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Chaddyboxer    419

Hey fellas, my fiance and I are looking at getting a TV at NEB Furniture Mart. We are looking at getting a 45 to 50in screen and something with over 120Hz refresh rate. Now, does anyone have any experience with buying top quality TV's? Any suggestions? Brands or specific TV's??? I am looking for a TV that performs great for sports, movies and video games.

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GSG    5,377

My parents have a 50"+ Samsung. My dad can watch it from the back yard while he's grilling :lol:

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sd'sker    3,251

i have a 46' samsung that i love, great tv and great picture. i also have a 70' sharp aquous. awesome tv, but i do not think the quality quite stands up, but that might just be because of its size. it still has a really good picture.

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ZRod    2,588

I have a 50" samsung plasma it's about 3 or 4 years old but I love the picture. I don't know what your finances are like but if you can afford it I would get a 55 or 60", my friend has a 60" samsung plasma and I just drool over that thing!

 

I think it really comes down to personal preference and what you like in a picture, but if you want the best picture I would stick with the best known top brands like sony, samsung, pioneer, and maybe lg (lg's are somewhat inferior to the others imo). You might pay more but they really can't be beat. The best advice I can give you is to just go and watch tv at the store and see what looks good to you (hopefully they have an HD feed), and maybe try to play with the settings.

 

My personal recommendation is anything samsung plasma. Samsung has the best looking frames and best picture in my opinion. If not samsung then something plasma. I know everything is about LED tvs now but I just can't see all the fuss, I'm pretty picky about tv's and they don't cut it for me. LEDs are still just a backlit LCD tv and the picture on that will always be inferior to plasma. My biggest gripe is that I always see a faint glow around the edges when the screen is black on an LED, and that doesn't happen on a plasma since the cells are essentially off. I believe plasmas also always have a higher refresh rate than any LCD. Plus plasma is a technology that's been around for awhile so it's generally cheaper. People will tell you plasmas use more electricity, and they do, but were talking maybe $20 or $30 dollars a year which can be offset for several years if you think about the price for an LED.

 

 

Oh and definitely get surround sound if you don't have it yet, WORTH IT!!!

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strigori    687

Bigger is not necessarily better. It depends on the size of the room you are putting it in, and what you viewing distance will be (this part is huge when it comes to 720 vs 1080)

 

First the resolution. Only Blu-Ray players and computers really take advantage of 1080p. Your cable/sat box doesn't really. TV shows and sports are shot in 720p is the reason. If you are going to be sitting over 7 or 8 feet away, the human eye also can not tell the difference between the resolutions at that distance.

 

Second is the tech. Once you cross 42 inches, just scratch LCD off you list, It is inferior tech, and to get the picture quality and refresh rates where you want them, there is no point to spend that kind of money. LCDs are backlit. Meaning there is a giant white light behind the screen. The screen for all intents and purposes is like a stained glass window that shows the picture, and the backlight is the sun shinning through. Also, while it is getting better, LCDs also have the most limited viewing angle. If you have a wide room and have a lot of people over to watch the Huskers, the ones sitting on the edges of the room may get a substantially worse picture.

 

Plasma is going to be far and away your best size to dollar buy. Plasma sets won't have a refresh rate listed, because the tech is different. Plasmas will never have motion blur/ghosts. They also get much better blacks (hence contrast) because they are not backlit like LCDs. Plasma TV's actual pixels generate the light, so no backlighting to bleed through. Samsung and Panasonic both make great sets. Mine is a 50' Panasonic Viera, and I love it. The sales guys may try to feed you a massive pile of crap using the words "Burn In" Burn in does not exists on good brands for the last several years. They may say something along the lines of "video games will ruin the tv with permanent images left over" Ten years ago this was an issue. The official line from Panasonic is "If you didn't worry about it with a tube TV, don't worry about it with our plasmas." Now you will get a little 'image retention' like the bottom line from ESPN showing for a couple seconds after you change the channel and get a black screen, but as soon as the picture changes color and moves it will be gone. They may try to scare you into a pricier LED set. The biggest drawback of a Plasma, is they are heavy. My 50' tips the scale at about 95 pounds. This is due to the screen being two panes of glass instead of plastic. You also can never transport one laying down flat, or you run a risk of cracking the screen.

