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Old 11-30-2008, 11:17 PM   #1  
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Alright, so i'm a college student looking for a 32" 1080p LCD flat screen to jazz up my apartment room.

I've been doing a lot of research and i'm not sure what to decide upon.

My other two roommates have just purchased 32" 720p Samsungs for $400 a pop.

I'd be purchasing the Vizio for $560 and i was wondering what was a better buy.

I do own a blu-ray player so i really think a 1080p would suit my needs better as i can optimize its usage but the contrast ratio on the vizio is 6500:1 dynamic as opposed to the samsung's 10,000:1 dynamic.

How much of a difference will this contrast ratio deficit produce?

I'd appreciate any kind of response.

I'm rather stingy so i don't think i'd be willing to spend any more than $600.

Thanks for the advice HDF
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:15 PM   #4  
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Maybe you missed this?

"Why you should ignore contrast ratio"
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:59 PM   #5  
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i just picked up the TV today from sams.

i'm unhappy with the picture quality compared to my roommates samsung 720p 32" hdtv's.

i don't quit understand.

their ps3 games look 2x better than my blu-ray movies played through an hdmi cable from my laptop.

is something wrong? the colors aren't as vivid and it isn't crystal clear as i expected it to be.

did i set it up wrong? or am i just getting what i paid for?

even the digital channels look mediocre at best.

any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:40 PM   #6  
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Some here had mentioned going to tweaktv.com to fine tune those Vizio's.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:31 PM   #7  
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i just picked up the TV today from sams.

i'm unhappy with the picture quality compared to my roommates samsung 720p 32" hdtv's.

i don't quit understand.

their ps3 games look 2x better than my blu-ray movies played through an hdmi cable from my laptop.

is something wrong? the colors aren't as vivid and it isn't crystal clear as i expected it to be.

did i set it up wrong? or am i just getting what i paid for?

even the digital channels look mediocre at best.

any advice would be greatly appreciated!

you should play with the settings, take it out torch mode. I would start by putting it in either Standard or Movie mode. Get the color temp off of cool and put it on either warm or normal. Take the backlight down from the default setting of 90 and bring it down to like 60 and turn off all advance settings. and adjust from there.

Cnet also has some nice settings for VO32 as well as tweak TV, The VO32 is a really nice set.

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Was in Costco early this afternoon to look at their 32" LCD's. They only had 3 on the shelf. The Vizio VO32LF (1080), Sharp LCC3234U (720), and a Samsung LN32A540 (720).
Out of the 3, the Samsung appeared to have the best PQ in that environment. A hockey game was playing. All 3 sets had a bit of brief image shudder during fast action.
I was disappointed by the Vizio. The flesh tones had a green hue on the display model. From what I have read here, they are a decent set for the money. If Costco wants to move them, someone should fine tune the display model because it turns folks off.
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Was in Costco early this afternoon to look at their 32" LCD's. They only had 3 on the shelf. The Vizio VO32LF (1080), Sharp LCC3234U (720), and a Samsung LN32A540 (720).
Out of the 3, the Samsung appeared to have the best PQ in that environment. A hockey game was playing. All 3 sets had a bit of brief image shudder during fast action.
I was disappointed by the Vizio. The flesh tones had a green hue on the display model. From what I have read here, they are a decent set for the money. If Costco wants to move them, someone should fine tune the display model because it turns folks off.

If there is a green hue it's either one of two things, someone messed with the settings or they have it hooked via component and it's plugged in the wrong slots. A green hue to the picture is usually a dead give away that the component cords are hooked up wrong
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Personally, I think Vizio's are pretty good for the price. 1080p on a 32" LCD isn't a big deal but for the right price, why not?
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Old 12-02-2008, 10:55 PM   #11  
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I've got the 720P version and these are my settings

Picture Mode - Standard
Backlight - 60
Brightness - 51
Contrast - 45
Color 49
Tint - 0
Sharpness 4

All advance off except Noiser Reduction Strong on TV and Off for movies

Color Temp - Warm

Great picture, love it.
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