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Old 11-10-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a 3DTV for my bedroom going to be used for mostly Blu's/PS3 games/Streaming. I have a max budget of $800 or so. I was looking around at BF ads and found that BestBuy is offering the:

Samsung - 40" Class - LED - 1080p - 120Hz - 3D - HDTV (UN40EH6030FXZA) for $492
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+...=5#tab=reviews

I couldn't find too many reviews on it, so I'm a bit iffy. I did view it in person and it looked pretty good, but still would like to hear some advice since I'm new to the 3DTV scene.

I also spotted 2 LG models:
the LG 47LM7600 for $699 (on BF)
http://www.amazon.com/LG-47LM7600-47.../dp/B006ZH0KVG

and the other LG model:
LG 42LM6200 for $800.
http://www.amazon.com/LG-42LM6200-42...eywords=LM6200

Can anyone help me decide between those? I'm also open to any other suggestions you may have. SmartTV functions are not important to me as I have a PS3. Thanks
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
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are all of these tv's through best buy on Black Friday?
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:40 AM   #3
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I just bought me a 55" LG 3D tv yesterday and loving it. I have heard good things about samsungs and LG but don't know how good those particular sets are. One thing I did when I was researching tvs is I looked at reviews on YouTube. That was pretty helpful. Good luck. Hope you find a tv you will enjoy.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #4
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My best friend is a movie collector, with over 2000 DVDs, but no BDs yet. He's still using CRTs for televisions, and I've decided that for his birthday this year, I want to upgrade him to HDTV. For my own purposes, I want to get him into 3D. (Mainly so I have someone new to lend to and from.) I've already told him of my decision, and he's looking forward to it, and he has a PS3 on the way that will serve as a 3D player for him.

I want to stick with passive 3D; he has a young son who can be destructive, and passive is a better fit for his situation (and he has a dozen pairs of Real 3D glasses from movie theaters). AFAIK, this limits me to LG and Vizio. Tell me if there are other alternative brands with passive, of course.

I personally have an LG system (the 55" 3D package Walmart was selling for a bit over $1000) and am comfortable with the brand, but am willing to look at Vizio or other brands. Especially since I'd like to keep this present semi-affordable; don't know if anything is at the $500 level, but would like to keep this <$800, and the less expensive the better. While 55" would be nice, anything over 30" would be a serious upgrade for him, so I'm willing to look at <55" sets. No need for Wi-Fi or apps, but need something with a plethora of connectors (USB, at least two HDMI, at least two sets of component inputs).

So:
  • Passive 3D
  • < $800, cheaper the better
  • Decent number and variety of connection options
  • No need for Wi-Fi
  • Reasonable reliability and/or lifespan

If possible, I'd also like to get a low-end 3D player for him (never been a fan of using game systems as media players, lest the lifespan of the expensive console be reduced), as well as a starter set of BDs; I want to start the guy out properly with HD, to encourage him to wind down the DVD collecting. I like the integration of the LG system; load a disc, the TV turns on, etc. I also like that I can attach a thumb drive or external hard drive filled with media files and play them. Would Vizio do these as well? Other brands?
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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I just bought me a 55" LG 3D tv yesterday and loving it. I have heard good things about samsungs and LG but don't know how good those particular sets are. One thing I did when I was researching tvs is I looked at reviews on YouTube. That was pretty helpful. Good luck. Hope you find a tv you will enjoy.
What model did u buy?
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #6
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The Panasonic TC-L42ET5 is a passive 42". That being said CNET has good things to say about Vizios new M series passive sets. http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-t...-35159744.html Its a 47" LED/LCD. The LG 47LM4600 47" set is on sale at Wal-Mart for $649.

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Old 11-12-2012, 07:41 PM   #7
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Also in the same boat as you, I found a lot of good prices on some TV's for Black Friday, basically trying to decide between Samsung and LG.

this 40" samsung is gonna be $492 on BF http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+...3594900&loc=01

also available in 46" for $648 on BF

and this 47" LG will be $699 on BF @ Sears http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/LG-...SIN=B006ZH0KVG

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The Panasonic TC-L42ET5 is a passive 42". That being said CNET has good things to say about Vizios new M series passive sets. http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-t...-35159744.html Its a 47" LED/LCD. The LG 47LM4600 47" set is on sale at Wal-Mart for $649.
the Vizio will be $648 on BF from Sams cLUB
would you recommend the Vizio over the LG or Samsung I posted above? I'm trying to single it down but I'm having a hard time deciding.

here is what cNET had to say about the LG
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-t...-35117974.html

I can't find many reviews about the Samsung but I heard that's the better brand for 3D TV's?

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Old 11-12-2012, 08:48 PM   #8
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I would go with the Samsung 46" for no other reason than active 3D. Tried passive didn't like the reduction in detail. If you prefer passive either of the 47" the LG 47LM7600 or Vizio.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:19 PM   #9
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Thanks for the heads-up, everyone. The prices look good.

