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Old 11-12-2010, 07:23 PM   #1  
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Hello all,

I've decided to get a new TV and I'm planning on buying at Costco due to the price/second-year warranty issue. I've settled on an LED model rather than a plasma because my current apartment is pretty light, and I will be moving for work next year and I'm not sure what I'll encounter there. Either way, this will be my main TV and I want to make sure that I get more than 5 or 6 months use out of it so I'd like it to be "versatile."

I cannot find specific reviews for any of the four TVs I've narrowed it down to, based on what my local warehouse is carrying.

The four TVs I've narrowed it down to are:

Samsung UN46C6400 46" - $1300
Sony KDL-46EX711 46" - $1250
Vizio M470NV 47" - $1000
Toshiba 46UX600U 46" - $900

While bells and whistles are nice, my priority is picture-quality and value. For example, I'm not huge on any of the internet features, but since I'm going to have them - the better, more easily used one will make a different. I'm not a huge audiophile, but I do like good sound - however, if sound is the different of $400, I'm willing to look into a HTIB type solution.

As I said, I'm really just looking for experiences and thoughts from people who have these models (or these lines, anyway), since quality varies so heavily from line to line within each brand.
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Hello all,

I've decided to get a new TV and I'm planning on buying at Costco due to the price/second-year warranty issue. I've settled on an LED model rather than a plasma because my current apartment is pretty light, and I will be moving for work next year and I'm not sure what I'll encounter there. Either way, this will be my main TV and I want to make sure that I get more than 5 or 6 months use out of it so I'd like it to be "versatile."

I cannot find specific reviews for any of the four TVs I've narrowed it down to, based on what my local warehouse is carrying.

The four TVs I've narrowed it down to are:

Samsung UN46C6400 46" - $1300
Sony KDL-46EX711 46" - $1250
Vizio M470NV 47" - $1000
Toshiba 46UX600U 46" - $900

While bells and whistles are nice, my priority is picture-quality and value. For example, I'm not huge on any of the internet features, but since I'm going to have them - the better, more easily used one will make a different. I'm not a huge audiophile, but I do like good sound - however, if sound is the different of $400, I'm willing to look into a HTIB type solution.

As I said, I'm really just looking for experiences and thoughts from people who have these models (or these lines, anyway), since quality varies so heavily from line to line within each brand.
Most of the TV are special made specifically for COSTCO and have different nomenclature because they are made to specific specifications usually minus some features so you can't research them or get price comparisons.
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I have the 40UX600U, and I love it. :P
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Most of the TV are special made specifically for COSTCO and have different nomenclature because they are made to specific specifications usually minus some features so you can't research them or get price comparisons.
Interesting. Are these "meaningful" features? I guess the question is, while the prices/warranty structure might be better at Costco, am I paying a premium elsewhere or am I getting a discount quality product at Costco? I'll note that both of my parents' HDTVs were purchased at Costco, but they're not tech-savvy enough (nor, I suppose, do their eyes work well enough) to have made distinctions in the last couple of years, and I'm not over there enough.

Also, since the model numbers are slightly different, is it fair to compare "similar" models to these? IE, a Samsung xxxx6400 would be very similar in quality to a xxxx6500, or a Sony xxxx700 would be similar to a 711?
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Interesting. Are these "meaningful" features? I guess the question is, while the prices/warranty structure might be better at Costco, am I paying a premium elsewhere or am I getting a discount quality product at Costco? I'll note that both of my parents' HDTVs were purchased at Costco, but they're not tech-savvy enough (nor, I suppose, do their eyes work well enough) to have made distinctions in the last couple of years, and I'm not over there enough.

Also, since the model numbers are slightly different, is it fair to compare "similar" models to these? IE, a Samsung xxxx6400 would be very similar in quality to a xxxx6500, or a Sony xxxx700 would be similar to a 711?
The quality is the same it would just be minus some features, nothing major.
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I was going to go with the toshiba 600U but decided to go with sony NX700. I cant be happier with the quality of the picture especially the black and the white levels. Very deep.
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I was going to go with the toshiba 600U but decided to go with sony NX700. I cant be happier with the quality of the picture especially the black and the white levels. Very deep.
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I went with the Toshiba...a lot of people seemed to be happy with this line and I found a couple of professional reviews that were strong as well.
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Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that make most of the parts under their name. They make great tvs and the UN46C6400 46" is no exception.
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Congrats, I own one myself, and Enjoy it quite a bit!
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