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post #1 of 14 Old 07-30-2006, 11:05 AM - Thread Starter
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Alright, after reading here awhile, I've narrowed my choices down to 3 TV's, all around the same final price after tax/warranty. I'll also put the pro's/con's I've gathered from other threads.

1) Panasonic TC-32LE60 from Costco
This is the same TV as the TC-32LX60, but has 14W/channel speakers vs. 20W/channel, and does not have Virtual Surround - this according to Panasonic's customer service.
Pro's: Costco return policy, price, PQ in SD, good blacks, QAM tuner
Con's: "Smoother" PQ in HD (not eye popping like other TV's - ie. Sony, Samsung, Sharp, ect.), 1 HDMI, 1 component

2) HP LC3200N from Comp USA
Pro's: Sharp pannel (from when Sharp hit it big with their LCD's), so great PQ like the older Sharp AQUOS, 2 component inputs, CableCard
Con's: Have to buy 2 year extended warrantly, 12ms response time, glare problem with screen coating, viewing angle (TFT instead is S-ISP panel), 1 HDMI, no QAM?

3) LG 32LC2D from CompUSA
Pro's: QAM tuner, 2 component inputs
Con's: some say PQ not on par with Sony, Sharp, Samsung

So which would you recommend, knowing that these will be approximately the same price after tax/warranty costs. Key money differences are the Costco return policy vs. a 2 year extended warranty, and CompUSA 2 year same as cash financing vs. having to charge the Costco purchase and pay for it all before the credit card interest kills me.
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No help huh?
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another vote for the panasonic.
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Thanks. I actually read that thread in that link. The Sharp AQUOS and Sony Bravia XBR come up alot in that thread, and they are both out of my price range.

I am set on getting one of the above three choices I listed, based TV's that seemed to get good reviews, are from a reputable brand (no I am not going to get a Westinghouse - I considered it and ruled it out for various reasons), and most importantly, are affordable for me.
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2 votes for the Panny - I can't say that I'm suprised. This TV seems to be a pretty safe bet.

I was actually amazed as to how many people were returning the new Sharp model and exchanging for the Panasonic.

Thanks for the recommendations.
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I would say the panny to .... definitely without a doubt.
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Have you looked at the Phillips 32" at Costco. PQ appears to be better than the Panny (IMO- the blacks were close to the Sharps and the Colrs were as punchy as the Sony)) and the Connectivity rivals the best out there. Only downside is the side speakers give the Phillips a footprint almost as large as a 37".

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Have you looked at the Phillips 32" at Costco. PQ appears to be better than the Panny (IMO- the blacks were close to the Sharps and the Colrs were as punchy as the Sony)) and the Connectivity rivals the best out there. Only downside is the side speakers give the Phillips a footprint almost as large as a 37".

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I wasn't impressed with the Phillips. Maybe the settings were way off.

I did see a couple returning their 2nd 32" Phillips, complaining of a flickering problem or something.
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Consider the LG model 32LC2D found at Best Buy.

Good price now, and could get better because the next month is when these stores are really trying to push out TV's for the upcoming football season.

Also, I don't know if this is the case of Panasonic, or others, but with the LG, you are not forced to re-scan a channel map everytime you switch inputs.

If you are planning to hookup BOTH an antenna to one RF input, and cable to the other RF input, and have channel maps for both, and want flawless switching, I would go for the LG 32LC2D.
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i would steer clear of the HPLC3200, sure the panel is sharps but its subcontracted to orion (ewwwwwwwww). I say go for the panny (and you get the unexpected costco bonus).
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i would steer clear of the HPLC3200, sure the panel is sharps but its subcontracted to orion (ewwwwwwwww). I say go for the panny (and you get the unexpected costco bonus).
As Mike53 the resident Sharp guy says...the HP are made at the same Mexican plant as the Sharp TVs. So if thats orion, then all the Sharps are orion also :rolleyes: .


The LC3200 is a very good LCD, to OP just check the thread (800+ entries) on HP LC2600n/3200n/3700n to see what others have to say about them and make up your own mind. But its almost moot at this point since most HP 2600/3200/3700 are sold out and been replaced by newer models.

EDIT: I own a HP LC3700n and its the best PQ of all of my 5 LCD FP HDTVs

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i would steer clear of the HPLC3200, sure the panel is sharps but its subcontracted to orion (ewwwwwwwww). I say go for the panny (and you get the unexpected costco bonus).
HP LCD TVs are not Made in Thailand, so they are not made by Orion.
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