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Old December 10th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #1
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find me one, obviously HD a must, lens response is more important than resolution (I think).

looks like Sears has nice deals on Vizio

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...ame=Flat+Panel

walmart need not apply
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I've heard that Visio is the best bang for the buck. Not a big brand like Sony or Sharp, but still great quality. Just make sure you go look at them first. My parents got a 37 for about $500 (2 years ago) and it was the worst picture I had ever seen even though the specs on it looked good.
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I've heard that Visio is the best bang for the buck. Not a big brand like Sony or Sharp, but still great quality. Just make sure you go look at them first. My parents got a 37 for about $500 (2 years ago) and it was the worst picture I had ever seen even though the specs on it looked good.
I've been told by people in electronics retail that Visio's are junk, as are olympia's/etc. Never had one, so I can't personally comment

From the research I've done (and I did a ton a few months ago) Panasonic Plasma's are the best bang for the buck in plasma (and IMO, look better than comparatively priced LCD's), and Sony Bravia LCD's are excellent LCD's. Toshiba LCD's have banding problems, and many people have complained about Phillips and Samsung TV's dying after a year or so.....also, keep in mind 99% of display TV's you see at the store are with an HD picture - the picture on some gets incredibly worse on a normal signal.
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I really only watch stuff in HD now

How are response times in a plasma vs an LCD?
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I really only watch stuff in HD now

How are response times in a plasma vs an LCD?
I'm not 100% sure on the LCD's - when I researched a while back, the new XXX HZ refresh rate that you hear about now wasn't out (unless you spent 3k for a TV). I do know the ones at the time seemed to lag a very very minor ammount with intense action when I viewed them in the store. The Panasonic Plasma I ended up with has excellent response times, and I've had zero trouble with it no matter what I've watched - from sports to action movies.

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I have a Sony Bravia in the 46" variety and went with direct TV due to all the HD channels . . . It's simply amazing.

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I was told by several sale people to get a visio
anyhoo I got the 37" and the pic on it very nice and movies look awesome.
I am not saying that it's the be all end all but for the money it was a good fit for us.
I was also told not to get a plasma.
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PLEASE don't buy a vizio.. Just get a samsung and be done with it.

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Use those two sites... USE MSN CASHBACK... I just bought a new tv today and saved $740 due to coupons and cash back.
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I am brand loyal to a faul, My next tv will be another samsung.
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cc I have to laugh. like the fedex issues, you seriously don't want to know the problems I have had over the years with samsung televisions....omg roflmao. I have to be the unluckiest bastard when comes to this stuff. we just need to remember that if we ever go shopping for something together wait until i am gone to buy it
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I was told by several sale people to get a visio
anyhoo I got the 37" and the pic on it very nice and movies look awesome.
I am not saying that it's the be all end all but for the money it was a good fit for us.
I was also told not to get a plasma.
Visio = poor quality from everything I've read. The only people saying to buy them are the people who want to make a sale (in my experience).

As for the plasma comment - the only downfall from LCD that is a major concern is the higher electricity use (which is minor) and the fact that it wears out (after like 20 years straight of 10 hour use per day - seriously, that's what my TV is rated for). Plasmas, at the time I purchased/researched, still have darker blacks, and are no longer prone to the burn in bullshit that you hear - I've had my TV sit on a still image for 8 hours, unintentional, and I had no burn in what so ever.

But, I will add that LCD's are catching up to plasma quality, and will eventually surpass it. I think more than anything, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder - go look at some TV's and get the one that looks the best...
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love my vizio, no problems, great quality works good for a computer monitor too.
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I have a 37" Vizio that I bought at Sam's Club just over a year ago. I paid $748. I have DirecTv's HD service and the picture on HD shows is awesome. I've never had a problem with it and I would recommend it to anyone.
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for the record, I now have a 27" Prima HDTV that I bought 3.5 years ago that everyone said was junk. It still has an awesome picture.

There are 2 different 37" Vizios... the "nicer" one is less than $100 more
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&sName=&mv=cmp
Native Resolution: 1080p
Display, Enhancements:
Input Compatible: 1080p/1080i/720p/480i/480p
Video Noise Reduction Method: Video noise reduction
Comb Filter Type: Digital, 3D Y/C
Response Speed: 6.5ms
Contrast Ratio: 6500:1
Viewing Angle: 178/178 deg.
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here's the specs on the tv there. I find it odd that you say "walmart need not apply" because walmart happens to be the largest purchaser of vizio's in the world.

input Compatible: 1080i/480p/480i/720p
Comb Filter Type: Digital, 3D Y/C
Response Speed: 8ms
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Viewing Angle: 178/178 deg.




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And I highlighted why you should.

But seriously, if yout hink your 4 year old tv has a good picture, you will be happy with that walmart lcd.
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here's the specs on the tv there. I find it odd that you say "walmart need not apply" because walmart happens to be the largest purchaser of vizio's in the world.

input Compatible: 1080i/480p/480i/720p
Comb Filter Type: Digital, 3D Y/C
Response Speed: 8ms
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Viewing Angle: 178/178 deg.




RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And I highlighted why you should.

But seriously, if yout hink your 4 year old tv has a good picture, you will be happy with that walmart lcd.
I won't buy from walmart

And see the post above yours about the "nicer" vizio
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It's nicer. FYI, any tv under 40" will never have a benefit with 1080 if you are more then 5' away.

So you can probably score an older "quality" 720 for the same price with a much better picture then a low grade 1080p.


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I went with a 52" Bravia. I forget all the specs now so I won't try to quote them. When I was shopping it was down to the Sony or Samsung.
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When I bought mine, I researched A LOT!

Go with the Samsung.
I have zero complaints.
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