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Old 08-17-2010, 12:01 AM
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Looking for a 55" Samsung TV

What should i look for?
1.Is 120 Hz OK?
2.What resolution?
3.What does ratio mean and what do i need?
4.What else should i look for?

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Old 08-17-2010, 07:45 AM
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Looks to me like you have a lot of researching to do.
GOOGLE is going to be your best friend for a while.

Why are you stuck on Samsung? Best buy sells name brands under their name for a fraction of the price.

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:12 AM
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What should i look for?
1.Is 120 Hz OK?
2.What resolution?
3.What does ratio mean and what do i need?
4.What else should i look for?
Looking for televisions now eh?

As far as I know anything over 100Hz is going to be pretty modern for a LCD. I've seen some LCD Panasonics (I think they were Panasonic anyway) that were 200Hz. This frequency rating is the rate at which the picture refreshes - just like your laptop / computer screen (right click on your computer's wall paper and you'll probably see a preferences option that might let you see what your screen's refresh rate is). So in real terms this is going to translate into how flickery your screen is going to be for fast moving pictures. The higher the refresh rate the better the picture will be.

But before you get to your questions I guess you need to look up the difference between LCD and plasma - if you don't already know. Plasma screens have always had higher refresh rates than LCD but they used to have a higher power consumption and shorter lives. I don't know if that is still true.

Have a look at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p

For a start to understanding resolution and screen ratios etc etc etc
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:17 AM
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from what I understand, Panasonic recently purchased plasma technology from Pioneer. If you ever saw the Pioneer Plasma, well.....that TV may have set a world's record for picture quality. tune it into Discovery Channel HD and it looks like you are actually IN Yosemite National Park! amazing picture quality and refresh rate.

The Pioneer was $5K plus plus and still is commanding top dollar even though out of production. If Panasonic did in fact purchase Pioneer's plasma technology, then the current line up of Panasonic Plasma's are a real bargain.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:20 AM
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Sorry. I should have been more specific. I am looking for an LED. I was told that Samsung invented this technology. It seems like Best Buys,Sams and Brand Smart are pushing LED'S stating that they are better then LCD and Plasma.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:48 AM
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Sorry I'm out of knowledge perhaps this will help:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LED_TV
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:33 PM
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Sorry. I should have been more specific. I am looking for an LED. I was told that Samsung invented this technology. It seems like Best Buys,Sams and Brand Smart are pushing LED'S stating that they are better then LCD and Plasma.
in today's crowded television technology market, I'm not sure there is such a thing as "better" or "best". each technology has it's specific advantages and disadvantages. LEDs are known to use less energy which is obviously an advantage. the Samsung 7000 and 8000 series is proclaimed by many to be a great television.

to my eye however, nothing can beat a high end plasma. but, as they say, different strokes for different folks.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:25 PM
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LED vs LCD . . . not really a precise comparison, since both are using LCD pixels in the panels. The primary distinction is the use of LEDs versus CFL (flourescent) along the edges of the panels to light up the LCD panel. LEDs are lower power and have a longer life than CFL bulbs.

A key ratio to examine in LCD panels is the contrast ratio. The higher the ratio, the greater the ability of the panel to reproduce varying shades of "dark."
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:47 PM
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in today's crowded television technology market, I'm not sure there is such a thing as "better" or "best". each technology has it's specific advantages and disadvantages. LEDs are known to use less energy which is obviously an advantage. the Samsung 7000 and 8000 series is proclaimed by many to be a great television.

to my eye however, nothing can beat a high end plasma. but, as they say, different strokes for different folks.
It seems LEDs are on the top of the TV list today. Plasmas are priced less then LED and LCDs. You guys are right about the TV market. They have made it very confusing.
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:25 AM
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actually, I'm growing tired of television. I grew up listening to the radio and reading. I once saw a great presentation by the man who invented the PET (positron emission tomography). He showed images of the brain while listening to audio and contrasted those images with images of the brain watching, i.e. television.

the images while listening showed the brain lit up like a 1000 watt light bulb, while the images of the brain while watching television were almost completely dark. the point being is that the brain tends to shut down while watching television but listening to an audio source activates the neurons.

there is a reason television is known as "the idiot box".
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:08 AM
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I can STRONGLY recommend the LG 55LH90.

Instead of edge-lit LEDs, it has a full array that covers the entire LCD from the back. Extremely even lighting, black levels are very very good.

Got it for $1500 during a sale which pops up all the time.


http://www.amazon.com/LG-55LH90-55-Inch-Backlit-Infused/dp/B0026NOWGW

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