The big "How do I choose an HDTV?" thread.

Theoretically, nothing. It's mainly a weight thing. At any given moment in time a larger TV would be heavier.

If, however, the new TV is no heavier than the maximum rated weight for the stand, then you should be fine.

At some point the larger TV might be too big as there looks to be a fixed vertical clearance, but I'd expect that to only become an issue once the TV is over 100".

Assuming your stand uses VESA mounts, check to make sure that the larger TV has a compatibly-sized set of VESA holes.

https://www.oneforall.com/explore/ve...

As a guy who does AV work professionally the size thing is mostly BS for mounting as weight is the more important factor. You will also want to compare the size of the VESA mounting plate of your stand to the size that the newer TV uses. There are some adapter plates you can get that will let you adapt say a 75mm x 75mm plate to work with a 200mm x 200mm mount. Samsung for instance generally uses a 400mm x 400mm VESA plate for their TVs 65 inches and up. The fun part is you will often need to dig through the TV manual to figure out what size of VESA mount they actually use as they usually just list them as VESA Compatible on the product pages.

Okay, cool, that makes sense. Really good information to have. Thanks all!

The only way I've found size to be a factor is in the weight distribution. I have a monitor arm that claims up to 15lbs but only 27" in screen size. I put a 32" monitor on it that weighs under 15lbs and it mostly works, but I am unable to tilt it forward, as it immediately tilts all the way unless it's perfectly straight up. So I think this may happen because more of the weight is distributed further from the mounting point than it would be if it were a 27 inch monitor.

This is with a fully articulated gas spring arm, so less articulated mounts might not have this issue.

Even though the store mounted our 65" tv themselves, and guaranteed their work, and the tv, it still freaked me out to swivel the tv away from the wall.

Now, it's normally nowhere near the wall, and at quite an angle if I'm watching it from my recliner chair.
Weird how you get used to things.

This random image I found pretty much covers our before/after:
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I use these at work. When mounted properly you can hang an overweight 42 year old off of them We used to hand these heavy as hell 85 inch Sharp multi-touch displays with them.

I did go with a slightly cheaper option at home though. I don't like the models with only a single support arm, I have seen them fail.

So I did a silly thing and bought Gigabytes 48” gaming focused OLED monitor

https://www.gigabyte.com/Monitor/AOR...

It’s using a 2020/2021 LG OLED panel so I wasn’t expecting it to be better than my LG 48” CX but given it has a more PC specific angle I figured why not..plus the built in KVM is nice for my multiple PC’s.

I will say if you are someone that dislikes tweaking monitor settings this has some great out the box settings that really show off PC and gaming much more so than your traditional HDTV. Colors are more vibrant and the brightness limiters are less aggressive than what LG does.

It has a display port in addition to 2 HDMI 2.1 ports which is fine but it would have been nice to get either an additional DP or HDMI. It does have a USB C port that can carry video for the few laptops or SFF pc’s that support that. The DP port means gamers on the 10xx Nvidia cards can run at 120hz on this panel.

I’m not sure I’d recommend this at $1499 over the LG 48” which I’ve seen for $1199 online but if you have the specific PC centric needs like the built in KVM it might be worth a look.

Man, how DO I choose an HDTV? We are looking at finally getting rid of our Panasonic 42" plasma so that we can move all of our TVs to wall-mounted. The Panasonic is 720p, about 5" thick, and insanely heavy by today's standards so even though it's a great TV, it's time to move on. I'm looking at moving our basement 55" upstairs to replace that, and getting a new 65" 4K TV for our basement home theater/gaming setup.

I honestly cannot tell from reviews and ratings how much the improvements in features/quality map to price differences. A friend of mine has the 65" LG CX and loves it. At $2000, it's way at the upper limit of what I'd consider spending. RTings seems to put the Hisense U8G as a great 4K TV option, and it's a much more palatable $1200. But it's LED vs. OLED and I guess I need to compare these side by side to see if I care. Then there's the Hisense U6G at an extremely affordable ~$680, but it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 or VRR support, and I don't know if I care about those either. Those seem to mostly be aimed at gaming/consoles?

