I'm shopping for a new LED TV, should I wait for the "iTV"?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SiMBa37, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. SiMBa37 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    New York
    I'm about to move in my new house, and I am looking for a thin 47" LED TV to complete my family room. There are some decent sales this weekend.

    BUT... I keep thinking what if Apple finally releases there long rumored iTV?

    That being said, the Apple TV set top box looks like its getting a refresh. I can't imagine that Apple's long awaited answer to the living room would neglect people that are not looking to purchase a whole new Apple branded television set.

    Should I go ahead and get a TV (probably a Samsung or LG) or wait for this mythical device?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If Apple releases their iTV, the one you buy now will still work fine.
  3. phas3 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2008
    I say get a plasma! More screen for your money and better picture quality
  4. afroAnt macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    I second that
  5. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2005
    Tacoma WA
  6. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    well i've seen plasma and for the cost and longevity lcd are way better tv's picture quality and not having to replace bulbs when they go out. new bulbs every three years and i replaced a bulb in a friends and within a month the plasma died one of the circuit boards went out and to get it fixed the friend had to pay 400 he was able for that cost get a 42in led 1080p at that price
  7. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    You may be thinking of DLP projection tvs, which require semi-regular lamp replacements. Plasma sets don't use lamps.
  8. pilot1226 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    I'd wait and see. I personally have a 2 year old led Samsung tv that works fine. The power usage on the led is so low that I'm willing to argue it pays for itself compared to a plasma.
  9. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    Plasma's have better contrast, color, and viewing angle then an LCD. One problem, I'm one of the few people that see plasma flicker. It's almost like an old CRT monitor refreshing at 60hz, but not nearly as bad. Still noticeable to me especially on bright scenes.
  10. class77 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    I wouldn't wait. I don't think a "real" Apple TV is possible for at least another year
  11. -y0- macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2011
    I say save your money and get a decent plasma.
  12. Carl Sagan macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    The Universe
    I'd get a tv and then the new Apple TV puck later...
  13. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    it must be me but ive seen plasma's in the stores along side a led lcd and the lcd seems liek to have a better picture
  14. jwm2 macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    Many plasmas also start at 600hz refresh rate, for me thats a big deal. I paid extra to get 120hz to reduce the fuzziness of moving objects onscreen. I wouldn't think of getting a set with less than 240hz refresh rate at this point.
  15. phas3 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2008
    that's because LCD's are brighter but if you look closely reds are pinks on LCDs/LED. Plus the models in stores aren't fully calibrated, if both sets were fully calibrated the Plasma will have better picture quality.
  16. Purakane macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Get a Panasonic plasma. Mines been running for 6 years now no problem.
    I also have a 70" sharp led tv but the color quality is **** compared to my Panasonic. whatever u do don't get a 3d tv as new glassless ones are coming out soon.

    Get the tv then sell it on Craigslist once the apple tv comes out if ever.
  17. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
    Glassless free 3D is still several years away from mass market. There are only a few prototypes right now. 3D is a fail anyways. Pretty much every decent set comes with 3D built in whether you want it or not so you can't really avoid it.

    +1 on the Panasonic plasma. You really shouldn't even be looking at anything else right now. The picture quality/price ratio is off the charts.
  18. Purakane macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    What are you talking about 3d is not a fail!! Have you ever smoked weed then watched (active not passive) 3d porn. OMFG. Gives ghosting a whole different meaning =D
  19. whooleytoo macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Bought a Panasonic plasma a few months ago (with 3D, since the extra cost was negligible and included 2 pairs of glasses), and am hugely happy with it. Great colours, contrast, and very smooth motion. Love it. Wish I'd bought bigger now, but that was always going to happen!

    Glassless 3D TVs are already on sale (Toshiba ZL2 is the first I found), and it generally doesn't take too long to trickle down to the mass market.

    Errr.... I don't really want to say "+1". But... cough... +1!!!
  20. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I picked up the last generation 50" Pioneer Elite Plasma. Holy **** that thing looks beautiful! I also have a 60" Samsung LED and it looks good, but not great. Plasmas just look so much better and are much more fluid than the LED's.
  21. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    If I was waiting for a TV, it would be a wait for OLED. An Apple TV may or may not be coming, OLED definitely is with LG and Samsung saying they will release sets this years, and Panasonic promising to not be far behind.
  22. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    My 720 plasma is 6 years old. Heavy as hell but still going. Later this year I may pick up another or I may wait for the iTV. My only complaint about the plasma is heat. When its 115 outside and my AC is cranking, it doesnt help the TV is throwing heavy heat.


  23. Rideherhard macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    how are you guys finding the new plasmas in bright rooms with a lot of sun? I know this was a big issue, is it still?.
  24. Otago Lad macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2011
    New Zealand
    I have sun hitting the screen from the side and have no problems with it - mine is a Panasonic VT30 55 inch - best tv I've ever had or tested and can't wait to get one of this year's 65 inch models for the games room.
  25. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    Yes, but do you know how much that planned LG 55" OLED will go for?

    $8,000 MSRP. You want to wait that to come down from the price only bleeding edge early-adopters will pay? Count years, if not decades.


    +1000 on the 9G KURO Elite! Wouldn't trade any current TV for it.

    Maybe the new VT50, if the 24p playback is right, dithering at a minimum, the color is as good as the ST50, and the black levels as good as my KURO.


    Certainly can be. But then, so can it be on a lot of the new LED-LCD sets, due to very reflective screen materials.

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