Time to Update Your TV? Get More for Less!

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Image from The Flintstones. A Hanna-Barbera Production. 1960-1966.

Well, it finally happened. Your prehistoric television went the way of the dinosaurs and you don’t want to wait until the genetic engineers of Jurassic World can bring it back to life. Besides, you have to see the latest episode of Big Brother on CBS this summer, right? (Oh please, I hope not!)

If you’ve been putting off buying a new television because you don’t know your HDs from your LEDs and you’re unwilling to put retirement off in order to keep up with the Jones’ 196″ curved home theater with surround sound, then this is the post for you.

Believe me, I was in the electronics buying field for a major big box retailer for over a decade, and replacing your old technology TV with new HD LED/LCD TV does not have to be a budget buster.

The two most important things to consider are your budget and screen size.

My philosophy: go BIG or go home!

That seems to be the motto in the television industry these days. If you decide to go big, you will never regret it. You’ll want to buy the largest screen to fit the spot that the TV will be located. Room size is less of a consideration today given that a flat screen TV can accommodate the smallest space with an easy-to-install wall or corner mount, so don’t worry about it jutting out.

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A 55″ Vizio E-Series is available right now at Best Buy for $599

Right now a 50-55 inch television can easily be found for $400-$600, either in-store or online with free shipping, from popular name brands you can trust. Based on my years of experience working with these brands, I would recommend Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Vizio or Toshiba.

If you’re looking for a smaller TV for your bedroom or home office, or in my case garage/mancave where I catch football on Sundays, I recommend a 32″ with a corner or ceiling mount. A heavy-duty tilting wall mount from Mount It runs about $35 on Amazon.

When it comes to all those capitalized letters and numbers that are thrown around with TVs today, it all boils down to this: you want 1080p, HD format. If you have 1080 lines of screen resolution it will provide you with a good, high-quality picture for movies, sports-viewing, or binge-watching entire seasons of Walking Dead. You do not need an expensive 4K Ultra HD, 3D or curved screen TV to have a great viewing experience. Better models of these 60″ and higher televisions are running about $1,500 right now, and I expect the prices will come down in a few years.

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You can find a fantastic LG Electronics Sound Bar for theater-quality sound for $125 on Amazon right now.

Save the money you’d spend on those enhanced feature televisions and use it to buy an inexpensive sound bar, which will range in price from $50 to $99. The home theater experience is worth it.

Look for a TV that has several HDMI inputs, so  you can connect devices to your TV, such as cable boxes, DVD  players, gaming consoles and video cameras.

You can ignore features such as refresh rate, contrast ratio and color gamut unless you are a pixel sniffer. They really don’t matter on a quality, reasonably-priced television.

Even if you’re replacing a first generation LCD TV, you’re going to be amazed at the picture quality you’ll see with an affordable 55″ television. So online or at the local mall, don’t be intimidated, the deals are out there.

– Blogger Karl Q enjoys skiing at Alta, golfing at Whistling Straits, soaking up the sun in Kauai, and a good $2 chicken sandwich from Wendy’s.

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