I can't' bring myself to buy off brands. I just don't trust them. THe tv repair guy said they arne't made as well. He told me to stick with LG and Samsung so I have 3 samsung tv's in the house. YOu can't go wrong with a name brand and the prices aren't any higher.
You CAN go wrong with a name brand, but most stories would seem to indicate that when things do go wrong, they don't go as far wrong.
Here's the thing. Call Panasonic's customer help line. Right now. Chances are, you'll get to a person who speaks English in 15 minutes or less.
Now try the same thing for TCL or Westinghouse or HiSense. The point is, if something does happen to go wrong, most name brands take protecting their expensive name brand more seriously and have at least some infrastructure in place to help you out. I can personally attest to Panasonic's customer service being top notch.
The TCL from info I have read, they make parts for Samsung. So if the parts are good for Samsung they should be fine for a bedroom TV. LOL
I will also get the warranty with it from Squaretrade, so not really too worried. I still have a Westinghouse going great that I got back in 2007.
Something that a lot of people don't know is that a ton of these TVs share components. Screens, processors, control boards, etc. While some of these manufacturers do make their own (I think Samsung makes *most* of their own and I think Sony makes a good chunk of their own and I think LG makes their own, they sell their components to many of these other brands. So a TCL may well have a screen made by LG and a control board made by Samsung in it. And they might sell parts to other manufacturers too.
I too have a Westinghouse 32in I picked up from Best Buy a few years ago. Great little TV. My only gripe is the volume goes from can't hear to too loud with one click.
never trust what any repairman has to say about anything remember in their line of work they make money buy fixing things.
I am like racerfan I will have my squaretrade warranty so no worries, also those off brand Tv's tend to last much longer than those much more expensive ones, you tend to pay for the name and not the quality
As with many things, there are good repairmen and bad ones. You do need to be wary. I do believe I've dealt with many more good ones than bad though.
But suggesting off brand TVs last longer than name brand ones as a rule? I'd like to see some evidence to back up that claim. Perhaps you're right - but I'd like to know which off brands so I could spend my money more intelligently.