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Please recommend a budget 32" TV

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by harry66, Mar 20, 2002.

  1. harry66

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    Hope you guys and gals can help.
    Had bought a Panasonic TX32DK1 for £569 from QED but it is faulty so need to buy something else for between £500-£700 max.
    Priorities: 32" Widescreen, good picture quality.
    I have my own Dolby amp and speakers so Nicam will do.
    Would prefer 3 scarts but this seems to be rare at this price range. I dont need a cabinet.

    The following have caught my eye:
    HITACHI C32W433N for £600 from QED
    TOSHIBA 32Z13KIT for £700
    SANYO SYS32WN5H for £600
    Sanyo 32FWN2 for £700 from EmpDirect
    Philips 32PW6006 for £474 from Unbeatable
    Thomson 32VK25UG for £521
    Thomson 32WF25US for £601
    Sharp 32HW53H for £563
    Philips 32PW6515 for £647
    Samsung WS32W8VDE for £685

    A big list I know but are there any definite NOs and any definite YESs?

    Many thanks :D
     
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    I bought the 6006 without cabinet from unbeatable, and am extremely happy with it. The picture is excellent, and it seems to be getting great reviews along with the 28'' version for performance/price, can't comment on the others on your list though.

    tom
     
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    Tom,
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Can you tell me what the different viewing modes are like?

    The Panasonic has a useful mode called JUST - this seem to stretch a non-widescreen picture in a way so as to make the stretch less obvious - anything similar on the 6006?

    Does it have an auto mode and if so can you override it easily?

    Does the curve screen not bother in anyway?

    Thanks,
    Umer
     
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    Umer,the viewing modes are:

    4:3
    zoom 14:9 - compress and move image vertically.
    zoom 16:9 '' '' '' '' ''
    subtitle zoom - leaves space at bottom for subs.
    super wide - Stretches 4:3 picture at sides, a small amount is lost top and bottom, can be altered vertically, but you can notice the stretch,(have'nt seen the panny version).
    widescreen - dvd heaven!

    The auto format can be modified manually.

    As for the curved screen, it's not as curved as some I've seen, and even when seated at an angle to the tv, it's not too apparent. Besides the picture quality is that good I don't even notice it.

    Hope this helps
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    Tom,
    I think I am slowly convincing myself that the 6006 is going to be good enough.

    It just seems too cheap and I am worried I will regret buying it a few months later and wishing I had spent a bit more.

    However, I am struggling to justify spending an upto extra £200 for a slightly flatter screen or one more scart socket etc.

    Still looking but unless I spot some amazing deal it will probably end up being the 32PW6006.

    Cheers Tom.
     
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    Try looking in the latest issue of what tv&video they review the 32" version of the 6006.

    What hi-fi review the 28" version,(which itself is priced at £500), alongside seven other models where it came out top, even beating a pure flat 'tosh' due to the 'tosh' being £150 dearer. They stated it 'combines performance with price competitivness', not bad for a 'cheap' telly.

    Any way good look with your search
    tom
     
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    Tom,

    I have the mag and have read the review and that is what made me even consider a 'cheap' curvy screen in the first place

    My DVD player is only a £99 Cyberhome - again bought cos it got a good write up in a mag - and it has been great so far. I cant notice that much difference between it and a mates £250 player - plus mine is far more flexible. So I guess I should stop with the cheap is naff thinking.

    I just need to wait for QED to sort out the refund on the faulty Panny before I order the Philips (perhaps some other bargain will present itself in the meantime and save me from the 6006 - ;) just joshing!

    Cheers
     
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    Hope I didn't sound too much like a salesman, but I must confess I had the same sort of doubts before I bought mine :D

    tom
     

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