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Old 10-20-2012, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default NBC News article predicting HDTV prices for Black Friday

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While 32 inches remains the best-selling screen size, the 39- to 42-inch class is closing in on sales volume. While inventories of these two classes are not too bloated, the hottest deals will be in the 55-inch and larger screen sizes as the big screens are not moving as fast as set makers projected.
This segment now has no-name brands competing with the legacy brands, with a number of new entries in the 55- and 60-inch size classes. Vizio just added a 70-inch TV to compete with Sharp, the only other maker of this screen class.
As in recent years, the online e-retailers will be very aggressive with their Black Friday deals and will follow with Cyber Monday deals on Nov. 26. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy plans to match Amazon and other retailers this holiday season, (with a few yet to be specified exceptions). This could be a game changer and really heat up the competition. We will follow up, once Best Buy’s holiday policies are released.
For those of you considering a Vizio or a no-name TV, please read our disposable TV article here. Thinking about an extended warranty? Learn how to get the best deal and how to get up to a one year extended for free here.
On to our list:
  • 32-in. No Name 720p LCD $139
  • 32-in. No Name 1080p LCD $149
  • 32-in. Brand Name 720p LCD $169
  • 42- to 43-in. Name Brand 720p Plasma $299
  • 42- to 43-in. Name Brand 3-D 720p Plasma $399
  • 40- to 42-in. LCD Name brand LCD $189
  • 46- to 47-in. No Name LCD 1080p $269
  • 46- to 47-in. No Name LED LCD 1080p $349
  • 50-in. Name Brand 720p Plasma $399
  • 50-in. Name Brand 1080p Plasma $479
  • 50-in. Name Brand LED LCD 1080p $479
  • 55-in. No Name 120Hz 1080p LCD $399
  • 55-in. Name Brand 3-D 120Hz 1080p LED LCD $799
  • 60-in. Name Brand LED LCD 1080p $699
  • 60-in. Name Brand Plasma 1080p $599
  • 60-in. 3-D Plasma 1080p $1,099
  • 70-in. LED Name Brand $1,599
http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/ga...says-1C6577380

Personally, I'm pretty happy to see this, but wonder if it isn't maybe a little too wishful?
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:56 AM   #2
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A 60" name brand 1080p plasma for $599? Yeah, I'd say they're being a bit optimistic.
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A 60" name brand 1080p plasma for $599? Yeah, I'd say they're being a bit optimistic.
We got a 50" brand name plasma for $499 last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it wasn't even a Black Friday deal. I'm still torn between plasma and LCD LED. LCD is lighter, lower power consumption (neither of which concern me; I'll have a bowl of wheaties the day I mount it on the wall), but plasma supposedly still wins (slightly) in picture, and viewing angle. At a glance, Cnet says get plasma, PCmag says get LED LCD. LED LCD is cheaper in the long run, due to electricity costs over its lifetime.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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We got a 50" brand name plasma for $499 last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it wasn't even a Black Friday deal. I'm still torn between plasma and LCD LED. LCD is lighter, lower power consumption (neither of which concern me; I'll have a bowl of wheaties the day I mount it on the wall), but plasma supposedly still wins (slightly) in picture, and viewing angle. At a glance, Cnet says get plasma, PCmag says get LED LCD. LED LCD is cheaper in the long run, due to electricity costs over its lifetime.
i work partly as a tv repair guy, and after seeing the guts of all the types of tv's i definitely like LED LCD the best. the amount of crap inside plasma tv's is astonishing, they are very intricate machines. which means a lot can go wrong and does.

the newer led lcd's are so simple its almost funny. no inverter boards, and small power supplies running one small mainboard. so simple, so robust. the only thing that really goes wrong is the panel itself, and thats rare.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:14 AM   #5
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I just bought a 42" LG on woot for $370. I would have loved to wait for a Black Friday deal, but I needed a new TV. I will probably buy a larger one then as well.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #6
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Regarding the last item on your list, Fry's had the 70" Sharp LED on sale last year for $1499. I remember Sears had the same model on sale for $1999. Regular price at the time was around $2800.

Wonder if Vizio's 70" will be out by BF.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:58 PM   #7
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I got my mom a 32 inch brand name for 200 last year so thats really not a massive improvement. I dont think I need to buy her anything more than I already have, a day at a spa.
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I got my mom a 32 inch brand name for 200 last year so thats really not a massive improvement. I dont think I need to buy her anything more than I already have, a day at a spa.
If you read the whole article, the point they're making is that there won't be great deals on the smaller televisions; those are selling quite well. They expect the deals on the larger end, because there seems to be a surplus of stock.
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:18 PM   #9
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50" 1080 plasma for under $500? sign me up.

probably not an ST50 though. probably an LG "Zenith" branded set that's nearly a perfect mirror.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:24 AM   #10
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I don't know if it's only me, but every time I try to watch a plasma tv, i can see the refresh rate (like the old crt) especially if you look at something that's close or next to the tv and not at the tv directly... I am not sure if it makes any sense.


Now led is another story...

I was just wondering if I am the only one who can't stand plasmas.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #11
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I got my mom a 32 inch brand name for 200 last year so thats really not a massive improvement. I dont think I need to buy her anything more than I already have, a day at a spa.
30% less in one year isn't a massive improvement??? (Not to mention, there are now a couple deals under $100)
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:33 PM   #12
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A 60" name brand 1080p plasma for $599? Yeah, I'd say they're being a bit optimistic.
Frys currently has a "major name brand" 60" 1080P plasma for $799 so $599 seems doable for Black Friday. I am assuming it is a plasma because "600Hz clear picture" is listed as a feature.

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30% less in one year isn't a massive improvement??? (Not to mention, there are now a couple deals under $100)
Yeah... that Sears deal for $99 32 inch TV's is insane. I wonder what brand names they'll have?
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Yeah... that Sears deal for $99 32 inch TV's is insane. I wonder what brand names they'll have?
Less concern over brand as how many, a couple per store etc.
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