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    Nov 11, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    I've had the same old box TV for as long as I can remember. I've put off getting a new one because I rarely watch TV and I'm against buying electronics unless I absolutely need it due to how much space they take up in landfills. But the old dinosaur finally stopped working completely a couple of weeks ago. With the holidays coming up, there are a lot of specials I want to watch. I want the best quality but preferably a brand Costco carries. I'm not real concerned about price, but don't want to get ripped off either. I went looking the other day and the different options made my head spin. Plasma, LED LCD, blah blah blah. I also want to play my Mac laptop through my TV. I read online that Plasma was the best but had a dim picture. Thought I would see if you guys have any recommendations. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Nov 11, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    Plasma?
    That technology is long gone, right?
    If I'm right, now everything is LED(mostly) and LCD...
    Samsung and LG are good(2 years ago me and my dad went for purchasing TV and both LG and Samsung were good, finally decided to purchase Samsung for it has some discount back then)...I think...Sony and Panasonic are also good.

    You can look for TV buying guidance in YouTube. However you should also be aware of terms like contrast ratio, motion blur, 3D etc, etc...which the salesmen will use these terms in order to persuade you to buy their product(In reality those are used just for marketing).
    Go to a digital store and check the displayed TV's that are having best quality...It will surely help you to decide.
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    Nov 12, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen


    I will never own another Sony product. I don't buy that proprietary bullshit.
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    Nov 12, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Check the library for the Consumer Reports issue that covers TVs. Often good general and specific advice. And the reliability ratings are from the subscribers and so are generally "reliable."
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    Nov 12, 2013 6:12 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen


    I will never own another Sony product. I don't buy that proprietary bullshit.
    How is a tv proprietary?
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    Nov 12, 2013 12:18 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    Scruffypup said
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen


    I will never own another Sony product. I don't buy that proprietary bullshit.
    How is a tv proprietary?



    Maybe their TV's aren't, but I don't support companies who do that to their customers.
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    Nov 12, 2013 5:15 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    xrichx said
    Scruffypup said
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen


    I will never own another Sony product. I don't buy that proprietary bullshit.
    How is a tv proprietary?



    Maybe their TV's aren't, but I don't support companies who do that to their customers.
    Such as Apple and their proprietary connectors? icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 12, 2013 6:30 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup said
    xrichx said
    Scruffypup said
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen


    I will never own another Sony product. I don't buy that proprietary bullshit.
    How is a tv proprietary?



    Maybe their TV's aren't, but I don't support companies who do that to their customers.
    Such as Apple and their proprietary connectors? icon_lol.gif



    Good point. Guess it never even occurred to me since I've never had to replace one. Now can you recommend a good TV to the fool?
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    Nov 12, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    Can't go wrong with Sony or Samsung. Go to Costco and see what they got. Don't get too caught up in tech specs. Get the TV that looks good to your eyes and has the features you want.

    I bought a particular model Sony TV at Costco because it had a couple more HDMI ports than a similar model at Best Buy. The picture quality can always be fine tuned as long as it's a quality panel.

    I try to avoid "smart" TV sets. It's just more things to break or become obsolete.
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    Nov 12, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen

    This right here. Why anyone watches commercial TV is way way way beyond me.
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    Nov 12, 2013 9:10 PM GMT
    smartmoney said
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen

    This right here. Why anyone watches commercial TV is way way way beyond me.



    Why is it important to get a Sony for this combo to work right?
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    smartmoney said
    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen

    This right here. Why anyone watches commercial TV is way way way beyond me.



    Why is it important to get a Sony for this combo to work right?
    I think he's just agreeing to the non cable sources of entertainment. Any decent TV with an HDMI port will do.
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    Nov 12, 2013 11:45 PM GMT
    Sadly, I have a perfectly good big-screen HDTV that was like, the last model made before HDMI came out. It works fine, but can't connect to anything. I've bought various converter boxes but they never work for long. Yeah, I was looking at Costco, but I just can't bring myself to throw away the one I have. There are big differences in the display brightnesses at Costco, but I can't tell if it's differences in the TV or in the signal that they're feeding them.

    I too am pretty soured on Sony from past experiences. I recently bought a "marine stereo" that requires proprietary bus accessories for half of the features to work, and contrary to advertising, doesn't really work with iPhone. I've had a Sony camcorder that worked for about two weeks after each time I sent it back for warranty service, until it was no longer under warranty, then became a doorstop. And a VCR (remember those) that was full of bad solder joints - back when there was still a local electronics repairman who could diagnose and fix it.

    I'm also not too impressed with "Consumer Reports." A lot of their criteria, they just make up without knowing what they're talking about. Like the time they concluded that dime-store bicycles were better quality than the name-brands. icon_rolleyes.gif I'd go with reviews from a more dedicated audio-visual publication.
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    Nov 13, 2013 12:10 AM GMT
    Harry7785 saidPlasma?
    That technology is long gone, right?



