Saturday, June 14, 2014

I have a Vizio hdtv 42" connected to a Dishnetwork VIP722, how can I adjust the resolution on the TV ?.?

Miguel R

To watch the regular channels with better picture quality.

Unfortunately, you cant view standard definition[SD] content with better quality on HDTV. Looks like you have Dish Network, lucky for you, they're adding more HD channels currently and near future.

Daily updated infos on Dish Network HD channels:

Choosing an HDtv for the first time?


my parents are very cheap when it comes to tv's. I came upon on a 42" hdtv for only $400. My parents and i love this price for the size. Its this tv 600hz&cp=1&lp=1

I need to know if this tv is worth my money first before i buy it.
I am a serious ps3 gamer and i want good picture quality.
Is this the right tv for me???

.i have used Panasonic VIERA TC-P50G25 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV which clarity is very good. it is advanced than other.

* 50 inch Viera Full HD 1080p Plasma HDTV with VIERA G25 Series Plasma is the center of
* your entertainment universe
*With VIERA CastTM, enjoy what the web has to offer right on the big screen
*Viera Image Viewer for Image and AVCHD playback

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Why does our new plasma HDTV have a lower quality/grainy picture?


We just got a 50" Samsung HPT5064 plasma HDTV and a lot of channels (non-HD) seem to have a grainy or low quality picture. Is there some setting we should change? Is this common for larger screens? We went from a 23" CRT TV to this so all of it is fairly new to me.
As someone asked, Comcast is our cable provider and they did provide us with an HD box.

Also, we're sitting probably around 10-12 feet from the television.

SD TV does not look good on an HDTV. On my 40", I have to sit about 8" back for it to look good, and my set was well rated for SD display. How good or bad it looks depends on the input signal's quality. A 50" widescreen has a picture height equivalent to a 41" standard TV. When you blow-up analog TV that was never designed for displays that large, right away you have a problem. On top of that, in order to be displayed on an HDTV, the signal has to be deinterlaced and up-scaled to the native resolution of the set. This processing introduces artifacts. Non-up-converted DVDs should look pretty good. That;'s as good as you can get from SD material. If from about 10", your picture isn't acceptable, then you may want to look for a set that's better rated for SD.

What to get, Plasma or LCD?


Not sure what to purchase, new 3D Plasma HDTV or a 3D LED LCD HDTV?

Whether to get a plasma or led based lcd depends on your picture quality demands, budget, power requirements and design requirements.

Picture Quality: Plasma generates a picture by lighting a phosphor, where lcd's filter white light with a membrane. This gives plasma the edge in picture quality because the pixels generate the colors themselves. Also 3d is best on a plasma, since 3d cuts refresh rate by 50%.

LCD's often suffer from flash-lighting or clouding and make blacks look washed out. This is most noticeable on edge lit lcd's where the lights are in the corner of the screen. If you prefer LED for it's brightness and crispness you should definitely try to go for a local dimming LED tv. These tv's put the leds at the back of the screen and are able to shut off or dim in parts of the screen that are darker. These are a bit more expensive because they have 1300 leds opposed to 400 on edge lit tv's, but LG offers nice tv's that are based on local dimming that are affordable.

Viewing angle is best on plasma, edge lit led has horrible viewing angles, local dimming led's are better ( definitely with IPS panels ) but plasma wins here.

With regards to motion handling, plasma is still the best. LCD's got better and offer different Hz's to make the picture look smoother. (usually 120 or 240hz, higher uses a scanning backlight) Plasma uses a 600hz subfield drive system.

Plasmacells generate better colors in my opinion, but since they aren't able to completely shut off they will still leave a bit of a glow. Blacks are generally better than on lcd tv's, but there are local dimming sets that are actually beating plasma's now in terms of black level(~0.02ftl opposed to ~0.04ftl on newest plasma's). Plasma's are always better in shadow detail though because they offer per pixel control, where as a local dimming led has to cut the screen in small zones creating some spillover of light.

Budget: Plasma's offer more bang for the buck than led tv's, definately with regards to local dimming. A good 50" plasma tv is 1000-1500 dollars. A local dimming set is 1500-2000$. Edge lit lcd's generally suck. (Except samsung's top line with micro dimming plus) In the lower price segment you have more options with LED sets than in plasma, and cheap plasma's are often only 720p sets (1024x768 or 1366x768 resolution).

Power: Led tv's consume less power. Edge lit tv's use the least power.(around 100W) Then local dimming.(100-150W) Then plasma(250W average, a plasma uses less power on a dark screen). A plasma will cost you 30$ a year more on power on average.

Design: LED tv's generally look thinner and have better design. Plasma's got better though, and Samsung has introduced plasma's with an inch thinner bezel now for 2011.

I hope with this information you can make the right choice for you. If picture quality is the most important I personally prefer plasma but local dimming led's are also very good and some people prefer them. If powerconsumption or design is leading LED is the way to go. 2 recommended sets coming out around april: LG's LW7700 series for led based lcd or the Samsung D6500 plasma. They are both 3d enabled sets with active shutter glasses.

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Best brand of flat screen TV to buy?


Panasonic are considered the best at the moment.

This link has some awesome TV's and specs.

Which TV I should buy?

Patrik Fen

Hey guys,

I want to buy a TV in the near future but I have no clue which one... I want the TV for gaming (Xbox) and movies mainly... So it has to be Full HD, low input lag, great contrast and refresh rate. I don't really care about the Smart TV capabilities.

But I really have no clue which one should I pick... Can I have your opinions? Can you recommend me specific type or at least a brand? I would be glad if the pricepoint would not exceed 1000eur/850gpb/1300usd



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Thursday, June 12, 2014

What is the best quality yet, least expensive 32" LCD HDTV?

Q. I was looking into the walmart ilo but seen many bad posts in forums about them breaking in a couple of months. I'm stuck between the samsung and a sanyo. I'm looking for something thats in the 700-1200 price range. Any help would be great..

a funai hd tv, a 42 inch is $1,500, but for you a Hewlett Packard tv with HDTV,1366 x 768 pixel resolution and the price is around $900, it is only available at best buy from what I know check out this link for the tv

for more tvs like phillips sony and toshiba go to this link

please give me ten points I really need it
A JVC which is better than the hp tv is only $900

Looking for the best quality 32" HDTV under $350?


