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Unread 2011-02-28, 10:03   #1
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I'm shopping for a new tv and hoping to purchase sometime next month after I get my tax refund. What I know I want...
  • at least 40 inches
  • not plasma
  • a good solid brand that will last
  • don't want to spend more than $800

You guys got any recommendations? Do you love yours? Do you hate yours? Haven't checked into all the details yet but Best Buy has that "buy it back when the new stuff comes out" thing.

Anything you got to share will be appreciated.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 10:54   #2
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Why the hate for Plasma? Just curious. You should be able to get a nice tv for 800 bucks. I went with a 46 inch. bigger would not have fit the room real well. We have a panasonic which we like a bunch, but they might only make plasmas...
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Unread 2011-02-28, 10:58   #3
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I am pretty happy with the visio. I wouldn't go to best buy, because they suck balls. Cosco, BJ's maybe? Why weeks, I got my taxes back in 4 days.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 11:12   #4
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The date it's suppose to get to my bank account is March 11th but I would guess it will be there before then.

Yeah, I don't like Best Buy generally but I am going to check into that new thing they got going.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 12:52   #5
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I like to keep an eye on dealnews.com to see what low prices are out there.

I've bought from Best Buy in Chicago and New Jersey, and have always had good luck with refunds and exchanges. I went through 3 televisions (free delivery and no restocking charges) with them before I settled on my 42 inch Hitachi plasma which is fantastic. I especially like the technology used to display expanded aspect ratios

I bought a 32 inch Sony Bravia LCD from Best Buy and it was dead on arrival. There was no problem with an exchange and the television has a great picture.

Also bought a 26 inch Samsung LCD online from Abt Electronics who shipped from Chicago to New Jersey. Great price and no problems with shipping which was free.

PS - Make sure you read the reviews of each TV you are considering and look at the picture before buying.

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Unread 2011-02-28, 12:59   #6
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Thanks gator.

What about the difference between 1080 and 720? Can you really tell the difference? And what about the Hz? I've seen 60, 120, and 240.

What's something I should avoid?
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Unread 2011-02-28, 13:31   #7
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CNet has a pretty good HDTV buying guide/reference on their site. I think the bottom line is that unless the screen is pretty big... 50+ inches, you probably won't see a huge difference between 1080 and 720. Or unless you are sitting really close to it. That being said, these days there probably isn't much of a price premium for 1080 anymore.

I wouldn't pay too much attention to the stats, the manufacturers will make the stats say whatever they want. Like my dynamic contrast ration is 29 bagillion to 15 bazillion. um yay? I would second the recommendation of reading reviews of the models you are looking at.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 14:01   #8
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I subscribe to Consumer Reports online and they claim that 1080 is best on 50 inch or larger sets and if you have super HD sources like blu-ray. I don't think anyone is broadcasting shows at 1080 yet.

I believe the refresh rates of 60Hz, 120Hz or 240Hz are more critical with LCD sets. My Sony is only 60Hz, but I see no blurring at all when there is a lot of movement on the screen like when you are watching sporting events. You need to check this out in a showroom. Plasma sets usually don't have the blurring problem. Plasmas are also better viewing from the side at wide angles. If you are off to one side you will still see a bright picture whereas you might not with an LCD. However if you are viewing in a bright room or have a bright source of light behind you, the plasma may appear dimmer and you are more apt to see reflections of the light sources like windows or lamps.

If you go to Best Buy, they might have blu-ray sources hooked up to a lot of the sets and they will really look good, so ask them what source they are using.

Bottom line is that buying a TV is a pain and there is a lot to consider. Crutchfield.com is also another good place to browse.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 14:11   #9
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I think what you shoot for in a great TV is look at it and if you respond like this then buy it.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 15:29   #10
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Okay Ash# I swear your post wasn't there this morning.
Plasma burns too much electricity.

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Unread 2011-02-28, 15:32   #11
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sure pal. I figured you were just ignoring me.

I definitely read that Plasmas consume more power, but is it enough to really make a difference?(asking... I never really looked at it that closely) I was more convinced by the viewing angle argument that Alligator mentioned when i was choosing between plasma and lcd.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 16:06   #12
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I have a 50" LG plasma and it looks great, 1080P for Blu-Ray and yeah broadcast is stuck at 1080i for now. Plasma does use more electric but not much more, didn't notice the bill going up when I got this one.
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Unread 2011-02-28, 16:20   #13
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We have a couple of visios. They were way cheaper than anything else back when we got them, but now I think the prices have dropped across the board so much that the price differential isn't as significant anymore.

I think sometimes people forget to make sure the set they're looking at has the connections they want where they want them. Back in the day that meant RCA jacks on the side for the camcorder, but now you might want HDMI on the side or something like that.

