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best 32" 1080p 120hz tv for under $500?


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Initial post: Jan 7, 2011 11:01:21 PM PST
I am looking to get a 32" 1080p 120hz tv. I want to pay under $500 but would love to pay under $450.
I heard vizios are a good brand but then other people say they are a bad brand. How about insignia tvs?

thank you
michael

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 11:38:27 PM PST
A/V guru says:
For $500, you could get a 42" plasma.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 11:42:32 PM PST
I would but I can't fit a 42 inch tv in my room unfortunately. 32 is perfect 37 would be pushing it

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 2:55:16 AM PST
MikeT says:
At 32" you could never tell the difference between 720 and 1080 so save yourself some $$$ and look for a 720p 32".

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 4:28:17 AM PST
TSU-forever says:
Checkout the latest Consumer Reports; it rates 32-inch tv's, including the 32-inch Insigina, 120hz. The sound quality on a 32-inch, by itself is a bit lacking, so unless you have an external sound system, some tv's such as the Insignia, may be a bit lacking.
1080p is the way to go, especially if you want to take full advantage of viewing Blu-ray movies and some cable shows that are broadcast in HD. Many sports broadcasts are now being broadcast in HD.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 7:55:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2011 8:00:43 AM PST
I found an insignia for $399 and a vizio for $448. Both are 120hz and 1080p.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insignia%26%23153%3B+-+32%22+Class+/+1080p+/+120Hz+/+LCD+HDTV/9588387.p?id=1218131058370&skuId=9588387#tabbed-customerreviews

http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-32-Inch-Class-1080p-SV320XVT/product-reviews/B002QPWC4O/ref=cm_cr_pr_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending
Is one better than the other?

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 8:14:27 AM PST
MikeT says:
Broadcast HD is 720p or 1080i, not 1080p. On a 32" TV you would not even see a difference with 1080p Blu-ray content vs a 720p 32" TV.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 8:20:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2011 8:23:23 AM PST
do they make a 720p with 120hz? I like watching football that is why I ask. The insignia is $400 right now after instant rebate. I don't think I can find a 720p for cheaper than that can i?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2011 9:04:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2011 9:09:04 AM PST
A/V guru says:
Insignia is a re-badge Samsung. I'd pick that over the Vizio any day.

Here is a much better TV...
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-32-Hitachi-Flat-Panel-HDTV-1080p-120Hz-UltraVision-/110631241981?pt=Televisions&hash=item19c222c8fd

Here it is on amazon(not sure what is going on with the first two merchants, but...it is available for $500 on Amazon)
Hitachi L32S504 LCD HDTV 1080p with 120Hz

And granted, Philips isn't what it once was...but.
Philips 32PFL4505D/F7 32-Inch 1080p LED LCD HDTV, Black (I think Haier makes these, if it is Haier, it is a good TV)

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 7:04:42 PM PST
does led make that much difference?

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 7:18:57 PM PST
A/V guru says:
It does if you want to pay the money. Ever looked at an LED flashlight?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2011 7:37:31 PM PST
Yes I understand. Found a phillips on new egg for 449 BUT it's ONLY 60hz.
Only cheap 120hz are lcd only. This is for a bedroom if that makes any difference between lcd/led 60/120hz.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 3:31:10 AM PST
Would be purchasers: don't limit yourself before you're even "out the gate". It is 2011. Do not settle for anything other than 1080. Progressives will likely be the only type of scanning available, which is good, so your expected i/p selection is not an issue. Don't worry so much about the audio, provided it is not flawed in some way. Determine your screen size choice and go 1080. Leave the 720's for the hotel and bar chains. Yes, even if Joe Blow says that from X distance you will not be able to distinguish a difference between the 1080 and 720 renderings, purchase the 1080. Your viewing distances and positioning in your room(s) over the years of use will no doubt NOT remain the same, so make the purchase that will leave you completely satisfied (or even in awe) each and every time that you access appropriate programming. You will never regret this choice, while you could easily regret going 720. For real. The type of display should be determined by you, with attention focused on perceived picture quality. Access the menus and flatten the color/hue/tint/contrast/white level/black level/brightness (however these aspects are labeled) controls to 50% Use the same program material and type of input on each unit that you are considering in order to maintain a level playing field. Use that same programming (such as satellite or Blu-Ray) and input type at each store that you visit too. Bringing along your choice of Blu-Ray disc from your own home as the test material would be ideal. You'll have something before you that you are familiar with and that will help you in becoming that much more discriminating.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 3:49:00 AM PST
MikeT says:
*eye roll*

On a larger screen 1080p does make a difference. On a small 32" screen there is NO VISIBLE DIFFERENCE! PERIOD!

