Sony, LG, Samsung, Haier - Which 32-Inch Monitor To Pick?

Published: 15th March 2012
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Haier L32D1120 32-inch 720p LCD TV

New to the market, the Haier 32-inch monitor offers features that ensure bright, crisp images. It runs at the native high definition resolution of 720p and uses progressive scanning for smoother video. There are few US $249 monitors (US price) using active comb filtering to maintain signal integrity by separating out brightness, color and information into three streams so that there is no interference. The Haier offers a pair of HDMI interfaces for all-digital data. It also includes an intelligent USB 2.0 connector that is compatible with video and MP3 music. There is also a composite video input for older devices and you can use this device with your PC through the 15-pin interface that allows you to interface your PC with the monitor so you can take advantage of the PCs built-in capabilities as well as its ability to surf the Web. Its dual-channel seven-watt speakers are okay but investing in a good set of external speakers is a good idea.

Sony Bravia KDL 32BX320 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV

The Sony Bravia 32-inch monitor should be the most obvious choice for a 32-inch monitor. Like the Haier, it operates at 720p resolution. It offers a mode called True Cinema that operates at 24 frames per second - the speed at which your eye sees no blur - so the image remains sharp. The KDL has two HDMI inputs and two high-definition component interfaces. It also offers a USB 2.0 port to view video directly from digital devices - blu-ray players and cameras. The USB port is compatible with MP3 audio. The key issue that moved this down is pricing. Prices are running from $499 to $1,000. It offers a computer-style RGB connector so a PC can connect directly to the Sony, allowing Internet access. The key to Sony Bravia devices is the Bravia sync capability where one device can sync an entire system. Whether it is worth the added investment is up to the buyer. It is best to let use the 32BX320's five preconfigured video modes - Sports, Cinema, Photo, Game and Music handle your video chores as the modes work well.

Samsung LN32D403 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV

The Samsung LN32D403, at $277, it is a fine affordable 32-inch monitor. It uses clear motion color, a wide color enhancer and DNie technology to enhance moving images. This allows images to remain crisp no blurring. Its "ConnectShare" feature enhances the use of USB thumb-drives by allowing instant data or video sharing through the USB 2.0 port. Samsung's "Touch of Color" display adds a bit of amber at the edges to blend images into the slim monitor's black frame. It employs "SRS Theater Sound" to produce quality sound. This is a key for this monitor as it offers a skimpy three watts of sound from its dual speakers. You will have to invest in a good external speaker system. The Samsung has two HDMI digital ports and offers a component video port for older devices and its USB 2.0 port is intelligent so you can share MP3 audio through it. A key drawback is the lack of a PC output so you cannot interface this monitor with the Internet and the stand wobbles.

LG 32LV2400 32-inch 720p 60 Hz LED-LCD HDTV

LG solves any imaging problems by combining the sharpness of an LED display with an LCD background. Using this technology LG has been able to create a 32-inch monitor that is very thin. Because it relies on a mix of LED and LCD technology to create its image, the $309, 32-inch monitor offers images that are not only sharp, but whose colors are also bright. The combination LED-LCD technology enables a high level of color and sharpness that makes some conventional LCD displays pale by comparison. It might be interesting to note that the audio, like other 32-inch monitors, is tinny as it sacrifices low-end sound for savings. The LG display also benefits not only from its LED technology but also because of its high resolution output of 720p (the natural high-definition output at this size) as well as a processor system that enhances overall noise reduction.

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