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#4581214 - 11/21/17 05:13 PM Looking to buy a TV.
07titan Offline


Registered: 08/21/15
Posts: 107
Loc: USA
My Samsung 50" plasma screen (purchased Jan. 2008) has been showing signs of going/dying, I think. Several months ago, noticed a small area of black dots, size of a golf ball, not really noticeable, but if you did see, well you always could see. Since then, from golf ball to now, softball size. I suspect the screen is going now. The tv has done me well for nearly 9 years. With all the deals, Samsung is top on my list, because of the last one, but alot has changed, I don't even see Sony or Toshiba, which at the time I also consider, around anymore. I saw a 55" Samsung mu6290,499.99, magnavox $279.99, 50" v336v/f7, I know a cheapie, also a LG 55" uj6300, $499.99. The samsung did have a nice picture, the LG also had a nice picture. I guess the best way to say it, I like to stay "around" $500.00 and with the black Friday and online deals coming up, what are some suggesting on these LED's, 50" to 55", I do enjoy a nice picture, all the tech stuff doesn't matter, well maybe it does, considering other family members. I thought Sony was the tops, 9 years later, gone, from what I saw today. Anyway, what is a good deal for around $500.00, 4k, smart tv, uhd roko or whatever tv?? I was at Bj's and Walmart today.
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#4581235 - 11/21/17 05:29 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
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Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
I had a Sony it died after 4 years. Bought a Samsung 1080p at that time and it's about 10 years old now and in the bedroom. Just bought not too long ago a 4K UHD Samsung for the living room and it's great. Really happy with it.

Vizio is also good I have one of those as well. (Check the models reviews though).

My dad has a Sharp Aquos LCD that is about 12 years old and still kicking and it's on pretty much all day long.


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#4581240 - 11/21/17 05:36 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
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Registered: 12/16/02
Posts: 6521
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
Samsung and LG are hard to beat. They still make most of their own stuff. TCL is now the third largest mfg replacing Hisense which is fourth largest. TCL besides under their own brand makes many "name" TV's as well. Hisense has been making Sharp the past few years but has had some problems. They are also buying Toshiba TV business. Panasonic still makes good stuff. Visio especially for the money. The Sony's I have seen are top notch but are a little harder to find and not discounted as much at least as far as I have seen. I have an older Panasonic plasma that still kicks it along with a Samsung 4K and Hisense 4k (Black Friday bargain). My Hisense has a great picture and has a 3 year warranty (company has reduced newer ones to one year) but with the problems they are having with the Sharp brand I am leery of them. I would stay with Samsung,LG,Sony,Panasonic and Visio (top end models)..whatever the best deal is. No need for built in smart tv stuff with low prices on Apple and Roku boxes. If you go with a Westinghouse, Polaroid Philips etc IMO get the best extended warranty you can get that makes some financial sense.

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#4581243 - 11/21/17 05:41 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
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#4581247 - 11/21/17 05:46 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
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Registered: 06/04/02
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Loc: The Motor City
Is wireless capability popular with the manufacturers? It is an issue in my big house.

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#4581265 - 11/21/17 06:05 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
double vanos Offline


Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1885
Loc: 5600 feet elevation, Arizona
Samsung and LG are hard to beat..

This is so true in my experience. Sonysí reputation is toast with me after too many mediocre products that didnít last long.
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#4581267 - 11/21/17 06:08 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20455
Loc: Upstate NY
I would forget any benefit of a smart TV. If you want to stream, get a ROKU. Much more capability than most smart TVs. A plasma has an excellent picture with very black blacks. Better than LED for movies. Only an OLED has as good a picture as a plasma in this specific area.

Many good buys this weekend. Shop around. Forget all the odd manufacturer names they sell at Walmart.

Our main TV is a plasma. Probably one of the last models to be sold.
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#4581269 - 11/21/17 06:10 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4395
Loc: The Midwest
LG panels have a wider viewing angle than Samsung. You cant fully judge the picture quality of a TV in a Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Fry's.. .
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#4581296 - 11/21/17 06:43 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2228
Loc: St. Louis
Between family and friends 5 Samsung TVs purchased in recent years. Not a problem with any of them and good picture. The last one is a 6 Series 4k UHD 49" for $399.00 at Costco. To me the LED seems not as sharp or more faded than the Samsung it replaced. But that was watching a movie on Netflix so maybe it was the way the movie scene was lighted. Also, TV's have a auto dimming feature when room has lower light. Digital cartoons were vibrant.

2017 UHD Smart TV (MU6290)
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#4581297 - 11/21/17 06:43 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
marine65 Offline


Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 451
Loc: Denver
i just bought a Samsung 55" 4K t.v. model MU6300 on sale now at Best buy for $534.00.
I am very happy with it.
The MU6290 is the same set with a little less content,not sure what.
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#4581306 - 11/21/17 06:51 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
MCompact Offline


Registered: 07/21/02
Posts: 4112
Loc: KY
I'd DEFINITELY check out the TCL 55P607; only a 55", but it's a fantastic TV for a dirt cheap price- $650(!). It even supports Dolby Vision HDR.
The LG OLED65C7P(($2700) is also an excellent choice- it's one of the very best TVs currently on the market.
Another bargain pick would be the VIZIO M65-E0 at just $800.
If it was my call, I'd have to go with the LG- but the TCL is an outstanding bargain.

My Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-111FD is going on 10 years old with no issues. I'll spring for a larger high-end OLED sooner than later, but it's definitely not a priority.
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#4581418 - 11/21/17 08:42 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8739
Loc: Phoenix
Samsung/LG/Vizio are the top brands.

TCL and Hisense are pretty decent lower tier brands.

Wouldn't consider much else.
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#4581472 - 11/21/17 09:58 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: 07titan]
JeffKeryk Offline


Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 252
Loc: Los Gatos, CA
Go to Costco. You get an extra year warranty. Samsung. All good.

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#4581475 - 11/21/17 10:04 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: Donald]
tmorris1 Offline


Registered: 07/15/03
Posts: 2364
Loc: MN
I donít think you can even get plasma TVs anymore

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#4581492 - 11/21/17 10:35 PM Re: Looking to buy a TV. [Re: tmorris1]
07titan Offline


Registered: 08/21/15
Posts: 107
Loc: USA
Didn't notice 1 plasma tv on either web site, Samsungs or LG.
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