Consider taking that money and starting a $100 per month investment in a S&P 500 (Vanguard or ETF) instead. You'll have a several month cushion to start arranging to have $100 to invest and before you know it you'll have a good foundation to build on. Fucking TV shows suck the same on a big screen. Dollar cost averaging and financial independence rule!
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Unread 2011-02-28, 16:39   #14
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Plus think of the enjoyment the family will have looking at monthly statements!
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Unread 2011-02-28, 21:52   #15
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But those shows only come in red and green.
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Unread 2011-03-01, 4:52   #16
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To each his own I guess.
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Unread 2011-03-01, 10:00   #17
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BL, is that english?

New Egg has this one for $649 with free shipping. Great reviews and it has internet thingy too!
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Unread 2011-03-01, 11:58   #18
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Live below your means and invest the difference. Avoid investing in the government's zero-return savings account.
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Live below your means and invest the difference. Avoid investing in the government's zero-return savings account.
Neighbors foreclosures dragging your property values down?
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Unread 2011-03-01, 12:13   #20
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What if you live below your means and would like to have a nice TV?
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Unread 2011-03-01, 12:22   #21
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stacyrings,
Best Buy's price for the LG42LD550 is $749.99. I suggest you visit Best Buy to take a look at the set before placing your order. Amazon has the same set for $629.98 with free shipping.
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Unread 2011-03-01, 12:23   #22
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Unread 2011-03-01, 12:29   #23
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I'm going to use my tax refund for three hundred cups of coffee.
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Unread 2011-03-01, 14:19   #24
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Man you need to chill the fuck out, kick back and watch some TV or something.
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TV? Let me tell you about my TV.

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It's big and pretty and I love it!
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Unread 2011-03-01, 14:51   #26
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Hey, I'm only using half my return so get off my back!!!
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Unread 2011-03-01, 16:34   #27
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Okay okay. I'll go talk about money management in the youtube thread. Sheesh.
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Unread 2011-03-02, 17:19   #28
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It's about pissing me off that a lot of stations are broadcasting in 6x9 format only. Sports and pbs. Damn it, I don't want to get a new TV till this one dies!
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Unread 2011-03-02, 20:30   #29
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LOL @ 6x9. Dinah's tv is in portrait mode.

A few tv thoughts:

Plasmas don't use that much energy than LCDs anymore, in the early days plasmas sucked down power, but the newer models are much more efficient. The real downside to plasma is you have to be able to control the light in the room, the darker the better.

Don't be suckered in to buying a tv that's a few inches bigger for a few hundred more dollars. "Why this 40" tv is $500, but for $200 more I can get a 42"! " The simple fact is the "wow" factor of a big tv lasts about one week, after that you are used to the larger size so it's just another tv. Bonus disappointment: smaller tv's are harder to watch. Extra bonus disappointment: Standard definition tv looks terrible on a really large screen.

1080 - unless you sit within 7 feet of a screen +47" you won't be able to tell a difference. I sit 8 ft from my 60" LG and I can barely tell a difference. I also keep the xbox at 720 because that's the highest native resolution a game has to be made at. Some companies offer a 1080 upscale mode that can look crappy on a larger screen (lots of jagged edges).

Based on everything you've said, I'd suggest something like a 120hz 42" LCD from Vizio, LG, or Sharp. Those usually run under $700.
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Unread 2011-03-04, 19:31   #30
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Having an insane 72" Toshiba DLP I feel a bit of an ass to post in a TV thread, but while I agree with Jango on many points, ya get used to the screen, and it seems normal to you, and such...when you turn the lights down, hit the surround sound, and sit within' 10' of a big screen...movie theater who??? If you are currently a regular attender of the movies, consider the amount of money you spend there per year, multiply by at least 5 years, and subtract from the TV cost...it's a very rare movie I go to the theater for in the last 10 years since I went big screen. 3 if memory serves. The TV's pay for themselves, even at the $3k I paid for my 61" digital projection by Sony, and more so on the $1699 I paid for my 72" HD DLP Toshiba a year and change ago. 5 years is absolute minimum by the way. The 62" Sony is still going strong after 10 years just takes a bit to warm up, and is a SD TV which along with the price of the Toshiba is why I replaced it to get the HD. Still use the Sony at Halloween to scare the kiddies.

Edit: meant to address the SD viewing experience. I get around that by not watching SD TV unless absolutely necessary. Have my Dish set to show only HD channels. Got over 100 of them, if I can't find shit to watch with 100 channels, let the bombs drop now, the world ain't worth livin' in. Seriously though, don't know about watching SD on a flat panel, but they aren't that bad on my DLP. Obviously not as good as HD, but I've not yet felt compelled to slit my wrists while watching SD on my HD DLP TV.
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