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Black Friday TV’s Worth Considering

November 18th, 2010

It’s Black Friday and you need to know what TV’s are worth even considering and what’s within your budget or will fit your room, we’ve got the answers. Here I will list my top picks and a few others just to appease the crowd that may not like a certain brand or are willing to deal with glare etc. First off when it comes to large flat panel TV’s I do not even consider those with a 60hz refresh rate. With a 60hz refresh rate you will notice blur during almost any action scene or sports event so in my opinion it’s not even worth considering. Another big issue to be concerned with is glare, I hate glare and would not recommend a TV that has it but most TV’s with glare have a greater color contrast because of it. In my opinion no TV should have glare but if you don’t care I’ve listed a few that are worth considering.

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The Top Picks

Best 40 – 46” TV’s

Budget Deal
Sams Club – Hitachi 42″ LED LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV – $498

Best Deal Period
Best Buy – Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model # UN46C6300SFXZA) w/Blu-ray Disc Player – $999.98

Best 50 – 55” TV’s

Budget Deal
Best Buy – Panasonic VIERA 50″ TC-P50U2 1080p Plasma HDTV – $699.99

Best Deal Period
Sears – Sony 52″ Bravia 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV – $1,499.99

Best 3D

Budget Deal
Sears – Samsung 50″ 720p 600Hz 3D Plasma HDTV – $899.99

IF YOU MUST HAVE THE BEST 3D THIS IS YOUR DEAL
Sears – Samsung 55″ 3D 1080P 240HZ LED HDTV – $2,199.99

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And here is the full list
with a few other mentionable…


40″ ON A BUDGET

Sears – Panasonic 46″ 720P LCD 600HZ Plasma HDTV – $499.99
Sears – Panasonic 42″ 1080p 600hz Plasma HDTV – $549.99
Sams Club – Hitachi 42″ LED LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV – $498 http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod1401567


46″ BEST DEAL

Best Buy – Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model # UN46C6300SFXZA) w/Blu-ray Disc Player – $999.98


46″ GLARE

Walmart & Best Buy – Samsung 46″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (Model # LN46C600F3FXZA) – $798


46″ NO GLARE

Walmart – Sony Bravia 46″ 1080p 120HZ LCD HDTV KDL-46EX400 – $698.00


50″ ON A BUDGET

Best Buy – Panasonic VIERA 50″ TC-P50U2 1080p Plasma HDTV – $699.99


50″ 3D ON A BUDGET

Sears – Samsung 50″ 720p 600Hz 3D Plasma HDTV – $899.99


52″ NO GLARE AND BEST

Sears – Sony 52″ Bravia 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV – $1,499.99


60″ PLASMA BIG SCREEN BEST DEAL

Sears – LG 60″ 1080P 600HZ Plasma HDTV – $1,499.99


55″ LED

Sears & Best Buy – Samsung 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (Model # UN55C6300SFXZA) – $1,499.99


55″ NO GLARE

Best Buy – Toshiba 55″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (Model # 55HT1U) – $969.99


55” IF YOU MUST HAVE THE BEST 3D THIS IS YOUR DEAL

Sears – Samsung 55″ 3D 1080P 240HZ LED HDTV – $2,199.99

3D Televisions

March 10th, 2010

So alot of people have been asking me about the new 3D TV’s. Most people I speak to have the wrong impression and assume that the TV will automatically make the image appear in “3D”. Well the truth is that the latest 3D televisions coming out will try their best to reproduce the image in a “3D format”. Yes the 3D format is what you think it is, a blurry image that you will have to use 3D glasses with. Oh and yes Panasonic is working on coming out with a TV that will not require you to wear glasses but that is not in the immediate future. Please remember if you’re looking to purchase a 3D TV that you will also have to purchase the glasses which will be around $150 each. Additionally the glasses are specific to the manufacture and cannot be used with other “3D” TV’s. So if you buy a 3D TV and plan on having everyone over for a Superbowl Party get ready to charge everyone $150 bucks for their glasses or get ready to dole out some cash for the extra people you’ll be having over.

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TV Accessories

December 3rd, 2009

Over the recent start of the holiday shopping season i’ve had alot of questions about tv’s, which to get and what accessories will i need along with what’s the difference between 720p and 1080p etc.

Well I am here to help. To keep all things simple remember that the big box stores make most of their money on the accessories such as cables etc. Be aware that if you are looking to hook up your brand new HDTV via HDMI, todays standard is 1.3a category 2. Be sure to get an HDMI cable with the standard specs additionally you can get them for a great price at monoprice.com and cables2go.com. The big box stores will charge at least 10 times the price you’ll pay online.

If you’re looking to mount your new LCD or Plasma and have a costco or sams club membership they always have great prices on their wall mounts that beat the big box stores.

TV Buying Guide Rules

November 19th, 2009

So there you are, standing in front of Best Buy’s wall o’ HDTVs. Which one do you buy? There are just so many different factors and terms: LCD, LED, plasma, 3D, DLP, 1080p. No worries. Follow these five rules and you’ll end up with the perfect HDTV for you.

