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Buying a HDTV!!!

10-10-2010, 10:37 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm considering buying a HDTV, but not sure where to start looking. My area just had an Ultimate Electronics open up, but I'm not too sure about them. I want to buy from a store that's going to be around for a while, and I'm always skeptical about new retailers. I heard that Ultimate was losing vendor funding already (I'm assuming they are a new company?). I've been around the block with retail, and I know when the vendors leave, the stores are soon to follow.

I've also got Best Buy and Sears nearby.

Any advice?


10-11-2010, 12:42 AM
Cut/paste the questions from this thread with your answers so that we can give you the best answers and best guidance:


10-11-2010, 07:03 AM
1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it? (Be as exact as possible. A 5' range difference IS a major difference - Please limit the range to 2') 10'

2. What TV will it be replacing? 27" Zenith from a long time ago.

3. What will you be watching on it (i.e. 1/3 movies, 1/3 TV shows, 1/6 Sports, 1/6 gaming console, etc) Sports Sports Sports.... Maybe some video games, and some History Channel on occasion, but mostly sports.

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time? No computer nearby, so probably not.

5. Will you be getting a Blu-ray player to watch movies and will you be getting any HD service from cable/sat, or will you just be watching SD programming, and an upscaling SD DVD player? I've seen what Blu-Ray looks like, and what SD players look like on HDTV's, so I think I'll invest in one.

6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display? Best Bang for the Buck

7. Are you interested in seeing 3D with the new 3DTVs? If not, what about next year since TVs are usually kept for many years so consider that? I get sick typically from anything 3D

8. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?) Basement with large windows with black out blinds.

9. What is your budget range? $2000 on the top end probably.

10. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center? Almost all center.

11. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)? After dark, I work from sun up to sun down.

10-11-2010, 08:37 AM
Considering you're watching mostly in the dark, you won't be going heavy on games or hooking up a computer, it sounds like your best bang for the buck would be a plasma. For your budget, you should also be able to get a nice Bluray player, and still have room for more goodies.

At 10' away, you'd probably want 50" or maybe a bit larger screen. I'm 12-15' away, and have a Panasonic TC-P54G25 on order. I would have probably bumped it up to a 58" if they made it.

10-11-2010, 10:40 AM
I would consider the 54" Panasonic G25 and the 60" LG PK550.

10-11-2010, 11:37 AM
Any thoughts at which store to purchase with? I want to be able to go into a store and get good information. I appreciate the recommendations here, and I've been reading that alot of people are buying online, but I'd really like to buy with a brick and mortar...

10-11-2010, 12:11 PM
I used to not have a problem recommending Amazon. They have great prices (watch them because prices can swing several hundred dollars within a week.), you can get free shipping, and no tax. Buuuut, over the last week, they have managed to disappoint me. They made some billing errors which have caused my order to still not be shipped and most likely ensuring it won't be here in time for my wife's birthday:mad:

That said, if you don't need it in a hurry and can put up with some minor issues like that, they are generally great to buy from. If you'd prefer more personal service, a lot of people here recommend Cleveland Plasma (https://clevelandplasma.com/).

10-11-2010, 01:09 PM
Sorry to hear about your issue HDF_BOB. This is not the norm though and did you buy direct from Amazon or from a reseller through Amazon? That can often make a difference, but I would get Amazon to offer something for your inconvenience. If they say no ask for a supervisor.

Good luck!

10-11-2010, 01:28 PM
I've never had a bad experience with amazon, so far. and I've ordered dozens of things from them this year. probably more than a hundred in all my time.

Also, +1 to TwoPlusTwo's recommendation

10-11-2010, 07:29 PM
Why not from Value Electronics or Cleveland Plasma? Both owners are members here and are very honorable.

+1 on the G25 or PK550. Samsung C550 is also a good panel.

10-12-2010, 07:55 AM
I don't want to hijack the OP's thread, so I'll move my discussion of my Amazon / PNC bank problems over to the thread I started earlier (http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/120458-1st-hdtv-purchase.html) about my purchase experience. Suffice it to say, after hours of talking to customer service reps from both the bank and Amazon, I'm no further ahead.