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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-07-11, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Why the Price Difference?

Whenever I see HD TVs advertised, I will see two TVs with the same screen size, same manufacturer but three or four hundred dollars difference. Is it the screen ratio? If so, why make a TV with different screen ratios? Could the ordinary viewer distinguish between the two ratios just by looking?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-07-11, 06:34 PM
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Can you give us a real example?

Quite often you will see 2 or more HDTVs of the same size from the same manufacturer that have different feature sets that may alter the cost to the consumer for each. This is typical.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-07-11, 06:37 PM
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Usually what you're seeing is two different sets of specifications, for example:

TV 1 has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 60hz refresh rate
TV 2 has a 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 120hz refresh rate
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Or one TV may be 768P native resolution while the other is 1080P. There are a huge variety of items that can contribute to differences in pricing for the same size TV. The differences can be a lot more than a few hundred $ too. When I was recently looking for a 40" Sony, the model prices ranged from just over $1000 to over $2500 - more than double the price for the same size LCD from the same manufacturer. In larger sizes, the differences can be even larger in $ terms. See:

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More expensive TVs might also do a better job at displaying SD content, or have more connections available.

Or they might just be more expensive.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 2008-07-14, 11:43 AM
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All main specs being equal, the difference is in the "feature set". More connectors, menu options, "better" remote control, media player functionality, etc etc etc.
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Also, make sure the added features and options are actually stuff that you need/use. No point in paying extra for options that you won't benefit from.

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