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Old 11-07-2012, 06:19 PM   #1291
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Exclamation Re: Flat Panel TV's LCD or Plasma?

Here's a Black Friday deal that may actually be worth standing in line for:

Best Buy is going to have the 50" Toshiba LED-LCD HDTV below (normally $799) as a Black Friday sales item for $399.99:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+...8441&cp=1&lp=1
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:37 PM   #1292
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Re: Flat Panel TV's LCD or Plasma?

I can't believe how prices are dropping on these things. I paid that for the Toshiba 32" model a year ago. That is a great bargain on a pretty darn good set. They may not be considered top of the line sets but this is my second Toshiba and I could not be more pleased. Many tv manufacturers are going broke and even Panasonic is getting out of the TV business, along with a few other big names. They are selling them dirt cheap and they last for a long, long time so people don't need to buy another set for years. Sounds like that is a recipe for a tv company bankruptcy!
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:08 PM   #1293
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Re: Flat Panel TV's LCD or Plasma?

The reviews of the latest Sony LED Edge LCDs have been excellent. The 850/950 models. Review by HT mag stated factory calibration is close enough in most cases to a pro cal although more improvement can be achieved in 3D mode.
They called it 'the LCD even plasma addicts could love.'
Sony is offering prices on their website competitive with other online retailers.

I think by the time OLED (and maybe another new technology) hit the street, there will not be more than 2 or 3 mfrs left. No doubt Samsung will be one of them.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:12 AM   #1294
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Wow prices have dropped. Maybe it is time to replace the ol 27 incher. Do love my 50in Plasma Panasonic but that thing sit over 2 big ones!


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Old 11-08-2012, 06:03 AM   #1295
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Re: Flat Panel TV's LCD or Plasma?

There is no question that brand choices are diminishing and likely to continue to do so. Here's a quote on the subject from a recent article on the Japanese site Daily Yomiuri Online:

"It has become obvious that Japanese home electronics manufacturers, once champions in the industry, are now lagging far behind their foreign rivals, as Sharp Corp., Panasonic Corp. and Sony Corp. recorded huge after-tax losses in their half-year account settlements as of September 2012.

The three companies' after-tax losses totaled more than 1.1 trillion yen.

In all three companies, new presidents were appointed this fiscal year; in each case they implemented business reforms, mainly streamlining of TV production businesses, which had been the main cause of the losses.

But the companies have not found a profitable new business to replace TV production, and gaps with foreign rivals, which have gone on the offense by expanding their business scale, have continued to widen."


LG and Samsung are clearly eating their lunch and appear to be accelerating their lead as both enter the widely anticipated "future of HDTV" arena of OLED displays.

In addition, there's speculation within the consumer electronics industry about the probability of Best Buy (one of the few stocks to show gains yesterday) being able to continue; however, it is expected that next week Best Buy founder Richard Schulze will make his formal offer to take the company private in an effort to rejuvenate the chain:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarl...moves-forward/
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:10 PM   #1296
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For anyone who's in the market for a new HDTV this holiday season the folks over at BlackFridayAds have put together a little HDTV Buying Guide for this year that lists (by screen size) the best Black Friday deals coming next weekend:

http://bfads.net/2012-Black-Friday-B...or-Televisions

Who'd have thought you could buy a 60" name-brand 1080p LED/LCD "smart" HDTV for under $700!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:03 PM   #1297
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Re: Flat Panel TV's LCD or Plasma?

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Who'd have thought you could buy a 60" name-brand 1080p LED/LCD "smart" HDTV for under $700!
That's amazing!!!!!!!

I won't tell you what I paid for my 80", but it was a hell of a lot more than that!
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:16 PM   #1298
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That's amazing!!!!!!!

I won't tell you what I paid for my 80", but it was a hell of a lot more than that!
Know all too well the declining cost of rapidly improving video technology. A few years ago when the 32" 720p Runco LCD that's still hanging on our NY bedroom wall was new it had an MSRP of $4,000. Last year I had trouble giving away a 55" 1080i Mitsubishi 3-gun CRT rear projector that still made absolutely beautiful pictures and had really decent built-in speakers.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:27 PM   #1299
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Re: Flat Panel TV's LCD or Plasma?

Imagine the technology that would have been available in a healthy economy. About all we can do now, just imagine it.
LG is getting ready to release it's 55" OLED.

http://www.lg.com/uk/tvs/lg-55EM960V-oled-tv

I've heard around $10,000.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:40 PM   #1300
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The reviews of the latest Sony LED Edge LCDs have been excellent. The 850/950 models. Review by HT mag stated factory calibration is close enough in most cases to a pro cal although more improvement can be achieved in 3D mode.
They called it 'the LCD even plasma addicts could love.'
Sony is offering prices on their website competitive with other online retailers.

I think by the time OLED (and maybe another new technology) hit the street, there will not be more than 2 or 3 mfrs left. No doubt Samsung will be one of them.
After several months, I continue to be pleased with my KDL55HX750. Even this mid-level model supposedly needs little correction when the Picture Mode is set to Custom. I found the most pleasing picture (to me) was with the color temperature set to Warm 2 and all of the other "enhancements" turned off - except for Black Corrector. Without Black Corrector set to medium or maximum, the blacks don't get black enough. Strangely, an entry-level CCFL-backlit Sony that I purchased for my parents last year has the deepest blacks I've ever seen in a TV. Unfortunately, colors are exaggerated while skin tones appear plastic. They are none the wiser coming from a 15+ year-old 27" RCA console TV.

I really only have two complaints about my Sony: 1. I paid $2000 (on sale) only a few months ago. It now sells for $1500. 2. A few times a month, the TV will reboot itself. At first, it seemed random. More recently, I have realized that it does this the moment I open up my MacBook Air and it wakes from a sleep. Crazy, huh? The TV is connected through Ethernet to the same network that the MBA accesses wirelessly. There is no software on the MBA that is related to the TV, so I assume the MBA is sending out a packet of data when it wakes up the causes a reboot in the TV. The only way I could test this is to disconnect the TV from the network for a while to see if the issue subsides. It hasn't been annoying enough to prompt me to do that and seems to do it less frequently with each firmware update.
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