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Electronics spree - making the jump to 4K video! :D

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  • tRidiot
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    Well, I've got it in and on and it looks fantastic. I can unabashadly recommend the 2018 Vizio P-series (and the higher PQ line) as spectacular "budget options". Hopefully it will remain very reliable, as has its older and smaller brother which just came down off the wall.

    I'm very pleased with it. My only problem is trying to get the ARC setup to work with my old Denon receiver, so I've placed an order for a new Denon AVR-X3400H. Then I can pass 4k through my receiver, reduce the number of wires going up to my TV and not have to worry about ARC. Hopefully it'll be here soon.

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  • Mr. Bones
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    Congrats, sorry it was such a protracted ordeal, brother!
    Lookin forward to seein/hearin more, once it gits there!

  • tRidiot
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    Well, my original TV was apparently never found.

    New one shipped out, long story short, a couple of phone calls and my new TV is supposed to be delivered this afternoon.

    W00T! Finally! Day 16 from ordering, I guess it could have been worse.


    I agree, Costco's customer service rep was super nice and accommodating, everyone tells me I should have demanded some kind of compensation but... well, I didn't. Guess maybe they're right. A free year's membership, or a gift card or something would have been nice. I'm just too nice, I suppose. lol.

    Which is funny, really, because I think of myself as an a-hole most of the time, but then... I get to hear what goes through my head, while everyone else only hears what comes out of my mouth.

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  • Buck Flicks
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    tRidiot , this exact thing happened to me when I bought a TV from Costco years ago. The first delivery attempt was while I was at work (at the time I worked evenings and left around 2:00pm.) The delivery notice on my door said they'd attempt again the next day between 10am and 2pm. Great.... I'll be here. Of course, they didn't arrive by then and I had to leave for work. They left another note that said they would hold it at the UPS facility (20 miles away) and I could pick it up any time within the next 10 days. So I went in the next day before work and there was one person helping people at the service desk, with the line out the door. Another lady (presumably the supervisor) came up and said, "Is anyone here picking up a package?" and about half the line said "yes." So we went over there and a couple people got their packages and it was my turn. I gave her my slip and she disappeared into the back and I didn't see or hear from her for over 20 minutes. I had to leave to get to work on time and just asked if someone could go back and find her so I could have my slip back to give them the next day.

    I go back the next day and there is no line and several people up front, and the person who helped me again disappeared into the back for 15 minutes or more. She then came out and said she couldn't find my package and that it wasn't on a truck today, and gave me the number for UPS security and then was pretty much done with me. Furious, I left (again, had to be at work on time) and called UPS security for that facility on my way to work. Again, interacted with a person who could not have possibly cared less about my complaint and spent the entire duration of my drive to work on the phone with her or on hold while she went to look.

    Finally she came back and said, I've filed a claim for you. We won't finalize it until 10 days have gone by. Once those 10 days are up, if we haven't found your package, you can take the claim to Costco to ask for a refund.

    I didn't wait 10 days, I called Costco directly that day and talked to their CSR who was very nice and helpful. When I told her the story, she said, "Oh, yeah. That UPS delivery driver has a new TV. Either that or he sold it. No question. I get these claims several times a day." Apparently, this is an epidemic within UPS, and I guess they give Costco such a price break on shipping that Costo doesn't find it financially advantageous to terminate their partnership or to insist that UPS get their crap together and take control of the problem. I gave Costco the claim number and the CSR issued me a refund that day (Still had to wait 7-10 days for the funds, but I didn't have to wait for UPS to finalize the claim THEN wait for the funds to clear.)

    This was over 10 years ago and I still get a little irritated and flabbergasted when I think about how I was treated, and that it happens so often, that it's just part of doing business for Costco. I'm somewhat surprised, with package tracking being what it is now, that this still happens.

