Need Recommendations for Good 40"+ 1080p LCD TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by geoffreak, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    My roommate is buying an LCD TV with a screen size at or above 40 inches. Any recommendations for a good TV? Here's the best deal he said he found so far:
  2. sal
    macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
  3. macrumors 68000

    Jan 6, 2004
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2007
    Consumer Reports puts Samsung and Vizio in the top three, and Westinghouse was very far down on the list... I wouldn't recommend the Westinghouse.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Done quite a bit of research on the subject lately while helping a friend buy
    his new LCD HD Tv. I highly recommend the new B750 series from Samsung.
    Also, for a limited time you can find the 40" Sony XBR7 for around $1200 from places like Crutchfield and maybe Amazon (it's a heck of a deal).
  6. macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2007
    I personally like Vizio.
    I know they aren't the top of the line, but neither are their prices.

    Speaking of prices that go from 600 - 2k, was there a particular price range you were looking for? That might help narrow it down.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
    Are you looking for a *good* tv, or a good *deal* on a tv. These are two very different things.

    I personally wouldn't buy anything less than a Sony XBR6, which incidentally is rather cheap these days. Around $1400 for the 40" size. Spectacular black levels and nice 120hz refresh. Also uses a 10 bit lcd panel while 99% of others use a cheaper 8 bit panel.

    The black levels and motion blur on all the cheap low-end tv models (Vizio, Westinghouse, etc.) are just horrible. Put one of them side-by-side with a Sony XBR or higher end Samsung and the difference will be very obvious. You get what you pay for.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    Sony is great. But Sony is like the Apple of consumer electronics. They have a high price, but you get what you pay for.

    I got the KDL-52W4100. The picture is amazing and quite vibrant. There are smaller variants as well.

    Like Wotan31 said, this is very similar to the XBR series. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate, the 10-bit panel (I think) and a bunch of other stuff. And a Sony anything TV will always be better in a side-by-side comparo.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2008
  10. macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    I'd go with the Sony XBR6... buddy of mine has one and it looks amazing. I'm pretty sure it's a 120hz TV too. The picture on it has no judder whatsoever... even when using regular DVDs.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I recently got a Samsung LE40B551A, very good I think personally ;) IDK how much it is in US but here it was £600 :D
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2009
    My Samsung experience

    I currently own a 46" Samsung LNT4661 LCD. I paid $2667 for it two years ago based on a lot of research and good reviews. Recently, it stopped working so I had it looked at. The tech tells me the inverter went out and he would need to replace the whole LCD panel for $800, $600 for the part and $200 for labor. To say that I'm disappointed is a major understatement as this was a significant investment for me. I now have the most expensive paperweight I have ever owned. At that price point it should not stop working at less than two years.

    I think the moral of the story here is maybe this time the extended warranty WAS the way to go.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    Northeast, CT
    I bought a 46" Samsung LN-46A630 and couldn't be happier. Bought it about a year ago for just over $2000, let alone, got a good discount as Circuit City had their 90 day price match and dropped their price a good bit afterwards.

    Anyways all in all it is a great tv. Really wanted the A650 but it wasn't in stock. Once again very happy with the A630.

    Great colors and very good for movies.

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