Help me pick an LCD tv!
November 30, 2006 7:08 AM Subscribe
I need help choosing my tv. This is my second really expensive purchase, and I know a lot less about TVs than I do computers.
Help me decide between 2 models of different brands, or suggest better!
Also where to buy from recommendations!
posted by PetiePal to technology (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So I've had a 27 inch analog tv since I graduated from high school. Fast-forward to nearing 3 years post-college-graduation, and I'm looking to buy a new TV. The one analog connection running through my VCR, just so I can have my Tivo and game systems hooked up isn't cutting it anymore.
-I will be moving out on my own in the coming year, so the tv will until then be used in my bedroom.
-Minimum of 46". Everything smaller looks too small and I don't want to regret not going big enough. This is meant to be a long-term enjoyment purchase.
-I'd prefer 1080p. I don't want to have to buy a new tv in 2008 when all broadcasts go hd. I've got an XBox 360, a Wii and eventually will get a PS3, so 360 and PS3 hi-def support is needed.
-No built-in DVRs. I have Tivo and it's going to be with me for a long time!
-I'd really prefer LCD over plasma, For energy, brightness, response time and length-of-life reasons.
Ok with that said, here are the two models I have been researching for months.
Sony Bravia 46" 1080p KDL-46XBR2 (grey) 2500
Samsung LN-S4695D 46 in 1080p LCD
Both are 1080p sets, and have been highly rated. I saw the Bravia on Black Friday (and should have snatched it then, it was down to $3033 at Circuit City from $3800 but that was still a little too pricey). It really floored me in terms of visuals. It was at that time too, really seeing it up close and from the viewing distance I'd probably be using, that 46" was just the right size. I could do 50, but it might be a little overkill. (feel free to debate or suggest otherwise)
Can anyone out there recommend an amazing set matching those criteria listed above?
I'm not sure if I should wait until after Christmas to look, or keep searching now. The cheapest I found the Sony set was around $2500 online through Froogle, shipping included I believe. I remember reading an article in the past month or two that Sony LCDs are set to drastically drop in price Jan-March of '07. I *could* wait until then, since I'd like to get the best deal possible. It's a good chunk of change! Anyone have experience with price drops? When were they more likely to occur? Did you miss out on a good price because you "had to have it?"
My last question is regarding warranties. I know that the extended warranties companies like Best Buy sell you are pretty worthless. Most often the products have their problems after that warranty expires anyway. Who has the best return/repair policy around? I've heard that CostCo is unmatched in theirs. One of those "if there's anything ever wrong with it they'll replace it or upgrade you to the nearest model" etc. Experiences with this?
I'm so lost in picking a new tv that will look great, sound amazing and really end up being my main tv for years to come. All help MOST appreciated!