    I've been reading that the Panasonic TC-PZT60 is probably the best picture quality out there. And apparently it's a Plasma.
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    Nov 13, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    If you want a plasma TV, get it now. Panasonic is shutting down production on their plasma TV line.
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    Nov 13, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidDoes that sound like reasons to get plasma?

    xrichx saidIf you want a plasma TV, get it now. Panasonic is shutting down production on their plasma TV line.
    Panasonic and Pioneer make quality plasma TV sets. If he were to get a TV from either, I think they'll last a long time.
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    Nov 13, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidSadly, I have a perfectly good big-screen HDTV that was like, the last model made before HDMI came out. It works fine, but can't connect to anything. I've bought various converter boxes but they never work for long. Yeah, I was looking at Costco, but I just can't bring myself to throw away the one I have. There are big differences in the display brightnesses at Costco, but I can't tell if it's differences in the TV or in the signal that they're feeding them.

    I too am pretty soured on Sony from past experiences. I recently bought a "marine stereo" that requires proprietary bus accessories for half of the features to work, and contrary to advertising, doesn't really work with iPhone. I've had a Sony camcorder that worked for about two weeks after each time I sent it back for warranty service, until it was no longer under warranty, then became a doorstop. And a VCR (remember those) that was full of bad solder joints - back when there was still a local electronics repairman who could diagnose and fix it.

    I'm also not too impressed with "Consumer Reports." A lot of their criteria, they just make up without knowing what they're talking about. Like the time they concluded that dime-store bicycles were better quality than the name-brands. icon_rolleyes.gif I'd go with reviews from a more dedicated audio-visual publication.
    Costco has a very generous return policy. Pick a tv, take it home, watch it for a week. If you don't like the picture quality, then return it and get a different tv.
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:49 PM GMT
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    woodsmen saidApple TV + Netflix + Hulu+ Sony XBR Screen


    I will never own another Sony product. I don't buy that proprietary bullshit.
    How is a tv proprietary?


    He's confusing XBR with Trinitron. There's nothing proprietary on the XBR series.
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:51 PM GMT
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    woodsmen saidDoes that sound like reasons to get plasma?

    xrichx saidIf you want a plasma TV, get it now. Panasonic is shutting down production on their plasma TV line.
    Panasonic and Pioneer make quality plasma TV sets. If he were to get a TV from either, I think they'll last a long time.


    Pioneer is out of the market. They sold all their patents to Panasonic which is gonna exit the plasma market next year. The one ones left are LG and Samsung, with LG planning to exist the market as well
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    Nov 13, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
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    Harry7785 saidPlasma?
    That technology is long gone, right?



    I've been reading that the Panasonic TC-PZT60 is probably the best picture quality out there. And apparently it's a Plasma.


    Heat and energy usage is still a problem with plasma displays. They tend to heat the area where they are and their electricity usage is a bit higher than a similar size LCD/LEDLCD display.

    I have a 58" Viera (Panasonic) TH-58PZ700 and it's one of the best pictures I've seen. It's very close in color, contrast quality to my old 20" CRT which is also Panasonic.
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    Nov 16, 2013 5:56 AM GMT
    I just left my friend Brian's house and he has a Smart TV. It was so cool and really want one now.
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    Nov 16, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
    There was one plasma model at Costco this month... don't remember which brand it was.
    When I looked at plasma screens close up, years ago when they were new, I was stunned by how much heat was coming off of them. There's also something funky about the viewing angle... if you go off to one side, all of the shadows go flat black.

    Here's a question... My curent TV is a Mitsubishi 64" internal projection 1080i. It works fine. The only two flaws are 1. It is pre-HDMI, so won't work with any modern components and 2. I can't see the picture at all in the afternoons - the wall to the left of it is all windows. Even if I close the blinds, I can't see any picture on the TV. Usually not a problem since I don't watch TV during the day unless I have the flu. Except for september football games - have to record them and watch later after dark. Maybe Tour de France early mornings in July. Do any of the new TV's have better visibility in sunlight?

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    Nov 18, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    I got it! This is what I bought. Only I paid $3499.00 last night and now it's showing on Samsung's website for $2999.00. I'm calling tomorrow to get them to match that price like they advertise. http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN55F9000AFXZA
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    Nov 18, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    Nice TV. It's unfortunate that when you start looking at the higher end models, they stuff it with "smart" features that you may or may not want.
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    Nov 18, 2013 3:34 AM GMT
    xrichx saidNice TV. It's unfortunate that when you start looking at the higher end models, they stuff it with "smart" features that you may or may not want.


    To be totally honest, I don't know if I'm going to use all those Smart features. I'm sure I'll play around with it, but I also bought an Apple TV so I'll be running my laptop through the TV. So does that mean I'll never use the Smart features? I really don't know.