Originally Posted by Ralph3
I'm in the market for a 32" LCD or LED 1080 TV for a bedroom, but I can't find one with the characteristics I'm looking for. Maybe you've seen one.
I want a TV with a matte frame. I don't understand why most manufacturers nowadays use a reflective piano black finish for the frame. Why would I want an annoying reflective frame around my nice non-reflective screen?
I want a TV with front-facing speakers. Last time I checked, people watch a television while they're in front of it looking at the screen. Why would I want the speakers facing the other direction? Especially if it's enclosed in an entertainment center of some sort.
I guess downward or rear-facing speakers are fine for those who connect external speakers. But since I don't plan to do that, TVs without front-facing speakers are out of the running.
I want a TV with at least 2 HDMI ports on the back. I've looked at Sony's current 32" 1080p sets, and they have 3 HDMI ports, but, 2 of them are on the side. Huh? 2 ports on the side are fine as long as there are atleast 2 on the back first. I don't want a wire permenantly connected to the side of the TV. That'd look sort of silly.
So, by the time I eliminate all the TVs that don't have the charcteristics above, there ain't much left. A decent contrast ratio and a decent remote would also be nice. Too much to ask for?
1.) LCD and LED are the same, the difference between them is the backlight used to light the screen(glass part) - LCD is CCFL Lit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_cathode
|| LED is Lit by a White LED: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light-emitting_diode
2.) I can't understand why they go with huge piano black frames either. What ever happened to thin matte finished frames =(
3.) Most manufactures don't 'Haze' the screens anymore because it costs a few more dollars
(8% Haze, 12% Haze, Ect. -That's what its officially called to manufactures). Don't let that effect your decision. If you do your going to be severely limiting your choices.
4.) Same thing with the speakers. Most of them use crap speakers to save money(even though they have extra space because of the huge bezels that current TV's have). I'm sorry I wish I could tell you there was a 32" set that had good speakers. =(
5.) Don't pay any attention to contrast ratio, ITS FAKE. They can make up any number they want(seriously). Instead take a look at the TV in person. For example: My Samsung B750 has a listed contrast ratio of 150,000:1, in real life its 1300:1 at best(closer to 950:1 when properly setup).
6.) Placement of the HDMI ports? Eh, your going to have to tackle that one yourself.
Try Sony,Samsung or any other that uses PVA/MVA screens. Those types of screens have better black levels and contrast ratios(but they are worse for gaming). If you want something to game on, try LG or Panasonic(I hear Panasonic's IPS Alpha tech is wonderful for gaming).