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What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Leesbro63 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:10 pm

I'm looking to buy a new 55" TV. A friend is a TVophile and wants me to spend $7000 on some superTVthingie. I am not interested. I want to buy the Honda Accord of TVs. Preferably at Sam's Club or Costco or online with free delivery. Honestly I have no clue...my first big screen TV is now 11 years old and I haven't shopped since. Help is appreciated.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Mingus » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:41 pm

Hard to go wrong with a Panasonic or a Sony. Which would be the Honda and Toyotas of TVs.

Others will recommend an LG or a Samsung. Which would be the Hyundai and Kias of TVS.

Some will even recommend a Vizio.

Best thing to do is go shopping and see what looks best to your eyes.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Leesbro63 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:42 pm

Yeah, but what about SuperHD, OLED, 1080thingies, SmartTV (with Netflix etc built in), 4K, etc? What's "Accordish" and what is the stuff that only those buying a Mercedes S500 would spring for?

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by livesoft » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:43 pm

Did I just step back to the future?

TVs discussed ad nauseum before Christmas: viewtopic.php?t=178206

I think the conclusion was that one should get an 80" TV minimum and only pay $500 for it.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by The Wizard » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:46 pm

Go with Samsung.
Get one with Motion Rate 240 or whatever it's called. It apparently interpolates between 60 hz frames to make a much smoother picture. The difference was immediately evident to me...
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Kenkat » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:51 pm

My opinion - they are kind of a commodity at this point. Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, Sharp, etc. I would go to the store and see if one jumps out at you.

I have a 55" Vizio Smart TV that I like a lot. If I were buying one today, I would probably go for a 4K Smart TV from one of the major brands. Don't think you can go too far wrong with that approach.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by wander » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:05 pm

Mingus wrote:Hard to go wrong with a Panasonic or a Sony. Which would be the Honda and Toyotas of TVs.

Others will recommend an LG or a Samsung. Which would be the Hyundai and Kias of TVS.

Some will even recommend a Vizio.

Best thing to do is go shopping and see what looks best to your eyes.
Nowadays, Samsung makes better TVs than Panasonic or Sony. Youtube on my Sony Google TV is no longer working because Google is moving away from Sony and has disabled Youtube app on the TV.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Oddlot » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:31 pm

If you want to get into the down and dirty, suggest you spend a few hours on AVSforum.com; Cnet.com; and maybe a few others.

Otherwise, what I did was buy one of the better Samsungs at Costco when they were on sale last month. After reading the many BH forums on TV's, that seemed to be a safe bet. It replaced a 7 year old Sony Bravia (with a well-known picture issue) that I gave away.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by pshonore » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:39 pm

The Wizard wrote:Go with Samsung.
Get one with Motion Rate 240 or whatever it's called. It apparently interpolates between 60 hz frames to make a much smoother picture. The difference was immediately evident to me...
That's interesting - Most sets are 120. But the 240 sets are probably 2 - 3 times the cost of the 120 .


I actually bought a Vizio 58" 4HD set at Sams Club ($698) during Black Friday. Noticed the second day there was red vertical line on the screen. Back it went. They told me it happens about every 100 sets or so. I got a refund and am waiting for the next sale.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by DSInvestor » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:55 pm

I like Samsung. I would not suggest paying extra for smart TV features but you may find that all of them are smart TVs nowadays. IMO, you can turn a "dumb" into a Smart TV with the addition of a streaming box like Roku 3/4 or AppleTV and the user experience will be much better. I found the built-in smart features to be sluggish and difficult to use. I bought my mom a 43" samsung Smart TV 2 years ago for $299 and we added an Apple TV for her. My brother bought a beautiful 55" samsung smart TV for about $1100 2 years ago and the smart features were a little better than the 43 inch model but still not as good as AppleTV or Roku.

