wgoddard65 wrote:I'm pretty ignorant about TV quality. Is this one any good and which is better LCD or LED?
Best Buy reviews on the LCD are numerous and pretty great. Reviews on the LED are even more numerous and more great.
For either of these TVs, they will be perfect for basic watching. If you hook up 1080p sources to it, yes you will lose out on the full HD experience. However, if you're just looking for a TV to play news on in the morning, these are good options.
For the difference between LED to LCD, first you have to know an LED TV is an LCD TV. All LCD refers to is the screen of the TV, which in this case is the same. LED TV refers to the backlighting of the TV. TVs labeled as just LCD will use a florescent backlighting. LEDs are better for longevity, energy consumption, potentially thinner, and can (I emphasize can) provide a softer lighting. A LED TV is better than an LCD TV. If you go to a brick and mortar, you'll be hard-pressed to find the higher brands touching LCD anymore. In fact, the Samsung here is originally from 2 years ago.
When LED has everything better than LCD, when they cost the same to make, there's not a point to LCD anymore.
I should make a final point, on both of these TVs, the connections are very basic. There is no audio out for either model, so if you're looking to hook up external speakers, it may be painful. The LED is listed as having an optical, but last I checked, it does not. Also, the component/composite connection is shared.