Looking for a 1080p HDTV for playing games and movies on my ps3 hdmi! 32" best quality under $350

Keep in mind that you can not see the difference between 720P and 1080P in screen smaller than a 46". The only source for 1080P is the blu ray disc movies and some PS3 video games. Two years ago I was in the market for a 32" LCD tv for one of my bedrooms. I read all the reviews from consumers who purchased a 32" LCD tv and Panasonic was the best. Also looked at the picture of all the tvs from an angle and again Panasonic had the best. I actually purchased a 37" LCD from Panasonic. Also just this past christmas I again purchased 2 Panasonic 32" LCD as christmas present for my kids. What you might look at is the faster refresh rate of the 120HZ to reduce the blur motion you will get from any LCD or LED tv when watching fast action sports or playing video games. You can get a 32" 720P 60HZ at Best Buy for $299. Hope this will help you out.

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As of today, 2-16-2012, what is the proverbial Ferarri of HDTVs?

Supply Sid

It's getting about time to upgrade. Now I have a finished basement which is a game/media room. The couch will be about 10 feet away from the TV so I'm thinking I can go 60 inches or more, EASY.

A few years ago, it was the Pioneer Kuro. Now, it is the Sharp Elite series.

Note that this is the ultra high-end. You will get a very good quality from each top brands also:
Sony = HX929
Samsung = D8000
Panasonic = VT30
LG = LW9800 (but the reviews are mixed)

If you want to go really big (> 70"), you have not a lot of other choices than Sharp though. The rest of the manufacturers stops at 65" in 2011.

(And if you want to wait, new 2012 models will be out in about 1-2 months)
[To AVDaddy: No, manufacturers just announced them at CES in January. Most of the models will be out in March-April, but some are only planned to released in fall]

I think itâs better to shift on LED. Are you agreed with my friends?

Nitesh Bal

College friends are saying to change my LCD and instead of that, I should buy LED. What can be the solution dear?

Get plasma, it destroys LED/LCD in picture quality easily and are cheaper. You can get a GT25 or ST30 3d HD panasonic plasma at 42 inches for 1000 bucks and make your friends jealous as hell.

Look at Cnet's reviews Google best 3DTV or HDTV of 2011 and the top 5 are plasma's. Maybe 1 LED is in 6th place but its 3 grand.

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Looking for customer reviews for Panasonic VIERA C12 Series TC-L32C12 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV?

Blondie Ma

Where can I find reviews and opinions online for Panasonic VIERA C12 Series TC-L32C12 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV

Price: $399.99
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This TV was just recently released as of the time of this review, and it's one of the best TVs under $500 you can find on the market. I did a LOT of research looking for what I wanted in a TV. I've been wanting a nice flatscreen for a while now. I've been holding out as and quality has been improving while prices have been dropping. I finally settled on this Panasonic.

I wanted a TV for primarily movies (Hi Def and standard or upconverted Def) and video games (Hi Def and standard def). I do not have a cable subscription and am not interested in HD cable services. That being said, I also wanted a TV that would double as a humongous PC monitor. I'm pleased to say this TV meets and exceeds my needs so far. It's a big upgrade from the 20 inch tube TV I was using before the VIERA.

The LCD TV is nice looking and has a variety of cable inputs. Both the remote and menu systems are top-notch and useful. This TV puts out true 720p resolution and has 4:3 ratio (standard, full-frame) and zoom scaling as well. For TVs 32 inches and under, 1080p (while nice) is not necessary, as you'd be hard pressed to notice a dramatic difference with your HDMI or component sources. The picture is super sharp, and the image control available with this TV is pretty impressive. You can really play with the picture and color. I was laughing at the ability to essentially reproduce that 60's Technicolor supersaturation if you want. It really brings films to life. You can make up to 4 preset color choices, too- One for films, one for sports or live action TV, one for video games, one for kid's cartoons, etc, etc.

There is 1 stuck pixel on the TV. This is to be expected, and is not noticeable unless you're looking for stuck or dead pixels from about 18 inches away. I cannot see the pixel when watching, though, only when I'm up close on the screen. This is not an issue at all. You cannot pick out 1 dead pixel on a TV of this resolution. 1 out of over 1 million pixels, the rest are flawless.

I've just gotten this, and haven't fully tested all the bells and whistles, like the SD card port or the VIERA Link HDMI software (waiting for 1080p media player, coming in the mail). PC to TV was effortless and looked great. Even my old PS2 looked pretty good, albeit jaggy. I think that's more the game than the TV, though.

I almost went and got a $300 or $375 no-name tv at Walmart or Target, but I'm glad I paid a bit more for a higher-quality product. This Panasonic is really, really, well built, and is a near-perfect 32 inch TV. I'm more than happy with my purchase. As I test it out more, I plan to update this review, but so far, I'm loving it! This Panasonic is a great TV at an affordable price point, and 32 inches is perfect for most small to medium sized rooms.

Also, if you have any specific questions, post 'em and I'll do my best to answer.


I've had the TV for a while now and still love it. I got an upconverting Sony DVD player (model DVPNS710HB ) that puts out 480p, 720p, and 1080i upconverts of standard DVDs. I bought a $3 HDMI cable from (skip the $100 monster cables, trust me) and the picture is fantastic. The trick is that since the TV displays 720p, by switching the DVD player to send the data in 720p, you get a native resolution that lets the image look its best on the TV. While the TV has a scaler built in, having the DVD player scan and scale and then transmit via HDMI produces a signifigantly clearer picture. Some of the DVDs I have that were shot on digital video look very, very close to HD programming. My digitally remastered James Bond DVDs also look signifigantly better than through a component DVD player. I was impressed.

As for the other features- the SD card reader is too slow for my tastes. It takes a few seconds to load each picture. Of course, I have a VGA connector hooked up, so its much more convenient to load the pictures to my PC and view them thru windows. HQ images look AMAZING on this TV, though. I had always shot digital pictures at high resolutions, but couldn't really see them as they were meant to be seen, only having a 15 inch LCD. With the new TV as my monitor, my pictures now look 100 times better.

Another cool feature- through Viera Link, the HDMI Sony DVD player works with the Panasonic remote- no programing needed. I simply went into the Viera Link menu and selected the HDMI DVD player, now my DVD player will start and stop when I power on the TV and I can control it all from my TV remote. Very cool.

I'll post some more updates if I have anything else to say or if anyone has any questions.