You can get an excellent 55 inch TV for well under $1000. I think Bestbuy has some 4K curved models on sale this weekend for $999. Regular LED 1080p models for about $750.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by TomatoTomahto » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:04 pm

OP, if you want to stay sub $7000, but still get a 55" picture that sets the standard, get a 55" LG OLED flat screen ( don't give for the curved screen). $3000 give or take. See one before you decide.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by mmmodem » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:15 pm

Currently, no such thing as the Honda Accord of TV's. Most screens are manufactured by a trio of factories. Manufacturers purchase the screens and put on their bezel and software. The difference between those screens are so minute, you'd need the perfect viewing, distance, and lighting to notice the difference. I bought a really nice LCD with some of the best specs and reviews. It indeed looks great when I close all the curtains and lights. But during the daytime with glare or with lights on at night it looks no better than my sister's TV. And she has the thin profile that everyone marvels while I have a thick heavy TV used to house the expensive electronics that makes it look so good in prefect conditions.

Even the smart TV apps don't matter as technology moves fast. Netflix is the only app that still works on my LG, Youtube and Amazon app stopped working. On my Vizio, Netflix and Amazon still work. Don't know why they would remove Youtube support. I have a cheap 10 year 26" Sylvania LCD screen that still works. I used to have an expensive Samsung 40"and a cheap Toshiba 65" that died in 5 years.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by ddj » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:42 pm

I have a 55" Vizio Smart TV that I like a lot.
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Spent <$600 and have a TV we like a lot. Like others say, decide on your budget, go to the store and/or read some CNET reviews...

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Freddy » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:47 pm

You must look at the screen in person. Sometimes the difference can be huge. You must understand that in the showroom, the TV is set to display mode which means it will be bright and the colors vivid. At home, when in normal modes, it may not be the same. Stay with a name brand. Set your price target and buy the one that's the best bang for the buck. I have one of the last great Panasonic Viera Plasma 55" that has since been discontinued, but sell for twice the retail on sites like eBay. The image is that great. It's four years old, and I have replaced the power supply once.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by AllenSmith » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:55 pm

Avoid Sharp - they are being acquired. LG, Samsung, Sony are top 3 (in no particular order)

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Slapshot » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:35 pm

We have a 65" Panasonic plasma in the family room and a 42" LG LED in the bedroom. I would buy an LG if I were in the market for a new one.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Peter Foley » Sat Jan 23, 2016 3:46 pm

We bought a LG shortly before Christmas. It was one recommended by Consumer Reports and we are very happy with it. It was in the $550 range.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by The Wizard » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:41 pm

wander wrote: ...Nowadays, Samsung makes better TVs than Panasonic or Sony. Youtube on my Sony Google TV is no longer working because Google is moving away from Sony and has disabled Youtube app on the TV.
You can fix that, of course, by purchasing a ChromeCast for $35...
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by The Wizard » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:50 pm

pshonore wrote:
The Wizard wrote:Go with Samsung.
Get one with Motion Rate 240 or whatever it's called. It apparently interpolates between 60 hz frames to make a much smoother picture. The difference was immediately evident to me...
That's interesting - Most sets are 120. But the 240 sets are probably 2 - 3 times the cost of the 120 ...
Go to CNET.com and read some of their articles about motion interpolation if you want.
All you get at the TV mfr sites is marketing hype.
Nonetheless, I muchly preferred the smooth motion on the CBS show NCIS, for instance, compared to the motion blur we've had for a long time.
But apparently preferences vary considerably here. Some actually prefer the old style appearance of FILM shot at 24 fps...
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by killjoy2012 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:58 pm

Here's a few contenders:

55" Sony XBR-55X810C 120Hz 4K Ultra HD Smart LED HDTV $800 + free shipping
http://slickdeals.net/f/8459905-55-sony ... ipping?v=1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/321899722731?cu ... rmvSB=true

55" Samsung UN55JS9000 4K 120Hz 3D SUHD Curved HDTV $1500 + Free Shipping
http://slickdeals.net/f/8445005-55-sams ... ipping?v=1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331741890206?cu ... rmvSB=true

Samsung UN60JU7100 - 60-Inch 4K 120hz Ultra HD Smart 3D LED HDTV $1350 + free shipping
http://slickdeals.net/f/8459907-60-sams ... ipping?v=1
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331710054723?cu ... rmvSB=true

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by scooter » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:05 pm

Check out Crutchfield for reviews and prices.

I bought a Sony XBR-55X810C and very happy with it.

