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Hey Everyone!

So, I am about to purchase a new 32" tv for my apartment. I will be using this tv to watch tv, blu-rays, play xbox360 and as a computer monitor.

I want to purchase a 1080p, 120hz unit (yes, I have heard that 1080p for a 32" is not necessary, but since I am using it as a computer monitor also, I would prefer it).

So I have been looking at the LG 32LH40-UA and the Sony KDL-32XBR9. I also have considered (slightly less considered) the Vizio SV320XVT. Each of these units meets my desires of 1080P/120hz. I looked at the LG and the Sony side-by-side in BestBuy and they appeared to be very similar in picture quality. I expected the Sony to look better, but they were almost the same. However, if anything, I was tending to think that the LG was looking better.

Would you recommend one over another? This TV will be in my second room, so it will not be hooked up a surround sound system, so sound is somewhat of an issue, however, not the biggest issue.

Bestbuy has recently placed both the Sony and the LG on sale at the price of 599.99 and the vizio is slightly less (just a few dollars).

Another possibility is the Samsung LN32B640, but it is $709. I love samsung tvs but do not wish to spend that much money if possible.

Any advice would be greatly appreciative.

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stay away from samsungs they are laggy as hell

XBR9 will lag almost as much as them and according to one person that tried to use it as a monitor he could not get the picture as clear as should be possible

LG LH40 is a bit of a gamble, i've never seen anyone test one for input lag but it could potentially be good because the LH30's made in early '09 were excellent performers input lag wise but LG apparently changed the panel type they were using in them and went to VA increasing their input lag

i've also read mixed thing about vizio and their input lag from good to bad

I used a Sony 32" XBR6 as a PC monitor for almost a year and just yesterday replaced it with a Toshiba 40" xv645u 120hz set and i'm very happy with it so far. it works great with my PC and i just got done input lag testing it and came up with results that are better than most of the TV's on the market today but still not as good as the early LG LH30's and most of all any 32/37" 1080p Panasonic LCD they are top dawgs for low input lag

IDK how important input lag is to you if you want to read more on it check out my thread here and the link inside it to the wikipedia article explaining input lag more as well

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1131464

If you're a gamer or interested in using an LCD TV as a primary monitor take a look at my thread on Input Lag
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thanks for the response!

how about in regards to quality in regards to just normal tv/blu ray watching? would you prefer one of the 3 for that purpose solely?

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Heard good things about the Toshiba XV645, the 40" is priced pretty nice for what you want, I think.
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they will all perform well

Samsung and sony's will have a better motion enhancer and therefore better motion enhancement if you like that thing, the samsung's motion enhancer is the most adjustable of all 3

i have not used an LH40 before so it may do just as good of a job as them but i cannot say for sure

picture quality is going to be similar between all 3 models

If you're a gamer or interested in using an LCD TV as a primary monitor take a look at my thread on Input Lag
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Heard good things about the Toshiba XV645, the 40" is priced pretty nice for what you want, I think.

yeah i just got one, its motion enhancer is the low point but coming from a 60hz sony with a non adjustable motion enhancer that barely ever worked i'm pretty happy with the 120hz mode on the Toshy but its definitely not as good as 120hz samsung and sony's

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Not that it may be of great importance (at 32"), but how far away from the screen are you going to be sitting?

Samsung, and LG make their own panels (does Sony still buy theirs from Samsung?). That may be some of the differences in price.

(corrected as a result onf Servicetech571's comment) I had read the other day that Vizio their own panels...news to me (I thought they just made monitors/tvs) but...now it looks like that article was incorrect.
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Vizio does NOT make their own panels (most are LG) !!
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I corrected the comment. Thanks. I didn't think that they made panels (so few manufactures do) but I had seen an article to the contrary...Thanks for correcting me/that.
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i have 2333sw, ln46a650 & pn58a550 but of course im using 2333sw as computer monitor. i am doing graphics on computer and i have to sit very near 1 - 2 ft. to my monitor. else i would consider bigger monitor.

do consider Samsung LN32B530 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN32B530-32-Inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B001U3Y8N6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265299776&sr=8-5 with matte screen. better viewing compare to glossy screen if there are a lot of lights in your room.
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Not that it may be of great importance (at 32"), but how far away from the screen are you going to be sitting?

I will be sitting about 7-10 feet from the tv/ 2-3' from the monitor when using it.

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i have 2333sw, ln46a650 & pn58a550 but of course im using 2333sw as computer monitor. i am doing graphics on computer and i have to sit very near 1 - 2 ft. to my monitor. else i would consider bigger monitor.

do consider Samsung LN32B530 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN32B530-32-Inch-1080p-HDTV/dp/B001U3Y8N6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1265299776&sr=8-5 with matte screen. better viewing compare to glossy screen if there are a lot of lights in your room.

the samsung that you recommend here is a 60hz...how important is that? I have always been told that at this point you should def buy a 120hz, but I do not know that much when it comes to tvs honestly.
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I will be sitting about 7-10 feet from the tv/monitor when using it.

Thank you

yikes!!

having owned a 32" for awhile 7'-10' is way too far for a 32"

at sat 2'-6' away from my 32" and at 6' i felt it was too small and i just replaced it with a 40" and now i can safely say its big enough from anywhere in my room

i would look at 40-42" sizes at minimum and even consider bigger if you can afford it even if it means getting a 60hz TV to save cash because well 32" is going to look tiny at that distance

also its worth noting at your spending limit was around 700- look at the toshiba 40xv645u, i just got one at this price from a B&M store locally and its 120hz and great so far

If you're a gamer or interested in using an LCD TV as a primary monitor take a look at my thread on Input Lag
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Frito-
thank you for your help. I mis-typed earlier when talking about the distance. I live in a studio apt, and when i will be on bed i will be 7-10' from tv, but actually when using it as a monitor, I will be about 2'. It sits on a desk in the corner that I can sit at to study, but also serves as my pseudo-entertainment stand in the corner.

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yeah thats pretty much exactly how my setup is in my room, you will still find a 32" to be small when your at your bed trust me

at the desk it will be fine

If you're a gamer or interested in using an LCD TV as a primary monitor take a look at my thread on Input Lag
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ok cool, thank you for the advice definitely...
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they will all perform well

Samsung and sony's will have a better motion enhancer and therefore better motion enhancement if you like that thing, the samsung's motion enhancer is the most adjustable of all 3

i have not used an LH40 before so it may do just as good of a job as them but i cannot say for sure

picture quality is going to be similar between all 3 models

you mentioned the motion enhancer and being able to limit it on some versus others. For gaming is it better with or without the enhancer on? what about for movie?
is that basically why tv series programs, law and order, ncis, etc... looked so fake when i went home for christmas on the family's nice tv??

and what happens when you turn it off? are you still getting the same quality image or how does all that work?

im guessing there is another thread on here that answers this question, but if you do not mind, id appreciate it.

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Yeah the motion enhancer is what makes things look fake

They can be turned down so its not as bad and can be turned off completely

For gaming you never want to have it on

If you're a gamer or interested in using an LCD TV as a primary monitor take a look at my thread on Input Lag
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