Looking for customer reviews for Viore LC26VF59 26-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV?


Where can I find reviews and opinions online for Viore LC26VF59 26-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

Price: $399.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

Sharp's LC-26SB24U provides convenient 26" screen size class HDTV solutions with a distinctive design. The LC26SB24U features a high-performance LCD panel for high brightness, a high contrast ratio, low-reflection glare protection and wide viewing angles. Features: True 16:9 Aspect Ratio (1366 x 768) LCD Panel displays 16:9 widescreen programs in their native aspect ratio without the need for scaling or other video processing. Built-in ATSC / QAM / NTSC Tuners for DTV and analog TV viewing. High Brightness (500 cd/m2) Sharp LCD TVs are very bright, so you can put them virtually anywhere - even near windows, doors or other light sources - and the picture is still vivid. HDMI⢠Input for convenient connection to digital devices. 160°H x 150°V Viewing Angles are so wide you can view Sharp LCD TVs from virtually anywhere in the room! 800:1 Contrast Ratio provides incredible images whether you're watching dark or bright scenes. 8ms Response Time ensures you will enjoy all fast motion video with minimal blur. PC Input easily turns your TV into a PC monitor.

Product Description
Sharp's LC-26SB24U provides a convenient 26" Class (26" Diagonal) HDTV solution with a distinctive design. The LC-26SB24U features a high-performance LCD panel for high-brightness, a high contrast ratio, low-reflection glare protection and wide viewing angles.

And for comparison: is currently asking $464.72 with free shipping.
Provantage has it for $445.57
B&H Photo offers it for $404.95 with free shipping.
And comes in at the high end with $595.99.

Seems like it would make a nice addtion for a smaller room.

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Best brand of flat screen TV to buy?


Panasonic are considered the best at the moment.

This link has some awesome TV's and specs.

what LED hdtv should I buy to avoid noticing any Lag whatsover?


Hi I have 2 Vizio HDTV. One is an LED and it is a 120 HZ and it is a 47 inch and the other is an LCD 47 inch one and also 120 hz. Now I am gonna give you a great example. You know for anyone who watches NBC Sunday Night Football and they go to the replay and the NBC Logo comes up to show the replay and after they show the replay the NBC Logs comes up again to go back to Live TV, well this is a great example because I notice somewhat of a lag when that happens and I see like a ghosting effect I guess and I also notice the pixels when that happens. It happens on other channels too but I notice it more on NBC Sunday Night Football. I have HD Directv with HDMI cable. So that isn't the problem. It is crazy because the other night I also watched the game on NFL Game Rewind app on the IPAD MINI and I didn't notice any lag whatsoever during the game. Is this lag or ghosting or whatever you want to call it caused by the response time of the TV or is it caused by the Refresh rate of the TV. I mean both of my Vizio TV's are doing the same thing and I even have a 3rd Sony 60 hz tv and it does it on that as well. So my questions are as follows:

1)Is the Lag caused by the Response Time or the Refresh Rate or what exactly?

2)Why is it on the IPAD Mini I didn't notice the lag?

3)I want the images to be crisp without any lag or ghosting or anything like that. What specifications on the TV should I look for?

4)For a 2013 say tv between a 30 to 39 inch what exact tv model do I look at to not see any lag etc?

5)How about a 40 to 50 inch TV which model should I look at?

6)Do I buy instead a monitor that is like 27 inch or 32 inch with an hdmi with a response time of say 1 ms. Please let me know.

Please answer each of my above 6 questions in details. Thanks.
For the Panasonic Plasma I should get a 1080P right rather than a 720P. The only problem that I have with Plasmas is that the picture is way too dim compared to the LED or LCD TV and I like a picture that is very bright. Please help. Thanks.

It's just a lag based on the distance of the TV and box from the satellite and just the broadcast in general. One of my family members had the same issue they have a 20 inch LED tv in their bedroom and a 32 inch LED tv in there living room. You can hear the TV's echo each other when on the same channel. Next the reason you didn't notice any lag on the iPad Mini is because it wasn't a live stream of it, it was a replay of what happened. So it's not looking for the live feed of the game over the internet, it's downloading it to the iPad's temporary memory just so it can play it through. This really isn't the TV at all VIZIO TV's are great options. This goes back to just DirecTV's ability to get the live video to the satellites and then to TV's across the US mainly. The only option would be to get a 240 Hz or 480 Hz HDTV but I really don't recommend that because those are mainly LCD TV's and LCD is probably the last option you want for a TV. LED is the best quality for a TV and LCD is better for a computer screen image. Overall for TV screen sizes you asked. The Best options are Samsung with there Smart HDTV's, Sharp's new IGZO display HDTV's, then Samsung is always reliable choice for HDTV's

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What Tv should i buy?


Hi I am looking to buy a new tv, but I am having some problems. I want to buy the panasonic vt60 for the colors, motion, and black levels. The only thing keeping me from buying it is the line bleed, fan noise, and green dithering that show up in the picture where it isn't completely dark. I bought the panasonic gt50 last year and loved it but it had the problems I listed. The green dithering would have been acceptable if it couldn't have been seen from a normal viewing distance while in THX mode. Anyways now i am considering led TVs and was wondering what 2013 led tv can best compete with plasma? Right now I am considering the Sony 900a model. Is there a better 1080p Led tv than the sony?

The Samsung 8000 series would be a much better tv than the Sony. Pesonally, I have nevver owned a Sony product that have last more than 3 years. Purchased the first DVD players model 7000 and the 7700 both are the price of $1,100 each and the first HDTV 34" CRT and they all did not last more than e years. The new Panasonic ZT series Plasma tv is reviewed by Home Theater Magazine. This is compared to the old Pioneer Elite KURO tv. I would still recommend the Panasonic. I do use 4 Panasonic Plasma tv along with 3 LCD tv and never had one issue. Hope this will help you out.

Will the release of oled and 4k drop the price of regular tvs?

Original W

hello, i was wondering if anyone in the tv sales or home theatre communities thought that with the release of oled (organic light emiting diode) or 4k resolution tvs sometime in 2013, that the price of tvs that aren't oled or 4k will drop much like standard definition tvs dropped in price when high def came out? In case your wondering im looking at the price of a Panasonic Viera Tcp50st30. THANK YOU

Yes the prices will go down, but not all of a sudden. Like all other electronics, the prices are constantly going down. Even when HDTVs came out, the prices on standard television didn't dropped overnight. Also, OLEDs TVs and 4k TVs are still a novelty, with only very pricey model are available to the general public. It will take 2-3 years to become mainstream and to challenge the plasma/lcd/led prices.

