Need birthday gift advice

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#1

I’m thinking about getting the wife a new TV for our room for her birthday this weekend. I haven’t shopped for a television in 7 years.
I need recommendations for a 32-inch HD flat screen TV. Best picture for the best price. I don’t want to spend much over $700. TIA


#2

Yo LtTony-

You don’t say what part of the world you are from (we are a [I]true[/I] world wide site) - so I have assumed from the $700 comments that you are in USA - and here is a very good/highly rated 32 inch HD-TV -eh:


#3

Sorry for leaving that out, mike, but you made the correct assumption. USA

I visited to Costco last night (where I rarely, if ever, buy electronics) to do a side-by-side comparision (vizio vs sharp). I also had time for a few minutes of reading up. Based on those two things, I think a plasma would be best for us, although I don’t think it is critical.

Thanks for the reply.


#4

Plasma displays (at least in Europe) start at 37 inch and larger.


#5

At 32", the resolution of the display is pretty irrelevant. 720p will look as good as 1080p. You’d be better off looking at the quality of the set and it’s electronics. How well does it display SD content? Many of the smaller LCD and plasma sets are terrible at this due to cheap video processing. In a bedroom, viewing angles will be a big factor too. You want the widest and tallest possible viewing angles. Also consider screen reflections, as your bedroom is probably not lighted well for some screen types.


#6

LtTony,

You just missed a deal Toshiba 32" Regza 32HL67U LCD $500 at Circuit City (720p, 3 HDMI inputs, 8ms response time).

Costco is good in return policy and quite cheap. At your price range you can get:

  • Sharp AQUOS® LC-C3234U 32" LCD ($699) ([B]link[/B])
    Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Contrast Ratio: 1500:1 (native), 7500:1 (dynamic)
    6ms response time
    wide viewing angles (176º H x 176º V)
    Brightness 450 cd/m2
    2 HDMI inputs
    Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM

  • Toshiba 32" 32AV500 LCD ($599) ([B]link[/B])
    Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
    2 HDMI inputs

  • Toshiba 37"37AV500 LCD ($799) ([B]link[/B])
    Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
    2 HDMI inputs


#7

[QUOTE=CDan;2070908]At 32", the resolution of the display is pretty irrelevant. 720p will look as good as 1080p. You’d be better off looking at the quality of the set and it’s electronics. How well does it display SD content? Many of the smaller LCD and plasma sets are terrible at this due to cheap video processing. In a bedroom, viewing angles will be a big factor too. You want the widest and tallest possible viewing angles. Also consider screen reflections, as your bedroom is probably not lighted well for some screen types.[/QUOTE]

Viewing from bed about 12 feet nearly straight on, TV 6-7 feet off floor, about 30 degrees is the worst angle in the room.
No HD hardware yet. Probably will next year when the switch comes.

What would you suggest then, Dan?


#8

You really need to go look at some, and preferably with SD images since you don’t have HD. I’d start with these:

Samsung

Insignia with DVD player

Samsung on sale at $749

The B.B. Insignia line will be made by several different companies and can be quite good, or not.


#9

[QUOTE=zevia;2070931]LtTony,

You just missed a deal Toshiba 32" Regza 32HL67U LCD $500 at Circuit City (720p, 3 HDMI inputs, 8ms response time).

Costco is good in return policy and quite cheap. At your price range you can get:

  • Sharp AQUOS® LC-C3234U 32" LCD ($699)
    Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Contrast Ratio: 1500:1 (native), 7500:1 (dynamic)
    6ms response time
    wide viewing angles (176º H x 176º V)
    Brightness 450 cd/m2
    2 HDMI inputs
    Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM

  • Toshiba 32" 32AV500 LCD ($599) Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
    2 HDMI inputs

  • Toshiba 37"37AV500 LCD ($799) Resolution: 1366 x 768
    Tuner: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
    2 HDMI inputs[/QUOTE]

Dang it. That’s exactly the kind of deal I was looking for.

