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Any TV guys out there?

Post by Thegame14 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:39 am

What do you think of a 55" Samsung 4K UHD TV. smart TV Model:UN55RU8000FXZA

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-55 ... Id=6323718

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Post by livesoft » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am

I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
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Post by donaldfair71 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:51 am

My issue wouldn't be the TV, it's fantastic.

My issue is buying it at Best Buy. They have to be able to beat Costco on a similar TV, while including a 3 year extended warranty, since that comes standard at Costco when I use my Costco Citi.

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Post by Thegame14 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:53 am

we aren't buying it from Best buy, someone in town bought it from there 5 months ago but now wants a bigger TV, so selling it to use at a reduced price.

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Post by donaldfair71 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:55 am

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:53 am
we aren't buying it from Best buy, someone in town bought it from there 5 months ago but now wants a bigger TV, so selling it to use at a reduced price.
Gotcha!

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Post by livesoft » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:55 am

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:53 am
..., but now wants a bigger TV, ....
See what I meant?
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Post by Thegame14 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:57 am

we have a 46 inch at home and wife is barely on board getting the 55", we are in our 30's so not worried about eyesight during the life of this TV, plus it is costing us $400 including the cable.

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Post by bloom2708 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:58 am

That Samsung 8 series is a nice TV.

How much of a discount are you getting it for?

https://www.costco.com/LG-55%22-Class-( ... 88669.html

This is $429 this week at Costco. Pretty good specs for the price. My in-laws bought this LG. I told them to get a 65" for their room. My mother-in-law refused..too big. After a week viewing she said, it could have been little bigger. Doh! :oops:

It is not the OLED/Magnolia (now those are stupid nice).
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Post by Thegame14 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:01 pm

bloom2708 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:58 am
That Samsung 8 series is a nice TV.

How much of a discount are you getting it for?

https://www.costco.com/LG-55%22-Class-( ... 88669.html

This is $429 this week at Costco. Pretty good specs for the price. My in-laws bought this LG. I told them to get a 65" for their room. My mother-in-law refused..too big. After a week viewing she said, it could have been little bigger. Doh! :oops:

It is not the OLED/Magnolia (now those are stupid nice).
They paid $900 for it in January, plus $50 for the cable, plus another $75 in sales tax, we are paying $400 cash including the cable.

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Post by bubbadog » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:01 pm

bloom2708 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:58 am
That Samsung 8 series is a nice TV.

How much of a discount are you getting it for?

https://www.costco.com/LG-55%22-Class-( ... 88669.html

This is $429 this week at Costco. Pretty good specs for the price. My in-laws bought this LG. I told them to get a 65" for their room. My mother-in-law refused..too big. After a week viewing she said, it could have been little bigger. Doh! :oops:

It is not the OLED/Magnolia (now those are stupid nice).
Once you get an OLED, it is hard to watch anything else.

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Post by bloom2708 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:02 pm

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:01 pm
They paid $900 for it in January, plus $50 for the cable, plus another $75 in sales tax, we are paying $400 cash including the cable.
SOLD!
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Post by bob60014 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:11 pm

I have the 49" version of this tv and it's great.

As far as sizing, how far is it from your seating area to the tv? Crutchfield has a nice article explaining optimum tv size/viewing distances.

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-tnEogl4ks ... ement.html

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Post by Thegame14 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:18 pm

bob60014 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:11 pm
I have the 49" version of this tv and it's great.

As far as sizing, how far is it from your seating area to the tv? Crutchfield has a nice article explaining optimum tv size/viewing distances.

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-tnEogl4ks ... ement.html
we have to decide if we are putting it upstairs, where the important part is ability to swivel as I watch TV from dining room table a lot, vs putting it downstairs which we have 30 year old TUBE TV, but we would prob prefer to mount the TV as downstairs is the 4 year old's playroom, and we watch les TV there, so prob need to buy a swivel and put new TV upstairs and then mount old TV downstairs. Upstairs, viewing is prob ranges from nearest couch 1-2 feet, and then other couch and dining room table prob 10-12 feet.

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Post by dsmclone » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:26 pm

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:01 pm
bloom2708 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:58 am
That Samsung 8 series is a nice TV.

How much of a discount are you getting it for?

https://www.costco.com/LG-55%22-Class-( ... 88669.html

This is $429 this week at Costco. Pretty good specs for the price. My in-laws bought this LG. I told them to get a 65" for their room. My mother-in-law refused..too big. After a week viewing she said, it could have been little bigger. Doh! :oops:

It is not the OLED/Magnolia (now those are stupid nice).
They paid $900 for it in January, plus $50 for the cable, plus another $75 in sales tax, we are paying $400 cash including the cable.

Yeah, I'd buy that.

