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55 inch on a $1000 budget

post #1 of 19
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Hey guys. Thnking about the vizio m550sv from costco, but I can't find a professional review anywhere and there is no official thread here. I have a jvc 55 inch rptv now so I don't want to take a hit in size. Anyone have any input on the vizio or another suggestion? Thanks in advance.
Marc
post #2 of 19
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I really had my heart set on the lg lw5700 for 1300 at costco but my wife is really adamant about the $1000 cap, so to keep the peace I started looking at the m550sv. I've checked the big box stores in the area and the only tvs under a g are no names which I prefer to avoid. Again, any help would be appreciated.
Marc
post #3 of 19
It still breaks your cap, but you can get a Sony 55BX520 for $1199 and get 3 years no interest. Granted it's an LCD and only has 2 HDMI inputs, but still a nice Sony (and big)!
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks man but I would rather have a local dimming led, and the wife is being cool enough to let me get anything in this economy lol so I'll stay under the cap.
Marc
post #5 of 19
I wasn't aware you could get a local dimming LED in that price range. What all are you looking at?
post #6 of 19
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Right now costco has the Vizio 55m550sv on sale for $1000. It's 240hz, led with I think 16 zone local dimming, wifi etc... I've found positive reviews on the 3d version, same specs but with a higher contrast ratio and of course 3d, which honestly I could care less about...
post #7 of 19
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This unit still has a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio which is a hell of alot better than what i've got now. I think my old jvc is 4000 to 1 lol.
post #8 of 19
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Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
post #9 of 19
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I plan on pulling the trigger within the next couple of days. Going to hit a bunch of box stores today and check them out in person. Again, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
post #10 of 19
I'd recommend looking at non-LED (i.e. CCFL-lit) LCD displays to get the most out of your budget. A good CCFL LCD is typically better than an entry-level, edge-lit LED, which his pretty much most of the models you'll find out there in the sub $1k price range.
post #11 of 19
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Thanks for the reply. Looks like I can get a Panasonic 55st30 for the same price. Leaning towards that. Any opinions?
post #12 of 19
Think I'd pick a Panasonic over a Vizio any day.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by marcus71 View Post

Thanks for the reply. Looks like I can get a Panasonic 55st30 for the same price. Leaning towards that. Any opinions?

Arguably the best TV you can buy in that price range. Keep in mind, though, that TV is a plasma display, not a LED or LCD.

But for a mainline TV at 1K, that's a pretty solid mid-tier plasma. Much better than the Vizio you were considering especially since Vizio refuses to repair TVs if you get a lemon.
post #14 of 19
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Thanks guys, was leaning that way. It's funny I'm the tech goto guy in my circle and you guys are the only people I can turn to. I'm conversant with the technology but I play alot of videogames and I know it might be old school thinking, but plasmas have always made me nervous. I've read the break in threads, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus on methods. Some people say just watch tv, others say keep contrast and brightness below 50 for the first 100 hours, and others the flashdrive method. I'd love to hear some feedback. Thanks
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by marcus71 View Post

Thanks guys, was leaning that way. It's funny I'm the tech goto guy in my circle and you guys are the only people I can turn to. I'm conversant with the technology but I play alot of videogames and I know it might be old school thinking, but plasmas have always made me nervous. I've read the break in threads, but there doesn't seem to be a consensus on methods. Some people say just watch tv, others say keep contrast and brightness below 50 for the first 100 hours, and others the flashdrive method. I'd love to hear some feedback. Thanks

I would not get a plasma. I owned one for about two weeks, tried to the break-in period but it was beyond ridiculous. I don't think anyone wants to baby/break in their new big purchase. After I was told just watch it will be fine, I did and then a couple days later I had a bunch of IR. I returned it immediately and went LED. I don't wanna scare you away from plasma, this is just my experience.
post #16 of 19
My vote is Plasma and another +1 on Panasonic. Another advantage of Plasma is off axis viewing on top of better motion and blacks. Just my .02.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by badgerpilot View Post

My vote is Plasma and another +1 on Panasonic. Another advantage of Plasma is off axis viewing on top of better motion and blacks. Just my .02.

For the budget I think the st30 is your best bet
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I'll probably pull the trigger within the next couple days. Also to anyone interested in the new jersey area, bestbuy and expo in union have around 80 of them each. You'll have to get expo to price match bestbuy if you prefer to buy from them.
post #19 of 19
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Balla01, just curious what brand plasma did you have? I've heard the panasonic panels are not as prone to ir as other brands. I'm feeling the same as you, after I get the tv I just want to use it lol. Part of the reason in the beginning I was leaning toward an led...
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