While surfing this morning I stumbled on an ad from Sears in which they were selling a 50″ Panasonic 720p HDTV on sale for only $699.99. Here are the specifications:

Product Features

  • Built-in HDTV tuner
    Add HD-capable antenna to receive over-the-air high-definition broadcasts, where available. Optional set-top box required for high-definition cable or satellite programming.
  • 49-8/9″ screen measured diagonally from corner to corner
    Everyone will have a great view of the show or game.
  • 720p display
    With 1024 x 768 pixel resolution and Deep Color support provides stunning image clarity while watching your favorite shows, movies and sporting events. 24p playback support.
  • Antireflective screen filter
    For improved viewing in a variety of lighting conditions.
  • 600Hz refresh rate
    Reduces flicker for a clear picture.
  • 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
    Delivers a cinema-style entertainment experience.
  • 30,000:1 native contrast ratio (2,000,000:1 dynamic)
    Offers shades between white and black for accurate color representation, even during scenes where both bright and dark images are present.
  • 3D Y/C digital comb filter
    Delivers state-of-the-art detail and color enhancement.
  • 20W 2-speaker system
    With simulated surround sound delivers a lush soundscape.
  • Ultraslim design measures 4-1/8″ deep
    Comes with table stand or can be mounted on a wall (with optional mounting kit, not included).
  • Progressive scanning
    Maximizes the picture quality of progressive-scan DVD players, set-top boxes and digital video recorders.
  • Secure Digital media slot
    Supports Secure Digital format for easy transfer of images from your camera or camcorder (media not included). VIERA Image Viewer makes it easy to view photos on the big screen.
  • 3 HDMI inputs
    Provide an uncompressed all-digital audio/video link for the highest quality connection and support copy-protected HD broadcast content.

The low price peaked my curiosity and I was wondering how Sears compared to others in the sale price of HDTVs. So I took a look at other retailers who also carry HDTVs and checked their prices compared to Sears. Here is what I found:

Best Buy – $849.99

Circuit City – $799.99

Walmart – $798.00

Amazon – $719.00

Though Sears has the best price, Amazon offers free shipping and no sales tax. However, the Sears price before sales tax seems to be the best when compared to other retailers.

What do you think? Would you buy an HDTV from Sears and why?

Comments welcome.

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