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Pestilence
09-25-2012, 01:32 PM
Anyone have an off brand TV (Sceptre, Haier, etc)?

What's your opinion on them?

I'm looking for another TV that would go in my other living room. I'm planning on mainly using it for playing my kid's shows and using it for my Insanity DVDs.....so I'm not really looking for a high end $600 TV. I'd like to keep it under $300 and larger than 32".

Any recommendations?

Ceej
09-25-2012, 01:33 PM
I'm not sure if you can consider it name brand. But, I've had my Vizio for over 4 years.

I love it.

Pestilence
09-25-2012, 01:34 PM
I'm not sure if you can consider it name brand. But, I've had my Vizio for over 4 years.

I love it.

I'd consider it name brand but if I can find a cheap one....I'll take it. I've got a Vizio 32" for our bedroom TV.

Ceej
09-25-2012, 01:35 PM
I'd consider it name brand but if I can find a cheap one....I'll take it. I've got a Vizio 32" for our bedroom TV.

Typically you can find them on the cheap.

Especially if you have a Sam's Club card.

I bought mine when I worked there over four years ago, and financed it.

Not one complaint.

KC_Lee
09-25-2012, 01:36 PM
Anyone have an off brand TV (Sceptre, Haier, etc)?

What's your opinion on them?

I'm looking for another TV that would go in my other living room. I'm planning on mainly using it for playing my kid's shows and using it for my Insanity DVDs.....so I'm not really looking for a high end $600 TV. I'd like to keep it under $300 and larger than 32".

Any recommendations?

I have a Curtis, don't recommend it as your "primary" TV but would work for a bed room or office TV.

Looking to upgrade this year.

DaFace
09-25-2012, 01:39 PM
Kind of like Vizio, Westinghouse isn't a complete off-brand, but we got a pretty cheap one at Best Buy five years or so ago, and it's been great.

Bump
09-25-2012, 01:53 PM
bought an Apex once. It broke after 95 days and the warranty was for 90 days. I tried to return it and Circuit City told me to go fuck myself. No wonder they went out of business.

Bump
09-25-2012, 01:54 PM
ya and I bought an insignia about 3 years ago, plasma and that thing broke a year ago. I know what it needs to fix it but my soldering skills suck, there is a skill to that and I don't have it, lol.

Los Pollos Hermanos
09-25-2012, 01:56 PM
There's a little known company called Samsung. They make a damn good TV.

Bump
09-25-2012, 01:57 PM
There's a little known company called Samsung. They make a damn good TV.

the only off brand Samsung makes is cameras.

BigMeatballDave
09-25-2012, 02:04 PM
My parents have a 3 yr old Sylvania 32" LCD that still works great.

Frosty
09-25-2012, 02:05 PM
I don't think it's considered "off-brand" but last spring I needed to replace the kids' video game TV and got a Philips 40" LED TV at Costco for under $500. It was the biggest TV I could fit into the existing console. It is a very nice TV and works flawlessly.

htismaqe
09-25-2012, 02:28 PM
I have 2 LG bigscreens, so no off-brands there.

However, the girls have a Dynex (Best Buy store brand) and for a dirt cheap TV, it's been rock solid.

htismaqe
09-25-2012, 02:28 PM
I don't think it's considered "off-brand" but last spring I needed to replace the kids' video game TV and got a Philips 40" LED TV at Costco for under $500. It was the biggest TV I could fit into the existing console. It is a very nice TV and works flawlessly.

Nowadays, Phillips IS an off-brand. :D

Pestilence
09-25-2012, 02:33 PM
Yeah.....I won't be buying a Phillips. I bought one as my first "big screen" TV and it took a shit after 3 years.

Pestilence
09-25-2012, 02:34 PM
I might just keep an eye out since Black Friday really isn't to far away.

Demonpenz
09-25-2012, 03:15 PM
i had a dynex it was pretty good

Baby Lee
09-25-2012, 03:30 PM
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Frazod
09-25-2012, 03:35 PM
My over-8-year-old POS Protron 32" HDTV is still going strong. I keep hoping it will die so I can replace it (the border is so big around the screen that it's the size of a new "37) but despite regular, daily use, it just keeps on going.

The guy driving the last functional Chevy Vega probably feels the same way. :D

Frazod
12-01-2012, 11:57 AM
My over-8-year-old POS Protron 32" HDTV is still going strong. I keep hoping it will die so I can replace it (the border is so big around the screen that it's the size of a new "37) but despite regular, daily use, it just keeps on going.

The guy driving the last functional Chevy Vega probably feels the same way. :D

Well, the fucking thing finally died. Won't power up. So it's off to get a replacement, which I'm happy about. I just wish it hadn't crapped out right in the middle of Christmas shopping. :banghead:

Valiant
12-01-2012, 02:14 PM
bought an Apex once. It broke after 95 days and the warranty was for 90 days. I tried to return it and Circuit City told me to go **** myself. No wonder they went out of business.

