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Buying a tv solely for viewing tv only.

I want to purchase a tv solely to watch cable tv. I could care less about interner, addons, 3D, etc. Looking for something in the 50-55" screen size that will give me good service and picture. I am too old to want anything but a tv.

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Re: cable TV

What TV's are on your shortlist after visiting a few shops and talking with the sales person?

Most of the TV's you'll find with such a size of screen will be 'Smart TV' or '3D'. So those are more expensive, although, of course, you're not required to use those features.

Kees

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I have priced many from $600-$3,500 and just seems that the more addons there are the higher the price. I guess, Also on CNET their ratings seem to be on the ones that range from $2,000-$3,000. Then, I see a lot in stores that are around $800-$1,500. There just seems such a wide range and it most difficult to make a short list as I do not know where to start. I was initally in the $1,000-$1,200 range and where I really would like to be but are these really inferior to the higher priced units and are they that much better than the lower priced oned. Just confused with such a price range even with the same manufacturer. Confused, confused, confused......

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Don't want to confuse you.
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And this one looks like a nice bargain.
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More expensive HDTVs not necessarily better

FWIW, many of the higher priced LED models are currently packed to the gills with the features you don't want. That's most of the markup. Right now a 50" plasma is very much a price/quality 'sweet spot'. If you have a dark room/access to decent light control, the Panasonic ST50 would be a great choice IMO and E. This would be around $1500, ballpark. And PQ-wise, it spanks the heck out of LED HDTVs priced much higher.

-Pedro

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Then shop for that.

If it happens with come with those smart apps, but has a great picture why not?

You don't have to use those features.

-> The big problem I see today is the shorter life spans in electronics. Look are the paltry warranties offered. ONE YEAR is common yet you see many fail inside 5 years.

So my advice is to shop, shop, shop and don't toss out a model just because it has those internet, addons or 3D. Go for the display quality and the price. Then add the longest warranty you can if you can't stomach the failures in 5 years.
Bob

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