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I am in the market for a HD TV. The viewing range is about 14 feet and depending which chart I look at a 52" to 60" screen should do the trick so I am flexible there. I am also wanting to take advantage of Netflix internet using a wireless network and WIFI. I already have a wireless network in the house. I also don't care about any gaming. I also don't care about 3D as my brain probably can't handle it. Oh, and I do have room for a projection TV. Don't have to have a thin one. Now my questions.

1. Should I go with some type of WIFI box that hooks to the TV or one of the newer ones with the WIFI built in?

2. I've been reading where LCD will have less glare than a plasma and the TV will be very close to a window. Should I stick with LCD?

3. What brand? I was leaning towards Panasonic because the local repair shop is authorized to do warranty repairs for them but they only go to a 42" in LCD and don't have the WIFI built in.

I am sure there will be a lot of good, often conflicting advice, but I want to thank you in advance for input.

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Friend of mine bought a Vizio 55" before Christmas and I helped him get it up and running. Has LED backlighting, 1080p, 4 HDMI inputs and internet ready. Picture was great, from what I could see when we watched it. Don't think he has done the internet thing yet, he's an engineer and hasn't figured out how to get it running yet. Price was pretty good, around $1,300. I get stuff from circuitcity.com quite a bit and they have a bunch of TVs on there at what seem like pretty good prices. Used them once, before the bankruptcy, and got the TV two days after I ordered it online.

I have Sharp Aquos sets and like them quite a bit, but have never had another LCD set to compare. I think Vizio is the biggest seller of LCD sets in the country, but I don't know about longevity or quality, I think they sell a lot of them due to price.
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I have the same Vizio TV as mentioned above, and have no complaints after one year. It did take a lightning hit which knocked out HDMI 1. The manufacturer sent a tech out to the house to replace the associated pcb, at no charge. So I can state that they do honor their warranty.


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vizio here too...
great picture, but i sure wish i could figure out how to hook up the damn dvd player
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Just choose an input and plug in the wire(s) coming from the dvd player. Then hit the INPUT button on the remote and select the input that you plugged it into.

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I just purchased a 55" LED LCD 3D LG tv from best buy. I originally went for a 55" Samsung LED non 3D. The LG had a $1000 instant rebate, included 10 pairs of 3d glasses and I got four free 3D blue ray dvd's to go with em. It is 120hz, 1080p with 4 hdmi connections. I know that 3d is a novelty, but for only $100 more, it was a no brainer. The only downside was that I had to buy a blue ray player. I opted for a playstation 3 (non-gamer here too). Reason being, it enables your TV to be internet ready as long as you have a wireless router in the house. Sony also was the pioneer in Blue-ray technology and with the PS3 hooked up to the internet constantly, it automatically upgrades the blue-ray when upgrades come out. Total money spent was 2300 bucks. just a thought. The TV also transforms 2D tv programs into 3D....haven't tried it yet, but again.....its novelty.
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Thanks guys! Just went and looked at a few and the Sharpe LED had a great picture. I realize they were using Blue Ray to show it off but it was amazing. It doesn't have the WIFI built in but can be added with an $80 stick that plugs into the USB port. Am going to look around at a few more this weekend and will make sure to look at the ones y'all mentioned. Anybody have any streaming Netflix experience?
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Originally Posted by CLang View Post
I just purchased a 55" LED LCD 3D LG tv from best buy. I originally went for a 55" Samsung LED non 3D. The LG had a $1000 instant rebate, included 10 pairs of 3d glasses and I got four free 3D blue ray dvd's to go with em. It is 120hz, 1080p with 4 hdmi connections. I know that 3d is a novelty, but for only $100 more, it was a no brainer. The only downside was that I had to buy a blue ray player. I opted for a playstation 3 (non-gamer here too). Reason being, it enables your TV to be internet ready as long as you have a wireless router in the house. Sony also was the pioneer in Blue-ray technology and with the PS3 hooked up to the internet constantly, it automatically upgrades the blue-ray when upgrades come out. Total money spent was 2300 bucks. just a thought. The TV also transforms 2D tv programs into 3D....haven't tried it yet, but again.....its novelty.
I just did the same thing....Very happy with the TV.
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Gezzus guys, I just looked that one up and I wanted a TV, not stock in the company.

