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Electronics in Thailand


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I am wondering if it is cheaper to buy a big screen LCD tv in Thailand than in the US.  Do you know of any websites of Thai electronic stores I can check?  I am looking for a sony.  In the US they are kdl-52xbr4, kdl-52xbr5, kdl-52xbr3, kdl-52xbr2.

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I am wondering if it is cheaper to buy a big screen LCD tv in Thailand than in the US.  Do you know of any websites of Thai electronic stores I can check?  I am looking for a sony.  In the US they are kdl-52xbr4, kdl-52xbr5, kdl-52xbr3, kdl-52xbr2.

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doubt it, it seems i've found better prices on the internet, than in thailand......and maybe the warranties will not be covered in the usa? i have a friend that works for sony in thailand, and she said even with an employee discount, sony is still high?

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The thing you need to watch out for is that any TV set you buy in Thailand is not only multi-standard (so it can display 1080/59.9i signals for example and also NTSC), but also that it will receive the North American channels and their audio.

The reason this may be an issue is that the various broadcasting standards around the world have slightly different ways of transmitting the audio - thats the easiest way to describe it - the reality is that, for analogue broadcasts, the audio carrier to video carrier spacing is not the same from country to country.

If the spec says it will work in USA, then you are fine.

The other thing is to make sure it will operate on 110V 60Hz (the American standard) whereas Thailands power is 230V 50Hz. Most modern products have switch-mode power supplies that will work from 90V to about 250V and 50Hz or 60Hz, but NOT ALL...so check first.

If it doesn't accept the necessary voltage range, then a step-up transformer will fix the voltage issue and the frequency is higher than that for which it was designed, so it should be OK.

Greer

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Hi Eddie - when I worked for Sony Broadcast in the UK, it was cheaper to buy Sony products at Dixons in the high street than to use our "staff discount" as that was based on the Recommended Retail Price...

Yep...Sony is not cheap.

By the way - Samsung LCD and Sony Bravia LCD are both made at the same factory - its a joint venture between Sony and Samsung to manufacture LCD panels.

Greer

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samsung sounds like the better way to go, if the bravia are made identical, they're always lower priced than sony's......i bought a 42" protron lcd in nov 2006 for $1700, now you can buy a 42" vizio for under $1000....you just can't keep up with electronics.....lol

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probably not, but if you're bringing it here consider a) shipping and B) whether it is multistandard (pal/ntsc).

if you buy one in the US it's worth checking if it can also play PAL, i don't know about flat screen tvs, but projectors tend to play all video standards. this is useful if you ever buy dvds in asia (you never know wht you're getting) or europe (pal or secam).

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As a generalisation, I think that you will find that electrical goods are not that much cheaper in Thailand, if at all.

I tend to buy most electrical items on the internet.

These companies can keep costs down, by using out of town storage facilities, operating from offshore tax free havens like Jersey (UK), or even buying on the grey market.

To protect myself I still try to buy from companies or sites that have a good customer service rating.

I doubt that you will beat internet prices, but you never know.

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