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#1 Brad  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 2, 2014 - 3:44 pm

As always, we have several dedicated threads for the hotter items each Black Friday. Please try to keep all discussion related to these items in their official threads. Other threads posted will likely be merged into this main thread.



#2 Midnight55  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 2, 2014 - 6:12 pm

im looking for a 60 are 65 or 70 inc this year snart tv hope there are some good deals

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Posted Sep 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

I think this BF will be about 4k tvs.  Most of the major players have announced their exit from the plasma market and prices on plasmas and LEDs are insanely low RIGHT NOW.  For instance, Dell has a 720p, 42", plasma for $299.99 with a $125 gift card earlier this week.  $300 - $125 is $175 -- an insane price for a 42" anything.  You could also rack up 15% in Dell and ShopDiscover cash back.  $600 60" LG plasmas have been pretty common this summer.  I got mine the day before the Superbowl.

 

Midnight55, you should be looking at televisions already.  I think the 4k sets look pretty good, but there is a lot of variation in quality between the economy sets and the mortgage-your-house sets.  Best bang for your buck continues to be the plasmas.  I don't think they get to 70" and 60" is much more common than 65", but they look great.



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Posted Sep 4, 2014 - 4:51 pm

Yeah I was looking at the 4k tvs but I dont think they will be that cheap on black friday and they are a little out my price range right now but im definitely want a led smart tv

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Posted Sep 4, 2014 - 10:17 pm

http://accessories.d...19&sku=A7658008

 

 
60" VIZIO 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV + $200 Dell eGift Card - $797.99 FS @ Dell
 
60" 1080p LED Backlit LCD Display‚Ä®
120Hz
4ms Response Time
5M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
300 cd/m2 Brightness
4 HDMI and 2 USB Inputs
53.1" x 8.7" x 32.8" (w/ stand)
 
Plus another $80 cash back via shop discover for a $500 60" LED smart tv
 
It's always black friday somewhere!


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Posted Sep 4, 2014 - 11:53 pm

lol your so sweet for looking thank you I will totally check it out

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Posted Sep 5, 2014 - 5:24 am

I'm looking for me too.  I bought the 42" plasma (just got my cash back notification, so $144 OOP) and am hoping to apply the $125 eGift card to an LED for my pool room.  I have a wall that would be ideal for a 60-70" screen.  I have a couple 32" LCDs that would look nice in two corners.  My wife thinks I'm a little nuts, but not completely.  We used to spend a lot of time playing pool and we all agree that it would be much more safe and economical to not have to drive home after a Sunday of football, billiards, and everything that goes with that.



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Posted Sep 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

That's so true

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Posted Sep 8, 2014 - 6:27 am

Len, where's my invite?

 

I am so bummed about plasmas going away...

I don't think I'll buy another TV until OLED's have matured a bit.


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Posted Sep 8, 2014 - 6:47 am

Len, where's my invite?

 

I am so bummed about plasmas going away...

I don't think I'll buy another TV until OLED's have matured a bit.

 

I'm bummed about plasmas too.  I love my plasma tv.


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Posted Sep 8, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Looking for something good in the 55-60" range. Bought a new tv stand to accomodate a bigger tv and the 40" we have is dwarfed on it



#12 len_mullen  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 9, 2014 - 3:18 am

Len, where's my invite?

 

I am so bummed about plasmas going away...

I don't think I'll buy another TV until OLED's have matured a bit.

 

It's always open house.  It's easy to see why plasmas are going away.  Plasmas are the beta max of the flat screen era.  Beautiful image, but heavy, reflective, and expensive to build/ship.

 

It's too early to get into plasma vs 4k, but people shopping for a TV should spend some time looking at TV screens before BF.  Nothing like an informed buyer.

 

For the record, the reason I am looking for an LED for my pool room is that they can survive an occasional cue ball hit.  I don't see that happening, but I could never be comfortable with 12 ft^2 of glass so close to a billiard ball.  



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Posted Sep 12, 2014 - 7:52 am

4K's are already coming down in price.  However, without the content to watch on them, they're just an expensive, really good 1080 for now.  Studios are just catching up to 4K with their cameras and graphical computers.  It'll be a couple of years before there's alot of native 4K content.  Most will be "enhanced" HD that the studios will be trying to sell to the masses.  I recommend taking advantage of the uninformed and buy top-of-the-line 1080p LED's from Sony or LG that should be coming way down in price as the 4K market is ramping up.  You'll get 4 or 5 years out of a good 1080p and then get a 4K when the content is more available.



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Posted Sep 14, 2014 - 8:57 am

Do you all think there will be any good deals on smart tvs for black Friday. I looking for something between 39-42 inches. I hoping I can find one for under $300



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Posted Sep 14, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Do you all think there will be any good deals on smart tvs for black Friday. I looking for something between 39-42 inches. I hoping I can find one for under $300

 

http://www.frys.com/...018614#detailed



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Posted Sep 15, 2014 - 9:38 am

You might be suprised to learn that the only truly native (not "enhanced"/scaled up from lesser content) 1080P content available even today is direct from a BluRay disk or some PS4/Xbox/games. 