 

Lastly LED. LED sets do have some of the best pictures out there and the tech is more like plasma in that the screen makes the light instead of a backlight, and they are also very light and thin. The drawback is the tend to be much more expensive than other techs at the same size.

 

 

All that said, I would recommend a Samsung or Panasonic Plasma.

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ZRod    2,588

Good break down Strigori, although I've heard that the difference between 720p and 1080i are almost negligible when it comes to cable because there is so much filtering before it gets to your tv that 720 can be just as if not sharper than 1080 at times.

 

 

Another thing I forgot about is never buy cables like HDMI from the store. Anybody who's done there home work knows they are ridiculously overpriced and there really isn't much difference between them. You can get them for under $10 at websites like monoprice.com. That's where I've bought all my HDMI chords they are cheap and fast. I've only had one go bad out of the 5 or 6 I bought but that was because it was an older rigid type of cable that got bent wrong.

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Enhance    2,976

Are you on a budget, OP?

 

If you're not, an LED-backlit tv is the way to go, but only if you want to spend top dollar. They're lighter, thinner, significantly more energy efficient, and produce a great picture. The problems with Plasma screens are they're heavy, HUGE power sucks (they do absolutely no favors to your energy bills), and they've been said to not last as long as other T.V.s, however I don't believe this to be as true as it used to be.

 

Plasma-quality dominance is a thing of the past. PCMag did a great article a week ago talking about their new research with televisions, getting very scientific and nitty gritty. They recommended this as the absolute best television you can buy right now when you take into account picture quality, weight, and power usage. However, they admit that if money is relevant, you'd be better off finding a cheaper plasma, as the t.v. they recommended there is almost $7,000.

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strigori    687

Good break down Strigori, although I've heard that the difference between 720p and 1080i are almost negligible when it comes to cable because there is so much filtering before it gets to your tv that 720 can be just as if not sharper than 1080 at times.

 

 

Another thing I forgot about is never buy cables like HDMI from the store. Anybody who's done there home work knows they are ridiculously overpriced and there really isn't much difference between them. You can get them for under $10 at websites like monoprice.com. That's where I've bought all my HDMI chords they are cheap and fast. I've only had one go bad out of the 5 or 6 I bought but that was because it was an older rigid type of cable that got bent wrong.

720p and 1080i are the same for the resolution, for all intents and purposes. The letter matters. p = progressive scan, i = interlaced. And 1080i really are not made anymore. 720p and 1080p are the spot where there is a difference.

 

Totally with you on HDMI cables. Mostercables are the biggest rip off in any form of retail. Do not buy expensive digital cables. A digital signal either gets there or it does not. You don't get the amplitude and modulation interference that RF signals are subject to.

 

 

And like the article Enhance linked, Plasma still remains the 'bang for the buck' type TV. Even the power difference I don't think is worth mentioning. The difference amounts to a case or two of beer a year difference in cost. I will say that the plasma does put off a bit of heat, which is fine when its not hot outside. My plasma has a listed 'half life' (the time of usage where the screen is half as bright as when it was new) as being 10 years.

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Dewiz    1,288

Chaddy,

 

As a guy who is always looking at TV's I would recommend a Samsung LED TV by far. LED TV's are light, thin, and provide one of the best pictures on the market. I got a 46" in the bedroom and a 55" in the living room and I'd like to replace my 52" Sony downstairs with a 60+ LED Samsung. I was always a Sony fan but lately it seems like the picture on Samsung TV's are a little bit better than Sony. Plasma TV's are more for darker rooms and I've never really been a fan on Plasma TV's, maybe its because of their rap of the screens bleeding and images being burnt into the screen but from my understanding the newer Plasma's don't have those problems. Also I believe Plasma's are not as energy efficient when compared to LED and LCD TV's.

 

I'd also would check out CNet.com on all of their TV reviews and read some comments on BestBuy.com on TV's. I'm sure there are TV reviews on YouTube as well.

