Originally Posted by tapar1
I was able to get BB to price match TD on a 60A3000 this last weekend... they included the shipping cost in the price match, which is fair... can't hurt to take a printout of the TD price into BB and ask for the manager of the home theater dept. and see if they will bite... might want to tell them that you have heard of other BB stores doing the price match... good luck.
Ok. I have been lurking on the AVS site for quite a while trying to decide on a new TV, extracting opinions and facts. Thanks to everyone here for their input, especially UMR for his very helpfull comments in the various forums. Since I am about to start sending my kids away to college very soon, I can no longer afford the new "price is no object" toys that I once could.
The performance and price of the A3000 sounds perfect for my situation.
I just got Tweeter to price match TD for the kds60A3000, no shipping charge added. Just the price match + tax.
Our local Best Buy was willing to do the same, but I like Tweeter much better. They tend to have the same group of guys working there for a longer period of time that are quite a bit more knowledgeable (at least in my area). It is always nice to have a good relationship with a (in this case) very knowledgeable, local B&M store employee. That makes it easy to get things done in case there is a problem later on down the road with the set. It is more personal, which I like. They are also videophiles, so they know exactly what you are talking about when you are discussing performance anomolies of the various display technologies.
I have delt with the Tweeter guy for some time (we are both avid audiophiles), so he did not even look up the TD price to verify. Nice to have that kind of trust! Also, if the price goes down before I pick it up, they will match that as well.
Now the bad news:
I have not even seen the set yet!
- Our local BB will not have a model set up in the store until Aug 24th or 25th (or so they say).
- Tweeter says their current delivery date is Sept 19th - the soonest they will have one for display or delivery
This could change based on what I am reading here I guess and one can only hope. Of course, I will be able to preview the A3000 in the Tweeter store and mess around with it quite a bit BEFORE I actually take delivery to make sure it is what I expect. If it is not, I can allways apply the $$ to another set (God forbid
), as they cary all of the latest sets including Pioneer Elite, Mitu, Samsung, etc.
Oh well, I am in no particular rush anyway as I still have an old (but very good) 55" Pioneer Elite RPTV set (which will be going into our bedroom after the new TV arrives). The Pioneer Elite does killer SD, so I hope I will not be disapointed in the Sony in that regard. It's obviously not why I am buying the set, but with much of the Time Warner Cable programming still in SD (hopefully not for much longer), our family will still be watching quite a bit of it on this set.
I expect the HD on the A3000 to be stellar on HD channels and Blue Ray (which of course is the most important aspect and why I am buying the set), but can anyone chime in on the A3000's SD performance?
Yes, "it depends on what station you are watching", "GIGO from 480i content", "these TV's were not made to display SD", etc., but some of you are replacing older tube based RPTV's like me, so I am just wondering how it compares. Looking at the A2020 and XBR2's, as well as other microdisplays in Tweeter and Best Buy lends me to think they are quite inferior to my Pioneer Elite in displaying SD. Any way to get a decent SD picture on the A3000? Has it improved from the A2020? Comments?