HDTV Picture Setting forum


Great but simple HDTV

by Justsaying1 / October 7, 2013 11:34 AM PDT

We are "boring" people who like to watch PBS and nightly news from over the air antenna and some DVDs. That said, we are looking to replace our ancient CRT with latest LCD or plasma unit. Problem is, that these new sets all claim great pictures but have all the unneeded bells and whistles (voice recognition, swipe remotes, wifi, ethernet etc) for us. Any recommendation for a great picture TV, but simple to operate without cracking the user manual everytime (price does not matter)?

Answer This Ask For Clarification
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Great but simple HDTV
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Great but simple HDTV
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Just don't buy a "smart" TV or a 3D model
by wpgwpg / October 7, 2013 11:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Great but simple HDTV

I have 5 HDTVs (all are different brands), none of which are so-called "smart" or 3D, and we didn't find them any more difficult to use than the old CRT ones. I see more complaints about the "smart" ones which IMHO are a very dumb idea to begin with. Any they cost considerably more than the plain vanilla ones too. They all get so much better pictures than the old CRTs, you're going to be happy with anything that pleases your eyes in the stores.
Good luck.

Collapse -
I get some heat on this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 7, 2013 9:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Great but simple HDTV

The compromises made in the smart TVs such web browser inadequacies and no statement about what data they are collecting make me write that I won't pay a dime for their current offering. I will buy for a great PQ (picture quality) but the makers have been too silent about what information they collect.

And voice recognition? Hit and miss.

As to use, these seem no harder to use to me.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


CNET bought a house!

Take a look inside the house where we will be testing connected locks, thermostats and other smart home products so we can tell a complete story.