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Old 07-26-2009, 02:34 PM   #946
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I have pretty much stayed out of this thread because I havn't dealt with ECTVs personally ....I would like to say however I appreciate their representative coming back to this site and defending his company and their policies. I think that is the "stand up thing to do"....I would deal with them in the future based on what I have seen in this thread....
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I have pretty much stayed out of this thread because I havn't dealt with ECTVs personally ....I would like to say however I appreciate their representative coming back to this site and defending his company and their policies. I think that is the "stand up thing to do"....I would deal with them in the future based on what I have seen in this thread....
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:12 PM   #948
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I HD-15 support is pretty worthless on ANY big screen HDTV as HD resolutions tend to not be supported. I do advocate having one to jack in a laptop, but if you want PC HD, you're going to be using HDMI, or component.

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I have a dell PC with windows media center dedicated for use with my Samsung 42" plasma using a HD-15 cable
Movies, Music Videos, and slideshows are great,
About a year ago I hosted a 25th anniversary for my brother in law. I got 25 years of photos from his children scanned them and created a fantastic slide show. My PC is a major part of my TV viewing experience.
downloading movies is so easy and I wont scratch the dvds

Do you have a HD-15 connection on your TV
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Old 07-29-2009, 02:02 AM   #949
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I have a dell PC with windows media center dedicated for use with my Samsung 42" plasma using a HD-15 cable
Movies, Music Videos, and slideshows are great,
About a year ago I hosted a 25th anniversary for my brother in law. I got 25 years of photos from his children scanned them and created a fantastic slide show. My PC is a major part of my TV viewing experience.
downloading movies is so easy and I wont scratch the dvds

Do you have a HD-15 connection on your TV
I have one. It's limited to 1280x1024, just like every other big screen 1080P tv.

Now you might be fortunate enough to have a 720P model that allows you to employ 768P wide screen. But check the manuals on the 40+ inch sets with VGA and see the max supported resolution.

I'm not talking out of my ass here, and in fact I was ready to a 25foot VGA run using db-15 AUI cable, as I happen to have some lying around the house, and if not that then going coax and BNC RGB/HV. But given the lack of 1080P support over VGA, I could either buy a video card with HDMI support (ATI-3000), or go with a motherboard and chip with an ATI 760G chipset and get that handy dandy On-Chip HDCP and decidicated mpeg-4 decoding (damn I forget that acronym). To translate in dollar terms, $250 in gear to upgrade an AMD Socket A 2000 to base model Phenom. Another $60 to add blu-ray.

I even added links if you run into terms you don't understand, but it's bloody simple. You can't do 1080P on VGA on big screens but you can do 1080P over DVI/HDMI. It's not a cable issue, it's a support issue.

Now don't get me wrong, I fully plan on having VGA in the wall to plop on a laptop if needed. It's lower on my priority list. The ONLY reason I'm bothering is because of various laptops that have no other means of making PC connections, such as base Acer models.

Needless to say the PC is part of my "experience" as well, as such I wanted native resolution without scaling. I have the Media Center edition, Firewire enabled cable box, the wireless keyboards. And my set is modest compared to others on here. And like others I'm telling you VGA is pretty worthless given the lack of support for HD resolutions. If you have the option, you're going to use HDMI, or DVI if you're going to drive your 1080P set to native resolution.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:44 PM   #950
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They are not the lowest price on the internet. Presently US-Appliances enjoys that honor, and is a trusted dealer on nexttag.
For the Samsung LN46B650 (which I'm considering), US has it for the same price as BB, PC Richards, Electronics Expo, etc. etc, $1599.00

East Coast price (with a free HDMI cable, and taking the 2% discount)... $1367.10

And no, I don't work for them. But I'm certainly giving serious thought to ordering from them. In fact, that is how I stumbled on this thread. While I have not read every single post on the 64 pages here, one thing I have noticed...aside from free shipping area clarification (I'm in NJ, so that's not an issue for me), I have not found even one single post claiming a bad or unpleasant or rip-off experience from anyone who has actually done business with them.

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For the Samsung LN46B650 (which I'm considering), US has it for the same price as BB, PC Richards, Electronics Expo, etc. etc, $1599.00

East Coast price (with a free HDMI cable, and taking the 2% discount)... $1367.10
That's a good price. Costco has a good price on the LN46B640.
It's like $1250 shipped + tax, which puts it slightly below EXTV and you also get 90 days refund/exchange, extra year warranty. I'm trying to remember the differences between the B640 and the B650 but IIRC the 640 actually has a nicer matte screen.

I went with the toshiba 52rv535u @ $1300, though it looks like the Sammy has a few more features, not ones I'd use, but features the same.

[lowest bid unknown]
HDhut - $1,367.99 (free HDMI and cleaning kit)
http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthr...id=0&t=1479587
[lowest bid with rep]
US-Appliance $1,499 using the SAM100 Coupon. See more coupons here.

