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Selecting a 32" LCD TV for christmas present

nowwhatnapster
11-10-2010, 09:00 AM
I'm posting this from my mobile, I apologize if I missed something. I will double check everything when I get to a PC tonight.


Viewing distance: Closest seat: ~2ft. Second closest: 5~6ft. Remaining 5 seats 10~12ft.
Replacing: 26" tube. Must fit inside a 35.5" wide cabinet. This rules out anything larger than 32".
Content to be watched: 4/10 sports, 3/10 movie, 2/10 cable programming,1/10 wii/ps2 gaming system or picture viewing. My biggest critic will be the one who watches sports, lag free viewing is a must.
PC use: Minimal, if at all. May be used to view pictures.
High def content: Cable provider has free 1080i content. They will watch DVD's from netflix. Possibility blu-ray player in the future, but they obviously haven't experienced anything HD yet.
Class: Middle of the line, best bang for the buck.
3D: No, not even in a few years.
Lighting: Large bay window on left side of TV with no blinds. Glare will be a problem during the day. TV gets watched both morning and night, typically lights are off during night. This is one of my biggest concerns.
Budget: $400 max, really looking to spend about $300. Hoping to catch a good deal on something normally priced around$400. Slickdeals.net is my resource.
Viewing angle: 3 seats are between 100 and 150 degrees. Yes one of them sucks hardcore to watch from. Provided the TV has a viewing angle comparable to a Samsung LN40C630 this shouldnt be an issue. Remaining seats are within 45 degrees.


Other notes: The remote provided by our cable TV (Cablevision) must be compatible with the LCD to power it on and off.

I want to make this transition as painless as possible for the recipient.

Willing to sacrifice 1080p for 720p to get a better quality set.

Not willing to sacrifice a brand name like sony/samsung for a visio or other budget brand. I want this Tv to last them several years.

I am just looking for model numbers of sets that meet the above requirements. I will wait till a good deal pops up on one of them before I make a purchase, even if that means waiting till black friday.

As always I appreciate your expert advice! In return I can give you computer advice :-)

Contenders: (Non sale prices listed, no specific order yet)

$379 - Samsung - LN32C350
$350 - LG - 32LD350
$345 - Panasonic - TC-L32X2

hdf_bob
11-10-2010, 09:55 AM
For a 32" set, 720p should be all you need, but at 10-12', the 32" screen will be pretty small. Vizio makes a good LCD, and I wouldn't shy away if you find a good deal on one. There's not much you can do about viewing angle with LCD's - if you get very far off-axis they are generally pretty poor.

I'm no LCD expert, but I did see a couple of deals on a Samsung 32" LCD (http://bfads.net/Search/32%22%20lcd). Amazon seems to have a deal on this model, too, but it's one of those - see the price at final checkout things.

neoshredder27
11-10-2010, 10:08 AM
LG 32LD350 or Panasonic TC-L32X2 have really good ratings and at a good price. Panasonic is a little more reliable on consumer reports.

nowwhatnapster
11-10-2010, 11:10 AM
For a 32" set, 720p should be all you need, but at 10-12', the 32" screen will be pretty small. Vizio makes a good LCD, and I wouldn't shy away if you find a good deal on one. There's not much you can do about viewing angle with LCD's - if you get very far off-axis they are generally pretty poor.


Yes 1080p would be overkill for all but 1 of the seats.

The 32" screen and distance of 10-12 ft isn't great, but lets put it this way. They are not ready for a screen larger than 32". Remember they are currently using a 26" Tube.

As for viewing angle I'm just hoping to get something on par with my Samsung LN40C630. I have seen the worst viewing angle and its still pretty good in my opinion.

I have added both your suggestion and neoshredder27's suggestions to my first post.

dsskid
11-10-2010, 12:44 PM
I'd wait until Black Friday. The 32" models will be had at bargain prices.

nowwhatnapster
11-10-2010, 09:34 PM
I'd wait until Black Friday. The 32" models will be had at bargain prices.

I will probobly wait till black friday, however, I do not see myself physically going to a store. I will probobly do online shopping. Regardless, I need to know beforehand what sets I am willing to purchase.

nowwhatnapster
11-11-2010, 11:49 PM
Opinion on the VIZIO E320VL? According to http://www.televisioninfo.com/ratings.php this set beats out all the other 32" sets.

PFC5
11-12-2010, 01:51 AM
After reading a few of the reviews at that site I wouldn't believe it was raining if they swore it was. I would still check out my window. :lol:

Seriously their review process is very flawed and the settings they often use makes their knowledge a question as well.

dsskid
11-12-2010, 05:55 AM
Cnet, Sound & Vision, HDTV by ChadB (reviews for Cleveland Plasma) are all trusted reviewers. I'd read their thoughts on the displays instead of televisioninfo.