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post #1 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-08-14, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Fall 2006 HDTV Buying Discussion

Rather than having a lot of threads that are repetitive, I have created this thread for folks who are buying or about to buy an HDTV in the Mid August to Christmas 2006 Time Frame.

If you are casting about for suggestions, here are some things you my want to think about discussing.
  • Buying Considerations / Requirements - List what is important to you: a specific size, price range, colour etc so folks will know some of your criteria for purchase
  • HDTV's Considered- List the sets you are seriously considering
  • Budget - what are you looking to spend

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In addition, be sure to use the search functionality (see the search Forum box near the top of this page) or use the Advanced Search to find more details about the model you are interested in.

There is a good chance that whatever model you're interested in already has several threads discussing it in the Manufacturers Forum.

You may find your questions answered much quicker if you post your question or thoughts in an existing thread discussing



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post #2 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-08-18, 08:48 AM
 
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just need a plasma panel

I have a decent denon-based surround sound system that I use for all audio and switched video from DVD and cable box. Therefore, I don't need a TV tuner, "34 watts of simulated surround sound", cablecard compatibility, etc....

I just need a plasma panel at 50" or so with component input. Don't even need a remote control.

Any suggestions??

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post #3 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-08-18, 09:13 AM
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Buying Considerations / Requirements:
- 50" or larger as I'm sitting close to 20 feet away
- Bright screen with excellent viewing angles
- Excellent black levels
- No refresh rate issues
- Slim Case design
- No bulb replacement
- Brand name relaibility
- Best "bang for the buck" e.g. no Novient, Prima, etc
- Well reviewed with lots of customer feedback

HDTV's Considered:
- Panasonic TH-50PX60U / TH-50PX600U
- Leaning towards the 60U though as I don't need the added features but do like the units athestics better (just not worth $500 more though)

Budget:
- $4000 taxes in

Would love to get the 58" but just too expensive right now..
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post #4 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-08-18, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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G20 since you're just looking at the Pannies, I recommend checking out the threads in that forum for details on the sets.

If you're 20 feet away, I'd say move your couch closer or think about a bigger set.

Do you have to have plasma?

If you do, how about the new Hitachi plasma's? They have a 55" screen which translates into about 26% more screen than a 50" and comparably priced.



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post #5 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-08-18, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I just need a plasma panel at 50" or so with component input. Don't even need a remote control.
Why not get an older commercial panny or an off-brand? See Panny forum for several discussions on the commercial units which don't have tuners or "extra" features.

The off brands also are cheaper and typically don't have all the extra bells and whistles.



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Do you have to have plasma?

If you do, how about the new Hitachi plasma's? They have a 55" screen which translates into about 26% more screen than a 50" and comparably priced.
Hugh, The room is too bright for front projection and the wife does not want the bulk of a rear projection unit. So as it stands looks like I will remain in the Plasma camp for now. As for the Hitatchi 55" I hadn't thought about it, my heart was set on the Panny. I'll look intio it though, thanks!
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post #7 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-09-09, 07:16 PM
 
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Which 42"? Pioneer 4270, Panny px60 or Hitachi hdt

With the recent price drop of the Pioneer at Visions and BB (into the $2900's), it has brought this set into my under 3g price scope. I've researched all 3, I've looked at all 3 and the choice is very difficult as they are all very nice sets. I was hoping that you, my fellow videophiles, could provide some insight into which one of these 3 are the best.

Thanks in advance.
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Help buying a TV from Futureshop

Hi,
I am getting my TV exchanged from Futureshop, and will get a credit of 400$, I need to choose a TV to buy but I am having a terrible time deciding sinc ei do not know too much about the TV's.

Uable to decide wether to buy LCD or a Projection HDTV,

My budget is about 2000$, Now the warranty from futureshop is expensive on TV's so do you guys recommend buying the warranty, and are the prices fixed or are they negotiable, can i get a tv stand for free?

Here are some TV's in the 2000$ range, let me know what you guys think, thanks.

Sony Wega 46" Widescreen LCD Projection HDTV** (KDF46E2000):1,999$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0077258&catid=

Sony Wega 42" Widescreen LCD Projection HDTV** (KFE42A10) 1,999$:
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0069083&catid=

Samsung 40" Widescreen LCD HDTV** (LNS4041D) 2399.99$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0073647&catid=

Prima 40" Widescreen LCD HDTV** (LC40T7) - 2299.99$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0077571&catid=

Hitachi 55" Widescreen LCD Projection HDTV** (55VS69A) - 1999$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0075036&catid=

Hitachi 57" Widescreen CRT Projection HDTV** (57F59) - 1899$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...0074131&catid=

I have to buy it before the 21st of september, so any help would be greatly appreciated thanks.
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FYI the mark-ups on TVs are huge. I used to work at FS so I know where to look on the computer screen for cost when they check for inventory. The cost price was $600 less than the current sell price, which was over $2100. It was a Toshiba and as I asked the salesman to check stock, found that Sony's work the same way.

Figure on a 30-40% mark up.

If you buy the service plan, which I did because my experience has been very good, you can easily shave at least 1/2 the price of the plan off the overall price, if not more of it.

Regards, Rich

BTW the current Toshiba 37" LCD is fabulous... I have last years and it is a delight.
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So, If the price is 2000$ and warranty is 400$

I can negotiate about 1800$ for the TV and still have to pay 400$ for the warranty on the TV.

Did i understand correctly?
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...Unable to decide wether to buy LCD or a Projection HDTV.

My budget is about 2000$, Now the warranty from futureshop is expensive on TV's so do you guys recommend buying the warranty, and are the prices fixed or are they negotiable, can i get a tv stand for free?
Have you thought about a plasma? There are a few around in that price range.
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So, If the price is 2000$ and warranty is 400$

I can negotiate about 1800$ for the TV and still have to pay 400$ for the warranty on the TV.

Did i understand correctly?
Hi! Sent you a private message. Rich.
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post #13 of 105 (permalink) Old 2006-09-13, 04:45 AM
 
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Well, I need the TV for XBOX 360 mainly, heard plasmas dont do well for gaming.
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is the price for warranty same for all tv's?? I am looking at LG 42pc3D which has a 2yr manufacture warranty. Currently on sale for $1999.99
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FYI the mark-ups on TVs are huge. I used to work at FS so I know where to look on the computer screen for cost when they check for inventory. The cost price was $600 less than the current sell price, which was over $2100. It was a Toshiba and as I asked the salesman to check stock, found that Sony's work the same way.

Figure on a 30-40% mark up.

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Yeah, that is at FS for sure. They just had the JVC 61FC97 on for $3999, discounted to $3599. Where a poster from Atlantic Canada said he was given a list price on the 61FH97 which has more features, for $3699.

Many other retaliers generally work on way less than 30-40% margin in TV's.
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