Maybe something like the U8G is a good mid-ground to get solid value without spending a ton of money.

I just got an LG C1 OLED and it does look very nice, as well as supporting all the new features the consoles want (I'm a couch gamer all the way).

If your basement is below ground and you have total control over lighting, the OLED would do very well there. Even more so if you expect to have a lot of off axis viewing.

Boudreaux wrote:

Man, how DO I choose an HDTV?

Get your pitchforks, folks, but how I choose a TV is to entirely outsource the decision to someone who gives a crap about TVs. The reality is that I'm not that discerning a TV consumer, and honestly would rather someone just say "You want an X inches TV? Go buy that one, it's plenty fine for the budget you have".

Wirecutter, RTings, something like that, who's sole purpose is to make the decision for me so I don't have to.

Maybe something has changed the last couple of years, but Hisense used to be a low quality produce stuff for the cheapest price brand.

I would probably see what Costco had for the price point and size I am looking for and then go read reviews for those handful of models.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

If your basement is below ground and you have total control over lighting, the OLED would do very well there. Even more so if you expect to have a lot of off axis viewing.

I'm mildly concerned about OLED burn-in and my youngest son, who likes to leave the PS4 on a paused screen and walk away for several hours. I'm also not sure I want to spend $2k on a TV. I'm not sure I even want to spend $1200 for the nicer Hisense. Maybe the U6G is my sweet spot, per Jonman's approach.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Maybe something has changed the last couple of years, but Hisense used to be a low quality produce stuff for the cheapest price brand.

Yeah I wondered, but Rtings lists a Hisense as "Best Budget 65" 4K TV" and as an alternative to "Best 65" LCD TV". So apparently they're doing something right.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Maybe something has changed the last couple of years, but Hisense used to be a low quality produce stuff for the cheapest price brand.

I would probably see what Costco had for the price point and size I am looking for and then go read reviews for those handful of models.

Hisense has been on par with TLC for the best budget 4k sets for the last couple of years.

Badferret wrote:

Hisense has been on par with TLC

Yep. When it comes to their product line, there's no scrubs.

Ain't Too Proud to Beg for a good TV.

Now I wish that typo was intentional.

I will never pass up an opportunity to say how much I love my 40" TCL Roku TV. Totally overperforms considering the price. Just a pleasure to use, own, and carry around the house under one arm.

Both the TCL and my new LG were suggested by rtings, so I wholeheartedly agree with Jonman there.

I just bought the U8G from Hisense and love it. Ps5 and PC gaming both look amazing. 4K streaming is great as well. For me I couldn't justify the price jump to OLED and I'm
More than pleased with the TV. Would highly recommend

Snagged a fantastic deal the other day and felt the need to share/gloat.

I work at a Costco and used to be in the electronics department, so I let everyone there know I was in the market for a 55” oled. The 2020 LG CXs we’re finally replaced by the 2021 models about 5 months ago, so I’ve spent that whole time obsessively checking the inventory system to see when the last unit in a box sold so I could get the display unit.

The day finally came last week, so I came in early, found the right manager to give me the biggest markdown, and was able to get it for half off the already lowered price, along with the free extended warranty. Having been a display unit for the last two years or so it’s been on for over 5000 hours already, but hopefully if it does die it does so in the next seven years while under warranty. Waiting for this thing has been a very long process, but it’s a fantastic tv that I got for around $650 so I’d say it was well worth it.

For those of you that purchase electronics at costco, keep an eye on the price tags—anything with an asterisk in the upper right hand corner is something that they won’t be getting any more of, and depending on the agreement with the manufacturer the display unit may be available. You’ll have to talk to one of the folks in major sales to see if there are any units left in boxes (the display can’t be sold until all of the boxed units are gone), the markdown wholly at the discretion of the manager present at the time, and depending on the item you may be competing with employees, but if you’re able to wait and the timing works out in your favor you can get a great deal.