LED-LCD TV shopping help

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  1. Nemo

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    I will soon be taking the FIOS plunge.
    I will also be getting a new HDTV.
    Something around 46 inches.
    Any input from the Dawgsaloon crew would be appreciated.

    Samsung?? LG??
    3D....do I need it?
     
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    I've had FIOS for about 6 months now. I had to wait like 2 years before it was available in my area, but it was well worth the wait. Its head and heels above Time Warner, which I previously had.

    On to the TV. I'm a Sony man, so I would look into the Bravia series if I were you, but my uncle recently was looking for a TV and got a good price on a Samsung and went with that. I installed it for him and I have to admit I thought it was a very good TV. Nice picture and strong colors.

    As for 3D, I think its still a waste unless you have kids. There just isn't enough 3D content out there to make it worthwhile. I don't know how often you switch TVs, but if you are only gonna have this one for 2-3 years, I would wait until the next TV to go 3D. If you plan on keeping this one for 5 years or more, than it would become more worthwhile.
     
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    Thanks.
    If 3d is a big deal 5 years what are the chances a new or improved standard will make my 3d antiquated?

    1080progressive seems to be the norm?
    refresh 120....240?
    contrast ratio...important to look for anymore?


    it has been a few years since I've research at this shit.
     
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    There will probably be upgrades to the 3D over the next 10 years, but nothing that would make a 3D TV you buy now obsolete.

    1080p is the norm. A 240 refresh rate is really a waste of money. 120 works fine and the difference between the two is almost undetectable. Don't pay attention to contrast ratios, they are a complete waste of time. First off, there is no standard for the way companies calculate them so a tv with a ratio of 10,000:1 from one company can actually have the same contrast as one from another company with a 1,000:1 ratio. The best way to judge contrast is to watch the tv in the store for a bit and see how the picture looks to you. Your eye is the best judge because that is what is going to be watching it.
     
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    My best advice is fight the urge to plunge in and take your time. Go to the stores, see what they have, write down model numbers and then check reviews. I haven't bought anything in the last 10 years tech wise without checking reviews and it has saved my ass numerous times.

    Here is a site I have good luck at finding actual user reviews of equipment. http://www.audioreview.com/ As for specific models I can't help as I have a rear projection LCD.

    So essentially I've done you no good whatsoever.:facepalm:
     
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    One thing you might want to consider is the Response Time on an lcd tv. A Response Time of 4 m/s or faster is ideal. Anything slower might result is ghosting or trails on the image. Especially with sports programs and video games. Anything with fast moving action.

    I've bought a couple of lcd tv's/monitors and this is the stat I'm most concerned with.

    Now if you go with a plasma tv, the response time is not a factor. A plasma has a response time of like .00025 m/s. lol More like a conventional tube tv.

    Response Time is not likely to appear on the floor display card so you might have to do some research.

    Good Luck.