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Old 11-20-2005, 03:13 PM   #1  
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Best Buys Black Friday sale flyer has been leaked and posted. The Magnavox 42MF230/A with built in ATSC Tuner and DVI will be $1499 this Friday after Thanksgiving. This set was $2699 2 weeks ago than marked to $2249 and today it was mark to $1999. This Friday it will be $200 off - selling for $1799 and has a $300 mail in rebate. I believe the Magnavox is made by Philips.

WARNING - the Best Buy line will be 3 blocks long, people start lining up at midnight and when they open the doors people will rush the door and knock GrandMa to the floor. I guaranteed this Friday will be horrendous and maybe life threatening. Try to buy at your own risk!

MY ADVISE - I would buy it today thru wednesday and come back for the price, however, I don't know the fine print on when the rebate starts.

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Old 11-21-2005, 05:39 AM   #2  
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Wal-Mart also has a 42" TV on sale....for $1,498.00

Tatung 42" Widescreen Plasma HDTV, HD-Ready with Deluxe Table Stand


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Old 11-21-2005, 06:39 PM   #3  
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I usually shop online at circuitcity.com.But last year I waited to shop on the day after Thanksgiving and I was so disappointed.last year circuit city decided NOT TO have a Black Friday Sale.Infact they had their Big sale On Thanksgiving day ! I was so pissed off ..and so were many others.
I'm not going to second guess them this year.
By the way,SEARS.com is having a BIG SALE on Thanksgiving day.
I like Bestbuy.com...just am not too crazy about their delivery options.Some things they only send by UPS and some by their own best buy truck.
And just like circuitcity.com they advertyise something being on sale,yet don't have it available for delivery-you have to go and pick it up ! If I wanted to shop at their store I would'nt be looking online !
Or they advertise an item for sale that is out of stock !
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Best Buys Black Friday sale flyer has been leaked and posted. The Magnavox 42MF230/A with built in ATSC Tuner and DVI will be $1499 this Friday after Thanksgiving. This set was $2699 2 weeks ago than marked to $2249 and today it was mark to $1999. This Friday it will be $200 off - selling for $1799 and has a $300 mail in rebate. I believe the Magnavox is made by Philips.

WARNING - the Best Buy line will be 3 blocks long, people start lining up at midnight and when they open the doors people will rush the door and knock GrandMa to the floor. I guaranteed this Friday will be horrendous and maybe life threatening. Try to buy at your own risk!

MY ADVISE - I would buy it today thru wednesday and come back for the price, however, I don't know the fine print on when the rebate starts.


I bought this TV at Best Buy the night before Thanksgiving. They would not let me take it home because of the impending sale ( which he did tell me about ). So instead of getting up at 4am and standing in line for something I may not get, I bought it that night for $1999 and had it delivered on Saturday. Then I took my reciept intot the store and asked for the price match and they took $200 off my bill and gave me the form for $300 rebate.

Sweet deal
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Old 11-30-2005, 03:48 PM   #5  
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Congrats, lets us know how you like it and how it performs. It is the lowest priced 42" Plasma with and ATSC tuner and DVI.
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The Magnavox has a tuner, but I don't see anything about a cable card. Does it require a HD cable box and HDMI connection to get HDTV?
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I bought this set (Magnavox 42MF230A/37) at Best Buy on Black Friday. Actually, I bought it from the comfort of my home - I was able to get it online. After the rebate, it came to $1499 (plus an extra 5% off through my Discover card cashback reward for buying online). I guess they let people buy them online because it wasn't part of the "7 hour" madness sale - the prices were good Thursday AND Friday, all day.

Unfortunately (for me), they wouldn't let me select "in-store pickup" - they forced me to accept "special delivery", a week later (which was yesterday, 12/1) That worked out OK, though, since I was home anyway this week, but had I been at work that would have caused me some grief.

After I ordered it online, I stopped by the store later in the day to see what I had bought(!). The display set had "sold out" marked on it, so I guess I was lucky to buy it online

I was a little disappointed with the picture quality on the display set at the store - it seemed like the text wasn't very sharp - especially compared to the other sets on display next to it. I kept in the back of my mind the thought that I would return it if I got it and experienced the same fuzziness

Well, I'm here to say that I'm happy with the TV! After I got it hooked up, it auto-scanned all the HD stations in St. Louis (except for two minor ones that are 30 degrees away from the main stations). I was also surprised to see that it auto-scanned all the NTSC stations, as well. I used the Sound & Vision Home Theatre Tune Up DVD to adjust the picture quality (although I probably could have done it on my own). As far as I'm concerned, the picture is fantastic! I guess (as others have already commented on) the set at Best Buy was not adjusted properly.

