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    I currently have a Mitsubishi 65 inch with a color wheel. It's been replaced once. Paired up with a pioneer receiver with 5.1 surround sound. I can probably go up to 70 inches without being a new ETCC. Since I got this set up 9 years ago, I quit keeping up TV's and the new stuff.

    So, I need some advice on the new TV's out. Watch Netflix, USA, and football. Have Apple TV for Netflix. Reading where you can basically turn your TV into a computer monitor with the new TV's. Don't know much about that.
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    any 70 inch TV you purchase will support what you want to use the TV for. 4K TVs are the current rage but most programming is not yet at 4K so you won't get the full advantage of the TV today but will be prepared for the future (i'm thinking 1-2 years from now).
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    Read that the 4k tvs are not really necessary for home use as the naked eye can't tell the difference? Would getting that and and the ability to connect to internet be a waste of money?
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    Looking at TVs in the big box stores, I would say that I can tell the difference between a side by side comparison of 1080p and 4k, so long as the content provided is 4k. The 4k looks almost too real, not like a film normally looks. I agree that until content catches up with the devices having the new shiny-ness is not necessary. Additionally internet connectivity is useful if you don't have another device for streaming, but the processors and systems included in TVs are not always as powerful as they should be, a console like xbox-one or ps4 may be a better bet for streaming content.
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    I personally think 4K is not worth the premium price but you should make sure internet connectivity is an option since that will provide you with more flexibility in your watching
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    The price of 4k is really going down. 1080i is no longer the standard bearer. It's 4k, take the plunge you'll kick yourself in less than a year if you don't. Plus you said Netflix and Football, both are in 4k
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    I bought a 55" 4k for 350 a couple weeks ago.
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    Wow. What brand?
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    The ones with HDR (high dynamic range) are nice. Vizio, for example, have some models with HDR (in different levels, like a entry model HDR and a HDR Pro or something like that). My house got broken into and they stole two of my TVs. I had to replace them so I got a Vizio 65" 4K with HDR and a Samsung 55" 4K with HDR. They are pretty nice. Lots of brightness and contrast.

    Another thing to keep in mind with 4k is how far away you are from the TV. Your eyes are only so good. Even if your TV has so much detail that you can see the pores in people's faces, what good is it if you are sitting so far away that you can't tell? I see a lot more detail on the 55" because it's wall mounted 6' off the end of my bed, whereas the 65" in the living room is quite a ways away. You lose detail as you move out, so the further you are, the bigger screen you need to actually make the most out of the 4K.
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    If you have a High Definition tv and use HD cable service, be sure you have both your tv and cable box set to HDMI 1080. Check your settings. Also make sure that you are using a standard quality HDMI cable connecting your cable box to your tv or you won't be getting true High Def 1080 resolution on your tv screen.

    There are some other great tips here also ..

    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-an-hdtv/
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    You gave good advice but your mention of high quality HDMI cable bears some expansion. In the c/net article you linked they point out that cheap cables are as good as expensive:

    c/net has an article about buying HDMI cables to augment that information. The bottom line is that buying an expensive cable will almost certainly not get you better results than a cheap one. The sellers and makers of the expensive cables try to sucker victims into thinking that quality is proportional to cost, like with Starbucks coffee. It isn't.
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    Good point Lake.
    I should have said get a standard quality HDMI cable.
    Think I paid about 8 bucks for mine.





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    I'm not entirely sure what you want to do with your TV and the Internet, but an Apple TV 4 is probably better than any software that's built in. If you have an ATV3 or ATV2, the 4 is completely different and does a lot more.
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    So, the Friday before the Super Bowl, my 65 Mits went out. I would up buying a 75 inch Samsung 4k. So far, I like it.

    I do have another question. When I originally hooked up my surround sound, I was told to run the audio cable from the cable box to the surround sound. When I hook up Apple TV, the HDMI runs to the TV and I have to use the TV volume and no surround sound.

    DO I need to run an HDMI from the TV to the surround sound and forgo routing the TV attachments thru the surround sound?
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    https://www.cnet.com/news/what-is-audio-return-channel-arc/
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    Yes, ARC didn't hit the scene until 2009. See if anything in this link helps. I'm a roku guy so I'm not really sure about the Apple TV setup though it seems that it wouldn't be that different.
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    Thanks!! I will give that a try. Based on that article, I have it hooked up wrong.
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    Let us know how it works out. I know there's nothing worse than getting a new "toy" and it not working as expected.

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