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I have been trying to figure out what TV to buy with my tax money for awhile, and haven't been able to decide. Well, money is now in hand and I need to make a decision. I don't want any bigger than 32" due to the amount of space I have and the viewing distance. I am pretty settled on the fact that a 720p won't cut it for me, and probably will need a 1080p to be satisfied. Out of all the stores available locally to me, this is the TV I am looking at getting -

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...37ca21888fen02

This is an IPS panel, correct? Also, is their anything wrong with this choice before I drop the $500? I'm not a big fan of Panasonic to be honest, but this seems to be the best 32" panel I could find locally in this price range. Will be used for my media PC (e4300+8800GT), that does some occasional LAN gaming when I have friends over.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 1/11/11 at 12:00pm
     
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I can't speak for that exact model however I will say what I was told by the chap at the electronics shop. He said that LG were just as good, if not better then Panasonic for a much lower price. I bought an LG 32 inch 1080p TV about 4 months ago and it is quite frankly superb.
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Not sure to be honest... I have the 720p version of it--I like it for what I need. It's my room TV although its not great to game on from my bed which is approx 11ft away from the TV. Great to watch movies/tv shows on though!
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Not sure to be honest... I have the 720p version of it--I like it for what I need. It's my room TV although its not great to game on from my bed which is approx 11ft away from the TV. Great to watch movies/tv shows on though!
Is the 720p an IPS panel as well? I'm geared up to go buy this, but I want to wait on a few more responses as well before I do. I will be within 6 feet of the display when I am using it. Thanks for the input.

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Originally Posted by TienLung View Post
I can't speak for that exact model however I will say what I was told by the chap at the electronics shop. He said that LG were just as good, if not better then Panasonic for a much lower price. I bought an LG 32 inch 1080p TV about 4 months ago and it is quite frankly superb.
Well, there were no comparing panels in this price range from LG, they were either 720p, or a TN panel. I'm only speaking for ones I can find locally though, in-stock. Which is what I need.

And also - If possible, I would like some tangible reasoning as to why I should not choose this display. Some people's definition of a great display is different than others. When someone says "XXX" model looks great, it would be nice to know the model, the panel type and specs. My buddy thought his 42" 120Hz 1080p Insigna was amazing too, until I seen it and told him it was awful. I really can't see anything wrong with the one I have picked. Maybe someone could have a quick look at what they have at the Futureshop.ca link I posted that might be a better option (I would still have to check stock or whatever)? $500 is the price range if someone cared to have a look.
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I really don't know to be honest... My next TV will be bigger for my room. This one is a great start, but I'm ready for bigger and better. The quality is nothing to complain about, but not as great as Samsung. Granted, prices are also vastly different. I am only making that comparison bc my Dad just got a 55" LED... But listen, when its in your room, you don't have anything to compare w/. Get the set, you'll be happy. 1080p is def good for a computer. 720p is not big enough for PC use.
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I really don't know to be honest... My next TV will be bigger for my room. This one is a great start, but I'm ready for bigger and better. The quality is nothing to complain about, but not as great as Samsung. Granted, prices are also vastly different. I am only making that comparison bc my Dad just got a 55" LED... But listen, when its in your room, you don't have anything to compare w/. Get the set, you'll be happy. 1080p is def good for a computer. 720p is not big enough for PC use.
I looked at a couple 27" monitors, but they were all only 1080p TNs. I figured a 1080p TV was the next best option that I can afford. Also, I was under the assumption that LED backlit TVs do not have as true of colour as traditional CCFL or whatever they use. I've got no idea if that is correct or not though now. Anyone know?
     
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Meh, I am going to sleep on it I guess. If no responses advising against this purchase show up by the morning, I am going to get it first thing. I was kind of hyped to get it tonight, but it's not a big deal. I'll just play some games on my "measly" 24" until I do.
     
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Well, I'm off in about an hour or so to go and get this thing. Thanks to those who tried to help.
     
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Enjoy it.
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Well, just got back, and came home with a different TV anyway. Futureshop had that Panasonic on display, and it wasn't all that great actually. IPS panel didn't make it any different that I could tell. The viewing angles were the same as every other descent TV, the colours and picture quality nothing special. I ended up saving about $100 and bought a 32" 1080p by Insignia. I would never have even considered the brand, but after spending an hour in Futureshop comparing picture quality between different models, I ended up choosing this. Very nice picture on this particular TV for the price, though the other Insignia models appeared to be mostly sub-par. I haven't even hooked it up yet (won't fit my TV stand dammit), but I am already happy after seeing it in the store.
     
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RAMHard DriveOSPower
8GB (8x1GB) DDR2 667 FBDIMM 60GB SSD w/ PCIe SATA 3 controller Windows 7 Ultimate 700W 
Case
modified 1U (desktop conversion) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500K @ 5GHz Asrock Z68 Exteme 3 Gen 3 Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
750GB  Swiftech Apogee GT Danger Den CPX-1 Swiftech MCR220 
CoolingMonitorKeyboardPower
Swiftech Micro Res 23" 1080P Samsung Ducky "OCN Edition" 1008 Antec TruePower New 650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Bitfenix Shinobi XL window Cooler Master Storm Spawn Steel Series QCK+ Kinter MA-160 
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