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Old May 04, 2012, 02:49 AM
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Flat screen TV

I'm thinking of buying a flat screen TV.
I have room for about a 50" screen.
LCD, LED, or Plasma.
I need your pros & cons, what brand is good.
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Old May 04, 2012, 03:52 AM
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Stay away from:

Vizio
Sanyo
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Old May 04, 2012, 05:04 AM
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Bought a 52" Sharp Aquos LED just in time for the Super Bowl this year. I'm still amazed at the picture and the features. It's a smart TV with built in wi-fi with internet, Netflix, and other aps. It does cool unexpected things like automatically switching to the DVD HDMI when you pop in a disk. Couldn't be happier with it.
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Old May 04, 2012, 05:19 AM
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I don't have one yet... I work for a living..


But I heard that some are coming out with a great yellow color.
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Old May 04, 2012, 06:12 AM
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I have a 4 year old Samsung 46" LCD which is still amazing. Wish I had held out for a 52" though...

Depends where you want to install it. In a brightly lit family room the LCD or LED would be the choice. If you watch mainly sports and/or movies in a somewhat darker room and need a wide viewing angle, plasma would be recommended.

No matter what choice you get, invest in an appropriate calibration DVD or BluRay to get the most out of your set. They never come out of the box at the proper settings. I spent about 1.5 hours fine tuning mine and it was worth it. My visiting brother-in-law asked me if that was a 3D set (it isn't). He said the depth looked so much better than his HDTV.
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Old May 04, 2012, 07:23 AM
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We bought a 55" Toshiba 3D LED and really like it. At first, I did not want a 3D; but the grandkids pushed me to get it. It blows me away in 3D, and I'm glad we got it. Believe me it is worth the extra money. Make sure you get a set that uses the same 3D glasses the theaters use. The active shutter glasses are very expensive. A friend of ours has a TV that uses the shutter glasses, and they end up with a headache every time they watch a 3D movie. I do not know if this is usual or not. One other expense you will have with a 3D TV is a player that can play 3D movies.
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Old May 04, 2012, 07:35 AM
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Have had an LG 52" Plasma for two years. It's fantastic, no problems. It's like being at the game when watching sports on high definition. Can't wait for football season.
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Old May 04, 2012, 07:44 AM
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I bought a Samsung LED tv about 6 months ago. It is a great tv with an amazing picture. I especially love that it doesn't have the big black plastic edges around the tv that all the others have. It is edge to edge screen which provides a much cleaner look and takes up less room on the wall. I couldn't be happier with the TV at this point. Highly recommend Samsung.
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Old May 04, 2012, 07:53 AM
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Get an LCD with LED backlighting and Internet connectivity. Go to CNET and AVSFORUM for reviews of the set you think you want. If possible, buy at Costco for a free extra year of warranty and use a credit card, like Amex, for another free year of warranty. (Recently got warranty replacement money for a set that failed after 30 months this way.) Don't buy an extended warranty.
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Old May 04, 2012, 07:59 AM
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(Recently got warranty replacement money for a set that failed after 30 months this way.)


What was the brand ?.
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Old May 04, 2012, 08:02 AM
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Bought a 52" Sharp Aquos LED just in time for the Super Bowl this year. I'm still amazed at the picture and the features. It's a smart TV with built in wi-fi with internet, Netflix, and other aps. It does cool unexpected things like automatically switching to the DVD HDMI when you pop in a disk. Couldn't be happier with it.
Bought and LCD Sharp Auos in about 2008....still going strong. Screen was badly scratched during the tornado that destroyed my house in 2009. The insurance company totaled it. Before I threw it away, I plugged it in and the picture was still strong and although it looks like crap when it is off, the picture is still good. It does just cut off every now and then, but all I have to do is turn it back on. The other Sharp we had was a 46 inch that they also totaled because of the same damage to the screen. It also just goes away every now and then, but give it a few seconds and it comes back. Heck until they don't work, I will use them. We lost three other TV's that would not work at all. One was a Vizio 42 LCD and it was great. We replaced it with a Vizio LED and it is likewise a good TV. Most of them aren't bad at all.
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Old May 04, 2012, 08:34 AM
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What was the brand ?.
It happen to be a Vizio, but Consumers Reports says that only 4% of LCDs of major brands, including Vizio and Sanyo, required repair during the first 3-4 years. The only exceptions were Mitisubishi and Polaroid.

Top-4 rated brand sets by CR in their March 2012 issue for 52-55" were: Vizio, LG, Vizio, Sanyo. 46-47" were" LG, Samsung, Samsung, Bose!.

I have a Vizio 55" and wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. (The warranty covered one was the mother-in-laws. We repkaced it with a Samsung.)
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Old May 04, 2012, 08:36 AM
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Sony LCD!
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Old May 04, 2012, 08:36 AM
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DON'T buy a Brand X: the menus are usually ackward and warranty usually sucks, even if the TV isn't bad. Be aware the sets are usually in demo mode in the showroom...brighter, more vivid.
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Old May 04, 2012, 09:45 AM
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It happen to be a Vizio, but Consumers Reports says that only 4% of LCDs of major brands, including Vizio and Sanyo, required repair during the first 3-4 years. The only exceptions were Mitisubishi and Polaroid.

Top-4 rated brand sets by CR in their March 2012 issue for 52-55" were: Vizio, LG, Vizio, Sanyo. 46-47" were" LG, Samsung, Samsung, Bose!.

That's funny, I've dealt with repair claims on LCD TVs for the past few years, and Vizio is the #1 brand I deal with for failures during the first 3 years. Sanyo would be #2 for breakdowns.

I guess Vizios are good for me though, because they keep me employed.

My dad was a GM mechanic, and his story was the same....as long as they keep making them you'll always have a job.
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