Who exactly is that circuit city's fault? 30 day return policy, warranty goes through manufacture.. Amazes me how consumers know the rules, but think they should not apply to them..

Fruit Ninja
12-01-2012, 02:20 PM
I have a 40 in Westinghouse in my room. Ive had it for only a few months 4-5 maybe. So far so good. Great picture. The sound is a big meh, but i have a cheap surround sound system hooked up to it and i took care of that problem. lol

Gonzo
12-01-2012, 09:18 PM
I don't know a whole lot about off brands but Vizio's seem pretty good. I'd be more concerned about the warrantee. If you find a decent off-brand with a multi-year warrantee, jump on it.

lewdog
12-01-2012, 09:37 PM
Vizio is about as low of a brand as I would go. I have plenty of friends who have had them and they seem nice and hold up well. I only go Samsung for my nice TV though but have been thinking about a Vizio for my other TV.

mikeyis4dcats.
12-02-2012, 12:03 AM
Sams Club had a 32" Vizio for $98 this week.

dmahurin
12-02-2012, 12:29 AM
I have a 42" insignia and don't have a single complaint. After researching them for a while insignia is a Samsung tv with a different name. All Samsung parts made in a Samsung factory for half the price.

DaneMcCloud
12-02-2012, 01:55 AM
Sams Club had a 32" Vizio for $98 this week.

Wow! I saw an LED LCD Vizio at Costco a few weeks back for $229 but $98?

Crazy.

AZORChiefFan
12-02-2012, 02:09 AM
I bought a refurbished Vizio 47" about a year ago. Came with a vizio sound bar. for right at $500. great pic. I had a 32" Olevia that was good for what it was. I bought it 5+ years ago and as far as I know it's still kicking. (Gave to fiancÚ's dad)

Dave Lane
12-02-2012, 07:38 AM
I have a 40 in Westinghouse in my room. Ive had it for only a few months 4-5 maybe. So far so good. Great picture. The sound is a big meh, but i have a cheap surround sound system hooked up to it and i took care of that problem. lol

Westinghouse is absolute garbage, tried 2 37" one and the both died within 3 weeks. Took them back and got a nice 40" Hisense brand from Walmart for almost the same price.

It did weigh nearly three times as much and a 3 year warranty from Walmart, 3 year onsite warranty (at a farm 75 miles from KC) for like $35. So no more worries and I NEVER buy a warranty but this made me laugh.

lewdog
12-02-2012, 08:00 AM
I have a 42" insignia and don't have a single complaint. After researching them for a while insignia is a Samsung tv with a different name. All Samsung parts made in a Samsung factory for half the price.

I wasn't sure if the TV with samsung parts was insignia or vizio?

dmahurin
12-02-2012, 11:50 AM
I wasn't sure if the TV with samsung parts was insignia or vizio?

Hell, maybe both are but I know for sure insignia is.

lewdog
12-02-2012, 11:59 AM
Hell, maybe both are but I know for sure insignia is.

I looked it up and you are right, seems insignia is. Thanks for reminding me, that will probably be my next purchase for a cheaper TV.

DaneMcCloud
12-02-2012, 01:00 PM
I don't know a whole lot about off brands but Vizio's seem pretty good. I'd be more concerned about the warrantee. If you find a decent off-brand with a multi-year warrantee, jump on it.

If you purchase from Costco, they'll double the warranty.

Fruit Ninja
12-02-2012, 01:39 PM
Westinghouse is absolute garbage, tried 2 37" one and the both died within 3 weeks. Took them back and got a nice 40" Hisense brand from Walmart for almost the same price.

It did weigh nearly three times as much and a 3 year warranty from Walmart, 3 year onsite warranty (at a farm 75 miles from KC) for like $35. So no more worries and I NEVER buy a warranty but this made me laugh.

I got the 2 year warranty on the tv, so i dont worry to much about it. Also, like i said its been about 5 months now maybe and works like a champ. lol I sleep with it on jsut about everynight.

Frazod
12-02-2012, 04:07 PM
I ended up getting a Sceptre 32" to replace my dead Protron. $150 from Tiger Direct after a mail-in rebate.

ThaVirus
12-02-2012, 04:17 PM
i had a dynex it was pretty good

Same here.

Shogun
12-02-2012, 07:16 PM
My 4 year old Westinghouse is the best TV I've ever owned.

Demonpenz
12-02-2012, 11:05 PM
Same here.

my parents still have it. It looks decent and gets the job done. I am thankful TV's are cheap and awesome these days.