I only buy Sony and my first was a 40" xbr2 about 10 years ago and still runs well.

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What things are worth in money (value)

Post by Bammerman » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:24 pm

Reading through this thread and one of the earlier, related ones, got me thinking again about how much I "should" (or would) spend on a TV set. When I retired 8 years ago I promised myself three things: a good LCD TV set, a Miata, and a mistress. Just kidding about the third one, but I got the first two. My 42" LG is still going strong, and has a very good picture (for LCD, I mean). I paid $1600 for it in 2007, and that was (is) quite a lot of money. But we typically watch TV for two or three hours every evening. That's a big chunk out of our waking hours and over the life of the TV set, really adds up! So the $1600 was money well spent, I think. Eventually it will die and I plan to replace it with a similarly-sized, or slightly larger, OLED TV. Have you seen those things in action? Real blacks, compared to the dark grays of my older TV. But they are quite expensive. I saw 55" LG OLED models selling for $2,000 in Best Buy this week. I'm not in the market quite yet but perhaps in a couple of years. Yes, that's a ridiculous amount of money, but when I consider how many hours of pleasure we get from our TV set, I'm willing to spend it.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by btenny » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:33 pm

Here is a review of three standard 1080P 55 inch TVs side to side. Sort of the Honda of TVs IMO. LG and Samsung and VIzio. The cost are $639 to $899 according to this article. I suggest you go to a store like Best Buy or Costco and view each and select which you like better. I personally bought a 45 inch LG three years ago because it had better color than the other brands in that particular model. But that is my opinion. Yours may be different.

http://lcdtvbuyingguide.com/hdtv/best-h ... mpare.html

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by wander » Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:42 pm

The Wizard wrote:You can fix that, of course, by purchasing a ChromeCast for $35...
I know. But it seems ridiculous because I paid well to get that TV when it advertised all over for how great its built-in function. You must have a smartphone around to work with Chromecast.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by YttriumNitrate » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:39 pm

I bought a Samsung 55" TV about two months ago for $320 off Craigslist. I think it was a 2014 model year, so it didn't have the latest gimmicks (curved, smart TV, 4k), but frankly I didn't care about those features. Even though they are a lot lighter than big screens used to be, these monster sized TVs are still a hassle to move so even in my mid-sized Midwestern town there tends to be a steady supply of fairly new big TVs as people move away and decide it's better to sell than move them across the country.

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Re: What things are worth in money (value)

Post by TomatoTomahto » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:32 pm

Bammerman wrote:...Eventually it will die and I plan to replace it with a similarly-sized, or slightly larger, OLED TV. Have you seen those things in action? Real blacks, compared to the dark grays of my older TV. But they are quite expensive. I saw 55" LG OLED models selling for $2,000 in Best Buy this week. I'm not in the market quite yet but perhaps in a couple of years. Yes, that's a ridiculous amount of money, but when I consider how many hours of pleasure we get from our TV set, I'm willing to spend it.
I have a 55" OLED curved 1080 set, and a newer flat OLED 65" 4K set. We watch either of them in preference over our 70" Sony LCD. As you say, the blacks are real, and the colors are wonderful. It makes a difference in your enjoyment of many hours per week. If you can afford it, do it.
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Post by ERISA Stone » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:40 pm

I "have a guy" who installs home theaters, and he has helped me with several projects, so take it for what it's worth. He says there is no need to get a 4k tv. His advice is to get a 1080 as big as you want. He also indicated that 240 mH doesn't provide the value you pay, and that he would recommend buying 120 Hz.

When we discussed this, his advice was to get the biggest Vizio for your budget, and spend any additional $$ on accessories (speakers, A/V system, etc).

I ended up going with 120 inch Screen Innovations screen, and projector. He told me I would not want to watch regular tv again. He was right. If I watch tv, I do my best to make it down to the big screen because it's so much more enjoyable.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by NotThatBogle » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:51 pm

Mingus wrote:Hard to go wrong with a Panasonic or a Sony. Which would be the Honda and Toyotas of TVs.

Others will recommend an LG or a Samsung. Which would be the Hyundai and Kias of TVS.