    I took that money from Costco, went to the 4th of July sale at Best Buy, and got a better TV PLUS a snazzy corner TV stand for less money than the TV from Costco would have cost... so I feel like I came out ahead, but the whole ordeal was infuriating to me.

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  • EdF
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    Hang in - it'll get there.

  • tRidiot
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    Well, I had hoped to be calibrating my new TV this weekend.

    Unfortunately, it appears my TV is lost. Yup... you read that right. LOST.

    So, Cosco put in for a return and said they will have a new one shipped out to me, which should go out tomorrow, I suppose restarting my "7-10 days" delivery time. <sigh>

    Man, this is irritating. I've got everything else - 4k media, 4k BD player, surround sound is hooked up (and sounds awesome), bias lighting setup is here... UGH. None of it is the least bit useful without the main star player. I guess I probably jinxed it.

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  • Buck Flicks
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    I used to be in to surround sound and such, but I realized I was never really able to listen to it in a room that properly supported it, nor at a volume that properly displayed it. I "downgraded" to a speaker bar/subwoofer simulated surround sound combo from Sony and have had no complaints. My old receiver was a hoss, but it frequently wigged out over switching from DTS to Dolby 5.1 and my biggest complaint was that when playing a movie, I could either listen to the dialog at a normal volume level, or the sound effects at a normal volume level. If I turned the sound up to the proper level to hear dialog, as soon as a car crashed up or a starship blew up, my ear drums were bleeding. Conversely, if I turned the sound down to the proper level so that the explosions and such didn't shatter my precious hearing membranes, I couldn't hear the dialogue at all. And this was with all the recommended settings/solutions to that particular complaint. It just didn't work with my limited space. Since moving in with the wife, my cave went from a living room sized area to a small bedroom sized area and a surround sound system is just wasted. So, I sadly sold my old 5.1 system (that was admittedly, a little long in the tooth) at a garage sale and put the 3.1 system in and it's been perfect. Great clarity and deep quality, nice simulated surround, and never chokes on different surround formats. Also, no having to juggle connections from stereo to optical, to coax to shielded digital coax. That was probably the worst part.

    I liked my plasma TV, but there were a couple minor issues that affected me personally but not the quality of the TV itself... first, they generate a LOT more heat than LCD or LED TVs and my little man cave was turning into a sauna. Also, they don't play well with game systems that have any sort of a static part of the display (think like the mini-map in a game like Assassin's Creed or Red Dead Redemption.) I was getting screen burn and despite my efforts each time after I was done gaming to run the screen wipers, it wasn't going away. For both of those reasons, the LED TV was the answer (for me.) The plasma was still perfectly good for watching TV, and my sister-in-law still has it at her house 4 years later.

    This is making me think (nostalgically) about the movies I used to use to show off the surround system to people who've never experienced it before... gonna start a new thread for folks to discuss those.

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  • EdF
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    Thanks!

  • OSB
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    I dream of an LG OLED to replace my Panasonic Plasma. They keep getting cheaper and hopefully by the time the Panasonic drops dead they will be plentiful.

  • Omega-Man
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    Most are pretty good but black is still better on the plasma along with angel of view. However, the OLED are the best and even better than plasma. OLED have unlimited angle of view just like plasmas and excellent blacks

  • Pow7der
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    I just hung the 65” in a good friends house a few weeks ago. I could nerd out on a lot of what makes it so nice but I’ll just say you’re going to really enjoy looking at it for the next few years! Congrats!!

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  • Mr. Bones
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    I'll help, MBMorgan jus don't put me on th Heavy End!
    Long as I'm still pumpin air, ya still got at least one friend, brother!
    Last edited by Mr. Bones; July 29, 2018, 04:13 PM.

  • Mr. Bones
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    Sweet Deal, brother! Lookin forward to more!

  • EdF
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    I fully understand the weight issue with those things. You should see the brawn of the wall mount I have!

  • EdF
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    I forgot the "flea power" tube amp in the office - which does add to the pleasure!

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