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Are you getting a new HDTV this winter?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by 1953, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Rich

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    They can still be Prime even tho sold by third parties as long as Amazon designates the item as "Fulfilled by Amazon".

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  2. Rich

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    Just checked Amazon and I can get it for about $120 cheaper today.

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  3. bobukcat

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    Guess I never realized that, do they still offer the free in-home delivery and "14 Day Price Guarantee" too? The delivery is a big deal to me - I thought the price guarantee was a good deal until I read the T&Cs. Basically any item that's on sale at the sites listed (including Amazon) doesn't qualify if they consider it a "Time-limited" price. Isn't that what every sale is by it's very nature?
     
  4. Rich

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    I think it's a 30 day guarantee, or that might have been Crutchfield's. I dunno, I bought it with my Amex card which extends the Mfrs. warranty to two years, so I'm not worried about that. I'll try to get them to plug it in when they deliver it, after that my son and I can handle the rest of the installation. I just hope it has a hole in the base so I can secure it to my stand. I've got a little one running around the house and I'd hate to see it fall on her. My dog also attacks the TVs when he sees dogs or cats on them. Well, I'll find a way to secure it.

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  5. Rich

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    I got my 60" ST30 Panny plasma yesterday. Called up Amazon and asked about the return period and was told that my set could be returned until January 31st of next year. Not shabby.

    I had a "window" between 11:00am and 2:00pm yesterday. The set finally got delivered at 6:00pm. Let me restate that: IT GOT DELIVERED FOUR HOURS AFTER THE "WINDOW" CLOSED!!!

    I called Amazon three times and each time was told the delivery van was 45 minutes away. Then, to top everything off, I get a text message saying the TV was delivered at 3:13, then another one stating that the TV was delivered at 4:30. I called Amazon again and was given the number of the carrier and told to call them. Asked for a supervisor. Asked him why I should be calling the carrier. He called the carrier, be delivered in a half hour. Not.

    Well, it finally got delivered and I got to play with it.

    Smart TV. NetFlix content looks nowhere as good as it does on my Sammy BD players. Probably won't be bothering with that option much.

    3D. I might spring for a pair of glasses just to satisfy my curiosity.

    PQ, the thing I worried about the most. Very good right out of the box. Have to let it burn in for a while, but I watched a movie on it last night and the PQ was very good. Better than the older 1080p 50" set it replaced, I think. Might have been my imagination.

    Size. Huge. Just barely fit in the room I bought it for.

    What an exasperating experience! Be a while before I buy another TV from Amazon. "White Glove Treatment" indeed!

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  6. bobukcat

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    I've had three large Plasmas delivered via Ceva's "White Glove" service now (one was an exchange so they also took the defective one away) and have had pretty good service from them. The most recent one was last month with the 65" VT30. I was a little surprised when I ordered it on a Wednesday and they let me choose a Friday afternoon delivery but that's what I booked. Ceva called me on Friday morning to tell me the TV was still in Atlanta and I think she expected me to go off on her but I just joked around with her and told her that Monday was fine. I didn't really need the TV on Friday and I work from home most days so a delay to Monday was no big deal to me - especially when they at least gave me several hours notice of the issue. I may not have been as magnanimous about it if I had scheduled a day off to be home for the delivery.

    Even with that problem I wouldn't hesitate to recommend buying from Amazon, I do wonder though if it depends on what carrier they use if they handle the contact or just have you deal directly with the carrier, on all three of mine I dealt directly with Ceva.
     
  7. Rich

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    I've got the 60" ST30 and you were right!!!. Came out of the box with a beautiful picture. I've only had it for two days and I'm gonna run it at full brilliance for a week or two then make some tiny tweaks to it, but it looks better than my 50" 1080p Panny plasma did in the same room.

    If you hadn't been so firm in your beliefs about this model, I would have done what I usually do and bought the most expensive model. You saved me quite a bit of money.

