Does wanting to make this purchase make you say "Doi!", "Duh!" or "Doh!" about me?
October 4, 2007 11:21 AM Subscribe
Is this particular model of 40" LCD HDTV right for me? (Sony Bravia XBR4) Is there any upcoming new tech (I know about the OLED thing) that will make me look stupid (to myself, later) for dropping $2500 - $3500 on a relatively new HDTV model?
posted by kalessin to shopping (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I went window shopping, not even seriously shopping, last weekend with my sweetie for 40" LCD HDTVs. This is after rather a lot of research, reading, thinking, etc. about HDTVs. I had budgeted, as a ball park, about $2000 for an eventual purchase, but my sweetie, who is the one with an eye for aesthetics (whereas I am merely a geek who'll be using it for gaming and movies), both from the standpoint of performance and something that'll be sitting in my living room all the time, pointed at this particular model and said "that one". Being someone who aims to please, I plan to get it for her/me/us and mostly I just want a sanity check here.
I think the size, 40", is about right. I'll be sitting about 6-8 feet from the screen. I think the LCD technology is right for my gaming needs. I think the 120 Hz refresh rate looks beautiful, and my sweetie agrees. I know I want 1080p. Mostly I want to know from the serious HDTV geeks whether any technology is about to come out, or rumored to be about to come out, that will make me feel like a complete loser for having bought this thing for about $1000 more than I budgeted (after taxes and cables and accessories).
Also, it comes with a 1 year limited warranty. Should I buy extended?
Just to clarify, I know about buyer's remorse in tech. Having had a lot of practice with that and laptops, I think I'll do okay there. I just don't want to commit to doing something that is blindingly foolish because of some tech or marketing program I don't know about and that someone here might be able to illuminate.
I plan to purchase within probably 6 months.
Thanks in advance!