I have a 10 year old LCD TV that doesn't have any HDMI or DVI-digital support, and I think I'm ready to move on. I have been saving up my credit card cash back points towards this, and have a budget around $700. The specs I was looking at are:
- Size: 46" or 47"
- Resolution: 1080p
- Refresh rate: 120 Hz or better
- Illumination: LED backlit (I hear it's better in non-low light situations?). I tend to have the TV on a lot in brighter lighting, though I don't expect the same contrast as in proper lighting.
- 3D: Would prefer passive or none. I don't have any 3D content and would be willing to give it up for a good deal
- Ports: Would like 3 HDMI inputs, but that seems to be something manufacturers are only giving you on high end smart TVs.
- Smart Features: None. I have a media PC and Roku hooked up to the TV and I'd rather have a fast turn on time than another means of playing netflix that's likely to stop getting firmware updates.
- Brands: I've read Samsung has great video decoding/processing technology, and Panasonic customer support is not good, but other than that, I'd appreciate any experiences people have had. I'd prefer a name brand over a budget brand, but if the picture and features are good, I'm not snobbish.
Is this a sane feature list for $700? I haven't bought a TV in many years, and from scouring Amazon and Slickdeals, this seems close, but just outside my budget. I'm hoping that with Christmas and the Super Bowl over, the prices of last years models will start coming down. Thanks, Louis