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CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior MemberPosts: 14,205 Senior Member
My TV took a dump, I think, it won't power up, I thought the picture had been getting fuzzy and the kids said the picture(told me this tonight mind you) had been compressing and stretching, we got over 6 years out of it so I think the heat and dust finally took the electronics deep. It needs to be in the 40" range but a max of 48", lower is better for my entertainment center. Anybody had to buy one recently? I am probably leaning towards a smart tv but that is not a deal breaker.
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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  • sherwoodsherwood Senior Member Posts: 1,220 Senior Member
    Samsung 39"/40". Really like ours.
    I may be old but I ain't dead!
    DPRMD
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    sherwood wrote: »
    Samsung 39"/40". Really like ours.

    Samsung is my default electronics brand too, did you get a "smart" version?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Samsung.

    Did you buy online or at the store guys?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Here's a brief but informative quick guide, via Komando:

    http://www.komando.com/buying-guides/12648/buying-an-hdtv-2/all
  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    Here's the link to the recent thread that I started re. a new HDTV -- lots of vigorous chat, plenty of good info:

    http://forums.gunsandammo.com/showthread.php?20364-HDTV-some-info-and-suggestions-please
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,541 Senior Member
    Rakuten.com has a 48" Samsung for $600.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    +1 Samsung

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    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • sherwoodsherwood Senior Member Posts: 1,220 Senior Member
    I don't think it's a smart TV. I really don't know how to find out. It is however HD which we love. We bought it at Best Buy on sale.
    sherwood wrote: »
    Samsung 39"/40". Really like ours.
    I may be old but I ain't dead!
    DPRMD
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Samsung and LG are two highly competitive South Korean companies which is good for the consumer.

    Looks like Samsung has it right now in most areas, but LG has some features considered better, but they have it on Smart stuff for now.

    No, scratch that LG has caught up.

    http://www.lg.com/us/experience-tvs/smart-tv/use?cmpid=sem|he|tvao_2014campaign|google|br|smart&s_kwcid=TC|14142|lg%20smart%20tv||S|e|49675186147

    Then again....

    http://www.samsung.com/us/showcase/home-entertainment-televisions-and-audio/??cid=ppc-he-tvv-0514-43700002101437013

    I say get whichever for the best price you can in the size with the features you want. TVs are getting like computers with new and evolving technologies.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,502 Senior Member
    Just got a 60" Samsung smart and all kinds of stuff I 'll never use and it's AWESOME!! Saw a buffet in HD and almost grabbed a plate!!
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,985 Senior Member
    Why bother? There's nothing worth watching anyway! :tooth:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    Why bother? There's nothing worth watching anyway! :tooth:

    Go stand in the corner, it is hockey season.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    Thanks for the links guys, just need some time to go look....
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Samsung has come a long way, I remember when they made inexpensive but high quality B&W television sets, I used to find them discarded and repair them and give them to folks needing a TV for the kids.

    I like the new generation of smart televisions, by this time we should have zero excess wires connecting everything.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    If you know how to do some basic electronic repairs and solder components to to circuit board you may just be able to fix it yourself. You will need a multimeter at the minimum to troubleshoot the power supply and a basic understanding of how electricity, diodes and capacitors work, though.

    Seems these big TVs/Flat Screens have issues with Caps blowing and some like a piece of brass with a backed out primer are sorta similar if you look at the top and it is bubbled/wrinkled on the capacitors. It doesn't tell the whole story (visual inspection), but it very common with these sets.

    Just Google No Power and look on YouTube. If that is beyond what you are comfortable/knowledgeable with, stop now and hit the stores or take it to a TV repair shop.

    The last TV I fiddled with was a flat screen early HD model with the same ole huge picture tube hanging out the back we had here. Dang thing must have weighed 100 bulky pounds. I think it was an Advent brand. It needed a Flyback Transformer, which supplies the high DC voltage to the CRT (pic tube) and I ordered one fer 25 bucks from a parts warehouse.

    Now we got an LG, it is 48"or 50" model and is very thin and light as a feather in comparison. It will do all the stuff, allow anything we want to be hooked into it, but is a few years old and not "Ready" as the newer models.
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    If you know how to do some basic electronic repairs and solder components to to circuit board you may just be able to fix it yourself. You will need a multimeter at the minimum to troubleshoot the power supply and a basic understanding of how electricity, diodes and capacitors work, though.