This is especially true if you want to buy a very specific model, like your case. If you are willing to wait that model would be when the new models will come out (so the stores need to sell their old stock). This is usually in the February-April time frame.

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HDTV With Picture Quality Problems?

Michael A

We got a Samsung 32" HDTV (New Version) but we only have Basic Cable Channals right now (Not HD or Digital) but the channels are coming out blurry or a bit out of picture. Will this change when we get HD and Digital and what do we need to improve the picture or get when we get digital and HD? Also are the Digital all in HD or is it only the HD listed ones? Are digital Channels going to come out a lot better than Basic? Do we need a HDMI cable? DO we need a HD Box and does it convert?

Your picture quality will change for the better when you get HD.

When you get HD you will need to connect the set top box to the TV with either Component or HDMI cable. Component uses the 3 connectors (that are usually marked with red, green, and blue). HDMI is a single cable.

Digital broadcast does not mean HD. The cable company transmit in digital so they can give you more features and/or channels. You will need a set top box that will send HD format to your TV.

You don't necessarily need an HDMI cable to view HD. Component cables can carry an HD signal too up to 1080i which is the highest that the cable company will broadcast. HDMI can carry 1080p which some HD DVD players or HD Video Game Consoles can produce.

Having an HD box is a vast improvement over the standard box, especially if you have a bigger screen.

In the meantime, until you get your HD box, there are a couple minor adjustments you can make to your TV setup. The first is to switch cables if you need to and the second is to check the calibration of your TV.

Switch to component cables if your box has component output. If your box doesn't have component output, check to see if you have S-video outputs. S-video is better than the one yellow RCA looking connector that is called composite. The worst setup you can have is to connect the TV to the box with a coax cable. Step up to either S-video or the 3-signal component (better).

Next, slip in a video test pattern disk. You probably already have one and don't know it. Any DVD with the THX logo on it will have the video test patterns (e.g. Disney's Ice Age 2). Go into the setup menu and choose "THX optimizer". You want to check your set for contrast, brightness, and color. The brightness and contrast are interactive. Think of the intensity of each pixel on your TV as a number from 1-10. If the contrast and brightness is off, you many not get the full range of intensity your set is capable of. The contrast changes the overall range and the brightness offsets it. For example, if your contrast is set too low to say, in this example an 8, you may only be able to display 8/10 of the possible intensities. Setting the brightness up may allow you to see the intensities from 3 to 10 or setting the brightness too low will allow you to see intensities from 1 to 8.

The video test pattern of THX Optimizer shows a white rectangle within a black background. Inside the white rectangle are 8 separate squares of different shades of white. The contrast should be as high as possible while still being able see the 8 separate squares. The contrast is interactive with brightness. The brightness test pattern has 10 shades as well and if the brightness is correct only 7 should be visible, with the 7th just barely visible. You'll have to go back and forth between the two adjustments and narrow in on the correct setting. You'll know you are done when you don't have to tweak either one. Then you're off to do the color. Your set may have a color temperature setting which should be on low or 6500K. Cyan and Magenta should look correct when the color is set right. If you have the $2 filter from the THX website they will look the same when you look through the paper filter glasses (because on a properly setup display both cyan and magenta contain the same amount of blue).

The only compicated part is that each input type (UHF, composite, S-video, Component, and HDMI) have their own unique calibrations. If you use the disk with test patterns, just note what you set it to and change all the other inputs to be similar and check them out - hopefully they'll be the same. On top of that, some sets use different unique calibrations for each format (480i, 720p, 1080i, etc.)

Hope that helps.

picture quality issue with HDTV?


I have a Samsung tv 1080p It's 2 years old. With the antenna I get true can see the mistakes the newscasters made putting on their make up. I dont see it often but it happens now aqnd then. With digital cable I dont get that kind of definition. how can I? Im with comcast

Depends on which year and model your Samy is,, but 1 thing comes to mind,,are you inputting via the incoming COAX round cable from output of the cable providers box?
reason is = HDMI cable needs to be used to attain TRUE best picture is why,..and the simple annoying fact that i learned was there are different Boxes that transmit Hi-Def on all channels avail that can,, but i also needed to PAY additional added cost to receive all of them ,which was hidden in the microscopic info so small a normal 20/20 vision human cant barely actual read without a x3 magnifying glass!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Would the brand of an HDTV affect the picture quality?


For example: I have an LCD High Definition TV by LG...would the picture look better on an LCD High Def TV by lets say, Samsung?
I appreciate all answers, and I WILL choose a BEST ANSWER.
Would LG be considered a good brand?

I wouldn't be able to really choose which is better by looking at all of them in the shop. Not all of them receive HD signals, so some of the Tvs look like standard tvs...

I won't be able to figure a difference if some are in HD and some are in standard.
Also, how would the quality change if they both have the same amount of pixels?

If the tvs have the same amount of pixels but are different brands, shouldn't they still have a clear, sharp display?

Hi, I have been researching on HDTV over the year. Seriously speaking, Sony and Panasonic are always in the top league of the LCD tvs. Any of their models can win any brands of LCD easily. However, things seems to have changed, Samsung seems to have break through on its new R74BD series as it squeezes into the Top 3 of the LCD brands in "What Video". "What Video", a HDTV magazine with over 25 years of tv reviewing history, with its own lab and its unique equipment, they test the TRUE specification of almost every models of HDTV there's in the market. Since u only asks about LCDs in your question, I will suppose that u understands their differences and will only talk about LCD tv here. =)

First I would like to highlight that, never believe in the stats that the brands claimed except for the resolution. Gradution[Grey Scaling, or also called black levels], contrast ratio and brightness of the tv, are always boast by the brands. When tested in "What Video" a Panasonic plasma with 3000:1 claimed contrast ratio seems to have much better ratio than a Samsung plasma with 10,000:1 claimed contrast ratio. Trust me, only look at the brands and resolution when looking for a HDTV. =)

Secondly, never listen to what a saleman recommend, they only recommend those tvs with higher comission for them to u.