I also saw this one at Costco. Viewing from about 12 feet, about 6 feet off floor: do you think a 26-inch would be adequate? I’ll try and take a look.
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11292068&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|79|43064&N=4018654&Mo=23&No=14&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=74653&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=

I liked your suggestions; especially, the sharp and 32 toshiba. Any comment on this model?:
http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11285347&whse=BC&Ne=4000000&eCat=BC|79|43064&N=4018654&Mo=23&No=9&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&cat=74653&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&lang=en-US&Sp=C&topnav=

Finally guys… LCD or plama? Thanks again.


#10

If i was you i would go see them in person…


#11

[quote=LtTony;2070991]Viewing from about 12 feet, about 6 feet off floor: do you think a 26-inch would be adequate? I’ll try and take a look.[/quote]For 12 feet I would say 32" minimum.
26" would be stretching your eyes to much.
LCD is good for the bedroom, incase you forgot to turn it off. :smiley:


#12

[quote=zevia;2071088]For 12 feet I would say 32" minimum.
26" would be stretching your eyes to much.
LCD is good for the bedroom, incase you forgot to turn it off. :D[/quote]

:iagree:

At least that, I would go for the 37" Toshiba. I sit at 12 feet with my 42" Toshiba and find that to be just right.

:cool::cool:


#13

At 12’, you need at least a 65" screen. :bigsmile:


#14

[QUOTE=Bob;2071006]If i was you i would go see them in person…[/QUOTE]

I can’t see the difference in any I’ve looked at.

I understand Walmart has a 32 in plasma at Walmart for $547, that has got good reviews. For LCD in my price range, Vizio VO32 for $599 at Costco, or the Vizio VX32 $599 at Circuit City.

I think I’m going to go LCD. My neighborhood AV shop, where I generally purchase my stuff due to price, service and it’s local, has the SONY KDL 32L4000 for $699 and the Toshiba 32CV510U for $699. Both 720p.
I’m leaning to those, but I need to research them.


#15

Actually the one on sale at CC, Toshiba 32HL67U have better panel (10-bit) compared to the 8-bit panel in 32CV510U and 32AV500.

According to Sony website: 10-bit processor and panel delivers 64 times the level of color expression versus current 8-bit systems.

However the Sony KDL-32L4000 is an entry level Sony LCDs so my guestimate is also 8-bit panel. You might want to compare Sony 32L4000 and Samsung LN32A330 as CDan posted above. Go to Sears, Bestbuy etc to compare them side by side, and let us know!


#18

I started this thread nearly two years ago, and it appears to still have some life. In fact, I’m going to breathe a little more into it.

I never got a TV (I can’t recall what I did get the wife). We both still want a new TV for the bedroom, but financing college for two daughters puts us in an even more cash-strapped situation. Fortunately, in these last two years I have kept an eye on things and have watched prices fall. Depending on how much dough I can scrape up, I’m considering these models at Costco. However, I haven’t checked lately with my favorite video/electronics store, which specializes in SONY and Toshiba, and always offers very competetive, if not the best, prices on those brands.

$329.99 after $50 OFF
[B]Proscan
32" LCD HDTV[/B]
[Model 381884 / 409896]

Resolution: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
Response Time: 5ms
Item # 394472

Rated 3.9 out of 5
Rating Snapshot (165 reviews)
5 stars 82 4 stars 45 3 stars 6 2 stars 5 1 star 27 (out of 165 reviews)

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11382407&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US#

$499.99 after $100 OFF
[B]Proscan
40" 1080p LCD HDTV[/B]
[Model 409450 / 429597]

Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Contrast: 3000:1
Brightness: 550 cd/m2
Item # 409450

Rated 4.3 out of 5
Rating Snapshot (3 reviews)
5 stars 2 4 stars 0 3 stars 1 2 stars 0 1 star 0 (out of 3 reviews)

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11472589&cm_mmc=BCEmail_JuneMVM--Focus--6-_-Proscan40LCD