LG Electronics 39LN5300 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV Product 2014 US

LG Electronics 39LN5300 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV

LG Electronics 39LN5300 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV


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We purchased the LG 32LN5300 32” television for our toddler’s playroom, so we didn’t want anything too big or too expensive. I looked at all our options and narrowed down my search to the LG 32LN5300 based on image quality, features, and price. My basic requirements were that it had to be 1080P and offer at least two HDMI inputs. There was one other television that was $50 less than the LG, but I opted for the LG because the image quality was noticeably better and off-axis viewing was far superior. The other television was an Insignia.

The first thing I’ll say about the LG 32LN5300 is this television is mostly about image quality; the image quality is its most outstanding feature. Like most flat-screen televisions, especially on the budget market, audio quality is not its strongest asset.

It offers two 10W speakers (20W total) that produce a very nice volume that will easily fill a moderately sized room enough that you can probably hear it well in an adjacent room. Don’t expect to get a nice full-bodied sound with rich low end. Its sonic body is thin. With that said, the settings do offer the ability to tweak the audio and you can set the treble and bass. This helps somewhat and lessons the boxy sound a bit. Virtual surround settings also enhance the audio effect. Just be aware that the audio quality is enough to get by, which makes it fine for a bedroom, den, or play room. If you want added audio quality, consider purchasing a separate speaker system.

Where this television excels in its price range is in image quality. The monitor does an excellent job at projecting a clean image with crisp detail and very nice image contrast and color tone. There is an abundance of expert settings that allow you to configure gamma levels and many other complex settings that most users will never know how to set. Some of these settings can get you into trouble, so if you play with them, expect to possibly reset everything back to the factory default if you screw things up. But don’t be intimidated. The settings are easy to access using the remote and all the basics are there: brightness, contrast, color, tint, backlighting, etc.

After initially setting up the television, I wasn’t overly pleased with the image quality. After maybe twenty minutes of customization, I now have things configured and am very pleased with the image quality. If image quality is important to you, expect to spend a little time configuring the settings to your liking and don’t get upset if the first image you see isn’t what you expected. It’s designed to allow for user configuration.

This television is ideal for applications that don’t require extra features or an abundant quantity of inputs and outputs. The 32LN5300 comes with only two HDMI inputs, one on the back and one on the side. If you’re wall mounting the television, keep in mind that the back HDMI connector requires you to use an HDMI cable with a 90-degree connector or adapter. If you don’t, the television won’t lay flush against the wall because the cable will get in the way.

Along with two HDMI connectors, the television comes with one composite and one USB input.

The 32LN5300 is Energy Star compliant and sips power at a rate of approximately $6 a year when the Eco setting is configured (default).

There are a number of reviews that complain about faulty power issues. Some of these reviews are related to purchasing used equipment. I’m very concerned about this, but so far, we haven’t experienced this problem, perhaps because we purchased it new. If we do, I’ll immediately update this review and report it here. If you don’t see any added update regarding this, our television is working fine.

Overall, the LG 32LN5300 is a very nice basic television that produces a beautiful image. The sound is a bit thin, but the audio can be configured to make the out-of-the-box settings a bit bolder. It’s not built for sound; it’s build for economy of purchase and image quality. We’re very happy with the screen quality. Based on our experience, we would recommend this television for those who need a basic set without an abundance of features or connections.

VideoSecu LED LCD TV Wall Mount for most 22”-47” LCD, LED & Plasma Televisions and some models up to 55” inches - up to 88 lb VESA 400x400 mm with Full Motion Swivel Articulating Arm, 20 in Extension and Post-installation Leveling System, for Monitor Flat Panel Screen, Bonus 10 ft HDMI cable and Magnetic Bubble Leveler WP5

VideoSecu LED LCD TV Wall Mount for most 22”-47” LCD, LED & Plasma Televisions and some models up to 55” inches - up to 88 lb VESA 400x400 mm with Full Motion Swivel Articulating Arm, 20 in Extension and Post-installation Leveling System, for Monitor Flat Panel Screen, Bonus 10 ft HDMI cable and Magnetic Bubble Leveler WP5

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*UPDATE 11-10-11* Apparently the design and sale of this mount has changed since my original review. It’s now easier to install, and comes with an HDMI cable and level. Otherwise, most of my review still stands.

