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AZinOH

join:2007-04-25
Swanton, OH
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reply to jpaik

Re: Time for a new TV.. Need advice.

We've recently added a Samsung Blu-ray player with the "smart" apps to our 46 in Samsung LCD. To put it mildly...I am not impressed. As expected, there is a mix of free and paid apps. The free ones are supposed to work and the hope is that you'll get comfortable enough with the process that you'll want to sign up for the pay apps. I think Samsung missed the boat by not equipping the unit with an external antenna. As is, it frequently loses connection to the wireless network while other computers/phones in the same room keep plugging away. No wireless-no apps. However for the buyer who does want these apps, I heartily approve having them contained in a separate unit rather than being integrated directly into the tv. If as previously suggested these apps features become outdated, you can always get a new blu-ray player...but if they are directly integrated into the tv are you going to get a new one? Can what you have be updated? If the integrated apps go buggy-do they affect the other tv functions? I don't know these answers yet...does anyone?


jpaik

join:2002-01-09
Hamilton, ON

I don't know which manufacturers equip their displays with external antennas. Do you?

You might want to run some diagnostics on your Samsung's wireless connection. If it has been doing this since day 1, then you may have a flaky chip.

Samsung updates its apps frequently (I also have a Samsung smartphone), so I'm not concerned about outdated apps. There is no way that an integrated app will impact the tv functions, "buggy" or not.
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ke4pym
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Charlotte, NC
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reply to darcilicious

said by darcilicious:

said by ke4pym:

You can't go wrong with Samsung or LG.

What ever you do, dear lord, 8 pound baby jesus, don't buy it because of the "smart" features.

Those will be outdated and won't have updates in 18 months. You're better off identifiying what "smart" features you want and getting an external box.

Looks like Samsung is working on making that a better proposition:

»www.slashgear.com/samsung-evolut···2262770/

As long as you will be happy with a 1080p TV for the next X years.

I hope to get 10-12 years out of my current sets. Got 10 out of my old, giant Pioneer Elite RPTV. Only reason I got rid of it was because I wanted the floor space back.

I will eat a *little* crow on this smarttv thing. Found out that the Plex client is available for the Samsung plasma I have. That thing rocks!

That TV is a year old now and updates have been slowing down considerably. Pretty much the same pattern as the 2 other Sammys I own.


ImpldConsent
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Mcdonough, GA
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reply to gatorkram

+1 on everything above - then I did the unexpected and just bought a TV because it was cheap. Samsung 450 Series at a local store. I didn't look at spec's - I just looked at the connectors and how thick(thin) it was and how cheap can I get it. About a 5min process. BTW, is it me or does 720p look much better than 1080i...? 1080i looks smeared.

The Samsung looks great and fits an exercise room perfectly.

...this is coming from the guy who spent 3months researching before dropping a bit on a Kuro Pro-141FD.
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stet
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join:2002-03-08
Utica, MI

said by ImpldConsent:

BTW, is it me or does 720p look much better than 1080i...? 1080i looks smeared.

That's to be expected, you bought a 720p TV.
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ImpldConsent
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said by stet:

That's to be expected, you bought a 720p TV.

Agreed, it does accept 1080i/p signals but I did not expect it to display differently, but it does. I've never had a 720p before, they've all been 1080p. It's a mid-200.00 Samsung. I didn't look at anything other than HDMI-CHECK, THIN-CHECK, CHEAP-CHECK. Hung it, plugged it in... works. Thx
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darcilicious
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join:2001-01-02
Forest Grove, OR
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The de-interlacng isn't all that great then, apparently.


AZinOH

join:2007-04-25
Swanton, OH
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reply to stet

said by stet:

said by ImpldConsent:

BTW, is it me or does 720p look much better than 1080i...? 1080i looks smeared.

That's to be expected, you bought a 720p TV.

I don't have any problem with 1080i on my 720p Samsung LN32C350D1D (2 years old)...it looks just fine.

sk1939
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reply to gatorkram

Here's a good link on refresh rates if the marketing mumbojumbo confuses you:

»www.techlicious.com/blog/beware-···v-specs/

Just because it says "120" or "240" on the box doesn't mean it is.


Indy Sabre
Sabre Rider From Indianapolis

join:2003-10-02
reply to gatorkram

I like the like kind of cheap Panisonic Plasmas even in 720 (That is what i got a year or 2 ago) for the price you can get their base or close to base 42 or 50"s real cheap. They do sports just fine and are bright enough for me.



elwoodblues
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Somewhere in
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reply to 88615298

Not to mention the "True Motion Rates' or Clear Motion Rate or backlight scanning.. and a host of other marketing gimmicks.

To me Plasma wins hands down, as long as there is no direct light on the screen you're golden. I'd stay away from the Panasonic U series and look at the UT or if you can find them the ST lines.
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