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Couple Questions about TV Buying

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I'm looking to buy a TV sometime before next season. I'm thinking 43" or so is ideal for the room it will go in. My budget is about $500 but I want to get the most bang for buck. I just have a few general questions hopefully someone knows the answers to:

I've heard most TVs receive a 60hz signal. Is there any advantage to buying a 120+ hz TV? I mostly watch sports but I do have a PS3.

What is the best time of year to buy TVs?

Which is better: LED or LCD?

What are the highest quality brands? I love Sony and Samsung, are there any other great brands?

What are the best stores in CLT area for TV buying (good deals)?

1080p is the best economy resolution right?

Thanks

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Samsung and Sony are overrated and usually overpriced.

120 hz is great for sports, not so much for regular tv or movies. i haven't noticed much difference on video games.

i prefer LED (the screen is still LCD, but backlit by LED) as long as its not edge lit. full array is where its at (different manufacturers call it different things)

IIRC, late summer or early fall is when a lot of new models come out and last year's models are marked down considerably
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I'm not sure what you mean by economy resolution but 1080p is the highest resolution you can buy.

The type of tv you buy really depends on what you're going to be using it for. LED is better than LCD but for what it's worth I still prefer plasma.
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PM j2sgam... He does this for a living and has the knowledge you need.
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Well I've heard if you are a big spender like J2sgams clients you can get a 4000p resolution tv. 1080p is pretty affordable compared to those.

Thanks for that LED "edge lit" tip. I was looking at those and I assumed that was a good thing.

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I think LG's are the best. Vizio probably second. LED is definately the way to go.

As far as what size, I went by this: [url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000021501"]http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000021501[/url]

It helped. The distance was about 120 inches so I got a 42". Could've gotten a 47" and it wouldn't have been a problem as well. So I'd say no more than 7-8 inches than the minimal screen size for the viewing distance that's right for you.
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I've had 2 HDTV's in my life time and I have to say the one I preferred was my Samsung LED TV. I had a Sony Bravia as well and the Samsung was cheaper and just outshined the Sony.


Both were 40 inchers, one cost 900 the other was around 630 or so. The Samsung came with so much more. Sony is a good brand but they ride their name coat tails a little too much for my liking.


If you're looking for a bright display for gaming LED is the way to go. LCD TV's are awesome too and usually are cheaper than LED's.

1080p is the best resolution and the hz do matter, but it depends on what you're going to do with it. If it's just for movies and games or if you're going to watch mostly sports and such.

I'm going to try and get a new TV since I don't have my old ones anymore. I was looking at Amazon and they have some great deals on all kinds of brands. I was looking at a Vizio TV they are a newer company, they've been around but for only a couple of years and a friend of mine has a nice 42" tv, 1080p, 120hz, wifi, internet apps TV that's LED and it cost him around $498 +shipping of course. It's a very nice TV. The picture is very crisp and sharp. The sound surprised me the most.
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We recently got a 60" lg plasma 1080 to replace our busted 47" (it was 40 something) Vizio LCD. We bout the Vizio when they first hit the market and am extremely impressed with the lg. I know that doesn't help any but just throwing it out there.
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I have 3 HDTVs and my 47" Vizio LED is easily the best of the bunch. Vizio doesn't have a reputation to rest on yet, but they really make some good products.

The only gripe I have about it is a textbook first world problem. It has a QWERTY keyboard on the remote, to search for movies and whatnot on the VIA screen. The keyboard connects to the TV via bluetooth. I have to unpair and pair it to the TV once a week. It randomly loses its connection.
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I like plasmas. I sold tv's (although that was two years ago), so I used to see TV's side by side all the time. I liked the color depth of a plasma way more than what you'd get on an LCD or LED at that time. Plasmas were also considerably cheaper then, although I'm not sure what the market is like these days.

Both of mine are LG's. At the time LG upscaled non-HD content far better than any of the other brands. I bought my parents a Panasonic plasma and non-HD content on it looks far shittier than it does on my LG televisions.
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It looks like I can get a bigger, better picture by going plasma for the same money. The downside is they die sooner and dim as time goes by.

This is how I rank TV attributes:

1. Long Life without breaking
2. Picture Quality
3. Size

I don't watch a ton of TV most of the year but come football season I watch every game I can. I don't play video games much. My first Nintento was 8bit graphics so HD gaming is decadent to me. I have heard multiple people say Sony is not worth the sticker shock so thanks for that input.

I want to hook this TV up to a computer and watch NFL Rewind from the comfort of my man chair.

Thanks for the replies my approach to this is "measure twice, buy once"

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I've never owned a plasma, and the store settings aren't indicative of what you'll see once you're home. Therefore I can't really comment about their overall appeal. I know they used to suffer from a lot of "burn in" problems. I've heard technology has advanced enough to stop that from happening. Maybe in a few years, I'll shoot for plasma. As for now, I'm still a little cautious about them.

I'm glad you're doing your homework about it. When I bought my first HDTV, I just went for what I thought was the best deal at the time. I didn't do much research at all. This was before 1080p was around. The TV claimed to be 1080i. I noticed that the edges of the screen were always cut off. Upon further examination, it wasn't 1080i at all. Instead of 1920x1080 resolution, it was something strange like 1746x1050. The picture quality was great - far better than I expected, but my eyes always focused on the edges when it was obvious that part of the screen was cut off. Over time, it developed a "droop" in the bottom middle portion of the screen. If I were watching football and the scores were scrolling, it would sag off the bottom of the screen as it passed that part. It was an old, rear projection HDTV, set in a huge cabinet with wheels. I still have it, but it's in the kids' playroom with rabbit ears connected to it. Since it predates a digital tuner, I have to use the digital converter box. It completely ruins the picture quality.
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