Any good Smart HDTV deal?

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Submitted by ninaprincess on November 28, 2012 - 12:10pm

I am looking for a 40" HDTV with wifi and Netflix ready for around $600. Any recommendation?

I also need that Netflix software to be Closed Caption capable for my brother who is an English learner. Currently some Netflix device can't display caption.

Submitted by spdrun on November 28, 2012 - 12:46pm.

"Regular" HDTV with a small-form-factor PC hooked up to it. A lot more flexible than a "smart HDTV" and Pirate Bay-ready to boot :)

Submitted by pabloesqobar on November 28, 2012 - 12:53pm.
Submitted by Hobie on November 28, 2012 - 2:31pm.

Just stay away from Sony Bravia. My $1k unit died in 3yrs and could not get correct repair parts.

Submitted by bearishgurl on November 28, 2012 - 2:45pm.

Hobie wrote:
Just stay away from Sony Bravia. My $1k unit died in 3yrs and could not get correct repair parts.

I don't have a Bravia TV but have other Sony items which are older and I was able to find parts for them. A couple were backordered and took a month or so to get:

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/so...

http://www.partstore.com/Content/BrandLa...

There may be others but I have tried these two and am satisfied. All were OEM.

Submitted by flu on November 28, 2012 - 2:56pm.

goto costco... 2 year warranty...

Submitted by Hobie on November 28, 2012 - 4:04pm.

Ok BG pull a chair up to the bar. :) Calling Sony Tech support gets you a fellow in India with an American first name. Read him the serial number and he will tell you the OEM replacement part number. This is different than what is printed on the actual circuit board as they don't use those numbers for replacement parts and their system would not recognize my number that I'm staring at anyway. But before that, you will be subjected to a new sales pitch for a new TV rather than fix the old one. Annoying. Order part and its is wrong. Try again, new number and assured it is correct. Wrong again. Online sources each return different or conflicting part numbers. Maybe I had the one wierd model, but still....

So there is the full story to why I don't wanna deal with Sony any more. Used to be top of line products but not anymore. I'm actually liking Samsung stuff very much lately. YMMV.

Submitted by teaboy on November 28, 2012 - 4:43pm.

Hobie wrote:
I don't wanna deal with Sony any more. Used to be top of line products but not anymore. I'm actually liking Samsung stuff very much lately. YMMV.

Second that. Sony suck a$$.

tb

Submitted by sdduuuude on November 28, 2012 - 5:11pm.

No matter what model you get, I like nextag.com for finding the best price. Sends you email when it finds a new better price than the last email.

Costco a good option, too. They are very good about returns.

Maybe consider a basic TV with closed captioning plus a DVD player or Tivo w/ Netflix built-in.

Submitted by bearishgurl on November 28, 2012 - 6:00pm.

Hobie wrote:
Ok BG pull a chair up to the bar. :) Calling Sony Tech support gets you a fellow in India with an American first name. Read him the serial number and he will tell you the OEM replacement part number. This is different than what is printed on the actual circuit board as they don't use those numbers for replacement parts and their system would not recognize my number that I'm staring at anyway. But before that, you will be subjected to a new sales pitch for a new TV rather than fix the old one. Annoying. Order part and its is wrong. Try again, new number and assured it is correct. Wrong again. Online sources each return different or conflicting part numbers. Maybe I had the one wierd model, but still....

So there is the full story to why I don't wanna deal with Sony any more. Used to be top of line products but not anymore. I'm actually liking Samsung stuff very much lately. YMMV.

Hobie, I don't understand the problem you're having. There are apparently some parts available for Bravia directly from Sony:

http://esupport.sony.com/perl/select-sys...

A Sony x-xxx-xxx-xx part no is not the same as its 3-digit model no (sometimes stamped on the part).

A cursory check at partstore.com reveals parts for these 3 models (there may be more):

http://www.partstore.com/Model/Sony/Sony...

http://www.partstore.com/Model/Sony/Sony...

http://www.partstore.com/Model/Sony/Sony...

and there's plenty of parts on e-bay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p...

You need to get the "Sony Confidential Parts List" from your service manual first, so you know exactly what to order. If you don't have a service manual, that is a big part of your problem.

Try: http://servicerepairmanuals.net/tvmonito...

You are talking to a distant "support desk" person with an unintelligible "English" accent instead of determining for yourself the part(s) that you need. For instance, see:

http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/vi...

If there is a blog about your particular model, you might be able to snag the service manual for free :)

The stuff I recently fixed was circa 2003 and 2006.

Some of the Sony parts are interchangeable and/or will work, even if it is the part for a little older model.

For the most part, I feel Sony makes well-built, quality products.

Submitted by Hobie on November 28, 2012 - 6:31pm.

Love ya BG but you'll have to trust me on this. You are also a great researcher. Here is a gift for you:
Andrews Electronics for OEM consumer electronic parts. Good folks, tons of parts.

Submitted by bearishgurl on November 28, 2012 - 10:39pm.

Hobie wrote:
Love ya BG but you'll have to trust me on this. You are also a great researcher. Here is a gift for you:
Andrews Electronics for OEM consumer electronic parts. Good folks, tons of parts.

Why thank you, Hobie. Just part of my "job" and what I do best, lol. Since I already have my stuff fixed (knock on metal) and don't need your referral and since I've already pulled a chair up, I was thinking more on the order of:

https://www.mcnabridge.com/xe/xe.asp?pag...

Barring the availability of my first choice, I'll take a cutty and water with a twist, and proceed to tell you how you give up too easily. I mean ... I understand ... considering we live in a "throwaway society" and all ...

Submitted by all on November 28, 2012 - 11:37pm.

I got this at Fry's online for $450 last Thursday
http://www.amazon.com/LG-47LS4600-47-Inc...

If you are in no hurry you can like Fry's FB page and monitor ads over the next few weeks for B&M deals. Slickdeals is good, but the best deals will expire by the time you learn about them.

You can get 'smart/wifi' brand name (lg/samsung) blue ray players or roku for $60-70 or Apple TV for $100.

Submitted by ninaprincess on November 29, 2012 - 8:08am.

I already have a Blu Ray player in the living room. For this second TV, I just want a thin TV on the wall, with no speakers, blu-ray or roku player attached.

I will check out Costco today and the websites you have suggested. Thank you.

Submitted by spdrun on November 29, 2012 - 8:47am.

Blu-Ray? Wassat? Who buys DVDs anymore?

HTPC/DVR capable of Torrenting is where it's AT, baby.

Submitted by sdduuuude on November 29, 2012 - 10:12am.

I still have a turntable.

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