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Old June 14, 2010, 07:39 AM
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Looking for a CHEAP 32" to 37" TV for the garage. Primarily it'll be used to display my CAD drawings and watch the hockey game while I'm working in the shop. I've been eyeing that Dynex from BB... seems to have reasonable reviews on picture quality but crappy sound which is a non-issue since I will have a separate receiver/speakers for working tunes. Contrast ratio seems a little poor too but it will be in a well lit shop so it doesn't matter how good the blacks are. I realize it's only 720p (native resolution of 1366x768) but since the pixel size is a little bigger I might be able to read my CAD dimensions standing 10ft away.

Any opinions/other suggestions?
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Old June 14, 2010, 07:51 AM
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If you have speakers then do not buy a monitor with built in speakers since that money can be put into the screen itself.
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Old June 14, 2010, 08:00 AM
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One of the things you might want to look at is if the TV supports changing the aspect ratio. I picked up a cheap 32" but ended up passing it down to my young lad once I discovered that there was no way to set it for a standard 4:3 image and/or zoom to keep the image proportions without stretching them.
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Old June 14, 2010, 08:32 AM
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I've got a Dynex brand 42" LCD TV, and I couldn't be happier with it. I find the only downside with lower brand TVs are usually a lower amount of inputs (HDMI, component, etc), less settings, and usually a shorter warranty. Other that that, when I walked into Best Buy and compared this to the Bravia 37" that cost $200 more, I was amazed at how little difference there was between them in my eyes. Now, I know neither of them were calibrated for shit, but still, both looked pretty damn comparable in picture. As for speakers, I really don't have a problem with the ones in mine. Sure, as all TV speakers do, they lack bass, but they seem to be pretty clear and can go pretty loud. I've got mine hooked up to my Logitech X-540's however, so I don't use them much.
All in all, I'd say go with that Dynex, there's no need to splurge on a Samsung or Sony if it's not your main TV.
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Old June 14, 2010, 09:12 AM
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I've got a Dynex brand 42" LCD TV, and I couldn't be happier with it. I find the only downside with lower brand TVs are usually a lower amount of inputs (HDMI, component, etc), less settings, and usually a shorter warranty. Other that that, when I walked into Best Buy and compared this to the Bravia 37" that cost $200 more, I was amazed at how little difference there was between them in my eyes. Now, I know neither of them were calibrated for shit, but still, both looked pretty damn comparable in picture. As for speakers, I really don't have a problem with the ones in mine. Sure, as all TV speakers do, they lack bass, but they seem to be pretty clear and can go pretty loud. I've got mine hooked up to my Logitech X-540's however, so I don't use them much.
All in all, I'd say go with that Dynex, there's no need to splurge on a Samsung or Sony if it's not your main TV.
I am totally with lpfan4ever on this one his post sums it up best. i have an insignia but there the same brand dynex/insignia great bank for buck. jmo

Dynex 32" LCD HDTV** (DX-L32-10C) - Future Shop

Dynex 32" LCD HDTV (DX-32L150A11) - Future Shop

Insignia 32" 1080p LCD HDTV** (NS-L322Q-10A) - Future Shop

Dynex 37" 1080p LCD HDTV** (DX-L37-10A) - Future Shop

I plan on grabbing another one for the bedroom this summer i think.
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