And 1080P has been out now what, 7 years?  Maybe longer? 

 

No major studios, even today, either over the air or on cable/satellite, broadcast true 1080P. 

They all still broadcast in either 720P or 1080i.

Though DirecTV and Dish do provide 1080P content for Pay Per View, there is a lot of discussion on the quality of that feed due to compression during transmission.

 

I can't imagine how long it will take before we actually see 4K content of any value.  From what I've read, big media houses aren't even playing with the idea of making new 4k Blu-Ray players - they're looking to stream it all, so if you buy a 4K TV, I hope you have a good broadband connection at your house.  Netflix says you need to have at least a 15Mb/s connection to stream 4K and that's just for one TV.  If you have more than one going in the house at the same time, wow.  And you just KNOW that Comcast and the like are going to have conniptions over all the extra bandwidth it's going to take.

 

Personally, I value 4K capability as much as I value the quantity and quality of the little rubber feet that are on the bottom of the stand for the TV (which I would never use anyway as it would be mounted to my wall).

Paying an extra penny for a 4K TV is SO not worth it.


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Posted Sep 23, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Where is that neat resolution chart that is posted each year?



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Posted Sep 23, 2014 - 7:09 pm

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Posted Sep 24, 2014 - 3:46 am

Hey, that looks familiar... ;)


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Posted Sep 25, 2014 - 1:08 am

Hey, that looks familiar... ;)

 

It's been six years since I bought my first HDTV -- almost to the day.  That's how long I have been carrying that chart around.  We had just purchased a PS3 and it looked like crap on my 36" Sony Wega.  That 'deal' popped up and I jumped on it, set the delivery date for six weeks away, and started researching HDTVs.

 

The HTIB is pretty dated, but the tv is still amazing.  

 

As for the chart, take it with a grain of salt.  What it says is that if you put a 50" 720p next to a 50" 1080p tv, all other things being equal, you can distinguish one from the other at six feet.  That does not mean the 720p set does not look great at six feet.  My kids always pulled chairs within four feet of the tv to play games (no retention after five years of game play).


Edited by len_mullen, Sep 25, 2014 - 1:09 am.


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Posted Oct 1, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Remember 2004? Deep cuts on projection TVs @ 50 inch. Remember 2006? $500 cut on 42 inch 720p 2nd tier HDTVs. Remembering how far we have progressed and how low prices are now helps us to keep the proper perspective when dealing with the newer generation of HDTVs.



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Posted Oct 11, 2014 - 3:44 am

I've been seeing some great prices on 50 in Samsung HDTV'S advertised on BuyDig and Dell, $399 and up. Dell offers an additional gift card with a t.v. purchase on several of the models they have on special.

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Posted Oct 26, 2014 - 12:22 am

I'm shopping for a 4k tv preferably 50 inch or larger. Should I wait or buy now? Thoughts?

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Posted Oct 27, 2014 - 4:30 am

I'm shopping for a 4k tv preferably 50 inch or larger. Should I wait or buy now? Thoughts?

http://forums.gottad...d/#entry1269498


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Posted Nov 2, 2014 - 9:22 am

Nevermind deal went up $100 in 2 hours


Edited by jamieva, Nov 2, 2014 - 11:28 am.


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Posted Nov 2, 2014 - 2:31 pm

So ya'll think it's OK to get a plasma? I've always been told to steer away from them because if one little spot gets messed up then your TV is ruined.  I want the beautiful clear TV I saw at Sears but I think it was like over $1000.  Way beyond my budget.



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Posted Nov 2, 2014 - 4:17 pm

I have gotten the Walmart online TV deal several times and been happy for the most part because it had free shipping right to my door.  Only one year my TV just went black after 5 months - it was Mother's Day, and I had to spend several hours trying to get Walmart to at least give me some store credit to get another TV.

 

Those online HDTV deals often come with a 'no returns' caveat in the small print.



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Posted Nov 2, 2014 - 11:27 pm

So ya'll think it's OK to get a plasma? I've always been told to steer away from them because if one little spot gets messed up then your TV is ruined.  I want the beautiful clear TV I saw at Sears but I think it was like over $1000.  Way beyond my budget.

 

At any given price point for a given screen size, a plasma will look much better than an LED.  Both can have dead pixels or cells.  The night before the last superbowl, I paid less than $600 for a 60" 1080p plasma that looks great.



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Posted Nov 3, 2014 - 11:34 am

At any given price point for a given screen size, a plasma will look much better than an LED.  Both can have dead pixels or cells.  The night before the last superbowl, I paid less than $600 for a 60" 1080p plasma that looks great.

I bought a 50" Panasonic Viera 11 or 12 years ago and I still get compliments about the picture quality. I still love it. It is only 720p but we have HD cable programming, which makes all the difference. We never had a problem with it, but I get panic attacks when my brother in law stays over because he can't sleep without the tv running. I have to wake up every few hours and turn it off so the screen doesn't get burn in. I wish he never figured out the sleep timer!



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Posted Nov 3, 2014 - 1:44 pm

http://www.cnet.com/...-you-still-can/


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