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I am in an unexpected position to buy a new TV

yeroc3103
04-06-2009, 10:14 PM
I have owned a Vizio GV42LF for about a year and half now. A few months ago I started to have ghosting issues. Vizio determined the panel itself was going bad and has issued me a check for the purchase price and I can keep my TV :eek:. My budget is going to be no more than $1400. I simply want the best TV I can get for that price. I was very satisfied with my Vizio and their support and would consider buying another. I know there are better products out there, and I haven't been keeping up on the market. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for me. I would like the TV to be at least 42 inches and 1080p. I am considering plasma too. My setup is in a dark room but I also play a lot of video games. Do plasmas still suffer from permanent burn in?

Joe Las Vegas
04-06-2009, 11:34 PM
Damn! they sent you a check, WOW:eek:

Recommendations, well, if Vizio treat their customers that good I would get me the new 47" XVT Vizio (http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=408190&pCatg=5883), just to say thanks and keep the company on a roll.

One question though, isn't their own warranty one year only, did you buy the extended warranty, or did they give you a check even though it was out of warranty?

yeroc3103
04-06-2009, 11:52 PM
I bought the extended warranty through Vizio. I was considering the XVT series because I now know that I can count on Vizio. I read ome good things and some bad things about them. I haven't gone to a store to play with one yet, I am just going by what I've read. I hear some bad things about the black levels and I never felt the black levels of my current set were that great.

bayhawk
04-06-2009, 11:54 PM
I just bought the Vizio SV420XVT at Costco for $899 and I love it so far. It got pretty good reviews and I have no buyer's remorse at all. Costco doubles the mfr warranty to 2 years, so I feel pretty well covered in case I start to have problems.

Ever seen a 42" TV 7 1/2 feet up on the wall in a bedroom before? Gotta love it!

Joe Las Vegas
04-07-2009, 03:14 AM
I bought the extended warranty through Vizio. I was considering the XVT series because I now know that I can count on Vizio. I read ome good things and some bad things about them. I haven't gone to a store to play with one yet, I am just going by what I've read. I hear some bad things about the black levels and I never felt the black levels of my current set were that great.

The only bad thing I read about the 120hz is some kind of setting on the Vizio that has to be set or the picture will look weird or something, I don't know exactly, perhaps someone who knows about 120hz tv's will chime in and explain it, because I can't.:what:

Joe Las Vegas
04-07-2009, 05:55 AM
I found THIS (http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6449_7-6792632-1.html) about 120hz.

jmcohen23
04-07-2009, 06:20 AM
if Vizio sent me a check, then I would feel somewhat obligated to buy another Vizio just b/c they stand by their product.

however, that being said, if you want the top of the line, then I would recommend Panasonic. I've had a 42" plasma since 11/2004, and it still runs great. I have it in my theater room (so it's dark whenever we watch tv), and everyone is always very impressed. I don't play games on it (which I heard leads to burn-ins on plasmas), but we do watch movies all the time down there (probably a few hours per week).

PFC5
04-07-2009, 08:53 AM
if Vizio sent me a check, then I would feel somewhat obligated to buy another Vizio just b/c they stand by their product.

however, that being said, if you want the top of the line, then I would recommend Panasonic. I've had a 42" plasma since 11/2004, and it still runs great. I have it in my theater room (so it's dark whenever we watch tv), and everyone is always very impressed. I don't play games on it (which I heard leads to burn-ins on plasmas), but we do watch movies all the time down there (probably a few hours per week).

I use my Panasonic plasma to play games all the time on my PS3 and I have no issues with burn-in after almost 1 year of doing this. The whole burn-in issue is almost a moot point with plasmas from good mfg now as long as you have your picture settings correct and not in torch mode. As a reward for buying plasma you get true very wide viewing angles with no loss of PQ, superior black levels, no motion smearing like with LCDs, better colors, better shadow detail, and no back light bleeding on dark screens like most LCDs. ;)

yeroc3103
04-07-2009, 09:50 PM
Thanks for advice. Has anyone heard anything about HDTV price drops this year? I heard that they were actually going up, but I find that hard to believe because of the economy.
Oh, and I has anyone heard anything about the Samsung PN50B550?

jmcohen23
04-08-2009, 06:58 AM
I typically stear clear of Sammy's as their quality and features usually leave something to be desired. they are only popular b/c they are cheaper.

as for the HDTVs, the newer models are going to be more expensive b/c they are going to be built with 120hz refresh rate. If you compare a 60hz tv against a 120hz tv (within the same manufacturer of the same size), the price doubles or even triples.

Joe Las Vegas
04-09-2009, 02:44 AM
Thanks for advice. Has anyone heard anything about HDTV price drops this year?
I think the prices have stabilized and won't go much lower anymore, not like in the past few years when prices where dropping steadily every few months.

