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  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    From what I have been reading, the Samsung 8500 series backlit LED looks like the best flat panel out there in 55".

    The 8500 is the best LCD TV currently available, but remember that viewing angle is a significant issue with the LED backlit sets, and unless you are directly in front of them, you won't be getting the picture quality you paid for. Depending on your bedroom layout, a conventional LCD or even a Plasma may work better.

    Assuming they follow their usual schedule, Samsung will start replacing this year's LCD sets in April, and a new flagship to replace the 8500 should drop in October. Sony doesn't follow the same pattern, the XBRs have been a bit all over the place in terms of technology used and market positioning.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Unless there is a breakthrough announced at CES, I will likely choose between these two awesome panels...

    The Samsung 8500 vs. the Panasonic V10.

    Should be a terrific comp.

  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    Regarding small/medium-size tv sets, the images I saw in LG 42"SL9000 and Loewe Connect 26" Media caught my eye too in addition to that of the Samsung EU40"B8000 I eventually bought. No one was a bargain anyhow.

    As for Blu-ray, in the medium range I can recommend you the Panasonic DMP-BD80 or DMP-BD60, depending on the audio-output complexity you wish to have. I would be astonished if you could not find these models with Region 1 specs. over there.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,920
    Yeah, I am going to get one of the Panasonic Blu-Ray machines you mention. I am getting a region-free model as there are a host of Euro market discs I want that don't exist in NA format.

    Does anyone have experience linking a region-free disc player to a modern TV? Is there a compatibility issue anymore?
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    OW, Fintail, Dewey, LG, Cdpinhead, TM: many thanks for your nice words.

    (Dewey—The Bay of Biscay is it, you remembered well. And the topless beach women on its shore are like flowers, sprouting every May!! :) )

    (LG—Lake Maggiore is not a bad place to spend some time!)

    (Cdpinhead—When I see a ship crossing the bay I wish I were in it! :cry: At least for a while. :P

    (TM—After your recent move Malibu will offer you and your family the most beautiful venue. Will you miss Hawaii? Sure you don't.)

    Happy Evening and wealthy, happy and venturous 2010 to all in the thread.

  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,622
    Say What!? Dump the TV and only view the beach scene! :blush:

  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,141
    . . .the topless beach women on its shore are like flowers, sprouting every May. . .

    Phrases like this are why you've been so well received on the forums, along with your knowledge of the various topics. Thanks for all the great contributions.
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    :blush: :blush:

    Thanks to you (and all the friends around here).

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,320
    That is a great view!

    Jose, I think you are my new best friend.. Mind if I stay over for a couple of weeks? :blush:


    Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,920
    Just in case anyone appears a region-free Blu-Ray player can't be used with a normal NA market TV without an adaptor box. A compatible LED TV costs significantly more than using a convertor.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,920
    On this note, I just purchased a region-free Oppo Blu-Ray player which works in NTSC and PAL, so a converter won't be necessary. It cost a little more, but barely more than a Panasonic model plus converter. TV will come soon.
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,494
    So you went on the OPPO bandwagon too! I first recommended them to my family years ago, and last year got my own Universal plays everything on a disc including BluRays Oppo player. I'm super happy with it, I got their top of the line Special Edition (SE) model last year which allows me to keep my old HK receiver for multichannel playback at the highest possible quality. Nothing I bought has broke, so the only way I get something new is by upgrading.
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 6,652
    remember seeing this before. I too enjoy my home theater setups. I have one in the main living room and a system in the basement/game room for watching football with the guys.

    My main system is aging, but includes

    Sony 50" LCD projection
    Klipsch 12" powered sub
    Yamaha RX-V1 receiver
    Denon POA-2200 amp for fronts (receiver powers the rest)
    Yamaha DVD S1200 DVD
    Sony ES 6 cd-changer
    Pro-Scan VCR (just kinda hanging out)
    Mix of cables (lots of Canare/Beldin stuff)
    Comcast DVR

    Downstairs (pieced together (cheap) system that doesn't perform all that bad but pales in comparision to upstars)

    60" Sony XBR lcd projection
    Kenwood receiver
    Phillips DVD
    Bose Surrounds and center, 80s vintage Sony towers for front

    Vintage music setup
    Marantz 1060B
    Marantz Imperial 7 speakers
    Technics SL-1900 turntable

    2017 Buick Enclave / 2017 Hyundai Elantra

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,494

    Had to replace my receiver about a year ago since it died. Got it fixed for about $280, but took awhile, so I got the HK 7550HD receiver. Happy with it, but it has a weird fan that can be loud on rare occasions for a brief period of time.

    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,920

    I see I never replied here. Yes, I bought the OPPO and still have it, funny to spend $500 on a machine I use several times a year to watch foreign material. I suspect it will last for a long time.

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,494
    My OPPO from 2010 still works fine. I'll replace it with another when it eventually dies, or will it? It has been getting heavy use lately from my 2-1/2 year old daughter who likes repeatedly watching African Cats or Monkey Kingdom (Disney Nature) Movies every single night for what seems like forever.
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,920
    Mine is still working fine too, also from 2010. I love being able to just pop in a Euro market disc and have it work without hassle. I don't use it a lot, it'll probably last as long as the tech is viable.
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