 

But in my opinion I'd get a Samsung LED TV that is 1080 w/ a 120hz refresh rate. You'll notice a difference while watching Football on a 60hz TV compared to a 120hz TV.

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Enhance    2,976

Also I believe Plasma's are not as energy efficient when compared to LED and LCD TV's.

I've heard this as well, and this was a snippet from the PCMAG article I read.

 

Energy efficiency is an important factor when choosing an HDTV, and between the three technologies LED-backlit HDTVs win again. LED HDTVs measuring 55 inches or less consistently consume around 80 watts or less, while plasma HDTVs can eat up two or three times as much. The 46-inch Sony KDL-46HX850 LED HDTV consumed only 47 watts in our tests, while the 55-inch Panasonic TC-P55ST50 plasma HDTV used a whopping 305 watts. That's six times the power for less than 10 diagonal inches more screen size.

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Chaddyboxer    419

I have a 50" samsung plasma it's about 3 or 4 years old but I love the picture. I don't know what your finances are like but if you can afford it I would get a 55 or 60", my friend has a 60" samsung plasma and I just drool over that thing!

 

I think it really comes down to personal preference and what you like in a picture, but if you want the best picture I would stick with the best known top brands like sony, samsung, pioneer, and maybe lg (lg's are somewhat inferior to the others imo). You might pay more but they really can't be beat. The best advice I can give you is to just go and watch tv at the store and see what looks good to you (hopefully they have an HD feed), and maybe try to play with the settings.

 

My personal recommendation is anything samsung plasma. Samsung has the best looking frames and best picture in my opinion. If not samsung then something plasma. I know everything is about LED tvs now but I just can't see all the fuss, I'm pretty picky about tv's and they don't cut it for me. LEDs are still just a backlit LCD tv and the picture on that will always be inferior to plasma. My biggest gripe is that I always see a faint glow around the edges when the screen is black on an LED, and that doesn't happen on a plasma since the cells are essentially off. I believe plasmas also always have a higher refresh rate than any LCD. Plus plasma is a technology that's been around for awhile so it's generally cheaper. People will tell you plasmas use more electricity, and they do, but were talking maybe $20 or $30 dollars a year which can be offset for several years if you think about the price for an LED.

 

 

Oh and definitely get surround sound if you don't have it yet, WORTH IT!!!

Thanks guys! I was thinking about going the Samsung route.

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Chaddyboxer    419

Chaddy,

 

As a guy who is always looking at TV's I would recommend a Samsung LED TV by far. LED TV's are light, thin, and provide one of the best pictures on the market. I got a 46" in the bedroom and a 55" in the living room and I'd like to replace my 52" Sony downstairs with a 60+ LED Samsung. I was always a Sony fan but lately it seems like the picture on Samsung TV's are a little bit better than Sony. Plasma TV's are more for darker rooms and I've never really been a fan on Plasma TV's, maybe its because of their rap of the screens bleeding and images being burnt into the screen but from my understanding the newer Plasma's don't have those problems. Also I believe Plasma's are not as energy efficient when compared to LED and LCD TV's.

 

I'd also would check out CNet.com on all of their TV reviews and read some comments on BestBuy.com on TV's. I'm sure there are TV reviews on YouTube as well.

 

But in my opinion I'd get a Samsung LED TV that is 1080 w/ a 120hz refresh rate. You'll notice a difference while watching Football on a 60hz TV compared to a 120hz TV.

Thanks for the great info. guys! I am looking at heading to NEB Furn. Mart this Friday.

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720p and 1080i are the same for the resolution, for all intents and purposes. The letter matters. p = progressive scan, i = interlaced. And 1080i really are not made anymore. 720p and 1080p are the spot where there is a difference.

 

To nitpick, 720p and 1080i aren't the same thing, and there is a discernible difference, depending on who is providing the channel, the method of compression, and what you're broadcasting for.