I was planning to make my own TV mount because all the affordable ones were so cheaply made. That was until I stumbled on this one for $25.

Wow, was I surprised when it arrived! Very nicely double-boxed and packaged extremely well. Then the construction is quality all the way, right down to the chrome-plated nuts, screws and bushings. This mount was manufactured and boxed as if it were a high-dollar item.

It only took about 15 minutes to have my 37” LG firmly hanging on the wall. Oh, and I did it all by myself.

I can’t comment on the mount-to-TV screws because my LG already provided them. And I did use my own 5/16” flat washers on 2 of the lag screws since none were included, but that’s just my preference.

I highly recommend this mount, I would have been happy to pay double for such quality.

Now, as usual, many of the reviews here are misleading:

*Dismiss all reviews that talk about adjacent studs, or difficulties getting screws to grab at an angle. This thing BOLTS TO A SINGLE WALL STUD VERY EASILY! Just like what’s shown on the instruction sheet, you simply screw 3 of the lag screws down the center of the mount. That’s all that’s needed, the other holes are just a bonus for more complicated setups. DO NOT PUT 6 OR 7 LAGS INTO A STUD! You will probably shred or weaken it. Crash goes your TV while ripping a chunk of 2x4 through your drywall.

*Dismiss the reviews that mention short lag screws. They are 2”, that’s a depth of almost 1 1/2” into the stud after going through 1/2” drywall and the mount. If you drilled roughly 3/16” to 1/4” diameter pilot holes and didn’t over-tighten your lags, it should be fine. I’ve mounted mine twice now, using the same (provided) lags.

*I have no idea where this review came from that complains about an adjustment knob getting in the way. My mount doesn’t have any kind of knob on it whatsoever, perhaps they are commenting on a different model. There’s a tilt adjustment, but it uses a wrench and doesn’t protrude anywhere. The ONLY BAD PART I’VE FOUND is that cheap stamped sheet-metal wrench to tighten the tilt mechanism. No problem, I just used my own 13mm wrench instead.

*Yes, the mount can be somewhat stiff. Like another reviewer stated, just lubricate it. I used a few drops of 3-In-1 Oil in the joints.

*And bad reviews from people who didn’t research or check to see if their TV or monitor is VESA compliant. That also includes the ones who didn’t check to see if the mounting plate will block off their inputs. The plate is about 8 1/2” square, it shouldn’t be that hard to see if you’ll have a conflict. Besides, in the description it says, “Please make sure what mount your TV needs before you place order. If you are not sure, please send us a message. We will check for you.” So they are giving a nice product bad reviews because they simply didn’t read the description.

*Then all the complaints of trying to hold the TV to the mount while installing the screws. If you look at the pictures on Amazon you’ll see the center screw hole is a “keyhole”.

1. Hold the mount to the wall and mark the 3 hole locations on the wall. On the center keyhole you want to only mark the narrow slot at the top.

2. Drill (3) 3/16” holes.

3. Install center screw into the stud, but leave a small gap between the head and the drywall, you can even use the mount to test whether the slot in the “keyhole” passes behind the head.

4. Lay your TV face-down on a safe place like a mattress or a table with a comforter over it. Place the mount over the back of the TV and install screws.

5. Position the mount so the wall mounting plate is reasonably close to the TV and as close to center as possible, and simply hang it on the wall to the center lag screw through the keyhole. That should help with the weight while you screw the top lag in, then the bottom. Don’t tighten anything completely until all 3 screws are in, then make sure it’s level or plumb.