PFC5
04-09-2009, 11:45 AM
I think the prices have stabilized and won't go much lower anymore, not like in the past few years when prices where dropping steadily every few months.

You may be right, but I think they will continue to drop in price but at a much slower rate than the previous years price drops. If I had to guess it would be about a 10% drop on average, unless the economy gets worse and they are forced to drop them more to sell them.

Joe Las Vegas
04-10-2009, 03:39 AM
Allow me to recommend you to join Samsung Club :D
Introducing Samsung LN46A630 (http://snipurl.com/fmbab) to your budget!

That "auto motion plus" thing of the 120hz, does that work for real?, reason I ask is because when I play games and turn fast the picture is like the example they show in your link, it's not lag it's just a by product of 60hz tv's, but I was wondering if 120hz tv would help as described in the example or if it's just an exaggerated advertisement to sell 120hz tv's?

I know it's a bit off subject but I'd like to know, because if that works as advertised, my next tv will be a 120hz for sure.

iserum
04-10-2009, 02:35 PM
if Vizio sent me a check, then I would feel somewhat obligated to buy another Vizio just b/c they stand by their product.

however, that being said, if you want the top of the line, then I would recommend Panasonic. I've had a 42" plasma since 11/2004, and it still runs great. I have it in my theater room (so it's dark whenever we watch tv), and everyone is always very impressed. I don't play games on it (which I heard leads to burn-ins on plasmas), but we do watch movies all the time down there (probably a few hours per week).
Vizio did not do a favor, you bought EW and they sent you a check for the cost of tv, i bought EW from NEW few years ago, they send me check for the tv that they could not fix, they let me keep the TV also, TV was working but have few dead pixels.

You don't owe anything to vizio, you got a second chance, get a nice tv by adding some money since you have $1400 to start, get a pioneer or new panny plasma they are far better than vizio.

Joe Las Vegas
04-10-2009, 05:05 PM
Vizio did not do a favor, you bought EW and they sent you a check for the cost of tv, i bought EW from NEW few years ago, they send me check for the tv that they could not fix, they let me keep the TV also, TV was working but have few dead pixels.

You don't owe anything to vizio, you got a second chance, get a nice tv by adding some money since you have $1400 to start, get a pioneer or new panny plasma they are far better than vizio.

With any other companies they would have sent a repairman to fix it, then if they determined it was good for the trash, they might have given him a replacement tv, no a check.
In this case they didn't even verify the TV was messed up, they just reimbursed him for it, what's not to like about that, unless you're mister fancy pants and Vizio is not a brand worthy enough of your social status. Like people that drive Jaguars and such, you would never see them in an American car, they're too snobby for that.:rolleyes:

And to top it off, this happened after a year and a half of enjoying it.

jakejm79
04-10-2009, 07:57 PM
With any other companies they would have sent a repairman to fix it, then if they determined it was good for the trash, they might have given him a replacement tv, no a check.
In this case they didn't even verify the TV was messed up, they just reimbursed him for it, what's not to like about that, unless you're mister fancy pants and Vizio is not a brand worthy enough of your social status. Like people that drive Jaguars and such, you would never see them in an American car, they're too snobby for that.:rolleyes:

And to top it off, this happened after a year and a half of enjoying it.

Hmmmmmmm I'd rather drive an American car than an Indian one that was pawned off by an American company.

mackb
04-10-2009, 08:25 PM
To the OP, I know you didn’t ask what TV we all have, but I thought I'd chime in cause I LOVE my Sammy and I think you might be able to get it in your price range. I have the LN46A650, it may be $100 more than you have but who knows. I know you play games and that's your concern, but I happen to play blue rays and I can tell you that the "film mode" (24fps) and the 120hz does fix the judder problem. I love this TV, but I had a SD before this!

iserum
04-13-2009, 11:44 AM
Although Vizio are popular Tvs they are basically assembling TV with different suppliers, they really don't have any R&D or their own developed technology. If American company makes better products people buy them, in case of electronics Japanese and Korean companies have main market share.

Joe Las Vegas
04-13-2009, 03:06 PM
Hmmmmmmm I'd rather drive an American car than an Indian one that was pawned off by an American company.

Or you can buy a Nissan that was made in America, in the end the Japs will get your money, same thing applies with Vizio, in the end an American company gets your money, for once:rolleyes:

And do me a favor, don't act like Vizios are sh1tty tv's, they are the best around when it comes to value for the money, there are other cheaper brands of tv's that works like crap and are not reliable, Vizio tv's are good and reliable.

MadMax670
04-13-2009, 07:24 PM
This is what I got, I love it to death, every minute of watching it! From this company too, got the TV in about 4 days from shipping date and everything went very smoothly, I am actually typing to you on it right now! http://www.us-appliance.com/tcp46g10.html

PFC5
04-14-2009, 12:41 AM
Wow. That is a great price for a just released model and a G10 model at that.

Good score. :D