In summary, here are my likes/dislikes:

Likes
  • Low cost for a plasma
  • Built-in ATSC tuner (for OTA broadcasts)
  • Excellent picture quality (in my estimation)

Dislikes
  • Infrared port is right in the middle of the bottom edge of the screen, so I can't place my center channel speaker on the shelf in front of the set
  • There is only a single "Source" button that's used to cycle through all 7 possible inputs; as a result, I'm having trouble programming my Harmony 520 remote to switch between inputs properly
  • It has two tiny 5W speakers (that face to the back of the unit). While I don't need them now since I have it connected to my A/V receiver, someday I hope to wall mount it in my bedroom without any external sound system. I think they'll be powerful enough, but they just sound a little tinny.

All in all, I'm very happy with the TV, and think that it's a great value for the price. If I had to pay regular price for it, though, I might look into some other of the more recent sets. Granted, the videophiles in the forum might find lots of things to pick at, but for occasional OTA viewing coupled with DVDs, I think you can't beat this set. Of course, if you wait 6 months, similar sets will be about $500 less, but that's the way it goes
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Old 12-02-2005, 09:54 AM   #8  
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The Magnavox has a tuner, but I don't see anything about a cable card. Does it require a HD cable box and HDMI connection to get HDTV?
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Correct, there is not CableCard. Only built in free HDTV air antenna tuner. You will still need to use a cable box and you will need a box with DVI or component video outputs.
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Does that need an antenna?
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Does that need an antenna?
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YES, to receive free HD programming.
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I bought this set (Magnavox 42MF230A/37) at Best Buy on Black Friday. Actually, I bought it from the comfort of my home - I was able to get it online. After the rebate, it came to $1499 (plus an extra 5% off through my Discover card cashback reward for buying online). I guess they let people buy them online because it wasn't part of the "7 hour" madness sale - the prices were good Thursday AND Friday, all day.

Unfortunately (for me), they wouldn't let me select "in-store pickup" - they forced me to accept "special delivery", a week later (which was yesterday, 12/1) That worked out OK, though, since I was home anyway this week, but had I been at work that would have caused me some grief.

After I ordered it online, I stopped by the store later in the day to see what I had bought(!). The display set had "sold out" marked on it, so I guess I was lucky to buy it online

I was a little disappointed with the picture quality on the display set at the store - it seemed like the text wasn't very sharp - especially compared to the other sets on display next to it. I kept in the back of my mind the thought that I would return it if I got it and experienced the same fuzziness

Well, I'm here to say that I'm happy with the TV! After I got it hooked up, it auto-scanned all the HD stations in St. Louis (except for two minor ones that are 30 degrees away from the main stations). I was also surprised to see that it auto-scanned all the NTSC stations, as well. I used the Sound & Vision Home Theatre Tune Up DVD to adjust the picture quality (although I probably could have done it on my own). As far as I'm concerned, the picture is fantastic! I guess (as others have already commented on) the set at Best Buy was not adjusted properly.

In summary, here are my likes/dislikes:

Likes
  • Low cost for a plasma
  • Built-in ATSC tuner (for OTA broadcasts)
  • Excellent picture quality (in my estimation)

Dislikes
  • Infrared port is right in the middle of the bottom edge of the screen, so I can't place my center channel speaker on the shelf in front of the set
  • There is only a single "Source" button that's used to cycle through all 7 possible inputs; as a result, I'm having trouble programming my Harmony 520 remote to switch between inputs properly
  • It has two tiny 5W speakers (that face to the back of the unit). While I don't need them now since I have it connected to my A/V receiver, someday I hope to wall mount it in my bedroom without any external sound system. I think they'll be powerful enough, but they just sound a little tinny.

All in all, I'm very happy with the TV, and think that it's a great value for the price. If I had to pay regular price for it, though, I might look into some other of the more recent sets. Granted, the videophiles in the forum might find lots of things to pick at, but for occasional OTA viewing coupled with DVDs, I think you can't beat this set. Of course, if you wait 6 months, similar sets will be about $500 less, but that's the way it goes
All good points. I agree with the input issue. It is a real pain having to scroll through 7 inputs to get the one you want and the speakers on the the TV do sound like crap, but most of us hook up through A/V receivers anyway.

Now that Comcast has switched me over to an all digital signal the picture is much better.

I am having a problem with lines staying on the screen after I switch
channels, but I am thinking that is an issue with the box because
the lines usually correspond with the lines on the 3412's menu/guide.
I have to turn the TV to get rid of the lines.

The only other problem is that it only has one DVI input and no HMDI
so I have to connect my upconverting DVD player via the hdmi-dvi
and my HD-DVR Motorola 3412 through componet.

All in all, it is a helluva TV for $1499 ~!
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Ive got the same 42 inch Magnavox Plasma. Does anyone else experiance extreme heat in the top center after being on for a few hours?

let me know
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