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by: dawg220 April 2, 2013 4:55 PM PDT

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LED TV and Soundbar - need help and recommendations!!

by dawg220 - 4/2/13 4:55 PM

I am about to buy an LED TV and a soundbar, but I need several questions answered before I make this large purchase.

I currently have a Sharp Aquos LED TV that is about 8 years old. It works just as good as it did the day I bought it, but I want a larger one. I want to get a smart TV that is 50 to 60 inches. I am not set on a Sharp, but I want to purchase a name brand that will have the best reliability. I know that Samsung makes a really good product, but I am a little iffy on the reliability of Samsung. I am probably going to get my TV from Bestbuy as they do price match and are local. They have a 60 inch Sharp (60LE650U) that is $1200. I was hoping to spend no more than $1000 on the TV, but I am thinking that I may be able to haggle with them since I will be buying multiple items. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. And any input on Bestbuy's warranty program would also be appreciated.

Now for the soundbar... I have a Sony surround sound system right now, but have just moved into a new house and am thinking that it would be easier to buy a soundbar than it would be to install the surround sound system. Hiding the wires for the system is going to be close to impossible in my new house - and I don't feel like paying $500 to get it installed (bestbuy quoted me $480..). I don't want to spend more than $300 on the soundbar. I know this limits me quite a bit, but any input on which soundbar would be greatly appreciated.

Should I get bestbuy to install the soundbar and mount the TV and TV mount? Or would it be easier for me to just do it myself? Also, I know that if I purchase the warranty, Bestbuy will repair or replace my TV if it has even 1 pixel go out. Would it be worth purchasing this warranty? And last of all, do you think they would be willing to work with me on the price if I purchase everything from them?

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