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Help needed, buying lcd this evening

justinsnyder
10-26-2007, 04:40 PM
hello fellow users,

thx in advance as i'm in need of some good advice. i've studied these models till i'm blue in the face and they're all starting to look the same. for instance, there are 3 samsung 32 in lcd's for sale at best buy, all 720dpi, and all varying prices. i'm confuzzled and don't want to get screwed.

LNT3232
LNT3253H
LNT3242H

just as an example......

here is what i'm looking for:
32 inch lcd at the best price for the money. my budget is $500 low end to $1000.

what i'm going to use it for:
gaming
watching regular tv(discovery and espn) and movies

one thing i'm afraid of is poor pic quality on non HD channels.

anyway, please recommend any brand you feel and also which is the best place to purchase within like best buy, circuit city, compusa and the like. once again your help is greatly appreciated.

thx,

justin

Good To Go KC
10-26-2007, 05:27 PM
This came from consumer reports, for 32 inch models. After the ratings I put in their "Quick Picks"

32-INCH MODELS
Sony Bravia KDL-32XBR4 $1400 78. 32 1366x768 2 3 0 23 31 8
Sony Bravia KDL-32S3000 $1100 78. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 23 31 8.5
Panasonic TC-32LX700 $950 78. 32 1366x768 1 2 0 23.5 33 10
Samsung LN-T3242H $900 78. 32 1366x768 2 3 0 22.5 34.5 12 Toshiba REGZA 32HL67 $900 73. 32 1366x768 2 3 0 23.5 31.5 11.5
Philips 32PFL7332D $1000 71. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 24.5 32 8.5
Olevia 532H $650 70. NA 32 1366x768 1 1 0 24.5 32 9.5
RCA L32WD22 $650 68. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 24.5 33 9.5
Vizio VW32LHDTV $600 64. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 23.5 31.5 8
Polaroid 3211-TLXB $650 58. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 25 32 8.5
Sylvania LC320SS8 $700 55. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 24.5 31.5 10
JVC LT-32E478 $750 54. 32 1366x768 2 2 0 23.5 31.5 9.5
Polaroid FLM-3234B $700 53. NA 32 1366x768 2 1 0 25 32 8.5
HP LC3272N $800 46. 32 1366x768 2 3 0 24 31 9.5

CONSUMER REPORTS REVIEWS:
Reviewed by 2 CustomersSort by: Newest firstOldest firstHighest ratings firstLowest ratings firstMost helpful firstLeast helpful first
Displaying Reviews 1-2 of 2
Best TV I have ever had and I am 64
By Scotty from Bristolville, Ohio on 10/14/2007
Pros:Attractive Design, Bright Image, Fast Setup, Good Connection Options, Good On Electric bill, Good Resolution, Light weight, Reduced Glare, Simple Controls
Best Uses:Home, Movies, Video
Describe Yourself:Technically Challenged
How long have you owned it:Three-to-six months
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Bright Picture, Sharp Color, Good Background Picture Can be View at any angle, Hard to watch none HD Picture (Spoiled I guess)
Have to call Cable People to get HDTV Tuner (No Extra Charge)






Comments:




Clean design and beautiful colour.
By Gord the Scot from Toronto, Canada on 10/3/2007
Pros:Attractive Design, Bright Image, Good Connection Options, Good Resolution, Reduced Glare
Best Uses:Home
Describe Yourself:Practical, Technically Challenged
How long have you owned it:One-to-three months
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Even side viewing provides a clean, sharp and distortion-free picture. And the ability to swing the screen from side to side at the touch of a finger is a major advantage over fixed-base sets.

Consumer Reports Quick Picks:
Best 32-inch sets:

Panasonic TC-32LX700 , $950
Samsung LN-T3242H , $900
Sony Bravia KDL-32S3000 , $1100
Sony Bravia KDL-32XBR4 , $1400
Toshiba REGZA 32HL67 , $900


These five sets all had excellent picture quality with all content, though blacks could have been deeper, as is often the case with LCD displays. Both Sony models displayed the finest detail and great color. The pricier and newer of the two, the Sony Bravia KDL-32XBR4, has more features and connections. The Panasonic had a very wide viewing angle-the best we've seen on an LCD TV-and the higher-priced Sony was very good. The others had a good viewing angle, typical for most LCD displays. The Samsung had great color, while the Toshiba stood out for impressive detail.

clearday
10-26-2007, 05:30 PM
My 2 cents. I have the LNT 4053 which is the same tv as the LNT 3253 you asked about.

I have FIOS HD, I use component. The HD is great and the SD is really almost as good. Which was a real surprise to me as I have a 1080p DLP and the SD is fair to good, but for some reason, the SD on this 720 LCD is far better.

The "53" series has a higher contrast ratio than the others you asked about as well as some sort of color enhancement. I don't know all the reasons why, but I found the "53"s to have a better pic.

You should buy it where you get the best price and service.

justinsnyder
10-26-2007, 05:33 PM
thx so much for that review. that should help a lot. those models are some i've been looking at.....i'll keep my study going.

justinsnyder
10-26-2007, 05:38 PM
clearday....what is "sd" i'm a newbie to the lcd market and have no idea.

philm5150
10-26-2007, 05:42 PM
SD stands for standard definition. Like what you've been watching for all of these years on your CRT tube tv. When people buy a LCD they often want to know how SD channels will look compared to their old tube tv.

Good To Go KC
10-26-2007, 09:36 PM
So what did you end up buying?

360kid
10-26-2007, 09:47 PM
hello fellow users,

thx in advance as i'm in need of some good advice. i've studied these models till i'm blue in the face and they're all starting to look the same. for instance, there are 3 samsung 32 in lcd's for sale at best buy, all 720dpi, and all varying prices. i'm confuzzled and don't want to get screwed.

LNT3232
LNT3253H
LNT3242H

just as an example......

here is what i'm looking for:
32 inch lcd at the best price for the money. my budget is $500 low end to $1000.

what i'm going to use it for:
gaming
watching regular tv(discovery and espn) and movies

one thing i'm afraid of is poor pic quality on non HD channels.

anyway, please recommend any brand you feel and also which is the best place to purchase within like best buy, circuit city, compusa and the like. once again your help is greatly appreciated.

thx,

justin



Easy, go to Sam's Club or Costco and buy a Vizio.

32" for about $600
37" for about $750
42" for about $900

Vizio is the number one flat panel maker in the US in the last couple of years. Excellent quality, INCREDIBLE PRICE.

justinsnyder
10-26-2007, 10:57 PM
i bought the samsung 3253H. i felt like it was the best option. maybe i'm wrong, but the piano black is sexy and the HD is crisp. no interest for just over a year, i'm happy!

thx for all the help guys, now i'll have to call the cable co and upgrade the service.

oh yeah. i paid 1085 with tax.