One of ALDI's Saturday specials this week is a 50-inch LCD television for $599. That's a low price, but how does it compare to other sets with similar features?
The Bauhn 50-inch model has the following specifications: an HD (1920 by 1080) display 50Hz LCD panel display; with 3 HDMI inputs; a USB connection (which lets you record TV via a built-in PVR system if you connect a suitable drive; a contrast ratio of 4000:1, a pair of 10W speakers, a sleep timer and a parental lock. ALDI also says you can return the product within 60 days if you're not satisfied. (Note that if a major problem developed on the 61st day or indeed after six months, you'd be entitled under Australian consumer law to seek redress anyway.)
$599 for a 50-inch LCD is fairly competitive with the market, though it's a slightly unusual size which means there aren't a lot of absolute competitors. Kogan will sell you a 46-inch model for $639 (plus shipping), offering a slightly smaller screen but a much higher contrast ratio. JB Hi-Fi only offers 50-inch in plasma models, with the cheapest an LG model for $798 (which is on sale for $100 less right now at Harvey Norman). JB has a 46-inch Soniq LCD model for $699 (more than Kogan). So there doesn't seem to be anyone offering quite the same value for money as ALDI, but there are plenty of choices (and more established brands) which aren't dramatically more expensive for a similar (or slightly larger) size TV.
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