Newbie needs TV recs: 32" $800 to $1000

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Loren Jones, Feb 20, 2002.

  1. Loren Jones

    Loren Jones Agent

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    Hi,

    I don't think I am very well educated with regards to direct view TV choices, but I do know that I want a 32" or therabouts, and I think I will go with a 4:3 set unless someone here talks me out of it. Budget is $1000 max, and $800 is really more like it. Flat screen would be nice. Built in speakers etc don't matter. What features do I need, and which sets offer them in this price range? What is "the squeeze"?

    Thanks,

    Loren Jones
     
  2. Masood Ali

    Masood Ali Supporting Actor

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    Squeeze tightens the drawing area of the CRTs inside your TV so instead of painting the entire screen for a widescreen movie (and thus wasting resolution on the "black bars" on the top and bottom), the CRTs just paint a 16:9 area in the center of the set (so less resolution is wasted on the "black bars" and is instead used on the actual image).

    If you want a flat screen direct view set, look at sets made by Sony, Panasonic, or Toshiba.

    Toshiba 32AF41 is $800 at Best Buy, probably less elsewhere. Dunno if it has the squeeze mode.

    Sony's 32FS13 is $900 at BB, 16:9 squeeze mode, probably less elsewhere.
     
  3. Loren Jones

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    Hey, thanks a lot...just the info I needed. I had tried interactive buying guides and FAQ's, but just wasn't getting the info I needed.

    Thanks again,

    Loren Jones
     
  4. Anthony_J

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    I recommend the Wega 32FS13. I just picked one up and it looks great (after minor calibration - user menu changes only). The anamorphic squeeze alone is enough to buy this set.

    I got it for $848 after tax ($899 less 10% coupon). I was in the same boat as you, I wanted a 32 or 36 inch set, but couldn't justify paying over $1,000 for a set that won't work with HD.

    As far as a 16:9/HD set, you won't find much on the market under the $1,600 mark.

    Considering that a regular 32" can still run you 400-500, it's a decent deal. The Wega is a great interim set until you make the jump to HD. Best Buy also just dropped the price of the 32fs13 to $850 and the 32fs17 to $949 (same tv with PIP).

    A little out of your price range, but still a good deal is the Samsung 32" 1080i 4:3 model. It was about $1,299 at BB, which is probably the cheapest HD capable set out there. The great thing is that the Samsung won't be obsolete in 4-5 years, but you will be stuck watching a all of your HD programming on a 32" 4:3 set.
     

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