Hi Matt –
I can make a recommendation once we determine if you want a Smart or Dumb TV.
We like the Samsungs. LED is the way to go.
‘Smart’ simply means that the TV can connect to internet and make use of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon on Demand, Hulu & Pandora (among others). Many devices are ‘Smart’ these days including Blu-Ray players and dedicated media streamers (like Apple’s AppleTV, Google’s GoogleTV, Roku, Netgear Player, etc).
Netflix streaming doesn’t replace Netflix discs yet (the quality is often poor and not all titles on disc are available for streaming). Streaming is also internet-intensive, and your connection from Verizon is likely inadequate to maintain a high quality stream through any of the ‘Smart’ services. So making good use of the Smart features may also require upgrading your internet connection and switching to Time Warner.
The TVs themselves are more or less the same – same processors, same panels. The Smart TVs have more sophisticated color calibration tools, but rarely are they needed anyway.
We usually encourage clients to go for the Smart TVs anyway. They aren’t that much more expensive, they have a few extra input ports (sometimes useful), and they have all the capabilities & features you might need down the road.
On Mar 1, 2013, at 10:43 PM, wrote:
> Hi, Hunter, > > We’ve decided to get a bigger TV for our library. It appears that we can handle a 40″ — the opening in our bookshelves is 25.5″ high, so it could fit 40″ screen, which seems to be 21.9″ high (24.4 if you count the stand). The width is not an issue for us, since we are prepared to modify the wooden cabinet doors on either side of the TV. > > Would you be able to install it for us? > > I see that Samsung makes eleven different models of 40″ flatscreen TV. Four of them are “Smart TVs,” and we’re not smart enough to know what that means, or probably how to use it, or to need it. Do you have a recommendation about which Samsung model might be best for us? > > We basically watch Netflix movies, some news, occasionally some sports. (Our current TV is an LG, which seems fine, though I think the company misrepresented the product when it sold it to us.) > > Matt