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60-70" HDTV for multiple uses
« on: 30 November 2014, 07:19:03 PM »

Requirements:
  • 60"-70" diagonal
  • Maximum width 63"
  • Maximum height 39"
  • Maximum depth 18", with preferably a 2-foot part of the stand (somewhere across its width, either in the middle or midway towards either end) being no deeper than 10.5" so that a subwoofer can fit behind the TV in a cabinet (if this is not possible then it can be moved and only the 18" maximum depth applies).
  • External audio system already used -- I don't care about built-in speakers.
  • I don't care about 3d.
  • Please, no curve!!!
  • Room is usually moderately lit, but not under bright lights or direct sunlight.
  • Budget: Under US $3500.
Usages (roughly):
  • 10% standard definition cable TV
  • 20% video game consoles (Xbox, PS, etc.)
  • 30% 720p DVD movies
  • 20% 1080p video streaming, BluRay DVDs, or media files
  • 10% photographic editing with laptop and Photoshop, or slideshows of work
I see these as possible contenders:
  • Samsung 64" F8500 -- still available for US $2500.
    • Last available great plasma that can be bought new
  • Panasonic 65" AX800 / AX802 -- currently US $2800
    • I like that it has DisplayPort for PC/laptop 4K monitor for photography
    • Full 4:4:4 4K @ 60 Hz
    • Panasonic has good reputation
    • But should I wait for the AX900 / AX902?
  • Sony 65" or 70" X850B -- US $2500, $3500
    • The stand is simple (four legs, two at each side) and leaves me plenty of room behind the TV
    • It supposedly has multiple LED zones for better blacks than just end LEDs
    • I don't want the 900 version with side speakers (too wide and I already have 6.1 sound system)
    • But I am concerned that Sony's reputation has slowly fallen generally over the years
    • And the smart TV software and TV settings probably won't be as featured or flexible as other brands
  • Samsung 65" HU8550 -- Currently US $2300
    • Good TV overall, but nothing stands out about it.
    • I'm concerned the TV stand may protrude too much in the front, requiring me to push TV back further into the cabinet and thus not having room for appliances behind it.
Suggestions? Right now I'm leaning towards the AX800 but maybe I should get an F8500 while it lasts, or maybe wait for the AX900, or consider other options.

Edit: I'm also concerned about the "tilt" of the AX800 -- how many degrees back does it tilt and how does this affect viewing from 10-15 feet away?
« Last Edit: 30 November 2014, 07:50:11 PM by leek »

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Re: 60-70" HDTV for multiple uses
« Reply #1 on: 30 November 2014, 08:16:16 PM »
Hi

Welcome to the forum.

To me, the choice is clear: get the Samsung F8500 plasma while you can... the current crop of 4K LED LCDs don't hold a candle to it.

Warmest regards
Vincent

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Re: 60-70" HDTV for multiple uses
« Reply #2 on: 01 December 2014, 07:45:54 AM »
Assuming I can't get my hands on a plasma HDTV, what's the best alternative?

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Re: 60-70" HDTV for multiple uses
« Reply #3 on: 01 December 2014, 12:20:16 PM »
Assuming I can't get my hands on a plasma HDTV, what's the best alternative?

2015 model with FALD + quantum dot.