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HDTVs More Expensive Now Than Over the Last 2 Years

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Advanced features have driven the average price of flat panel TVs to the highest level in more than two years, market research firm IHS reported.

The average U.S. retail price of a flat panel TV was $1,224 in the second quarter of the year, up from $1,190 in Q1 and up from $1,124 in Q2 of last year.

“The climb in U.S. flat-panel TV prices is attributed to market gains in retail among new sets sporting advanced technologies, such as 3-D, integrated interactivity and light-emitting diode (LED) backlight technology used in LCD TV sets,” said Edward Border, analyst for TV technology at IHS. “Consumers also are buying a larger portion of sets with Web 2.0 features characteristic of Smart TVs. Moreover, some large-sized television models in both the LCD and plasma categories increased their share, contributing to overall growth in pricing.”

30.9 percent of TVs currently available at retail are now 3D sets, up from 27.8 percent in Q1. Smart TVs are up from 40.9 percent to 44.3 percent. LED TVs now have a share of 63.5 percent, up from 59.2 percent, IHS said.

The most popular size for LCD TVs is 46 inches, which now has a 12.2 percent share. For plasma TVs, the size with the greatest share is 50 inch (23.8 percent). Interestingly, below-42-inch screen sizes saw their retail prices increase on average, while the generally popular 32-inch models dropped to new lows. The average 32-inch TV sold for $435 in Q2, down from $495 in Q1. 42-inch models are currently priced at about $761.

Smart TVs saw significant price increases. Average pricing in June fell to $1,907 from $2,015 in May, but it was up significantly compared to $1,724 in June last year.

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    cknobman , July 31, 2012 3:54 PM
    It sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.

    All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D.

    Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?
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    ZuluCharlie , July 31, 2012 3:20 PM
    Look on craigslist, I got 60" samsung LED 240hz smart tv for 800.00 - Felt bad for the guy, gave him my old 32" and the 800 he was asking for since he lost his job.
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    JohnnyLucky , July 31, 2012 3:09 PM
    I can't keep up with all the new features. Don't care much for 3D - hurts my eyes.
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    JohnnyLucky , July 31, 2012 3:09 PM
    I can't keep up with all the new features. Don't care much for 3D - hurts my eyes.
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    dgingeri , July 31, 2012 3:19 PM
    There's another reason for the prices to be going up: the US Dollar isn't worth as much as it was to the rest of the world. The decreasing value of the US Dollar is causing the prices of all sorts of imports to rise.
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    ZuluCharlie , July 31, 2012 3:20 PM
    Look on craigslist, I got 60" samsung LED 240hz smart tv for 800.00 - Felt bad for the guy, gave him my old 32" and the 800 he was asking for since he lost his job.
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    southernshark , July 31, 2012 3:25 PM
    How can the "Average" price be over $1100?

    This data can't be right, when you consider the large selection sold at Wal-Mart in the $300-$600 price range. The average price must be lower.
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    cknobman , July 31, 2012 3:54 PM
    It sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.

    All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D.

    Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 31, 2012 4:15 PM
    cknobmanIt sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D. Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?
    Good luck with that
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    nocteratus , July 31, 2012 4:33 PM
    I'm still using a 32" 720P LCD. I might upgrade to a 40" 1080P LCD/LED 120hz, no 3D and the less gadgets as possible. The next step will be a 4K2K with probably a new player that support 4K2K resolution, so it'll be a while.
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    artk2219 , July 31, 2012 4:47 PM
    ZuluCharlieLook on craigslist, I got 60" samsung LED 240hz smart tv for 800.00 - Felt bad for the guy, gave him my old 32" and the 800 he was asking for since he lost his job.


    That was kind of you man, I'm sure he appreciated it.
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    warmon6 , July 31, 2012 5:07 PM
    cknobmanIt sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D. Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?


    Not sure about diming about but samsung has 2 tv's (65" and 60") that nearly fit the bill.

    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN65EH6050FXZA 65"

    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN60EH6000FXZA 60"
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    jacobdrj , July 31, 2012 5:12 PM
    Just bought a 720 Samsung Plasma, 42"... I am quite pleased. It is a bit dimmer than I was expecting, and it certainly scared me with some burn-in before I forced the aspect ratio... And I was SHOCKED that it had no VGA input (without an adapter) but for 400, it was a decent deal.