So good price on this one, this was evaluated as a 12.5% savings over BB at the time of my evaluation. It just so happens that Costco has a killer deal for a slightly different model.

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I have not found even one single post claiming a bad or unpleasant or rip-off experience from anyone who has actually done business with them.
Then you're not reading very closely. I'll agree that no bugger has been ripped off by these guys, though no user thus far with any history on this forum has ordered from this company.
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:18 AM   #952
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To all those who are wondering whether or not to purchase from East
Coast Tvs should not have any worries to do so.

I just received my Samsung 63" Plasma PN63B550 today 7/31/09. You pay only upon approval. I paid by American Express. You should note that any vendor looking to offer American Express must pass all Amex qualifications. This in itself should show be an indication that this is a legitimate company. In addition to paying by credit card, East Coast TVs offers a 2% cash discount.

No other company that I am aware of allows you to pay upon your approval. The TV was brought into my condo and taken out of the box. I checked to make sure the tv was in perfect condition. I also plugged in the tv to my HD cable box to make sure it worked.
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO OFFERS THIS SERVICE???
Doubt that you do!

I currently run a Purchasing Service for purchase of U.S. goods for overseas customers. The customers range from Research Institutes to commercial accounts. In order to win their business, I must be able to offer exceptional prices and have been able to do so for the past 30+ years.

My background in audio goes back 30+ years. I worked for Crazy Eddie's (for those old enough who know this company) and learned quickly how to determine if a company is legitimate or not.

My current audio equipment includes the following:
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(and now) Samsung PN63B550 Plasma TV

If you want to have an exceptional picture, purchase the Monster Cable M100HD HDMI cables. Remember, your set-up is only as good as the weakest link!

I am self taught in piano and have perfect pitch. I can here the difference in cables. Maybe this is a curse. I have paid up to $1,000.00 for Balanced 1M cables for my Krell. Also, as to tv
pictures, don't be impressed with bright pictures. What you need to look for is whether the tv in question can properly reproduce the correct skin tone. In the analog days, no one was better than Sony. In the HD days, Samsung is the leader. Panasonic is making all tvs for Pioneer. Pioneer is no longer making plasma tvs. Plasma does not have motion blur issues and has an exceptional picture.

As a buyer, I am very good in find the cheapest prices. You cannot buy the Samsung PN63B550 cheaper from anyone else. Free shipping, No Tax (except NJ). Note, this is a NEW tv, not a refurb.

If you need to check pricing on products, go to Froogle.

My friends were all telling me that I would never receive the TV at the priced quoted. Well, I have proven them wrong and can't begin to tell you how happy I am with this TV. It has exceptional picture quality on HD channels. Don't bother watching SD channels. Use an analog tv for those channels as you will be very disappointed on this HD TV.
I haven't yet connected my Blu-Ray player which will take the picture to yet another level. 1080P vs 1080i on HD channels.

I was very well taken care of by East Coast TVs. They actually advised me that my original order for the 63" PN63A550 was a 2008 model and I should purchase the "B version 2009 model which actually was less expensive.

If you don't do your homework, you will pay more than you need to.

I highly recommend East Coast TVs without any reservations!!!!
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Old 07-31-2009, 01:37 PM   #953
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Then you're not reading very closely. I'll agree that no bugger has been ripped off by these guys, though no user thus far with any history on this forum has ordered from this company.
Yes, but just because no one with a history on this forum has used them does not mean that there are any issues with this company. And it seems that anyone that has dealt with them had no issues to report (aside from the shipping area confusion). Personally, while I understand the trepidation in dealing with a new company, I also feel that they are being unfairly lambasted without any real negative experiences to justify it.

If I do decide to order from them (they've raised the price from last week by about $16.00...not a lot, but I'm counting pennies here), I will certainly post the experience here.
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No other company that I am aware of allows you to pay upon your approval.

My background in audio goes back 30+ years. I worked for Crazy Eddie's (for those old enough who know this company) and learned quickly how to determine if a company is legitimate or not.

If you want to have an exceptional picture, purchase the Monster Cable M100HD HDMI cables. Remember, your set-up is only as good as the weakest link!
B&M stores (like BB and Costco) do not force you to pay before you approve of your decision. That is a very strong comment.

If you have experience to know whether a company is legitimate or not, then why are you pushing MONSTER CABLES?

I was really impressed with your comments until you recommended MONSTER (over-priced, yet still over-rated). Your entire post lost its credibility, just from one comment. Whew!
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That's a good price. Costco has a good price on the LN46B640.
It's like $1250 shipped + tax, which puts it slightly below EXTV and you also get 90 days refund/exchange, extra year warranty. I'm trying to remember the differences between the B640 and the B650 but IIRC the 640 actually has a nicer matte screen.
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We went to costco.com couldn’t find the 46b640 for 1250.00 please provide proof of price or post a retraction
ECTV is right, the above paragraph has a typo, in fact several typos.
Costco has the LN46B540 for $1250. Evidence of the typo should be painfully obvious in the second paragraph.

