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My wife bought a Vizio LED Razor 23 for the bedroom. The tinny inaudible sound emanating from it is killing me. She finally relented and is letting me replace it. The problem is I can't find a store quiet enough to audition these small TVs. I am no audiophile. Just trying to find a small slick TV with good sound quality.

Can someone recommend a TV from 23 to 32?
Priority order: 1) Sound 2) Video 3) Small Footprint 4) Styling 5) Money
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Have you thought about external speakers? You might consider hooking up a set of decent set of 2.1 computer speakers.
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My wife bought a Vizio LED Razor 23 for the bedroom. The tinny inaudible sound emanating from it is killing me. She finally relented and is letting me replace it. The problem is I can't find a store quiet enough to audition these small TVs. I am no audiophile. Just trying to find a small slick TV with good sound quality.

Can someone recommend a TV from 23 to 32?
Priority order: 1) Sound 2) Video 3) Small Footprint 4) Styling 5) Money


The answer to your (sound) problem is the Sony 32 XBR9.
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Panasonic TL-32S1. People complain about the sound, but in my bedroom, it's very loud and the volume isn't even at 1/4 of the max.
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You will never get "good" sound from a TV, you will need external speakers for that. But if you do not want to go that route, as people mentioned the Sony XBR series is a good choice.
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"good" sound is a subjective thing. I get "good" sound from my TV. My only requirement for "good" sound is that I can hear it and understand what people are saying w/o turning the volume up all the way.

It's not an audio system after all.
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Panasonic TL-32S1. People complain about the sound, but in my bedroom, it's very loud and the volume isn't even at 1/4 of the max.


Not to be difficult, however, in objective tests, the 32 XBR9 had better sound quality than the Panasonic TL-32S1.

It's not all about volume.
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... and it's a TV not a stereo system. If all you're doing is watching TV, then the speakers on the TC-L32S1 are fine for a bedroom.
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Not to be difficult, however, in objective tests, the 32 XBR9 had better sound quality than the Panasonic TL-32S1.

It's not all about volume.

+1, volume and sound quality are too different things unless you're saying the sound quality is good even with a high volume.


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Not to be difficult, however, in objective tests, the 32 XBR9 had better sound quality than the Panasonic TL-32S1.

It's not all about volume.

+2

It isn't all about volume, but some people expect too much from TV speakers. If you're just using the TV in a bedroom and not part of a home theater system then all you really need is clear audio that can get loud enough so you can understand things clearly.

It's not a stereo system after all.
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My wife said "Nein!" when I showed her the Sony XBR 32. It was just too big for her. She gave me an o.k. for a 26" Sony, but this model has downward firing speakers so I'm hesitant buy. Do I have any other real choices for a 26" TV with good sound quality?

I miss the quiet of Tweeter. All we have left is Best Buy and Walmart.

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My wife bought a Vizio LED Razor 23 for the bedroom. The tinny inaudible sound emanating from it is killing me. She finally relented and is letting me replace it. The problem is I can't find a store quiet enough to audition these small TVs. I am no audiophile. Just trying to find a small slick TV with good sound quality.

Can someone recommend a TV from 23 to 32?
Priority order: 1) Sound 2) Video 3) Small Footprint 4) Styling 5) Money

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My wife said "Nein!" when I showed her the Sony XBR 32. It was just too big for her. She gave me an o.k. for a 26" Sony, but this model has downward firing speakers so I'm hesitant buy. Do I have any other real choices for a 26" TV with good sound quality?

I miss the quiet of Tweeter. All we have left is Best Buy and Walmart.


While the brand is 3rd tier, this particular model had Very Good sound quality:

Viewsonic N2690W

These 3 models rated Good for sound quality:

Sony KDL-26L5000
Sanyo DP 26649
Insignia NS-L26Q-10A


Shame you got nixed on the 32 XBR9.
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My brother has an Hitachi 32A403 - sounds (my scale 7/10) better than panasonic 32" (my scale 4.5/10) that I've tested.

Unfortunatley, you'll give up a little on video quality for sound - IMO.

Hitachi has a 26" version - this one includes a built-in DVD player.


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My brother has an Hitachi 32A403 - sounds (my scale 7/10) better than panasonic 32" (my scale 4.5/10) that I've tested.

Unfortunatley, you'll give up a little on video quality for sound - IMO.

Hitachi has a 26" version - this one includes a built-in DVD player.


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If the OP had permission from his wife for a 32 inch TV, he would have gone with the SONY 32 XBR 9, but his wife says 32 is too big and it is a no-go.

The sound quality of the 26 inch Hitachi with the built-in DVD player, the model L26D103, is among the worst in sound quality.

I can also tell you that the sound quality of the 32 inch Hitachi L32A403 is a notch below the sound quality of the Sony 32 XBR 9.

I gather you have not listened to the sound of the Sony 32 XBR9.
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Thanks everyone, I got the Sony KDL-26L5000 today. I am very happy with it.
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Thanks everyone, I got the Sony KDL-26L5000 today. I am very happy with it.

Solid choice, enjoy!

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