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Recommendations on 32" set.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ted Lee, Oct 17, 2001.

  1. Ted Lee

    Ted Lee Lead Actor

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    well...i've been dying for a 16x9, but now i'm not so sure i can get one just yet...since i'll be moving into a 2nd story apartment...i'm worried about getting it out of there later. i'm still in the air about this and may post a separate question regarding this issue.
    anyway...
    can you all make some recommendations for 30-32" tv's? here's some criteria i'd like to try to follow:
    • budget: hopefully no more than about $600.00 USD
    • screen: i love flat-panel, but don't think i can afford one at my budget. if not, i'd like the flattest screen possible.
    • features: since it's a 32" i don't expect a lot of features. i don't really care about dual-tuner/PIP. is defeatable SVM a feature in non-projectioin tvs? i'll be running the mon-out from my receiver to the aux-in on the tv anyway, so even the number of inputs isn't that important
    i guess my primary focus is the flatest screen possible and good picture. all else is secondary.
    tia
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    [Edited last by Ted Lee on October 17, 2001 at 02:03 PM]
     
  2. Dan_Myers

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    Ted,
    I can offer you a little more info. I am posting here since I too am going to be buying a TV in the next few days. I have settled on a 32" because of my price range as well. Under or just at $600.00. I have compared a whole bunch of TV's and so far this is what I have narrowed my choices down to: Anyone else who has looked at or own any of these or other I would love your input.
    Anyway:
    JVC AV32D302
    Panasonic ANCT32G6
    Sharp 32R-S480
    I looked at Toshiba's in two different locations. At one location side by side with the JVC and another location side by side with the Sharp. At both places I felt that the Toshiba's where not as sharp and that the white of the closed caption text was not as bright white, it looked a little grey. The Blacks looked really good and dark on all of the sets. Also, I played around with the controls of one of the Toshiba's and the sharpness was set at 100% already - it seemed blury compared to the Sharp. My father has a 36" Toshiba and I have always thought the picture looked great. I was looking at it just last night and I thought the picture looked a little bland, but I thought that just might be from what I was watching (MSNBC on Dish). I didn't compare the Sony's much since most of them are not in my price range. I did walk buy one Trinitron at Circuit City and the picture quality caught my eye. It was very nice, but at $699.00 it was a bit above what I was trying to stay at for price.
    I stopped at Best Buy, Circuit City, and Audio King and played around with the controls to get the best picture I could. I will be hitting another Best Buy and Audio King to look at another set of TV's and see if I come to the same conclusion again.
    So far I am leaning very heavy towards the Sharp. I first though the picture was a bit on the red side and I used the controls to adjust the picture, I was able to get the picture to have skin tones that matched almost perfect with the Toshiba next to it, and at that I thought the RED looked a little more warm and clear then the Toshiba. The Toshiba just seemed a bit muddy, for lack of a better word.
    Actually when I was playing with the Sharp and trying to get the colors to something I would like. A budy of mine said, "Jeez that looks just as good as that HDTV over there" Looking over at two HDTV's one of them was a very nice deep blue, and the one below it was just a little less Deep Blue, maybe a little more to the Red. This was with a video playing of an Ocean scene. The bottom HDTV looked almost identical to the Sharp. I also watched a Bruce Springsteen concert and if you have ever seen a Concert on HDTV you can notice on the lead singer sometimes the face will get a little washed out when the performer gets directly under a spot light. On the sharp it looked very sharp and bright, on the Toshiba it looked sortta muddy and grey. Also, I watched an interview of Moby on the two tv's and I noticed the red in a chair and the yellow in another chair where both very clear and bright.
    Well, thats my thoughts at this point. I would love to get the JVC and Sharp side by and compare the two, but I haven't found a store that carried both of them close to each other yet.
    Just my thoughts, I look forward to others.
    [Edited last by Dan_Myers on October 18, 2001 at 01:19 PM]
     
  3. Ted Lee

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    thanks dan for your post. i'll keep those models in mind. also, you gave me some good ideas of what to do and what to look for when shopping. i appreciate your time! [​IMG]
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  4. Dan_Myers

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    Hey Ted,
    All that typing and my second re-read I still have some typos in my last post.
    I wanted to expand a little more on the Toshiba. I mentioned my Fathers 36" then said last night I thought the picture looked a little bad. Anyway, the reason I noticed that is because the local channels with a standard roof top antenna look fantastic! I was actually going out to the stores today to compare the JVC -vs- a Toshiba at the same price range. I for the most part had already been sold on Toshiba before I started shopping. So, I know first hand that Toshiba does make some good TV's and will still be looking at them to see if one will be in my future or not.
    -Dan
     
  5. Marc Rochkind

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    32" is fine if you sit close enough. By all means make sure the TV has a "vertical squeeze" mode which puts all the scanlines in the middle when you're playing an anamorphic DVD.
     
  6. Dan_Myers

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    I spent a few hours this evening traveling between many stores tonight looking at TV's and the more I looked the More I started to dislike the picture on the Sharp. It looked really clear, yet, I don't know how to describe this, I think the picture was kind of scratchy. Anyway, I started looking more and more at the JVC again. After looking at the JVC D302 at two different stores and playing with the settings while I played around with a Trinitron I finially decided on the D302 and when I talked the salesman down to $499.00 on an open box I had to take it. Watching it at home the picture looks great both on Dish and the Off air, even though I don't have a real clear reception here, it looks really good.
    I would say I think this JVC is the best pick for me.
     
  7. Ted Lee

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    congrats on the new toy dan! i'm sure you'll have lots of fun. i'll take a close look at that model.
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  8. Rick Radford

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    Marc,
    Can you find a 32" analog set with the squeeze for $600? I'm thinking of the Sony 32FV27 which I've seen for $1099 on sale at CC. Perhaps there are others.. I dunno.
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    The only analog sets that I know of that do the squeeze, at least without doing it from the service menu, are the Sony Wegas. The lower end sets in the line have a manual aspect ratio switch from the user menu and the higher end sets do it automatically.
     

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