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Newbie with TV on order but 2nd guessing herself

Kenike
12-01-2010, 08:33 PM
before it is too late...want to check with the pros
My short list was
Sony KDL46EX710
Sharp LC -46LE810UN
Samsung UN46 C6500

I am not going to tell you which I picked, want unbiased opinions.
This set is left on and also paused a lot during movies so I am set on an LED not a plasma.

I am also very concerned about hooking up older non HDMI equipment.

1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it? (Be as exact as possible. A 5' range difference IS a major difference - Please limit the range to 2') Varies chairs 5 feet, loveseat 8 feet
2. What TV will it be replacing (i.e. 27" tube TV, etc) (include TV age as well) a monster 36 inch Mitsubishi circa 1991

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) Equal parts of TV, Movies, sports and games4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time? Home Wi Fi and that hopefully will be easy to do5. Will you be getting a Blu-ray playerto 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? HD from cablevision and I guess will need to trade in the 5 year old DVD for a new blue ray6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display? Best Value and ease of hookup / use in 1000 to 1500 price range7. Are you interested in seeing 3D with the new 3DTVs? If not, what about next year since TVs are usually kept for many years so consider that? No not interested
8. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?) Not too sunny, but cannot darken completely9. What is your budget range? 1000 - 1500

10. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center? Multiple viewing angles11. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)? Weekdays - nights Weekends - all day

PFC5
12-01-2010, 08:42 PM
I would likely choose the Sony despite not being a huge fan of Sony overall.

If you had a PS3 for BD playback them it has an auto dim feature if you pause it for more than 5 minutes so that make put plasma back in the running and likely better PQ for less money too. The the viewing angles wouldn't give you lower PQ like it will with all LCDs.

neoshredder27
12-01-2010, 08:54 PM
Yeah Plasma seems to be the preferred picture here. I've been more impressed with Samsung LED's than Sony unless you jump up to full LED. But still the price gets even more for Full LED. LG has the only affordable ones.
http://www.amazon.com/LG-47LE8500-Infinia-47-Inch-1080p/dp/B0001YH7JW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1291258409&sr=8-2
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BI6W0K

BeeF
12-02-2010, 05:42 PM
Why are you concerned about hooking up older non-HDMI equipment?

Kenike
12-02-2010, 06:40 PM
Why are you concerned about hooking up older non-HDMI equipment?

Because truthfully I am frugal and do not like to throw away / re-buy my receiver, DVD player, Wii, Playstation 2.

I already had to buy a new stand and I know that eventually I will have to by a blue ray player. I was just hoping to defer that a little. But I am most sadden that I will not be able to connect my camcorder and I love my WII.

I know that eventually every thing will come with these new HDMI cables but sad that we are such a throw away spend spend spend society.

Someone told me to get scalers. So I googled them and saw component to HDMI scalers running from $42 to $80 and others that looked like receivers for 449 and up.

So tell me will I will need to buy one of these for every old component and I envision more wires and bulk than the tv itself.

Can I just get one blue ray or receiver that I can plug my old stuff into? And even if I can plug it in, will the picture even work correctly.

Sorry if I sound like I am complaining about something that most do not even care about. See this is why it took me 4 years to finally purchase one of these new tv. LOL.

Kenike
12-02-2010, 06:47 PM
Yeah Plasma seems to be the preferred picture here. I've been more impressed with Samsung LED's than Sony unless you jump up to full LED. But still the price gets even more for Full LED. LG has the only affordable ones.



Wow that LG in the first link had it all. Not sure if I even saw that one at the store. Is the LG just as good in picture and reliability as Sony, Samsung and Sharp?

neoshredder27
12-02-2010, 07:23 PM
Wow that LG in the first link had it all. Not sure if I even saw that one at the store. Is the LG just as good in picture and reliability as Sony, Samsung and Sharp?
Close. Sony and Panasonic are the most reliable. Followed closely by Samsung and LG. Not a big difference really. All 4 are pretty reliable. Unless you get a Westinghouse, Polaroid, or Mitsubishi tv, you should be fine. The main complaint about the LG is it is highly reflective but the picture is beautiful.

BeeF
12-02-2010, 07:40 PM
Because truthfully I am frugal and do not like to throw away / re-buy my receiver, DVD player, Wii, Playstation 2.

I already had to buy a new stand and I know that eventually I will have to by a blue ray player. I was just hoping to defer that a little. But I am most sadden that I will not be able to connect my camcorder and I love my WII.

I know that eventually every thing will come with these new HDMI cables but sad that we are such a throw away spend spend spend society.

Someone told me to get scalers. So I googled them and saw component to HDMI scalers running from $42 to $80 and others that looked like receivers for 449 and up.

So tell me will I will need to buy one of these for every old component and I envision more wires and bulk than the tv itself.

Can I just get one blue ray or receiver that I can plug my old stuff into? And even if I can plug it in, will the picture even work correctly.

Sorry if I sound like I am complaining about something that most do not even care about. See this is why it took me 4 years to finally purchase one of these new tv. LOL.

You should be able to hook up all of the stuff that you currently own. Obviously the PS2, Wii, and DVD player don't do HD but you can certainly hook them up with their current connections and use them. You shouldn't need a receiver or scaler to do so. Unless I am missing something here.

Kenike
12-02-2010, 08:20 PM
Thank you all,

I will take receipt of the TV, set the TV up and then I am sure I will be back with tons of questions for you all.

Meanwhile I will keep reading in this forum to gain more knowledge and hopefully not ask any stupid girlie questions.

Be patient with me, okay.

neoshredder27
12-02-2010, 08:55 PM
Another option. I guess Vizio also makes full array with local dimming. http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-XVT473SV-47-inch-TruLED-Internet/dp/B003GDHI0I/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top I would save the $400 though and buy a Panasonic TC-P50G25 though. But if you like to use it as a monitor or for music channels, I guess this would be worth it then.