Edit: I looked at the LG Expresso. Amazon = $3,500.
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Gezzus guys, I just looked that one up and I wanted a TV, not stock in the company.
I got mine at bestbuy......i know the newer models are coming out......might want to go to a store....
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I have the 240hz, seemed to be a better picture than the 120hz. ;?
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
I have the 240hz, seemed to be a better picture than the 120hz. ;?
better refresh rate
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... I am also wanting to take advantage of Netflix internet using a wireless network and WIFI.

Wifi Netflix is good stuff but its quality depends entirely on the quality of your internet connect. The Netflix s/w senses the quality of your connection and only allows the downloading of the appropriate quality video. Marginal internet download speed means no HD movies will be available to you online. Call the 800 number and talk to a Netflix person. They will explain it to you.
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I bought 3 Samsung LED's for the NY project. Unbelievable picture and viewing. At least take a look at them and compare.

Internet shopped them. Abe's Of Maine had the best prices.
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Wifi Netflix is good stuff but its quality depends entirely on the quality of your internet connect. The Netflix s/w senses the quality of your connection and only allows the downloading of the appropriate quality video. Marginal internet download speed means no HD movies will be available to you online. Call the 800 number and talk to a Netflix person. They will explain it to you.
Yep, that's what I have been reading. I've had some problems with my connection lately because my leyland cyprus have grown up into the path of my antenna. I am using line of sight microwave for my connection. They are changing out the antenna and radio to a newer version that isn't line of sight but more like a cell phone if that makes any sense. I told them at least 4-5 megs or it's a no go. My only other choice is cable. No DSL available.

Mist, I've been doing a bunch of looking and the Samsung LED's keep popping up along with Sharp, and Vizio. Will make sure to check em out personally.

Thanks guys.
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I've spent a lot of time TV shopping because my dad is slightly obsessed with buying new TV's every few years and I also live in a dorm where TV size and picture quality are definite status symbols.

My dad is an LG guy so that's what we've got in our houses. They're definitely nice but they're also expensive and some of their TV's seem to be lacking somewhat when compared to other brands (Samsung) in the same size/price range.

If it were me, and money were no object, I'd buy a Samsung LED without a doubt. The picture quality seems awesome but you definitely pay for it.

I've got a lot of friends with Vizio's and I've spent some time playing PS3 on them as well as staring at them in stores, and it definitely seems like they're the best bang for your buck. I think the LG's and Samsung's might have better picture quality, but I don't personally think the extra money for them is worth it over the Vizio.
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Bought a Vizio super thin LED LCD 49" $999 with internet ect about 9 months ago. Used the internet when it was new, and haven't since.

AMAZING picture with DirectTV. Only thing is I have had a problem where it shuts off on its own. Happened twice since we have owned it. The fix is to unplug it, let it sit for 30 seconds and plug it back in. Vizio said its like re-booting a computer.

Other then that, its great. Love the picture.
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Whatever you decide on, I would get the LED - great picture, thin, and low energy consumption. I was in a hotel room recently that had a plasma and I couldn't believe the amount of heat it put off.
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If I remember correctly, Vizio doesn't actually make their own TVs. They hire sub contractors to put parts together that Vizio obtains and assemble the TVs.

My GF's neighbor got a new Vizio and mounted it on the wall. They got it for a very low price. It died a few months later.

My GF bought a 26 inch Samsung HDTV on sale at Costco. The picture is really sharp, but when comparing side by side with a Panasonic, the Panasonic is much sharper but of course the price is a lot higher!

My analog Sony Wega just keeps on trucking.
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Thanks for all the imput folks. Just took delivery of a new 55" Vizio LED/LCD with the back lighting. Setup was a breeze and the picture is better than my eyes can see. Having a hard time connecting to the internet even though it's showing a strong signal. But, the internet guy is coming tomorrow to change out my microwave radio to get me more speed and is going to see if he needs to change some settings on the Linksys while he's there.

My sound for the time being is a Yamaha Sound Projector. I know it's not as good as true surround sound but I do have a Yahama 7.1 receiver and may make the changover some day. I just hate to get under the house to run the back wires.

Anywho, am very pleased and will report back with any problems if they crop up.

Thanks again.

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