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Hey, I need a recommendation on a 32in. LCD!! THANKS

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i need a good recommendation for a 32in LCD. getting it for my dorm room and i really want it to be cheap too.


im getting it for xmas, parents budget is probably 500bucks, i dk if i can even find it in that price range (although itd be great if i could)...


any ideas?!
post #2 of 7
Olevia 232V .. pretty decent spec's.
post #3 of 7
If you can go $100 more the Vizio VX32L is probably the top-dog as far as budget LCDs go. If you can't then you could settle on an Olevia 2-Series like the one previously mentioned. I also believe you can find a 32" Westinghouse on Newegg for $500 plus $50 shipping. My friend has a 22" Westinghouse monitor that he hooks his 360 up to and it looks quite good, black levels will leave something to be desired but that should be expected with any cheap LCD.
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is it smarter to go with LCD over a projector if i have a 700$ price range
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Originally Posted by rightcoastsurf View Post

is it smarter to go with LCD over a projector if i have a 700$ price range

Is your Dorm in a cave? Daylight will destroy the impact of a projector even with curtains closed during daylight hours. For slightly more you can get Sony Bravia KDL-32M3000 budget panel either Amazon or Circuit City. I'd be aiming for a 37-42" for a Dorm though if you go budget.

For slightly more the VIZIO VX37L gives you 5 more inches and the size is still more portable within a Dorm environ and size matters since when viewing SD the 32" becomes a 26" panel. I cannot attest to PQ of Vizio LCD's but many are pleased - the plasma I saw at CC was the worst I'd ever seen and belonged in the dumpster but the reaction to the LCD Vizio seems to be the opposite.

As I do not shop budget panels below the quality of the Sony S3000 as I don't have a college student budget - I favor the S3000 over any budget panel but even on sale your up another $500 for the 40". So if I were in your shoes I may try the Vizio with return rights that Costco has in case it doesn't meet your needs for a swap out. The 40" Sony S3000 blows away all those Budget LCD's being ten bit panel w/ten bit processing having compared it directly with Philips, Mag, Olevia, Westinghouse..
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Originally Posted by westa6969 View Post

Is your Dorm in a cave? Daylight will destroy the impact of a projector even with curtains closed. For slightly more you can get Sony Bravia KDL-32M3000 budget panel either Amazon or Circuit City. I'd be aiming for a 37-42" for a Dorm though if you go budget.

Hehe... many dorms are caves. It is the philosophy of many college students I know (including myself and my roomates) that blocking out all sunlight from your windows is the ideal way to sleep to all hours of the day... In all honesty... it's not hard or challenging (or expensive) to block out a window...

The real problem in a dorm room with respect to projectors is:

- Finding a suitable place to project a the image as you are often very limited for space
- Finding a suitable place and technique for hanging/mounting both the projector itself and a screen (if you don't want to project onto a wall alone) due to the staff getting a bit pissed if you start drilling up the place.
- Not screwing up the damn thing when you're drunk! (ah the shelf mounted projector... a fun target for my pee and vomit!)

In all reality, I lived in the dorms for 2 years at penn state... I wouldn't have dreamed about putting a projector in there. Like westa said, an LCD is much more practical for your situation. Furthermore, you don't have to worry about replacing a bulb on an LCD... so you don't have to worry about passing out with it on, or if your roommate will turn it off, etc... Finally, on a budget of $700 you would be a bit strapped to get a decent new 720p setup anyway. There may be a few options, like the Optima HD70 which I believe can be had (after rebate) for under that cost. However, then you have to think about at least a half decent DIY screen... and then there is the whole mounting thing (if you don't have a shelf for it).

Honestly, if your dorm room was anything like mine was, light is the least of your worries. Go for a smaller LCD
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
thanks for all that info. TV's are so damn pricey.
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