Super Bowl 2019: Last chance to score these great TV deals
A 55-inch for $330! A 75-inch for $1,000! An HD projector for under $450! But act fast, because time is running out for these deals to ship in time for the big game.
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Super Bowl 53 is this weekend, meaning if you're hoping to score a big screen to watch this controversial game play out, time is running out.
For the past several weeks, stores have offered some great deals in advance of the big game. For example, a 49-inch 1080p Roku TV was going for just $200 (now expired), while a 75-incher can still be had for less than $1,000.
The catch? At this point most retailers won't ship a TV in time, so you'll need to visit an actual store to get the TV you want.
This is the TV-deal sweet spot right now, as prices have never been better -- and anything larger might actually overwhelm the average living room.
This was $20 less at Costco, but it's now out of stock. That's OK, because a TV of this size for this price is still an amazing deal. Although the newer TCL 6 Series is getting all the attention right now, let's not forget that as recently as a few months ago, the Series 4 ranked among our very favorite budget TVs.
You're still going to pay a considerable premium for a TV of this size, which is why you might want to consider a projector instead (see below). But, if it's super-big you want, super-big you've got:
This is one of the lowest prices to date on a 75-inch screen. This Hisense model scored a decent 4.1-star average from customers. It has Android-powered smarts for streaming the likes of Netflix and YouTube, but only two HDMI inputs -- a potentially limiting factor if you plan to connect more than a cable box and game console.
One more thing: Any new TV is going to need an assist in the sound department. Because seeing the big game is only half the battle, and most
have fair-to-poor built-in speakers.
If you want a really cheap solution, find an old pair of computer speakers and plug them in. (You may need a 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter, but that's easy enough.) Believe it or not, this can offer a big improvement.
More likely, though, you'll want a
. Here's our budget pick.
If you're using your TV's built-in speakers, less than $100 is all you need to spend to make TV sound better than it ever has. Bluetooth and an optical connection, and you're set to enjoy the football, and a post-game party, too.
Watch this: How to get your TV ready to watch the Super Bowl
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