Why Bargain TVs Aren’t a Good Investment

High-quality TVs are typically good investments in technology, and you can count on getting many good years out of them.  But more recently, the market has been flooded with “bargain TVs,” and these need to be carefully considered before you buy on price alone.

  • Durability – Good displays have about a 4% or lower failure rate.  Bargain brands have failure rates as high as 20%.
  • Integration – Good brands offer lots of inputs and control options like VGA and RS-232.  “Deals” offer far fewer of these options.  And these options are key in allowing you to get the most for your money.
  • Viewing – Better brands use better (more expensive) video processors, high-contrast glass, and other quality components that provide the best picture.  Bargain brands typically utilize the cheapest components possible.
  • Reliability – High-quality TVs can be repaired by just about any qualified service outlet.  Bargain displays usually have no service centers.  So, many are “disposable,” and must be trashed when they break.
  • Technology – Higher quality = more R&D.  Lower-end brands may be a year or more behind the technology curve.

Seura Television Mirrors (great for bathrooms)

Yesterday we had the pleasure of a visit from the Seura (see-ra) rep.  Seura manufactures television mirrors, and water-proof mirrors for bath and kitchen.  They offer five product lines.

The Enhanced Series offers vanishing technology (high definition LCD vanishes when powered off), and the mirror is optimized for accurate reflection.  It closely mimics a traditional mirror.  The Enhanced Series is best used in bathrooms over tubs, and as vanity mirrors.

The Premier Series also offers the vanishing television technology.  In this series, the mirror is optimized for a vivid television picture, with a designer tint and soft reflection.  This series is often used in great rooms, bedrooms, and dry areas of kitchens.  In this series, the mirror is a decorative piece in the room when the television is not in use.  Seura offers over 60 frame options for this series, from contemporary to traditional, along with several beveling options.

The Deco series is a non-vanishing television, meaning that the LCD is visible when off.  This is a traditional silvered mirror.  Again, it comes with 60 frame options.

The Lumination collection offers both lighted and television mirrors.  Lighting can be fluorescent, white LED, or color changing.  There are twelve designer patterns, and several designs available with televisions.  These are preferred in bathrooms, bedrooms, and dressing rooms.

The Hydra line is a waterproof HD television.  Seura offers two standard colors, but the bezel can be customized to any Pantone color!  (3,000?)  The completely waterproof seal is excellent for television in bathrooms, showers, and kitchens. 

Depending on the series of television mirror chosen, sizes range from 10” (the Discreet Display) to a 65” LCD.  Profiles range from 1” to 4”.  Most of their television mirrors come with waterproof remotes.

According to design requirements, television mirrors can be surface mounted or recessed.  In recessed applications, Seura will provide preparation specifications for the builder or remodeler.

In certain rooms, clients want not only the television mirror, but other mirrors to match.  Seura will make mirrors to match the television mirror, according to the designer’s specifications.