After many years of rapid growth, high definition television (HDTV) is now the standard in most countries around the world. While many people still use an old analog television with a digital tuner, falling HDTV prices are driving down their numbers. There are few good reasons to continue using an old television, especially when you can buy a 32″ LCD HDTV for around $500 that has better picture and sound quality. Another reason to buy an HDTV is that they all now have an internal digital tuner, which means it doesn’t need to be connected to a separate tuner.

In the early years of HDTV, plasma and LCD each had a significant market share. Recently, buyers have been moving away from plasma as LCD technology improves. This trend has grown rapidly and forced several manufacturers to stop making plasma HDTVs completely. Plasma is still the preferred choice for screen sizes above 42″, but it cannot compete with LCD at lower sizes. One advantage of plasma is that it has a higher contrast ratio, which makes dark colors and shadows look better. But LCD has a backlight which makes the picture look good even under bright lights. It’s also thinner, lighter, and more economical to run than plasma.

To get the best picture, the viewing distance has to be just right. Viewing a screen up close is bad because the picture looks blocky, but viewing it from a distance is also bad because the fine details are lost. A common rule of thumb is to set the viewing distance to three times the width of the screen. There are lots of sizes to choose from when shopping for a new HDTV, from tiny 15″ models up to enormous 65″ models. In between these is the 32″ model which is currently one of the most popular sizes. A 32″ LCD HDTV is the ideal television for a small living room, and makes a great second television for a bedroom.

In the past, buying a television was simple because all you had to do was choose the screen size. Today, there are many other factors to consider, and resolution is often the one that causes people the most confusion. Basically, it’s a measure of how well a television can show fine detail. There are many different HDTV resolutions but the best one is known as full high definition. The technical name is 1080p because it has 1080 vertical lines and uses progressive scanning. A 32″ LCD HDTV that has full high definition will cost about $200 more than a cheaper model that doesn’t have it.

An HDTV should have a high brightness value, high contrast ratio, and low response time. It should also have predefined settings for brightness and contrast so that users do not have to manually adjusting them. Some models even have a light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness to suit the room lighting. LED backlighting is a new feature that improves the appearance of black and other dark colors. It replaces the fluorescent tubes used as backlights in a regular LCD with lots of tiny LED lights around the edges. It’s now possible to get a 32″ LCD HDTV with LED backlighting but it costs more.

There are some other minor features to consider when buying a 32″ LCD HDTV, or any other HDTV for that matter. The best models have a video processor that improves the picture quality and helps reduce motion blur during action scenes. An HDTV should also have HDMI ports, digital audio connectors, powerful stereo speakers, and a solid base. A built-in DVD player or Blu-ray player is nice but adds to the cost. The remote control should be large but not too heavy, and have buttons that allow quick access to various functions. However, if the remote is not good enough, you can always get a universal remote to replace it.

This 32″ LCD HDTV Review is Written/Updated on Dec 25th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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