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Advice on TV

sschantz
03-25-2010, 05:46 PM
Hi All,

Helping a friend do some diligence for her living room. She is not a "techie" so does not need the bells and whistles. She bought an LG which she was unhappy with Color, remote etc....

Looking for a 47-50" TV, budget of around $1200, going in a cabinet in a fairly bright living room.

I am very partial to Sony but open to suggestions for the masses...

Thx in advance!

oblioman
03-25-2010, 06:05 PM
Hi All,

Helping a friend do some diligence for her living room. She is not a "techie" so does not need the bells and whistles. She bought an LG which she was unhappy with Color, remote etc....

Looking for a 47-50" TV, budget of around $1200, going in a cabinet in a fairly bright living room.

I am very partial to Sony but open to suggestions for the masses...

Thx in advance!

If can,,please post cabinet dimensions and viewing habits. (daytime, evening).

NitroTV
03-25-2010, 06:19 PM
sschantz, how well can she control the lighting in the room? Our lighting is in the ceiling and can be controlled with a dimmer switch and when the pull the curtains it makes the room dark as night. Since we can do that, we went with a plasma, super great picture. If you do a search you can find this plasma for around $1,100.00
http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/tv-video/televisions/plasma-tv/PN50B650S1FXZA/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail&returnurl=

sschantz
03-26-2010, 08:46 AM
Going over today to assess the cabinet. Lets just say, everyday viewing both night and day, Which is why me personally am thinking LCD..

I am very partial to Sony and have seen a nice 47inch at Best Buy this week for I believe $999.

As she stated " I don't need the best TV on the planet"

NitroTV
03-26-2010, 09:58 AM
sschantz, if an LCD is what you are looking for, we have this HDTV at work. It's in a lighted room and has a picture almost as good as the plasma I have at home, now it's a little smaller than the 50 inch size you requested>

http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/index.php/samsung/46-in-lcd-s/samsung-ln46b650-46-lcd-tv.html

NitroTV
03-26-2010, 10:13 AM
sschantz, your friend and you may want to go to a store that sells Panasonic, Samsung and Sony. Compare the pictures, have the sales person, play a high definition signal through each brand of HDTV, then have them play a Bluray disc on all 3 brands and see what you looks best to your friend and you. Just remember the HDTV may look different at home Vs the store depending on what the lighting is like. Also, the adjustments may not be correct at the store on the HDTVs, you may need to adjust the settings. Once again, after spending hours, yes hours looking at different HDTVs, it came down to the Samsung PN58B650 and the Panasonic TC-P65V10, Sony was even close to those 2 HDTVs. The final decision came down to dollar bills and the Samsung won out. Hope this helps, good luck shopping!

SantaPimp27
03-26-2010, 11:52 AM
If she is not concerned about getting the best picture and does not really care what tv she gets, i would recommend an LCD. Plasma wins out in PQ almost every time, but it seems that she just wants something to watch tv on and is not the most discerning of viewers. I doubt she would want to break the tv in or anything like that either. LCD is more of a plug and play application.

It is really up to her so you should just ask her opinion. Break in is not 100% necessary for Plasma's although it is recommended. My 65" v10 was not broken in properly and it is still fine. ESPN was left on for 8 hours straight within the first 100 hours when my friend fell asleep watching it and this did not cause burn in or anything like that so i wouldnt worry.

For LCD's i would check out Toshiba, Sony and Samsung. I have always been fond of the Bravia series and many here praise Toshiba. Be careful with in store comparisons as tv's will always look different when they are in home lighting and calibrated correctly. LCD's flaws become much more apparent when they are removed from the bright lights and Plasma's look MUCH better in home lighting then in stores

sschantz
03-26-2010, 04:29 PM
Thanks in advane everyone for the great advice.

Went over her house, to better view the situation.

Cabinet is actually a stand with a backboard type set up. I adjusted the brightness of the TV and also adjusted the setting on the cable box as foreheads were being cutoff.

Problem she has, Stand/TV is right in between 2 glass doors that go out onto the deck. When I sat down to view the TV it was kind of a battle between the TV and the sun coming in thru both doors.

So I advised her either move the TV to another wall or perhaps shades for the 2 doors and also recommended Panny, Sony or Samsung.....

SantaPimp27
03-26-2010, 04:43 PM
If the sun is a big problem and she watches often during the day, i would suggest you go with an LCD with a matte screen