Some will even recommend a Vizio.

Best thing to do is go shopping and see what looks best to your eyes.
I have to disagree. Samsung has the best TVs right now. I did a lot of research before buying mine. I was a Sony guy until now. Not any more.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by randomguy » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:18 pm

NotThatBogle wrote:
Mingus wrote:Hard to go wrong with a Panasonic or a Sony. Which would be the Honda and Toyotas of TVs.

Others will recommend an LG or a Samsung. Which would be the Hyundai and Kias of TVS.

Some will even recommend a Vizio.

Best thing to do is go shopping and see what looks best to your eyes.
I have to disagree. Samsung has the best TVs right now. I did a lot of research before buying mine. I was a Sony guy until now. Not any more.
I have yet to hear anyone who says that Samsung's have a better picture than LGs 4k OLEDs. You walk into a store and they clearly have the best picture. Of course they are also go for like 7k. You pay a lot to go from very good to the best. Now once you stop caring about the best and are looking for bang for the buck it gets a lot more interesting. I tend to vote the middle of the road samsung but I can't really argue much with buying the low end vizio or middle of the road sony. A lot will depend on who is where on the discount curve.

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Post by Careful » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:46 pm

TCL TV with built-in Roku! Got ours at Costco. Eliminates another box (Roku). I like it better than my parents' Samsung smart TV.

http://www.amazon.com/TCL-55FS3700-55-I ... B00SG473NO

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by TomatoTomahto » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:48 pm

randomguy wrote:...
I have yet to hear anyone who says that Samsung's have a better picture than LGs 4k OLEDs. You walk into a store and they clearly have the best picture. Of course they are also go for like 7k. You pay a lot to go from very good to the best.
You do pay a lot to go from very good to the best, but not quite as much as you said. The 55" OLED 4K is ~$3000, and the 65" is ~$5000. The image quality is stunning.
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Post by TXJuice » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:36 pm

I don't think Samsung would be considered the "Honda Accord" of TVs... more like BMW/Mercedes/Lexus.
I would look at a Vizio or Sharp if this is what you want.

I recently bought a Sharp 60" inch 1080p LED Smart TV and have zero complaints.
I asked the TV guy about 1080p and 4k. He said there really isn't anything out yet that makes a 4k TV worth it. He said Netflix, Blueray, DVDs etc. are all at the 1080p level. Cable isn't even to 1080p yet. However, he didn't take the salesmen hat off all of the way and mentioned "you don't buy a TV for what it can do now, but rather what it will be able to do it the future."

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by mlebuf » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:29 am

In slightly over 2 years we purchased 4 HDTVs: a 90" Sharp, a 32" Samsung, a 46" Sony and a 65" Samsung. All have great pictures. Other than size, it's hard to say if one has a better picture than the other. They all look great. However, when you buy the TV, I recommend doing the very non-boglehead thing and spending a few bucks extra for an extended warranty. The 32" Samsung went black when slightly under 2 years old. I didn't have a warranty and paid the price to replace it. Fortunately it was the least expensive.

One tip I learned when shopping for TVs: BestBuy will match the lowest price you can find for your TV either locally or from a reputable online dealer. Pick out the make and model you want, get a quote on the best price you can find and take it to your local BestBuy. Chances are they will match it.

Also, I've seen some very low prices on HDTVs at Wal-Mart. Some are brands I've never heard of but if they come with a great warranty at a low price, it might be worth looking into.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by SpringMan » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:00 am

We have a four year old Sharp 55 inch 1080p that has been absolutely fine. If I were going to replace it, in addition to 4K, I would want HDR. According to the recent CES show the standards have been finalized and TVs adhering to the new standards should be available by Spring this year. Though there is little 4K HDR content out there currently, TVs last a very long time and it will come. The LG OLEDs do look very good.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by randomguy » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:23 am