Lastly I would say that different brands surpass others in different way. Panasonic, a brand that ALWAYS produce tvs with AMAZING black levels, easily surpass ALL brands of tv in the black level aspect. Motion artefact is definitely not a problem to Panasonic too, they handle that very well. However, Panasonic Tvs still slightly losses to Sony's when compare to sharpness. But it's up to u that whether u decide to have a sharper image with some motion artefacts, or one with almost no motion artefact but with a slightly inferior in its sharpness. Oh and btw, Panasonic's color is slightly better/more natural than Sony's too. To make it short, NEVER buy any LCD tvs besides Sony, Panasonic, Loewe, Toshiba* and Samsung*. Their tests result are the best among so many brands.

*only their new models are good-Toshiba WLT66 and Samsung R74BD series.

Oh and keep in mind if u want totally future proof your tv, look for 1920x1080 resolution which supports up to 1080p. There isn't much tvs with 1920x1080 resolution which supports up to 1080p in the market yet. So here's some recommendation from me(but they are not 1080p compatible). =)

Toshiba WLT66 - Take this if u prefer its price n design, its a decent one with a resolution of 1920x1080, it doesn't support 1080p though. Strange huh. Not recomended if u still watching SD signals.

Any Sony's Bravia Series-They are consider "Godly" in the LCD league. I heard that's one that supports 1080p is out recently. But its review is not out yet, can't tell u how good it is now. =)

Panasonic LXD50/60-It has a built-in recorder if I remember correctly. Panasonic's black levels are always unbeatable. Its motion is almost perfect without any noise too.

Samsung R74BD-Its a decent LCD tv, it might not be as good as Panasonic and Sony, but it definitely wins them in its price! It's VERY cheap considering this is a good LCD tv. Check out its price in your country. =)

Edit after tm_mcdnnll has posted below:

What tm_mcdnnll said "Never having anything to do with the manufacturing" is definitely not true. Why is it only LG's LCD has the XD Engine? Why is it Panasonic is the only one having Viera Color Management? Why only some brands has the Ambient Light Control? Why is it Philips the only one that has the Pixal Plus Technology? Those above are only part of the examples. HOW one brand makes a LCD is very important. Although we didn't know HOW they make it, but still the fact that different brands produced different "quality" of LCDs using same chipsets from the same company is definitely true. Therefore brand is really very important. Get a copy of "What Video" if u wish to know more. =)

How can I improve picture quality from laptop to hdtv?

Andy M

I can connect my laptop to my hdtv via hdmi cable and everything works great except the quality of the images on my tv is nowhere near the quality of my laptop. I've adjusted the settings on my tv to try to get better quality but to no avail. The images on the tv have too much contrast are overly color saturated. My laptop is the HP Pavillion with a 17 inch monitor and graphics cards set to 1440x900. I have a Hitachi 42 in. plasma tv. Anyone know how I should adjust my settings for higher image quality on my TV when showing images from my laptop? Thanks!

Your TV picture is limited to the output of the video card. The 1400x900 may look good on the laptop, but the pixels are going to be artificially enlarged on the tv. You will need a much larger pixel aspect ratio to have it look real good

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

best HDTVs for gaming?


I recently tried out a 46" 120hz insignia lcd (6.5 ms) from best buy and it was complete crap, had to return it. I was told that i needed the 120hz for gaming however when I tried to play any FPS the 120hz feature just made it so "laggy" i could not even attempt to play but when i turned the 120hz off it seemed okay.
I now have a cheapo 40" rca lcd from walmart (I believe 8ms and 60hz) nothing to write home about. with both of these tvs (more so with the rca) it is making fps games really hard to play. i would not say it seems like input lag, when i click A to jump my person jumps immediately etc. The best way I can describe it is when I look Left or Right, Up or Down it feels/looks really "jerky", god forbid I am also Moving while Looking, so jerky its not even funny. Also, sometimes I swear my cursor moves on its own, like I have auto aim set to "ON" which I do not. I notice this "moving cursor" thing mainly when there is alot of stuff happening in front of me (ie" a bunch of enemies running around in front of my cursor) I feel like I would be better off just using my 15 year old 27" sharp tv even though any text on it is unreadable and blurry which makes RPG impossible to play.

So what exactly do I need to do? I thought about trying out a plasma but they seem sooo dark, the cd/m2 ratings on plasmas seem very low and every plasma at the stores seem alot darker than lcds. And its not about the money, I would be okay with splurging a little on something that was actually worth it, so far I have been trying to be cheap about it and get 700 and 500 dollar tvs, which suck apparently. My goal would be to get a 46 or 47" 1080p, but I could live with a 40 or 42" I guess. I just want something that is bright, good black levels but still able to discern detail, and good for games. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

