For Christmas, 2007, I surprised my husband with a Magnavox 32" HDTV from QVC.com . We paid $779.96 on their Easy Pay 4 payment installment plan. Of course it's available now for $100 less and Sams Club was carrying this same model for half the price, but we just couldn't fork out even that amount then.
I had searched for about two months and went to several local stores to check out the picture quality of the tvs they had on display. I knew the entertainment unit we were using had the capacity for a 32" tv, so at the time I could not go any larger. I checked tvs for HD quality and also knew that we wanted at least a 1080i signal because of the clarity in picture quality. I noticed the difference in lower HD tuner signals by standing off to the side while watching the tvs on display and checked them from a distance of 20-30 feet away and from a lower sitting view. The Magnavox always looked more clear to me.
Here are the HDTV specs from the manufacturer:
Includes HDTV, power cord, remote, 2 AAA batteries, stand32" diagonal WXGA active-matrix TFT LCD displayHD tuner: compatible with 480i/480p/720p/1080i signals1366x768 resolution16:9 aspect ratio1200:1 contrast ratio500 cd/m2 brightness8ms response time176-degree viewing angles3-D comb filter3-D MA deinterlacing3:2/2:2 motion pulldown2-D, 3-D noise reductionDynamic contrastAutomatic skin tone correctionProgressive scanScreen format adjustmentsTwo 5W speakersVirtual surround/Dolby Digital soundSAP audioSmart Picture/Sound controlATSC/NTSC/QAM tunerClosed captionParental controlVESA wall mount-compatibleFour audio L/R inputsTwo HDMI, YPbPr, CVBS, S-video inputsPC audio, VGA inputsHeadphone, coaxial digital audio SPDIF audio outputsApproximate measurements: With stand 31-1/8"W x 22-7/8"H x 10"D, weighs 35.2 lbs; Without stand 31-1/8"W x 21-1/2"H x 4-1/8"D; weighs 30.8 lbsUL listed; 1-year parts, 90-day labor Limited Manufacturer's WarrantyMade in China
The remote control for the tv hits the signal from any angle and we are very happy with this purchase. Soon we will be upgrading to a much larger screen and probably hang it on the wall, then this one will go in the living room for my Wii fit and games.
Yes, that's the Wizards of Waverly Place Movie on the tv screen - my hubby likes watching any Disney Channel show.
Update On Mar 31, 2010: My husband has a computer tower behind our tv now and we can watch tons of movies thru our computer and surf the Internet in High Definition! Very cool and great clarity!! When we go larger, I will definitely be looking for another Magnavox.