If you're looking to save a little cash, or more accurately, gain a little cash by buying a Playstation 3, just head over to Walmart.com where you'll receive a $100 gift card with your purchase. You'll still pay the full $399 price tag for the console but an extra 100 bones could net you a couple of new games. Interestingly between June 8-15, Walmart will add on select Blu-ray players to the deal which will still include the PS3, so if you're looking for sole Blu-ray playback, just wait until next week.
Right now at Best Buy a purchase of the Insignia NS-BRDVD Blu-ray player, priced at $350, will net you $100 of coupons that can be redeemed at your local Best Buy store for instant savings on Blu-ray movie titles from Disney, Touchstone, and Miramax. This pretty well brings the Insignia Blu-ray player price down to only $250, relatively reasonably priced for a middle-of-the-pack Blu-ray player.
Browsing the internet this morning, I was surprised to find that CNET has been receiving a heck of a lot of 32-inch HDTV's to review in '08. Not a total surprise given that manufacturers are pumping out 32-inch panels like crazy and the size accounted for 40% of LCD panel shipments in April, but CNET normally doesn't go small. So what exactly did CNET find out? Check out the five reviewed models and brief review summary below.
Rated 7.6/10 by CNET reviewers, a great score given their usual harshness, this LCD TV is the tops of the 5 reviews thanks to its incredible picture. The Samsung LN32A450 LCD TV is available at Amazon for $726.50 with free shipping.
Sony Bravia KDL-32M4000
Ranked a solid 7/10, the KDL-32M4000 not only delivers a solid picture but has a nice look to it. It's real downside is its price which is a little more expensive than the other models. It's currently available at Amazon for $799.
Toshiba Regza 32CV510U
Deemed a solid choice for mainstream shoppers not looking for anything advanced, the Regza 32CV510U was given a solid 6.6/10 and is available at Butterfly Photo for $699.99.
Ranked a good 6/10, this Insignia LCD TV is definitely a value model, sporting the cheapest price of the 5, but its performance would indicate you should be paying more. It's available from Best Buy for $599.99.
Sharp Aquos LC32D44U
Last but not least, the LC32D44U was only dubbed an "average" model by CNET because although the entry-level LCD TV is stylishly attractive, its picture quality could use some improvement. The Aquos LCD is available from Amazon for $759.95.
In the end, if you have some extra cash and you're in the 32-inch market, take the Samsung. Looking for quality and value, take the Insignia. Case closed.
All of the 2008 HDTV models are slowly trickling into Amazon's television stock and not only does that mean early adopter discounts on new models, but also big discounts on previous models from the past few years.
3D Ready DLP Giants
67-Inch Samsung HL67A750--$2499.99. Pre-order, shipping June 1. LED powered meaning no lamp, 1080p resolution, picture-in-picture, 3D gaming ready, 3 HDMI-CEC inputs
61-Inch Samsung HL61A750--$1799.45, $300 off. LED powered meaning no lamp, 1080p resolution, picture-in-picture, 3D gaming ready, 3 HDMI-CEC
72-Inch Samsung HL72A650--$2999.99, free shipping. Pre-order, shipping June 1. 1080p resolution, picture-in-picture, 3D gaming ready, 3 HDMI-CEC
Samsung 720p LCD TV Discounts
Samsung is discounting some of their 2008 additions to Amazon. All from the entry-level Series 3 lineup, the models feature 720p resolution, 8000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a couple of HDMI inputs, and super easy setup.
We've decided to go with a bit of theme for this week's best HDTV deals. What is it? Given that popular purchases indicate product quality, we're going to show you the top 5 selling products in various HDTV categories. And yes, of course, all the products we show you are on sale!
Amazon has a pretty nice deal running now until May 5 that'll net you a free Samsung DVD-1080P8 1080p upconverting DVD player when you purchase select Samsung LCD TV's. All's you do is place the DVD player in your cart along with your HDTV of choice and the DVD player's cost will be automatically deducted when you pay! So what are the qualifying television models you ask? Here they are:
40-inch Samsung LNT4071F--1080p, 25000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 120 Hz Auto Motion Plus. Price: $1699.99 with free shipping.
Prices are looking pretty stable, but this year's newer models are gaining popularity among internet buyers and some smaller 720p models are seeing some small price drops. I headed over to Best Buy this weekend to take a look at the new Panasonic Viera lineup and was absolutely impressed by the picture clarity. I would definitely recommend a Viera for anyone looking at purchasing a plasma.
46-inch Samsung LN46A550P-1080p, 30000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5 ms response time, 3 HDMI-CEC, USB 2.0, picture-in-picture. $1499.98 at Amazon with free shipping.
40-inch Samsung LN40A550P-identical features to the LN46A550P aside from the smaller size. $1179.98 at Amazon with free shipping.
46-inch Samsung LN46A650A-1080p, 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 120Hz Auto Motion Plus, red bezel, 4 HDMI-CEC ports, 4 ms response time, USB 2.0. $2144.98 at Amazon with free shipping.
Week to week prices are pretty steady at the moment, but we're hoping to see some more substantial price drops by the end of the quarter. However there are some pretty good home theater deals at Amazon. In the meantime, here's some great deals to help you make it there.
One choice we all have to face in the next year is whether or not to buy a digital television in preparation for DTV2009. If you're planning on going that route, prices have been dropping a little lately on last year's models as the 2008 lineups are being released. Take a look at some of the deals we found you for this week.
Rear Projections HDTV's
One item of interest I noted this week is how much rear-projection set prices are decreasing, especially last years models.