2010 vs 2011


Much like the rush to get dealer stock off the car lot, TV retailers will be trying to blow out the 2010 models so they have room in their warehouses for the new 2011 models.

Chances are there will be some great deals to be had on the 2010 models. The question is, should you get one?

Depends

We’ve been talking about the new models from Panasonic, Vizio, LG, Sharp, Toshiba, and Samsung, but the reality is, many new models offer only a small improvement over last year’s models.

If you’re planning on buying a standard 2D LCD (60 Hz), entry or mid-level LED LCDs (60Hz/120Hz), 720p plasmas, or entry-level 1080p plasmas (2D or 3D), your best bet is to find a
screaming deal on a 2010 model.

Here’s an example of a deals on a entry and mid-line LCD, LED LCD and plasma

Panasonic TC-P54S2For example, here’s the Panasonic TC-P54S2 for $940. which is 37% off.

Samsung LN46C630 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV for $799 which is over 27% off.

LG 47LD450 47-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV $628.19 which is over 38% off

LG 47LD520 47-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV $724.98 which is over 40% off

Sony BRAVIA KDL46NX700 46-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV $999.96 52% off

Top 2010 2D plasma model: 45% off retail Panasonic  TC-P42G25 42-Inch 1080p THX Certified Plasma HDTV $599.99 One Day Sale today Feb. 10, 2011

If you’re looking for an entry or mid-level 3D plasma or entry-level 3D LED LCDs, the decision is less clear cut. The new versions of these lines offer new features and potentially better performance, but it’s not a huge increase in either case. If you can find a screaming deal, then go for it. If you’re feeling like you want the latest and greatest, then that’s valid too.

For example, here’s the excellent TC-P42GT25 (a 2010 model) for only $799.98, 53% off.

or

Panasonic VIERA TC-P50GT25 50-inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV $999.98 for 52% off

Toshiba 46WX800 46-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Cinema Series 3D LED TV $1249.99 that’s 52% off

Toshiba 55WX800U 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz Cinema Series 3D LED TV $1549.99 for 53% off

Or LG’s 50PZ550 (a 2011 3D model) which is $1,299, 24% off.

LG 50PZ550On the other hand, if you’re looking to get a top-of-the-line plasma or LED LCD, then you’re definitely better off waiting for the 2011 models. The top models offer a noticeable increase in features and performance over last year’s models.

Fortunately, the new models will be available in a few weeks. Some, like the LG above, are
available now.

(Note: prices are correct as of posting and may change at any time, please verify with our links; All  TVs sold directly by Amazon offer free shipping;  Most states do not collect sales tax on Amazon orders [with the exceptions of  CO, KS, KY, NY, ND & WA]. You always must pay sales tax when buying at any brick and mortar store. Should you buy an HDTV from on-line or from a retail store?  Learn all the pros and cons in our article here.)

—Geoff Morrison

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