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Post by mrmass » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:33 pm

Great site for reviews
https://www.rtings.com/

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Post by megabad » Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:43 pm

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:39 am
What do you think of a 55" Samsung 4K UHD TV. smart TV Model:UN55RU8000FXZA

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-55 ... Id=6323718
Seems like a good TV. Good picture quality. Great contrast. Good response rate. No local dimming though. No OLED. Only 55" (I know this is what you want, but it definitely decreases the value). I don't use Smart features so can't comment there intelligently.

I would say $400 is right about the market rate for something like this in my opinion. Not a bad deal but not top of the line.

The low end right now for 55" runs about $250 all the way up to the high end at maybe $800 on sale (not the highest of the high but pretty decent OLED). So it seems reasonable for this Samsung to fall right in the middle.

I say go for it if you like it.

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Post by rich126 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:53 pm

I guess it is the new thing but I'm not a fan of the two legged approach. I prefer the center base. I heard it was something about tvs tipping over but that seems pretty lame to me.

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livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
"I wish I would've bought a smaller television", said no one, ever.

livesoft is right. 75" minimum.
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Post by inbox788 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:02 pm

You can spend $200 or $2000 for a 55" TV these days. At those higher prices, I'd start looking at QLED or OLED quality.

https://www.rtings.com/tv/tools/compare ... eshold=0.1
https://www.rtings.com/tv/tools/compare ... eshold=0.1

These days, I'm looking for cheap Roku/Smart TVs like this 50" for $250.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sharp-50-c ... /5746805.p

Unless you have a theater room where bigger is needed, I'm finding everyone in the family room has their own personal devices (phone, laptop and tablet). The common TV is mainly used for sharing with the group (youtube videos, photos, etc).
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Post by bloom2708 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:04 pm

rich126 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:53 pm
I guess it is the new thing but I'm not a fan of the two legged approach. I prefer the center base. I heard it was something about tvs tipping over but that seems pretty lame to me.
I also despise the two outer leg design. It is an effort to squeeze every cent of cost out of the unit. The center stand costs more. The two spindly legs cost about 8 cents. It makes finding a stand much harder unless you have a huge space.

You will only find the center stand on the higher end models now. :(
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Post by oldcomputerguy » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:39 pm

rich126 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:53 pm
I guess it is the new thing but I'm not a fan of the two legged approach. I prefer the center base. I heard it was something about tvs tipping over but that seems pretty lame to me.
I'm not a fan of any scheme where the TV sits on a surface on its own footing. I have a 65" Toshiba in my den, and it's mounted to the wall with a mount that is sturdy enough to hold up myself and DW, fastened to the wall with eight huge screws tapping into the wall 2x4's. That thing is going nowhere.
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Post by MotoTrojan » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:52 pm

If you want a 55" check this out, loving mine. The 65" isn't quite the same but the 55" they sprung for all of the latest tech that the >>$1000 major brands include to break into the market. Spec-sheet will be well above what you first posted. Great color (did a side-by-side with LG etc...), higher native frame-rate, overall very happy with it.

https://www.techhive.com/article/328435 ... eview.html

Think we got ours for $550 OTD.

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Post by inbox788 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:23 am

livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
You mean like this one for about the same price? Member Only Item Your Price $869.99

https://www.costco.com/.product.100410396.html

https://www.rtings.com/tv/tools/compare ... eshold=0.1

OP, $400 seems like an ok price for that TV lightly used, but not the new price originally paid, and what cable costs $50? LOL! Guess they could have paid more for a Monster Cable. Oh, and what did they connect it to? And what are you connecting it to? My cable company is still 1080i/30fps AFAIK. Will be looking at a 4k Roku or Apple TV or the like when I get a 4k TV. And the I might have to upgrade to one of these more expensive cables.

https://www.amazon.com/ospublishing/sto ... 6138c8356/

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donaldfair71 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:51 am
My issue wouldn't be the TV, it's fantastic.

My issue is buying it at Best Buy. They have to be able to beat Costco on a similar TV, while including a 3 year extended warranty, since that comes standard at Costco when I use my Costco Citi.
I bought a 65 Sony last year from Best Buy. I got the mfr 1 yr warranty and used Citi Costco CC to get an additional 2 years warranty. So warranty wise, not that much difference.

Best Buy offered a larger selection of TVs by different mfrs than Costco, especially on the high end. For example, Costco does not sell Sony. After thoroughly researching TVs, I felt the high end Sony I bought was the best non UHD TV and managed to catch it on sale at Best Buy. The reality is that mfrs control retail prices for TVs, so it is hard to find good deals on current models.

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Post by jabberwockOG » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:13 am

I cant think of any reason to buy a used TV unless it was offered for $200 bucks or less.

