I think there might be enough tech savvy people in here that know something about tv's... right? Couldn't hurt to ask anyway.
So, I decided we needed a new tv... a bigger one, just because I guess. We've been using a 32" Vizio that we bought a few years back and we really haven't had any problems with it... The sound, of course, isn't amazing but we survived. One of the reasons we bought it a few years ago was the energy rating... claimed to use $8 worth of electricity a year(based on things like hours of watching and the cost of electricity).
why do we "need" a new tv this year? Of course it's not a need... wouldn't mind something bigger for movies and the big game on Sunday...
But also, I think we're going to get a second couch and it's going to end up further away from the screen than our current couch. There are 7 of us in this little house so a second couch sure would be great... and, I've decided the new couch in the new location will be "MY" couch. HA. My wife falls asleep on the other couch all the time so, that will be her couch and if she's napping in the middle of the day and the kids or I want somewhere to sit, that second couch will come in handy. But I stood over where "my" couch is going to go and decided I "need" a bigger screen.
So... I poked around for a bit and ended up picking one up at Walmart. (please don't shoot me for shopping there)
We're poor so, we can't afford much. I managed to talk my wife into a tv up to $300... I looked at a few on walmart as well as best buy... found just a couple in that range that didn't look too bad. All the ones I could afford at best buy were going to be something I'd have to order and wait on... I knew walmart had at least a 40" for that price that had good ratings but while looking online, I found a 43" LG that had good ratings and it was at the store in our town.
I decided... the tv I could get that day was the right tv...
Then I got to the store. The LG had good ratings... people loved it... except, the outputs. 2 HDMI, maybe a USB, and the normal colored ports... not much that would support a sound system, not that I've ever used one or have big plans for one.
Then, while at the store, I see there's a 43" Sanyo for the same price... $298.
I struggle with decision making probably a little more than the average person. I go back and forth... second, third, and fourth guessing decisions... It's torture.
The Sanyo had more features and/or ports... 3 HDMI, plus more.
I finally grabbed an associate to ask some questions... of course, what they have are not exactly well trained electronics associates. The guy I asked... Well, the problem was, the Sanyo was not listed at walmart's website... so, no reviews/ratings. I ended up using the store's wifi to try and look the model up... nothing... only site that lists it is Sanyo's own site... with no reviews or ratings... and, "where to buy" pointed to walmart only. Some of this searching was AFTER I got home... but, that's a concern. NO reviews ANYWHERE on the internet for this particular model.
Anyway, the associate said he had two tv's at home, one was a sanyo and he liked it. That's about as useful as that guy was.
Somehow, I decided to get that one over the LG. Looking at the tv's on the wall at the store, it's VERY difficult to judge the pictures...
So, that was two days ago... I'm not sure how I feel about the tv. There are some minor things I hate... when you mute, if you move the volume down it unmutes... our old tv would only go off of mute if you hit mute or went up in volume.
Info on what's on tv seems to be missing... the description of the shows that are on at the time, are gone(We just use an antenna by the way).
But... the picture is what I'm REALLY unsure of.
There are some shows and movies that look okay... and others that do not. Some of that I do know is not the tv's fault but the programming... I still can't help but wonder if I could have a better picture than this.
Now the guy at walmart told me I had 90 days and I could return it... I'm starting to think I might... before or after the super bowl, I don't know yet...
So....... my questions? I'm not sure. HA
I've read mixed reviews... what's the consensus on Sanyo as a brand? I've seen someone comment that Sanyo doesn't make good tv's... and I've seen sites that showed them as a favorable brand. All of them seem to suggest that LG would have been better.
I'm half tempted to bring it back and drop down to the 40" where I had more brand options. Vizio hasn't been bad to us... and we like LG.
I do believe it was a mistake to buy a tv where I could find no ratings/reviews for it.
Decisions... I hate them. :/
The size is nice... it's a nice upgrade... but, I am thinking we could get a better picture than this. I have no way of REALLY telling though. It's not like I have bring a few tv's home and test them HERE side by side.
Anyway... any thoughts? On brands? or anything?