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Very good review, I will go with Samsung

by Mihai
(Bucharest)

I have now a Samsung for over 2 years and I was not completely satisfied with it as my earlier soul brand was Sony but also then like right now the TV's were very close in specs and the price tag was almost double so I went with Samsung. I am not saying that it was crappy but not entirely satisfied.

So now I decided that the difference between them is so little that the amount of money that is the difference is very important so I will go with Samsung one more time and if it fails no more Samsung for me. Man has to learn from his mistakes.



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Thanks, very helpful

This t.v. decision is so difficult. Thank you for the helpful information about LED off center viewing.



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Samsung LED TVs - any time better

by sanatan shukla
(delhi)

I got a Samsung 55" 6 Series LED TV and before purchasing experienced all the brands.

Even after keeping the Sony 52" on its side there, there is a clear difference. Samsung offers you more sharper pictures and natural color.

Go for it; it is worth the money!



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MR. LCD - Sony XBR8 is Better but Expensive

by Chip Pidgeon
((Long island, NY, USA))

I am the owner of 2 Samsung LCD TVs. I own the Led 46 inch 950 and I also own the 46 inch 750.

If I did not have to fork over any hard earned $$ for my LCD TV, then yes; I would go with the Sony XBR8. As a Samsung man it kills me to admit that Sony really stepped up to the plate with the XBR8. I will say that the XBR8 is possibly a nose hair ahead of the Samsung 950. However when it comes $$ all bets are off, especially with the way the economy is...

You could almost buy 2 Samsung 950 for the price of one XBR8. And the difference in performance between these two TVs amounts to probably less then $200 dollars in my opinion. When you really cut the fat away all of my audiophile friends are stuck for answer to find a difference between my Samsung 950 and my Samsung 750. And I got 750 for 50% less then the 950 LED with back lighting. All in all, LED back lighting is still in it's infancy stages and is way over priced at this stage. Maybe by the end of 2009 or 2010 will LED finally give you dollar for dollar value. "A great picture is a great picture" and I have 20/10 vision. Most people can not tell the difference except for what they hear from TV or magazines. Use your eyes and not your ears when buying a TV.



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Samsung B6000 LED TV

by J.R.
(Southern California)

I just purchased a Samsung 46: LED. 6000 series. It is by all means the most awesome picture I have ever seen on TV. The first TV with the "latest technology" that I have ever purchased that absolutely electrified me when I got it home. A fantastic picture is an understatement.

I probably should mention that my Internet provided TV is on Verizon FIOS. I think the fibre optics probably help, too.

The only issue I have experienced, is the screen is very reflective. Any lights at screen level will reflect in the picture. Hasn't been a major issue so far. During the day, the drapes need to be drawn to reduce the reflection.

I would highly recommend this TV.



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Samsung LED TVs

by SAMIDRA
(INDIA)

Samsung LED 40" is good all ways except the movie effect is missing. The movie frame rate is 24 frames/sec, but in Samsung or others, the movie doesn't feel like movie,instead look like a camcorder shoot video.



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LED SHOPPING - SONY vs. SAMSUNG Panel Thickness

by BULL DOG FAN
(ATLANTA, GA)

I think the thickness of the set is an issue - plus one for Samsung.

I don't like the side mounted speakers on the Sony - plus two for Samsung.

That said, the picture quality and life like colors of the Sony are far better in my view. Everyone on the Samsung picture looks like they have a sunburn to me. A side by side comparison makes this clear. I am waiting for Sony to announce their next LED, without the speakers on the side and thinner.

Unless the new plasma coming from Panasonic this summer changes my mind, or Sony disappoints me with their new version of the LED's, I have made my choice.

Money is always a consideration but not when I'm making a purchase I expect to keep for 10 years.



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Overall value - Sony LED TVs can't compete

by jm99
(ss, md)

Sony has simply missed the price point on their LED/LCD tech. Maybe they invested more trying to invent or enhance their own technology for LED displays; but at the end of the day their product is going to market against too stiff a list of competitors to ask for this kind of price.

Most consumers will view these units as just another option amongst many other highly capable LCD displays and very few people will look at side by side comparisons and choose to pay an extra $2k to get practically the same product.

Oh, and that viewing angle issue...BIG! deal when you're talking about comparing this tech against traditional LCD/Plasma displays with near 180 degree viewing angles that have next to no distortion. LED/LCD tech is just not quite ready for prime-time and premium pricing ...but at least Samsung didn't completely miss the price-point.

If Sony is relying on blind brand loyalty, that's just foolish.



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Good Article

by Joe Girdusky
(Rego Park, New York)

Thanks for posting this article. I was just in the process of researching a purchase of a HDTV and was confused when the sales rep told me that LED was the latest advancement. He could not explain what it was and I wasn't sure if paying more for a TV would be worth it. Your article clearly and accurately lays out the issues, both pros and cons, and let's the consumer decide. Although I've always been a Sony-fan, I think I will opt for the Samsung.
Thanks again.
Joe



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Sony Is A Ripoff

by Samsung Convert
(Honolulu, Hawaii)

You're paying for a name is what Sony is doing because they have a great reputation.



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I think Samsung is better.

by romy pascua
(corona,ca USA)

Maybe they almost have the same good picture but life expectancy of the panel, Sony is in the bottom in terms in quality.