TomatoTomahto wrote:
randomguy wrote:...
I have yet to hear anyone who says that Samsung's have a better picture than LGs 4k OLEDs. You walk into a store and they clearly have the best picture. Of course they are also go for like 7k. You pay a lot to go from very good to the best.
You do pay a lot to go from very good to the best, but not quite as much as you said. The 55" OLED 4K is ~$3000, and the 65" is ~$5000. The image quality is stunning.
Yeah but do you really want to buy last years model (does it even have HDR?) that is being fire saled when the new 2016's is almost in the channel?:) The depreciation on TVs is insane. Samsungs top end 9500 when from 6000 to 2999 in about 9 months. That 65" oled only dropping from 7k to 5k is holding the price very well:)

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by livesoft » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:26 am

It's getting close to game time, so how does that new TV look?
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Leesbro63 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:31 am

I'm in Pittsburgh. Football is OVER :annoyed .Not there yet but I did get out yesterday and think am leaning towards the Samsung curved

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Giiwoj » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:39 am

Also from Pittsburgh.....
About 2 months ago I bought from Costco, a 55" curve TV made by Samsung. Easy set up, easy remote, 4K picture.
$1200 on sale.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by JMacDonald » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:41 am

Leesbro63 wrote:I'm in Pittsburgh. Football is OVER :annoyed .Not there yet but I did get out yesterday and think am leaning towards the Samsung curved
Here is a review of Samsung curved: http://www.cnet.com/news/trouble-with-t ... urved-tvs/
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:50 am

randomguy wrote:
TomatoTomahto wrote:
randomguy wrote:...
I have yet to hear anyone who says that Samsung's have a better picture than LGs 4k OLEDs. You walk into a store and they clearly have the best picture. Of course they are also go for like 7k. You pay a lot to go from very good to the best.
You do pay a lot to go from very good to the best, but not quite as much as you said. The 55" OLED 4K is ~$3000, and the 65" is ~$5000. The image quality is stunning.
Yeah but do you really want to buy last years model (does it even have HDR?) that is being fire saled when the new 2016's is almost in the channel?:) The depreciation on TVs is insane. Samsungs top end 9500 when from 6000 to 2999 in about 9 months. That 65" oled only dropping from 7k to 5k is holding the price very well:)
These are current models. Last year's models are ~30-40% less. The 65" I got has HDR and is stunning. That was a 2015 model, but I didn't want to wait for the 2016 models, at which point I would have lusted for the 2017 model, etc. As with computers, sometimes you just have to pull the trigger, even if in a few months you'd get more, better, bigger.

Maybe the 2017 models will include a set 70" or bigger. The 77" one is priced as comedy now.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Leesbro63 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:20 am

JMacDonald wrote:
Leesbro63 wrote:I'm in Pittsburgh. Football is OVER :annoyed .Not there yet but I did get out yesterday and think am leaning towards the Samsung curved
Here is a review of Samsung curved: http://www.cnet.com/news/trouble-with-t ... urved-tvs/
This is VERY interesting. I will reevaluate. Thank you!

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by BigFoot48 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:26 am

I think the Vizio M60-C3 4k (which has the better Sharp LCD screen) at Costco would be a good choice at $930. Or go bigger like I did (55">70") and get the M70-C3. http://www.costco.com/Vizio-60%22-Class ... 61731.html

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by takeshi » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:29 pm

Leesbro63 wrote:A friend is a TVophile and wants me to spend $7000 on some superTVthingie. I am not interested. I want to buy the Honda Accord of TVs.
That's always a risk with relying on an enthusiast for recommendations on any topic -- especially when the enthusiast can't see that different people have differing requirements and budgets. Many enthusiasts are only able to evangelize their preferences and priorities instead of making recommendations suited to the person asking for the recommendation.
Leesbro63 wrote:Yeah, but what about SuperHD, OLED, 1080thingies, SmartTV (with Netflix etc built in), 4K, etc? What's "Accordish" and what is the stuff that only those buying a Mercedes S500 would spring for?
Instead of trying to tackle every possible feature out there and justify each one you should to start with your requirements and budget. Considering all available options with any selection process can easily be overwhelming whereas your criteria will narrow down the options to a more mangeable list.

What content do you watch? Does it provide 4K? Does it even provide 1080? Some content is still 720 or even SD.

