Originally Posted by Browninggold
+1 on Toshiba 32". We both seen the Samsung ES8000 @ my local BestBuy and that looked excellent also but we both agreed the Sony had a slight edge. I know both in a retail store and who knows what was the signal feed or settings on the set. I ended up purchasing the Sony a few weeks ago and I'm enjoying the PQ of this set. Very glad I purchased the Sony. Black levels are great. Cnet review stated it had the best or one of the best black levels, it does. Image pop is great on the DISH Sattellite feed. Sports are smooth. Blurays look great.
I can Imagine the Sony is real good congrat's! I looked at the sets in the Magnolia store at BB and of course there were a couple of big Sony's in there they had great pictures ! They weren't cheap either but cheap has never been Sony's thing with TV's .I've always preferred Sony and Toshiba for reliability and picture quality based on past experience.
My first Sony was 1994 27" . First I bought an RCA it was one of their best 27" crt sets had something they called an Invar shadow mask crt anyway looked OK in the darkened store Took it home couldn't get a decent picture the colors were always off and inconsistent and it was pushing green . Took it back same day got the Sony it was maybe $150 more well worth it ! 14 yrs later I gave it away it was still working good. Second Sony Wega XBR lasted 9 yrs until a severe power surge took it out along with a computer and an Sony ES AVR.
The utility paid me replacement costs on all that so that was OK.
I was able to fix the 1 yr old computer with just a new power supply although I didn't know it when I made the claim .
It all worked out. Probably could have fixed the Sony but I declined to it was already 10yrs old. The Sony's had better pictures than almost any other similar sets ever looked at at the time worth the money IMO
.I also had a small 19" Toshiba 10+ yrs without probs also 2 Toshiba VCR's and a DVD player all were reliable and worked well. Last American set I had was a 25" Magnavox it was only 2 weeks old when the tuner went out they fixed that then at 2 1/2 yrs the picture tube went out that was when they were still making them in Indiana they were using Sylvania tubes then . I was pissed.
Samsung and LG sure have come a long way from what they were they used to make good dumpster fill. Time was I wouldn't have even stopped to look at them that's no longer true.
There was a time you couldn't give me a ready made HP or any other ready made computer I built my own customs for years .(fixed way to many for friends back then hardware and bloatware problems) Now I have 3 HP's.
The Vizio sets seem to have a lot of features and good pictures at a given price point. they were on my my short list when I was looking at the Toshiba. I hope the OP is happy with his purchase and that it works well for him .
Right now I'm good with the two sets I just got just. I hope the Samsung parts in the RCA plasma hold up . I've always figured sammy's weren't the most reliable things out there and usually avoided them in the past that's probably no longer true now , certainly LG was once dumpster fill things have changed. The Sammy's I looked at recently had real good pictures. I've had several Samsung phones those were decent could drop them and they survived the sammy G/III I use now is probably not as drop proof. now we buy thin phones only to put them in thick cases to protect them ! go figure.
Seems like the On corp is investing in the RCA brand even changed mfr and suppliers for QC reasons their stated mission is to make RCA a top brand specs on the new models are decent anyway and so are the featuresso wee'l see
N.I.B.clearance price on the RCA plasma was a no brainier half the cost of an eqiuvalant Sammy plasma considering it is mostly or all Samsung inside I figured i would try it it has good bright picture better than any mid priced 50-55" size LCD/LED I saw at twice or even 3 times what I paid for it . I got it N.I.B for like ~1/3 of the orig selling price. Sure would like to find a deal on a Sony (like that that will ever happen) . I just got lucky spotted it on the web at a local BB clearance page went and got it the Next day. So far it's good.
best regardsEdited by tubetwister - 3/12/13 at 1:13pm