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Vizio E420i-A1 or Philips 42PFL5907/F7? need help please!

by philip5510 / April 25, 2013 6:59 AM PDT
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Good budget choices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2013 7:38 AM PDT

But Vizio is one I can't go for unless it's too cheap to ignore. It's a shame that out of the dozen or so sets the family bought over the past 5 years, all are dead. Coincidence to the fan boys but I'd skip that brand unless there is some 2+ year warranty or just too good a deal to pass up.
Bob

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by philip5510 / April 25, 2013 8:26 AM PDT
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Wow, I had no idea they were so unreliable. I've been leaning more towards the Vizio because on amazon most people have given it a stellar review. Is it possible that they have worked out the kinks with this model? Also, I thought that Plasmas died but LCDs didn't.

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Maybe they are better now?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 25, 2013 8:40 AM PDT
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Most of these were picked up when Vizio first came out so with your usual 5 year life span of today's gear, these seem to have early failures. Check out if they have a longer warranty today.

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Plasmas die?
by Pepe7 / April 26, 2013 12:19 AM PDT
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To be perfectly honest, all electronics are a risky endeavor, if you look at what goes into making them. Sometimes they skimp on small parts and it dorks up the whole rig ;(.

That said, you ideally should buy a device with good post-sales support. It that regard, I would suggest you avoid Vizio and Phillips if possible. Neither has a good track record w/ service, and you could do better PQ-wise. Keep in mind that even LCD can have issues with a very bright spaces. What is your budget, btw?

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by philip5510 / April 26, 2013 2:21 AM PDT
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my budget is 800$, i want a 42-46 inch. But keep in mind, here in canada prices are much higher (so real budget would be closer to 600$). I chose these two models based on the cnet reviews. Any other suggestions?

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Why not keep shopping?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2013 2:31 AM PDT
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panasonic
by philip5510 / April 27, 2013 2:17 AM PDT
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unfortunately that model costs 1200$ in canada!

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I see it for 726.41 at Amazon.ca
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2013 3:11 AM PDT
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See if this is a better deal/newer/feature?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 27, 2013 3:26 AM PDT
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by philip5510 / April 27, 2013 6:09 AM PDT

Thanks so much, ill probably get this one! looks great and is only a bit more expensive than the Vizio.

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Check the options
by mjd420nova / April 26, 2013 3:37 AM PDT

Check the input/output connections for each set and compare them to see how they would fit in the present system. I have seen some very good looking Vizio sets, up to 50 inches. Yes, their early models had some reliablity problems but that's been resolved. Many Tv studios use their sets because of the sharpness and color clarity. My onlycomplaint was with the huge VIZIO logo on the front that is very bright and draws the eye. A piece of black electricians tape solved that.

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by philip5510 / April 27, 2013 2:19 AM PDT
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what do you mean by "Check the input/output connections for each set and compare them to see how they would fit in the present system".

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Some smaller studios use them because...
by Pepe7 / April 28, 2013 12:06 PM PDT
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...they can buy a whole slew of them for very low bulk prices (a la costco) vs a more reliable brand like Panasonic or Sony. Budgets start to get interesting when you have a need to buy thirty to fifty rigs but don't want to fire any of your staff who do other tasks just to afford better quality monitors ;).

OTOH, you will often see some movie studios (Lucas, etc.) with Panasonic plasma since the PQ is top notch.

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by philip5510 / April 28, 2013 2:25 PM PDT

the only panasonic plasma in my budget is the S60 but i heard it does really poorly in bright rooms, thats why i was going to go for a cheap led lcd.

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Keep in mind that...
by Pepe7 / April 29, 2013 12:39 AM PDT
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...a cheap/budget LED may also not do so well in very bright spaces.

FWIW, the idea of what constitutes a bright space is also somewhat subjective. Are you working with mostly indirect sunlight, or simply bright daylight? Is there anything keeping you from putting up cheap temporary shades until you could afford better ones?

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by philip5510 / April 29, 2013 1:51 AM PDT
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it more the fact that i like to have natural daylight in the room, so i really want a tv that can handle that. which is why i was planning on getting the vizio.

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Haven't found such a set yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2013 1:56 AM PDT
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And any sales folk that have been around will distance themselves from those that want a set to deal with sunlight.
Bob

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You may be able to turn the brightness up higher
by Pepe7 / April 29, 2013 2:35 AM PDT
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...but the PQ won't necessarily be pleasant to watch during the day. Sunlight/bright light is the equalizer for all large panels.

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