As for passive vs. active, it's kind of a necessity for his household. I could do active (and may go there for my own second set), but he needs a kid-friendly set where broken glasses aren't going to be a problem.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #10
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The other guy was interested in the active tv. But for your friend the LG 47LM7600 or the Vizio would both be great. Love the style of the LG.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:42 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads-up, everyone. The prices look good.

As for passive vs. active, it's kind of a necessity for his household. I could do active (and may go there for my own second set), but he needs a kid-friendly set where broken glasses aren't going to be a problem.
I have a destructive son too, so forget about the glasses for a second and think panels.

Kids don't watch 3D. Their attention spans are too short and they don't sit and stare at a movie. They want to play with toys that mimic the movie, and go and do other things during the slow parts. They don't care about plot development, so most likely they won't even touch the glasses until they are beyond the destructive stage.

The only television I know of that has a thick, mostly indestructible, panel is the Panasonic plasmas. I've had mine for five years, and sure, they've scratched it, but never broken it. My Samsung didn't last five minutes and the impact was not hard at all. It broke like so many cheaply made toys.

I walk through the store rapping on panels and everything seems to be thin plastic. Everyone wants a thin, light weight TV that is easy to carry, install and mount. Panasonic's website even advertises some of their sets as being for families with small children.

They do have passive now as someone above me said, but if they don't have a strong panel, forget it, cause the glasses are easy to put away, the television isn't.

Then there's projectors. The kids never touched that. It was up too high. There's some from Acer and Optoma within your budget.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:54 PM   #12
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what model did u buy?
55lm4700
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:48 AM   #13
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I just purchased an LG 47CM565...great picture, fantastic 3D, great internet reviews. My sister liked it so much she's buying the same model. I bought mine on sale at Best Buy...Wal-Mart and Target have it on sale now. Uses passive 3D glasses from movie theater. This is last year's model but the price is less than $650 compared to list of $999.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:01 AM   #14
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Go for the LG 47CM565...great picture, fantastic 3D, great internet reviews. This is last year's model but at less than $600 it's a bargain. Works great with passive theater 3D glasses. I bought mine on sale at Best Buy...Wal-Mart and Target have it on sale now. My sister likes the my LG so much she's buying the same model.
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I have a destructive son too, so forget about the glasses for a second and think panels.

Kids don't watch 3D. Their attention spans are too short and they don't sit and stare at a movie. They want to play with toys that mimic the movie, and go and do other things during the slow parts. They don't care about plot development, so most likely they won't even touch the glasses until they are beyond the destructive stage.

The only television I know of that has a thick, mostly indestructible, panel is the Panasonic plasmas. I've had mine for five years, and sure, they've scratched it, but never broken it. My Samsung didn't last five minutes and the impact was not hard at all. It broke like so many cheaply made toys.

I walk through the store rapping on panels and everything seems to be thin plastic. Everyone wants a thin, light weight TV that is easy to carry, install and mount. Panasonic's website even advertises some of their sets as being for families with small children.

They do have passive now as someone above me said, but if they don't have a strong panel, forget it, cause the glasses are easy to put away, the television isn't.

Then there's projectors. The kids never touched that. It was up too high. There's some from Acer and Optoma within your budget.
This kid loves 3D... It's one of the reasons they have so many sets of glasses from theaters.

Your other points do offer food for thought. I'm less concerned with the kid damaging the TV, though, and more with the TV damaging the kid if it topples onto him. A secure wall mount or a projector as you suggest would be safer. Not sure how apartment management would feel about a projector being mounted on the ceiling (typically wall mounts are okay). I think that overall, I'll have to involve my friend in the buying process.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:25 PM   #16
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This kid loves 3D... It's one of the reasons they have so many sets of glasses from theaters.

Your other points do offer food for thought. I'm less concerned with the kid damaging the TV, though, and more with the TV damaging the kid if it topples onto him. A secure wall mount or a projector as you suggest would be safer. Not sure how apartment management would feel about a projector being mounted on the ceiling (typically wall mounts are okay). I think that overall, I'll have to involve my friend in the buying process.
Make sure you let us know what you decide on!
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My neighbor got the 42" passive from Panasonic and its GREAT!

Passive is so much cooler in certain ways. No need to charge or keep batteries for the glasses and the glasses are like free and light and not fatiguing.

I have an active Samsung which I love but passive fits more causal users well.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:55 AM   #18
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I have the 42LM6200.

You HAVE to shut off "Super Resolution" if you get it, or it causes massive judder. PQ is 4.5/5, Audio is 3/5. It's probably the best TV out of all my friends and other than I question it being a legit 120hz instead of LG's weird algorithm to "Fake" the 120hz, it's a great TV
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Out of that list of sets you have your eyes on, I'd buy the LG 47LM7600. From what I've seen in the stores, it's your best bet from that list.
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Have you thought about a 3D projector?
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