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Old    Dan (hco)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-27-2010, 10:43 AM Reply   
So I have been hunting around for a budget minded 26" TV to keep in my room at school, and I have yet to see a brand that gets any satisfactory reviews. Are there any brands cheaper than LG that are actually reliable? I'd love to save 100$ish but not if the TV will die in a year and 3 days. Anyone have any brands I should really avoid?
Old    Richard (nauty)      Join Date: Feb 2004       08-27-2010, 10:55 AM Reply   
When I was shopping a couple years ago I did some research (Consumer Reports, etc). I can't remember all of the bad brands, but I know that Phillips was one of them. I want to say that Toshiba was too, but I'm not sure. I do remember the better brands though:

Best Plasma - Pioneer, Panasonic, LG (in that order)
Best LCD - Sony, LG

Now with LED in the mix I'm not sure what's best and what's not. I ended up going with a Panasonic plasma and have absolutely loved it for the last 2 years.
Old    KStateAlumni (bbeach)      Join Date: Jul 2002       08-27-2010, 11:08 AM Reply   
I've had AWESOME luck with anything Toshiba and Samsung. Vizio seems to get great reviews from my friends.
Old    Someone Else (deltahoosier)      Join Date: Jun 2002       08-27-2010, 11:25 AM Reply   
Visio is reported to be made by Sony. You get what you pay for. In the 26 in line you absolutely don't need a 1080p. You may even want to use it as a computer monitor an you would have to lower the resolution to be able to even see the icons. If it is for school, get what you can afford. You are most likely going to beat it to death anyway and it is still better than nothing.
Old    Jeff (AIrwar209)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-27-2010, 11:52 AM Reply   
Vizio. Check them out. My almost 4 year old Vizio LCD is still going strong with no signs of slowing down(knock on wood). Although my set is a 42in, I can't imagine the quality would vary a whole lot to make me say anything different. I also have a smaller Dynex, I believe it is Best buy's brand. Picked it up on a killer deal and have no complaints. Just my two pesos.
Old    Rob Sanchez (rsanchez)      Join Date: Jun 2010       08-27-2010, 3:11 PM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by nauty View Post
When I was shopping a couple years ago I did some research (Consumer Reports, etc). I can't remember all of the bad brands, but I know that Phillips was one of them. I want to say that Toshiba was too, but I'm not sure. I do remember the better brands though:

Best Plasma - Pioneer, Panasonic, LG (in that order)
Best LCD - Sony, LG

Now with LED in the mix I'm not sure what's best and what's not. I ended up going with a Panasonic plasma and have absolutely loved it for the last 2 years.
I agree, I have two panasonic plasmas for 2+ years and have loved them, only annoying thing is just making sure not to leave a still picture like a dvd menu on the screen hehe.
Old    Trace (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       08-27-2010, 5:15 PM Reply   
Keep in mind that generally the only people that usually bother to post reviews are mad about something.
Old    Dan (hco)      Join Date: Jun 2006       08-27-2010, 7:47 PM Reply   
Yeah, the people with bad products tend to be more proactive, but with alot of brands (RCA and other cheapos), there were alot of bad reviews and they are only about 50-100$ cheaper than more 'name' brands, so I figured I would do a little more research.
Old    Matt Laird (Matt)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-28-2010, 5:21 AM Reply   
Stay away from kodak, I had one 3 weeks and it failed...
Old    sperbet            08-28-2010, 10:24 AM Reply   
Pretty sure LG manufactures Best Buy's store brand (Insignia) too. I was looking into those for a while as they are much cheaper than the big names, had good reviews on the web. I did end up with a Vizio though and I'm loving it.
Old    Jeremy (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       08-28-2010, 10:27 AM Reply   
I have an Insignia 32" LCD/DVD combo in my bedroom. You can find the brand at Best Buy, and not 100% sure about this, but the salesman told me LG makes that brand for Best Buy. It was relatively inexpensive and it works as good today as it did when I bought it two years ago. They have several sizes to choose from.
Old    Dave Gast (nautiquesonly)      Join Date: Sep 2007       08-28-2010, 2:06 PM Reply   
We have two samsungs a 32lcd and a 50 inch plasma both have been great. I do know a few people who had vizio's that didn't have good luck. I have heard great things about panasonic as well.
Old    Ben W (bennn)      Join Date: Jun 2010       08-29-2010, 8:46 AM Reply   
i would suggest looking at costco and walmart/target, i did a ton of shopping around for my new 42in vizio and wound up finding the best deal at costco
Old    Chris Butler (xistential)      Join Date: Jul 2007       08-29-2010, 9:19 AM Reply   
I had real problems with a 42" Samsung. One little white pixel turned into about 200 all over the screen. Quoted over $300 to fix it with abslutely no guarantee.Barely 24 months old.
Old    Tim C (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       08-29-2010, 4:23 PM Reply   
I love my Phillips.

