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Old 08-04-2019, 06:43 PM
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Default I need a TV

I need a TV for football season.


I'm looking for suggestions...on everything (size to get, brand to get, model to get, store to buy it from).


The viewer will be approximately 12 feet away from the TV (no more than that; usually not less than that.)


In the past I bought a Vizio TV from Costco. In general, I've been happy with it.



In my general perusing, it seems that I'll get the best price from Costco (by only $10-20), but I'm not stuck on them. I'd be fine buying it from BestBuy or Amazon or whatever. Free shipping would be appreciated.


I'm not set on a budget, but it seems like <$500. I don't want to go so cheap that I regret it. OTOH, these things depreciate as quickly as computers, so why buy top of the line, when that will be next year's low-mid-market product?


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Old 08-04-2019, 06:55 PM
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Minimum size of 60" , and I'd go bigger if I was buying for myself.
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Ive had a couple of really nice TVs, a Pioneer Elite plasma when that was as good as it got, then a top of the line Samsung. Then a year or so ago I kind of came around to your mentality, figured Id stop spending $3k+. I wound up buying a 60 Vizio M series for about $800 at Best Buy.

Is it as good as my Samsung? Nope. But its really good, unless youre a TV snob then I think Vizio and LG are great buys, and some of the lower-priced Samsung models look great to my eye. If youre sitting 12 away, I might suggest going big, 65 or more. There are all kinds of online guides and suggestions for screen size vs viewing distance. There is some science around how close you have to sit to benefit from 4K resolution, some of it is more personal preference. Maybe bring a tape measure and get 12 out from some screens and see what you think.

One perk of buying from Costco is the extended warranty they give you, not huge but if they are already cheaper, then Id haul it home myself for a free extended warranty. If you pay with a Costco card then you get an even longer warranty included.
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One perk of buying from Costco is the extended warranty they give you, not huge but if they are already cheaper, then I’d haul it home myself for a free extended warranty. If you pay with a Costco card then you get an even longer warranty included.
Yeah, when I bought that Vizio from Costco last time, it crapped out on me not too long after I bought it. The customer service on getting me a replacement was notable.
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Samsung.
Should last 10 years or so.

Don't have to spend too much.
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Yeah, when I bought that Vizio from Costco last time, it crapped out on me not too long after I bought it. The customer service on getting me a replacement was notable.
We got a Roomba at Costco. Had it for about three years, past the warranty. My wife took it back, no questions asked. So yeah, we buy a lot from Costco.
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Just saw an ad at Costco for $600 - 65" LG HDR 4k. Not sure if the ad is local only but I bet you could find a really good deal there.
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I want one for my living room (moved my 55" to the bedroom, bigger place) but I think waiting until black friday is the ticket.

People don't go as insane over the very large TVs - 65"+ and frequently they are the 'last year' models but I don't think TV technology changes THAT quickly.

I have a Sony XBR and really like it. Got it because it was well-reviewed for picture quality. I would not get a budget TV. Do your research. High-end TVs explode in price too quickly, seems not worth.

Vizio M series is strong value for the dollar. I had one previously, gave to my sister. The E economy series is okay, I have a 32", but would not buy one bigger.
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define "budget TV"
Lowest grade from any manufacturer. Basically all have different series with different technologies in them. The Sony XBR has certain graphics processing and ways to deal with blacks contrast processing
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