In Which I Ask You To Share Your Gigantic TV Wisdom With Me!

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 12.06% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

So as noted, Gini and I need to buy a new television set to support Rock Band 4.  And, well…
…we don’t know much about televisions.
What we do know is this:
1)  We want at least a 65″ screen, preferably 70″.
2)  That is in my living room by my amazing birthday on July 3rd.
3)  I am mostly convinced that 4k Ultra HD isn’t worth it, because it’s a) $800 extra, and b) according to the viewing distance chart in this article, we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference from the roughly nine feet away that we watch our television from.  Still, we intend this TV to last for many many years (we bought our current TV in 2002), and even though there’s little 4k content now, as such it might be a good idea to spend the money to futureproof it.  I’m probably 85% on skipping 4k Ultra, but damn does it look nice in Best Buy.
4)  We really hate most “high-def” televisions, as it takes most movies and makes them look as fake as videogame cutscenes.  I know there are settings one can use to make them look more movie-like, but I have zero idea which settings those are or which televisions allow you to fiddle with them.
5)  We’d like to not spend ten billion dollars on things, but we’re okay with spending quality cash for quality goods.
6)  It needs at least three HDMI ports – one for the PS4, one for XBone, one for the cable.
Now. If y’all have any recommendations – ranging from “Buy this television” to “We muck with this setting” to “ZOMG, YOU NEED THIS FEATURE LIKE WHOAH” – please share, so we can partake in your awesome wisdom.


  1. brad
    Jun 18, 2015

    The original rockbands had issues with hd tv’s and syncing, so regardless whatever else you look at, I’d advise not buying a tv until after the game has been out a month or two. If you absolutely cannot avoid getting one before, I’ve always heard that is the place with the best info.

  2. Mark
    Jun 19, 2015

    Hey Ferrett, just wanted to let you know that I bought a TV from LG near the end of 2008. It was a bit smaller than what you’re looking for (I believe 32 inch), but it was HD and I’m still using it nowadays. Back then, LG was a budget option (I paid around €600 compared to a similar Sony TV of €1000), so LG may be something you want to consider.
    Good luck!

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