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Old 12-17-08, 12:29 AM
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Sharp Aquos or Sony Bravia

Trying to choose between a 40 inch Sony Bravia or a 42 inch Sharp Aqous for my son's Christmas present.

Both are at Sam's Club, have a 3 dollar difference (in the Sharp's favor), multiple HDMI ports (Sony 4, Sharp 3), and there is a nice financing arrangement available for either.

Even though they were displayed in a warehouse setting, both looked far and away better than any other TVs.

Recommendations?

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Old 12-17-08, 07:07 AM
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Gut reaction is to say Sony, but I have a 46" Aquos and it's very nice.
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Old 12-17-08, 07:39 AM
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Not sure of the price you saw, but I saw a 46" Sharp last night at BJ's Wholesale CLub for $1099 which I thought was a pretty good price.
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Old 12-17-08, 09:27 AM
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You really can't go wrong with either one. I pondered both when I made my purchase. When all else fails, go with screen size... I'd vote Aquos.

I have a 42 inch Aquos, and I absolutely love my TV.

an extra HDMI port is nice, but it depends on need. The truth is that most people who would have four HDMI devices are likely to have a receiver as an intermediary anyway...

I think your son will be thrilled with either one.
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Old 12-17-08, 10:58 AM
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I also have an Aquos and would highly recommend it...in general I'd say it always pays to go a little bit bigger, although 2 inches makes it a tough decision. The Aquos line is pretty good tho, I totally love my 52".
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Old 12-17-08, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
I have a 46" Aquos and it's very nice.
I have the same and love it.
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Old 12-17-08, 02:37 PM
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I'm happy with my Aquos, but would love to try Sony. Whatever you do, go big! Even the largest screen will seem smaller when you get it home (unless your son lives in a 300 sq ft studio apartment).
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Old 12-17-08, 04:23 PM
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I have a Sony Bravia 40 inch and love it. My last Sony (though not a flat screen) lasted for 18 years...and only died because I had a power surge and didn't have it in a surge protector.
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I have a 42 inch Sharp 64U and I have been very unhappy with it due to a severe case of banding. Banding is a very huge issue with most Sharp tvs and I am surprised that no one has brought it up yet.
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Old 12-17-08, 05:28 PM
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Originally Posted by tonymontana313 View Post
I have a 42 inch Sharp 64U and I have been very unhappy with it due to a severe case of banding. Banding is a very huge issue with most Sharp tvs and I am surprised that no one has brought it up yet.
Yeah, that's one issue that gets mentioned a lot with Sharps on various forums...I personally have never had a problem with it, but it's good to be aware that you may not be so lucky.

Still, there's always the option of returning, if you buy at a good store with a decent warranty, etc.
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