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Purchased kids new tv Samsung LN32B460!

hidefman30
09-24-2009, 12:07 PM
Ok, so I have been looking for a tv to replace my childrens 14" Toshiba CRT tv/dvd combo. So after looking around I settled on a Samsung LN32B360. Walmart usually has it for $445 all day. So I go in to get it last night and they have the price jacked up to $495:mad:! The same price as the Sony 32" that usually runs exactly $100 bucks more than the Samsung! So I said no way get me a manager. So he hums and haws about they arn't really gonna make anything on a $500.00 tv and offers me like 5 percent off. Then he suggests I check Walmart online. Sure enough the tv is $50 less online. But I have to go through the trouble of ordering and paying for it online, then going back to the store to pickup! It just makes too much sense to have your stores pricing the same as your online pricing!? Everything happens for a reason though. So I said forget it and left. I got on my cell and called HHGregg. Told the guy I wanted a 32" Samsung and he said sure I'll sell it to you for $462.64 if you come in now (it was like 30 minutes to closing). So it was $35 cheaper than Walmart and in stock. So I rushed in. When I get there I was even more pleasantly surprised. They sold me this years model up the LN32B460 new in the box factory sealed for that price. I have checked on Amazon.com and they want $534 so I paid $72 less than that! I think I got a great deal. So I went home to set it up.

This tv is awesome and has quite a few Pros. The 50,000:1 contrast is better than the 30,000:1 I would have got with last years model. The 3 Hdmi's are better than last years two. And the response time is faster at 6MS over last year 8MS.

As for the Cons there are a couple. The biggest is the absense of an S-Video input. My kids room has a standard Directv box not an HD one. There is an S-video out on that box. Since the tv doesn't have a S-video input, I have no choice but to use a crappy coaxial cable to hook up the satellite for now! This tv is loaded with 2 componet, pc input, 3 hdmi's, and rca's, so I guess something had to give. However for my needs I would've preferred S-Video. My final gripe is the "touch of color" that Samsung seems to be so hot and heavy over. Their new tv's continue to come with it. I prefer just black, which is how this tv looks anyway unless the room is really bright. So congratulations Samsung you forced my to get "touch of color" on my tv! I think it's useless as it doesn't illuminate or add anything to this tv! I guess if your room is painted wine color it would be a benefit. To Samsungs merit is the styling. Their tv's are elegant, slick, glossy, with smooth lines like an italian sports car. The stand is cooler than last years. It's square beveled glass, with the matching "tocuh of color". There is also a neat cystal clear center swivel piece.

Since my Satellite is hooked up via coax. I moved in the PS3 to serve as the kids dvd/blu ray player. As expected Dark Knight, Indiana Jones 4, and Kung Fu Panda, blu rays left me drooling! Now the kids are chasing me out of thier room so they can watch Little Einstiens!

chinee
09-24-2009, 06:09 PM
Since the tv doesn't have a S-video input, I have no choice but to use a crappy coaxial cable to hook up the satellite for now!
Big deal... they won't notice the difference in PQ anyway.

I got a 32B360 a few weeks ago and thought it was a pretty good TV for the price... the 460's higher contrast ratio is clearly noticable, and a huge improvement over the 360. I returned the 360 however when they dropped the price of the PS3. The kids were happy with their 15yr old Sharp 19" CRT, and the new PS3 has been working overtime ever since!

But congrats on your purchase... the 460 is great TV, I didn't miss 1080p at all.

daleb
09-25-2009, 02:22 PM
I picked up the Costco warehouse model, B540 which is essentially the same as the 460 with some added goodies. Not likely to be noticeable either.
Nice displays for a BR set.

hidefman30
09-25-2009, 05:12 PM
Yes the Samsung is an awesome tv for a bedroom. The kids wont notice the coax hookup, but I'll still add the hd box soon, cause I cant bear pay for hd channels and have a new hdtv not hooked in to them! For now the PS3 is an awesome way to see HD on it. Watched Hellboy Golden Army on it last night!!!WOW!!!

daleb
09-25-2009, 07:03 PM
Yes the Samsung is an awesome tv for a bedroom. The kids wont notice the coax hookup, but I'll still add the hd box soon, cause I cant bear pay for hd channels and have a new hdtv not hooked in to them! For now the PS3 is an awesome way to see HD on it. Watched Hellboy Golden Army on it last night!!!WOW!!!

I had the same impression when I threw Dark Knight on there...but I was also surprised how well it handles SD broadcasts (Dish).

Scottnot
09-25-2009, 07:13 PM
The 50,000:1 contrast is better than the 30,000:1 I would have got with last years model. The 3 Hdmi's are better than last years two. And the response time is faster at 6MS over last year 8MS.
I'd guess that all of that (except the HDMIs which you can actually count) is nothing but specsmanship.

As for the contrast ratio: read this http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/69651-why-you-should-ignore-contrast-ratio-specs.html

Nonetheless, it's a great little set and the price was a winner.

Techlord
09-25-2009, 08:38 PM
I had the same impression when I threw Dark Knight on there...but I was also surprised how well it handles SD broadcasts (Dish).

If you are talking about the smaller 32" Samsung LCDs looking great with SDTV then yeah, the smaller LCDs look better when displaying SD than the bigger sets do!

daleb
09-25-2009, 09:40 PM
If you are talking about the smaller 32" Samsung LCDs looking great with SDTV then yeah, the smaller LCDs look better when displaying SD than the bigger sets do!

Of course, I realize that's a big part of the improvement and for what they are, and their intended purpose they work quite well.
Certainly if a 32" plasma was a viable alternative, I would probably have one. :)