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So I'm finally making my way to the age of HDTV/LCD televisions. I have a little extra cash leftover from Christmas and have decided to make the purchase.


I'm trying to decide between the following models.


Note: I've read that the Sharp DVD/LCD combo's panel is actually made by Orion (Sansui) can anyone else confirm this?


As far as what I plan on using this television for:


Gaming (360)

DVD Playback

Television

And possibly as a monitor for screening slideshows, photos, etc. via my Laptop (I have a HP 24" LCD that I use for my desktop)


Also for a quick breakdown as far as pricing:

Sharp 32 DVD/LCD Combo


SPECS:


True 16:9 Aspect Ratio (1366 x 768) LCD Panel

displays 16:9 widescreen programs in their native aspect ratio without the need for scaling or other video processing.


Built-in Side-Loading Progressive Scan DVD Player is the ultimate in convenience!


Built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC Tuners for DTV and analog TV viewing.


HDMI Input


for convenient connection to digital devices.


176º H x 176º V Viewing Angles


are so wide you can view Sharp LCD TVs from virtually anywhere in the room.


6 ms Response Time


to enjoy all fast-motion video without blurring or delay.


PC Input


easily turns your TV into a PC monitor.


Specifications


Screen Size 32" Class (31-1/2" Diagonal)


Panel Type Active Matrix (a-si TFT) LCD


Pixel Resolution WXGA (1366 x 768)


DVD Player Progressive Scan (Built-in)


Tuning System ATSC/QAM/NTSC


Brightness 400 cd/m2


Lamp Life 60,000 Hours1


Viewing Angles 176º H x 176º V




Dimensions (w x h x d)


TV and Stand: 31-3/8" x 22-15/16" x 9-9/16"


TV Only: 31-3/8" x 21-1/16" x 4-9/16"


Weight TV and Stand: 32.4 lbs.


TV Only: 29.2 lbs.

Sharp 32 LCD


General

Product Type


31.5" LCD TV

Digital Television Certification


HDTV

Video Interface


Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video

PC Interface


VGA (HD-15)

Dimensions


With stand

Width


30.6 in

Depth


9.1 in

Height


22.6 in

Weight


29.8 lbs

Enclosure Color


Black

Display

Diagonal Size


31.5" - widescreen

Technology


TFT active matrix

Resolution


1366 x 768

Display Format


720p

Image Aspect Ratio


16:9

Image Contrast Ratio


1500:1

Dynamic Contrast Ratio


7500:1

Brightness


450 cd/m2

Widescreen Modes


Zoom, Stretch, Sidebar

Viewing Angle


176 degrees

Viewing Angle (Vertical)


176 degrees

Pixel Response Time


6 ms

TV Tuner

Analog TV Tuner


NTSC

Digital TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner


ATSC, QAM

Video Features

HDTV Ready


Yes

Analog Video Input Signals


NTSC

Audio System

Sound Output Mode


Stereo

Speakers Included


2 speakers

Output Power / Total


20 Watt

Speaker(s)


2 x right/left channel speaker - built-in - 10 Watt

Connections

Connector Type


2 x HDMI input ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) ¦ 2 x component video input ( RCA phono x 3 ) ¦ 1 x RGB input ( 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ) ¦ 1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) ¦ 2 x composite video input ( RCA phono ) ¦ 4 x audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) ¦ 1 x audio line-out


I plan on making the purchase this afternoon. I have decided that I will probably be picking up an extended warranty through Sharp as I don't trust CC
 

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I have been looking at some 32" sets for the upstairs bedroom. I did see the Sharp with the DVD player built in and something occurred to me, does the DVD player upconvert?


About 3 years ago I bought four 32" Toshibas that had DVD players in them. They were for our trade show booth so it didn't matter, but why would you combine a 720p set with a DVD player that does not upconvert?


The CRT that this set will replace has a built in DVD player and my wife uses it often so it would save me some trouble, but not if it does not upconvert.
 

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While Sharp manufacturers and sells their glass to half a dozen other rebadgers and has numerous plants they also rebadge some product on the lower end small sizes since the profit margins are lean and competition in the small panels - the quality factor gets greatly diminshed.


In this day of Blu-Ray and 1080P 24fps and the extremely lower prices I'd considered these as junk and certainly not for HT quality viewing.


All-in-one Combo's suck - one is adding inferior to inferior to = GIGO.


If you have to go budget get a Quality Panny 85 series 32" or a Samsung and a quality upconvert like Oppo or a Blu-Ray as they can be had for $200 or less.
 

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I can also confirm Sharp doesn't use their panels in their smaller size TVs...I've been through two 26'' sets both with the same crappy defective CMO panels. (I guess there was a bad batch or something). Sharp has been horrible to deal with and keeps trying to convince me the panels are cracked or broken (so they don't have to honor the warranty I presume) but I've returned one to the online retailer and next one gets shipped back next week. No more Sharps for me. I'm terribly disappointed in their customer service and their quality control. However, to the original poster, I've read about people have both those models you have been looking at, and have been completely satisfied. I hope it works out for you, because if my panels weren't defective, I would have LOVED my 26'' TV. Great picture, great colors, so if you get a good panel stick with it you'll be more than satisfied. I truly hope it works out and ends up as a good experience for you.
 
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