questionscan you help me find a bedroom tv?

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I can't help with the TV recommendation, but I have bought many things from Amazon warehouse deals, and every one has been indistinguishable from new, so don't hesitate on that.

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You might find some good info in this question.

Also, not all 'off-brands' are bad. I purchased a 32" Digital Research TV about 9 years ago. It just died. Was an unknown brand at that time; but served me well.

Also, I agree w/@pickypickypicky. No problems w/Amazon warehouse deals.

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As for the TV being a little higher than your eyes, I had the same situation. Ours couldn't be wall mounted, so The Spouse took a bit of leftover plywood and created a small stand that's angled just a bit downward. It doesn't take much to "aim" it toward your bed properly. We spray painted it black, and it looks and works just fine.

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@pickypickypicky: @gmwhit, thanks for the info on Amazon Warehouse. Good to know.
@magiccave. I had the same idea. Get something to wedge under it. It'll be sitting on my cable box but should be easy enough to do. And another use for duct tape.

re: the link on the other tvs. I guess I'm in the ball park price wise although I'm fine with a 720. I'll wait at least til after Superbowl. It's not even January and I already have a ton of expenses I foresee.

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Vizio and Westinghouse (not the westinghouse of old, unfortunately) are among the best of the budget brands - typically using LG or Samsung panels, but supplying their own electronics. they often lack the bells and whistles, but are perfectly serviceable. I've used both in the past with fine results, and chose a Westinghouse for my basement currently, because inevitably it'll get smacked around by my visiting nephews and lax parental supervision, lol. inexpensive enough where i wouldn't be too pissed if something happened to it, but not compromising picture quality for entertainment purposes. That said - if you find a decent LG or Samsung, etc for the same price - go for it, as they often have better warranties (3yr vs 1 yr, etc) As for waiting until after the superbowl - you might kick yourself. I remember reading somewhere that for TV sales - the superbowl is second only to black friday in terms of discounts. Something to keep in mind.

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@goatcrapp: I know about Vizio but I don't think many of theirs have headphone jacks. I'll look around again but I remember having this problem with their stuff. I'm on strike with Westinghouse. I'll keep my eyes open for sure around Super Bowl. Thanks all and Happy New Year!

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Minkey. This may be a little more than you want to spend (hear me out) but right now, Costco has a Vizio (E320i) for $269. This is a pretty basic, 32", flat panel, LED TV with 720p resolution and 60 hertz refresh rate. CNET gave it a very favorable review (I trust those geeks) and the Vizio reputation has really grown in the last 5 years to be pretty darn good. SO, here is the kicker, the reason this tv is worth (in my opinion) just a little more..... It is one of the "smart" tvs. It has a built in Wifi receiver and can use your home network's wireless signal (or a neighbor's if you live in an apartment) to stream Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Youtube, Facebook, etc, etc, etc. It's a TV with apps; added value. I wouldn't go as far as to compare it to a Roku or Apple TV but, if you have Amazon Prime or Netflix already, it's worth a look. Tax if you would normally pay tax, but free shipping. Take a look. http://www.costco.com/Vizio-32%22-CLASS-720P-Smart-LED-HDTV-E320i-B1.product.100089253.html

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@hulsets: Thanks for this info and maybe someone else can use it but as I said, all I want is a TV with decent speakers to watch tv in bed. I don't have Hulu or Netflix and won't stream. Don't need a smart TV etc. My tech needs are very simple. Happy New Year!

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@minkeygirl7: While i can't comment specifically about the size you're looking for - a lot of new tv's, even the off-brands, have RCA outputs (for use with a home theater setup) - If you find a set thats the right price, right features, but has no headphones jack - check to see if it has RCA outputs. If so - buy one of these adapters and call it a day: http://www.amazon.com/30S1-01260-Stereo-Female-Y-Cable-Connector/dp/B000I23TTE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388671697&sr=8-1&keywords=rca+headphone+adapter

My favorite off-brand back in the day was Olevia - though that's now a long defunct brand (but made some amazing sets IMO)

Among the recognized brand tv's - RCA makes a good selection of basic sets, as does Magnavox - but just be aware, these aren't the same makers from their respective heyday - most likely korean manufactured nowadays if that matters to you. Not sure what your stance on used/pre-owned is, but you can often find 32" 720p sets on ebay that end up at 100 bucks or less.

