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  • OT- Which Flat Screen TV?

    Might be in the market for a new one. Lots of choices out there, very confusing. Not looking for a "smart" TV, will be hooking it to the satellite box. Something in the 40" or so range.

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    We bought a 46" Samsung (Model UN46EH6000F) a little over a year ago on sale at the local Sears. It died after a couple days, but the replacement has been doing just fine. I made a wall mount for it in the welding shop. We have a Roku 3 connected to the Samsung, and it gets a lot of use.

    We've had two Sanyos (from Walmart) for several years now. We're happy with them, but we'll probably go with Samsung when it comes time to replace them. We have a Google Chromecast to use with them.
    Last edited by winchman; 12-26-2013, 08:51 AM.
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    • #3
      I replaced my giant 150lb 32" Sony CRT last year (14yrs good service) with a 52" flat Samsung last year . This was after getting my 2 much more capable sons to help with research, and with the 3 of us compiling reviews/ratings the Samsung just kept coming out as a "best buy" And after 11-12 months service I have no complaints at all. I see the Samsung line still get good reviews.
      If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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      • #4
        Since you say you "might" be in the market for a new tv, you might want to wait until after the super bowl and around that same time the tv "new" year models come out. It would probably save you a few dollars if you can hold on. The leftovers will be discounted deeper. FWIW my 39" LG has worked well for the last 6 years, and a smaller Polarorid has done the same for 5 years.

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        • #5
          LG and Samsung are good.

          Remember when RCA meant something besides "made in Republic of China and shipped to the USA".
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          • #6
            Sony all the way!

            I compared all the major brands side by side. Can you believe I drove the people at the store crazy! The Sony picture was the best connected to the same feed same receiver. I have a Sony Bravia 42". It is a smart TV though. The Sony is connected to our network so I can serve pictures and videos from my computer. I can surf the net while watching TV. Overall I think it is a great TV.
            Location: The Black Forest in Germany

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            • #7
              48" Samsung LED we got this time last year with our Christmas money. Picked the Samsung because every time I looked at the wall of TVs in the store, or on the rare occasion that I visited Buffalo Wild Wings, they always stuck out as having the picture that I like the looks of. I skipped the "smart" version, but have has a couple occasions since when I've wished I'd bought it.


              The bad thing I can say about SamSung is that some friend's are living with relatives this Christmas after their Samsung TV caught fire and did approx. $160,000 worth of damage to their house.

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              • #8
                Samsung has a reputation for being a fire-hazard, that isn't the first story I've heard linked to them.


                I have an RCA myself, it does everything. TV and computer monitor as well as video-games. It sits on my desk and has given me three years of good service so far.

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                • #9
                  Samsung also has a reputation for their power supplies giving out at around 13 - 18 months. My two kids had it happen to theirs.

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                  • #10
                    Have a Samsung 46 after going to my local Time Warner office and seeing 6 of them hanging on the walls
                    Then I spoke to a cable repair man and he said they were the most trouble free.

                    One thing no one mentions here, and it is important.
                    There are 3 types of TV's
                    LED, Plasma, and LCD-LED's
                    For my money, just hold your hand over the top of a TV that has been on for awhile.
                    Some have so much heat, you can shut off your furnace.
                    The Samsung LED has almost nothing.
                    That tells me alot...both energy efficiency ( $) and since heat destroys electronics..life expectancy

                    Rich
                    Green Bay, WI

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                    • #11
                      We got a toshiba (regza 55") display model (had been run all day long for quite a while in store)

                      Still running strong atleast 3 years later..

                      sam

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rich Carlstedt View Post
                        One thing no one mentions here, and it is important.
                        There are 3 types of TV's
                        LED, Plasma, and LCD-LED's
                        For my money, just hold your hand over the top of a TV that has been on for awhile.
                        Some have so much heat, you can shut off your furnace.
                        The Samsung LED has almost nothing.
                        That tells me alot...both energy efficiency ( $) and since heat destroys electronics..life expectancy
                        Rich

                        I had heard the discussions about power useage, yet was sadly disappointed when I checked my brandy-new 48" SamSung against my old 27" tube with the Kill-O-Watt meter and found that they drew EXACTLY the same amount of power. Of course I'm getting 21" more TV for the same power.........

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                        • #13
                          I bought a 42" Toshiba FP TV for my wife - I rarely watch TV. Anyway, one thing I've noticed is the screen resolution seems always to be wrong for the show being presented. It does not automatically scale to what ever is being broadcast so you have to flip between resolutions manually to get what looks best. Dunno if they're all this way, but it is another reason why I don't watch it. My wife will watch for hours with the screen set too wide and everyone looks short and fat. She was watching a choir show from Europe last night and my first comment was "they sure have thick ankles in Brussels". I got that stink eye look from her

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                          • #14
                            Just to complicate things more, we have had a Vizio in the family room for almost 5 years now and its still going strong - great color and resolution (better than my old eyes). We also have an LG in the guest room. Its about 3 years old, but doesn't get that much use. Pretty sure they are LCD, I know they aren't plasma.
                            Kevin

                            More tools than sense.

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                            • #15
                              During the summer I bought a 32" LG LED. It worked for two days and the third morning it wouldn't power up. The place where I bought it from replaced it no questions asked and I also learned that I wasn't the first person to have this happen.
                              It has a nice picture but flipping channels is really slow which I think is typical of all these DTV's. The most annoying thing is every time you change channels you have to wait about 7 seconds for the information bar to disappear so you can see the whole screen.

                              JL.................

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