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I'm looking for a bedroom LED tv that is 38" wide max to fit on a narrow wall. I guess that means a 40 or possibly a 42" depending on the width. I would like to spend about $550 and wifi would be nice. 1080 a must. Any suggestions for a tv? I haven't found any really great deals on Amazon or BB. .
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Search Amazon and narrow your parameters by screen size and review quality:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_72_0?rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A%21493964%2Cn%3A1266092011%2Cn%3A172659%2Cp_n_feature_three_browse-bin%3A2232445011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A3578041011%7C1232882011&bbn=172659&ie=UTF8&qid=1359483808
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Deal news has a pretty good tv search page too.

http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs/
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The funny thing about this thread to me is that I was just this second going to post something identical to the title. "Well so much for the tumbling prices that were supposed to occur".

It reminds me of this last Black Friday, which in my opinion, just sucked @#$% through a straw.

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Thanks for the site links. I agree that the prices are not as competitive as I thought they would be just before the 2013s are released.
I am thinking about the Vizio E420i-A1. Anyone have any comments or experience with this tv?
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Thanks for the site links. I agree that the prices are not as competitive as I thought they would be just before the 2013s are released.
I am thinking about the Vizio E420i-A1. Anyone have any comments or experience with this tv?

I don't. But these guys do:
http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-E420i-A1-42-inch-1080p-120Hz/product-reviews/B009IBXECS

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I think a lot of it is the economy is bouncing back and consumer spending is up a good bit from prior years. So we just didn't seen the crazy Black Friday sales or super bowl/pre new year model launch sales that we have in the past few years.

There's still been some decent stuff though. The Panny plasmas are on some good deals--like the 55" UT50 at $799 on costco. I grabbed the 55" Panny ET50 LED for $959 last week (exchanged a UT50 as I hated the buzz and IR)--but it jumped back up to $1260 or so after a couple of days.
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I think a lot of it is the economy is bouncing back and consumer spending is up a good bit from prior years. So we just didn't seen the crazy Black Friday sales or super bowl/pre new year model launch sales that we have in the past few years.

There's still been some decent stuff though. The Panny plasmas are on some good deals--like the 55" UT50 at $799 on costco. I grabbed the 55" Panny ET50 LED for $959 last week (exchanged a UT50 as I hated the buzz and IR)--but it jumped back up to $1260 or so after a couple of days.

Do you mean the ET5? The 55ET5 made it down to $959 and then hopped back up to that. Couple weeks ago or so.

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Do you mean the ET5? The 55ET5 made it down to $959 and then hopped back up to that. Couple weeks ago or so.

Yep. Just a typo/brain fart. Was just last week. I ordered it last Wednesday when I decided to send back the UT50 plasma, got the 55ET5 delivered Monday and love it.
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Yep. Just a typo/brain fart. Was just last week. I ordered it last Wednesday when I decided to send back the UT50 plasma, got the 55ET5 delivered Monday and love it.

It's a nice one. But I can't forgive them for 1. having an IPS panel that just doesn't seem to be that 178° viewing that they claim. I've seen it 100 times, it just gets clobbered too early for *any* variant of IPS. and 2. (and this is dumb:) The width of that bezel bugs me.

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Viewing angles are pretty moot for me since I'm in a small condo and the couch right in front of the TV (about 8 feet back) is the only place to sit and watch anyway. biggrin.gif

That said, the viewing angles are pretty good IMO. I can see it clearly from the kitchen off to the side (open kitchen with just a breakfast bar dividing it from the living room and I couldn't really see my old RPTV picture from there. It's not as clear from off angles as the UT50 plasma I had for a couple of weeks, but still solid. But again, not something I care about as I'll always sit directly in front of the TV even if I get a bigger place, and don't have guests over to watch stuff often. Usually just me and the girlfriend on the couch.

Bezel isn't as thin as other LEDs, but I don't care about that either.

