best all around 32" TV

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  1. Matt Rich

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    I'm looking for a 32" tv, possibly a 36". I don't have any receiver or speakers set up in my room, so i want the best possible TV, including video and audio performance. It doesn't have to be HDTV ready, but i am willing to pay the extra $ if it's worth it. I'd like it to be PIP with split windows tuners...

    Any advice would be much appreciated, i've looked at the Sony 32v-hs20, and a toshiba model or 2, and want to make an educated decision.

    Thanks.

    Matt
     
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    Matt what price range are you thinking of?
     
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    $1000-$1500 or so...I'm not alltogether resigned to a direct view, i already have a 52" RP, so if i were to get another one, i'd want it to be widescreen or something different. More than likely will go for a 32 or 36 " direct view.

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    I think the 32XBR450 is the best 32", but that may be too pricey for you. THe HS20 is damn good too.
     
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    The HS20 has been #1 on my radar. I'm not necesarily looking for the biggest possible TV, since it is a bedroom TV, and my viewing distance is maybe 6 ft. I would rather have the best 32", than just an average 36"

    I definately have a big use for what they call "twin view" pip, since i have 2 tivo's, and am deep into tivoland most nights, so i would like to be able to watch live sports or news on the other tuner...

    HDTV is not a deal breaker, but usually the HDTV ready sets have other features that the others don't. If there was one exactly like the HS20 without HDTV, that would be a big consideration.

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    If the "XBR" sets are out of your price range than I would go with one of the Sony flat tube "V" series models instead of the "S" series because of the speakers in the "V" series.
    You might also want to take a look at the "HD ready" Samsung 32 inch Flat Tube model which has been getting pretty good reviews & can be had for around $1,200
    I haven't seen much posted about the Zenith flat tube sets but I would take a look at them too because you can hook up a computer to them if that's of any intrest to you.
    The big thing I would look for seeing you want quality sound is just that. Check for audio watts, bass, trebble & balance controls & a set that can do the "Squeeze Trick" for DVD's. As far as I can remember, only Sony & Samsung's will do the "Squeeze Trick" in analog sets, but I could be wrong. If you don't know what the "Squeeze Trick" is do a search on it on this forum.
    For reviews of sets you might want to take a look at www.audioreview.com for owner reviews. Also try www.hometheaterspot.com there is a lot of information on Samsung sets.
     
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    Just remember if you go with the Sony there is only a small chance of getting a perfect TV.

    I am on my second FV TV and although it is not perfect it is alot better than the first.

    I recently went to all three of my local electronic stores and ALL the Sony's had geometry problems (mostly funhouse) to some degree.

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    I was at fry's tonight, and they had the 4 top of the lines right together, the xbr 36 inch, hs 36 inch, xbr 32 inch and hs 32 inch, and boy did that 36 xbr look very sweet.

    what are the main differences between the xbr, and the regular ones....just better picture technology?

    also saw the samco 34 " widescreen.....very nice..

    matt
     
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    I love my JVC D series 32" NTSC 4:3 TV. Its really great. I truely believe its picture is one of the very best. Better signal equals better picture, but even without pristine cable, the picture is pretty decent.
    I have, however, a growing urge to buy a 16:9 display, be it an RP HDTV or a projector. Seriously give a thought to saving more money for one of those, because I bought this 32" 4:3 TV a year ago and I am already wanting to upgrade to a larger 16:9 large screen display[​IMG]
     
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    Toshiba 32 AFX61---- Wonderful picture (much better than my Wega), very good audio (volume at half way is very loud and clear). My Sony has to be turned almost all the way up for same volume response and then it starts this tinny buzz. Toshiba also has flat screen and many input capabilities. Very good television.
     
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    That toshiba would be comparable to which sony, the 32fv27?

    If anybody's really in the know, can they compare the toshiba's to the sony's, and which models are the most alike, say if i am looking at the sony 32hs20, which toshiba should i look at for the same features and so on.

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    Happy with my WEGA so far, as well--but her days as my main display are numbered (the bedroom system is beckoning).

    You could do a hell of a lot worse than the KV-32XBR450. It's a great set--but factor the price of a grayscale calibration into the overall purchase price (Sonys tend to run on the blue side).

    You might also want to check out the latest-generation Princeton Graphics monitors in the 32- and 36-inch range.

    Thing is, you'll end up with a bedroom unit that is decidedly superior to the older RPTV in your home theater. You might want to think that situation through.
     
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    Let me ask the same question with another restriction - a lot of us have the Sauder or Bush entertainment centers that are advertised as capable of holding "up to" a 32" TV. The opening is about 20" deep and 34 1/2" wide (upper shelf is adjustable to give plenty of vertical space), which means any 32" I've seen will stick out the back and must NOT have side speakers. What is the best 32" TV that will fit?
     
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    I've had my 32XBR450 for about 9 months now, and I love it. It looks great with analog cable and DVD's will blow you away. Anytime I have my friends over, they are drooling over it. I did calibrate it with AVIA and the color and blacks are perfect! Plus with with the Cinemotion function I could still keep my 200 disc DVD changer without having to go out and buy a progressive scan DVD player.
    If you step up to the XBR you won't be sorry.[​IMG]
    Matt
     
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    Thanks, it looks like that is the toshiba most like the sony hs20. Curiously, sony style and a lot of places says msrp 1799, but sel.sony says $1999.00 It's strange that the similar toshiba would be more than the sony. i'll have to compare the features.

    That looks like the sets i'd be interested in, heavily discounted of course...

    matt
     
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    >What is the best 32" TV that will fit?<

    I think you'll be looking at the Hitachi 32UDX10s or the Panasonic 32HX41. Maybe the Toshiba 32HFX71.. but I'm not sure how wide that is.

    Hitachi 32UDX10s:

    Cabinet Specifications

    Color: Silver

    Height: 26-3/4"

    Width: 31-1/8"

    Depth: 22-3/16"

    Weight: 113 lbs.

    Panny 32HX41:

    What is the height of the TV? (Inches) 27

    What is the width of the TV? (Inches) 32

    What is the depth of the TV? (Inches) 23

    What is the weight of the TV? (Pounds) About 170

    Toshiba 32HFX71:

    Cabinet: (W) 34 1/2 x (H) 26 9/16 x (D) 22 5/8 - 157 lbs
     
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    Matt, I can't remember what the differences are between the Sony XBR and HS models to say which one the Toshiba is comparable to. A quick check at pricescan.com shows the Toshiba retailing for $1400-1500 (this is on-line so shipping costs would have to be taken into account).

    cheers,

    --tom
     
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    Yah, unfortunately it's going to be like $1499 with $200 shipping from one place, and $1700 with "free" shipping from another. I may try a local sears to price match, and deliver cheaply.

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