 

You're right that 720p is used for sports, and that's because 1080p broadcast hasn't been adopted yet and 1080i has a lot of artifacts for fast-moving events (e.g. Sports). However, for movies, 1080i is more than discernible (if you have a quality TV provider and television set) from 720p, and most HD channels are broadcast natively in 1080i (MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC America, any of the Kabletown channels (e.g. Syfy, USA), TBS, HD Net Movies, AXS TV, off the top of my head).

 

Also, if you're not seeing a difference, then also check your cable box/DVR--you could be automatically down converting. This happened to me until I found out how to 'fix' my DVR (via service menu) to allow native passthrough.

 

The buyer needs to be sure that their TV can handle 1080i, as most of the non-sports cable channels outside of the Disney stable are broadcast in 1080i. It may not be a big deal for the OP, since I would presume he's a sports fan, but the Mrs. may not appreciate a washed-out mess watching a 1080i channel on a TV that half-assed their 1080i processing.

 

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Chaddyboxer--congratulations!

 

As for procuring a set, go SSV: Samsung, Sharp, Vizio (if you're going economical).

 

What Strigori said about Plasma vs. LED is right, but also consider wall mounting and, if you're renting, the weight issue that was mentioned.

 

Also, make sure to scour NewEgg.com and Amazon.com--they both have white glove service for delivery, and their prices typically meet or beat local brick and mortar competition (including Nebraska Furniture Mart). Sears is also good in that they'll price match *and* give you sale percentage discounts on top of the matched price, though their staff is barely more knowledgeable than a Best Buy staff member.

 

And stay away from Sam's Club, Costco, and the like--they typically are hawking older sets with spiffed-up chasis and/or older models to make them look current and at a discount, and Sam's Club returns have more hoops than a Jersey Shore girl's earring drawer.

 

Finally, seriously look at getting a quality AV receiver with the TV (Onkyo's give you best bang for your buck, anymore)--this way, you only need one HDMI connection from your receiver to the TV, and your AV receiver does all the switching. It will make cable management, especially if you wall mount, *MUCH* easier. Plus, you're set for surround sound when you want to get the speakers, and you can bitstream from your Blu-Ray device for lossless audio. :)

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Chaddyboxer    419

Bigger is not necessarily better. It depends on the size of the room you are putting it in, and what you viewing distance will be (this part is huge when it comes to 720 vs 1080)

 

First the resolution. Only Blu-Ray players and computers really take advantage of 1080p. Your cable/sat box doesn't really. TV shows and sports are shot in 720p is the reason. If you are going to be sitting over 7 or 8 feet away, the human eye also can not tell the difference between the resolutions at that distance.

 

Second is the tech. Once you cross 42 inches, just scratch LCD off you list, It is inferior tech, and to get the picture quality and refresh rates where you want them, there is no point to spend that kind of money. LCDs are backlit. Meaning there is a giant white light behind the screen. The screen for all intents and purposes is like a stained glass window that shows the picture, and the backlight is the sun shinning through. Also, while it is getting better, LCDs also have the most limited viewing angle. If you have a wide room and have a lot of people over to watch the Huskers, the ones sitting on the edges of the room may get a substantially worse picture.

 

Plasma is going to be far and away your best size to dollar buy. Plasma sets won't have a refresh rate listed, because the tech is different. Plasmas will never have motion blur/ghosts. They also get much better blacks (hence contrast) because they are not backlit like LCDs. Plasma TV's actual pixels generate the light, so no backlighting to bleed through. Samsung and Panasonic both make great sets. Mine is a 50' Panasonic Viera, and I love it. The sales guys may try to feed you a massive pile of crap using the words "Burn In" Burn in does not exists on good brands for the last several years. They may say something along the lines of "video games will ruin the tv with permanent images left over" Ten years ago this was an issue. The official line from Panasonic is "If you didn't worry about it with a tube TV, don't worry about it with our plasmas." Now you will get a little 'image retention' like the bottom line from ESPN showing for a couple seconds after you change the channel and get a black screen, but as soon as the picture changes color and moves it will be gone. They may try to scare you into a pricier LED set. The biggest drawback of a Plasma, is they are heavy. My 50' tips the scale at about 95 pounds. This is due to the screen being two panes of glass instead of plastic. You also can never transport one laying down flat, or you run a risk of cracking the screen.

