Need Recommendations for Good 40"+ 1080p LCD TV

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    geoffreak

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    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:
     
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    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.
     
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    skye12

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    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).
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Shake 'n' Bake

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    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.
     
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    Chase R

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    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.
     
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    northy124

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