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Which new TV should I be looking for? (Smart, Samsung, Other?)

So I'm looking at getting a new TV for our family room and am on the fence right now about which way to go. First off, I'm looking for a 55" or better ultra thin LED screen. I'm up in the air on the 3D feature, and debating on the Smart TV option. I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII and know that I can be paired up with the Samsung smart TVs that are out now. I have found that the Samsungs we are looking at are a little more than the LG or Sharp screens that are around the same size so there's a decision to be made on if the features are worth it. Lets start with a few questions that hopefully some of you guys can help me out with.

1. What features are available with pairing my Samsung phone with a Samsung TV?

2. Are those features available with other Smart TVs of another brand?

3. I'm seeing ads this week with the Google TV logo on the screens, is that something that I should be looking into?

4. For those who have Smart TVs, do you use the Smart features, are there any that you can't live without, and which one do you use most often?

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We just got a 40" samsung 6100 smart tv. Im curious about what people have to say about the smart features too. We rarely use the features mainly because i really haven't researched what it can do. A keyboard would be helpful ( or even a remote with a cell phone type keypad)

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I picked up a 40 inch emerson while out of town working got tired of hotel tvs since half the time they are graining. Have no issues with it and the picture turned out better then sony and the other. could careless about the smart stuff on the tv. its used for my apple tv and ps3

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Love it. We didn't need or want the 3D, so this was the model for us. We use the smart features constantly, there is a lot of neat content provided by Samung in addition to the Netfilx, skype, etc.

The Samsung allshare is interesting although I haven't fully set it up yet. It was cool to pull my videos off my computer onto the TV. Also the built in Wi Fi is nice.

The last good thing I will say is Samsung now protects their prices fiercely (I've been told), so you won't find the same TV for hundreds less across town. Which I think is nice.

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IMO it's still Panny for Plasma and Samsung for LCD. You cannot go wrong with either of these.

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I bought a 60inch Samsung Plasma 1.5 years ago when I moved into the new house. I love it and have nothing but good things to say about it. I researched till my eyes popped out of my head. I will get the model # if you want but I am sure like everything else there has been 22 new models since then. LOL
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I am also in the market for a 60" flat screen. I was in a store last week and looking at the Panny and Samsung TVs side by side I would have to say I like the Samsung better.

Basically I want a 60" TV with wifi so I can stream Netflix since I don't have cable TV anymore.

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FWIW, I bought a Samsung LED TV when the technology was first emerging in 2007 and it is still going strong...............Id say they have decent build quality.

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I have a smaller Samsung LED in the bedroom that works great. I'll be looking at 50-ish inch Samsungs soon to replace the old Samsung Slimfit tube tv in the living room. Even that thing is still working great after 8 or 9 years. We're mostly replacing it just so we can hang a flat panel on the wall and be rid of the big ass entertainment center that crowds the room.
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FWIW, I bought a Samsung LED TV when the technology was first emerging in 2007 and it is still going strong...............Id say they have decent build quality.
I'm still using my 7 year old Panasonic EDTV plasma (that's right, ED) and it's still just as good as the day I bought it.

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I'm still using my 7 year old Panasonic EDTV plasma (that's right, ED) and it's still just as good as the day I bought it.
I think mine is even older.

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I looked at some of the plasmas, but unless you have them in a really dark room, the blacks look grey and the overall picture is just darker. The room I will be putting this in will have two big windows and a sliding glass door in the adjoining eating area.

From what I can gather, few people have the Smart TVs and don't seem to be missing them. Anyone gone for 3D and been totally blown away or is that technology still a ways off?

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I bought mine just over a year ago. Like noted. Panasonic plasma or Samsung led.

The question is which do you like better viewing.

Ultra real like live tv (Samsung)
Or really really sharp really with a balance of almost live tv but yet still retains that movie theater type softer smoother viewing. (Panny)

Personally I can't stand that ultra live tv look and found that lanky to be the perfect fit and the sharpest one out there. Light in my room is an issue and I don't have a problem.
The model I got (forgot but do a search) is like 2nd from the top in 65" and is maybe an inch thick.