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@goatcrapp: Interesting you should bring up the adapter. My 37" Toshiba did not have a headphone jack so I got one for that. The problem is that I cannot adjust the volume so it blasts in the headphones and doesn't turn off the speaker to the regular tv speaker. I don't have the energy or brains to figure out if this will be the same problem which is why I really prefer to have a headphone jack on a 32".

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@minkeygirl7: Good point - I've had some brands that self mute when there's a line-in connection and others that don't at all. There's of course a fix for anything, but it involves spending more money on a learning remote that can perform automated functions, or a discrete headphone amplifier... in the end, being a priority - probably best to find a set with a headphone jack, unless you can confirm whether it will self mute with a line-in connection (a stat i can't say i've ever seen online, unfortunately)

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@hobbitss: Wow! I just don't think I can swing it right now. i'll have to crunch numbers today and see. This is absolutely an option along with the LG I saw. @goatcrapp, yeah I just don't have the energy or the smarts to deal with all that. It's just better to find what I want to start.

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@minkeygirl7: I just saw I can get 6 month financing on this. I may have to bite the bullet and get it. I'll let you know!

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@hobbitss: Done and done. I got their 6 month financing on this! Don't know if I should kiss you or kill you. Thanks very much!

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@minkeygirl7: I'm kissing @hobbitss! I got one, too. Very pleased. So happy you asked this question. I've been following it all along. And thanks again @hobbitss!

BTW: I got BB's protection plan. Not sure I should have done that; haven't heard good things about the Geek Squad. Oh, well. Thoughts?

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@gmwhit: & @minkeygirl7:
Kisses only please.. I would make a very Ugly Hood Ornament..
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Your welcome.. Glad I could be of help...

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@gmwhit: I didn't get the protection plan. I always heard that the ones for TV are pretty worthless, that if something is going to go wrong it will right off the bat. But I bought an extended warranty for my fridge and boy am I glad I did.

I'll think about going back and adding it. If the payments are spread over 6 months maybe I will.

Kisses to everyone!

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Was finally able to post this as a deal...

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@minkeygirl7: Are you looking for any brand(s)/features in particular? (I'd lean toward 1080p LED as kind of a baseline)

Been seeing some awesome deals though, if you're patient a great deal will pop up every couple of weeks, so it's worth the wait..

(Wal*Mart had some 1080p LED Sceptre (4-5 star rating from thousands) for $199 a week or so ago, not sure if they still do.. I'm thinking they went up though.
LG's seem to run ~30% more for the similar specs.)

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@drchops: thanks but I bought the Sharp Best Buy had on sale yesterday. Check the link above.

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@drchops: thanks but I bought the Sharp Best Buy had on sale yesterday. Check the link above.

@hobbitss. Quick unrelated question you might be able to answer. My tv is connected to my digital cable box. Am I correct that my remote that controls the box will work with the new tv without me having to program anything?

(Tv shipped!)

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@hobbitss: I got my TV yesterday. 4 screws to put the base together. 4 screws to attach it to the tv. Connect the cables and there you have a working tv! The hardest part was programming the time warner remote.

I did call Sharp Customer Service for something and they were great! Thanks so much.!

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@minkeygirl7: Amazing how easy it is these days... The new TVs are so light... My first LCD was a 39" Olievia and it weighed 75#s.. I had to clear furniture out of the way to make room on the floor to assemble the stand and set it up before placing it on the media center... Moving it around the house was a bear... In contrast I was setting up a couple of new 32" LED TVs at a trade show a couple of months ago and was holding the TV up in the air with one hand while stringing cables thru' the custom stand we were going to use with the other hand... I like Sharp they always seem to make a good product... Enjoy...