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31 January 2011 @ 06:52 pm
Shopping is hard, let's do math!  
I think i've mentioned once or twice or a dozen times before that we're interested in getting a new TV. Preferably a 40ish" LCD one (1080p of course =) but we keep putting it off because we keep thinking they're going to get cheaper, and they have, a little, i think. Maybe.

Currently i'm pondering it again because both Amazon and Sony want to sell me a TV. Amazon's gold box deal of the day is a 42" Vizio "SV421XVT" for $600 (37% off) and meanwhile Sony is advertising 15% off for a number of TVs, including a 40" Bravia "EX500" for $575. Consumer reports recommends the Bravia one and something very similar to the Vizio one ("SV422XVT" is what they have listed, and i can't figure out what the difference between the two is.) The Vizio is slightly bigger of course, but i also have about $110 worth of points with Sony that i could apply to the Bravia, making it about $465. (In theory i could spend those points on other things of course, but the selection on the Sony Rewards site isn't _that_ great.)

On the other hand my limited experience with Sony devices has been that they're fancy machines which tend to break easily =P One would think that Consumer Reports would take things like that into account when they do their ratings though. Anyone happen to know if Sony TVs are generally more long-lasting than their other consumer electronics?

(I'm still interested in LED lighting, which neither of those TVs are, but Consumer Reports doesn't seem to think they give enough bang for the buck to be worth it. They _do_ say that i'd save anywhere from $10 to $20 a year in electricity costs ("on average") but even so i'd have to continue using the same TV for at _least_ a decade to make the jump in price worthwhile.)

Of course the real question is is this the right time to be getting a TV? Apparently these are all "big game" sales designed to convince people to plunk down a lot of money before the superbowl. Since i can watch the commercials just fine on the tv i've got now, i'm more concerned about if the prices will actually go back up after the superbowl (when is that anyways?) or if they'll stay the same or even go lower once demand goes down. I don't suppose there are any sites that track consumer electronic prices over time the same way "FareCast" tracks airline prices over time? :)
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Dieppedieppe on February 1st, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
I enjoy our 52" Plasma TV. It's a Samsung, and a lot of people seem to like them. I wish it was a foot bigger, but hey. I enjoy the fact that it has VGA in, so I can just plug a computer into it (which I have). To each their own. Plasma puts off a lot of heat, that supposedly LED wouldn't. Maybe our month bill is about $10 more or so... but hey, it's a nice view! :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 1st, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Samsung is also one of the Consume Reports recommended brands, i just haven't seen any of them on sale recently. I know the Bravia has multiple HDMI ins, but i should double-check on that for the Vizio.
受け継がれる意志: Franziska :{dokuji_graphics}:doctorskuld on February 1st, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what's your current TV?

And I would take advantage of these sales, actually. I think usually prices lower around these times so they can push a lot of product out by taking advantage of the demand. I think prices might actually go back up (or there may be fewer sales on worse models) after the superbowl so definitely take advantage of the opportunity.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 1st, 2011 04:10 am (UTC)
*pulls out a tape measure*

Hmm, looks like it's about a 28" Quasar CRT that's about ten years old :)

So obviously the possibility of making up an initial higher price through a decade of savings on electricity aren't _entirely_ out of the question, but so far i haven't found a decent LED tv that's within $100 or $200 of the equivalent fluorescent backlit tvs.
Kirin: Zaku-dangerkirinn on February 1st, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
Those sale prices are much better than the sale price I paid a couple years ago, so they've definitely gotten cheaper over that time-frame. Mine's an LG, though (I think), so I don't have any input on the brands you're looking at. Superbowl's next Sunday, btw.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 5th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Hmmm, we were thinking of going to Costco and Target to compare TVs on saturday. Perhaps it would actually be better crowd-wise if we went sunday during the Superbowl :)
cwendy41cwendy41 on February 1st, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
We have a Sony that we bought off Amazon. We love it but that probably has to do with having a giant screen rather than our old 20" TV. Ours would require another device thingy to get it to connect to the internet so currently it's not connected but we don't really stream videos much anyways.

You may also want to check out the Best Buy or Target ads (both posted online) because sometimes they have sales. When we were shopping around, sometimes Best Buy would have a clearance sale on particular models that weren't advertised anywhere except in the store.

I believe the Sony's have EX700 and EX800's now. The EX500s may be a few years old.

I don't know anything about Vizios except that two coworkers who each have a 32" Vizio like them a lot.
sthaddeus on February 3rd, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
It's an LED. It has an ethernet port but you have to pay extra to get the wireless dongle.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 5th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
So it's LED and has ethernet, i'm guess it was a 700 or higher? Or was it not one of the KDL line?
cwendy41cwendy41 on February 5th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
We ended up with a 3-D ready one, I think NX or HX. But we had been looking at EX's. The only reason why we didn't get an EX is because at the store, I didn't like it as much when it was next to the other TVs when it was set next to another TV for a side-by-side comparison of the refresh rates. I wanted a minimum of 120Hz, preferably 240.

My grandpa has an 46" EX, I think 500? that he got from Best Buy for about $800. When I was watching over-the-air TV at his house, it seemed pretty decent since there was no TV next to it to compare it to.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 5th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh good, this is useful since we're _hopefully_ going to go look at TVs today or tomorrow :)

The EX500 actually has a 120hz refresh rate, it's the EX400 that doesn't, so perhaps that's why your grandpa's TV looked okay?
cwendy41cwendy41 on February 5th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ok, so maybe I insisted on a 240 refresh rate then :-p I was not too happy with the 60 at the store when it was next to the 120 and the 240.

I think that's pretty much everything I was looking into when I was picking a TV: size, refresh rate, 1080 or 720 (we wanted 1080). The number of inputs didn't matter that much to us, but if you're planning to hook up all of your game systems to it, that might matter a bit more. We switched some of our gaming systems to HDMI/component cables instead of what we had before.

Good luck TV hunting!
Kimchalgaryn on February 2nd, 2011 11:23 am (UTC)
I like your Barbie referencing title. (Or am I just imagining things?)
DonAithnen: CodeMonkeydonaithnen on February 5th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
No, you're not imagining things. It was entirely premeditated :)