LG 32LH30 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

Review: LG doesânt get enough praise.
Just bought this TV for the sake of it being an IPS panel and for its apparent adjustability (and also 1080p). Plus this tv is so easy to calibrate; the âpicture wizardâ is extremely helpful.
The amount of menu options is jaw-dropping, as is the style of the set. The LH40 model looks neat with the plastic square along the bottom of the panel, but I like the more minimalist look of the LH30, and I do not like the 120hz or the $100 price jump of the LH40.
I made a comparison to my sony 32M4000 (which I have now given to my father) and there are some interesting differences (many are polar opposites):
-The sound is far superior on the LG.
-Black levels are very close, sonyâs is a bit deeper and maintains black colors better at angles.
-The whiteness of whites is slightly better on the sony, but colors and mid tones definitely have more of a âpunchyâ factor on the LG.
-Color is amazing; rich and saturated; best ive seen on any LCD, period.
-Color does not wash out at all from different angles, only very dark colors and black tend to become discolored (blue or red depending on the angle).
-Of course there are far, far fewer picture options on the sony.
-My sony has a ghosting problem with dark colors, not so on the LG; motion blur and lag is also reduced too.
-OTA HD channels look decent enough, not as sharp as the sony, but the better color makes up for it imo.
What was the main factor that made me get this LG?..its S-IPS panel.
Samsung is an excellent maker of lcds, but I steered clear of them this time, as buying a tv from them is like playing the lottery. They use 3 different panels with differing levels of color and contrast quality; you are not essentially getting what you pay for:
You may get Samsungâs own S-PVA panel, the best quality (if youâre lucky).
An A-MVA panel from Taiwanâs AUO (a notch worse than S-PVA).
Chinese company Chi Meiâs S-MVA panel (worst of the three).
Panasonics IPS Alpha panels are decent, but on some panels dark colors appear far too blue from different angles.
That narrows it down to LGâs S-IPS panel; its color saturation, vividness, and response time are worth the slight sacrifice in contrast and black depth (at least in my opinion).
This tv is not perfect, however; I spotted 3 dead pixels right out of the box (2 bright, 1 dark), right around the middle of the screen. They are practically invisible without being a foot from the screen and looking hard for them, however.
Viewing angles demonstrate some darkening of the picture, but its not too bothersome (swivel stand helps).
No other flaws I can think of at the moment, I recommend this tv!
My calibration settings use color adjustments from along with some of my own tweaks, try them out!
Picture menu:
Aspect ratio: Just Size
Energy Saving: Off
Picture Mode: Expert 2
Backlight: 60
Contrast: 88
Brightness: 58
H Sharpness: 60
V Sharpness: 60
Color: 50
Tint: 0
âExpert control menu
Dynamic contrast: Off
Noise reduction: Off
Gamma: Medium
Black level: Low
Real Cinema: On [grayed out]
Color Standard: HD [grayed out]
Color Gamut: Wide
Edge Enhancer: Off
xvYCC: Auto [grayed out]
OPC: Off
Expert Pattern: Off[grayed out]
Color Filter: Off
White balance: Medium
Method: 10 point IRE
Pattern: Outer
IRE: [see below]
Luminance: 137 (100 Luminance only, 90 through 10 are preset)
â 10 point IRE calibration
IRE: [Red, Green, Blue results, respectively, for each IRE point]
100 [-8, 1, -40]
90 [-13, -5, -40]
80 [-20, -12, -40]
70 [-17, -14, -33]
60 [-17, -12, -31]
50 [-17, -13, -26]
40 [-13, -12, -19]
30 [-6, -4, -8]
20 [-6, -4, -10]
10 [2, 3, -1]
Color management system
Red color: 2
Red tint: 0
Green color: -1
Green tint: -7
Blue color: 2
Blue tint: 7
Yellow color: 0
Yellow tint: 1
Cyan color: 0
Cyan tint: 0
Magenta color: 0
Magenta tint: â2

Whats the best kind of HDTVs?

Stanley Ro

Im looking for a good HDTV one good for watching tv an playing games. Priced from $500 to $2,000.

Home Theater Magazine named the Panasonic Plasma tv VT series as the best tv for 2010. Go online to Home Theater Magazine and read the reviews on tv, along with the pro and con of each technology. You will notice that Panasonic has more Plasma tv being recommended than any tv from other manufacturer. If you read yahoo questions, you will notice that 95% of tv problems come from LCD tv and 95% of those are the bargain price tv. Plasma tv starts at 42" to 150". If you decide on an LCD then, I would recommend either Panasonic or Samsung. Hope this will help you out.

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What is the best LED HDTV?


LED TV Technology is a relatively new feature in the world of HD Television. They are thinner and have a better definition display than typical LCD TVs that use fluorescent lamps as a light source. The hype surrounding this new technology has resulted in Samsung selling approx one million LED TVs worldwide in 6 months.
However LED televisions are not technically that different from conventional the LCD TVs that have been with us for the last few years. In fact the term âLED TVâ has been questioned as an LED TV is just a liquid-crystal display TV that uses light-emitting diodes to light the screen. Britainâs Advertising Standards Authority recently had problems with some marketing of LED TVs. The ASA said that the term LED TV is merely a variation of LCD TV and was misleading. As a result clarification relating to the use of the LEDs as the light source is now used when advertising LED Televisions.
Other television manufacturers have also come out and said that rather than LED TV it should be called an âLED-lit LCD TVâ as this more accurately describes the use of LED technology used in these TV sets.
Up to now Sony, Samsung, Philips, JVC and LG have LED TVs on the market. The plus points with these new sets are that they have better picture quality, are thinner and are more eco-friendly mainly due to reduced energy consumption. On the negative side, as is to be expected with any new technology their price tag is still a bit on the hefty side.

The LED lighting in these new set is employed in one of two ways either as edge-lit LED TV or backlit LED TV. Edge-lit televisions as you have probably guessed have the LED lighting situated around the edge of the screen. Without the larger fluorescent lighting previously used at the back of the TV, LED models have been reduced in thickness with Sony producing an LED display less than 1cm thick and Samsungs sets measuring in at 3cm thick.

LED TV technology has made great advances with energy efficiency. Compared to their equivalent conventional LCD Television models, LED HDTVs use typically 40% less energy. And when compared to plasma TVs they can be 50% more efficient. The improved energy efficiency is due to the fact that LEDs require less power to illuminate the screen than fluorescent lights used in older LCD screens.

SONY BRAVIA XBR8 LCD flat panel HDTV. In addition to Full HD 1080p, this XBR-8 Series TV features TRILUMINOS RGB Dynamic LED backlight which produces breathtaking images with enhanced color purity that result in deep blacks and bright whites with startling depth and exceptional shadow detail. You'll also see the difference with Motionflow 120Hz PRO technology which enhances motion and delivers a smoother and clearer picture. Your 1080p HD images will look more breathtaking than ever thanks to the BRAVIA Engine 2 PRO fully digital video processor. This XBR-8 Series TV has DMex functionality which lets you expand the capabilities of your HDTV by adding optional BRAVIA Link modules (sold separately), plus it comes with plenty of connectivity options to connect your video sources.

Technical Details

* TRILUMINOS RGB Dynamic LED backlight produces incredible 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio in an LCD panel
* New: TV Guide IPG
* New: Enhanced (XMB) User Interface with Rich 3D Graphics
* New: DLNA Compliant
* New: Digital Media Port
* 16:9 Full HD 1080p Resolution Panel (1920 x 1080p)
* BRAVIA Engine fully digital video processor
* Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuit (ACE)
* 24p True Cinema capable
* Emmy-award winning Xross Media Bar user interface
* DMeX capable
* BRAVIA Sync capable
* S-Force Front Surround Voice Zoom
* Robust Connectivity with 4 HDMI inputs, 2 HD Component inputs, and a PC Input
* Piano Gloss Black with Onyx Speaker Grille
* Remote: RM-YD023

TRILUMINOS RGB Dynamic LED Backlight
TRILUMINOS RGB LED backlight technology aligns individual clusters of red, green, and blue LEDs to produce a significantly higher purity of primary colors than single white LED backlights, resulting in more accurate color reproduction. This clustered arrangement also allows the XBR8 to adjust the brightness of the backlight in units of small blocks, so it can display deep blacks in one portion of the screen and bright whites in another, producing images with enhanced depth, three-dimensionality and exceptionally accurate shadow detail.
Further, unlike conventional full-screen luminance control, the BRAVIA suppresses unneeded backlighting and, therefore, consumes less power than the conventional LED-backlit models. And, because it uses LEDs rather than the fluorescent tubes found in many HDTVs, Dynamic LED backlighting also promises exceptionally long life.

