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My wife & I recently bought a 42" Vizio LED TV for a very good price. We are quite happy with the picture, however, we are going to be returning it because the built-in speakers are terrible. The sound quality is very tinny and dialog is hard to decipher.
I really need some recommendations in terms of LED TVs that have passable speakers. We'd like the bass & treble to be adjustable too. We're not too concerned with picture quality. As long as it's around 40", an LED display (can be 60hz; doesn't need to be 120), and has at least 3 HDMI ports, it's fine.
We would like to keep it in the $1,000 price range, but are flexible.