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

LeapingGnome wrote:

I don't get the chase for brightness. Are you setting up your TV outside or something? I wish more reviews mentioned how DIM the TV can get. Lots of times at night with the lights off, I wish my TV in the living room or bedroom could be even dimmer than the minimum brightness. I don't think I have ever turned brightness up past 60% on any of my TVs, and that is in the middle of the afternoon with sun shining through windows on either side. A very bright TV is a downside to me, not a positive.

Problem is, sometimes the room the TV is in has a ton of windows. Like my great room. Has 4 sliding doors. My bed room has 2 sides of windows...

LG C1 is now setup. Damn that cable is super unfriendly for wall mounting. 90 degree plug is a super pain to pull through the wall and the cable is way shorter than the Vizio. Ended up using an extension cord.

Looking good now. Xbox autodetected and changed some HDR and VRR settings which was nice. Is there an HDMI input that is better than others for gaming?

ccoates wrote:
Balthezor wrote:

Just me, but Vizio TVs crap the fan a lot? My parents TV did and so did my brother in laws. Wizkid and Evildead now have broken ones.

Never owned one myself, but staying away for sure.

To be fair, for the price point of most Vizio's, getting ~5 years out of the set isn't bad.

I got about 6 years out of my Vizio E50-C1 before the panel started flickering. Not bad for $450 in 2015.

Mine was 5 years for $1550. Pretty poor for a mid-high tier TV.

I've found videos showing how to do LED backlight replacement on TCL TVs like mine (and it doesn't even look all that hard), but so far, I haven't been able to source the replacement LED strips I need. My TV is 49" and it seems like all the strips I find are for the 55" and higher models. Feels like I'm just below the "repair instead of replace" threshold. But I'm hoping to track down the right strips somewhere still.

The strips are cheap (if I could find the right one), so I figure, if chucking the thing into e-recycling is the endgame otherwise, why not make an attempt at repair first?

EvilDead wrote:

LG C1 is now setup. Damn that cable is super unfriendly for wall mounting. 90 degree plug is a super pain to pull through the wall and the cable is way shorter than the Vizio. Ended up using an extension cord.

Looking good now. Xbox autodetected and changed some HDR and VRR settings which was nice. Is there an HDMI input that is better than others for gaming?

I think one of the selling points of the LG C1 is that every HDMI port is HDMI 2.1/120hz capable. So they should all be good to go.

On my U7G, only two of the ports are HDMI 2.1. That means when I was using eARC with my soundbar, I had to choose which console would connect to the other available port (very few soundbars right now have 120hz passthrough).

*Legion* wrote:

I've found videos showing how to do LED backlight replacement on TCL TVs like mine (and it doesn't even look all that hard), but so far, I haven't been able to source the replacement LED strips I need. My TV is 49" and it seems like all the strips I find are for the 55" and higher models. Feels like I'm just below the "repair instead of replace" threshold. But I'm hoping to track down the right strips somewhere still.

The strips are cheap (if I could find the right one), so I figure, if chucking the thing into e-recycling is the endgame otherwise, why not make an attempt at repair first?

I don't think the back light went on mine but some other processing board instead. Half the screen went fuzzy while the other half was showing an image then it just stopped turning on all together. The power light doesn't even come on.

Edit: Wasn't hard to find a picture. Maybe it's common with these things. https://www.reddit.com/r/VIZIO_Offic...

I am contemplating taking it into a repair store near me then selling it afterward. I was surprised to hear they still exist.

ccoates wrote:

I think one of the selling points of the LG C1 is that every HDMI port is HDMI 2.1/120hz capable. So they should all be good to go.

On my U7G, only two of the ports are HDMI 2.1. That means when I was using eARC with my soundbar, I had to choose which console would connect to the other available port (very few soundbars right now have 120hz passthrough).

Awesome! Before I had to do some funky stuff. Xbox needed the "gaming" low latency port but I wanted HDR for TV content. Since I went through a receiver that had two outputs I had to use them both. That made getting all the inputs to line up a nightmare when the universal remote IR missed one. Pretty much I was the only person who could fix it when it went out of whack.

EvilDead wrote:

LG C1 is now setup. Damn that cable is super unfriendly for wall mounting. 90 degree plug is a super pain to pull through the wall and the cable is way shorter than the Vizio. Ended up using an extension cord.

Looking good now. Xbox autodetected and changed some HDR and VRR settings which was nice. Is there an HDMI input that is better than others for gaming?

I do think that only some of the ports do eARC and such. My Xbox can turn my TV on and off, which is mostly nice. It's not nice when I want to use my Elite controller on a different Xbox, forget to sync it to that one first (using a USB cable), and end up turning on my downstairs TV.

And Leap, I totally hear you on a too-bright TV. My LG OLED is a bit too bright in a dark room at night.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

I do think that only some of the ports do eARC and such. My Xbox can turn my TV on and off, which is mostly nice. It's not nice when I want to use my Elite controller on a different Xbox, forget to sync it to that one first (using a USB cable), and end up turning on my downstairs TV.

And Leap, I totally hear you on a too-bright TV. My LG OLED is a bit too bright in a dark room at night.

OK thanks. Had to look up eARC and will have to check if my receiver even supports it. I have used regular ARC with it before.

Don’t forget those of us with Xbox Series S or X. They have a night mode now.

TheGameguru wrote:

Don’t forget those of us with Xbox Series S or X. They have a night mode now.

They DO? I might need this! I've got one, but had no idea.