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Recommendations on a 32-inch 1080p HDTV

Discussion in 'High Definition Displays' started by Mark Holtz, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

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    This is a bit of topic, but in view of John's posts regarding ISF calibration, I offer the following:
    While it might be best to have one's TV calibrated by an ISF certified calibrator, there are many calibration disks available in the marketplace. I've had Avia for several years and I confess I haven't used it of late - definitely not on my 37" Vizio 720p, and probably not on my 55" Sony RPTV.
    That being said, I've done a bit of investigation on what's available in the DIY marketplace and was surprised to learn that the most recommended product is from Disney! Disney WOW: World of Wonder [Blu-ray] gets lots of raves, far more than Avia II or DVE, and more than Spears & Munsil as well. It's available from Amazon for $25.99. The Imaging Science Foundation offers a HDTV Calibration Wizard DVD for $29.95 - www.imagingscience.com -- you can also find a listing of ISF certified technicians there. Click on the Dealers tab.
     
  2. Mark Holtz

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    So, my mom and I talked about the television. I advised here that I was just waiting for the prices to drop. I even suggested that we hold off until January because, if I recall correctly, thats when the new models start coming out and the older models get cut. Also, I believe that there are deals pre-Super Bowl. Am I correct, or am I barking up the wrong tree?
     
  3. dualsub2006

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    I found this funny. An expert (and I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming that you are indeed an expert) recommending LG. It isn't that you're wrong, I just know a little history, that's all.

    Right up until the early 2000's LG products were simply labeled as Goldstar and were the crappiest crap in the crap pile. Even the electronics department at Kmart was ashamed to have their crappy crap on the shelf. Now, just a few years later the experts are recommending their stuff.

    I don't have 20 years in the TV calibrating business, but I do have 23 years in the photography industry. I've calibrated printers, monitors and cameras for a very, very long time. I'm gonna tell you that you are thumping your chest a little too hard here.

    Am I saying that Vizio is the best? Nope. I'm not. In fact, Vizio TV's from 3 years ago pretty much line up with your description. The stuff that they put out today and over the last 2 years is vastly improved.

    I'll allow that I don't place the same level of importance on the accuracy of my TV that I do my images, but Vizio has had their LG transformation. They just didn't change their name to dupe people and to distance themselves from their past.

    And knowing the history of it all, Vizio has a lot less history to be ashamed of than LG.
     
  4. Rich

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    If my memory serves me correctly, LG is an acronym for "Lucky Goldstar". I think they were originally made in China (the Goldstars, I mean) and then merged with another company and now produce them in South Korea.

    Never having had one, I can't really comment on how well they work.

    Rich
     
  5. Rich

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    So, how do you feel about the Panny plasmas? Five of my seven Panny plasmas are 720p sets and I've never had to change the factory settings on them, just got a great picture out of the box. My 50" Panny 1080p set just needed some minor adjustments to the settings and my 42" 1080p that I bought last year was the first one that I really had to make extensive changes to the settings to get a satisfactory picture. I did try some calibration discs and wasn't satisfied with the results on either of my 1080p sets.

    Rich
     
  6. SayWhat?

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    VIZIO XVT323SV 32-Inch Full HD 1080p LED LCD HDTV with VIA Internet Application, Black
    $449 at Amazon, Free Shipping.
     
  7. dualsub2006

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    I had a 32" LG and Vizio side-by-side for week. I took the LG back. It was more than $100 higher than the Vizio that I kept and there were no differences in picture quality.

    My son's 42" Sony side-by-side with my 42" Vizio almost made him return his Sony. There was more than $500 difference and he didn't feel it was that much better. He kept the Sony.

    I just love reading things from people that sell one brand ripping another. It's like listening to a car salesman. The best brand, in their opinion, will always be the one that they sell.

    I'm not saying that Vizio is the best TV, but I laugh out loud when people call them junk. I'm thrilled with the Vizio TV's that I have. Buying Sony or LG would have cost a lot more money for only marginal improvements.
     
  8. Kevin F

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    I have a 32" Vizio 3DTV and it has great picture quality. I also have a PS3 on it for 3D gaming. Not disappointed with it and for only $500 at the time at Walmart, it was a steal of a deal. I'm sure you can find it for less now.

    Kevin
     
  9. Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    Ten years ago, that size was consider huge.
     
  10. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

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    NY Hudson...
    The best deals are now as dealers try to clear their stock.
     
  11. Sixto

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    Interesting thread.

    I've been slowly transitioning every TV in the home to HD. 8 locations. Started with plasma many years ago, then LCD, now LED.

    Each time I purchase another (recently only LED), the new TV pushes an older TV elsewhere in the house, with the older TV (SD) going in the garbage or HD to a friend/family member.

    Have had Panasonic plasmas, Sharp LCDs, Samsung LCDs and LEDs, Sony LED, and a small Coby LED.

    I'd say that the Samsung LED 1080p 120Hz is the best set that I have.

    One other thing that I've leaned ... it's never too big, unless there's a real space problem (such as a cabinet). There have been several times when I thought that a bigger set was impossible, and every time I surprised myself, and it was fine, unless there's a cabinet size issue.
     
  12. dualsub2006

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    I'm replacing my 42" with a 47" and I'm looking at a Samsung.

    Down to that, a Sony and of course, a Vizio.
     
  13. Mark Holtz

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    The order was placed today for a LG 32LK450 for $299 + Free shipping + Tax + Electronic Waste Recycling Fee = $328.68. I should get it next week.

    I am now socking away money to replace the third and final TV downstairs for Christmas. I'm considering a 46" 120Hz model there. Only 10 more months to go.
     
  14. spartanstew

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    Decent deal Mark.

    I happened to luck out on a deal at Best Buy today and bought TWO LG42LK450's for $189 each + tax ($409 total for the two TV's).

    I've got a third one that I purchased via ship to store, but have a feeling that one might get cancelled. Either way, it's my biggest deal in years of deal shopping.
     
  15. Mark Holtz

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    According to UPS, the television should arrive tomorrow. The indoor antenna, HDMI cables, and the monitor cable arrived from Monoprice yesterday.
     
  16. Mark Holtz

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    For those of you wondering what the corner looks like where I am going to put the television, here it is. The old television was already pulled out, so I stuck a box of 24 just to provide scale. As you can see, my home computer is right nearby, so 32" fits nicely, while a 37" won't fit at all.
     

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  17. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    The TV arrived today, and I've been playing around with it. One nice feature is that I can plug a USB drive in the side and view videos off that. As you guys can see, 32" is really pushing it.
     

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  18. Laxguy

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    Nice!

    Enjoy!
     
  19. SayWhat?

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    Have you considered an articulating wall mount? You could mount to that side wall, lose the TV base stand, gain some of the shelf space back. Use the shelf behind the TV for lesser used items and just swing the TV out of the way (towards the monitor) to get to them.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10828&cs_id=1082806&p_id=6198&seq=1&format=2

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10828&cs_id=1082806&p_id=4562&seq=1&format=2

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10828&cs_id=1082806&p_id=8586&seq=1&format=2
     
  20. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper DBSTalk Club

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    Not at this time. What I want to do in a few months is to get a new outdoor antenna remounted and a line run to two locations. I am saving up to replace a third television at the end of 2012. Still no plans (yet!) to get a DVR, and I really do want a DirecTiVo.
     

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