    Seems these big TVs/Flat Screens have issues with Caps blowing and some like a piece of brass with a backed out primer are sorta similar if you look at the top and it is bubbled/wrinkled on the capacitors. It doesn't tell the whole story (visual inspection), but it very common with these sets.

    Just Google No Power and look on YouTube. If that is beyond what you are comfortable/knowledgeable with, stop now and hit the stores or take it to a TV repair shop.

    The last TV I fiddled with was a flat screen early HD model with the same ole huge picture tube hanging out the back we had here. Dang thing must have weighed 100 bulky pounds. I think it was an Advent brand. It needed a Flyback Transformer, which supplies the high DC voltage to the pic tube and I ordered one fer 25 bucks from a parts warehouse.

    Now we got an LG, it is 48"or 50" model and is very thin and light as a feather in comparison. It will do all the stuff, allow anything we want to be hooked into it, but is a few years old and not "Ready" as the newer models.

    I would if I could work on it, but I still have not had time to even walk into a store to look at one much less fiddle with one, I am kind of liking the fact that the kids are unplugged for the moment, sucks that I cant watch hockey on a big screen.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,664 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    I would if I could work on it, but I still have not had time to even walk into a store to look at one much less fiddle with one, I am kind of liking the fact that the kids are unplugged for the moment, sucks that I cant watch hockey on a big screen.

    Then you really need the 4K!! You will be able to see the broken teeth skitter across the ice! missing_teeth-911.gif
    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • olesniperolesniper Senior Member Posts: 3,767 Senior Member
    Save the extra money you'd spend on a smart TV and get a Roku streaming player. Or you can get one of the new Hisense TVs that have the Roku built in.
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,970 Senior Member
    Whatever you get, 1080p and 120hz refresh rate at a minimum. I like my LG.
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,502 Senior Member
    My new Samsung has a refresh rate of 960, incredible!!
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    So the word "Smart" concerning high tech TVs today is like "Cable Ready" was to us old(er) farts years ago as a built in feature?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
    Words of wisdom from Big Chief: Flush twice, it's a long way to the Mess Hall
    I'd rather have my sister work in a whorehouse than own another Taurus!
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,664 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    So the word "Smart" concerning high tech TVs today is like "Cable Ready" was to us old(er) farts years ago as a built in feature?

    A smart TV can connect with you home router to bring web content straight to your TV. You can browse the web on your big screen. Watch Youtubes, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Internet porn........................ :wink: All from the home page of your TV

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    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,664 Senior Member
    If you don't want to get a new TV, you can get a Smart Blu-ray player that will do the same thing....

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    "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." Thomas Jefferson
  • shawn1172shawn1172 Senior Member Posts: 588 Senior Member
    I've heard great reviews of Samsung but ended up getting a Vizio because it also has great reviews and is a little less money. Picture is excellent, remote has a full keyboard on the back for typing in a search and the processor loads Netflix movies a lot faster than either of our Blu Ray players. We got a 49" at Sam's Club for $620 and they also have a 42" for around $500. This is the M series, they run about a 100 more than the E series but have a better picture with higher contrast and faster refresh.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    I forgot about Sam's Club, wife just re-upped again this year after a several year absence, again, thanks for the feed back folks.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    FWIW... Smart TV = Tv Display + internet applications = specialized computer with big video.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    FWIW... Smart TV = Tv Display + internet applications = specialized computer with big video.

    D
    BigDanS wrote: »
    FWIW... Smart TV = Tv Display + internet applications = dedicated computer with big video.

    D

    FIFY

    :punch::jester::jester::jester:
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,205 Senior Member
    Well, I ended up buying a 48" Sony Bravia LED, 1080 with 120hz, smart tv stuff, and 4 HDMI ports for the trolls toys. So far so good, I got it hooked up and running with everything on the first try and, apparently playing video games is mo' better now, find out Tuesday if the hockey viewing in mo' better. $622 out the door from Best Buy.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    If it has a CRT, throw it out for scrap !
    The gap narrows as everything is soon Internet based and on demand, watch what you want when you can watch it.
    Your prime time viewing may differ from other folks prime viewing time.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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