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#1 Crow47

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 02:24 PM

Looking to buy a new TV for my apartment. I'm going to college right now, so I don't want something super nice in case it either gets stolen or broken at a party. Walmart is having some really amazing deals in my area. I'm looking for anything between 40-50", but I'd say given my room size 46" is probably the sweet spot. I do not need a smart TV as I have a spare computer hooked up on SteamBox/XBMC duty. Here's what I'm looking at, what do you think? 

 

http://www.walmart.c...420-A0/22368130

 

http://www.walmart.c...D-HDTV/28379380

 

http://www.walmart.c...D-HDTV/27678567

 

Then there's also a Westinghouse model at Best Buy

http://www.bestbuy.c...01001&cp=1&lp=1

 

It's going to be mainly used for movies/shows and some light gaming hooked up through HDMI. 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 03:57 PM

Go to Best Buy every couple days and ask to see their open box tv's. You can get a 120 hz 50" for that price. 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 05:51 PM

I'm not sure how you feel about buying an off brand too far from Samsung and such, but here is a killer deal that lasts until tomorrow: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16889623018

 

As Onion stated though, look for open box or refurbished TVs for some great deals. As long as you are not looking for exceptional sound quality, which is something that a lot of off brand TVs fail at, you should be alright.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:04 PM

I'm not sure how you feel about buying an off brand too far from Samsung and such, but here is a killer deal that lasts until tomorrow: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16889623018

 

As Onion stated though, look for open box or refurbished TVs for some great deals. As long as you are not looking for exceptional sound quality, which is something that a lot of off brand TVs fail at, you should be alright.

 

192 5 star reviews? I wouldn't worry in the least bit, even with a name like "Changhong". 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

I have been very lucky with Samsung, Vizio and Panasonic. 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:15 PM

I have been very lucky with Samsung, Vizio and Panasonic. 

 

Since we're weighing in on brands as well, I'll add that I've had great luck with the 52" Samsung I've picked out for the family. Had it for about 4 years. 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:22 PM

 

I'm not sure how you feel about buying an off brand too far from Samsung and such, but here is a killer deal that lasts until tomorrow: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16889623018

 

As Onion stated though, look for open box or refurbished TVs for some great deals. As long as you are not looking for exceptional sound quality, which is something that a lot of off brand TVs fail at, you should be alright.

 

192 5 star reviews? I wouldn't worry in the least bit, even with a name like "Changhong". 

 

That's the same thing I was trying to convince myself when showing my parents the television for their living room. The sound quality got knocked though, and who knows about a warranty claim, lol. But for the money, you can hardly beat that. Buy a soundbar and you're good to go as long as its not DOA.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 06:50 PM

Go to Best Buy every couple days and ask to see their open box tv's. You can get a 120 hz 50" for that price. 

 

I actually really like that suggestion. I have no qualms buying open box. It's been so long since I've been in the market to buy something in a brick-and-mortar kind of store that I forgot you could do that...

 

The Changhong looks amazing, but I'm a little nervous about having something like that shipped to my apartment and left on my doorstep. That's the main reason I've been looking at BB and Walmart. Sadly finances won't line up for me until the end of the week so I think I'll miss it regardless.


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 07:32 PM

 

 

I'm not sure how you feel about buying an off brand too far from Samsung and such, but here is a killer deal that lasts until tomorrow: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16889623018

 

As Onion stated though, look for open box or refurbished TVs for some great deals. As long as you are not looking for exceptional sound quality, which is something that a lot of off brand TVs fail at, you should be alright.

 

192 5 star reviews? I wouldn't worry in the least bit, even with a name like "Changhong". 

 

That's the same thing I was trying to convince myself when showing my parents the television for their living room. The sound quality got knocked though, and who knows about a warranty claim, lol. But for the money, you can hardly beat that. Buy a soundbar and you're good to go as long as its not DOA.

 

I dont worry about the speakers on the TV when running surround. The two I watch most have a surround setup and a sound bar with a wireless sub.   


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 07:34 PM

I have a respectable home theater surround setup so the speakers are an afterthought at most.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 07:49 PM

 

Go to Best Buy every couple days and ask to see their open box tv's. You can get a 120 hz 50" for that price. 

 

I actually really like that suggestion. I have no qualms buying open box. It's been so long since I've been in the market to buy something in a brick-and-mortar kind of store that I forgot you could do that...

 

The Changhong looks amazing, but I'm a little nervous about having something like that shipped to my apartment and left on my doorstep. That's the main reason I've been looking at BB and Walmart. Sadly finances won't line up for me until the end of the week so I think I'll miss it regardless.

 

 

Pro tip: Have a manager come out, you'll be able to haggle a bit on the price of the TV at Best Buy. Even cooler, you still get a 14 day return policy with full money back, and the full warranty from the manufacturer. 


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 08:35 PM

I've had great luck with Samsung and Toshiba. We have a Toshiba 40" downstairs, it's been kicking for around two years. I have a Samsung 32" that was used in a bedroom for around six years. Sharp and Panasonic make some of the best televisions to my mind, but they cost quite a bit more.


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