Trying to choose a 32" TV. Totally confused!

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  1. lohr500

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    I will shortly be receiving my Foxsat Freesat HD PVR and I am now turning my attention to a sutable 32" TV to replace the old cheap & cheerful Thomson 28" widescreen crt.

    The TV is for use in a bedroom and space is restricted to an absolute maximum width of 800mm, which rules out quite a few of the well spoken for models I have read about on this forum. I really liked the sound of the LG 32" plasma but it is too wide :mad: .

    Viewing will be mainly Freesat, with HD content as available through the Foxsat HD, but at some point we may want to add a blu-ray player. Also it will be connected to a Sony dvd/VHS/surround sound amp combo which provides a half decent 5:1 audio stage that is considereably better than the sound from the existing crt.

    Already have a PS3 hooked up to a bigger 1080p Tosh downstairs.

    Most posts seem to suggest that 1080p is a waste of time at 32" and that it is better to buy a better quality 720p set.

    So what to go for that will fit the 800mm max width limit?

    Price is important but would rather spend a bit more to get the right TV as we will be watching this one a lot.

    Thanks.
     
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    Sony 32V4500 or 32W4000 would be my choices. The former is 1366x768 and the latter 1920x1080 and there are also some styling differences. I doubt most would notice a huge difference performance, if any, if both were set up to their best. W might be easier to get a hold of though. Both are 794mm wide (I assume you meant 800mm, not cm!).
     
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    :oops:

    Well spotted YellowSphere. I did mean 800mm, not 800cm. Whilst I would love an 8 meter wide home cinema setup in the bedroom, I don't think Mrs Lohr500 would approve.

    I will check out he info on the Sony models you mention.
    Thanks
     
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    1080p isnt a complete waste of time at 32", you just need to be careful because some 1080p 32" sets have awful SD PQ. Also, HDTV is broadcast in 1080i which is supported by most (all?) new HD ready sets anyway. Anyway, unless you plan to be really close there's no desperate need for 1080p, however, if you really want it then the Sont 32W4000 is one of the best (if you can find one) or the Panasonic 32LZD80 is brilliant. For blu-ray though I would advise you to invest more in 24fps support (most have it) and good black levels etc...

    You could also go for the LG 32LG6000 (or the 7000, which is 1080p) which are fairly cheap, otherwise I would recommend the Panny 32LZD80
     
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    If a television does not accept a 1080i signal then it is not HD Ready.
     
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    Hi Monarch,
    Unfotunately both the models you suggest are too wide. LG 805mm, Panasonic 831mm, so that rules them out.

    Hi Yellowsphere,
    The 32V4500 is looking sensible on price.
    Have you seen one running with Freesat SD & HD?
    How does it look?
    Should I be worried about it not being 100Hz, or is this just another example of where a good 50Hz model will out perform a poorer 100Hz?
    Given several comments about how 1080p versions can struggle with SD, then I am tempted to stick with a 720p version, especially as we are talking 32" a 10 or 11 feet viewing distance.

    Cheers
     
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    32V4500 then, it's a good TV. 100Hz isn't a major issue if the 50Hz version handles motion well, which the v4500 does so 100Hz will do very little difference. If you're 10 or 11 feet away then 1080p is just going to diminish the SD quality, but you wont see the difference from that distance, you wont see the difference in HD either. If you want to pay the extra bit for the W4000 the do, but you're paying extra for nothing!

    1080p at 32" is the cherry on the cake, but, unless you spend a lot of money on it, you cant have the cherry and the cake (the other features), you can either have one or the other...go for the cake and get the V4500
     
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    Ebuyer are excellent.... the 32" for £250 is POOR don't waste your money. spend £300+ on a decent branded screen.
     
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    As said above, don't spend under £300 on a 32", it's not worth the poor picture quality, for 32" look towards the bigger brands, you need a decent PQ at that size
     

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