Originally Posted by CGMneon
I want a new rear-projection 1080P. about 60 inches or so.
Do the features and display quality on the brand spankin' new Sony and Samsung HDTVs at Best Buy and Circuit City offset the $800 cost difference versus buying a year-old 1080P HDTV model from a lesser brand at Costco?
I imagine there could be much debate on this, but please expand past "yes" or "no". Having a great picture trumps spending a little more, but I don't want to waste money if you know what I mean.
actually the models Costco has are not a year old. They are usually just as current as Best Buy though BB may just get new stuff sooner then costco.
As in the case of Samsungs, the version Costco gets is often just in last years models casing but the insides are the current new everything. With Samsung some ppl actually prefered last years floating casing which was a little more interesting then this years boring casing.
The model name is still HLS for instance so you know its this years or at least 2006 i guess it was. but with the prior years floating casing.
I know its a little larger then 60" but you usually wont regret going larger and will eventually end up wanting to go larger then 60 if you are in the market for that size. Though i think there are some choices in 60" in both Samsung, JVC and sony @ Costco....
I'd recommend the Samsung HLS-6767 67" 1080p DLP for $3,000 or the JVC HD-ILA 70" for the same price (unless either has dropped in recent weeks) the Samsung was as low as 2500 at one point during promotional sale. Seems to be the more popular and slight better model but now that they are same price its tempting to go with the 3" larger jvc.
if you really want to stick with 60" just see what models Costco offers in that size. That is the one thing, they just dont have the selection of other places, but if they do carry one of the best in the size range you looking for then its usually worth it. As with teh Samsung it was one of the best tvs in that range plus a rarer size in between 65 and 70, plus when costco had the unlimited return policy and when it was marked down it was a no brainer.
now costco has changed their policy so its not as much of a no brainer to buy from costco. In fact although ijust bacially recommended buying from costco that was mostly explaining that it wasnt true what you thought that they were inferior models.
But you were also wrong to think they are signinficantly cheaper. Costco really isn't one of the cheapest. i mean at times as in case of the samsung hls6767 yes, but in case of other models, it sometimes is no cheaper then Best buy even or othe rmerchants.
for cheapest, your best bet is online merchants. for all around best price, service warranty well even i'm not sure anymore as i was set on Costco as the best until they changed their policy. Now i would just shop around for best price and maybe take some other factors into consideration.