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What are the best brands for LCD TVs? Any to avoid?

185 22 May 1, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Topic, basically. I see a lot of difference in TVs that otherwise look the same based on the brand, so I'm curious which brands are worth an extra $50 and which should be avoided.

If relevant, I'm specifically looking for a 32".

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Prices are so close on the 32" LCDs. Went by Best Buy earlier and they rep told me Insignia is Samsung. Learn something new everyday...if he was right...
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Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, Sharp are all good. Not sure about Toshiba.
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The Consumer Reports 2011 Buying Guide gave these failure rates for LCDs bought between 2006 and the first half of 2009. Diffeences of < 3% points are statistically meaningless:

2%: JVC, Sony, Sylvania (Funai, which also makes Emerson and now Magnavox and Philips), Panasonic

3%: Sanyo, Sharp, Vizio, Samsung

4%: Toshiba, LG (also makes Best Buy's private brand TVs), Philips

5% Magnavox, Hitachi

8%: Westinghouse

13%: Mitsubishi

Generally, just avoid Westinghouse, Polaroid, Apex, and wierd brands. Also check warranties because with some brands TVs at least 26-32" include in-home service.
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The 3 S's are good..sony, samsung, and sharp
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Consumer Reports' Brand Reliability according to their website. Number is the percentage of lcd tv's that were repaired or had serious problems:

2% - Panasonic, Sanyo, Sylvania
3% - Sony, JVC, Vizio, Sharp, Emerson, LG
4% - Insignia, Toshiba, Magnavox, Philips, Viewsonic, Samsung
8% - Westinghouse
10% - Polaroid
12% - Mitsubishi
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Yeah, whatever you do..AVOID the mitusbishi..those are crap

also avoid the off brand ones like emerson.
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I only buy Samsung and you can find pretty good deals on them these days.
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I only buy Samsung and you can find pretty good deals on them these days.
Other then samsung went though a whole time from like 2005-2008 where many of their lcds had bad caps. Bad enough that they where forced to cover many of them are covered by a free cap replacement even if they are out of warranty.
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I've had a Sylvania for about 3 years and it still works great. I've never had a problem at all.
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magnetbox... Magnavox is Philips lower end brand. Though I have had issues with both.
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I'm kind of partial to the Vizio's -- but I've been told I have a beer budget taste and don't know what a "good" TV picture looks like. I personally can't tell a difference between what I see on the store displays of a Vizio sitting right next to a Samsung or a Sharp.
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Other then samsung went though a whole time from like 2005-2008 where many of their lcds had bad caps. Bad enough that they where forced to cover many of them are covered by a free cap replacement even if they are out of warranty.
Capacitors made by Samsung itself are not very good.
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My opinion? They are pretty much all throw-aways now when they go bad. Especially at the low price levels they are at. It's just cheaper to buy another one when it goes bad, then to get it fixed. Unless you can fix it yourself.

Buy one from Walmart or Costco that looks good (picture) to you, has the inputs you want, at the price you want to pay. Use it until it dies, (which hopefully is at least 6 years) then throw it away.

You should be able to find good 32" sets for $400 or less.
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Consumer Reports stats are mostly useless because it is based failure rate not based on performance.

Here is some simple advice. Stick with Samsung, Sharp , and maybe Sony if you have extra money to waste. These top brands have good image quality and sound, unlike Toshi,Vizio, and No-Names. 720p should good enough for TV.
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