|Panasonic TC-32LX20 LCD HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Monday, 01 November 2004|
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The TC-32LX20 comes with an attached speaker system and internal amplification and surround signal processing. The comparably sized and priced Sharp Aquos LCD has detachable speakers. The edge goes to the Sharp, as its detachable speakers make for a sleeker and more streamlined installation in applications where you plan to have an upgraded external surround system.
The TC-32LX20 has a reported 500:1 contrast ratio, amongst the lowest contrast of any display of any kind I have encountered. This will make your black features appear less than the darkest black. In a comparison between the TC-32LX20 Sharp Aquos LC-32G4U at a reported 800:1, the Sharp’s improved contrast was noticeably better. However, it must also be stated that even the Sharp’s 800:1 contrast failed to make black information much more than a darker shade of gray.
As you walk through your local TV retailer, there are many flat displays to choose from. You will also notice that the quality of their pictures are improving. Do the LCDs offer better quality and better value than plasmas? That is for you to decide. When you look at comparable resolutions, the LCDs are often more expensive, yet they look better to me and are more reliable than plasmas. They don’t have the same issues of degradation over time and phosphor burn-in. However, plasma displays are available in much larger sizes. As I compare the Panasonic TC-32LX20 to the Sharps and Sonys, I found the Panasonic had an equally good picture with varied features. The right display for you is the one that best fits your needs. The Panasonic TC-32LX20 would not be my first choice in LCDs, but whether it is yours is for your eyes and wallets to decide. One thing is sure: it is very cool and has a fantastic picture.