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Which 32 " HD TV is best?

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9y, 2d agoPosted 9 years, 2 days ago
Am confused! I have seen the Sony Bravia and loved the picture quality, but am I daft paying what seems to be extra for the Sony brand name.. are there similar quality TV's competitively priced out there? I don't want it for gaming or anything flash, just the usual watching of the box.
Would be grateful for any recommendations. Thanks
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9y, 2d agoPosted 9 years, 2 days ago
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#1
Which magazine have just tested a number of LCD's so I have cut and pasted the Sony 32" best buy.

Personally I'm a bit of a Sony diehard (excepting the PS3!) so I'm sat in front of a 26" TV which doubles as a pc monitor. My next purchase will be a Sony LCD for a new room extension.

Sony Bravia KDL-32D3000
BEST BUY

This excellent Sony 32-inch LCD IDTV breaks the Panasonic stranglehold on our Best Buy list with some panache. It goes one better than HD ready and is suitable not only for HD broadcasts but for use with high definition DVDs too.

Both standard and high definition picture quality is great but maybe not quite at the standard of the Panasonic range of LCD TVs. Still, the vibrant picture is awash with colour and good detail, Freeview looks great and high definition is especially impressive on motion sequences.

Significantly, it is fully compatible with high definition DVD players (both Blu-ray and HD DVD) and can display the highest quality 1080P HD signal without suffering from jerky movement on motion and panning scenes.

Sound-wise it's a pretty good bet. It lacks some punch but faults are minor and the sound clarity impressed our panel.It features a light sensor, which adjusts the picture brightness according to the ambient light in the room and in the process can more than halve the power consumption in a dimly lit room.

The 2007 range of Sony TVs are also among the first in the UK to support audio description. Found on some Freeview programmes, this is an additional narration for visually-imapired people that describes significant visual information, such as body language and scenery. It's easy to use and features a simple remote and straightforward on-screen menu navigation – only the squashed EPG lets it down.

As for sockets, for the price you'd expect a good array and the D3000 does not disappoint.It has 2 RGB Scart sockets (one with Scart link to trigger a compatible VCR to record) and 3 HDMI sockets for connecting high definition equipment .

A camcorder or headphones can easily be plugged into the side and it can be hooked up to either a surround sound or stereo system.

Pros: Great picture, decent sound, high definition DVD compatibility, hugely efficient light sensor, audio description, great connectivity

Cons: Not a lot


Sony Bravia KDL-32D3000
Price (£) 900
Score (%) 69 Best Buy
Overall reliability Above average
Web address [url]www.sony.co.uk[/url]
Phone no. 0870 511 1999
Availability Widely available on the high street and online. High-street retailers include Currys, Argos, and John Lewis
Date tested Aug 07
Features
Specification
Type of TV LCD
Screen size (inches) 32
Dimensions wxhxd (cm) 79 x 58 x 21
Weight (kg) 16.5
Native resolution (pixels) 1366 x 768
Stand supplied Yes
IDTV Yes
HD ready Yes
1080p/24 Yes
Audio description Yes
Picture features
Autoformat switching Yes
Mode for widescreen/4:3 switching 4:3
Picture in picture (PiP) No
Light sensor Yes
Digital features
EPG PiP No
Recording link Yes
Connecting-up
Scarts 2
Scarts with RGB 2
HDMI input 3
VGA input Yes
Digital PC input Via HDMI
Dedicated audio output Yes
Dedicated digital audio output Optical
Headphones Yes
Headphone volume control Yes
Media card slot No
Power
Annual running cost (nearest £) 18
Power consumption - normal viewing (Watts) 121
Power consumption - standby (Watts) 0
Ideal picture settings
Brightness 59/100
Contrast 65/100
Colour 52/100
Picture profile Standard
Sharpness 15/30
Other settings Backlight - 10/10 Noise Reduction - Medium MPEG Noise Reduction - Low Colour Temp - Neutral Light Sensor - Off Power Saving - Off
Ratings
Performance
Standard picture quality

The following Panasonics all came out well some better than the Sony

Panasonic. The TX-32LXD70

Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD700

Panasonic Viera TX-32LMD70

Panasonic Viera TX-32LXD7

This Sony also came out in their best buy list.

