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# 104387 17-Jun-2012 17:34
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I've been looking around for a 32" LED TV for my bedroom, It'll mostly be used for my HTPC. Looking around I've nailed it down to these two tvs.

The Sony KDL-32EX520 http://www.sony.lv/product/tv-80-32-lcd/kdl-32ex520
or the
Samsung UA32EH5006 http://www.samsung.com/au/support/model/UA32EH5006MXXY-techspecs

The Sony is available at harvey norman for $700 while the samsung is available at noel leeming on special for $630.

Looking around I can't find anything bad for me about either TV, the Sony has reduced file compatibility when playing files through network or usb compared to the Samsung but although that'd be useful I doubt I'll use it much so I'm not too bothered about it. I'm leaning towards Sony just because of the Brand. And the fact Samsung had that whole capacitor issue not too long ago kind of puts me off them.

What do you guys think, Sony or Samsung?

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  # 642274 17-Jun-2012 23:09
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The Samsung is touted as a 'direct LED', which, in effect, is just a fat rear lit LED TV.
The grid lighting is nowhere near as good as you'd typically see in an LED lit LCD TV of this type (and that design has been here and gone in the TV world)...
I think Samsung have only done it to save money. Something that you can tell by the void on the back where the inputs should be.
I did have high hopes when I read about the Direct LED range, but alas, they're not so great.

Get the Sony.

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  # 642283 17-Jun-2012 23:29
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+1 for the sony. You also may want to look at 40 inch as 32 inch doesn't really take full advantage of HD. But a bedroom tv you may only want 32.

 
 
 
 


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  # 642476 18-Jun-2012 12:41
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The Samsung's inputs are pitiful - 2xHDMI and 1xAV/Component shared (ie one or the other, not both). On that basis alone, I wouldn't buy it. Great TV is connect all that you want to it.

The Sony does better (4xHDMI, 1xcomponent, 1x ethernet, 1xcomposite, 1xPC) - still not great, but better. However, personally, I dislike Sony - arrogant company, obsessed with DRM, and their quality isn't what it used to be.

Have you looked at the Panasonic TH-L32E5Z, which Noel Leemings have on special for $749. I love the 32" Panny I have, and this looks like a good set - good panel, loads of inputs etc.




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  # 642478 18-Jun-2012 12:50
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The Sony is an old model - you may want to check they have stock, and if they do bang them down on price.

It hasn't really been replaced with a 'like' model yet. The KDL32BX350 is only HD ready I think. (but a lot cheaper).

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  # 642479 18-Jun-2012 12:51
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The Sony is good as a bedroom TV - we have the same model installed for that purpose. Off-axis it doesn't look that good, but given you'll be looking directly at it when in bed it's great.

Oops - just checked the model, we have the CX520, so the off-axis comment might not apply.

Makes a great alarm clock :-)




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  # 642635 18-Jun-2012 17:08
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Dunnersfella: The Samsung is touted as a 'direct LED', which, in effect, is just a fat rear lit LED TV.
The grid lighting is nowhere near as good as you'd typically see in an LED lit LCD TV of this type (and that design has been here and gone in the TV world)...
I think Samsung have only done it to save money. Something that you can tell by the void on the back where the inputs should be.
I did have high hopes when I read about the Direct LED range, but alas, they're not so great.

Get the Sony.


Thanks for the information, Didn't know that about the Samsung, it's a good thing I didn't buy it.


mattwnz: +1 for the sony. You also may want to look at 40 inch as 32 inch doesn't really take full advantage of HD. But a bedroom tv you may only want 32.


Yeah I was originally looking at 40" tvs, but I can't really afford it at the moment so I'll just stick with a 32" Should be large enough for me :)

JimmyH: The Samsung's inputs are pitiful - 2xHDMI and 1xAV/Component shared (ie one or the other, not both). On that basis alone, I wouldn't buy it. Great TV is connect all that you want to it. 

The Sony does better (4xHDMI, 1xcomponent, 1x ethernet, 1xcomposite, 1xPC) - still not great, but better. However, personally, I dislike Sony - arrogant company, obsessed with DRM, and their quality isn't what it used to be. 