Very tough to beat Costco for new TVs. And warranty with Citi card extra warranty is very good. We bought an 8 series Samsung 65" TV from Costco a few years ago and it has been flawless. The inbuilt Smart software features work very well. We stream Amazon and Netflix directly on it, quick and easy to use interface.

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Post by ponyboy » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:23 am

DanMahowny wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:01 pm
livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
"I wish I would've bought a smaller television", said no one, ever.

livesoft is right. 75" minimum.
Says me. I did purchase a 75" and my room was too small for it. I was hella mad...had to go with a 65". Sucked returning that behemoth.

Also, according to viewing distance, my room was big enough for the 75".

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Post by inbox788 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:21 am

ponyboy wrote:
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:23 am
DanMahowny wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:01 pm
livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
"I wish I would've bought a smaller television", said no one, ever.

livesoft is right. 75" minimum.
Says me. I did purchase a 75" and my room was too small for it. I was hella mad...had to go with a 65". Sucked returning that behemoth.

Also, according to viewing distance, my room was big enough for the 75".
What was the viewing distance? And what was the issue? Field of view? Image quality? Something else?

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/by-si ... lationship

FWIW, my bedroom set started as a 13" tube and has been inheriting the living room. Going to 32" was huge for a short while, then 50" seem too big, and now it's become too small.

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Post by H-Town » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:27 am

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:39 am
What do you think of a 55" Samsung 4K UHD TV. smart TV Model:UN55RU8000FXZA

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-55 ... Id=6323718
55" TCL Roku TV $300 on Amazon works great. Do you need to pay more than 3 times the price for a TV?

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livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
Sure if you have room for a 75in TV that sounds great. Not everyone does. Do you have a 75” TV in your bedroom?

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Post by livesoft » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:07 am

I don't have a TV in my bedroom. There is only one TV in the house and it was purchased before 75 inch TVs were available for homes. Our TV is 65 inches. A 75" inch would fit in my bedroom, so if I bought a TV for my bedroom, then it would be at least 75".
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Post by Thegame14 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:16 am

livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
Is this TV big enough for you?

https://www.businessinsider.com/samsung ... -tv-2019-1

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livesoft wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am
I wouldn't buy a TV less than 75 in nowadays. Don't forget that your eyesight gets worse as you age, so plan for that.
Ummm, some people live in homes where a 75” tv would swallow the room and also be uncomfortable to watch.

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bloom2708 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:04 pm
rich126 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:53 pm
I guess it is the new thing but I'm not a fan of the two legged approach. I prefer the center base. I heard it was something about tvs tipping over but that seems pretty lame to me.
I also despise the two outer leg design. It is an effort to squeeze every cent of cost out of the unit. The center stand costs more. The two spindly legs cost about 8 cents. It makes finding a stand much harder unless you have a huge space.

You will only find the center stand on the higher end models now. :(
While I always prefer to mount to something sturdy, you can also buy VESA mount center stands for most TVs. They run $25-50 depending on the size of the TV. Not ideal, but a fairly easy fix.

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Post by brajalle » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:12 am

General recommendations based on reddit, wirecutter, CR, and other reviews -
Low-end - TCL or Vizio for lower price points, they have pretty good TV's that aren't crap in these price ranges
Mid-range - TCL 6-series and Vizio P-series (they're both great, but assuming all else equal, I'd lean TCL slightly for imaging chops/tech)
High-end - LG OLED TV's (everyone else making OLED TV's uses LG panels), with the B-series being the entry level, and the C-series (and above) having a slight advantage in processor/quality due to upgraded electronics.

I'll be completely honest though, my parents bought a TCL last year which would fit in the low-end category - it looks perfectly fine. It's true I can see noticeable improvements in the LG OLED's at Best Buy I look at, but unless I'm playing blu-rays I'm not entirely convinced I'd see much of a boost over another set.

I'd also suggest a streaming box if one isn't included in the TV (I believe the TCL's have Roku for example), my personal preference is Roku hardware (albeit I prefer a stand-alone box).

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Post by Marjimmy » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:56 pm

Me personally, if I'm going to buy a 55 or a 65 I'm going to buy Vizio P series. Just my 2 cents.

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Post by tfunk » Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:16 pm

bubbadog wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:01 pm
bloom2708 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:58 am
That Samsung 8 series is a nice TV.

How much of a discount are you getting it for?

https://www.costco.com/LG-55%22-Class-( ... 88669.html

This is $429 this week at Costco. Pretty good specs for the price. My in-laws bought this LG. I told them to get a 65" for their room. My mother-in-law refused..too big. After a week viewing she said, it could have been little bigger. Doh! :oops:

It is not the OLED/Magnolia (now those are stupid nice).
Once you get an OLED, it is hard to watch anything else.
Agree: Bought an LG OLED last December and would not be able to go back!

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