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Ultimate 32" LCD Round-up (<£1000)

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Paulando, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Paulando

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    I've found a lot of people, like me, are currently on the look out for a spanky 32" LCD TV. There are a bunch of threads floating about and lots of conflicting opinions and information. Therefore, I decided it'd be best if we had one thread listing all that are available, the cheapest place to buy each of them from, a list of connections etc and known problems/flaws. It is difficult, when you set your heart on a particular model you read something about it which puts you off, then you find another model and the same thing happens :(

    I've made a list for myself, which I've posted here- so any additional comments or TVs to add please let me know, especially as I've only been looking around the £900 mark.





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    Hitachi 32LD6200 32" (£730)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 800:1 Contrast ratio
    · 25 ms Response time

    · 2x RGB Scart
    · 1x DVI (PC only)
    · 1x VGA
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video

    · High Response rate
    · No Component
    · No HDCP





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    Acer AT3201W 32" (£785)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 800:1 Contrast ratio
    · 12 ms Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x DVI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 1x Component
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video

    · 'Juddering' with 50Hz Progressive? (info)





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    Samsung LE32R41B 32" (£796)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 800:1 Contrast ratio
    · 8 ms Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x HDMI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 1x Component
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video

    · 'Tearing' problem? (info)
    · 'Green push' problem?





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    Relisys RLT3200 32" (£850)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 500:1 Contrast ratio
    · 18 ms Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x DVI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 2x Component
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video





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    Sharp LC-32P50E 32" (£850)

    · 960 x 540
    · 800:1 Contrast ratio
    · 12 ms Response time

    · 2x RGB Scart
    · 1x HDMI (HDCP)
    · 1x Component
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video

    · Not HD-Ready





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    Toshiba 32WL56 32" (£870 with free Toshiba SD150 DVD Player)
    (Manual)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 800:1 Contrast ratio
    · 10 ms Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x HDMI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video

    · No Component inputs- via VGA only
    · No 720p/1080i through component on some defective sets? (info)
    · 'Buzzing' problem with transformer? (info)
    · Faroudja chip = Better picture scaling?





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    BenQ DV3250 32" (£899)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 800:1 Contrast ratio
    · 12 ms Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x DVI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 2x Component
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video

    · Faroudja chip = Better picture scaling?





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    Sharp LC-32GA6E 32" (£922)

    · 1366 x 768
    · ???:1 Contrast ratio
    · ?? ms Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x HDMI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 1x Component
    · 1x S-Video





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    Philips 32PF5520D 32" (£955)

    · 1366 x 768
    · 600:1 Contrast ratio
    · Response time

    · 1x RGB Scart
    · 1x A/V Scart
    · 1x DVI (HDCP)
    · 1x VGA
    · 2x Component
    · 1x Composite
    · 1x S-Video





    Any suggestions, additions or opinions of any of the above TVs would be greatly appreciated! At the moment, I'm seriously considering the BenQ DV3250, but I'm still very much undecided.
     
  2. dan23

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    How about the Sharp GA326E?
     
  3. Smiffy 2

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    And the Philips 32PF5520D?
    Just scrapes under the £1k barrier with Freeview to boot!
     
  4. mr-monday

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    And sharp P50
     
  5. TarMoo

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    • Sharp Aquos LC-32GA6E £922.38
    • Sharp Aquos LC-32P50E £850.70
    From here
     
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    According to the Samsung site the LE32R41BD has a response time of 8ms. Where did you get the 12ms figure from?

    Regarding the tearing - has this issue not been resolved with the latest firmware?

    Thanks,

    Gizmo
     
  7. Paulando

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    Thanks, all- I've done my best to update it with accurate specifications for each :D That's given me a few more options as well, so thank you for those.

    I've also edited the response time of the Samsung, Gizmo. It's difficult because I basically patched together a list of specs from all different websites as i couldn't find a spec sheet on the Samsung website.
     
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    Aren't you being a little harsh on the sharp - can't you get DVI-HDMI adapters?
     
  9. Paulando

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    Ack, my mistake- I originally listed the specs for the LC-32GA5E by accident and must have left that in.
     
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    Paul - are you sure the 32GA6 is only 16ms response?..............where did you get the info?

    I thought it would of been a bit quicker than that......
     
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    Nice list Paul. I'm sure it'll answer a lot of peoples questions.....or provoke a lot more!
     
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    Again, that's a leftover from when I originally copied down the specs for the 32GA5. I can't find a spec sheet for the 32GA6, but if you know any better I'll update it with the correct Response time :smashin:
     
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    Great list! Makes cross-comparison between < £1000 LCDs much easier for me :thumbsup:
     
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    32WL56 has contrast ratio of 800:1 according to the Toshiba spec sheet....its the 37WL56 thats 600:1.
     
