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#1 Pete Raynell

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 06:25 AM

I'm moving house and in the market for a new TV...

OLED, LCD, Plasma, Ultra HD, Full HD, HD , the options and brands seem overwhelming!

So I thought what better place to ask than here what most of you guys have in your home to get and idea of what to look into.

Thanks in advance!

Pete


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#2 aapo lettinen

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 07:26 AM

OLED, ultra HD and at least 55"  is the minimum I would say. have not bought any new TV yet but maybe next year  ^_^


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#3 Miguel Angel

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 07:48 AM

I have a Samsung 56" Plasma TV that I bought 4 years ago.. and I hope it lasts forever because I can see movies in 1080p and in 3D and the quality of the image is just astonishing :)


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#4 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 09:15 AM

I've got a 50" Panasonic Viera(?) Plasma. Had it for probably six years now. Love it.


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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:02 AM

LED 4k LG.  Great picture, and you can disable frame smoothing so it looks normal.


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#6 Macks Fiiod

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:25 AM

A ViewSonic 24" LCD computer monitor.

 

I have a 42" Samsung 1080p "3D Ready" flat screen, but I use it maybe once a week.


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#7 Jay Young

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:29 AM

42" Samsung Plasma

 

Someday, I'm going to go get my Brothers 60" Plasma because he bought a new 'gaming' telly... He is a game designer, so his needs are different.


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#8 Greg R Greenhaw

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 09:16 AM

I just bought the LG oled b655 HDR. Make sure you get a 10bit HDR display. I would recommend the lg b6 or the samsung ks8000


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#9 Michael LaVoie

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:26 AM

Optoma GT760A 1080p 3D projector.   It's awesome and incredibly cheap at $500.  Got 2 pairs of glasses and a 9ft screen.  3D on TV sets is kinda meh cause of the small size but on a 9ft screen it's pretty cool.  Now if only there were better 3D films.


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#10 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 11:15 AM

I have a 47" Sony Bravia 1080P monitor.  The image is great but it has developed a thin vertical blue line on the left side of the screen... 


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 12:34 PM

I have a 47" Sony Bravia 1080P monitor.  The image is great but it has developed a thin vertical blue line on the left side of the screen... 

How long ago did you get it? I was thinking of purchasing a Bravia for a while.


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#12 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 12:40 PM

It's probably about five or six years old.  I got it because it has a feature called CineFrame or something -- I suspect it is sort of the opposite of motion flow smoothing / interpolation, it probably drives the monitor at 48 Hz instead of 60 or 120 Hz so that 24 fps material looks more like film projection motion.


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#13 Shawn Sagady

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 03:54 PM

I have a 100" screen with a 3K DLP projector, works wonders.  Forget the actual model right now as I'm on the road.


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#14 Dan Hasson

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 06:34 PM

I think Plasmas are great, got one, I just stick a HDMI into my MacBook, watch something from Netflix or iTunes and the quality is great. It took me a while to get a decent sound system as I prefer not to use the built in one to the television.


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#15 Bruce Greene

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 11:03 AM

I think Plasmas are great, got one, I just stick a HDMI into my MacBook, watch something from Netflix or iTunes and the quality is great. It took me a while to get a decent sound system as I prefer not to use the built in one to the television.

I've got a 55" last generation Panasonic Plasma.  Fantastic picture. Black levels almost pitch black and images seem "3d" compared to LCD.  Great viewing angles. ABL is hard to notice (energy saving dimming of bright frames).  Sound is awful. Needs separate sound system. At 55", 4k is not needed. And lastly, it's very very heavy.


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#16 Keith Walters

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Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:18 PM

I have a 47" Sony Bravia 1080P monitor.  The image is great but it has developed a thin vertical blue line on the left side of the screen... 

That means one of the 5,760 digital-to-analog  converters along the top of the panel.has died, and it's unfortunately unrepairable.

I still find it unbelievable that a 1920 x 1080 panel has 5,760 soldered connections along the top and another 1,080 down the side, soldered onto metallized glass. The flexible PC Board tracks they solder on are barely visible with the naked eye, and yet they manage to get them all aligned and soldered into place, and they work year-in year-out with remarkably few failures.
And a 4K panel has 11,520 + 2160!
When LCD TVs first came out I was wondering what the actual panel service life was going to be, and it greatly exceeded everybody's expectations. The only thing that was more incredible was the way the prices plummeted  in just a few years
I've repaired quite a few LCD TVs that have been given to me "for parts", and ironically, it's rarely the panel that's faulty; it's nearly always just a few dollars worth of parts in the power supply module. :rolleyes:


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Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:37 PM

I'm a projector guy, have been for my 15 years. I'm currently running an Optoma HD25LV, which is a great deal (around $899 referb) for a 20,000:1 contrast, 3,500 lumen, super quiet HD projector.

My normal home theater is a slightly under 7 foot wide wall. I also have a perfect white screen that's a little under 6 feet wide. I rarely use the screen, only when I need perfect colors for checking work.

However, I can turn the room on it's side and get a 12 foot wide image if need be. I've done this move twice and it's tricky, takes about 30 minutes to set up, but if I'm having a crowd over, it's worth while. 

 

I'm excited about the UHD laser projectors for home theater coming soon. I will re-invest in 2 - 4 years because I'm producing a lot of UHD content these days and it's nice to see it projected properly, instead of a down-res. I also think the 1080p DLP chips in these current projectors need more mirrors. Even though I wouldn't be projecting 1080p content all the time, I think the extra mirrors will help smoothen the image out. 

 

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#18 Dan Hasson

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 05:34 AM

Sound is awful. Needs separate sound system.

I've been using mission speakers and a NAD 3020i stereo. I've just connected my TV up to what I use to play records and it helps so much! I don't think I can ever go back to using a TV's built in audio system.


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#19 Bruce Greene

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 01:37 PM

I've been using mission speakers and a NAD 3020i stereo. I've just connected my TV up to what I use to play records and it helps so much! I don't think I can ever go back to using a TV's built in audio system.

I'm using my Infinity loudspeakers that I bought in 1976...  No surround sound, just two channel.  For movies, a sub woofer might be helpful if i would want to shake the entire house...


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#20 Keith Walters

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 09:11 PM

I've got a 55" last generation Panasonic Plasma.  Fantastic picture. Black levels almost pitch black and images seem "3d" compared to LCD.  Great viewing angles. ABL is hard to notice (energy saving dimming of bright frames).  Sound is awful. Needs separate sound system. At 55", 4k is not needed. And lastly, it's very very heavy.

It's funny that virtually no manufacturer gives you what would be an extremely useful feature: Audio line output jacks where the signal level tracks the level set by the volume control. A few sets have a stereo earphone jack that does this, but that's very much the exception; most of them have fixed-level headphone out.
It makes an external speaker setup vastly easier to use, and particularly with modern wafer-thin TV designs, even the cheapest and nastiest stereo setup is going to sound a hell of a lot better than the microscopic. internal speakers. Actually just adding a sub-woofer of any size often makes a significant improvement.
(Strictly speaking, they're really just "external bass drivers"; you can't actually hear the output from a true "Sub-Woofer", you can only feel it :-) 


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