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Old 12-28-2008, 09:19 PM   #1
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Greetings. Like many of you, I got the new Costco coupon book. For Jan. 5-25, they're offering a Sceptre 46 in. 1080p LCD HDTV for $699.99 plus shipping (which is about $30-50 from what I gather). It's got 4 HDMI inputs, 6ms response, 1920x1080, and 8000:1.

My experience with Sceptre:I work in a phone store and my boss recently bought a Sceptre 32 in. 1080p for display. We've been playing Christmas movies on it with an upscaling DVD player non-stop for the last two weeks, 8 and 9 hours a day and we've had no problems. It was easy to set up, no problems whatsoever, save that the stand isn't something I'd use if I lived in earthquake territory.

I've been doing the usual forum and Google searching for info on the brand. It seems that it never comes highly recommended, but $700 for a 46 in?! I'm a young guy on a budget with a huge movie collection and an XBox 360 and I'm drooling.

Does anyone have any info on longevity of the sets? The only major complaint I've seen so far is that Sceptre has poor customer service and repair, but if I'm buying it from Costco, I've got the two year warranty, correct? I won't need to worry about dealing with Sceptre. Any info you've got on the brand is much appreciated.
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for $699 u could get a 42 inch samsung plasma at circuit City, the prices are so low now on HD sets going tier 2 TV is not worth as this time IMO (savings are not significant).
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NO. Sceptre is a 2nd or 3rd tier manufacturer and I would not consider purchasing their equipment. When it fails you might just be out of luck as they are considered disposable TV's. You would do much better both now and in the long run if you purchased a brand name like Vizio (which can be purchased for a minimal amount) Samsung, Pioneer, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp. Anything else you take your chances with. There are some obvious brand names I didn't mention due to excessive pricing, reliability and repair issues.
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Thanks for the info, folks. While repair may be an issue, I would be purchasing it from Costco. I've also heard that these are as good as Vizio, at this point. Don't most manufacturers use the same components, anyway?
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I wasn't impressed with the Sceptre brand when I first saw them at my local AAFES a couple of years ago, and the quality still hasn't improved to the point where I would buy one for my kids' room. I recommend Vizio or even the Best Buy house brand, Insignia, over Sceptre.
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I'm a student and I know what it is like to live on a budget but still want everything. I have a Sceptre 42" 720p LCD and Vizio 37" 1080p LCD (I recently got the Vizio at Sam's for $650 - great deal for the bedroom). I have no regrets about either. I have had no problems with my Sceptre in the 16 months I've owned it. Also, the fact that you are looking at Costco does address any concern about potential repairs (to my knowledge, they do have a great replacement policy). Also, buying from Costco gives you 90 days to try out the TV and return it if you don't like it.

I would go with it. Key points: 46", 1080p, $700, replacement warranty, and 90 return policy. All together, I think it sounds like a great deal.
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I wasn't impressed with the Sceptre brand when I first saw them at my local AAFES a couple of years ago, and the quality still hasn't improved to the point where I would buy one for my kids' room. I recommend Vizio or even the Best Buy house brand, Insignia, over Sceptre.
What about Sceptre's quality don't you like? Saturation? Picture quality overall?
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What about Sceptre's quality don't you like? Saturation? Picture quality overall?
Build quality was cheap and cheesy and the controls and inputs were sub-par. I just didn't like what I saw, especially when compared to the other brands I listed.
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What about Sceptre's quality don't you like? Saturation? Picture quality overall?
If these things are important to you then definitly step up in you choice of manufacturers to...... Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Hitachi,.....or Pioneer if you have deep pockets
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Build quality was cheap and cheesy and the controls and inputs were sub-par. I just didn't like what I saw, especially when compared to the other brands I listed.
I agree.
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I've found a 42 in. Philips 1080p that I think we may be going with instead. It's not much more expensive.
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I would not place much faith in Philips either as for the past two years the have simply farmed their name out to a cheap manufacturing company in China.....So good luck...... Any reason to not put up a couple of hundred more $$$ and have a high quality manufacturers set????????
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You buy cheap you usually get cheap. You buy an off brand you usually get crappy service or no service when you need it.

Buyer beware...

Personally I wouldn't buy any off brand, just for the mere fact of customer service and getting it repaired if need be. I'd rather deal with a big name company then a basically no name company.

In other words no it wont be worth it. The lowest tier I would ever think about and probably would never buy would be Vizio.

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I agree, although I own 2 Olevia brand LCDs both have had issues with crappy internal tuners.... I bypass these problems by using external tuners and never have to deal with the problem....but, it is why I so often steer prespective buyers away from the suspect 2nd and 3rd tier brands that they may avoid the problems to begin with.....
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