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    :hiya: The toshiba 32wl56 also has dcdi, german site contains spec sheet.
    i will most likly be getting this set, have tryed the acer and it was rubbish, and customer care is crap.
    also the tosh 32wl56 does have component, but it is on the vga (hd15) socket and it takes hdtv on component and hdmi, also for a £100 more you can get it with a tosh floor stand.tosh data sheet
     
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    Updated :smashin:

    What didn't you like about the Acer set, avmental? That was one I was considering also, mainly because of the price and the wealth of connections available. Another one I'm thinking about going for is the Relisys, but no where seems to be in stock which is a shame. Also, by DCDi do you mean the 'Faroudja' chip thing like the BenQ? I was avoiding the Toshiba as there is no component input, but is using it through the VGA is just as good plus it has that scaling chip thing, I might go for that one instead.

    You know what, I should just put them all into a hat and pick one out at random :laugh:

    Oh, and if anyone has any links to reviews or official pages for any of these sets I'll add them alongside the specs :thumbsup:
     
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    the acer had very poor picture quality, like a poor internet video streem, dont get one, im still waiting for a refund a month on. the toshs seems the best bet, heres the manual link tosh 32wl56 manual
    on the last post you read from me it had a link for the specs, and yes it is the same dcdi. and yes component over vga is the same (you can get the leed at ebay) .
    i think i will go for this set as it seems the best so far under a grand, i think cnet has a review. every other make of lcd seems to have too many problems. the tosh ones have all been fixed. also if you realy want component sockets tosh are just releasing the 32wl58, but i think it will be around the £1300 mark, (not worth the extra, as it is only a difference in connections)
     
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    paul i forgot to say the links are in PDF format so you will need adobe reader
     
  19. Paulando

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    Sounds great :thumbsup: I'm set on the Toshiba at the moment then, though I may look to see if there are any reviews before I take the plunge.

    Where do you think is the best place to buy it from at the moment? Most places have it for £870 Delivered with that Toshiba DVD player included, which would be useful for me as the one I have at the moment doesn't have component outputs. Anywhere that doesn't give the DVD player seems to sell it for a higher price, which is strange. I'd prefer somewhere that gives you interest free credit for a few months as well :D

    I was originally going for the Samsung, but the wealth of problems has put me right off it. :(
     
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    digico.co.uk have it for £868.19 all in+dvd player

    also try the samsung hd950 dvd play as it out puts 720p and 1080i hdtv from normal dvds, and comes with a good hdmi cable(i have one, but not tested as it arrived after sending back the acer)

    soundandvisiononline.com have it at £868.68 (no dvd) but has finance
     
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    Are Digico any good? www.digitaldirect.co.uk have it for the same price with the DVD Player, but with finance options. I'll be able to pay for it fully next month, but I want to get it now so interest free credit would be ideal. Has anyone had any experience with said company?

    Thanks for the heads up about the DVD player, that's what I'll be replacing next so I'll look into that :thumbsup:
     
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    The Samsung set really does destroy the competition when it comes to looks, doesn't it?
     
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    would not use digitaldirect as it keeps droping in and out of secure connection. try soundandvisiononline.com have it at £868.68 (no dvd) but has finance
     
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    the lcd tvs or dvd?
     
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    paul just had a look for 0% finance, could not find anywere, if you can pay in a month, you should not get any interest anyway. i think !!
     
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    Yeah, the Samsung does look gorgeous- shame about the tearing problems :(. On the other hand, the Acer is deifnitely the ugliest of the lot :eek:

    avmental: I'll be buying it on my debit card so finance options with an online store is the only chance I have of getting it now :) I've found it Here for £870 with 0%, and the price link in the first post links to another website with 0% for the same price. These are both with the DVD player, mind- might as well get something for nowt! :D
     
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    hmm, can anyone suggest the best option of the following?

    Samsung 37R41 £1050
    Sharp 32" Ga6e £830
    Relisys RT3200 £750
    Samsung 32R41BD £720
    Samsung 32R41B £650
    Samsung 32R31S £620

    Those aren't public prices btw, but trying to get an idea which is best for those prices.

    Is this 32R31 as good as the 32R41? And £70 extra for freeview tuner hmm.
     
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    I think the 32R41 has a better contrast ratio than the 32R31, but I couldn't find much about the latter to be honest.
     
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    heres another for the list JVC LT32C31BJ aboat £850
     
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    The Samsung 32R41B at £650 is crazy bang for buck. That one for sure.
     

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