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Jan 11

Clearance center spotlight: electronics looking for homes

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With so much focus on brand new products and buying guides here at Vann’s, sometimes those poor, unfortunate electronics that have either been rejected from a home, or had to go through our manufacturer authorized service center, get left by the wayside, waiting for a good home where they can do their best to entertain you.

I’m speaking, of course, about items that are in our Clearance Center. After the jump, we’ll visit a trio of items that play well together, and are just looking for a loving family to adopt them into their homes (at a discount from their normal prices).

Please note that items in our clearance center are first come, first serve. If they are not listed after you click the links, chances are they have already been bought, and will not be available for purchase again. In other words: act quickly.

LG 50PK950
Clearance center description: Product has been repaired by a factory authorized repair center. Full warranty remains intact. Box is rough. Save now!

This plasma HDTV from LG is a 2010 model that’s got plenty of fun to provide to you. One of their top plasma HDTVs, it features a sleek, solid glass panel. The picture quality of this (like other plasmas) features rich, accurate black levels, and a very wide viewing angle, making it perfect for those interested in spreading out around a large screen HDTV. It is recommended that you keep it in a semi-dark room (or keep it away from any bright sources of light at the very least) because the same glass panel that gives it a great look, also adds some reflectivity to the screen.

This playful HDTV features some internet functionality, giving you access to Netflix, Yahoo Widgets, and has the ability to connect to your home network to access media stored on your computer. However, the lack of a Wi-Fi connection does mean you’ll need either LG’s Wi-Fi dongle (or, more officially, USB wireless LAN adapter), a convenient ethernet connection, or a wireless bridge to get connected.

Overall, this is a great looking, flat panel HDTV that’s just looking for a good home. Will it be yours?

Onkyo HTS7300
Clearance center description: Product has been repaired by a factory authorized repair center. Full warranty remains intact. Save now!

Part of Onkyo’s current line-up of home-theatre-in-a-box systems, the HTS7300 is a full 7.1 system ready to be your new best friend (or new best sound system if it has to get specific). It’s got a full complement of surround speakers, but is perfectly willing to change into whatever type of system you need: 5.1, 2.1, 3.0, it doesn’t need to have all its speakers connected to perform. Which is good, because you can set up a second powered zone somewhere else just using what comes in the box (well, with the addition of some wiring).

Easy to set-up, it and can even support the latest iteration of HDMI. Sound too good to be true? It’s close. The system is not compact, because of the “tall-boy” style left and right front speakers, and even the rears, while light and small, are not going to be completely inconspicuous. That said, however, this is also a plus: the speakers have a good range because of the size, so no additional engineering tricks that add to its total cost are needed to produce better sound.

The wiring is also a little thin, and we recommend beefing it up a little for durability, or to install the wiring in wall for a cleaner look. With proper care, this is a home theatre system that could bring you joy for years to come.

LG BX580 Blu-ray player
Clearance center description: Previous customer opened this product and decided it wasn’t the right fit for them. Product has been discounted and retains its full warranty.

The last adoption-ready item we’ll showcase is this 3D-ready Blu-ray player. Don’t be fooled by its imposing moniker, though, it plays well with not only regular Blu-ray discs, but also non-3D televisions. It can even assist with regular DVDs, doing 1080p upconversion on them to help bring them more in line with newer discs.

A 2010 model, the BX580 is also up on current technology trends: it offers Wi-Fi streaming from sources like Netflix and Pandora, and can connect to your home computer through your home network to allow for streaming music, video, and photo files. While it does have BD-Live capability, it requires USB flash memory to work, as the BX580 lacks internal memory.

One last trick that the BX580 has learned is that it can take music from a CD and transfer it to a USB drive as an MP3 file. This is one Blu-ray player ready to show off for you in your home!

We hope that you’ll consider taking all three of these wonderful electronics into your home, and letting them live a long, happy life providing you with entertainment. There are also other electronics looking for homes in our Clearance Center, and we hope you’ll take the time to see if any of them are right for you.



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