I've read every post on this thread. Good stuff.
I'm taking a strong look at the 32EX500 for my bedroom. Two points...
"From 8 feet the 55 was impressive, immersive - the HD was clear - but in the end it made me tired and slightly disoriented scanning the screen with my eyes constantly. Since the 46" is so much smaller (in comparison) the picture is even clearer."
I have to say, I'm amazed at how big you guys like your TV's at what I would consider a short distance. My eyes are going to be roughly 10' from the screen. I lie back on a queen size bed, have about 4.5' between where my feet end and the screen. I currently am rocking an ancient 20" Tube TV but will upgrade for the World Cup in June (I watch a lot of sports in my bedroom because the family hogs the 50" Panny plasma in our living room).
All the TV distance guides I read online (along with what others have said in forums, including here) have suggested I get a 42" plasma, etc. But honestly I think that's crazy. 32" will be perfect for me. If I were sharing the bed with someone who was also watching then I think 37" would be best (42" would just look ridiculous with respect to the size of the room itself). But it's interesting how when discussing viewing distance, factors like the size of the room and how many people will be watching (and where they will also be sitting) is not discussed.
And regarding the bezel. Honestly the first thing that attracted to me the 32EX500 is that brush metal piece at the bottom. I think it looks really sharp and adds style to the piece. Most LCD's look the same with their four black edges (except for Samsung's, but I'm hit or miss on their bezels, not really a fan of red).
Gonna wait till the end of May/early June to make my purchase (hoping the price comes down a bit and I don't need it really till then. Wish MA didn't have sales tax. I'll probably end up buying from Amazon). I'll report back once it's set up.