. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center?
Two people on a bed directly in front

10. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)?
After sunset. The curtains are behind my head but I have blackout curtains coming in soon.

03-23-2010, 05:06 PM
Speaking as someone who has a 47" 1080p LCD in the bedroom and a 50" 1080p plasma in the main HT room, I would say you should be looking at getting a plasma for the bedroom for the better black levels. It really makes a difference so you should consider this, especially in a bedroom where you are more likely to watch with the lights dimmed or off. THAT is where the poorer blacks of an LCD really are seen and it hurts the PQ when watching darker scenes. On bright scenes it is not noticed and in bright stores it is not noticed either.

I would recommend either Panasonic or Samsung plasmas. I would also say that at 8' you should get the biggest display you can afford and choose bigger size over resolution.

Hope this helps & welcome to the forum! :hithere:

03-23-2010, 11:56 PM
I went with the Sony Bravia 40EX401 40" LCD 1080p at Costco for only $679. So far it seems great! Going to tweak with some settings and wait for a new HD cable box. Just a regular cable box right now. LOL

03-24-2010, 11:01 AM