That’s it. This is an inexpensive, very well built product that solves a simple problem. I’ll be ordering more for my PC monitors and future customers ASAP.

Apple TV MD199LL/A Product 2014 US

Apple TV MD199LL/A

Apple TV MD199LL/A

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I own both the new Apple TV (1080P/2012) model and the Roku2 XS. I found myself doing a side by side comparison of the two products and here are my findings.

AppleTV
Pros: Works out of the box, minimum effort to setup, really easy to use interface + wifi. Can Restream old purchased episodes. Netflix App much cleaner and more superb. Streaming and buffering causes no delays or degradation of picture. AirPlay makes up for a lot of the limited channels (with Mountain Lion the functionality goes up even more). iPad Remote easy to use
Cons: Limited Channels…needs an open API like Roku to build more channels

Roku2 XS
Pros: Many Channels available, Cheaper ($10), Free Movie Channels like Crackle, AmazonPrime availability, Vendor neutral. iPad Remote easy to use
Cons: Missing iTunes integration, Poor quality and buffering (constant downgrading the image quality on NBA League Pass and Netflix). User UI is just bland and could be cleaner. Bugs and issues. Most channels you have to pay extra for. Roku disconnects from my wifi network randomly whereas the AppleTV never does during side by side streaming. Setup takes longer and more tweaking needed by the user.

Summary:
While the Roku offers you many more channels the end user experience on the AppleTV makes it much more simple to utilize. If you have some form of Apple Eco System then the AppleTV is for you. If you hate Apple then the Roku is for you. Each product has their own advantages and disadvantages. For me in the end it was about the user experience and ease of using the player and the AppleTV edged out. It’s not to say I won’t be using my Roku but until there are some updates to fix some of the buffers and issues the AppleTV is by far the better product.

UPDATE: Completely Dropped my Roku in favor of Apple TV now. For some of the comments below I have a 30 Mbps down, 10 Mbps Up and being a network engineer and having quite an impressive armada of enterprise switches in the house I know it’s not the network but the Roku. It’s either the memory or the application code that keeps causing issues itself. Also for those that claim they cannot view movies due to apple protections…download airparrot and VLC. It works perfectly.

Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) Product 2014 US

Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black)

Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black)


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Many of these TVs don’t have a Samsung panel (the screen/the part that has/makes the image!)! I cannot believe this has not been mentioned. It makes a SUBSTANTIAL difference, because some panels they use should be in TV’s that cost $100 less.
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Can you imagine buying a car because you know its manufacturer uses great, reliable engines, only to find out that they use completely different engines without telling you, all of which are of lower quality? Samsung does this with their TVs, and some of them don’t EVER have Samsung panels (e.g., the 37” model will NEVER have a Samsung panel because they don’t make 37” panels). Samsung uses 4 different panel types from four different manufacturers - each with a substantially different technology.

You can tell which panel YOUR TV has by the “Version” on the sticker outside of the box. There’s also a sticker on the back of the TV; the “Version” code is below the Model number and above the S/N. BTW, reviews can’t be interpreted without the four-digit Version code because they are quite simply different TV’s. Here’s how to interpret them:
(“x” means a number, probably from 1-4, that represents the version of that panel - higher means newer but not always better).

TH0x or TS0x: Samsung S-PVA panel (possibly just a PVA, if you’re less lucky): This is what you thought you were buying. Best color, best black, best viewing angles.
HS0x: Sharp ASV panel: Lower contrast ratio, more narrow viewing angle. I read HS02 in particular has terrible ghosting.
A_0X: AOU A-MVA panel: Even lower contrast ratio.
CH0x or CM0x or CS0x: Chimea S-MVA panel: You lost the lottery. Markedly worse in every way - way worse viewing angle, color reproduction, etc. Just a terrible rip-off.

