[POLL] Collective Wisdom - what kind of TV setup?

Which kind of TV setup would you get for the described room?

  • 4K OLED TV, 65-inch screen

  • 4K LED/LCD TV, 75-inch screen

  • HD Projector, 100-inch screen


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oneMadRssn

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Putting up a poll to gauge the collective wisdom:

Which kind of TV setup would you get for a ~14ft by ~15ft family room, where the TV would be ~12ft from the couch, where the room gets medium ambient light from windows but never direct sunlight?

Assume approximate costs of all the options is approximately the same.

Option A: 4K OLED TV, 65-inch screen
Option B: 4K LED/LCD TV, 75-inch screen
Option C: HD Projector, 100-inch screen
 

JWort93

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I purchased an 65" LG B6 OLED back in march, and to this day I still can't believe how amazing the picture quality is. I don't think I'll ever go back to a different technology. Just waiting for the 77" models to come down in price haha.
 

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Which kind of TV setup would you get for a ~14ft by ~15ft family room, where the TV would be ~12ft from the couch, where the room gets medium ambient light from windows but never direct sunlight?
You have just about exactly described my viewing environment... size and lighting included.

I think the presence of the ambient light is going to make the projector a non-starter.

Do you do much off angle viewing? That is where the OLED will be much better than the LCD. Anything much off center with the LCD and it gets really washed out.

To get close to an OLED quality image, you will want an LCD will full array local dimming (FALD). Something like the Sony XBR75X900E or similar. The price on that FALD will be fairly close to a 65" OLED... so the question becomes I think how much is the better black levels and contrast of the OLED worth to you as far as giving up some screen size.

I just went through this decision process and ended up get the LG C7 65" OLED and I am thrilled with it.

What are your viewing habits/material? How discriminating a viewer are you?
 

oneMadRssn

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You have just about exactly described my viewing environment... size and lighting included.

I think the presence of the ambient light is going to make the projector a non-starter.

Do you do much off angle viewing? That is where the OLED will be much better than the LCD. Anything much off center with the LCD and it gets really washed out.

To get close to an OLED quality image, you will want an LCD will full array local dimming (FALD). Something like the Sony XBR75X900E or similar. The price on that FALD will be fairly close to a 65" OLED... so the question becomes I think how much is the better black levels and contrast of the OLED worth to you as far as giving up some screen size.

I just went through this decision process and ended up get the LG C7 65" OLED and I am thrilled with it.

What are your viewing habits/material? How discriminating a viewer are you?
That really is the question, isn't it? Perfect contrast and deepest blacks versus size. I'm not such a huge movie buff, but I do appreciate size, so I think that might be my answer.
 
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I have both the OLED and the projector(1080p) I have the OLED in front of the screen. When I want the big screen I slide the OLED out of the way. But 99% of the time i'm using the OLED.
 

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That really is the question, isn't it? Perfect contrast and deepest blacks versus size. I'm not such a huge movie buff, but I do appreciate size, so I think that might be my answer.
Those FALD sets like the Sony I mentioned have really good contrast and black levels, and would have spanked any set just three or four years ago. It is just that OLED is a little better.

If off angle viewing for the LCD is not a problem for you, and if I understand you right, you are not all that critical a movie viewer, the larger LCD might be the better way.

Before recently buying this LG OLED I had one of the first FALD sets around by Sharp (this one) and it had really good black levels and contrast, but not as good as that new Sony FALD I mentioned. In day to day well lit scenes, I see little difference between the new OLED and the old FALD Sharp I had. Now when watching a Blu-Ray with a really dark scene, I can tell the difference, and while it is noticeable, it is not like the Sharp FALD was awful in comparison. I'd say the new Sony FALD would fall somewhere in between the Sharp I had and the new OLED. So I don't think you are going to be unhappy given how you described yourself.
 

archer75

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FALD certainly isn't new. Vizio has had it for years. And vizios also have Dolby Vision and are cheaper than the Sony. So you can easily get a 75"+ Vizio for a price similar to the OLED.
 

JWort93

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Yeah, I also have a 50" Vizio P-series in another room, and it's pretty great as well. If you prefer a larger size for a great price, you can't go wrong with the 75" P-series too.
 

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I have a related question, for those who upgrade their tv's what do you do with the old one?

I have a 80" 1080p tv and its 4 years old but I want to get a 4k, but can't justify since my current tv is working. I don't think there is a used market for tv's is there?
 

oneMadRssn

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Those FALD sets like the Sony I mentioned have really good contrast and black levels, and would have spanked any set just three or four years ago. It is just that OLED is a little better.

If off angle viewing for the LCD is not a problem for you, and if I understand you right, you are not all that critical a movie viewer, the larger LCD might be the better way.

Before recently buying this LG OLED I had one of the first FALD sets around by Sharp (this one) and it had really good black levels and contrast, but not as good as that new Sony FALD I mentioned. In day to day well lit scenes, I see little difference between the new OLED and the old FALD Sharp I had. Now when watching a Blu-Ray with a really dark scene, I can tell the difference, and while it is noticeable, it is not like the Sharp FALD was awful in comparison. I'd say the new Sony FALD would fall somewhere in between the Sharp I had and the new OLED. So I don't think you are going to be unhappy given how you described yourself.
Yea, viewing angles aren't a huge problem in this room. Nobody is going to be sitting more than 20degrees off center, especially given the long distance from the wall to the couch.

That's a good call regarding FALD, I'll make sure the TVs I'm looking at has it. That Sony though is pretty pricey - certainly above the "average" cost of a name-brand 75" LED TV. I think I'd be looking at a Vizio if that's the case.

According to rtings, none of the Samsung TVs have FALD. That's odd given Samsung's reputation as being very good.
 
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