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Best of the budget TV's? (high quality panels,etc)

post #1 of 5
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Hi all,

I'm looking around for a very inexpensive TV for a shared apartment.

Here are my only requirements:
- 40" or larger
- 1080p
- at least 2 HDMI inputs
- at least 1 digital audio output (coax or optical is fine)
- Price: $300ish for a 40-42", $350-$400 for a 46"+

Plasma doesn't quite seem possible in this price range, but some low end LCD's do. For example, there are plenty of generic name 40" LCD's in the $300-$350 range.

Of these lesser brand names, which do you think would be best for both image quality ( a nice samsung panel, for example ), and reliability?

"Known" lower end brands
Vizio
RCA
Toshiba
JVC
Phillips
Magnavox
Westinghouse

Really offbrand:
Insignia
TCL
Sanyo
Sceptre
Element
Hanspree
Coby
Emerson

I'd obviously bite for a higher end brand like Samsung, LG, Pioneer, or Panasonic, but I don't think I can find what I want in that price range.

For example, I've heard that some TCL's use Samsung panels, which could be an interesting option.
post #2 of 5
I reccomend Vizio since AFAIK they are first in TV market share in the US.
post #3 of 5
, Vizio sets are widely available at Costco, who doubles the factory warranty and for very little money will sell you a Squaretrade warranty that, combined with Costco's extension, will give you 5 years of coverage--imho the safest way to buy what amounts to a throwaway set.
post #4 of 5
You can get a decent 40" 1080p Sharp LCD for around that price if you hunt around for a deal.
post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by ls1dreams View Post

Hi all,
I'm looking around for a very inexpensive TV for a shared apartment.
Here are my only requirements:
- 40" or larger
- 1080p
- at least 2 HDMI inputs
- at least 1 digital audio output (coax or optical is fine)
- Price: $300ish for a 40-42", $350-$400 for a 46"+
Plasma doesn't quite seem possible in this price range, but some low end LCD's do. For example, there are plenty of generic name 40" LCD's in the $300-$350 range.
Of these lesser brand names, which do you think would be best for both image quality ( a nice samsung panel, for example ), and reliability?
"Known" lower end brands
Vizio
RCA
Toshiba
JVC
Phillips
Magnavox
Westinghouse
Really offbrand:
Insignia
TCL
Sanyo
Sceptre
Element
Hanspree
Coby
Emerson
I'd obviously bite for a higher end brand like Samsung, LG, Pioneer, or Panasonic, but I don't think I can find what I want in that price range.
For example, I've heard that some TCL's use Samsung panels, which could be an interesting option.

The only Samsung that fits that budget is the 40" LN40E550. It's nowhere near as good as the EH series LED models (which are value-priced but still too high for your budget), but it should beat out second and third tier brands.
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