Sony Bravia KDL-32U2000

Check out this website as well for further info

http://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=155
#2
Sony Bravia 100%
#3
Would never pay £900 for a 32" LCD....madness....far too much.
#4
Its more like £600 for the KDL-32D3000.
On a side note, is it right that Sony are offering a free 5 year warranty on new tv's at the moment?
#5
More realistic price - doubt you'd notice any difference over a £450 samsung panel...Sony LCD's have never really matched their CRT quality.
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MaureenHB
Am confused! I have seen the Sony Bravia and loved the picture quality, but am I daft paying what seems to be extra for the Sony brand name.. are there similar quality TV's competitively priced out there? I don't want it for gaming or anything flash, just the usual watching of the box.
Would be grateful for any recommendations. Thanks


Is this a money no object question? if it is then the Sony, the Panasonic TX32LXD700 and the Phillips 9xxx (ambi-light one can't remember the correct model no) are supposedly the best - each have their strong points. Just browse the AV Forums....

If cost is a factor then there are better value for money tvs (with good picture) than the ones mentioned. The correct tv would depend on what you are viewing eg is it football or other fast moving sports? is standard definition eg Freeview or is it high definition eg upscaled DVDs or Sky plus?
#7
Well, I'm looking for one to watch sports, and to use my PS3 on, including BluRay discs. I have a budget of around £500, but would go up to £600 if it was worth it.
Cheers by the way.
#8
I have a 32" samsung and i watch sports, ps3 gameplay and BRDVD. Its fantastic for all, except spots, however this is probably because i have standard sky.
#9
Personally I would be looking at getting a pioneer, they produce at present the best plasma tvs so definately check out their lcd's, otherwise look into LG, often pretty feature rich for the price.
#10
The Which report said that the Panasonic TX-32LXD700 was "the best 32-inch LCD money can buy" and they go to say that it is "our highest ever scoring full sized flat panel TV."

They also say that the £300 cheaper entry level Panasonic TX-32LXD7 picture "looks fantastic", only that it is missing a few additional sockets and has less sophisticated digital processing software.
#11
waynehayes
Its more like £600 for the KDL-32D3000.
On a side note, is it right that Sony are offering a free 5 year warranty on new tv's at the moment?


I am sure John lewis and teleland are offering 5 years warranty on all lcd.

regards
#12
The Panasonic LXD700 has a slightly better SD picture than the Sony but it is generally about £100 dearer. As gari says, these two with the Philips 9632D are probably the best 32" LCDs around at the moment. You will be able to get bigger 42" sets for less money but with TVs you get what you pay for.

A main advantage of the Sony is that it displays 24 fps content so is good at showing blu-ray or HDDVD without judder. It also has a 1080p processing chip so although it will not display at 1080p it will downscale effortlessly to the native 720p or 1080i resolution.

The Samsung 32R87 is an excellent budget alternative.
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waynehayes
Well, I'm looking for one to watch sports, and to use my PS3 on, including BluRay discs. I have a budget of around £500, but would go up to £600 if it was worth it.
Cheers by the way.

If you watch sports then you should be looking at a 100mhz tv which is supposed to reduce motion blur.

The Panasonic LXD70 is basically the same tv as the LXD700 but with cheaper speakers and no USB port.

Thats what I would recommend and Panasonic were running a promotion whereby you get a free 5 year warranty if you purchase from certain retailers but I think this finished on 30th Nov.

There is a list of prices here
http://www.lcd-tv-prices.co.uk/compare-prices/Panasonic-TX32LXD70.html

I have the LXD70 and football on freeview isn't fantastic closeup (3 feet) and thats supposed to be one of the best tvs. Otherwise its excellent if a bit ugly looking....
#14
I prefer the aesthetics of the Sony to the Panasonic which to me resembles a PC monitor. It can be found at a similar price to the LXD70 and has the advantage of 3 HDMI sockets over the LXD70's 2.

Both are good sets, but if you want excellent picture for sports you would be better off going for a plasma like the Panasonic TH37PX70 which offers higher contrast and better motion handling capabilities. However it is slightly dearer at about £650-700 the last time I looked.
#15
gari189
Thats what I would recommend and Panasonic were running a promotion whereby you get a free 5 year warranty if you purchase from certain retailers but I think this finished on 30th Nov.

They extended it through until Christmas. See here: http://www.experiencewhatothersjustsee.com/

You have to buy it from one of their licensed retailers though, and you could get John Lewis to price-match somewhere like Richer Sounds and get their five-year guarantee instead while paying pretty much the same price.

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