I bought a Phillips 24” TV for my future wife for Christmas 3 years ago. It was a nice little TV, displayed 1080i, and was a step up from her previous 4:3 19” TV. The only drawback was that it was just a bit too small, and this became even more of an issue when we moved to our new apartment since our couch was set further back from the TV than in our original apartment. We found ourselves squinting or sitting on the floor in order to see the picture!
We had discussed eventually buying a larger TV, but our entertainment center is an older model and has a square TV opening with only 33” of width. I was not sure what size TV would fit and if the size difference would be worth the upgrade.
Last Sunday night, on a whim, I said I was going to Wal-Mart to see what TVs they had. My wife agreed, and told me that if I found something truly worth buying that I could go for it, as long as I felt it would be an improvement and not just an impulse purchase. I saw this Phillips 32” TV and was very impressed with the picture quality! At 31.5” wide it would certainly fit in our entertainment center, and the difference in screen size from 24” to 32” was more than I thought it would be. $628 was a great price; I had actually paid $699 for the 24” TV 3 years ago!
I bought this TV, took it home, and installed it that night. It fit perfectly, and I love the black color and sleek design. Setup was simple, although I expected it to be, as I have all of my electronics (PS3, DVD, HD cable) routed through an automatic HD switch box so I only needed a single component connection. The TV does have a nice selection of connections, including 3 HDMI connections.
Overall the picture quality is excellent, especially in HD. I was worried that the 720p resolution would not be enough, as I was used to seeing our 24” at 1080i, but truthfully the 720p looks much, much better in HD than I expected. I have read that 1080i output is not usually available on a 32” TV because there is no visual difference between 1080i and 720p at this size. Larger screens need the full 1080 lines of resolution due to their physical size, and smaller screens are sometimes used as computer monitors and so they often can display 1080i to ensure video card compatibility. 32” screens are too small to require all 1080 lines, and too big for most people to use as a computer monitor, so 720p is the HD resolution.
This TV has great dynamic range, meaning a wide range from true black to true white. My 24” Phillips did not actually display black, it was more of a dark gray, but the black this TV displays is quite accurate!
The colors are pleasing, but a bit too “saturated”, especially the reds. Adjusting the settings to reduce this saturation reduced the overall picture quality and made the blacks and white look less accurate. I will get used to this color, and some may find it appealing as it certainly is bright!
I tested the sound briefly, it was ok but I have a home theater audio system so of course it didn’t compare, but I think it would be acceptable for those who don’t have such a system. Here are some of my likes and dislikes:
• Great picture, especially in HD
• Excellent dynamic range (the range of colors from true black to true white)
• 720p resolution on this 32” screen surpasses my expectations, and I am picky!
• Plenty of connections for multiple devices
• Remote is simple to use (although I do use a universal remote instead)
• Acceptable internal sound
• Slightly over-saturated colors, which can be reduced at the expense of dynamic range
• TV takes 8 seconds to turn on once power button is pressed (I timed it!)
• Info button shows only the input resolution, not what the screen is actually displaying. This confused my wife, as she thought the TV was 1080i (since that is what the HD cable signal was) and didn’t believe me that it was really displaying 720p
• I wish the stand was just a little taller, as this would better center the TV within my entertainment center
This TV is a great value for the price. It works well, has beautiful picture quality, and is incredible in HD. The complaints that I have are minor and are based on my personal preferences. If you are considering an upgrade from a smaller TV, you will be happy with this choice
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