Join Date: May 2000
Location: Chicago, IL USA
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I just bought the Panasonic that you showed in your 3rd link. It was delivered this morning so I can only give first impressions. It replaced a 25" TV that was really cheap. Robert is right, you'll be much more aware of any defects in your current picture. It doesn't sound like it, but a 32 is a MUCH bigger set than a 25 or even a 27.
I can't really comment on the HD capabilies of the set yet, my STB won't be here till at least Wednesday. But for my satellite picture, it looks pretty darn good.
Two things, shop around if you can. I picked that set up for $1324, considerably cheaper than Best Buy. I got mine at ABT. Lot of folks here use them, but for me it's a local store so I was able to work the sales guy a little. Their website actually lists the set for $1699 and in the store the tag shows $1599.
Number 2, this thing is really heavy. Shipping weight is about 170 pounds. So mail-order may be out of the question if you have to pay for shipping.
I can't really comment on the others in your list since I don't own them. But the Panasonic has more inputs (2 component to 1) than the Samsung. And the Sony was just way out of my price range. Also, the Panasonic has PIP and the Samsung doesn't.