Have you looked at the Panasonic TH-L32E5Z, which Noel Leemings have on special for $749. I love the 32" Panny I have, and this looks like a good set - good panel, loads of inputs etc. 


Wow, again thanks for the information, somehow I missed all this. The Samsung really isn't looking good at the moment haha. I'll check out that Panasonic model when I get home tonight.

trig42: The Sony is an old model - you may want to check they have stock, and if they do bang them down on price. 

It hasn't really been replaced with a 'like' model yet. The KDL32BX350 is only HD ready I think. (but a lot cheaper).


Just checked, the Sony is still in stock, If I end up going for it I'll drive down and try push a lower price. I had a look at that older model earlier, but decided if I was going for a 32" I might as well go all out and get Proper HD.

LookingUp: The Sony is good as a bedroom TV - we have the same model installed for that purpose. Off-axis it doesn't look that good, but given you'll be looking directly at it when in bed it's great. 

Oops - just checked the model, we have the CX520, so the off-axis comment might not apply. 
Makes a great alarm clock :-)



Haha thanks for the info, I'll check with the staff and see if they know if this model suffers from the same problem.

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  # 642765 18-Jun-2012 19:54
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I'd compare the Sony and the Panasonic - while the Pana will have an analogue audio output, and more USB's, that may not necessarily be required for a bedroom TV.
The IPS panel on the Panasonic will help with off-axis viewing, but as it's a bedroom, again, it may not matter.
For me the decider would be the TV with the best sound...
Have a listen to a Freeview broadcast and let us know what you prefer.

 
 
 
 


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  # 643174 19-Jun-2012 13:48
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I have the Samsung, purchased from Noel Leeming the other week. Bought it on the basis that (IMO) the display looked better than all the other 32" TV's that were in my price range in the store.

The worst thing about it is the inputs, only 2 HDMI and no DVI/VGA for connecting a PC without an adapter. Still, its not really a problem at the moment, I only use it as a second monitor for my laptop and have the WDTV plugged in.



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  # 643442 19-Jun-2012 21:00
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Dunnersfella: I'd compare the Sony and the Panasonic - while the Pana will have an analogue audio output, and more USB's, that may not necessarily be required for a bedroom TV. 
The IPS panel on the Panasonic will help with off-axis viewing, but as it's a bedroom, again, it may not matter. 
For me the decider would be the TV with the best sound... 
Have a listen to a Freeview broadcast and let us know what you prefer. 


Yeah from What I've seen online, the Panasonic is just infront of the Sony, but, still $50 is $50 so I'm going to check out both tvs in person later on in the week and make a decision then. I'll let everyone know my decision once I've had a look.

expression: I have the Samsung, purchased from Noel Leeming the other week. Bought it on the basis that (IMO) the display looked better than all the other 32" TV's that were in my price range in the store. 

The worst thing about it is the inputs, only 2 HDMI and no DVI/VGA for connecting a PC without an adapter. Still, its not really a problem at the moment, I only use it as a second monitor for my laptop and have the WDTV plugged in.


Ahh thanks you've just made me certain that I do not want the Samsung haha. the missing VGA port would bother me, although I don't have a need for it now, It is likely I may want to plug in an older device somewhere along the track and having the compatibility missing would be annoying.

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  # 643520 19-Jun-2012 22:45
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It irritates me that many modern TVs, while improving in many respects, are getting worse regarding connectivity options than sets from 3-4 years ago.

2 HDMI ports isn't adequate when you look at the range of things (MySky, DVD players, blu ray players, DVD recorders, 1 or more consoles, home theatre PCs, media players, Tivos etc) that many people want to connect. Also, analog connectors are disappearing - many sets have only 1 or 2, whereas the TV I got in 2008 had 2xAV, 2x Component, 1xVGA - all in addition to 4xHDMI. Analog ports , while not as important as they used to be, are fine for some modern equipment (FV satellite boxes) and indispensable for anyone with legacy kit (old consoles, a VCR, a wireless video sender etc) they still want to use.

While I understand skimping on provision for budget TVs - where they shave every possible corner on costs to try and hit a price point - I can't understand how shaving $10-20 off the cost of a premium TV that they try so hard to differentiate from the competition in other respects is sensible. Personally, I am surprised that at least one manufacturer doesn't take their top end large model (the ones that still sell for $5000) and add loads of connectivity to the feature set as a selling point - as the people at this end of the market are less price sensitive and more likely to have loads of other kit they want to connect. I think marketing a set with (say) 6 HDMI ports, plus 2 component ports, plus 3-4 AV ports would be very attractive.