I really love everything about the t.v.

That's my suggestion that I liked.



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That "ultra live tv" look you're talking about is the result of image processing that's very similar to Photoshop Sharpen tool. It enhances the edges on the fly in order to give it that hyper-crisp look, and can (and should) be shut off.

All of the quality TVs mentioned should be able to reproduce studio standard video. The differences are going to be in technology which will give you different black levels, brightness levels, larger color pallet, then all the bells and whistles that go along with a modern TV.

I'm a bit biased, I feel that all video should be dialed into studio standards...ditch the sharpening and all that shit, just make it look like it did at the studio, and worry about black levels, DONE.

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That sounds like someone volunteered to come set up my TV when I get it. Thanks LR!

Want to do the sound system while you're at it? I know you like making speakers sound their best...

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That sounds like someone volunteered to come set up my TV when I get it. Thanks LR!

Want to do the sound system while you're at it? I know you like making speakers sound their best...
I hate to say it, but I suck at TV setup. I bought Calibration discs and read guides, and I just can't get them where I'm happy with them. Either I'm too picky, or just too retarded...I've not figured out which. I was so frustrated, I almost dropped $2k to get THX video certified so I could get my screen at it's best, then help all my friends with the same.

Paying someone for calibration is also tricky, because they are either barely passable (which you can do that level yourself) or they are talented video gurus with all the right calibration equipment that will get your screen running to studio settings, and dialed in as best as your gear can do...the problem is finding the latter.

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Video esstionals is what you want. If you can't get it adjusted perfect. Call the geek squad and they will tune the insides to default at perfect calibration. That way if you ever loos power. It defaults which was already set perfect. Redo when needed.



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I hate to say it, but I suck at TV setup. I bought Calibration discs and read guides, and I just can't get them where I'm happy with them. Either I'm too picky, or just too retarded...I've not figured out which. I was so frustrated, I almost dropped $2k to get THX video certified so I could get my screen at it's best, then help all my friends with the same.

Paying someone for calibration is also tricky, because they are either barely passable (which you can do that level yourself) or they are talented video gurus with all the right calibration equipment that will get your screen running to studio settings, and dialed in as best as your gear can do...the problem is finding the latter.
When I bought my TV years ago, I just went onto AVSforums and searched for my TV and they usually have a big thread with people posting their calibration settings. Tweaked it a little bit from there and called it a day. That would probably be the equivalent of the "barely passable" that you mentioned.

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When I bought my TV years ago, I just went onto AVSforums and searched for my TV and they usually have a big thread with people posting their calibration settings. Tweaked it a little bit from there and called it a day. That would probably be the equivalent of the "barely passable" that you mentioned.
That's what I wound up doing as well with my projector. I had to start all over when I changed out the lamp earlier this year. I think it looks even better now, though I question the quality of the replacement lamp I got.

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Didn't want to start a new thread. Looking for a 55" smart LED TV. Tired of doing all of the research. The top two so far that've found are LG and Samsung. Looks like PC mag did a top ten list and Vizio got the first place. Looks like a descent TV, but I don't care for the look. I don't want to spend more than 1,500 on the purchase since there are plenty of TVs out there under that price. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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^This. Although why you looking at LED? Its just an LCD with LED backlighting. And marked up like crazy. I just bought a 55" Panasonic Plasma that I couldnt be happier with. Plasmas still have the best picture IMO. And blacks that go on for days.
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That's what I wound up doing as well with my projector. I had to start all over when I changed out the lamp earlier this year. I think it looks even better now, though I question the quality of the replacement lamp I got.
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^This. Although why you looking at LED? Its just an LCD with LED backlighting. And marked up like crazy. I just bought a 55" Panasonic Plasma that I couldnt be happier with. Plasmas still have the best picture IMO. And blacks that go on for days.
I'm aware of this. I like the quality of the picture on the LCD, less heat, more efficient.
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I'm aware of this. I like the quality of the picture on the LCD, less heat, more efficient.
I am not saying that they are bad at all. Many of them have great pictures. I just dont find the price increase to be justified compared to the plasmas.
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