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Question Is Samsung > Insignia > TCL?

consptheory77

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I am thinking of getting a TV. I am currently using as my media display a 27 inch 1080p LG IPS LED monitor, which I find to be excellent, but it has no speakers, and one HDMI outlet, so I am tired of having to use both a Toslink and a HDMI switch. I would say $225 is my budget limit. We use Samsungs at the motel where I work, and they seem to be fine except for the fact that I've observed they have a higher failure than what I assume would be the average - out of TVs bought for 40 rooms, we've had five or more fail, which is higher than 10%, yes? We used to have Insignia CRTs, and not one of them failed, and I know of an old one that still worked even after it was left out in the rain. I don't care about "smart" features, I already have a Roku and a Fire Stick, and if anything I think the smart features in TVs are a nuisance. I do care about playing mkvs (Samsung models have some issues with the newer audio codecs like DDP 5.1, although maybe it just needs a system update?) but it's not a deal-breaker. I do care very much about image, but realize I can't expect much for the price point. I'm not invested in a larger TV necessarily. Is 43 inches really any better than 32 inches? I'm mindful of pixel density. HDR would be nice but is the Roku TCL for real when it promises 4K at a $229 price point?
 

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I am thinking of getting a TV. I am currently using as my media display a 27 inch 1080p LG IPS LED monitor, which I find to be excellent, but it has no speakers, and one HDMI outlet, so I am tired of having to use both a Toslink and a HDMI switch. I would say $225 is my budget limit. We use Samsungs at the motel where I work, and they seem to be fine except for the fact that I've observed they have a higher failure than what I assume would be the average - out of TVs bought for 40 rooms, we've had five or more fail, which is higher than 10%, yes? We used to have Insignia CRTs, and not one of them failed, and I know of an old one that still worked even after it was left out in the rain. I don't care about "smart" features, I already have a Roku and a Fire Stick, and if anything I think the smart features in TVs are a nuisance. I do care about playing mkvs (Samsung models have some issues with the newer audio codecs like DDP 5.1, although maybe it just needs a system update?) but it's not a deal-breaker. I do care very much about image, but realize I can't expect much for the price point. I'm not invested in a larger TV necessarily. Is 43 inches really any better than 32 inches? I'm mindful of pixel density. HDR would be nice but is the Roku TCL for real when it promises 4K at a $229 price point?
Hi @consptheory77

TCL actually makes a very good TV and yes, their prices are criminally low compared to other TV's at the same price point. I'm NO expert when it comes to TV's, I mean I'm still rocking a 20 year old 43" 720p Samsung Plasma that refuses to die, but just before Christmas I was seriously looking into TV's as a gift (Until my wife made it clear NO! until ours dies) and since I'm poor, I looked at all models. For what I could Afford, TCL was hands down the best choice.

lol, no, I'm not a affiliated with them and I don't have any TCL products, but a co-worker of mine does and being a visual snob but poor like me and so on a budget, just raves about his 55" TCL, coupled with the reviews I did on my own, you can't beat a TCL at it's price point.

I thought these guys were pretty spot on, but again, I'm no expert. Here is an article here on Tom's Guide you might want to look at.

Just my 2 cents.

Let us know what you end up getting!
 

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