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VPsteve
04-20-2008, 09:06 AM
To my previous post (From a Newbie)... Since it looks like the warranty company will pay us for a new set, I'm wondering what I should be looking for. I think I'll be in the $1,000 -$1,200 range and probably can't handle anything over about 42 inches. Since I haven't been in the market for more than 3 years, I'm out of touch with what's around. Can I get some model numbers or suggestions on set I should be look at, AND staying away from. Thanks in advance for your input!
Steve

rbinck
04-20-2008, 10:23 AM
Well one thing you have learned is HDTVs are throw away units. That is brand independent as well. We had a 65" Sharp that they tried to replace with a lesser model rather than repair it! The replacement was not acceptable by the customer and after a big hassle the original was repaired, but if it had been bought at a B&M store, I doubt if it would have been.

My feeling is to go for what looks best to you and forget brands. Then get as much warranty as you can on it. My choice ended up being a Westy that you will hear is in the bottom tier of LCDs. I could get a 1080p 42" Westy with 4 years warranty for half the price of a Sharp or Samsung. So it's a throw away - they all are.

If you buy today, I'd go for a 1080p set. As far as what to look at in terms of specs, check out this: The 1080p HDTVs (http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/?page_id=237) which concentrates on the 1080p HDTVs, but in the referenced links there is testing of both 1080p and 720p level sets. Basically you want to get a set that has a good deinterlacer and video processor plus has the ability to calibrate for a great picture. Those articles will give you an overview of many brands.