(August 29, 2009) Every year the new football season brings with it the start of the HDTV peak sales period.  2009 TV sales volume is around 2008 levels, but with a tilt towards smaller screen size consumer purchases, resulting in lower than anticipated revenues for major retailers and vendors.  Best Buy is fighting back this week by dramatically lowering the price of large screen HDTVs and packages, with savings up to 42%!

HD Guru received a copy of Best Buy’s 8/30/2009 Sunday circular. Use this advanced notice to plan a purchase at your local Best Buy or to negotiate with your favorite retailer or etailer. With inventories building on large screen size HDTVs (>39″) dealers and vendors are desperately trying to move more big screens.  The result, the lowest prices of the year for 2009 HDTVs. Discounts this big normally occur after Thanksgiving.  Below are the best deals (we rounded off “Was” to the nearest whole dollar to save space). Best Buy’s circular lists 33 HDTV models on sale.

Make/Model            Size     Was   Now       $ Savings
Samsung UN46B7100 46″    $2900 $1799.99  $1100
Samsung UN46B8000 46″    $3200 $2099.99  $1100
Samsung UN55B6000 55″    $3500 $2399.99  $1100
Samsung LN55B650  55″     $3000  $2299.99 $700
Samsung LN46B650  46″     $2100 $1499.99  $600
Samsung  PN58B550 58″     $2600 $1899.99  $700
Samsung PN50B550  50″     $1600 $1099.99  $500
Samsung LN40B640  40″     $1500 $999.99   $500
Samsung LN52B550  52″     $2000 $1499.99  $500
Sony KDL-40XBR9   40″       $2300 $1499.99  $800

Package Deals

Panasonic TC-P54S1 54″ Plasma w/DMP-BD60K Blu-ray
player was $2300 Now $1649.98 $ Savings $650

Sony KDL-52XBR9 52″ 240Hz LCD w/BDPS560 Blu-ray player and HTSS360
5.1 Home theater system was  $4000 Now $2499.97 $ Saving $1500

Sony KDL-46XBR9 46″ 240Hz LCD w/BDPS560 Blu-ray player and HTSS360
5.1 Home theater system was $3500 Now $1997.97 $ Savings $1500

One more deal.  Beginning tomorrow, J&R ( will have the Panasonic Blu-ray player DMP-BD60K for $199 (was $299) HD GURU is currently evaluating its sister model (DMP-BD80K) with similar video performance and the preliminary test results are excellent.
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