I have a Sony xbr4 I bought 2 years ago now it has dark shadow in the middle of the panel and vertical white lines on the right side and ghost shadow which is going to cost me $2380.00 thats include labor.




Reader's Comments:
Aug 23, 2010
by: Gary Sellars

I hear ya... but I'm sure Sony doesn't

...and I have a Sony 40" XBR and the screen splits and duplicates on the top and bottom and does other screwy things, including simply going out on me.

I will not pay $2000 to fix it. I won't pay $500 to fix it.

As I've said before, the build quality of Sony leaves a lot to be desired and paying money to get Sony's fixed has never been a winning proposition.



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Wow! Samsung all the way

by mark
(Travis AFB, CA. USA)

So what your telling me is there is no difference but price and of course where your loyalty lies.

Well I was a big Sony fan but with the way the economy is now, cash is what counts and all the other are raving about Samsung, so its a no brainier Samsung all the way.



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Samsung above all

by Breanne
(London, Canada)

I've been selling electronics for three years now and have been researching reviews and specs of the TVs I do carry.

I have to say, I'm a little weary about selling LED without extended warranties because of the technology being so new. Even the reps for the manufacturers won't say their lifespan and have asked us to suggest 40000 hours if one needs to be given. They also won't state what issues could potentially go wrong with this gorgeous technology.

With LCDs, burnt pixels are the most common defect, which sadly, neither the manufacturer warranty or extended covers. Now, burst capacitors are becoming the more common issue with them, but easily repaired. Samsung has a YouTube video as to how to fix said problem.

I, personally, am a huge Samsung supporter as they have a beautiful image without being adjusted. I recently read (and printed out) a site that states major mishaps Sony has been having and will not admit to even when they are being taken to court for their faulty TVs.

I use to hold Sony in high respect until I discovered they released 7000 TVs with major defects that they were aware of.

When you do go search for your new TV, I do recommend that an extended warranty be purchased for such occasions, even if we do live in a disposable society.

I wrote a lot more than I expect to. Hopefully this was good information anyway.





Dec 04, 2010
Expert Advice
by: Anonymous

It's amazing to me how many people out there think they are the "expert" after selling electronics for "3 years". Hmmmmm....

I know people that have worked at the "big box" stores for that long. However, they are by far an "expert" to give advice. They do have "opinions", which is just what this article was about.

Quite honestly, there's issues with all electronics. If people are expecting perfection, it's not out there. There are some devices better than others. All manufacturers will have "bad" products from time to time. I agree they should be responsible. However, because of our society, most any manufacturer will try to get by with what they can. This is not the right thing for any business.

Our companies handle both Samsung and Sony. We also carry the Sony ES series. Both are great products. Sony has stood behind our company and the products we sell. If they won't stand behind a company, there may be an issue with that retailer?

However, it would be nice to read an article by someone that really "knows" the industry and it's products.

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Samsung is better!

by jepoy
(delgadeo i. c)

How could Sony be better than Samsung if the LCD panel of Sony is coming from Samsung?

And about the home theater system, still Samsung is the best, cause true sound never shouts... The sound of Samsung home theater is more finer than any other brand.





Oct 06, 2010
Know your facts
by: Anonymous

What you do not understand is that the S-LCD Plant is both owned by Samsung and Sony (50-50 minus 1 share).

Sony still controls their part of the sector that builds S-PVA LCD displays. Above all, all the internal processing is what makes the TV it is. Sony has it's own technology that make it unique to itself.

Without Sony's help in the LCD industry, Samsung wouldn't be where it is right now. Samsung owes a big thanks to Sony. They were after all, the ones that helped them grow.


Sep 05, 2010
Really?
by: gsellars

????

You're saying Sony is marketing their TV with a Samsung screen? Are you certain? This seems like a VERY bad idea from Sony's perspective as it would surely lead people to conclude, "Well, if it's good enough for Sony to put their name on it, then why should I buy a Sony?"

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Sony LED v/s Samsung LED LCD HDTV

by jasbir
(hoshiarpur,punjab,india)

This is very informative with respect to led/lcd TVs. It has cleared the doubts that Sony is not that better than Samsung.

May be there are some technical reasons why Sony costs more than Samsung. But for a normal viewer this is not going to make a difference because Samsung offers more value for money.





Aug 22, 2011
Samsung the best
by: Anonymous

Sony is just a thief....in the name of technology...just the good look is the only survival for them....Samsung is incomparable ...and great.


Mar 25, 2011
Edge LEDs
by: Anonymous

Both Sony and Samsung LED LCD Tvs are of type edge LEDs only.


Aug 05, 2009
Sony's Trilluminous LED's
by: Die4music

Sony's LED LCD lit it is way better .....

1. Sony uses local dimming technology on their LED LCD/which is better than Samsung's & others Edge lit technology.

2. Local dimming (Sony)has a hand above edge lit as it provides complete black level for the low light scenes ,where the edge lit (Samsung & others) produces some halo of light even in the totally dark scenes , which removes the originality of the video content.

3. Sony Have their technology for LED LCD's called as Trilluminous LED's (they have their patent on it.) .

4.Trilluminous LED's are the combination of one red ,one blue,and two white.

5. Trilluminous LED's are more in numbers on Sony's LED (Main Cause of the higher price tag).

6. Sony's BRAVIA Engine 2 + Trilluminous LED's give out the better contrast ratio & black level.

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