Best Buy Review by Mike007
Excellent value, great picture, very good sound
I bought this to replace an "off brand" (Dynex 22" 720 resolution) combo TV/DVD player for my bedroom as a second TV. I have a 50" plasma screen in the living room. The Dynex's speakers would sometimes distort when played at medium volume, but the picture was good. Going from a 22" to a 32" screen was a big improvement, and 32" is the perfect size for my bedroom application, especially with my slightly deteriorated eyesight (I'm 65 and the bigger picture makes it easier to read the guide screens etc.).
According to my research, you don’t really need a 1080 screen resolution on a 32" screen, but this set was on sale for only about $25 more than some 720 resolution models, and I’m glad I got the higher resolution because the screen is fairly close to the bed (I typically view it at a distance of about 5 feet) and when viewing high quality source material such as NFL games in HD the picture is fabulous, and noticeably better than the old Dynex. I bought the “smart” version particularly so I could easily access Netflix, but was delighted to find out I could also browse and watch You Tube. As I read in other reviews, it is disappointing that I supposedly can’t use a keyboard to search for programming within the Netflix application, but I haven’t actually tried it because I haven’t spent the money for a compatible keyboard. The regular onscreen search keyboard works OK. The TV menu is a bit awkward because sometimes it will “time out” while I’m still deciding what to select, but more use and familiarity will likely solve that.
I highly recommend playing around with the picture modes to fine tune your picture’s color resolution. I usually watch in what they call theater or cinema mode because it gives the picture a more realistic color palate. There are also adjustments to bias the sound system for such things as better speech or better music reproduction. If you don’t explore these things, you will probably still be delighted with the product, but you’ll never know what you are missing. Another concern of mine was the motion clarity of the picture. I was looking for a set with a higher picture refresh rate, but a friend of mine in the audio-video industry said not to worry about it, and that the 60 versus 120 and higher refresh rates were not that critical. There were only one or two more expensive sets that featured higher refresh rates, and I haven’t noticed a problem, although perhaps a side by side comparison would reveal a difference. As I mentioned, NFL Football broadcasts in HD are very high quality and they look great with no apparent “ghosting.”
After my research, I had decided to buy either a Samsung or a Panasonic Vizio. The Samsung fit the requirements and was priced right. I would recommend this set to anyone who wants a 32" screen, and I say “Go For” the 1080 resolution. Love this set.