I've had it for about 3 years now and it is absolutely perfect. Great price from Sams also. It is a LCD.

It actually got great reviews on every website I could find.
Old    Steve - O (misteve)      Join Date: Aug 2007       08-29-2010, 5:10 PM Reply   
I've had a 32in and 42 in Olevia for 3 years and haven't had any problems at all with either
Old    Jason B (jason_b)      Join Date: Feb 2008       08-30-2010, 9:18 AM Reply   
My Samsung mother board crapped 2 weeks out of warranty. $202 for a new one and 15 minutes to install it. I'd not buy a Samsung again.
Old    C.I.E..... Evan (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       08-30-2010, 10:19 AM Reply   
FWIW.... My brother is in the home theater business and recomends people buy Samsungs at Costco if they're price shopping. If I recall correctly he really likes Pioneer's high end stuff, but it's really pricey.

I've got two Samsungs. A plasma and a LCD. Both 42's. The plasma is 7 years old and still kickin'. We thought it was dying because every once in a while we'll lose about 5 lines on one side of the TV, but it only happens once every couple weeks. The LCD is awesome and has great resolution. I think we've had that set about 3 years and it's been through a move. So far, so good.
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       08-31-2010, 11:44 AM Reply   
I bought a 42" Phillips from Walmart in Feb 2009 and have had zero problems. Very happy with it. Also have a Toshiba 56" DLP that has been great as well. Just changed the bulb back in April after 3 years of heavy use.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-31-2010, 5:12 PM Reply   
I have 3 newer tvs:
Olevia - 37" LCD
LG - 50" Plasma
Samsung - 40" LCD

LG is my favorite (had for 2 years - no issues)
Olevia is 2nd (had for 5 years - no issues)
Samsung 3rd (only because of the stupid start up/shut down noise) (had for a year - no issues)
Old    Bruizza (bruizza)      Join Date: May 2009       09-02-2010, 9:17 AM Reply   
I have a HItachi 42" plasma, Vizio 32" LCD and a Samsung 55" LCD at the house. All of them perform great. Best bang for your buck is the Vizio IMHO. Picked mine up at Costco for a few hundred bucks.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       09-02-2010, 10:33 AM Reply   
FYI - I picked up my Samsung 40" LCD 1080p on craigslist --> $300 bucks - it would be perfect for a school room
Old    Josh (JDSmith619)      Join Date: Aug 2010       09-02-2010, 2:33 PM Reply   
I've got 2 50" LG Plasmas and absolutely love them. I will continue to buy their products as the quality of the TV and the picture is awesome.

Good luck!
Old    Ryan Cargo (rc005)      Join Date: Dec 2006       09-02-2010, 10:46 PM Reply   
Phillips 37" LCD here and its been great.. my parents have a 40" Phillips LCD with 0 problems and a 60" Pioneer Plasma both have been great.. my sister at first got a 22" or so insignia that looked awful.. it was quickly returned for something else..
Old    Ty (wakeandsnow27)      Join Date: Jun 2004       09-07-2010, 6:58 AM Reply   
always been a samsung guy here... 62 dlp at home and two 42" plasmas at the office. Couldnt be happier.

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