home : hot deals & information involving: televisions Friday, August 15, 2014
- Samsung 50" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV & $200 Card for $548
Samsung (UN50EH5000) 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $548, which is about $50 less than what most other stores sell it for.
Add one to the cart, and a $200 eGift Card should automatically appear for free.
Be sure the free $200 card appears in the cart, because they can remove this promotion anytime.
The $200 gift card will arrive by email in 20 days. You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com. The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so be aware you will have limited time to use it before you lose it.
Good reviews on this TV.
This particular deal comes with 6 free HDMI cables.
However, beware these are very cheaply-made cables, and are susceptible to interference by nearby wires.
The cables could be fine, but you may get no signal because of interference from electrical wires near your TV.
We got 5 of these cables with a previous Changhong TV deal, and only 1 cable worked in our home.
Still nice Newegg gives free HDMI cables with this deal, and the cables may work great for you, but just don't be angry if your "free cables" wind up in the trash.
- Seiki 22" Old-looking 1080p HDTV for $100
This is a deal because the price is $70 to $120 less than what everyone else sells it for (including sellers on Ebay), and it has positive reviews.
The old-look can be a really cool feature in a room, however paying $100 is just a fair (not great) price for a 22-inch HDTV.
- LG 50" Plasma 720p HDTV & $200 Gift Card for $399
LG 50-inch (PB560B) 720p Plasma 600Hz HDTV for $399 with free shipping.
When added to the cart, a free $200 eGift Card should automatically appear.
Be sure the $200 free gift card appears, because Dell could cancel this promotion at any time.
After buying the TV, your $200 "eGift Card" should arrive by email in 20 days. You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com. The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so be aware you will have limited time to use it before you lose it.
- Vizio 23" 720p HDTV & $100 Gift Card for $178
Add a Vizio 23-inch E231i-B1 720p LED-backlit LCD HDTV to your cart for $178.
View the cart, and you should see a $100 Promo eGift Card.
The gift card is free.
After buying the TV, your $100 gift card should arrive by email in 20 days.
You can apply it toward anything at Dell.com.
The gift card will expire 90 days after you receive it, so you will have limited time to use it.
- LG 60" Plasma 1080p HDTV & $150 Gift for $700
LG 60-inch Plasma 1080p 600Hz HDTV for $700.
Usually sells for around $900.
When you add it to the cart, a free $150 Dell eGift Card appears in the cart.
Be sure the free $150 gift card appears before beginning checkout.
The TV has positive reviews.
Plasma uses more energy and weighs more than a LED/LCD screen.
This one weighs nearly 100-pounds.
- LG 32" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $269
LG 32-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is currently priced at $269 through BuyDig.com's Ebay store.
Mostly positive reviews and usually sells for $100 more.
As we expected, the Changhong 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV is back on sale for under $400 ($380, this time).
This is a great value for a 50-inch television.
We like ours, and most customers are happy with their purchase as well.
It costs about half of the price of 50-inch TVs you will find at Costco, Best Buy, and Amazon.
Some detailed specs are on the manufacturer's website.
Newegg has an unboxing video.
This particular deal comes with 6 free HDMI cables.
However, beware these are very cheaply-made cables, and are susceptible to interference.
HDMI is a digital signal, so it either works or does not work (there is no static when signals are weak), so you will know right away if the cables work for you.
We got 5 of these cables with a previous Changhong TV deal, and only 1 cable worked for us.
The cables themselves were fine, but their lack of sufficient shielding meant the free cables could not carry a 1080p digital signal when near any electrical interference sources, like electronics and other wires.
Still nice Newegg gives free HDMI cables with this deal, and they may work for you, but just don't be angry if your "free cables" wind up in the trash.
The picture quality of the TV is excellent for a bedroom TV.
As a living room TV, the picture quality is very good but certainly not as good as a Samsung 7000-series, 8000-series, or other big-name brand TV would be.
The Samsung 7000/8000 models go for $1000 to $2200 apiece, a huge jump in price over this Changhong.
In terms of value, the $1000+ and $2000+ TVs will probably not hold their value as well as this Changhong would.
If you bought a new $1200 TV today and tried to sell it in 2 years, you may get $600 or $800 for it (loss of at least $400).
Selling your $380 Changhong 50-inch TV may have a value of roughly $250 in 2 years (loss of $130 or so).
As portable devices become more popular alternatives to "TV" watching, and as better screen technology will be coming out in the next couple years, it is unclear how popular today's LED big-screen television technology will be in a few years.
One thing that is clear, they will drop in value the moment they arrive in your home.
Therefore, unless you really, really need to have nothing less than the superior image quality of a $1000+ TV, we would recommend a relatively inexpensive TV like this Changhong 50-inch.
