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Picking 40-42 inch

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I am interested in purchasing a new tv for my room and would like somewhere between a 40-42 inch. I mostly game on my xbox and ps3, so I would prefer 1080p and at least 120hz. I found some black friday deals that seem to be good for my needs. My budget is $600 and below unless the tv will be that much more "worth it".

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vizio-M3D4...63722620706808

This vizio looks really nice even with 3d and 4 hdmi inputs and has a nice contrast ratio and will go on sale on black friday for $598. The only problem is I've heard of vizio tvs having sub par image quality. Also this tv doesn't have many reviews, so any of you heard good things about this tv?

The other one I found is just a regular lcd by panasonic and has all positive reviews and looks quite nice. Will it be good for gaming though?

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIER...1836439&sr=8-1

Any others suggestions are welcome to if these tvs aren't the greatest.
By the way this is my first post.
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anyone?
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Originally Posted by IkeHatesMike View Post

I am interested in purchasing a new tv for my room and would like somewhere between a 40-42 inch. I mostly game on my xbox and ps3, so I would prefer 1080p and at least 120hz. I found some black friday deals that seem to be good for my needs. My budget is $600 and below unless the tv will be that much more "worth it".

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vizio-M3D4...63722620706808

This vizio looks really nice even with 3d and 4 hdmi inputs and has a nice contrast ratio and will go on sale on black friday for $598. The only problem is I've heard of vizio tvs having sub par image quality. Also this tv doesn't have many reviews, so any of you heard good things about this tv?

The other one I found is just a regular lcd by panasonic and has all positive reviews and looks quite nice. Will it be good for gaming though?

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIER...1836439&sr=8-1

Any others suggestions are welcome to if these tvs aren't the greatest.
By the way this is my first post.

If I had to choose between those two I would take the Panny in a heartbeat. Vizios are nice looking in the store, but once you take them home you start to see their shortcomings. Vizio are cheap build-quality wise, and they are very hit-and-miss (they are a third-tier manufacturer, after all). Not to mention they don't hold up well longevity-wise. If you can get one to last you more than 2 years, great, you got more than your money's worth. It's also worth noting that Vizio refuses to back their TVs - if it breaks, their service reps will tell you it's unrepairable - throw it out and buy a new one. If the thought of buying a new TV every other year bothers you, don't get the Vizio. I don't know much about that particular model you're looking at, but I've never liked Vizio's terrible PQ and bad viewing angles whenever I've seen them.

Panasonic, on the other hand, has a pretty good rep for service for the most part. If the TV is 42" or less you'll have to bring the TV in for repairs yourself, but at least they'll fix it if it can be repaired. But I like Pannies because their build quality is top notch most of the time, and their picture quality is excellent, even in their LCDs. Their plasma TVs are second to none, but their LCDs are quickly catching up to the competition in recent years. I might be tempted to sway you towards the E30 model for the inputs and features as opposed to the U30, but PQ-wise the U30 might be slightly better and doesn't suffer from the uniformity issues that plagues the E series. I personally just bought a Panasonic TC-L32E3 (wanted the E30 but it was quite a bit out of my price range) recently for a really good price, and I've been very pleased with it thus far.

So basically, spend a little more money and get the Panny. You won't regret it.
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I too am looking at this panny.

I found it at B&H Photo for a lot less than Amazon and it fits your budget of 600.00!

Does anyone know much about this particular Panny?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...era_1080p.html
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I too am looking at this panny.

I found it at B&H Photo for a lot less than Amazon and it fits your budget of 600.00!

Does anyone know much about this particular Panny?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...era_1080p.html

Once you add to cart, Amazon is actually $579.98 vs. $599.99 at B&H. Either way, that's the one I'd go with too. Probably the very last of the ccfl backlit tv's. From here on out you'll have to deal with edge lit led's or splurge for local dimming. And the u30 has an IPS panel too.

But that is of course unless OP has a lot of time on his hands, doesn't mind taking a dump in a bucket, & gets in line now for the $200 Sharp 120Hz 42" 1080p!



Actually neither are all that great considering the u30 has been at least as low as 550 this year. Maybe it will drop more at panasonic's site this week.
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Originally Posted by Leon! View Post

Once you add to cart, Amazon is actually $579.98 vs. $599.99 at B&H. Either way, that's the one I'd go with too. Probably the very last of the ccfl backlit tv's. From here on out you'll have to deal with edge lit led's or splurge for local dimming. And the u30 has an IPS panel too.

But that is of course unless OP has a lot of time on his hands, doesn't mind taking a dump in a bucket, & gets in line now for the $200 Sharp 120Hz 42" 1080p!



Actually neither are all that great considering the u30 has been at least as low as 550 this year. Maybe it will drop more at panasonic's site this week.

I agree a bit here. It seems a little too bare-bones feature wise for the money, honestly. I almost considered getting it over the TC-L32U3 model instead until Best Buy lowered the price of this Panny model TC-L32E3 down to $300 on 11/20. So I got that instead. Still, the U30 isn't a bad choice at $580, especially for PQ and low lag for video gaming, but there's no guarantee that price will go down on Black Friday.
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I agree a bit here. It seems a little too bare-bones feature wise for the money, honestly. I almost considered getting it over the TC-L32U3 model instead until Best Buy lowered the price of this Panny model TC-L32E3 down to $300 on 11/20. So I got that instead. Still, the U30 isn't a bad choice at $580, especially for PQ and low lag for video gaming, but there's no guarantee that price will go down on Black Friday.

I have been hesitant to finally make the purchase on the U30 as I am hoping it does come down a little lower. While the price does seem good, it just seems like its high for being near Black Friday.
post #8 of 9
This is a great new section, but I think it arrived too late this year as these parts are not gaining much traffic.

Anyhoo! I also found this recently...
Samsung 40" LCD 60Hz 1080P LN40D503 going for around 430 and possibly even near 400 if using a special coupon code and Sears card at Sears (Coupon supposedly is ELEC05 (all explained Here)

Does anyone know anything about this Samsung? I do hear it has limited inputs such as 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Component. And NO Audio outs! For me this seems to fit the bill as I dont use audio out from the TV...never have.
post #9 of 9
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guys thanks for the help. I actually didn't pull the trigger to get a tv. Maybe I can luck out on cyber monday
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