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My family got our taxes back for this year and we can finally afford a new TV! The one we're using is still the 55" big screen projection TV from like 1998/99 iirc.

I don't know exactly what has changed in newer TV's since I made that last thread, so I'm asking again for an up to date answer

My family also said they are wanting one with wifi ready capabilities "smart TV", and we still want one that's 60+ inches. It doesn't HAVE to be 3D, but it can be as long as it doesn't jack the price up. We're looking at about $2000~$2500 to spend on it

Any help will be much appreciated!
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Wait for a sale -> Buy cheapest one with Wifi. They're pretty much all the same. You won't notice any difference unless you want 3D or some other feature.
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smart tvs are not impressive due to the lack of integration and content (yes, even for Apple TV)
If you have to get one make sure you are really comfortable with the remote.

I do suggest getting a 3D TV if it isn't too expensive, unless you really don't care about the feature [if you just watch TV]. (It is more future proof for maybe PS4? Xbox 480? Wii U?)

If you aren't in a hurry you can always wait for 4K TVs and buy the 1080 so it'll be slightly cheaper.
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What's a 4K TV? o_o

And yes it will be used for PS3/Wii/360 for now~ I've just kept hearing people complain about the glasses with the TVs though.
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What's a 4K TV? o_o

And yes it will be used for PS3/Wii/360 for now~ I've just kept hearing people complain about the glasses with the TVs though.
4K TV are just double the resolution of 1080 (2160), most people can't tell the difference from far. So you don't really need it.
It is like retina display vs a normal display.

Well you can still watch normal TV on it, 3D doesn't have to be active.
But if you don't intend to get new consoles or any 3D content at all then it won't matter to you.

Note that there are active and passive 3D
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Went to Costco yesterday to look at TV's and found these 4.









I have to say the new 4 color Sharp TV ones look to have the brightest and clearest picture out of them.

Also Costco will add 3 years extra warranty when you buy the TV + you have 90 days to return it if you don't like it.
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Chances are none of the tvs on display there were optimized, as in having the proper color, brightness, contrast settings, etc.
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I'd say avoid edge lit LCDs all together. Overtime the edge lighting becomes visible.

You only need to really consider size and features you want, then aim for lowest price. I don't think you will notice much difference if you calibrate it.

The TVs you picked are almost all the same. Quattron is back lit I believe.
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Wait for a sale -> Buy cheapest one with Wifi. They're pretty much all the same. You won't notice any difference unless you want 3D or some other feature.
What does a TV was wifi do? lets you stream shows like on hulu, etc?

Also last time my parents got a TV at costco the color was horrible. We tried to optimize it but we couldn't get it to the correct coloring. We just ended up keeping the old TV cause the color was way better.
 
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Depends on the TV, some let you browse the web others just let you stream youtube videos.
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Depends on the TV, some let you browse the web others just let you stream youtube videos.
Feel like I'm living in the past. I would rather stream youtube vids on my computer.
 
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How would you know if it has an internet type of thing so we could browse or watch youtube videos? o_o Do they have some kinda term for that on the box or something?
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How would you know if it has an internet type of thing so we could browse or watch youtube videos? o_o Do they have some kinda term for that on the box or something?
Typically, they're called smart TVs. You can also look for the Wi-Fi label. Make sure it is Wi-Fi enabled, not Wi-Fi capable (these make you spend more). Each manufacturer has their own user interface. They vary from terrible to ok. No one is that good at it yet, but I believe LG and Samsung are leading the pack. However, some of their older models have downright terrible UIs.

Alternatively, you can buy a box (Roku, etc) that connects to an existing "dumb" TV and that will allow you browse applications such as Hulu, Netflix, etc. Roku boxes, when on sale, usually go for about 70 bucks.
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your best bet would just be looking at reviews for the model number online. someone will mention what capabilities it has.
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The new samsung thin bezel looks good but expensive.
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I'v Notice that NO ONE mention Vizeo...

you guys should really look into those...
I don't got one but it VERY impressive...

I am planning to Buy one in the Future...
 
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Thanks for all the help guys, we actually bought a Sharp Aquos/Quattron 60 inch. It was supposed to be $2000, but we got it for $1500 because it had been on display for 2 months.

On top of that we got 5 years of warranty on it

I'm not an expert on HDTV's obviously, but that 4th yellow color in it makes it look so much better than my neighbor's TV
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Except that 4th color thing is a total gimmick lol
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On top of that we got 5 years of warranty on it

I'm not an expert on HDTV's obviously, but that 4th yellow color in it makes it look so much better than my neighbor's TV
hey you think you can take a Picture of it and share it with us ?

cuz it SOUND cool but does it LOOK cool lolz...?
 
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I have no idea if this will work, but I'll try haha. I only have my Evo 3D for a Camera around here.

It looks like it took pretty good pictures, but it's still much clearer seeing it with your own eyes.

(Using Tales of Graces f for an example since I was the most blown away with it's colors )







And yes the pre rendered / anime / cartoon stuff looks the best. Live TV and stuff kinda gets pixelated at times and of course real life isn't that colorful lol.

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I found a picture I had taken from our old TV while I was playing through the game. It looks so horrible now @_@...

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