New TV! Finally!!

hyson

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My old 32" Samsung's power board bit the dust the other day, prompting me and Misses to buy this little number.

VIZIO 55

It's a damn fine TV but I hope to fix the old Samsung, as I have a new power supply board coming in mail.

This new tv, however, is smarter than I am.
 

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My old 32" Samsung's power board bit the dust the other day, prompting me and Misses to buy this little number.

VIZIO 55

It's a damn fine TV but I hope to fix the old Samsung, as I have a new power supply board coming in mail.

This new tv, however, is smarter than I am.
Sweet! Are you gonna fork over the cash for HD service?

My parents and grandparents upgraded their TV's to HD flatscreens but for some reason won't get HD service. :scratch:
 

hyson

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Sweet! Are you gonna fork over the cash for HD service?

My parents and grandparents upgraded their TV's to HD flatscreens but for some reason won't get HD service. :scratch:
Yeah, as soon as I bought the last tv I upgraded to HD. Didn't seem to make sense to have the tv and not the service.

Netflix broadcasts in HD, too...only 720 though.
 

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Yeah, as soon as I bought the last tv I upgraded to HD. Didn't seem to make sense to have the tv and not the service.

Netflix broadcasts in HD, too...only 720 though.

I've heard Netflix is working on 1080p SuperHD, even 3D. I'd like to get a little cheapo Vizio TV for the Bedroom I've seen them as low as $200. Then plug an Apple TV into that.
 

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I've heard Netflix is working on 1080p SuperHD, even 3D. I'd like to get a little cheapo Vizio TV for the Bedroom I've seen them as low as $200. Then plug an Apple TV into that.
It seems Vizio is like the Kia of the tv industry -- mostly good reviews, lots of nice features and very attractive prices.

I'd say go for it.
 

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I have owned at least 1 Vizio for about 7 years now. I currently have two (one is 7 years old and one is 3). I haven't had any issues with either of these. About 7 years ago I purchased two of the same TV and they lasted for a good 4 years. About 3 years ago the remote sensor went bad on one of them so I returned it (thanks to Costco's old lifetime warranty) and I got another Vizio to replace it (LED this time). I think Vizio makes great TVs. They do have larger bezels than most other brands but that doesn't bother me too much.
 

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I have owned at least 1 Vizio for about 7 years now. I currently have two (one is 7 years old and one is 3). I haven't had any issues with either of these. About 7 years ago I purchased two of the same TV and they lasted for a good 4 years. About 3 years ago the remote sensor went bad on one of them so I returned it (thanks to Costco's old lifetime warranty) and I got another Vizio to replace it (LED this time). I think Vizio makes great TVs. They do have larger bezels than most other brands but that doesn't bother me too much.
The Razor LED has a tiny bezel, so they're keeping up with the industry.
 

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The secret is that LCD panels are only made by a couple of factories. All of the name brands are buying the same LCD panels and putting them in different frames. The fundamental image quality is very similar among all of them. A Vizio may have the same panel as another brand that costs 50% more.
 

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the secret is that lcd panels are only made by a couple of factories. All of the name brands are buying the same lcd panels and putting them in different frames. The fundamental image quality is very similar among all of them. A vizio may have the same panel as another brand that costs 50% more.
lcd = led?
 

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lcd = led?
Sorta kinda no. None of the TVs sold with the "LED" label are using LEDs for the image, just the light source behind the LCD panel. There are several schemes for using zones of LEDs to make the blacks darker, which was always the weakness of LCDs.

"OLED" TVs use organic LEDs for the image itself. They cost over $10,000 right now, but are expected to come down in price very quickly.
 

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Sorta kinda no. None of the TVs sold with the "LED" label are using LEDs for the image, just the light source behind the LCD panel. There are several schemes for using zones of LEDs to make the blacks darker, which was always the weakness of LCDs.

"OLED" TVs use organic LEDs for the image itself. They cost over $10,000 right now, but are expected to come down in price very quickly.
I figured you know the difference. I was trying to trip you up.
 

hyson

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I got my $80 power supply board and installed it into the old Samsung.

By golly, that little piggy works great now!

As an FYI, old Samsung tvs apparently have known capacitor issues: TV Capacitor Settlement Notices | Samsung USA

So if your old Sammy happens to die, won't turn on or hesitates to turn on, chances are that the caps are the culprit.

Fortunately, it's a super easy fix.
 

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My old 32" Samsung's power board bit the dust the other day, prompting me and Misses to buy this little number.

VIZIO 55

It's a damn fine TV but I hope to fix the old Samsung, as I have a new power supply board coming in mail.

This new tv, however, is smarter than I am.
I recently bought a VIZIO 50. Bought it from COSTCO online. First one they delivered had a cracked screen. They are in the process of delivering another (and picking up the old one).
 
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