My trusty old CRT TV back in the day didn't have enough inputs, and so I had functional but distinctly un-elegant spaghetti of cables and switches to get everything I wanted connected. It's very attractive to me to buy a set that avoids any risk of having to do this again if possible.

Or maybe I'm missing something.............?

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  # 643522 19-Jun-2012 22:50
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trig42: The Sony is an old model - you may want to check they have stock, and if they do bang them down on price.

It hasn't really been replaced with a 'like' model yet. The KDL32BX350 is only HD ready I think. (but a lot cheaper).


It is a year old model, but it still measures up well. It has come down a lot in price. I think the orginal RRP is almost double what you can get it for today on a cash deal.

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  # 643838 20-Jun-2012 14:52
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Im also after a 32" (unfortunately plasma wont fit) and this reviews as a good 3rd option to the above, anyone used it?

Panasonic Viera TH-L32E5Z

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1192863 

IPS (gloss so more reflective than others) screen and similar connectivity to the Sony EX series

Apparently the EPG isnt as good (mutes and blocks out whole screen) but as the only cheap IPS it should look at least as good as the other two?
Also quite good in panning shots apparently.

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  # 643841 20-Jun-2012 14:56
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farns: Im also after a 32" (unfortunately plasma wont fit) and this reviews as a good 3rd option to the above, anyone used it?

Panasonic Viera TH-L32E5Z

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1192863?

IPS (gloss so more reflective than others) screen and similar connectivity to the Sony EX series

Apparently the EPG isnt as good (mutes and blocks out whole screen) but PQ should be at least as good as the other two?
Also quite good in panning shots apparently.


Isn't that the same EPG with most freeview tv's?

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  # 643983 20-Jun-2012 19:31
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JimmyH: It irritates me that many modern TVs, while improving in many respects, are getting worse regarding connectivity options than sets from 3-4 years ago.

2 HDMI ports isn't adequate when you look at the range of things (MySky, DVD players, blu ray players, DVD recorders, 1 or more consoles, home theatre PCs, media players, Tivos etc) that many people want to connect. Also, analog connectors are disappearing - many sets have only 1 or 2, whereas the TV I got in 2008 had 2xAV, 2x Component, 1xVGA - all in addition to 4xHDMI. Analog ports , while not as important as they used to be, are fine for some modern equipment (FV satellite boxes) and indispensable for anyone with legacy kit (old consoles, a VCR, a wireless video sender etc) they still want to use.

While I understand skimping on provision for budget TVs - where they shave every possible corner on costs to try and hit a price point - I can't understand how shaving $10-20 off the cost of a premium TV that they try so hard to differentiate from the competition in other respects is sensible. Personally, I am surprised that at least one manufacturer doesn't take their top end large model (the ones that still sell for $5000) and add loads of connectivity to the feature set as a selling point - as the people at this end of the market are less price sensitive and more likely to have loads of other kit they want to connect. I think marketing a set with (say) 6 HDMI ports, plus 2 component ports, plus 3-4 AV ports would be very attractive.

My trusty old CRT TV back in the day didn't have enough inputs, and so I had functional but distinctly un-elegant spaghetti of cables and switches to get everything I wanted connected. It's very attractive to me to buy a set that avoids any risk of having to do this again if possible.

Or maybe I'm missing something.............?


Basically, the 32" TV category (as well as 40" LCD / Direct LED's) are now commodity items. As soon as a TV comes out, the price is dumped down and, well, nothing remains 'high end' anymore. Try listing the 100Hz 32" LED's now - there's stuff all compared to 2 years ago, let alone 12 months ago.
Connectivity is gone, but so have speakers. Well, technically they're still there, but only just.
The only company that still offers a large number of analogue connections at the top end is Panasonic (RCA out as an example). But all other companies would argue that if you're running a top end TV, then you've got the disposable income to run solely HDMI inputs.
Or, to put it another way - people who spend $5k on a TV will most likely be running a home theatre receiver.

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