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Topic # 207302 18-Dec-2016 12:14
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Howdy

 

Looking at purchasing a new TV in Boxing Day sales, to replace my trusty FullHD Panasonic 50" ("dumb") Plasma that we've got a good 7 years out of. I've been wanting to upgrade to 60" but waiting for prices to drop to under $2,000 - which they finally have.

 

HN & Smiths City both have this Samsung for under $2k...
http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/tv-and-audio/televisions/4k-uhd-televisions/samsung-60-4k-ultra-hd-smart-hdr-led-lcd-tv.html

 

Now, I appreciate it's not the latest & greatest, but at a glance it does everything I would need. UHD & HDR.

My main question is: Is this TV missing anything that may be a big issue over the next few years?

Still have SkyTV - mainly for Sport. Also watching more & more streamed content (via Chromecast at present).
Not interested in gimmicks like 3D or curved screen.
OLED out of price range.

 

 

 

Would appreciate any thoughts, cheers.


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  Reply # 1691808 18-Dec-2016 18:15
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Id look at ks8xxx or ks9xxx which is 10bit hdr. I've seen the 55" on special for just over 2 grand recently.

KU = 8 bit not propet HDR.
KS = 10 bit proper HDR.




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  Reply # 1691825 18-Dec-2016 18:44
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I'm not sure what your current model Panasonic Plasma is but if it was one of the higher end panels just be aware that in the sub $2000 price range that your picture quality will probably be a step backwards.

 

As that's a low end 4K panel I wouldn't expect anything amazing.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1691830 18-Dec-2016 18:55
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Cheers for the feedback.

 

 

 

The Panasonic Plasma is the TH-P50S10Z. It wasn't exactly top of the line - cost about $2,000 itself I think. Have certainly been happy with it though.


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  Reply # 1691832 18-Dec-2016 18:57
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huxtable:

 

Cheers for the feedback.

 

 

 

The Panasonic Plasma is the TH-P50S10Z. It wasn't exactly top of the line - cost about $2,000 itself I think. Have certainly been happy with it though.

 

 

That would have been the standard model at the time.

 

Expect black levels, viewing angles and motion blur to all be worse on most new TV's. The only thing that's matches a Plasma is an OLED.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1691857 18-Dec-2016 19:32
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The ku6000 is still a nice tv. Mid range. I think you will still like it.




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  Reply # 1692856 20-Dec-2016 14:06
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kiwijunglist: Id look at ks8xxx or ks9xxx which is 10bit hdr. I've seen the 55" on special for just over 2 grand recently.

KU = 8 bit not propet HDR.
KS = 10 bit proper HDR.

 

 

 

This.  Have to ask yourself what's really more important, 5" or a huge jump in picture quality (not to mention design)?


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  Reply # 1692869 20-Dec-2016 14:40
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kiwijunglist: Id look at ks8xxx or ks9xxx which is 10bit hdr. I've seen the 55" on special for just over 2 grand recently.

KU = 8 bit not propet HDR.
KS = 10 bit proper HDR.

 

The 55KS8000's lowest price to date is $2300. It might dip a little below that again if you can stand the mobs on Boxing Day. However the 55KU6000 will probably be about $1300 in Boxing Day sales, so you're certainly paying for the visual upgrade. And obviously it means the OP can't get a TV in the size he wants, which appears to be his main reason for upgrading.

 

I recently had to get a new TV after the old one died and decided that, given my current budget, the amount of HDR-enabled content I watch (zero - don't even own a Bluray player, let alone a 4k Bluray player) and the rapid downwards trend in OLED prices, investing in a "proper" HDR LCD in 2016 wasn't worth it. My final shortlist was the KU6000 and the Panasonic DX740U. Both have nice contrasty VA panels (deep blacks) and pseudo-HDR. I went with the Panasonic because, according to reviews, it does a better job with regular SD/HD content, and the Samsung apparently has issues with judder with 24hz sources.




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  Reply # 1695275 26-Dec-2016 20:53
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Thanks for all the feedback folks.

 

 

 

I did a lot of research, I was only given a budget of about $2300 from my CFO so had to make some compromises. Thought about getting the 55" Samsung KS8000 which is awesome value at under $2k, but decided that even if the picture quality was great, I'd always feel gutted that I didn't get a bigger screen (going from a 50" plasma).

 

 

 

Went to HN today knowing I'd get either the 65" Samsung KU6000 or 65" Sony 7500D. Originally was leaning towards the Samsung but preferred the Android system on the Sony. Also, the better motion & viewing angle on the Sony were big plusses.

 

 

 

In the end I got the 7500D for $2,200 - I've already got it set up and so far it looks great so I'm pretty happy. The 65" is the perfect size for my space so no regrets there. I know it's not the "latest & greatest" features-wise but at the end of the day I think it will do a good job for what I'm expecting to watch. The Smart capabilities (i.e. Plex app) are huge wins compared to the old Plasma.


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  Reply # 1695286 26-Dec-2016 21:15
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I don't think it's exactly off topic, so, tell me. Is full hd upscaled to 4k better than full hd itself? I presume this upscale works for all all sources since my main source of video is from htpc's feed




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