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looking for a new HD tv

BucketmanBucketman Call meSkraggRegistered User regular
edited July 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Hello new forum, how are you? I'm looking to grab one of those shiny HD tvs finally, but I'm not sure of a few things. I know I want lcd and not plasma, but what brand do I get? I'm trying to spend under $400, and there's a 1080p acer I've found, but I has some pretty scathing reviews to go with the good ones. I've also seen some samsungs on sale for a decent price, but I'm not sure on the quality of samsung.

Really I just don't know where to shop. So far I've just been looking at amazon because I'm not sure who else sells tvs that arnt awful like best buy and walmart. So I was wondering if you guys had any reccomendations on where to shop and what brand to get. I think 32 inches is a good size, but I can go bigger if there's a sale or something. Thanks in advance.

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  • mightyjongyomightyjongyo Sour Crrm East Bay, CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    newegg generally does a pretty good job with shipping and product reviews, so you may want to poke around there.

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Do they actually sell tvs there? I know they sell stands an such. Ill check them out

  • MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    Unless you get lucky, you're going to have to hit some crazy sale to get quality at that price point. If you could go to maybe $600 your options would start to open up.

  • RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    If you're in no rush you could keep tabs on Woot. It's pretty often they have a TV for sale on there. It's not usually a top tier manufacturer but sometimes you can really luck out. During last week's Woot Off there was a Vizio 32" 720p LCD for $250. Shipping is $5 anywhere in the US.

    My actual advice is not to use Woot, though, because those deals are mine and I'll be damned if you get to them before me.

    Oh and Samsung is pretty much at the top of the LCD TV business along with Sony and Panasonic.

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  • MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    I heard that Sony has started, or is about to start using outsourced lcd panels and some people seemed to think this was a very bad thing.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Bucketman wrote:
    Hello new forum, how are you? I'm looking to grab one of those shiny HD tvs finally, but I'm not sure of a few things. I know I want lcd and not plasma, but what brand do I get? I'm trying to spend under $400, and there's a 1080p acer I've found, but I has some pretty scathing reviews to go with the good ones. I've also seen some samsungs on sale for a decent price, but I'm not sure on the quality of samsung.

    Really I just don't know where to shop. So far I've just been looking at amazon because I'm not sure who else sells tvs that arnt awful like best buy and walmart. So I was wondering if you guys had any reccomendations on where to shop and what brand to get. I think 32 inches is a good size, but I can go bigger if there's a sale or something. Thanks in advance.

    Ok, I'm confused here--what's the reason you're not willing to go to a Best Buy? Because they'll price match, and you can actually get help with all your questions there. Plus, there's currently an open box sale going on that means 10% additional off of any returned products, including tvs. I know my store has quite a few 32s, because people get them and then decide they want bigger, which would drop the price down a bit more for you.

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  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Thanks for the advice guys. I was going to avoid Best Buy because I've had a lot of bad experiences there with PC stuff. They tend to overprice things and the guys at either of my local stores know next to nothing. But I might swing by and see what they have.

  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Bucketman wrote:
    Thanks for the advice guys. I was going to avoid Best Buy because I've had a lot of bad experiences there with PC stuff. They tend to overprice things and the guys at either of my local stores know next to nothing. But I might swing by and see what they have.

    For PC components sure, but their TV prices are pretty competitive. I basically did my own research online, then swung in there, pointed at the TV I wanted, and was in and out in 10 minutes.

    You might check Amazon for competitive pricing though. Pain in the ass to return things though should something go wrong.

  • Skoal CatSkoal Cat Registered User regular
    Read the OP in the TV thread in the Tech forum. The OP is filled with stuff you NEED to know (for instance, don't buy from anyone but a well known TV brand and don't go by anything Best Buy says or shows)

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Skoal Cat wrote:
    Read the OP in the TV thread in the Tech forum. The OP is filled with stuff you NEED to know (for instance, don't buy from anyone but a well known TV brand and don't go by anything Best Buy says or shows)

    So, I just went and read the first post in the TV thread, and guess what? It goes hand in hand with how we sell TVs at my Best Buy.

    So please, tell me how exactly I apparently suck at my job?

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  • Skoal CatSkoal Cat Registered User regular
    I'm not saying you suck at your job, but I am saying that Big Box stores don't have appropriate settings on their TVs, realistic lighting, fair video sources to compare sets against each other, and you're also not every employee in every Best Buy.
    Also, shot in the dark here... they make you up sell cables nd other silly things? Yea, I've got an issue with over priced cables.

  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    You might want to pop your head into CostCo as well. They usually have pretty good deals going.

  • InkSplatInkSplat 100%ed Bad Rats. Registered User regular
    Skoal Cat wrote:
    I'm not saying you suck at your job, but I am saying that Big Box stores don't have appropriate settings on their TVs, realistic lighting, fair video sources to compare sets against each other, and you're also not every employee in every Best Buy.
    Also, shot in the dark here... they make you up sell cables nd other silly things? Yea, I've got an issue with over priced cables.

    Cables are overpriced, absolutely, but you also have to realize that the average money we make on a laptop is -$10, and on a tv, it can range from $0-$100 unless you're dealing with top-tier models. And when you've got an employee working with customers for 30 minutes to an hour, you have to make money somewhere--though I think they definitely take it to an extreme.

    As for how most of us sell at my store, we're very honest that the difference in the cable has nothing to do with picture quality, but with audio and ARC and ethernet.

    Also, totally not our fault on the whole settings thing. TVs are sent to us with Dynamic/Vivid/Ugly as Fuck being the primary setting. And you know what happens when you switch it to something good? The customer looks at you and tells you they liked Dynamic better. About 75% of the time.

    However we also have a Magnolia room, where high-end tvs do get the treatment of calibration and proper lighting--so, if you're looking to drop $3,000, you'll get a fair estimation of your set. But if you're looking to drop $3,000 and you think Dynamic looks better than THX or Calibration, no scenario is going to help you. :P

    Yes, some associates are going to try and sell you on cables you don't need, and most of the time its because they simply don't know better. But if you go to a store with a Magnolia department, you'll get good treatment, because Mag is a pretty high expectation area when it comes to knowledge, though it'll sometimes come with a bit of elitism as well. But so will going to any high-end location where they actually have an idea of what they're talking about.

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  • Skoal CatSkoal Cat Registered User regular
    So you agree that my problems with Best Buy, not you, are valid. Great.
    Lesson learned, don't shop at Best Buy.

  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Skoal Cat wrote:
    So you agree that my problems with Best Buy, not you, are valid. Great.
    Lesson learned, don't shop at Best Buy.

    Curiously, where would you suggest to shop?

  • Skoal CatSkoal Cat Registered User regular
    Internet retailers only. As much as I'd like to buy a TV in person, I just can't.

  • EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    Skoal Cat wrote:
    Internet retailers only. As much as I'd like to buy a TV in person, I just can't.

    So then it doesn't really matter where he goes, as long as the price is good.

    I'd say check out the http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/ forums (still don't know how to make links on the new forums), ask around or read what they have to say about certain models, find a good price, and buy it from wherever that may be. Best Buy, Amazon, whatever.

    Skoal Cat is right on at least one point; the display models generally look terrible on the main floor. It's not a good way to get an idea of what you'll be seeing. The people on those forums are pretty knowledgable and have great eyes. I went purely on reviews and I love my Sony Bravia 40" LCD.

  • MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    There's nothing wrong with shopping at Bestbuy. Just educate yourself before you walk through that door.

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