How do I get better LED HDTV picture quality?


Just bought an Vizio xvt423sv LED HDTV and the picture quality is not like the t.v display in store. It is actually poor for an LED. Do I need better cables? How do I get the best LED HDTV picture quality?

You need an HD cable box and blu ray player connected to the tv with HDMI cables.

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samsung hdtv un46C, un46D, or UN46E?


What's the difference between the C, D, and E? All I want is sick picture and sound. I don't care for extra features this TV will simply be used to play videogames and watch a movie every now and then

A quick explanation of the Samsung serial numbers:

Part 1, the display technology: UN = LED, LN = LCD, PN = plasma
Part 2, the size: easy to recognize, it's 46-inch
Part 3, the series: D6000, ES8000, C7000, loads of variations. The C series are from 2010, D is from 2011, E(S) is from 2012. The number indicates the specs/features.

A few examples: UN46Cxxxx is a 46-inch LED screen from 2010, a PN55Dxxxx is a 55-inch plasma from 2011. A UN55D7000 has the same features as a UN46D7000, just a bigger screen.

Over the last years, image quality improved but not as fast as new fancy features were added. If you don't need gesture control, internet access, smart TV features and apps, a HDTV from 2010 would be perfectly fine, the irony is that most of them are more expensive now that the new 2012 ones. The UN46C6500 for example costs about $1.4k, the UN46ES6500 slightly more than $1k.

Bottom line: My recommendation would be the UN46EH6000. No 3D, no unneeded features, but 240Hz refresh rate, decent image quality, 2x HDMI, 1x USB, Dolby Digital Plus/Dolby Pulse, barely more than $800 for a perfect "basic" HDTV. Sick sound? All modern flatscreen HDTVs have built-in 10-20 watt speakers. That's far from perfect, no matter what manufacturer you look at, these thin little speakers can't do wonders. Some sort of home theatre kit is definitely recommended for all audiophiles.

Is HDTV, whether it be cable or network, the output is no greater than 1080i ?


In short yes, output is no greater than 1080i.

A single coax cable cannot transmit a true 1080p signal. And as such, no cable or satellite provider will be able to transmit anything higher than 1080i without overhauling their entire setup.

I work in an HD production house, and even in the professional world a single core cable cannot transmit a 1080p signal, it is too much bandwidth for the cable to be able to handle. We utilize a dual cable system to be able to do it, but no cable or satellite companies use anything like that. The companies that claim to be able to show 1080p are not showing true 1080p. What they do is lower the quality but keep the resolution, which results in an inferior product. Imagine if Coca-Cola started filling their 2 liter bottles half with coke and half with antifreeze. Sure it would still be a 2 liter drink, but it would not at all be the same quality.

Stephen allow me to clarify my answer since you do not seem to understand.

NO cable or satellite manufacture can send a true 1080p signal to an HDTV. Sure, you can download a PPV of 1080p but you CAN NOT watch it in realtime due to the bandwidth constraints of RG6 the standard in coaxial cable for cable and satellite companies. The best they can do is 1080i.

"In the United States, 1080p over-the-air broadcasts still do not exist as of 2011; all major networks use either 720p60 or 1080i60 encoded with MPEG-2. However, satellite services (e.g. DirecTV, XstreamHD, and Dish Network) utilize the 1080p/24-30 format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding for pay-per-view movies that are downloaded in advance via satellite or on demand via broadband internet only. At this time, no pay service channel such as USA, HDNET, etc. nor premium movie channel such as HBO, etc., stream their services live to their distributors (MVPD) in this format because many MVPDs, especially DBS and cable, DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT BANDWIDTH to provide the format streaming live to their subscribers without negatively impacting their current services and because of the high "cost" of using more bandwidth for one 1080p/24 channel than what would be used for a 1080i or even a 720p channel and for only those relatively few subscribers who have HDTV devices that can display 1080p/24 as not being an efficient use of their LIMITED BANDWIDTH."

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"Standard definition 480i DVD movies are typically 5 to 8 mbps (megabits per second) MPEG-2 whereas these so-called HD wannabes weigh in at a pathetic 1.5 to 4 mbps of 720p H.264"

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"But thereâs one dirty little secret that people are forgetting or that they donât understand, ITâS NOT HD theyâre getting over the Internet. Heck itâs not even NTSC 480i (720Ã480 60 fields interlaced) DVD quality when you really look at the amount of video data youâre getting!"

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"'But are they Blu-ray quality?," 'he Times asks of the Dish and DIRECTV movies. 'Resolution is not the only factor that determines picture quality. Another is bit rate, the number of bits per second that are being transmitted down the pipe to consumers...Bit rate is a subject that the cable and satellite providers never discuss, but anyone who watches the various services can see that some channels are considerably softer looking than others.'

The Times quotes well-known TV engineer Pete Putman as saying that CBS now offers the high bit rate over the air with 17 megabits per second for its high-def programs; and that's for 1080i, not 1080p. But Putman says he believes both Dish and DIRECTV are transmitting high-def programming at around 6-8 megabits per seconds.

Consequently, Putnam is dubious that the satcasters have the bandwidth to increase their bit rate to offer true 1080p video."

Source -

If you spend the time to read the articles above, you will see that nothing has changed in the last few years. DirecTV, Dish Network, and all the others are offering 1080p video at a quality lower than DVD. As such it is NOT true 1080p, which their current setups can not handle. The only connections which could possibly offer true 1080p would be the FiOS fiber optic system. Which to my understanding while they have the ability, they have not done so yet. What you have provided as a source is a marketing gimmick which you, like many others, have fallen for.There is a reason that Blu-ray players do not connect to a HDTV using a RG6 coaxial cable.

Please do your research before you wrongly correct me.

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Vizio Via RazorLED 55" Full HD 1080p 120Hz LED LCD HDTV review?

