Nine months after the 3-year warranty expired, my 46-inch Samsung LED TV died. I paid $2,200 for it and it was Samsung’s flagship TV at the time. The picture quality was great but the TV suffered many problems: the panel was replaced three times, it had major backlight bleeding (who cares about deep blacks when there’s clouding?) and the optical audio port was busted.
It was an expensive TV and lasted less than four years. It made me wonder whether instead of purchasing a $2,200 flagship TV every four years, I should just spend $1,000 on a mid-level TV every two. With the way technology advances, the mid-level experience two years from now might be better than the flagship experience today. I’d save money and average out to comparable viewing quality.
And so I purchased a Sharp Aquos 50LE450M online for an astonishingly cheap $720. Yes, you read that correctly, a 50-inch, 1080P LED TV for $720 from a respected Japanese brand. It was also only released in 2013. I couldn’t find any reviews of it as the TV appears to be specially made for developing markets. Sibling Sharp TVs with similar model numbers did have middling reviews, which by definition I was prepared to accept. Plus, this is from Sharp so it can’t be that bad right?