 

Lastly LED. LED sets do have some of the best pictures out there and the tech is more like plasma in that the screen makes the light instead of a backlight, and they are also very light and thin. The drawback is the tend to be much more expensive than other techs at the same size.

 

 

All that said, I would recommend a Samsung or Panasonic Plasma.

Thanks man! I will definitely consider your advice. It looks like I may be getting a 45 to 50" Samsung LED or Plasma. Thanks a bunch for the info!

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strigori    687

720p and 1080i are the same for the resolution, for all intents and purposes. The letter matters. p = progressive scan, i = interlaced. And 1080i really are not made anymore. 720p and 1080p are the spot where there is a difference.

 

To nitpick, 720p and 1080i aren't the same thing, and there is a discernible difference, depending on who is providing the channel, the method of compression, and what you're broadcasting for.

 

You're right that 720p is used for sports, and that's because 1080p broadcast hasn't been adopted yet and 1080i has a lot of artifacts for fast-moving events (e.g. Sports). However, for movies, 1080i is more than discernible (if you have a quality TV provider and television set) from 720p, and most HD channels are broadcast natively in 1080i (MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC America, any of the Kabletown channels (e.g. Syfy, USA), TBS, HD Net Movies, AXS TV, off the top of my head).

 

Also, if you're not seeing a difference, then also check your cable box/DVR--you could be automatically down converting. This happened to me until I found out how to 'fix' my DVR (via service menu) to allow native passthrough.

 

The buyer needs to be sure that their TV can handle 1080i, as most of the non-sports cable channels outside of the Disney stable are broadcast in 1080i. It may not be a big deal for the OP, since I would presume he's a sports fan, but the Mrs. may not appreciate a washed-out mess watching a 1080i channel on a TV that half-assed their 1080i processing.

The effective resolution is the same. It has to do with how the set draws the picture. Progressive scan draws it in a left to right method like quickly puling a sheet of paper out, almost like a flip book. Interlaced draws the picture in a combination of horizontal and vertical passes like old tube TVs. It ends up being a very far cry from true 1080p. And unless you actually plan on sitting a few feet back from the set, the eye can't tell the difference at any rate. And its a moot point even, as last time I was helping TV shop, 1080i sets are not even sold new anymore.

 

Every TV I have ever seen handles 1080i just fine. I have heard numerous issues with sets with 1080i native res having issues with 720p and 1080p. Processing can be an issue in general on crumby brands like Coby, or Westinghouse. As long as he's sticking with a major brand, like Samsung and Panasonic (Sony is another good brand, though pricey, Vizeo seems to get solid reviews also) that have been getting the most recommendations

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Stu    66

Nothing wrong with Vizio. Had my 37" for years, it's LCD, and it's always worked like a champ with great picture.

 

Upgraded to a 70" Sharp recently. No complaints there. Picture is Sharp. Pun totally intended. I feel like Barney Stensen when i fire it up at night, it's so freaking bright. The 3D works great, though I've noticed some movies didn't do as good a job on the 3D production on Bluray, when it comes to 3D you really need to take what you are watching and who made it into consideration. I've got video games that look FANTASTIC in 3D, and some look aweful, same with movies.

 

Remember you will have this TV for years, so get something you really want. Don't hold out if you find something that's a little more expensive than what you planned on spending, in a year or so you might look back and wish you would have coughed up the extra dough.

 

Another thing, when you're at NFM, if you buy a new TV, ask them about getting a deal on a TV stand, or subwoofer, or extra 3D glasses. You can save hundreds if you pick up accessories at the same time.

 

Get the free delivery, and if they say they can't get it to you when you want it, be persistent. My salesman called the delivery guys and managed to get it to me the next day. They delivered the TV, stand, subwoofer, but somehow forgot the chics and booze. Oh well, you can't get everything...

Have fun and good luck!

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Edison's Enemy    392

I would definitely recommend getting a plasma over led. I had a 55" Hitachi 720p plasma for about five years that still works, but I wanted to upgrade to 3D (biggest waste of time) and 1080p, so I have a 50" Panasonic plasma. It's an excellent tv. Plasmas just look a lot better, in my opinion.

