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looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand?

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Posted on September 11, 2016 at 09:29:51
PhilJ
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any tips appreciated

thanks

Phil

 

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RE: looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand? , posted on September 12, 2016 at 08:39:40
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According to Consumer Reports, Panasonic, Sanyo and Dynex (Best Buy) has the fewest failures (3%), Sony is at 4%, and Samsung, LG and Sharp are at 5%. Visio and Westinghouse are at 7%. Those are the major brands.

 

excellent info thanks so much!, posted on September 12, 2016 at 20:08:23
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RE: looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand? , posted on September 12, 2016 at 23:30:10
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I'd avoid the Apex, Polaroid, Element, there's a few more, can't recall.
But be aware, some cheap brands have no program guide at all. I have
a fairly new 32" Magnavox (bedroom) has a great picture, about as good as
my plasma....but no guide, no time readout, no program description.
This only matters if you only use over-the-air broadcasts.

 

My experience, posted on September 14, 2016 at 16:36:11
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Last year a Vizio in our home office suffered a major board failure. Vizio's repair center said many of their TVs have the identical failure and that the repair would take longer than usual due to so many units in their shop for the same problem (the power "On" light is illuminated, audio is fine, but no picture). The repair quote was exorbitant and nearly as much as the TV itself. I contacted Vizio for help, but since the TV was 5-6 weeks beyond the one-year warranty they said it was not their problem. I appealed and was told to stop bothering them. The Vizio was tossed into the garage and replaced by a lower cost Panasonic, whose video performance exceeds that of the Vizio.

In our house we have in use two plasmas (Panasonic and Samsung) and two LCD/LED televisions (Sony and Panasonic). All have been problem-free.

 

thank you my 10 yo Vizio is dying and I am looking at a Sony now (comparable Samsung has 2 hdmi I need 3), posted on September 14, 2016 at 18:22:26
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best

Phil

 

RE: looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand? , posted on September 15, 2016 at 14:12:19
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I recently bought a 55" Samsung for $1299.00, I saw in the store's add a Haire 55" for $349.00. I thought, I hope I got what I paid for, LOL.

The model I got was a 8000 series, the picture, is, excellent.

 

RE: looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand? , posted on September 15, 2016 at 19:47:14
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Maybe because it was a 1080, and yours is a 4K?.

 

RE: looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand? , posted on September 15, 2016 at 20:10:54
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No, it was actually advertised as 4k. There were Samsungs in the $700.00 range too, the one I got has their Quantum Dotand other PQ features that drives the price up. For twice what I paid, I could have gotten the LG 55" OLED.

But if someone wanted cheap $349 for any 55" is a crazy price.

 

Best Buy has a 55" 1080P Insignia for $400. things have changed indeed..., posted on September 15, 2016 at 21:06:03
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I would go for Samsung and avoid Vizio (nt), posted on September 16, 2016 at 19:41:03
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RE: looking for a cheap 55" TV, any I should avoid? Is there a recommended brand? , posted on September 21, 2016 at 12:02:09
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FWIW... I have 2 Samsung's, one 52" and one 36" that I've had for 10 years.

We hook them up to Mac Minis and the kids play games among other computer stuff. These things will not die and still look pretty darn good.

 

They'll all CHEAP nowadays, posted on September 26, 2016 at 07:24:14
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As long as it is a 1080P and you are comfortable with the brand's reputation, they're a deal.

 

Mine is a 50" & got a crazy deal at Wally World, but you might like..., posted on September 27, 2016 at 10:17:25
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Hisense

I wasn't familiar with the brand, but a friend told me of a 1 day only deal & I purchased my 50" 4k tv for just shy of $300 - and it came with a 5 year, in home warranty!

Currently, at 55", their 4K set runs $650.

Have been VERY satisfied with my TV - especially with 4k content.

 

thanks everyone I ended up with a Sony 60" 1080P for $730.00 and love it!, posted on September 29, 2016 at 03:58:47
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Sony Bravia 630B

 

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