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Old 09-03-2009, 10:46 PM   #1  
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I've been trying to do as much research as possible before purchasing a new TV and I thought I would try to gather some info here too =)
I'm looking to buy a 32" LCD HDTV and i have a couple questions so i can make a better decision. Note: This TV will be used for my PS3 and watching lots of Blu-Rays.

1. Is 1080p necessary at all in a 32" TV? I've been told from multiple people that at this size, you can't tell a difference between 1080p and 720p. I have also been told that when watching a Blu-Ray, you will always be able to see a difference between the two resolutions. I want to make sure that I dont waste 200+ dollars upgrading to a resolution I don't need.

2. Which brand is best? I was planning on buying a Sony Bravia, then saw the TV at best buy next to a Samsung. I thought the picture on the Samsung was better but I have never had a problem with any Sony product. Reliability is a big deal to me.

Thanks in advance for any input. I really appreciate it =D
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Old 09-04-2009, 04:40 AM   #2  
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Check out the Toshibas!! Best bang for your buck right now!! With sony your paying for a name!! But, it is your money and you can do anything you want!!
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:56 AM   #3  
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1. Is 1080p necessary at all in a 32" TV? I've been told from multiple people that at this size, you can't tell a difference between 1080p and 720p. I have also been told that when watching a Blu-Ray, you will always be able to see a difference between the two resolutions. I want to make sure that I dont waste 200+ dollars upgrading to a resolution I don't need.
With a 32" screen, unless you are sitting 5-6' from the screen . . . you will never see the difference.

Since this is your first HDTV, and it's "only" a 32" TV, I see no reason to fall for the "Full HD" crap.
You will be absolutely, positively thrilled with a 32", 720p set. Don't waste $200 on 1080p for this set.
Most likely, within a year or two, you will start having a yen for a 37", 42", or ??" set - that's the time to readdress the 720 vs 1080 issue.
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:53 AM   #4  
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You should buy a 720p Samsung LCD for a 32" tv. Samsung is better than Sony and probably will cost you less. I am a Samsung fan. I have two 40" 720ps and they have an excellent picture.

Blu Ray movies vary a great deal on the quality of picture they have. So saying you'll see a big difference on a 1080p vs. 720p 32" tv is not really valid. I also have a 1080p tv with a blu ray and on some movies I can't really tell if it's a dvd or a blu ray. On others, the difference is apparent, but you'll be fine with the 720p.
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Old 09-04-2009, 10:18 AM   #5  
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With a 32" screen, unless you are sitting 5-6' from the screen . . . you will never see the difference.

Since this is your first HDTV, and it's "only" a 32" TV, I see no reason to fall for the "Full HD" crap.
You will be absolutely, positively thrilled with a 32", 720p set. Don't waste $200 on 1080p for this set.
Most likely, within a year or two, you will start having a yen for a 37", 42", or ??" set - that's the time to readdress the 720 vs 1080 issue.
Excellent post!

I agree that at this time with that screen size unless it will be used as a computer monitor also that 1080p is not needed and likely a waste.
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Check out the Toshibas!! Best bang for your buck right now!! With sony your paying for a name!! But, it is your money and you can do anything you want!!
I agree. The OP should check out the Toshiba 32AV502R or the warehouse club version 32AV52R. I looked at them and it had better black levels (one of the most important things for PQ), and much better viewing angles compared to the Sony & Samsung models in this size/price range. Check out this price too:

http://www.circuitcity.com/applicati...0&Sku=T24-3246 $379.99
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Old 09-07-2009, 07:59 AM   #7  
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I like the Warehouse 32 inch Samsung (at BJ's for $449.) Target sells it regualarly for $549 but occasionally on-sale at $499. The picture is really terrific.

I am trying to talk a friend into it who thinks it's WAY TOO BIG and SO EXPENSIVE because she is still watching a 20 inch CRT from the Lincoln Administration that I sold her 15 years ago...for 85 bucks.
(Yet she thinks nothing of giving the cable company $65 a month for the privilege!)
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Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate all the feedback. You all have helped me a great deal! =)
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