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Old 11-18-2008   #7
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Try thehighdefinitionstore.com. Factory authorized for all their brands, good prices, and they shipped quick (and for free).
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In general, if you are going to be watching your HDTV in a bright or sunlit room, LCD is brighter and often less reflective. If you can control the light and want at least a 42" set or more, plasma is generally considerably better and usually cheaper in the 42" and higher size sets--except they use about 1/4 to 1/3 more electricity than LCD's.

If you can afford them, Pioneer and Pioneer Elite Kuro sets have the deepest blacks--hence the best contrast, but Pansonics are much cheaper and also very good. Some new LCD's (new Samsung 95 series and a new Sony model) are backlit by LED lights and are the only LCD sets with very deep blacks, but they are quite expensive. And since they are yet lit pixel by pixel, these new LED backlit LCD sets will often produce halo's if a black or very dark pixel or picture is on a white background--or vice versa. This doesn't happen with plasma's, but other than those fairly few instances, the new LED LCD sets have eye popping and wonderful pictures.

Also, plasma sets have much better off-axis viewing than LCD sets. With most LCD direct view sets, unless you are in the "sweet spot"--directly in front of the screen--the picture rapidly deteriorates the further off center one is---as opposed to plasma's, which are excellent as long as you can basically see the screen. Vizio's, whose plasma's aren't the equal of Pioneer or Panasonic, still have a reasonably good picture at very inexpensive (for plasma's anyway) prices.

In sum, much depends on your viewing environment and on your budget. If your budget is sub $1,000 you can get 32" LCD's and some less than premium brand LCD's up to 37" and 42"--such as Vizio.

Vizio has recently released a 50" plasma with the highly regarded REON HQV video scaling and de-interlacing chipset. It is Vizio model# VP505XVT - 50" plasma HDTV. It can be bought at $1,499 and should be at Costco or Sam's Club either now or very soon. Otherwise one can buy it directly from Vizio.com , but I presume the shipping charges with the insurance will be fairly high. Panasonic has a number of very good 42" to 58" plasma's ( and even 65") that have a very good track record. They have a number of different 42", 50", 58", and 65" sets at 1080p with various configurations and video chipsets. One should look at them in a store first and compare them to Vizio and other brands. A good test is trying to look at the cheaper models next to the considerably more expensive Pioneer 1080p Kuro models, such as the PDP- 5020FD (from $2,275 up to $3,500) and the PDP- 6020FD (from $3,760 to $4,750). I think Costco is selling the 60" Pioneer at just under $4K, but I have seen it at other places for a bit less, although Costco is very consumer friendly and has generous return policies as opposed to the slightly cheaper internet sites where things can get somewhat dicey.


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If you go the EBay route, you can get Microsoft's 25% cashback via the Live Search tool. Just search for HDTV on the Live Search site and click the 25% off link at the top of the page. I think you have 60 minutes to make the purchase via Paypal, so you probably want to research models before then.

I just bought a 32" Samsung LCD with wall-mount / hdmi cables for $375 shipped after a 15% coupon (that I received in email) and 25% cashback. Not too shabby for a bedroom TV.
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walmart, amazon
walmart is to costly to compare other sites
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I would look at Buydig.com,Dell.com, Newegg.com & Amazon.com. I purchased a sony 52" lcd tv a few months ago from Buydig.com and saved over 400 hundred dollars as opposed to buying at Best Buy. Delivery was fast and tv has been great.
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If you go the eBay route, you can get Microsoft's 25% cashback via the Live Search tool. Just search for HDTV on the Live Search site and click the 25% off link at the top of the page. I think you have 60 minutes to make the purchase via Paypal, so you probably want to research models before then; Thanks
The Live Search approach can be great, but I would be wary (and make sure you sign up properly). I nearly purchased this way once, when the rebate was jumping up and down a lot (mostly down at that time). I did a lot of other web research and found that, at least in a number of cases, I received higher prices from the same vendor if I searched through Live Search, and the resulting deal was not at all the best price. This may vary a lot based on the rebate, but that can dip as low as 5% or more and it jumps around without warning, in my experience.

I see the combination I'm most comfortable with: free shipping, best prices and excellent return policy, on Amazon (when Amazon is the vendor; third party vendors may alter this equation). NewEgg is great when it's great, and I've bought computer gear from them and TigerDirect with no problems (TigerDirect has also handled returns very well), but NewEgg's return policy varies from item to item, so read the fine print: the return "window" can last for only 30 days, with exchange only, no refunds, on many products. Other products have more "normal" terms. Just be sure to check!

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