Stupid me.
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In addition to paying by credit card, East Coast TVs offers a 2% cash discount.
Where that 2% might represent extended warranty protection.

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If you want to have an exceptional picture, purchase the Monster Cable M100HD HDMI cables. Remember, your set-up is only as good as the weakest link!
It's digital, which means that a working cable can't provide a worse picture than better cable. Now the monster M1000HD cable "might" be better than your average cable. You might be able to pump more data though it than your cheap $3.00 cable. But it will NOT provide a better picture, because it's digital.

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In the analog days, no one was better than Sony.
Actually Hitachi made a pretty mean tube that didn't need those blasted stabilizer wires. Don't get me wrong, I leaned toward sony my self, but but really in terms of color, resolution, contrast, definition, the prosummer Hitachi tubes were on par with Sony.

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As a buyer, I am very good in find the cheapest prices. You cannot buy the Samsung PN63B550 cheaper from anyone else. Free shipping, No Tax (except NJ). Note, this is a NEW tv, not a refurb.

If you need to check pricing on products, go to Froogle.
Froogle is only as good as knowing the model numbers of what you are looking for and even then not everyone is listed on Froogle. You have to hit the B&M stores also. And YOU might only be interested in the absolute cheapest price. That is a factor. My choice was pretty damned cheap, but not the cheapest, and had the 90 day refund and extra 1 year warranty. It cost a little more than the best price mailorder, which happened to be Newegg. But being able to return my TV if need be within 90days for replacement, or refund if I asked.

This is why I'm gawking as the 7 day return policy. This is sub par for ANY B&M store.
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B&M stores (like BB and Costco) do not force you to pay before you approve of your decision. That is a very strong comment.

If you have experience to know whether a company is legitimate or not, then why are you pushing MONSTER CABLES?

I was really impressed with your comments until you recommended MONSTER (over-priced, yet still over-rated). Your entire post lost its credibility, just from one comment. Whew!
The Monster cable tidbit was what lost it for me also.

I DO remember Crazy Eddie's as a company that had charges brought against them, if I remember correctly, for ripping off the public. Not a good reference for a poster to make about working there to convince people to trust him. Although it could be a good experience to know how much and how a company can rip off the public though.
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The Monster cable tidbit was what lost it for me also.

I DO remember Crazy Eddie's as a company that had charges brought against them, if I remember correctly, for ripping off the public. Not a good reference for a poster to make about working there to convince people to trust him. Although it could be a good experience to know how much and how a company can rip off the public though.
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I also feel that they are being unfairly lambasted without any real negative experiences to justify it.
You can feel that way if you like. But they are not being unfairly lambasted. They came to this forum pretty aggressively with raving reviews that strained credibility. This alone raised some red flags. Add to that issues with with resellerratings, their BBB page that cites they have been in operation since February 2008, when it's painfully clear they started operation 2008-12-30 22:15:01. Their explanation is they did business before this, just not with the public. By all rights, they shouldn't have a BBB entry yet as they've not been in operation for a year as a retail business. Add to this a ton of entries on their site claiming "authorized internet/online dealer", which were removed and ECTV tried to pretend they didn't exist not counting on google cache. And there was a ton of kicking and screaming about them claiming they could backup their claim of 20% average savings on average over Bestbuy, which is simply not the case.

But "some" of their prices are good, I'll give them that.

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You can feel that way if you like. But they are not being unfairly lambasted. They came to this forum pretty aggressively with raving reviews that strained credibility. This alone raised some red flags. Add to that issues with with resellerratings, their page that cites they have been in operation since February 2008, when it's painfully clear they started operation 2008-12-30 22:15:01. Their explanation is they did business before this, just not with the public. By all rights, they shouldn't have a BBB entry yet as they've not been in operation for a year as a retail business. Add to this a ton of entries on their site claiming "authorized internet/online dealer", which were removed and ECTV tried to pretend they didn't exist not counting on google cache. And there was a ton of kicking and screaming about them claiming they could backup their claim of 20% average savings on average over Bestbuy, which is simply not the case.

But "some" of their prices are good, I'll give them that.
Well. the BM 6th AVENUE Electronics claim they will match or beat any Retail or Internet price. So I brought in the a couple listings to them (including Amazon's price). And they refused to beat or even match them. ("Not even close" were their exact words.) Now THAT is what I call false advertising! And I'd bet there are a few "long-time HTF members who have bought from them.
I consider false promise of price matching much worse than reviews that some find questionable. (Which everyone does, including BM stores...hell, even Netflix will have reviews posted that are from people associated with a movie.) As for the 20%, that is an average...which means it's not necessarily for every item/model they sell.

Again, I'm just playing devil's advocate I know no more about ECTV than anyone else here.. I just have not found any unhappy customers who have purchased from them. If they are out there, they are not on this forum.
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