Samsung Flat Screen TV & Sony LCD Flat Screen TV

By: Scott James

Flat Screen TV?s are the latest must have fashion accessory for the home. The decision has to be what sort of Flat Screen TV to get?

OK are you going to go with a Plasma TV (older technology, been around since 1964) or do you go with Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) for the Flat Screen TV?

So then the question is what is Digital TV and at the same time what is a Flat Screen TV? Well the short answer is that phraseology is mixed here and quite often people get confused, LCD, TFT and Plasma are all terms that get bandied around yet they don?t all mean the same thing.

The two main types of Flat Screen TV or screens available today are either Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) or Plasma. The main difference between the two (apart from base technologies) are that with LCD TV?s the main technology used is TFT (Thin Film Transistor) which means that by and large you can make the screens smaller and more energy efficient.

So lets get down to basics and start looking at individual TV?s.

The first LCD TV that we recommend that you take a look at here is the Sony KDL-32V20000

The KDL-32V20000 is a 32in LCD TV and the prices for these are around 1300 pounds sterling or 2600 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD ready the answer is yes. The Sony has 2 (2 RGB) scarts and and the type and number of multimedia interfaces the the Sony KDL-32V20000 uses are HDMI and 1. The type of tuner for this TV is Analogue and Digital and the KDL-32V20000 is available from a wide variety of outlets.

So given this information, what would be our view of the KDL-32V20000?

Well to start with our score for the picture quality is 10 out of 10 and closely tied in to the picture quality is the sound quality and our score for this would be 10 out of 10 Connectivity is important for most of these new media TV Sets and such our score would be 8 out of 10 If we take a look at the overall "featureability" our score would be 10 out of 10 and with regards to ease of use and overall value for money our opinion and score would be 8 and 8 out of 10 respectively.

Taking verything into consideration our overall view of the package would be this TV is very bit as elegant as the rest of the TV's from Sony and has a performance to match. The visuals are a joy to behold with good performances across the board. The audio is pretty damn good also and the speaker system give a performance that is almost unrivalled. OK the price is slightly more than contemporary units from other manufacturers but in this case we feel that this would be money well spent - always assuming that you had access to the funds in the first place.

The next LCD TV that we recommend that you take a look at here is the Samsung LE-32R87BD

The LE-32R87BD is a 32in LCD TV and currently these TV's can be found for 700 pounds sterling or 1400 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD ready the answer is yes. The Samsung has 2 (1 RGB) scarts and and the type and number of multimedia interfaces the the Samsung LE-32R87BD uses are HDMI and 3. The type of tuner for this TV is Analogue and Digital and the LE-32R87BD is available from a wide variety of outlets.

So to take an initial view how would we rate LE-32R87BD?

The most obvious place to start with as far as TV's are concerned would be the picture quality and our score here would be 10 out of 10 next we would look at the sound quality and our view of this would be 6 out of 10 Taking a look at the number of relevant connections and their availability, our score would be 10 out of 10 Overall with regards to the actual "featureability" of the set our score would be 10 out of 10 and the final individual verdicts would relate to the ease of use and overall value for money and our scores here would be 8 and 10 out of 10 respectively.

The overall verdict would be that this TV is great value all round. The design and performance marks it as yet another great TV from Samsung

With regards to the prices in this article we have tried in all cases to take an average across the industry from a number of well known web sites and so we ask you to bear this in mind and treat these prices as advisory only rather than absolutes.

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