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  • Sarcastic_investor Sarcastic_investor May 15, 2009 10:09 AM Flag

    where do you go to buy a new TV?

    Try Walmart, Sams Club, Cosco, BJ's Warehouse, Target and Amazon(no sales tax and free shipping). Lots of places to buy new TVs. Most consumers already own 2 or 3 televisions sets. In this terrible economy, buying a new tv set is not a high priority.

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    • <<Try Walmart, Sams Club, Cosco, BJ's Warehouse, Target and Amazon>>

      Both LCDs and Plasmas are still buggy, technically. I wouldn't buy a TV unless it was easy to return---and by this I mean that someone delivers it and, if necessary, picks it up. Sony had the "sparkle" issue last year (in dark scenes) and this year they've got a faulty auto-dimming feature that can't be turned off (many complaints, says the guy at Best Buy). Higher-priced Samsungs have excellent black levels, but they get this by using clear, shiny glass that reflects everything in your room.

      Last week, I bought a 42" LG LH40 at Best Buy for 1/3 off retail. I felt it provided the best balance of quality, features, and price. No LCD is perfect. Each has their particular issues, but at places like Costco, you get last year's models, which is why the price is so good. Most manufacturers make improvements every year.

      Until you get the set home, you may not know what work-around the manufacturer has made---or for that matter, if you got one with a dead pixel. The new, thinner, edge-lit LCDs have uniformity problems---subtle bands of light or dark inherent in the screen. Panasonic plasmas have a greenish tint to anything white. Etc.

      All the stores set their TVs to "Vivid" mode (insane for home use) and use fast-moving images to dazzle you and keep you from being able to reasonably compare sets.

      You have to pick your poison. Therefore, you want the best selection, good backup, and easy return if a particular set punches your buttons the wrong way. Best Buy---and Magnolia Audio and Video, their high-end subsidiary---provide at least minimum service for something that may need it.

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