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HuskerShark    867

Another thing I forgot about is never buy cables like HDMI from the store. Anybody who's done there home work knows they are ridiculously overpriced and there really isn't much difference between them. You can get them for under $10 at websites like monoprice.com.

 

Or you can do what I do and go on eBay for stuff like that. I got 2 HDMI cables about a year ago for about 2 bucks.

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Chaddyboxer    419

You make a purchase yet Chaddy?

Hell friggin no. Been spending way too much money on Husker related stuff such as tickets, beer and food for games, etc. It adds up quick. And now I have to start worrying about student loans because my 6-month grace period is ending soon. It sucks, but I'll prob look at purchasing a TV around Christmas, yet I'll prob. have to buy it by applying for a NEB Furniture Mart card (Luckily, I have sweet credit). I just don't want to give myself too many liabilities like already have. Once I land a new job, my financial situation will get a lot better. I appreciate all the advice and information in this forum.

I really want a new TV for watching games and playing video games (I have an xbox).

I think NEB Furn. Mart had some deals going on with their furniture and TV's back in August (24 month no interest financing), yet I didn't take advantage of it because I was buying up Husker tickets lol. I've spent the past 4 years working weekends at Kellogg's and missing out on Husker games. I really wanted to take advantage of the moment and go to a few games since I have the weekends off now.

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You make a purchase yet Chaddy?

Hell friggin no. Been spending way too much money on Husker related stuff such as tickets, beer and food for games, etc. It adds up quick. And now I have to start worrying about student loans because my 6-month grace period is ending soon. It sucks, but I'll prob look at purchasing a TV around Christmas, yet I'll prob. have to buy it by applying for a NEB Furniture Mart card (Luckily, I have sweet credit). I just don't want to give myself too many liabilities like already have. Once I land a new job, my financial situation will get a lot better. I appreciate all the advice and information in this forum.

I really want a new TV for watching games and playing video games (I have an xbox).

I think NEB Furn. Mart had some deals going on with their furniture and TV's back in August (24 month no interest financing), yet I didn't take advantage of it because I was buying up Husker tickets lol. I've spent the past 4 years working weekends at Kellogg's and missing out on Husker games. I really wanted to take advantage of the moment and go to a few games since I have the weekends off now.

Around late Oct to early November, you can Google "black friday ads" and start checking out some of the Black Friday deals. If you're not into the whole standing in line for hours on end in the wee hours of the morning, a lot of merchants (Best Buy, Walmart, etc) will have Online deals only.

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HuskerThor    148

You make a purchase yet Chaddy?

Hell friggin no. Been spending way too much money on Husker related stuff such as tickets, beer and food for games, etc. It adds up quick. And now I have to start worrying about student loans because my 6-month grace period is ending soon. It sucks, but I'll prob look at purchasing a TV around Christmas, yet I'll prob. have to buy it by applying for a NEB Furniture Mart card (Luckily, I have sweet credit). I just don't want to give myself too many liabilities like already have. Once I land a new job, my financial situation will get a lot better. I appreciate all the advice and information in this forum.

I really want a new TV for watching games and playing video games (I have an xbox).

I think NEB Furn. Mart had some deals going on with their furniture and TV's back in August (24 month no interest financing), yet I didn't take advantage of it because I was buying up Husker tickets lol. I've spent the past 4 years working weekends at Kellogg's and missing out on Husker games. I really wanted to take advantage of the moment and go to a few games since I have the weekends off now.

Around late Oct to early November, you can Google "black friday ads" and start checking out some of the Black Friday deals. If you're not into the whole standing in line for hours on end in the wee hours of the morning, a lot of merchants (Best Buy, Walmart, etc) will have Online deals only.

Be very careful of the Black Friday Tv's. They are made just for that day. In other words, it may have a name you will recognize, but it will definitely be their lowest end models. You will notice if you google any of the Black Friday tv models, about the only information you will get, is a direct link back to WalMart or where ever you seen it.