If you want to mount it on a wall, we recommend this flat/tilt mount or this articulating arm bracket.
The Changhong TV's HDMI ports are on the side of the TV, so your HDMI cables may stick out the side.
If you want to hide your HDMI cables behind the TV, we used a HDMI Right Angle Port Saver which angles the HDMI cable upward instead of out the side of the TV.
There are other HDMI adapters too, that can angle your HDMI wires to fit your cable-hiding desires.
If you need help mounting a TV and hiding the HDMI & electrical wires inside your walls, consult a local electrician or handyman (Craigslist is full of them).
Newegg.com is offering their Changhong 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $380 through their Ebay store.
Limited quantity is available.
The reviews are mostly positive.
We have one, and can honestly say that this is a great value for a HDTV.
While it lacks a lot of features of other TVs (no smart TV features, and no 120Hz and above), the quality of the image is good and the size of the TV is a great value for the price.
Changhong 50-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $450, and a $70 Prepaid Card is available by mail-in rebate.
Also if you have an American Express card, see yesterday's deal about getting an additional $15 off a Newegg.com purchase.
In our opinion, this deal is average or slightly worse than this TV's $375-400 price over the last few months.
We would rather pay $375-400 for this TV outright, versus paying more money, then having to deal with the hassle of mailing in a rebate with the cut-out UPC, waiting for the rebate to arrive, then finding a way to spend exactly $70 on the card.
However, some people who don't mind rebates might like this deal.
- Zyxel X650 AC1200 Dual-Band Wifi Router $60
Half way down the page is a Zyxel X650 AC1200 Wifi Router for $60.
Usually goes for around $85.
Includes a 2-year warranty, does 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneously, and has a 4-port gigabit switch.
According to the reviews, this router is meant for those who have networking knowledge.
The range is mediocre and the antennas cannot be upgraded, but could be a good alternative to a D-Link, Linksys, or DD-WRT compatible router.
- Samsung 22" 1080p and $50 Gift for $178
Samsung 22-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $178.
It is 1.7-inches thick (without stand).
Add one to the cart, and a free $50 Dell Promo eGift Card automatically appears in the cart.
- LG 42" LED-backlit LCD 1080p HDTV for $391
LG (42LN5400) 42-inch LED-backlit LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $391 from Paul's TV via Amazon, or Amazon direct for $400.
We still love our Changhong 50" TV for $400, but LG is a very popular brand with 120Hz refresh rate and good reviews.
- Yamaha RX-V577 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver for $350 (expired)
Yamaha 7.2-Channel A/V Receiver is available on the 1sale.com page today for $350 with free shipping.
Takes about 2-4 weeks before it ships, because 1sale.com batches everyone's order together to help get the prices down on the items they sell.
This receiver normally goes for around $500.
This is essentially the exact same receiver as the Yamaha RX-V575, except the RX-V577 has built-in Wifi.
Both receivers have an ethernet port for connecting to a home network, but the built-in Wifi can connect to your network without running an ethernet cable.
We have the RX-V575 and love it.
The sound quality is good, the Yamaha app works well on Android and iOS devices,
and the Zone-B works really well.
Most 7-channel receivers support two zones, often called "Zone 2", where the main zone (5.1 channel) and a second zone (2 channel stereo) can play separate audio in 2 rooms.
A "zone 2" receiver can have some problems when trying to play a surroundsound source on your second zone, because most "zone 2" receivers require the audio to be in stereo and unencoded (meaning, no Dolby Digital, no DTS).
Trying to copy your main room's surroundsound audio onto the second zone can be a hassle.
A Yamaha "Zone B" compatible receiver (like this one) can automatically copy the main zone's audio into the second room's audio.
This rare and very useful feature is perfect for someone who wants to easily set up single A/V receiver to power 5.1 surroundsound in their living room, and power a pair of stereo speakers in a second room or outdoor patio.
Even though a "Zone B" receiver cannot play audio from two different sources at once, the ease of setting up both audio zones is a great feature.
Simply play something in your living room, turn on the Zone B speakers on the Yamaha, and the audio will be copied and downsampled to stereo for the stereo speakers in the second zone.
Instead of having two speaker zones, you can set up 7.2-Channel speakers in a single room.
In our opinion however, a 7-speaker configuration would probably be overkill, even for large theater rooms.
Some gaming systems and some Blu-Ray discs can do 7-channel audio, but almost everything else only supports 5.1-channel audio (today and for the foreseeable future), meaning the extra pair of speakers would likely be a waste of money.
Most people are happy with 5.1 speakers.
You can save a few dollars by choosing the RX-V575 for $330, but the built-in Wifi on the RX-V577 makes it very easy to set up AirPlay and control the receiver with the Yamaha app.