As display tech, whether it's OLED versus others, 60 vs 120 vs 240, curved versus flat, etc you need to get out and see different display tech for yourself and see if the cost of each option is worth it to you or if it even fits your budget to begin with. I paid a bit of a premium for a Panasonic plasma because I preferred its image quality at the time I was shopping. A couple years later I also bought the last of the Panasonic plasmas because of that preference. The market has changed since then but if I was shopping today I'd have to consider my preference for display tech among other considerations. I would guess that I'd only be considering OLED. However, your preference and budget may lead you elsewhere.

Do you use services that would be of benefit with a smart TV? Even if you do, the smart TV can easily get outdated. I know another person mentioned this sort of thing but my Viera from 2011 is also no longer supported for Youtube. If you can make use of a smart TV's apps consider it a bonus but I dont' recommend using it as a primary criterion.
Mingus wrote:Others will recommend an LG or a Samsung. Which would be the Hyundai and Kias of TVS.
Analogies can be useful sometimes. They can also have their pitfalls. Hyundai and Kia aren't what they used to be and they have some excellent cars these days. LG and Samsung haves some excellent TV's. Don't rely on brand alone.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by TomatoTomahto » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:06 pm

I paid a bit of a premium for a Panasonic plasma because I preferred its image quality at the time I was shopping. A couple years later I also bought the last of the Panasonic plasmas because of that preference. The market has changed since then but if I was shopping today I'd have to consider my preference for display tech among other considerations. I would guess that I'd only be considering OLED.
I too liked plasma over LCD/LED and purchased some. Now, I have eyes only for OLED. It's like plasma, only more so :D Your point is well taken though: horses for courses.

I know some people who swear that they can't see the difference between SD and HD, much less 4K. I tell them to buy whatever TV suits them, but please turn in their driver's license.
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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by Ron » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:42 pm

wander wrote:
The Wizard wrote:You can fix that, of course, by purchasing a ChromeCast for $35...
I know. But it seems ridiculous because I paid well to get that TV when it advertised all over for how great its built-in function. You must have a smartphone around to work with Chromecast.
A smartphone? Why?

I use both my Windows desktop and Chromebook to view HBO/Max on our 55" Visio with Chromecast.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by wander » Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:10 pm

Ron wrote:
wander wrote:
The Wizard wrote:You can fix that, of course, by purchasing a ChromeCast for $35...
I know. But it seems ridiculous because I paid well to get that TV when it advertised all over for how great its built-in function. You must have a smartphone around to work with Chromecast.
A smartphone? Why?

I use both my Windows desktop and Chromebook to view HBO/Max on our 55" Visio with Chromecast.

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Before the feature was disabled, I was able to do Chromecast on Sony Google TV (of course, without a Chrome Cast). So, I didn't need a Chromecast at all. I know I can purchase a Chromecast to fix it, but I should not fix it at the first place. The problem is it is not broken, but it was disabled either by Google or Sony. Unless something new about Chromecast lately that I don't know, you need an external device (Windows, Mac, or whatever) but Chromecast does not have its own remote control. I could go online with Sony Google TV. It came with full keyboard remote control so I don't need any other device if I want to view Youtube for example, or read webpage.
When you buy something with embedded software, it's not yours because remotely the manufacture can disable it if they want to.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by JLJL » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:31 pm

ddj wrote:
I have a 55" Vizio Smart TV that I like a lot.
+1

Spent <$600 and have a TV we like a lot. Like others say, decide on your budget, go to the store and/or read some CNET reviews...
+2, bought 50" online at target with a red card (5% off) and around $500. It does everything I could expect a TV to do, and use the integrated smart TV features for Netflix, youtube, Pandora, prime constantly. We also have an old apple TV box plugged in and occasionally throw movies to it from iOS devices, and can watch content from apple apps associated with apple TV.

I'm ignorant about what a couple grand can get you for your viewing pleasure, but it is hard to imagine incremental benefit to make it worth it.

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Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Post by amd2135 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:33 pm

Consider looking at open box TVs from Amazon Warehouse Deals. Our first did arrive cracked, but they had UPS pick it up at the door the next day and promptly shipped another.

I don't trust Samsung anymore. I've had far too many negative experiences with their consumer electronics. They seem to enjoy being on the bleeding edge of everything at the expense of proper validation and testing.

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