Ok 2-19-10 TC-L32S1 arrived via FedEx at 11am ordered on 2-16 from Amazon.com sold by Amazon.com LLC $439 total no tax free ship, glad its from Amazon not some Marketplace 3rd Party so I am covered with a great return policy.
Anyways. This will all be compared to my Samsung LN32B360 I got at Best Buy for $406 after taxes, The link below is a ultra detailed review of it. And its a good unit, If you can get an S-Panel.http://www.televisioninfo.com/conten...Review-995.htm
So I unbox my L32S1, set her up. very easy setup. Detected All my Digital and Non Digital Cable channels. The Sammy does this better because,its faster and it can rescan and auto delete the Scrambled or Blocked channels. Both are good at Channel Swap Time.
My main concern was with how the L32S1 handled the math or scaling and converting of, broadcast 720p 1080i signals, And it did a much better job less noise, And especially better motion both in SD and HD channels.
Deep rich black levels the edge goes to the 32B360 Samsung, it has deep true black. The L32S1, The blacks and good, especially after some tweaking, so I can compromise and accept them, Blurry Motion on the Sammy is just not acceptable. Even if it has deep ink blacks.
Colors are nice rich and vibrant- no complaints there Watching PBS they had some kids show where its all Animated Colorful Dinosaurs, in 1080i and that looked great. But better on the Panasonic set
Especially these colors really popped viewing at Angles. I know its an IPS Panel but the view angles are not that special. Blacks turn grey if you go past 45 degrees. Better than the Samsung, But I have seen better view angles on non IPS panels from Sony.
But what really sold me was Gaming, On the Samsung model playing Modern Warfare 2 I would get dizzy and queezy.
On the L32S1 I can play as perfect as my Samsung TN PC Display the XL2370 which has been rated to have no input Lag. I was Sniping left and right off the bat. And the Ultimate test, I tried Street Fighter HD Remix on the 360, No Problems, Marvel vs Capcom 2 No problems pulling off combos.
It would not accept or scale at all 1080p via Component I was worried, I had a bad panel, But the Manual clearly says that not supported, But the Samsung will accept 1080p via Component weird.
When playing DVD's Corpse Bridge, The Samsung via Component will tell you the resolution 720x480. The Panasonic only says 480p.
via VGA, on the Panasonic, the 360 looked great, at 1366x768 resolution and Corpse Bridge DVD was upscaled, nicely to 1366x768.
Gaming was bright and Colorful, especially Marvel vs Capcom 2, on the Samsung the game lagged the input lag made it hard to play and land split second combos. On the L32S1 there was no Input Lag I could detect.
By no means is the Samsung LN32B360 a bad set., However I know the TC-L32S1 has been criticized for bad Audio.
Guess what the Samsung has Worse Audio, and its immediately obvious. Why?
Because the Sammy has two 5 Watt Speakers, thats bad.
The Panasonic has two 10 watt Speakers. The difference is clear.
Alot of people reported bad audio, And my unit was made on November 2009, so what ever issues there may have been Panasonic fixed them, in the last productions runs.
Also the L32S1 is higher quality, its better made, Why? because the Sammy when inserting VGA or Component jacks the entire back panel inputs "give" or squish into the tv.
On the Pansonic there is no give the jacks stay firm in place.
And thats all I have to say.Pros
- 720p and 1080i Broadcast HD look great to me, SD cable looked very good. Better processing.
- Motion is great in HD and SD
- Audio is better than the Samsung
- Nice and bright whites and colorful vibrant colors.
- Higher quality overall.
- SD Card slot to view picturesCons
- Black are good, but not deep ink blacks
- View angles are good but not what I expected for an IPS panel good but I have seen better