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Best Buy adds Vizio

Discussion in 'High Definition Displays' started by Cholly, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. Jan 6, 2013 #1 of 41
    Cholly

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    I was somewhat bemused this morning when I saw the back page of the weekly Best Buy ad. There, big as life, was a picture of a Vizio big screen TV, along with a note that Best Buy now has the brand.
    No more big box, club store only for Vizio. No more smug "We don't carry that brand" from sales people. Vizio has made it to the big time! :lol:
    Apparently BB has come to realize that they have been missing a lot of sales by not carrying the brand.

    Charlie
    (happy owner of 2 Vizio TV's)
     
  2. Jan 6, 2013 #2 of 41
    jimmie57

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    I helped a neighbor of mine pick out a TV for her bedroom last year and she bought the Vizio. I helped her set it up and I liked it. Before that I would not look at any Except, Samsung, Sony and Mitsubishi.

    In June of this year Vizio had a sale on a 37" 1080p for $325 delivered and no tax. I bought it and it is excellent so far. In fact, I messed with the settings for the picture for the first two weeks and got it better than my Samsung. Then I had to adjust on my Samsung to get the two of them equal in how good the pictures looked on both of them.

    Best Buy's stock has been heading down for a long time and they had to make some changes to be competitive with the Wlamart and Sams and Target prices for TVs.
    In the last 9 months it has dropped from $27 down to $12.11 as of Friday's closing price.
     
  3. Jan 6, 2013 #3 of 41
    Hoosier205

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    Vizio's are fine for the bargin shoppers. If you want top notch picture quality from a flat panel...your options narrow:

    Panasonic: VT50, GT50, ST50
    Sharp: Elite
    Samsung (plasma): E7000, E8000
    Samsung (LED): E7000, E8000
    Sony: HX850, HX950
     
  4. Jan 6, 2013 #4 of 41
    Rich

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    Vizios were terrible when they first came out. I tried one and quickly took it back. But, they were smart enough to see what they were doing wrong and they put out a decent TV now, from what I've seen.

    Rich
     
  5. Jan 6, 2013 #5 of 41
    hdtvfan0001

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    The 2 we've gotten the past year or so have been outstanding.

    Glad to see more places carrying them...competition is good.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2013 #6 of 41
    Scott Kocourek

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    I've got a Vizio tv too and love it. It's only 19" but big enough for the kitchen.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2013 #7 of 41
    dpeters11

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    They definitely are coming more into the forefront. I might actually consider one of their Microsoft Signature computers the next time I'm in the market.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2013 #8 of 41
    paulman182

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    My 47 inch LED Vizio with full local dimming is quite impressive.

    Too bad they don't make them anymore.
     
  9. Jan 7, 2013 #9 of 41
    Hoosier205

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    When Vizio can compete with Panasonic, I'll listen.
     
  10. lparsons21

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    From a market perspective, it appears that Vizio CAN compete with Panasonic.
     
  11. Hoosier205

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    Not when it comes to product quality. Not even in the same conversation.
     
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  13. hdtvfan0001

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    Yeah - we've had both Panasonic and Vizio here, and see them both as solid HDTV manufacturers.
     
  14. RAD

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    How does Vizio handle service now? At one time IIRC it was strickly send the TV back to them, no in home or local service companies.
     
  15. Hoosier205

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    That was 2010. Vizio does not currently sell a display that can touch:

    Panasonic: VT50, GT50, ST50
    Sharp: Elite
    Samsung (plasma): E7000, E8000
    Samsung (LED): E7000, E8000
    Sony: HX850, HX950

    If you want a videophile level flat panel, those are your options. If want to save a buck, you have Vizio and such.
     
  16. lparsons21

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    And that list will become much shorter over the next very few years if the business reports about Sony, Sharp and Panasonic are correct.

    And there has been much discussion in many places about just how long plasma will be around.

    I'm not a Vizio fan, but they do offer some very competitive prices on flat screens that are more than good enough for the broader market. Videophiles, like 'philes' of other technology, are not where the money is for these mfgs as they represent a tiny portion of the market.

    I went looking at a bigger TV this year and decided that for me, the RPT was more than good enough for my useage. While Plasma would have been the first choice, at more than double the cost of my new 73" Mitsi DLP, I could get a smaller plasma or led/lcd. The only downside is that it takes up a little more room and I don't consider that a downside in my setup.

    Is it going to give me 'videophile' quality? I'll never know since I don't have 'videophile' eyes! :)
     
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    The policy with Vizio seems to be that instead of repairing their sets during warranty, they just replace them. I searched to see if that has changed more recently and cannot find anything that indicates that it has changed.

    After warranty repairs seem to be not readily available which makes you think that you'd be foolish to buy a Vizio without an extended warranty from a 3rd party to recover at least some of the cost to replace.

    That, imo, is a major fault and should be a strong point to consider.
     
  18. hdtvfan0001

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    Vizio is anything but a "cheap" brand, and they actually do have competing models to most of those you listed.

    Here are just a few examples:

    http://store.vizio.com/led-lcd-hdtvs/e500ia1-1.html
    http://www.vizio.com/cinemawide/overview
    http://store.vizio.com/e701ia3.html

    They don't play in the Plasma space, but less and less manufacturers do anymore.

    I suspect some folks think about "Vizio" from 4-5 years ago in contrast to where they are today in terms of products and as a company.
     
  19. Hoosier205

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    Competitive in price perhaps, but not performance.
     
  20. dpeters11

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    But for the average customer, there is a point of diminishing return. Is a Sharp Elite better than a Vizio? There is no doubt. Is the price difference worth it to the average consumer? Probably not. There's something like a $4500 price difference between a 60" Vizio and Sharp Elite at Best Buy.
     

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