My only nit pick with the set is the screen and bezel are glossy so there's some issue with reflections. No where near as bad as the UT50 with reflections (and it doesn't wash out like that one did in sun light), but definitely more reflective than a lot of other LED tvs that have more matte screens etc.
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Viewing angles are pretty moot for me since I'm in a small condo and the couch right in front of the TV (about 8 feet back) is the only place to sit and watch anyway. biggrin.gif

That said, the viewing angles are pretty good IMO. I can see it clearly from the kitchen off to the side (open kitchen with just a breakfast bar dividing it from the living room and I couldn't really see my old RPTV picture from there. It's not as clear from off angles as the UT50 plasma I had for a couple of weeks, but still solid. But again, not something I care about as I'll always sit directly in front of the TV even if I get a bigger place, and don't have guests over to watch stuff often. Usually just me and the girlfriend on the couch.

Bezel isn't as thin as other LEDs, but I don't care about that either.

My only nit pick with the set is the screen and bezel are glossy so there's some issue with reflections. No where near as bad as the UT50 with reflections (and it doesn't wash out like that one did in sun light), but definitely more reflective than a lot of other LED tvs that have more matte screens etc.

Yeah, 2012 was definitely the year of reflective screen surfaces AFAICT.

As far as the RPTV: viewing angles are guaranteed to be horrible.
As far as the plasma: It's an emissive technology: it's going to have near flawless off-angle viewing
As far as the panasonics: They really should have been better.

But it sounds like you're very happy, and I'm very prone to getting hung up on stupid details.

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Yeah, I'm thankfully not an audio or videophile so I don't get much hung up on details nor have to shell out more than $900 or so to get a TV I'm happy with. Even less on the audio side of things as I really don't care much about that stuff at all and just want a 5.1 experience ($150 Denon 1312, $150 energey take 5 classic speakers, old Sony sub from a cheap HTiB that I'll eventually replace). biggrin.gif

Only things I've found that drive me nuts are IR and buzzing on plasmas. Plasmas just don't work IR wise for me as my main uses are ESPN and gaming. And I either have terrible luck with getting bad, buzzing sets, or I'm just extra sensitive to hearing them.

Otherwise I'm not at all picky about motion blur, black levels, color accuracy and all the other things people obsess over and I don't go out of my way looking for problems on my displays. I just adjust them with a calibration disc and watch them normally. If problems like IR and buzzing on the plasmas I've tried emerge, so be it. But otherwise I tend to not notice any flaws and in that sense ignorance is bliss as I'm not stressing over problems that don't affect my normal viewing.
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Yeah, I'm thankfully not an audio or videophile so I don't get much hung up on details nor have to shell out more than $900 or so to get a TV I'm happy with. Even less on the audio side of things as I really don't care much about that stuff at all and just want a 5.1 experience ($150 Denon 1312, $150 energey take 5 classic speakers, old Sony sub from a cheap HTiB that I'll eventually replace). biggrin.gif

Only things I've found that drive me nuts are IR and buzzing on plasmas. Plasmas just don't work IR wise for me as my main uses are ESPN and gaming. And I either have terrible luck with getting bad, buzzing sets, or I'm just extra sensitive to hearing them.

Otherwise I'm not at all picky about motion blur, black levels, color accuracy and all the other things people obsess over and I don't go out of my way looking for problems on my displays. I just adjust them with a calibration disc and watch them normally. If problems like IR and buzzing on the plasmas I've tried emerge, so be it. But otherwise I tend to not notice any flaws and in that sense ignorance is bliss as I'm not stressing over problems that don't affect my normal viewing.

Very wise.

By the way, as far as the prices go: things seem to be getting worse before the big game. I'm wondering if there has been a complete shift in strategy over prior years.

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I ended up ordering the TCL42ET5 from Amazon for $629.
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I ended up ordering the TCL42ET5 from Amazon for $629.

Put "Panasonic" in front of that, because most folks don't know that the pannas can uses TCL as a model prefix and they might confuse it with the TCL company and dismiss it outright.

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