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It's good news for all members and everyone in SG.

We now have real options for the lower end.

Previously one will need to spend above 5k for a 65" and now amazingly they are available at around the one grand mark.

 

 

But the caveat is that you gain inches of acreage, but do check if the spec sheet, the feature list and also the picture quality matches your needs and expectations. Don't forget, whatever price you pay, you want it to last for quite a few years (in my books, 5 years for a budget set is good) and that what you see is what you want. Otherwise TVs aren't like other items - they are much harder to sell and so, choose wisely.

 

 

 

From the larger mainstream brands, we have some offers, and some are past year models, so be careful what you choose and see if they suit your needs. LG, Samsung and even Sony have some models in the under 2k range, and past year models may be even cheaper.

Be careful of certain shops which do a switcheroo... they offer a 65" TV at an attractive price, with a picture of what looks like a current range TV, only for them to sell you their 2-3 year old models.

 

Also take note of whether they are true 4k and HDR capable, if they have the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.3, do they have enough ports and what kind of smart TV features do they possess. The cheaper ones also tend to be edgelit, and have an overall lower nit value and even the video processor is more basic, with lower quality upscaling. The sound from the speakers built also tend to be mediocre.

 

The new brands bring a lot more excitement and value...

 

 

Those you see in the larger electronic stores tend to be the mainstream brands, whereas the new brands may appear in computer stores, grocery stores and promotional pop ups.

 

 

TCL, Aiwa, Akai, and many other options are now available at very enticing prices.

 

 

Then there are the internet brands, like Xiaomi, which has been offering their current range TVs for under one grand for some time. The caveat? The menu often comes in Chinese and you need to check if the set sold has an English menu option.

Other items to check are if the warranty is included and where do you send the set, as well as how long is the warranty.

They also do not come with local tuners, unlike the other options.

 

 

So if your wallet feels a little light, but you feel a need for a larger screen, there is hope and there are options, but as always, caveat emptor...

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The AhTiong brands that makes it to penetrate into European/American markets are TCL, HiSense, SkyWorth as well as ChangHong.

 

TCL needs no sub brands which it may have acquired to fight the conservative Asian consumer war.

HiSense will have to rely on Toshiba, SkyWorth with Metz. ChangHong... I'm still researching is it thru AIWA or Thomson or not.

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Those who wants no brainer reliable brand with good stable and strong after sales warranty, shouldn't shun away from the old brand that grown with us.

Such as Philips or Panasonic as well as ... Perhaps Sharp.

Philips 65PUT7303 with Philips P5 image processor can be had @ $1.6k approximate.

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Whether we buy from the Prism brand, the TCL or other recent budget offerings, they have made a huge impact on the local TV scene. 
Sure there are higher quality offerings for the discerning videophile, but now everyone, even those consider much smaller TVs can now enjoy the benefits of a larger set.

Kudos to them and you now see more budget offerings from the big stores for large panels, these may be older models, but they are still decent value.

AH /Courts / Gain City etc are having offers online for them right now...

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Large panel price drops is resonate along the trend of new TV costs.

The local OEM offerings, notably TOASTY and PRISM+, were to price against competitions from overseas "talents" like XiaoMi or so that are sold in platforms like Lazada/Shopee/Carousell or alike that comes either with limited period warranty or no warranty at all... and yet packed the same or close specs to those foreign offerings but with valid warranties or local insurance per se for local buyers.

In a kind way, i would consider those a saviors to prevent local consumers from getting their monies wasted. However on the other hand, their after sales policies should hv a better and clear definitions when it comes to warranty claims.

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Conservative buyers whom tend to stick to international brands that they knew or trusted, should take note of the models they eyed upon is it still banded with valid full warranties if the models they buy was released some periods ago, or more than a year ago as most manufacturers/producers are revising their warranty policies on old makes that are more than a year of releases.

This is where such policies resonates to those like "Display set limited warranty".

Low price certainly looked attractive to miss, but if that model is sold at a price close to local OEM that may offer in full 3yrs minimum, then it's either the buyer pray hard that the model he buys can last more than a year of usage, which will be a bonus. Or go for other brands in the market that still offers full 3yrs minimum on parts and labor like SHARP, SONY and PHILIPS i knew so far... SAMSUNG or LG shall need more clear understandings and updates from the Korean makers.

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Price good! Certainly a attention grabber!!

However, buyers should take note of the model that TU7000 is roughly 2yrs old make(if i'm not wrong)

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Don't worry bro, IIRC it's still current.

My RU 7100 was last year's model, so the TU is the replacement... there may be new ones this year, but it should be ok.. cheers

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Swee Lah!1yr old model, 3yrs warranty for sure!

@ $1400, one can only gets 65TU7000 @ BestDenki. However, if one willing to pump in additional $600, @ $1999, U gets 5inch upgrade from 70incher from BD!

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