Mine, from Amazon, is an HS03, so a Sharp panel. I will be testing it tomorrow (DVD and watching football - no Blu-ray). There is a decent chance I return it, because it is not a Samsung. Also? Sony and Panasonic do much less “panel lottery” and are vowing to stop entirely. LG does not do a panel lottery. Samsung has absolutely no plans to stop, and they only use “standards” that won’t reveal a difference between the different panels.

I will update after doing more testing. I just simply could not believe that this was not mentioned. Nothing like finding out you paid $500 (40” model) for a $400 TV when that extra $100 could have been used for sound, Blu-Ray, etc.

**Other reviewers, please, update your reviews to give your version code!**

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UPDATED 10/24/12: Added info on how to find version number without the box.

Samsung UN48H6350 48-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV Product 2014 US

Samsung UN48H6350 48-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

Samsung UN48H6350 48-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV


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Gave this TV 5 stars because it is phenomenal!

I received my product in 2 days with Amazon Prime so shipping was right on time like promised. The factory settings on the TV are decent but you can make the picture look EXCELLENT if you tweak the settings to your liking. The picture is crisp and clear, making anything you watch way more enjoyable. The sound is also exceptional! It has the potential to be very loud if you put it on the “Amplify” setting which is located in your menu settings, and the speakers are in the back for those of you who are wondering.

As for the reviews about the apps not working, I did not have this problem. It seems that a lot of those reviews occurred awhile ago so they might have fixed that problem they were having. I turned the TV on and there was an update & everything works perfectly fine!

As for gaming, this TV is the best you can get at this price and anything below it. The input lag is 88ms but when you put it on PC mode it reduces the input lag to 44ms. If you don’t know what input lag is, that is the half second delay when you’re playing a first person shooter when you move your character. Input lag throws your game off and literally makes you worse than you really are ha-ha. For those wanting to know how to put it on PC mode, all you have to do is switch the input to the HDMI port you plugged your console in and when you select it you have to click tools on your remote. When you click tools on your remote, click edit name and then you should see where it says “PC.” Click on that and BOOM, no more input lag and your video games run flawlessly. You really only need to do this if you’re playing first person shooters though because you can’t tell the difference on any other game really unless you’re a gamer who has never seen sunlight.

I did a lot of research on this TV, so I tried including everything I was concerned about to assist others in making their purchase. To be honest, this is a great TV in my opinion. It is an affordable price, and the picture is beautiful!

P.S. For those of you who are looking to mount this TV as well, the VESA on the back is 200 x 200. It was very difficult for me to find that online so I hope I helped you out :)

Samsung UN60H6350 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV Product 2014 US

Samsung UN60H6350 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

Samsung UN60H6350 60-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV


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Gave this TV 5 stars because it is phenomenal!

I received my product in 2 days with Amazon Prime so shipping was right on time like promised. The factory settings on the TV are decent but you can make the picture look EXCELLENT if you tweak the settings to your liking. The picture is crisp and clear, making anything you watch way more enjoyable. The sound is also exceptional! It has the potential to be very loud if you put it on the “Amplify” setting which is located in your menu settings, and the speakers are in the back for those of you who are wondering.

As for the reviews about the apps not working, I did not have this problem. It seems that a lot of those reviews occurred awhile ago so they might have fixed that problem they were having. I turned the TV on and there was an update & everything works perfectly fine!

As for gaming, this TV is the best you can get at this price and anything below it. The input lag is 88ms but when you put it on PC mode it reduces the input lag to 44ms. If you don’t know what input lag is, that is the half second delay when you’re playing a first person shooter when you move your character. Input lag throws your game off and literally makes you worse than you really are ha-ha. For those wanting to know how to put it on PC mode, all you have to do is switch the input to the HDMI port you plugged your console in and when you select it you have to click tools on your remote. When you click tools on your remote, click edit name and then you should see where it says “PC.” Click on that and BOOM, no more input lag and your video games run flawlessly. You really only need to do this if you’re playing first person shooters though because you can’t tell the difference on any other game really unless you’re a gamer who has never seen sunlight.