Rule 1 – Buy for your room

Forget the LCD vs plasma debate for just a moment. It might not matter. Your room might choose your HDTV for you.

LCDs generally counter glare better than plasmas because of their matte finish. Most plasmas have a glossy screen protector over the screen, which while a great defense against flying Wii remotes and children, reflect everything like a mirror. However, if glare isn’t an issue at all and in fact, the room is a little on the dark side, buy a plasma. They thrive in darker environments where their rich colors and contrasts can really show off.

Also consider how close you sit to the TV. It’s often the rule of thumb to buy the biggest TV you can afford or that will fit in a certain area, but standard definition content like basic cable look terrible on larger HDTVs and it’s very obvious when you’re sitting close. Large TVs can also overpower a room and cause headaches and eye strain.Remember your home probably has a lot lower ceiling than retail stores like Best Buy and Walmart so the actual size of the TV might be deceiving at when you’re shopping.

Thankfully most retail stores have liberal return policies. Just be prepared to pay a restocking fee or pick-up charge if you simply return the HDTV and not buy another one.

Rule 2 – Buy the picture that looks the best to you

There is one huge advantage brick and mortar stores have over Internet retailers: demos. Walk into a Best Buy and you can see how different TVs look compared to others. This is important.

Everyone’s eyes are different. Perception is different. You can not solely rely on Internet TV reviews when buying an HDTV. You need to see it in person. Stand there. Let your eyes wonder and pick out a TV that looks good to you. Here’s what you need to look for:

  • Black blacks
  • White whites
  • Not vivid colors, but realistic
  • No motion blur when objects are moving fast
  • The glare factor
  • Angle (picture on some are hard to see from different angles)

Let a salesman point certain things out to you but you’re the one that’s ultimately going to have to live with the TV. Buy the one you like, but keep an open mind.

Rule 3 – Buy a familiar brand

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard, all TVs have problems. Generally speaking, a Sony HDTV will hold up just as well as a Panasonic, Samsung, or Vizio. Modern HDTVs do not have any moving parts and most use the same display panels and components anyway.

You need to accept that there’s a possibility that any number of items might go wrong with your new HDTV no matter whose logo is on the front. A good rule of thumb in the TV world is that if you haven’t heard of the brand and it’s less expensive than other options, it’s probably that store’s house brand and something you might want to avoid. If you’re really concerned about your new investment, buy an extended service plan.

Rule 4 – Don’t be afraid to buy online

Brick and mortar stores have the demo advantage, but online retailers will beat them every day in the price game. Go to Best Buy and pick out the TV you want and then shop online for it. As long as the online retailer has cheap shipping and a good return policy, you have nothing to fear. But also don’t be afraid to ask the Best Buy to match or come close to the online price. You might be surprised.

Rule 5 – The TV is only as good as the source

You’re buying an HDTV so it needs high-def content. Your standard cable will look like poo on it and yes, it will cost more each month from your content provider. Consider this extra cost when you’re shopping for the TV. It’s not a bad idea to call up your cable or satellite company before hand to find out the extra cost.

Cable subscribers generally have it the easiest, especially if they already have a digital cable box. Likely all they will need is a different box. But if you have a satellite, you may need all new equipment including a different dish. The install cost might be nominal though.

Don’t be afraid to shop around either. You might find a better deal.

8/5 Plasma TV Deal of the Week

August 7th, 2009

Looking for a Plasma, less glare than the Samsung and less money, then get one of these Panasonics!

50″ for $1,399 at BestBuy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9236294&type=product&id=1218064394819

edit: Thanks to my friend Pat, if you’re willing to purchase online and wait a month or two for delivery you can find the 50″ for $1,197.70
free of taxes and shipping costs at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B001U3YJTY/ref=ord_cart_shr?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

54″ for $1,699 at BestBuy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9280164&type=product&id=1218073533060 

or $1,469.00 online at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P54S1-54-Inch-Plasma/dp/B001UN6ES8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1249678352&sr=1-1

Panasonic Plasma TC-P54S1 or TC-P50S1

Panasonic Plasma TC-P54S1 or TC-P50S1

8/5 LCD TV Deal of the Week

August 7th, 2009

You want superb picture at a nominal price. then you want the Samsung LNB650 series TV.  55″ for $1,999 at BestBuy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9293613&type=product&id=1218076081277

Samsung LNB650
Samsung LNB650

And here are the best user/calibration settings to use.

Mode: Standard
Backlight: 6
Contrast: 90
Brightness: 44
Sharpness: 0
Color: 50
Tint: G50/r50

Detailed Settings

Black adjust: off
Dynamic Contrast: off
Gamma: -1
Color Space: Auto
Flesh Tone: 0
Edge enhancement: off

Picture Options

Color tone: Normal
Size: Just Scan
Digital NR: off
HDMI Black level: Normal
Film Mode: Auto
Amp 120hz: Low

Plug & Play
Energy Saving : Off