32 Inch LCD TV Reviews

There are many options when is comes to choosing a 32 inch LCD TV. This category of mid range televisions is one of the most widely available sizes of display and there is a plethora of available brands and models to choose from. From a consumer’s point of view because of the popularity of 32 inches LCD TVs the competition between brands is fierce resulting in them being tremendous value both in terms of price and technical specifications. Because of the wide range of buying options that are available, deciding which is the best 32 inch LCD TV for you can be a difficult choice. To make the decision a little easier here is a rundown of the leading contenders and their features.

Samsung 32 Inch LCD TV – model LN32C550

First up is one of the market leaders, Samsung Electronics current. Like most manufacturers of televisions in the 32 inch bracket, this has a 60 Hz LCD panel. It is not until you get to the larger Samsung models (40 inch upwards) that the refresh rate increases to 120 Hz. It is a full HD 1080p television with a 1920 x 1080 native resolution. It has a response time of 6ms and a high dynamic contrast ratio of 80,000:1. It also uses Samsung’s ‘Wide Color Enhancer Plus’ and ‘SRS TruSurround HD’ sound system with 2 x 10 watts audio channels. The result is great color reproduction, very impressive levels of contrast.

Samsung usually compare favourably in terms of connectivity options and this is model is no different. The connectivity options include –

•    Wireless connectivity (using optional LinkStick Adapter)
•    4 x HDMI inputs
•    2 x Component Inputs
•    2 x AV inputs
•    1 x PC monitor connector
•    1 x PC audio input
•    1 x Ethernet Port
•    2 x USB ports
•    1 x Optical Audio Output
•    1 x DVI Audio Input
•    1 x RF Input

It is worth noting that the wireless connectivity is for networking with PC to stream digital media to the TV and not for internet connectivity as is the case for other more expensive models. There is also the option of connecting digital media to the televisions via the LAN and USB ports.

The 4 HDMI inputs of this 32 inch LCD Samsung TV is better than average, 2-3 inputs would be more typical for a TV of this size and if you have a lot of external AV devices such as BluRay player, games consoles and camcorders this could prove to be very convenient.

LG 32 Inch LCD TV – model 32LD550

The specification of this television is considerably higher than the Samsung. Once again it is a 1080p Full HD TV. However it uses LG’s TruMotion 120 Hz, meaning it has a refresh rate of 120 Hz which in conjunction with the impressive 2.4ms LCD response time will result in this TV producing far smoother images especially when viewing high speed scenes such as sports, movies and video games.

It also has a 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, almost twice that of the Samsung. This is a high contrast ratio for an LCD TV, which in practical terms means that it is capable of producing very dark blacks and bright whites. This model of LG television also has a couple of smart features that automatically optimize the brightness, color and contrast levels through the use of on screen reference points to constantly determine the optimal settings. The above combination of high specifications and features mean this television produces a superior viewing experience.

In terms of connectivity the LG has the following options –

•    Wireless connectivity (using optional Wireless Kit)
•    4 x HDMI inputs
•    2 x Component Inputs
•    2 x AV inputs
•    1 x PC monitor connector
•    1 x PC audio input
•    1 x Ethernet Port
•    2 x USB ports
•    1 x Optical Audio Output
•    1 x RF Input

Once again the LG excels in terms of connectivity. It has the same amount of physical connectivity options that the Samsung has, the difference is that this TV has internet connectivity which opens up a whole new range of features. The LG can do everything that the Samsung does, 4 HDMI inputs, play digital media using the LAN, USB and wireless kit but in addition to that it can has a feature called the NetCast Entertainment system which enables a mass of internet content to be displayed on the television.

I know this feature is not going to be attractive to all consumers, but it is certainly impressive. You can view on-demand movies and programs, stream your favourite music, browse YouTube and display weather and business data on a toolbar. The content that is available is constantly expanding and will only improve.

Panasonic 32 Inch LCD TV – model TCL32U22

This is Panasonic’s newest model in this category. Though having the same screen size, it is not really in the same class as the other options for two reasons, it is far cheaper and consequently has less features and a lower specification. But don’t let this put you off, Panasonic is a quality brand and if you looking for a cheaper option then this fits the bill.

This model is still a decent specification, for starters it is a 1080p full HD TV. Not all 32 inch LCD TVs that you will find out there will be 1080p, many will be 720p especially the models which are similar in price to this model, so this is a plus point. It does only have a 60 Hz refresh rate and a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio but as it is a cheap 32 inch LCD TV this is to be expected.

In terms of additional features it doesn’t have many, it doesn’t have the ability to display digital media or connect iPods as do other more expensive models of Panasonic TVs. Connectivity wise it has the following connectors –

•    3 x HDMI inputs
•    1 x Component Input
•    2 x AV inputs
•    1 x PC monitor connector
•    1 x PC audio input
•    1 x Digital Audio Output

This TV is simply a cheap but solid performer without all the optional extras. It might not appeal to the consumer who wants all the latest features but for the consumer who wants a quality TV for watching their favourite channels and movies this particular Panasonic LCD 32 inch TV is the perfect choice.

Sharp 32 Inch LCD TV
– model LC32FH510E

This model from Sharp is another mid specification television. As are the other models this is a Full HD 1080p LCD TV. It has a 60 Hz refresh rate with decent 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 5.5ms LCD response time. It has a few features worth a mention including the ability to play digital media (photos, music and movies) using the USB connector and it also has a time shift function which enables the viewer to live pause broadcasts using removable media connected via the USB port. Other than this connectivity options are adequate for this Sharp Aquos 32 inch LCD TV –

•    3 x HDMI inputs
•    1 x Component Input
•    1 x AV inputs
•    1 x S-Video input
•    1 x Component input
•    2 x Scart connectors
•    1 x USB port
•    1 x Digital Audio Output

To summarize on the models discussed clearly the LG LCD 32 Inch LCD TV has the highest specification in terms of video, connectivity and features. I was expecting its capabilities to come at a premium. Even though it has a RRP that is more expensive than its competitors after a bit of searching it can be purchased for the same price as the Samsung at a cost of $600. At this price it’s a definite bargain.

However the fact still remains that if none of the internet related features are of use to you then you are paying 30% more than the Panasonic which can be purchased for $450. It then becomes a question whether you can justify paying the extra $150 for the extra quality of picture.

My personal opinion is for the extras cash you are getting great value for a massively superior television with the LG 32 inch LCD TV. But if it’s a quality solid performer that you require on a small budget then you won’t go wrong with the Panasonic. This is not an exhaustive look at all the options that are available out there but hopefully it has at least proven little helpful in deciding what 32 inch LCD TV you should buy.