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Picking an LCD TV

by NickMunro / May 11, 2010 7:30 AM PDT

I've been looking for a few weeks for a good LCD TV to purchase. I'm interested in a 32 inch TV that I will use to play Xbox 360, and use as a computer monitor.

First off a big question on my mind has been whether to get 720p or 1080p. I've heard the xbox only does 1080i, so a 1080p TV makes no difference. I plan on keeping this TV for quite a while, using it primarily as a computer monitor when I move out and get a bigger TV.

Next, sound. I'd like so decent speakers if I feel like watching a movie, or going on youtube and whatnot, but for gaming I have a headset so the TV speakers aren't very important.

Contrast ratio, response time, processor, and whatever else, I don't really know a whole lot about, or how important they are.

Here's a couple of TV's I found on futureshop's website.
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-32-lcd-hdtv-ln32b360/10120580.aspx?path=27eeeff569da09d2434be509926df014en02
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/lg-32-1080p-lcd-hdtv-32lh30/10121808.aspx?path=85bfc99221485d485f42420656b90c05en02
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-32-720p-lcd-hdtv-ln32c350-ln32c350d1dxzc/10140420.aspx?path=3ff3d05d4bfbc7fc245fee43618a8691en02
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-32-lcd-hdtv-ln32c450-ln32c450e1dxzc/10141742.aspx?path=a498b375ae3e11e187f9f196aeee6d34en02
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-32-lcd-hdtv-ln32c540-future-shop-exclusive-ln32c540f2dxzc/10141176.aspx?path=ae4bf2823bb018f411b59eb937bff5c5en02
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-32-1080p-lcd-hdtv-ln32c550-future-shop-exclusive-ln32c550j1fxzc/10141177.aspx?path=13e89ba64a1a55f3fae9015564f3bc20en02
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/lg-electronics-lg-32-1080p-lcd-hdtv-32ld450-32ld450/10141455.aspx?path=338f9f86f1e8377902e6bd3f51e25d01en02

Is it worth it in my situation to get the $600 TV?

Which TV do you recommend for me?

Is there a better place to buy a TV? (please note, I live in Canada)

Thanks for any help, it's appreciated.

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Help
by NickMunro / May 13, 2010 5:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Picking an LCD TV

Anyone able to help?

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TV thoughts
by Dan Filice / May 13, 2010 7:54 AM PDT
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I would look at TV's with the fastest response time. I see some of the LG's have a 4ms response, which is very good. I don't know about the Samsung 32" models, but on some Samsungs I've had personal experience with, the speakers were down-firing, whcih I didn't care for. My old Sony 32" had front-firing speakers that sounded very good. Do you have a brick-and-mortar store where you can personally see any of these TVs?

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TV
by NickMunro / May 13, 2010 1:11 PM PDT
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Well I can go to future shop, but their TV's play standard definition television which doesn't help too much.

The one I'm considering most right now is the 1080p LG for $539.

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LG
by Dan Filice / May 14, 2010 7:54 AM PDT
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Nothing wrong with the LG. To me, the important reason for visiting a store would be to play with the remote and look at the setup menus and check to see how detailed the setups on each TV may be. The cheaper TVs have basic setup menus with very little in the way to setup colors. Some of the cheap-o TVs only have one setting for color (usually called "Picture" that changes Reds and Blues). Better TVs allow you infinite control of the full color spectrum. Also, will each Input save it's settings individually from the other Inputs, or does one setup apply to all Inputs. With the LG being a 1080p TV, a Blu-Ray player will look great, but BR discs are 1080p/24, meaning 24 frames per second as the original film source was. Does the LG have options for 24p? Once you play around with the setup, you may find dozens of important menu options to optimize the picture. And regardin speakers, listen to the TVs. How do they compare. As you can see, there are lots of things to look at besides the picture.

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Samsung LN32C550
by weeve1 / June 25, 2010 6:50 PM PDT
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actually the samsung LN32C550 costs 599 at future shop and has full usb media support and is 6 ms. It all so has ALL Share via LAN or wifi adapter and 80,000 to 1 contrast ratio (Dynamic)

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