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Our 25" CRT TV croaked on Thursday, the smell makes me think that a capacitor popped, and if I find more than one bad cap then it's time for another.

The TV sits in a built-in cabinet that is not being changed. With the increased width of the 16:9 TVs I can basically fit no bigger than a 32" TV in the space. I'm looking for the highest resolution possible, as I might connect a computer to it and the more resolution the merrier. I also plan on connecting a VCR and blu-ray player at some point. We don't have cable or satellite, so those aren't a concern, and there's no sound system there either, as this is just the daily news-watching unit.

The major complication is that it's almost centered on a long wall, where the room is wide, rather than long. The viewing angle needs to be as wide as possible, and given where the windows are, something with low glare refraction would be nice too. There won't ever be a supplementary sound system, so decent sound is important too. Since it's in a fixed cabinet I honestly would have been fine if they still made tube TVs, so thickness is not a concern, and neither is weight.

Any suggestions? I was looking at a particular Vizio that was about $500 six months ago, but Costco seems to no longer carry it online, and never carried it in stores...
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I did some new measuring. The opening is 33", the inside is 34 1/2" once in from the frame. The height at the opening is 23 11/16" and 25" once inside, depth is 23".

I found that Vizio has a 37" TV, the M370SL, that appears to fit. It's 33.9" wide 23.6" tall on its stand. I assume I can slip it in at an angle and put it just behind the lip edge of the cabinet. The viewing width of this 36.5" TV should be a hair under 32", so I'd have about a half-inch on each side of the TV. be about $520 on Amazon, but Vizio's website doesn't list anything for a price or MSRP that I could find. Is this thing brand new?

I'm hoping to find it at Costco, as they double the warranty to two years instead of the one, if I decide to go with this one.
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I know I'm mostly talking to myself here, but I got to look at one of these TVs at Costco, It's $499, and appears to have all of the connections that I need it to. I'll have to talk it over with my wife, but my guess is we'll buy this plus the three year extension of warranty for $30, which will give us five years total warranty for around $575 out the door.

More than I really wanted to spend, but if it's as perfectly suited to the space as I think it will be then it's worth it. It literally appears to be the narrowest 37" TV that I've ever seen.
[Edited by TWX on Apr 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM]
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You will want to see any TV really before you buy it to ensure that the quality of the display is equal to or better than your expectations. If you buy from a place which has a good return/exchange policy that may be a good option.

Frankly, while I like Vizio as a brand, they are a 'cheap' brand. Absolutely one of the BEST cheap brands, but still cheap. For the best in LCD, Samsung is really leading the pack. Sharp makes some nice stuff, but I'm not aware of their smaller TVs at this time.

Avoid LG.

Repeat: AVOID LG!

I just looked at the Best Buy website, where the provide some product specifications, and there are no 37" models which will fit. But all were traditional LCDs.

Vizio is one of the only companies which makes 37" LED lit LCD screens, which is the model you found...

http://store.vizio.com/led-lcd-hdtvs/m370sl.html

It certainly is on their website, but it does NOT have dimensions on their main website. So, make 100% sure that it is an accurate dimension before you purchase.

From this line card, it does seem to work, and seeing as how it looks like one of the better brands with a 37" which fits your space, I would personally think that it is a decent choice.

http://cdn.vizio.com/skin-cdn/bright/resources/line-cards/M370SL.pdf

Go for it!
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My wife is interested, when she gets back we'll go look at it again together.

Thankfully Costco actually provided tape measures to verify sizing. I expect that by next weekend this is what I'll have.

I'm trying to now figure out if the XRT300 remote (the XRT110 comes with the 32-37, the 300 with the bigger ones) is compatible with this TV. It looks like it would be, but at $45 to order that's a bit pricey to buy on a whim when it comes with one good remote.

The five year warranty helps me a bit with my qualms buying the Vizio. I've heard of problems with some of their TVs, often manifesting right after the original one-year warranty runs out. Our old tube TV was a 25" Philips Magnavox unit made in the US, and it lasted for fourteen years and probably would have been repaired if there hadn't been a technological shift. I even looked for used widescreen HD tube TVs, but none of them were narrow enough to fit in the cabinet as they all had speakers on the sides instead of underneath. I almost would have preferred the tube units, as theft certainly wouldn't have been a problem.
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