Originally Posted by bn880
Checked out these TV's in store, they had the worst viewing angles of all the TV's in the store. No contest. At an angle of 75 degrees the TV is about 4x darker/invisible than anything else out there.
Well, I don't agree with that. I think they have an absolutely fabulous picture and I couldn't see a thing wrong with the viewing angles. The configuration of the small room I would put the TV in would give great viewing angles anyway, so that is a moot point to me.
However, I'm getting ready to make a final decision between the Sony 32XBR9, the Samsung 32B650, and the LG 32LH40 and I've almost eliminated the LG from consideration because of the weird configuration of the table top stand. It is basically an oval stand similar to the Samsung's stand, but it looks like someone has taken a big crescent-shaped bite out of the back of it. Although the TV looked stable in the store, I was reading a review on Amazon which said there is a hole provided in the back of the stand just behind the post so that you can "screw the unit to the table it's sitting on" to provide better stability.
So, I trekked over to Best Buy today to check it out for myself. Unfortunately, the 32" LH40 was sitting on an upper shelf so I couldn't really see the base that well. However, the 42" version of the LH40 was down lower, and sure enough, there was a hole in the base behind the post to screw it down and stabilize the TV. Even though it seemed stable enough, I do have small children in my home occasionally and I'm not sure I want to take a chance on it getting tipped over just because LG wanted to save a few cents worth of plastic on each stand by taking a bite out of it.
The Sony 32XBR9 base seemed much more stable and the picture quality was just as good (although the price, of course, was much higher). The smallest Samsung B650 on display was the 37" version. It seemed stable also, but although I have a Samsung 46A650 and love it dearly, I'm really starting to lean toward the Sony 32XBR9 for my smaller set.