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What should be the optimal plan for upgrading my TV?

tony965070 32 14 November 17, 2015 at 06:08 PM
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I am bit confused with HDR and 4k and everything that has been coming out lately.

Current situation is that I have an old 50 inch 720p plasma in my living room. Looking to upgrade. I am in a condo though and the largest I can go with my setup is 55 inches.

Does it make sense to upgrade now (black friday) or wait? Whatever TV I buy will probably be the TV I watch for the next 10 years so I want to make it a good one. Do not want to spend more then $1000 and if I could spend $700 by either waiting a year or waiting for a great deal to come along, I would rather do that.

Thoughts?
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my thoughts are, if you're in the market now, and have a set budget, then buy now. of course get a great deal. I bought a 70" Vizio 1080p last year, and debated on getting a 4K model instead. a year later and I don't regret it. 4K is going to be a long time for mainstream content to arrive. it seams that only streaming content will be supported which is very limited right now. if you're good at selling your used stuff, get a 1080p 55" now for a great deal, and sell it in 2 years for the 4K TV you want. you'll save a lot of money. in two years, you'll get a 4K when 4K content is readily available.
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my thoughts are, if you're in the market now, and have a set budget, then buy now. of course get a great deal. I bought a 70" Vizio 1080p last year, and debated on getting a 4K model instead. a year later and I don't regret it. 4K is going to be a long time for mainstream content to arrive. it seams that only streaming content will be supported which is very limited right now. if you're good at selling your used stuff, get a 1080p 55" now for a great deal, and sell it in 2 years for the 4K TV you want. you'll save a lot of money. in two years, you'll get a 4K when 4K content is readily available.
completely agree with you, doesn't make sense saying I have a 4k tv and search for 4k stuff to run on it.
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my thoughts are, if you're in the market now, and have a set budget, then buy now. of course get a great deal. I bought a 70" Vizio 1080p last year, and debated on getting a 4K model instead. a year later and I don't regret it. 4K is going to be a long time for mainstream content to arrive. it seams that only streaming content will be supported which is very limited right now. if you're good at selling your used stuff, get a 1080p 55" now for a great deal, and sell it in 2 years for the 4K TV you want. you'll save a lot of money. in two years, you'll get a 4K when 4K content is readily available.
How do you like the 4k vizio? I was trying to decide between a 70" vizio or a 65" samsung...the Samsung just always looks sharper to me on the showroom floor...
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How do you like the 4k vizio? I was trying to decide between a 70" vizio or a 65" samsung...the Samsung just always looks sharper to me on the showroom floor...
Samsung is by far the best brand of tv to buy. however, for the savings, I had to take a Vizio. I got the 1080p instead of 4K. 4K is beautiful, but content is so scarce to view at 4K. another tip, I turn off all enhancements on tv settings. most of them degrade picture quality. some setting will upscale refresh rate, blend pixels, and others. these settings to me (which you pay more for) are garbage and degrade the video quality.
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Samsung is by far the best brand of tv to buy. however, for the savings, I had to take a Vizio. I got the 1080p instead of 4K. 4K is beautiful, but content is so scarce to view at 4K. another tip, I turn off all enhancements on tv settings. most of them degrade picture quality. some setting will upscale refresh rate, blend pixels, and others. these settings to me (which you pay more for) are garbage and degrade the video quality.
Ok thanks I misread your post. I think I'm sold on 4k for the little content that is out there and for future-proofing. I'm going to get a Samsung and if it's too small I'll return it for a 70" vizio.
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I have a 50 inch 720p plasma and I plan to use it until it dies. I haven't seen many LEDs that can produce a better picture. Perhaps OLED can, but the price will be too high for a long time.
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How old is old? New led lcd tvs with local dimming can compete very well with old and new plasmas, but don't come close at all to the top tier ones. I have a pretty good lg 1080p plasma from 2014 that the best lcds can get close to but are still not good enough.

I love plasma, but plasma tech got better over the years just like LCD, and LCD has some newer tech that makes it pretty close, don't let the plasma fanboys deny it. I'm a big a plasma fan as any, I have 3 of them.

I'd say if you have a 2010 or below plasma an upgrade would be a good idea. Anything newer and you really are just upgrading for 4k, unless you got some crappy bottom of the barrel vizio 1024x768 plasma or any other entry level crap

And yes, most of the '720p' entry level plasmas are actually just 1024x768 displays using some upscaling software for 720p
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RIP plasma. still waiting on oled to come down. I may turn to dust before the 65 inches come down to 1500
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