Post # 1
We are looking at buying a new TV in the next couple months but want to get the best deal. I had heard that superbowl week is a good shopping time but from my research I don’t think that’s right. I just don’t know if it’s better to get one now because some sites say holidays and January are the best time and others say March or April. Does anybody have any advice here? Or have you been watching the ads in the past year?
Also, LED or Plasma? Does anybody have a 3D TV? I don’t know if we should go that route or not. I know we would need to purchase a 3D DVD player though too so we go back and forth on wanting it.
Post # 3
we have the sony bravia 55″ LED 3D tv, it is AMAZING picture, it retails for a little over 3,000. i would go LED or LCD over plasma.
Post # 4
We just bought one so I spent a bit of time researching. (I already knew I didn’t want a plasma. They use too much energy and are more prone to burn in) It seemed like Samsung, LG and Vizio are the top LCD brands depending on your budget. We went with a 37″ LG (for $510, MSRP $799 or something like that) and think it’s fantastic but bear in mind we’re not experts. The tech who set up our dish service said it’s one of the best pictures he’s seen though. My cousin also went through the same process and independently picked a 42″ LG.
Post # 5
Definitely don’t get a plasma! LED/LCD are much better and last considerably longer than plasmas do.
We purchased our 52” Samsung LCD flat panel a few years ago and it still has one of the best pictures of any TV I’ve ever seen. When we purchased ours, LED/3D wasn’t available. If we were going to buy a TV now, we would go with the LED.
I HIGHLY suggest looking on newegg.com for TV deals. This is where we buy pretty much everything that has to do with an electronics. They have unbeatable prices that you won’t find anywhere else. They also have free shipping which when buying a TV, can definitely add up.
When we purchased our TV, we payed $2000 through Newegg. The exact same model was being sold for over $3000 at Best Buy and other electronics retailers.
This is our TV…
At night, the red outline around the TV glows and looks pretty rad.
Post # 6
We just purchased a Samsung 50″ plasma for our living room. We LOVE it. We had one for several years with no issue…just wanted something bigger.
Post # 7
We got a 44 inch Sony Bravia LCD (I think, it may be 42 or something close, but it’s a 40 something). We really love it! The picture is fantastic and everything we’ve heard about the quality of the tv has been true thus far, which makes me hopeful for how long it will last. In August we bought it for $800 on sale.
We really considered the Samsung version of the same tv, and we also looked into Panasonic. We edged the Panasonic out when looking at them in the store and seeing better reviews for the Sony & Samsung. It was nearly a toss up between the two in the end, but we liked the border on the Sony better.
Post # 8
I can never tell the difference between TVs – we have a Vizio and a Samsung. The Vizio is a 32″ from Costco that was around $300. The Samsung is from Walmart and we bought it right when flatscreens were getting popular so it was about $900! I always let my husband make the TV buying (or electronics in general) decisions because I know nothing about them!
Post # 9
Try QVC also for deals. I got a great deal on our tv last year from QVC (my mom and her sisters are QVC addicts).
My Aunt and Uncle just bought a huge 3D tv for their family room and although it is cool, I would find it annoying to wear those glasses all the time and it was SO EXPENSIVE! They just got it and I think the novelty of having a 3D tv has already worn off.
Post # 10
We got our 47″ LCD LG tv about 2.5 years ago from Best Buy. And we freakin love it. It still looks great. I’d check out Best Buy, Walmart, or even Costco. Just shop around. Also go and see how it looks with tv actually playing. I wouldn’t go with a 3D TV. I’d wait a couple years and the price will come down huge….plus, I don’t like the idea of watching TV with those weird glasses on.
Post # 11
Jan is the best time to buy a tv. Best Buy has a million open box items because people buy them for Christmas and realize they can’t really afford them. We have a 51′ Sony Bravia LCD TV and the picture is gorgeous.
Post # 12
Thanks for the responses. We did look at some TV’s at best buy and there are just so many that I see a picture that looks really good to me and then 2 steps later there is another that I can’t decide between. I think the LCD sounds like a better option since it’s supposed to be more energy efficient too. TV shopping is just hard for indecisive people!
@LGenz- Are open box items just put out there or do I ask if they have any? Are those then usually a decent discount?
Post # 13
@Carpie: Usually this time of year a big section will be cleared for them and they’ll be sitting out on the floor. I’m sure if you ask an employee they can point you in the right direction. They knock a couple hundred off the price. The only thing to watch out for is sometimes they offer a store credit instead of a discount, I wouldn’t do that.
Post # 14
Jan is the best time to buy TVs and honestly it is true 2 weeks before the Superbowl, which is now in Feb. there are alot of good deals. We bought a LCD 44 inch one year around that time and got an amazing deal. Definetly LED/LCD over plasma. Plasmas have shown to not stand up over time. I have absolutely no interest in the 3D tvs or this craze the world is going through. I do not want to wear those big glasses just to watch a tv show and really what good is it for? But on that note, thats just me…:)
Post # 15
We have two LCDs: a 47″ Philips and a 36″ LG. The Philips is about 2.5-3yrs old and still looks great but we definitely love the LG more- sharper picture, although it is newer so is also has more built in features. I really like LG as a brand…we recently upgraded our washer/dryer and picked LG because of how much we liked the quality of the other electronics we own by them.
From what I’ve heard, advancements the past couple of years have plasmas lasting much longer than they did… but this is just what we were told so we weren’t really convinced. SO is an electrical engineer and worked with the guy who was at the forefront of modern LCD technology, so naturally that was the direction we went with.
Post # 16
We have had both.. We had a 40″ Samsung LCD around two years ago and it was nice.. My only complaint about it was the refresh rate was slow so sometimes during action/fast moving scenes you could see a bit of a blur or ghosting around it.. (That was when it was 60hz, how most are now 120hz). When we sold our condo the TV was a part of the sale since it was mounted over the fireplace.
Now we bought a 55″ Panasonic Plasma TV that has a THX Certified Display.. I am very impressed by it so far by the deep, rich colors. The Plasma doesn’t have the motion blur and is great for movies. Still my complaint is that the picture looks great, but the sound isn’t so much. It’s pretty weak so we are getting a surround sound system soon. Also the Plasma is heavier than the LCD but it can still get mounted. But I looked into it, and Plasma technology has increased a lot lately to the point that burn ins aren’t an issue and quite often their life span is close to a LCD. Either one is good, depends on what looks nice to your eyes!