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 12:12:18 PM PST
A/V guru says:
A 32" tv is simply not big enough to have enough pixels(lcd or plasma) to be 1080P.

The first time I saw a 22" LCD that said 1080P I laughed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2011 3:48:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2011 3:56:16 PM PST
Andrew says:
This is the stupidest thing I've read today. Are you telling me that my 23'' 1080p monitor is not real? And that my computer is not really outputting a 1080p signal, even though it says it is? And the difference I see between 720p and 1080p (which is especially apparent when using a computer) is not real?

I guess the people at engadget are stupid and this 2560x1440 monitor is only 1280x720:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/dell-goes-pro-with-27-inch-ultrasharp-u2711-wqhd-lcd-monitor-ha/

I also guess the iPhone 4 doesn't exist, since it has a ppi (pixels per inch) of 326, while a 32'' 1080p television has a ppi of 68.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2011 4:27:02 PM PST
A/V guru says:
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Posted on Jan 10, 2011 7:11:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2011 7:11:59 AM PST
In a small size I'd recommend the Panasonic LCD because of their superior viewing angles. See Consumer Reports which is the only entity that tests these small TVs

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 4:52:09 PM PST
Rosey1 says:
I would recommend a Sony BRAVIA for you. Amazon has 32" 720's for 415.00. The 1080/120 is 585.00 and might be a budget buster but price match if you can find a lower price.

Reason to pop for a Sony is the Bravia Sync. It lets you control your audio & DVD components with one remote. Saves me from searching! The sync also switches my Panasonic Blue Ray as well as the Sony receiver.

I'm a certified optician and there is a big difference to my eye between 720 and 1080 resolutions. Though you may find 720 just fine for the bedroom. The audio with the built in speakers is better than most TV's on the market. But if you hook up to the coax or optical out-put, it will blow you away.

Sony has a 5.1 receiver for 168.00 and you only need 1 remote. You can even hide the receiver.

Good Luck, be sure to sign up for Prime if you want fast & free shipping!

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 5:06:25 PM PST
I bought the phillips 32" 1080p 60hz and am loving it so far. Need to work on sound and picture though or adjust to them at least.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 12:08:49 AM PST
Sigint says:
"Anything under 26" that says..."Hi, I'm 1080P" is lying to you."

And when you connect it to your computer and the computer says the resolution is 1920 x 1080, your computer is lying to you, too.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 2:56:46 AM PST
MikeT says:
Rosey,
When watching a 32" TV from a normal viewing distance there is no visible difference between 720 and 1080. The small size of the screen combined with the limitations of the human eye make such resolution differences indiscernible at normal viewing distances.

Andrew,
You are seeing a difference between 720 and 1080 on a very small 23" screen because you are sitting so close to that screen, as expected for computer use. Place that 23" screen five feet away from you and you could never tell the difference between 720 and 1080.

Posted on Jan 15, 2011 4:32:19 PM PST
I'm no expert but I have a 32" LCD computer screen and if you show me a 720 signal it's much better than 480, and I notice if you maximise it. Pixilation and all that, as opposed to running blurays through my Blu Ray Burner. Crisp and sharp.

I have a 720p 50" plasma and I promise you, if it was 1080 I'd notice.

It may be much more noticeable at larger sizes, but DPI is DPI. You can argue about perception until you're blue in the face.

Posted on Jan 16, 2011 2:20:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2011 2:24:13 AM PST
MikeT says:
Yes, comparing 480 SD and 720 HD you will notice a difference on even a small 32" screen. But that is confusing the issue at hand.

That is very different than comparing 720 and 1080 (both HD resolutions) on the same small screen. On the 50" plasma, yes, you may well see a difference between 720p and 1080p, especially if you are sitting close to the screen. HD broadcast TV is either 720p or 1080i (not 1080p like Blu-ray) and I'd bet you would not be able to see the difference of such broadcast HD between a 720 or 1080 on a 50" plasma at a normal viewing distance.

The "perception" you speak of is science, not guess work. Acuity tests have been performed numerous times by video professionals and there is *no* difference to the human eye when comparing 720p and 1080i from normal viewing distances. You can state otherwise until you are blue in the face, but science and physics disagree with you. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 1:47:28 PM PDT
Wow, I need a new tv now and all this is overwhelming. My dad said get a vizio. The guy at the store said 120hz is the best, one of you said only 1080i not 720p. another is talking about plazma. What is a girl to do. I want a 38 or 40 or 42". I don't want to find out afterwards, I purchased a tv from the dark ages.
Terry, Mom of 3
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