We are planning to buy this TV and we are looking for reviews.
What do you think?

You can view facebook pictures in full screen slide show mode. You could also set you status since it doesn't require much typing.The Netflix comes in beautifully in full screen HD (with good connection).Reviews click here.

Vizio 55 inch LED HDTV Model: VF551XVT2A - are they any good?

Q. One of these caught my eye at a store. I wondering if anyone else has one and what did they think of it after they used it for a while.

Go online to Home Theater Magazine and read the reviews on tvs along with the pro and con of Plasma, LCD and LED tvs. You will notice that Panasonic has a Plasma tv recommended in each of the price category of entry level to the high end. While Sony, Samsung and Toshiba does not (December issue). Other brands like LG, Sharp, Sanyo and Vizio did not even get mentioned. Plasma is still considered to have the best picture quality of all tvs in the market today. Vizio is made in China and made of cheap parts. If you read yahoo questions, you will notice that 95% of tv problems are from LCD/LED tvs and 95% are from off brands. The LCD and LED screens are very sensitive and can easily be damaged. Hope this will help you out.

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What is the best 32 inch HDTV?


I am looking for the highest quality television. that includes sound/picture quality/and the quality of craftsman ship (basically how long this thing will last). Thanks!

Last October I was in the market for a 32" LCD tv for my bedroom. I went on line to Best Buy and read all the customers review who purchased a 32". Panasonic has the best reviews. Look at the screen from an angle and you will notice that some tvs will loose picture quality, while the Panasonic did not. I actually purchased the 37". Go online to Home theater Magazine and read the reviews on tvs. You will notice that Panasonic has a tv recommended in each price category of entry level to the high end. While Samsung, Sony and Toshiba does not (April issue). Other brands like LG, Sharp, Sanyo and Vizio the top other brands did not even get mentioned. If you read yahoo questions, you will notice that 95% of tv problems are from LCD tvs and 95% of those are off brands. Hope this will help you out.

How to do get great picture quality on my samsung LCD 32 inch tv?

Matt Matt

Do you need a HD box to have great picture quality , my picture is blurry . What settings do you use for the tv. If you can help it would be great. leave your email so i get more help thank you

An hdtv needs hd programming to look the best that it can and it has to be hooked up with an hdmi cable.
Right now your looking at standard definition on a high definition tv. Once you get the hd programming you won't want to watch sd anymore. There is that much of a difference.

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High Quality HDTV Live Stream for Watching US Open 2010?


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===SONY HDTV=== *.mkv file question?


I am planing to purchase a 40~42" HDTV (100~200 Hz, energy saver, good picture quality, 3+ HDMI, USB with video support...)

I would like learn whether 40" Sony HDTVs support *.mkv video format. If so, which ones?

Thank you very much.


Samsung -
- doesn't include 2010 models though, but models with the same numbers as these with a "C" infront should be 2010 models which still support the same video types.

Sony - It will vary from model to model. Some of the older sets I think were MPEG1, MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, AVCHD (maybe AVCHD, not 100% sure). Some of the newer sets I think are now support AVCHD, AVC, and MPEG4. Its all related to what they offer up in their consumer camcorders.

If you go to, Shop, TV and Home Entertainment, Bravia Televisions you can go through their various TVs there. Find the TV model you're interested in and then go to its "Specifications" tab. Look for the "Convenience Features" heading. Scroll to the bottom of that list and it should say USB Applications. In there it should list which video formats are supported.

I went through a handful and none said .mkv as far as I could tell. I think the only way to do that would be some method related to a PS3 (I think only works by streaming through the PS3, not playing back directly on/from it).

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Is this lg 55in tv good for the price?

Mr Myagi

Any pros and cons? Can I watch 3d channels without the glasses? Thanks

That is the entry level 3D TV from the 2012 line up (the LM in the model number is the 2012 designation, LA is the 2013 lineup).

Overall - that series is considered to be a very decent TV. For that particular model...since it is the entry will have somewhat less features than the higher up in the series (LM6200, LM6700, LM7600, LM8600, LM9600)...but overall it's not much different. This particular one does not have the Smart Features of the LM6200 and up...and it also doesn't have as good of processors as the LM7600 and up, but it should be decent enough for normal use.

As far as 3D and glasses are concerned. These TV's use passive 3D...meaning that (and this is in laymans terms) the picture is filtered in a way that when the glasses are put on...the left eye sees one picture and the right eye sees another...and your brain makes it 3D. Without glasses will just look like an extremely out of focus picture.

As far as cons for this unit...there are 2:

1st (and this applies to a LOT of manufacturers and not just LG).
The 120Hz "Tru Motion Rate" is not the same thing as a 120Hz refresh rate. So - though it sort-of performs like a 120Hz really is a 60Hz panel. You will find this to be the case in most of the lesser expensive models from all manufacturers.

Given that this is a left-over 2012 are already starting out with 1 year old technology. Not saying that it's not good technology...but that there is already a newer model and any 2012 models are simply left-overs that didnt sell. You should expect to see a significant savings from the 2013 models. It's hard to price-compare an overstock model...since the major retailers who would normally carry these have already replaced them with 2013 you can;t always rely on a quick google shopping it's likely to come up with few results.

Overall though...$800 for a 55" 3D TV is not you certainly aren;t getting hosed at that price...but you just have to realize that it's marked down because it is in fact a 1 - 2 year old tv...even though its new.

Should I wait for the 2013 50 inch Plasma TVs to arrive?


I need some advice. I am currently looking at the Panasonic TCP50ST50. I can get it for around $875 given the sales, CC discount, and points I have saved up. But, should I buy this TV now, or wait for the 2013 models to arrive. Here are my needs: I cannot go larger than 50 inch. Picture Quality is the number 1 priority. I have surround sound already set up. The TV will be an a basement that has windows, but still a dark room. I will be using it mostly for HDTV, Blue Ray DVD, and some gaming. I have a Wii U so I already have an ability to stream into my Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu accounts. So the questions would be: approx how much will the 2013 50 inch models be? Is Panasonic still the best? And will the new features on the 50" models be worth the extra expense?

You should consider the LED TV, tough the price is higher for that size. I find that the picture quality is better and the newer models are also equipped with a number of features (i.e.3D , direct internet connection, youtube streaming). Wait for the new models to be launched, so that the older models' price will drop. Samsung and Sony are also quite good choices.

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