I did a lot of research on this TV, so I tried including everything I was concerned about to assist others in making their purchase. To be honest, this is a great TV in my opinion. It is an affordable price, and the picture is beautiful!

P.S. For those of you who are looking to mount this TV as well, the VESA on the back is 200 x 200. It was very difficult for me to find that online so I hope I helped you out :)

Roku HD Streaming Player - Manufacturer Refurbished

Roku HD Streaming Player - Manufacturer Refurbished

Roku HD Streaming Player - Manufacturer Refurbished

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From the simple remote to the easy-to-use interface, Roku was designed to please everyone. All you need to get started is a high-speed Internet connection (and a TV, of course). The built-in wireless and guided setup mean you can be up and running in minutes. And we bet you don’t even have to call your nerdy nephew for help.

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I have 3 of these devices. I bought them 3 years ago and they all still work great. I also have bought a smart tv since that time but I prefer the Roku. It has more channels available than my smart TV and the process time is must faster. I have tried watching Netflix on my Wii, PS3, and Smart TV but the Roku has a much faster processing speed. Some say that has to do with the internet but I have the same internet throughout my home and the Roku’s are 10-1 better. BTW…I also have HBOgo on the Roku, which my smart tv and Wii cannot support.

Apple TV MD199LL/A

Apple TV MD199LL/A

Apple TV MD199LL/A


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I own both the new Apple TV (1080P/2012) model and the Roku2 XS. I found myself doing a side by side comparison of the two products and here are my findings.

AppleTV
Pros: Works out of the box, minimum effort to setup, really easy to use interface + wifi. Can Restream old purchased episodes. Netflix App much cleaner and more superb. Streaming and buffering causes no delays or degradation of picture. AirPlay makes up for a lot of the limited channels (with Mountain Lion the functionality goes up even more). iPad Remote easy to use
Cons: Limited Channels…needs an open API like Roku to build more channels

Roku2 XS
Pros: Many Channels available, Cheaper ($10), Free Movie Channels like Crackle, AmazonPrime availability, Vendor neutral. iPad Remote easy to use
Cons: Missing iTunes integration, Poor quality and buffering (constant downgrading the image quality on NBA League Pass and Netflix). User UI is just bland and could be cleaner. Bugs and issues. Most channels you have to pay extra for. Roku disconnects from my wifi network randomly whereas the AppleTV never does during side by side streaming. Setup takes longer and more tweaking needed by the user.

Summary:
While the Roku offers you many more channels the end user experience on the AppleTV makes it much more simple to utilize. If you have some form of Apple Eco System then the AppleTV is for you. If you hate Apple then the Roku is for you. Each product has their own advantages and disadvantages. For me in the end it was about the user experience and ease of using the player and the AppleTV edged out. It’s not to say I won’t be using my Roku but until there are some updates to fix some of the buffers and issues the AppleTV is by far the better product.

UPDATE: Completely Dropped my Roku in favor of Apple TV now. For some of the comments below I have a 30 Mbps down, 10 Mbps Up and being a network engineer and having quite an impressive armada of enterprise switches in the house I know it’s not the network but the Roku. It’s either the memory or the application code that keeps causing issues itself. Also for those that claim they cannot view movies due to apple protections…download airparrot and VLC. It works perfectly.

Samsung UN55H6350 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV Product 2014 US

Samsung UN55H6350 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV

Samsung UN55H6350 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV


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I love it! The delivery company delivered and set my 55H6350 this morning. What an amazing picture. I couldnt be more happy with the picture quality. I have read reviews about people who diss this tv because of the Slow Apps or Poor Sounds. In my experience so far, the apps and web browser ARE slow but I have this TV connected to an Asus Chromebox and use that for web browsing and all apps. So the smart features wont be used by me. The built-in speakers sound okay to me. Nothing spectacular but nothing horrible, just average. However, I am using the Optical Out from the TV to my A/V Receiver and all is well.

