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Old 12-22-06, 11:13 AM
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Shopping for my first LCD HDTV

I started shopping for a 27 or 32 inches LCD HDTV for my bedroom and I was wondering which brand is the most recommended? I would mostly use it with my pvr and to watch dvds.
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Any suggestions? I want to go to the store tonight to check out some tv's but I'd really appreciate if you could tell me if there were any specific models I should look out for?
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Originally Posted by Howiefan
I started shopping for a 27 or 32 inches LCD HDTV for my bedroom and I was wondering which brand is the most recommended? I would mostly use it with my pvr and to watch dvds.
The three brands that come to my mind as being "most recommended" for LCD are probably Samsung, Sharp, and Sony. Panasonic is probably another good option. In the 32" range, you might look at the following:

Panasonic TC-32LX60

Samsung LN-S3251D

Sharp LC-32D40U

Sony KDL-32S2000
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I've heard good things about Vizio if you're looking to save some money. I know they have been discussed a lot at AVS Forum. (although I have read in detail)
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The models that Dead recommended are all very good models. Of the stats, always remember that the "Response Time" on an LCD HDTV has to be 16ms or less (or 13ms or less for a computer LCD monitor), otherwise the set could have "ghosting". And pay attention to the contrast ratios - the larger the ratio, the better. And definitely make sure it has true digital inputs (DVI or, preferrably, HDMI).
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And the winner is...


Toshiba 42HL196 42" 1080P LCD HDTV


Toshiba REGZA 32HL66 32" LCD HDTV ...is also very good.


Check them out.

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Old 12-22-06, 10:41 PM
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Thanks everyone. I actually went to the store to look at all the models and picked the Samsung LN-S3251D (in white instead of black). I've played DVDs and the Wii on it so far and it looks amazing. Can't wait to activate my HDTV digital cable tomorrow morning!
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any pixs of your setup would be nice
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Originally Posted by billy9215
And the winner is...


Toshiba 42HL196 42" 1080P LCD HDTV


Toshiba REGZA 32HL66 32" LCD HDTV ...is also very good.


Check them out.
I'm also considering an HDTV purchase in 2007 and that 32" was one I've been researching. I'd mainly be using it with my DVD player and Xbox 360 -- with an eventual HD DVD add-on. I like that it has 2 component INputs.

Looking to purchase in the next 5 to 6 months. Perhaps the price may come down as it is currently around $999 online.
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Originally Posted by Xbox69
I'm also considering an HDTV purchase in 2007 and that 32" was one I've been researching. I'd mainly be using it with my DVD player and Xbox 360 -- with an eventual HD DVD add-on. I like that it has 2 component INputs.

Looking to purchase in the next 5 to 6 months. Perhaps the price may come down as it is currently around $999 online.
Not the size that you're looking at, but speaking of inputs, I went with the Hitachi 42HDS69 (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=470162)
-- 3 components inputs, 2 HDMI, etc, etc. Lots of space all around. Now I'm waiting on the HD cable kit for my original xbox (pick up a 360 eventually) -- still trying to work out how to set up my 5.1 speakers as well, but the TV plays beautifully.
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Originally Posted by billy9215
And the winner is...
Toshiba 42HL196 42" 1080P LCD HDTV
I just read that this model doesn't accept any 1080P signals, just 1080i.
Kinda bad, no?
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What about this one: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LNS405...dp/B000ELOQS2/

Samsung LNS4051D
* Stylish 40-inch LCD TV in black with integrated HDTV tuner; measures 39 x 28.1 x 12.8 inches (WxHxD) with included stand
* Game Mode optimizes image quality and sound; connect portable digital players and control via remote (with RS232 cable connection)
* 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 500 cd/m2 brightness, super-fast 8ms response time, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 170-degree viewing angle
* Connections: 2 composite A/V (1 side), 2 S-Video (1 side), 1 component (Y/Pb/Pr), 2 HDMI, 2 RF, 1 USB, 1 RS232
* Two stereo speakers, 10 watts apiece (20 watts total); SRS TruSurround XT virtual surround


Is this 720p? 1080i? I am confused

$1300 w/ free shipping looks good. Looks beautiful

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That's 720p. And the price is good for a Samsung.
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Is that a "higher end" 720p?
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I own the 32" Samsung LNR-329D (last years higher end model). I am very happy with the TV, although this year, the prices dropped so much.

If I were to recommend a 32" LCD, I would go with the following:

32" BRAVIA™ LCD Television
KDL-V32XBR2

My aunt has the XBR from last year, and her picture quality blows mine away.

Also the Samsung LNS-3296D. That is the top of the line Samsung 32" LCD.
I don't think Best buy or CC would have it, they have the lower end models. Dont' worry about the response time, most LCD's TV's from this year have an 8ms response time or less.
No 32" TV comes in 1080p, Even if it did I don't think you would be able to tell the difference on a 32" screen.

The native resolutions for 32" LCD's are all 720P. They can accept a 1080i signal but will convert it to 720p.

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Yeah, but the one I posted above was the Samsung 40"

The Sony's are way overpriced in my opinion.

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