    Next TV will likely be a LCD, but it MUST be at LEAST 120Hz, if not 240...
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    demonhorde665 , July 31, 2012 5:14 PM
    southernsharkHow can the "Average" price be over $1100? This data can't be right, when you consider the large selection sold at Wal-Mart in the $300-$600 price range. The average price must be lower.



    this is what i'm thinking , i really call bull sh-- on these "findings" I even see 42 inch tv's now that are regularly in the range of $450-550 even more bizzare is them claiming that 46 inch size is the most popular now ??? most homes that do have an LCD HDTV that i walk into, have a 32 inch not a 46. hell most homes i walk into are still running old school CRt's. I swear this research must have used the "top 5" brands (ie the most expensive). and must have only used the richiest consumers for the survey. because where I'm living these number's are obviously a big steaming pile of every one's favorite fertilizer.
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    djscribbles , July 31, 2012 5:27 PM
    The average price is likely referring to the average cost of models at a given size, rather than the average cost of the models sold at a given size. Seems like a pretty useless observation.
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    gm0n3y , July 31, 2012 5:33 PM
    I find it hard to believe that the 'average' price is over $1200. You can get a 55" LED set for that much money. Are you telling me that the AVERAGE set was 55"? So since a lot of people are buying 32-46" sets then there must be a ton of people buying 70"+ as well. Maybe people are just terrible at shopping around for a decent price (though most places seem to be reasonable)?
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    SuckRaven , July 31, 2012 5:42 PM
    Quote:
    cknobman :
    It sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D. Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?


    Sure it exists. You can get the Sharp PRO70X5FD, which is basically an updated version of the now legendary and impossible to find (at least new) Pioneer ELITE "KURO" Plasma TVs. After Pioneer exited the TV market, many of their patents were sold to Panasonic, and it appear, it SHARP.

    The "ELITE" moniker for the TV remains, which means basically a no-expense-spared TV from a manufacturing point of view, but you will pay an arm and a leg and a kidney for it.

    If you want a BAMF full array, local dimming, 240 Hz LED TV that absolutely rocks, look no further than the SHARP ELITE PRO-70X5FD, or 60X5FD.

    http://elitelcdtv.com/

    However, if too many people start buying these TVs, the average price is likely to get closer to $6k, as the 70 inch PRO-70X5FD retails for anywhere between $6,500 to $8,000 depending on how reputable of a seller you choose to go with. LOL.

    Like someone said, count me out of these next few generations/cycles of meaningless "online experiences" and apps and 3D and other such BS, until a decent 4K TV can be had for around $3K.
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    cknobman , July 31, 2012 6:22 PM
    warmon6Not sure about diming about but samsung has 2 tv's (65" and 60") that nearly fit the bill.http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN65EH6050FXZA 65"http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN60EH6000FXZA 60"


    Thanks I looked at them but there is not a lot of info on the specs (at least that I could find). How can you tell they are a full array LCD?
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    ceh4702 , July 31, 2012 6:22 PM
    They are charging more for the LED TV's and the faster 3d TV's. In reality the older model LCD's work just as good. When it comes to a faster HRZ setting, people are have to defeat the correcting features in the TV's. What really matters is 60 Hrtz is the right speed for video.
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    ceh4702 , July 31, 2012 6:28 PM
    You will probably be mad for my saying this but Vanns sells a lot of TV's and they are in a state with no sales tax. I purchased my last TV from them.
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    cknobman , July 31, 2012 6:32 PM
    SuckRavenSure it exists. You can get the Sharp PRO70X5FD,


    Yep this is the exact TV I have been looking at. I was just hoping that there was a model without all the extra Smart TV and 3D features to help bring the cost down.
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    Anonymous , July 31, 2012 6:36 PM
    You do know that any 120hz/240hz tv is 3D capable with just an ir emitter and the software. 3D Tech is an industry standard now that everything is digital and systems are fast enough to make it cheap to add.

    And an IR emitter is basically just a single LED driven like a remote control's LED.
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    cknobman , July 31, 2012 6:38 PM
    a20002000You do know that any 120hz/240hz tv is 3D capable with just an ir emitter and the software. 3D Tech is an industry standard now that everything is digital and systems are fast enough to make it cheap to add.And an IR emitter is basically just a single LED driven like a remote control's LED.


    I dont care what the TV is capable of, I care about not paying for a feature I dont want and wont use. 3D is just an easy way for these companies to drive the prices up.
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