I found the following calibration online and seem to really enhance the picture to provide true colors.

Picture Mode Movie
Backlight 15 <—— increase if in a bright room
Contrast 95
Brightness 46
Sharpness 14
Color 50
Tint G50/R50
Advance Settings
Dynamic Contrast Off
Black Tone Off
Flesh Tone 0
RGB Only Mode Off
Color Space Auto
10pt White Balance On
Gamma +1
Expert Pattern Off
xvYCC Off
Picture Options
Color Tone Warm2
Digital Noise Filter Off
MPEG Noise Filter Off
HDMI Black Level Normal (Low if available)
Film Mode Off
Auto Motion Plus Off

10pt White Balance ON

Picture Size Screen Fit

So after 4 hours, I would recommend this tv to Anyone. I’ll report back if I have problems in the future but so far ZERO buyers remorse.

UPDATE: 30 days in and I could not be more happy with my purchase. I did a ton of comparison (probably too much) shopping before buying this tv. Boy did I make the right decision. This TV is SWEET! again, i dont use the smart features so no comment on them.

Cheetah Mounts ALAMLB Articulating Arm (20” Extension) TV Wall Mount Bracket for 23-55 inch LCD, LED and Plasma Flat Screen TVs up to VESA 400x400 and 66lbs, with full Ballhead Tilt, Swivel, and Rotation Motion, Including a Twisted Veins 10’ Braided High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Cable and a 6” 3-Axis Magnetic Bubble Level

Cheetah Mounts ALAMLB Articulating Arm (20” Extension) TV Wall Mount Bracket for 23-55 inch LCD, LED and Plasma Flat Screen TVs up to VESA 400x400 and 66lbs, with full Ballhead Tilt, Swivel, and Rotation Motion, Including a Twisted Veins 10’ Braided High Speed with Ethernet HDMI Cable and a 6” 3-Axis Magnetic Bubble Level

Cheetah Mounts ALAMLB Articulating Arm (20

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FITS 23-55” TVS

This mount fits most 23-55” TVs sold today. Specifically, it fits TVs with mounting holes as close as 2”x2” or as wide as 16”x16” (in TV terms - VESA 50x50mm to 400x400mm) and up to 66lbs.



20” EXTENSION YET LOW 2.4” PROFILE

The articulating arm extends up to 20” from the wall giving space for the ballhead motion. The mount collapses to 2.4” from the wall when needed. br>


FULL MOTION BALLHEAD

The unique ballhead motion at the end of the arm mount allows for 360 degrees of rotation, making transitions from portrait to landscape orientation possible. The same ballhead also allows 180 degrees of swivel and +/- 15 degrees of tilt.



DETACHABLE WING PIECES

The base plate at the end of the arm mount fits hole patterns up to VESA 200x200. The included “wing” attachment pieces extend the covered hole patterns up to VESA 400x400.



COMPLIMENTARY LEVEL

The ALAMLB ships with a 6” 3-axis Magnetic Bubble Level to ensure level mounting.



10’ HIGH SPEED WITH ETHERNET HDMI CABLE

A Twisted Veins 10’ High Speed with Ethernet HDMI cable is included, featuring a braided jacket and capable of 3D 1080P signals.



INCLUDES ALL NECESSARY MOUNTING HARDWARE

This mount ships with hardware for both wall and TV mounting.



LIFETIME 100% GUARANTEE

If ANYTHING is wrong with your mount, please contact us. Your mount has a lifetime guarantee.

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We have installed (2) of these mounts. (1) on a 26” LCD and (1) on a 32” LCD. Both installations were easy, with the product meeting expectations. The second mount we installed was missing a couple of minor parts so I sent a quick e-mail to Cheetah mounts. An hour later, I had the 2nd day air tracking number for the remaining parts. While it was frustrating to be missing the parts, I was amazed by the quick response.