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Old 10-18-2016, 12:37 PM   #21
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Certainly valid but beware that stores tend to put TVs in "torch mode" with brightness and colors boosted up.

That might be fine in a store with bright showroom lights and such but people may find it tiring to look at for hours after hours in a room with more normal lighting.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:57 PM   #22
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I have a couple of Samsung Smart TV's and I'm not all impressed with their "smart" features. I much prefer to use a streaming box such as the Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV to access smart features. Hopefully, your HDTV will last quite a few years, during which any smart features on your TV will likely become outdated. It's much easier and cheaper to upgrade your streaming box than your HDTV.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:15 PM   #23
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Certainly valid but beware that stores tend to put TVs in "torch mode" with brightness and colors boosted up.

That might be fine in a store with bright showroom lights and such but people may find it tiring to look at for hours after hours in a room with more normal lighting.
That's true. I actually saw my model at a family member's house first and then went to a store to compare. So I got to see it in a normal setting and compared to other's in a store. I have heard some say that lower priced models do not get the 'torched' or best colors turned up as stores would rather sell the higher $$$ one's. Not sure if they truly manipulate it to that extent or not.
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I'm currently in the market for a new TV and was in a Best Buy store yesterday. While I was there wandering through the TV area I noticed that there was a spot in the big Samsung TV Display area where there was a strong smell of baking cookies. Apparently I was near where they were actually pumping the baking cookies smell into the Samsung area. I've heard of such as both a realtor's trick and a retail store tactic. I think it only made me hungry, not more likely to buy a TV on the spot.
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:39 PM   #25
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I liked the picture quality of the Sony Bravia. I thought the LG OLED was better though and bought that. This was a few weeks ago. No complaints. This smart tv will be my first venture towards cutting the cord. Since we already have Amazon Prime, we are using this.
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If I could, I'd buy a simple TV with an excellent picture and a bunch of HDMI inputs. Period.

The TV companies have no idea what good software is, let along any compliment for timely updates - including security fixes.
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:32 PM   #27
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Look at rtings.com and avsforum.com. Lots of videophiles at AVS that can answer almost any question. We have owned several Samsung sets over the years and bought a 4K set earlier this year that we are delighted with. The reviews on the Sony were not as favorable, but that was comparing last years models.
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I hear ya, mpeirce. The smart tv is a bad investment for someone who wants discrete components. They all have it, though. Better to just ignore these built in features if you dont want them.

I read through rtings before buying. They also have information on fine tuning the picture, which was useful
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Is there any reason why you wouldn't continue using the Apple TV with your new TV?.
Not a strong one, but Apple TV does not support 4K yet
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Not a strong one, but Apple TV does not support 4K yet
Do you have 4K video on your Plex server?
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Do you have 4K video on your Plex server?

I see you point! I don't have at the moment but I likely will have when I get a new TV. But you are right, that even 1080 (from Apple TV) will be upscaled, which maybe good enough. On the other side, having a device with 4K caching etc. is probably helpful.
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My LG is "smart", but I've never used that function, as I have several other/better options.
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If I could, I'd buy a simple TV with an excellent picture and a bunch of HDMI inputs. Period.

The TV companies have no idea what good software is, let along any compliment for timely updates - including security fixes.

+1 go with a standalone box like an apple tv or roku most of the smart tv software is pretty crappy in comparison
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Just had to move the Roku back to the 60" Samsung smart tv. Apparently either Amazon or Samsung has made a few tweaks to their apps because my kinda-smart tv has started hiccuping again.
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