 

Wait again for the 18,24 ir eveb 36 month financing if money is tight. They happen all of the time. Best Buy has these incentives quite often.

 

As far as the tv goes I will swear by Samsung, best LCD on the market, followed by Panasonic. Here is something that a lot of people dont know, but a Sony tv is a Samsung tv that didn't meet Samsung standards. Historically Samsung has made Sony LCD displays.

 

On another note, if you have DirecTv, they do broadcast a ton of pay-perview movies in Blueray. No cable or Dish can do that. So a 1080p is a great choice for this and for PS3 games.

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Samsung plasma has the highest failure rate of any tv on the market, just a hair worse than the insignia's and other no name tv's. Samsung's other technologies scored well. Panasonic is your best bet in plasma, but not in LED. Personally sharp has vastly improved and the quality is there in the better sets, best bang for the buck. And I would go 55" or bigger I still regret not doing it. Even my wife doesn't think our 50 seems that big any more.

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Chaddyboxer    419

You make a purchase yet Chaddy?

Hell friggin no. Been spending way too much money on Husker related stuff such as tickets, beer and food for games, etc. It adds up quick. And now I have to start worrying about student loans because my 6-month grace period is ending soon. It sucks, but I'll prob look at purchasing a TV around Christmas, yet I'll prob. have to buy it by applying for a NEB Furniture Mart card (Luckily, I have sweet credit). I just don't want to give myself too many liabilities like already have. Once I land a new job, my financial situation will get a lot better. I appreciate all the advice and information in this forum.

I really want a new TV for watching games and playing video games (I have an xbox).

I think NEB Furn. Mart had some deals going on with their furniture and TV's back in August (24 month no interest financing), yet I didn't take advantage of it because I was buying up Husker tickets lol. I've spent the past 4 years working weekends at Kellogg's and missing out on Husker games. I really wanted to take advantage of the moment and go to a few games since I have the weekends off now.

Around late Oct to early November, you can Google "black friday ads" and start checking out some of the Black Friday deals. If you're not into the whole standing in line for hours on end in the wee hours of the morning, a lot of merchants (Best Buy, Walmart, etc) will have Online deals only.

Be very careful of the Black Friday Tv's. They are made just for that day. In other words, it may have a name you will recognize, but it will definitely be their lowest end models. You will notice if you google any of the Black Friday tv models, about the only information you will get, is a direct link back to WalMart or where ever you seen it.

 

Wait again for the 18,24 ir eveb 36 month financing if money is tight. They happen all of the time. Best Buy has these incentives quite often.

 

As far as the tv goes I will swear by Samsung, best LCD on the market, followed by Panasonic. Here is something that a lot of people dont know, but a Sony tv is a Samsung tv that didn't meet Samsung standards. Historically Samsung has made Sony LCD displays.

 

On another note, if you have DirecTv, they do broadcast a ton of pay-perview movies in Blueray. No cable or Dish can do that. So a 1080p is a great choice for this and for PS3 games.

Thanks for advice Thor. I have always been a fan of Samsung

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Landlord    7,148

A lot of good info in this thread.

 

 

My only contribution is - why Nebraska Furniture Mart? Pick a tv first, and shop around online. I'd bet money you'll find the same model they might carry for a better deal.

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beanman    976

A lot of good info in this thread.

 

 

My only contribution is - why Nebraska Furniture Mart? Pick a tv first, and shop around online. I'd bet money you'll find the same model they might carry for a better deal.

 

Lots of mis-information as well. If it were me, I'd buy a plasma now or get a brand like Vizio and go the LCD route to keep the cost low and then wait for some of the new higher resolution TVs to come down in price in a few years from their astronomically high prices they are currently at. If interested in LED and wanting better color and a higher quality display you may want to purchase an OLED(costly) or you can wait for my company to finish up our qualification work on Quantum Dots and get into the TV market to save yourself some money since our customer's price points will certainly be lower than OLED. We'll be entering the handheld market soon. And the difference in display quality side by side with standard film stacks is huge.

 

http://phys.org/news/2013-05-quantum-dot-approaches-theoretical-maximum.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanosys

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