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Thinking about getting a new TV for my place next year, and I have absolutely no knowledge regarding TVs, so I need your help.


I know that I'm going to want it 42-47 inches and that's about it. For some reason I'm liking the Vizio's because I've seen a few that looked really, really nice.

This is going to be used for console gaming and just watching TV/movies.

I'm not saying that I have to get a Vizio, I just am clueless as to which company is better and whatnot.

I was looking around and found these

42 1080p vizio

various vizio 42s and 47s

Help is much appreciated!

Budget is $900
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Lg, samsung and Sony definitely make the best displays. Lg and samsung are a Little more affordable, while sony displays have a premium attached to their head. Vizio is pretty much in the middle of low end and high end displays. While they are not as good as lg, samsung, and Sony, they offer a decent enough display for the money.

Bottom line, if you want something nice for the money, get a vizzio. If you want a really nice display, and can afford something a little better, go with lg, samsung, or Sony.
     
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Any recommendations?
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Any recommendations?
It is hard to buy a tv online IMO... It is actually best if you can go to a store and play around with the tv in person to see the differences in visual quality. Everyone likes different things, so it is hard to say what Is best for you unless you check out what you want in person.

Personally for a tv -- something that will last you many years to come, it is best not to cheap out on it, and I would actually recommend something which can support 3d. Also, plasmas have much better color and saturation over lcds, so you might also want to consider one (plus the majority of them have over 200hz refresh rate, making them 3d compatable). I know 3d doesn't sound like much, and trust me, I agree that it is very gimmicky, but it is being seriously pushed into the mainstream right now, so it is better to be prepared once it is fully matured.
     
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A co-worker of mine just picked up a 42" Sony 1080p 120hz for less than the comparable vizio that costco doesn't carry any more. Since it seems like it will be a little while, prices will keep going down. Especially around the holidays.
I am impressed with my Toshiba 46" My only complaint, which is a minor detail is no PiP.
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I got a 1080p 37' Vizio for $400 and it's the most amazing thing I've ever seen.
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I picked up an LG 47" LD450 ironically at walmart for $828+Tax

It's 1080p, but only 60Hz if that bothers you. It doesn't bother me at all and honestly I don't regret it at all.
 
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A few things you'll want to know:

Vizio's are decent quality and usually more affordable than the better brands (you sacrifice some quality for price). Samsung, Sony, and LG are often regarded as some of the "better" brands. Another of note is Sharp, though I'm personally less inclined to like their displays.

A 46" LCD TV @ 120hz will run you around $1,000. Dropping it down to 60hz (lowering the quality - more blur) will be more around the $700 range.

Additionally, the size of the room is important to consider when buying a TV. If the room is smaller, you don't need an extra-large TV. Considering you sound like you're just now off on your own (i could be wrong, but that's how you seem to have phrased it), you'll definitely want to take into account the size of the room.

I own (actually, just bought) a 52" Samsung, and will also be purchasing the following model within a week or two:

Samsung 46"

The 52" ran me about $1600 at the time, and the 46" will be about $1000 with shipping.

Now, with some facts out of the way, let me offer a bit of friendly advice. If the above "you being out on your own is a new concept" is true, take the following into account. One, you can always buy a larger TV later when you have more money, and move this one into your bedroom. Two, you don't necessarily need to buy a top-end model if this is your first TV purchase.

To really bring the set to life, you need to put together a home audio system (receiver, speakers, sub, etc) which will run you around another $1000 anyway.

If you're willing to sacrifice some quality (it's really not bad, you have to be a bit of a television connoisseur to critique it), I would recommend one of the following two Vizio 42"s:

Model 1 ($950)

Model 2 ($750)

If you would rather have better quality and go smaller, I definitely recommend a Samsung. I've had fantastic experiences in the past with their products, and they offer great customer support.
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I can help. Tell me what is your viewing environment. Light or dark? Lots of windows, or do you have thick curtains? Also, what kind of games are you going to play on it. Are you going to be watching a lot of blurays? Note, the 120hz/240hz capabilities of new lcd tvs won't do you any good for games, just tv and films.
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