    Thanx a whole bunch,

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    Mine got delivered by Ceva too. Beautiful truck. (I kinda like the new trucks being made today). I've calmed down and I would buy another TV from Amazon, but I was really upset by that late delivery. I realize that "stuff" happens and all it would have taken was better communications on somebody's part to make the whole experience more palatable. I even called Ceva and told the person I got that they could deliver the TV the next day and by that time the truck was just minutes away.

    Next time I'll get the carrier's phone number well before the delivery date. I'm usually home and I would have been just as happy with a next day delivery.

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  9. dmurphy

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    So happy to hear it all worked out for you!! I usually do the same thing - overspend - but I really think it's unjustified in this case. The ST30 really is a fantastic set, and I'm pretty convinced it's the best bang for the buck on the market.

    Enjoy the $450 - go do something fun! That's enough to get you to the Bahamas for a long weekend.... (with enough left for a double dog at Jimmy Buff's!)

    Besides, us Yankee fans have to stick together!
     
  10. vipersl

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    I recently purchased a PN59D8000 from Amazon and have been using it for the last week. I cannot be happier with this set as it replaced my 52" Mitsubishi LCD TV.

    I really thought 3D was a gimmick, but after watching the DirecTV channels and a couple of 3D bluray movies it is pretty darn awesome.

    I was very happy with the Black Friday Deal this HDTV had.
     
  11. bobukcat

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    Since my set came with a pair of the glasses I had to try it out, my ViP622 won't do 3D but my PS3 will so I went out on Thanksgiving weekend and picked up a couple of 3D Blu-Rays (Megamind and Toy Story were on sale at BB) to check it out. After tweaking the picture for 3D and getting the room lighting right (I have a big head and the glasses still let in light from the sides) I was pretty impressed with it. My biggest complaint is that I can't find any 3D titles to rent from either Netflix or Blockbuster. Does anyone know of any other sources, I don't think the Redbox kiosks in my area even have Blu-Ray much less 3D. I don't think Dish on demand has enough 3D content to warrant an upgrade to a 722, especially since I have to think that E* is going to be releasing something new next year.

    I wouldn't want to watch everything in 3D by any means and I do get a little annoyed with the glasses when I get up to fix myself a drink, etc. but for an occasional viewing session it's still pretty neat.
     
  12. sigma1914

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    bobukcat... Check out this site: http://stores.3d-blurayrental.com/StoreFront.bok

    I found them via AVS forum & they're legit and wonderful. They're prices aren't too bad & they're not subscription based...you only pay for what you want to watch.

    From the site:
     
  13. bobukcat

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    Will do, thanks!!!!

    Just ordered my first two from them, a little pricey compared to Netflix or BB but it's the only option available that I know of.
     
  14. Rich

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    I was gonna buy one that cost more than that!

    Always thought we should be awarded a special section of the forum....:lol:

    Thanx again,

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    I don't see much interest in 3D anymore. Quick fad. But a good thing came out of it: The Panny plasmas that have the 3D feature seem to have a much improved 2D picture.

    If you have plastic lenses on your regular glasses, be careful with the 3D glasses, I scratched mine in a store when I was viewing a 3D film.

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  16. Cholly

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    Great idea! I've bookmarked their home page and may well give them a try. I've been a one at a time subscriber to Netflix for well over a year (with Blu-ray), and when they came up with their new pricing model, I dropped the streaming option. I've since put my subscription on hold because I was taking too long to turn discs around. Guess I'll try these folks out, cancel Netflix and resort to Redbox or BB kiosks for Blu-ray or dVD rentals.
     
  17. bobukcat

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    I just found out that you can rent some 3D titles from the Playstation Network if you have a PS3. I have never really used the PSN for much but it looks like rentals of HD 3D content are $7.50 with some older ones for $4.99 and are good for 30 days but you can only watch it for 24 hours after you first start viewing it.

    The rental store that sigma sent the link for allows you to keep the disc for 14 days and most rentals there are $7.99 with some for $5.99.
     

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