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After waiting for prices to drop dramatically for a year, I finally realized that although prices do drop, quality will usually make you opt for a more expensive option. I bought the new Samsung R71 at first. When I tried to install it at home, I was very dissapointed. Cheap plastics, bad setup features, slow response, etc... So I took it back and got the new Philips 32 inch. All in all, Philips was probably the best TV among the ones I saw. At least in this price range. To my surprise, being a Sony afficionado, the Sony Bravia couldn't hold a candle to the Philips. Easy programming and setup. Everything works without applying hours of study and messing with controls. I can't emphasize this enough. Excellent image quality even with low quality analogue over the air channels. The construction is sturdy and neat. No big brand names leaping out from the wall, and a very neat frame with easy access controls on the side of the panel. The remote is sturdy, and full of functions which will take some time to get used to. Although it is a multi-function remote, it only supports philips products, which makes the excess buttons a bit of a waste of space for people who don't buy all of their products from the same manufacturer. They should have at least made the remote programmable. My only true gripe is with the seam in the middle of the screen which will show up in bright scenes. In order to produce this 32 inch TV, they essentially glue two TFT screens together to produce a larger TV. This is all fine and dandy, but the line should never visible in my opinion. Other than that, when you are looking at the various LCD TV's on display at the store, don't just look at the TV playing a movie or corporate DVD. Ask the sales people to hook up cable and regular antenna reception. This is where you will see why the philips is probably the best "affordable" choice out there right now. One last thing... The back lighting may look like bells and whistles, but this is an amazing feature which will soon be copied by most flat TV manufacturers.
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lindsayjayne 14.06.2006 18:23
Good first review - welcome to Ciao. x
smcccc 14.06.2006 17:25
Looks and sounds like a good T.V. but the seam thing would put me of too.............: )
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