Which TV Should I Get?

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  1. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    Need a new flat screen TV for the kitchen. Viewing distance will be ~10'. Don't have cable, etc. so everything will be from an antenna. Will only be on a few hr. a day. It will replace an ancient CRT Panasonic 17" TV that weighs ~12 million lb.

    Been so many recent changes in TV's lately I can't keep up. Should have a tuner. Have LEDs replaced LCD TV yet? Cost isn't a big deal--TV won't need a big screen.
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  2. tommyg

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    toshiba makes a nice 26lcd that would be perfect, got one for my mom.
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  3. hugemoth

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    The LED TVs are still LCD but use LEDs for back lighting rather than the old fluorescent tube. LED is definitely the way to go. Go to the store and find a 1080P LED in a size that you like and compare the picture and sound to all the others. There is a big difference in picture quality and there are many good brands.
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  4. Benesesso

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    Thanks. I'm well aware that some stores screw up the video settings on models that sell well by themselves, in order to push the junk.
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    24-26" is the range I'd suggest too.

    Also models change pretty fast so the thing to do is go online and find something with tons of great reviews. Even the name brands put out eh TV's and you can find the occasional hidden gem. I bought a 32" last year and it had a solid 5 star rating with hundreds of reviews so even though it's a no name I didn't care and it's been great. At that small of a size LED VS traditional LCD wont matter since it'll be pretty small anyways, so just look at those ratings.
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  6. soyanarchisto

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    Why not a plasma?
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    If you're looking for a part time smaller screen, don't be afraid of a close out on a 720. If you watch a lot on ESPN, abc or Fox, then that's all you're getting anyway, at least for the next several years. Without a side by side A/B comparison, you probably will never see the difference.

    Also If your kitchen is bright like most are, you'll want a little more contrast for better viewing. Samsung always seemed to have better black rendition than most.
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  8. hugemoth

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    I bought a Samsung 22 or 23" 1080P LCD a few months ago for $200 because it had a lot of good reviews and the picture looked better than any comparable TV. Much nicer picture than the 720P LCD I had before. It also weighs about 1/4 what the old TV weighed and uses 1/2 the power which is important in my solar powered house.
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  9. tommyg

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    Somethings to look for in tvs that small is they dont come in 1080p, and plasmas start at 42 inch. Almost all will do 720p. You should be able to pick up good 26 for $240
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    22" TVs didn't used to come in 1080P but they do now.

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    Just picked up a 24"/720 for my Dad for $150. With the smaller screen, it is hard to tell the diff between it and the 1080.
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    At 10' away you wont be able to tell the difference on that screen even with an A/B comparison, really you need to be just a few feet away.....I'm posting from a 24" 1080P monitor.
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    Great replies so far! Thanks. What do inmates think of Consumers Report testing? Used to subscribe years ago--should I renew?
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    Better reviews and info than cr and free

    And in the 24 - 26 size don't worry about 1080p
    If it's mounted in a small space get an led lcd for heat reasons
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    cnet is a good website for anything electronic, I just bought my new plasma based on their reviews, and they were right about everything
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    Just picked up a Samsung LED 1080p with 120hz in a 39" for under $400. Still trying to figure out how to mount and wire it up on my wall. Guess I have to fish the wall.
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    We have a Sony Bravia 55 inch LED. It is 3 yrs old, the extended warrentee is up next week. It quit, again, third time since new. :puke1
    I don't usually buy the extended warrentee on stuff, but glad I did this time.
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  18. Benesesso

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    Saw this one at Costco yesterday. I'll probably get one. Looks like Visio is on the decline.

    One new question. Edge lighting, good or fair? I've read that auto-darkening doesn't work with edge lighting. If true, which one to get?
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    UPDATE

    Back to Costco today. Now thinking a 50" TV will be best. Samsung will be the brand. Did some checking and think we'll get a rear-lit model instead of a side-lit. I much favor picture quality over thinness and power use.

    Looks like the rear-lits cost less, even tho they cost Samsung more to make. :1drink

    Also looked at "full motion" wall brackets. They only go up to a 47" TV capability. So what happens if I put a 50" TV on it? Do I just lose some moving range or is the restriction weight based? It's rated for 60 lb, IIRC.
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  20. troidus

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    Might also be based on the bolt pattern on the back of the TV, but most likely just a limit in range of motion as long as the weight limit is respected.
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