wattage in a HTIB. doesnt really matter. there are a lot more things to look out for. there isnt a set standard with it and companies can put whatever number they want and u need expensive equipment to actually measure it.
take a look at the tv's in person, see which one you like, and you're good to go. the 32s2000 is a decent set, but i would recommend the samsung lns3251 over it(not because of contrast, but because there are 2 HDMi inputs instead of one, has a dedicated antenna AND cable coax input, and imho looks a little more vibrant when it comes to colors).
I've been looking at the Sony KDL-32S2000 32-inch TV. It's Consumer Reports recommended buy for this size TV. It is also in CNET's Top 10 list in this category.
And it is even more appealing now because it is discontinued and the prices are dropping.
What I'm trying to understand is why it so highly rated when the Contrast Ratio is among the lowest in competing sets. The Sony ratio is 1300:1 while the Samsung models start at 3000:1 and go up from there.
Is contrast ratio above 1000:1 insignificant, or do just most of the other sets in this category have other picture quality artifacts that detract from them more than the Sony? Or something else?