First of all, Sony is not in my list at all. For the past 10 years, I had enough trouble with Sony's product. Except the TV I just gave away, none of the Sony products I owned can last more than 2 years. Sony's technical support is the worst in the industry. Yes, their products really look great but the quality is very bad inside. They really don't know what they are doing right now.
So, what is my requirement with the LCD TV? Here is my list:
- 27-32" in Size
- High Contrast Ratio
- 2+ HDMI Inputs
- 2+ Component Inputs
- 720p is enough (I don't plan to watch HD-DVD/Blue-Ray in my bedroom)
- Cheap (Around US$1000)
- Bad contrast ratio (max 2000:1)
- Only 1 input for each connector (HDMI, Component, Composite)
- Ugly outlooking (OK, it's not in my requirement)
My next question is... Who makes the best LCD TV now? On my list, they are Samsung, Philips, and Panasonic. Samsung is on the top of my list. This Korean brand makes awesome gadgets and appliances for the past 10 years. They have great design, good quality, and fair price. I know my 20" Dell LCD Monitor is using the Samsung panel (so does my 20" Apple Cinema Display).
After some researches, I locked @ Samsung LN-T3253H and Samsung LN-T3242H. Fry's is selling the LN-T3242H for US$1099 while LN-T3253H for US$1129 (just US$30 difference). You may ask, what are the difference? There are 2 major differences. T3253H's speakers are at the bottom instead on the side (save space) and LN-T3253H has USB input so you can plug in USB thumbdriver or hard drive for music and photo. Also, LN-T3253H can use the USB input for firmware upgrade!!!
I also find out Fry's has free shipping for LN-T3253H!!! So end up LN-T3253H is cheaper than it's lower model LN-T3242H. I placed the order immediately and the total price is US$1230.14 (including recycle tax and state tax).
After 4 hours, Fry's sent me email and told me the TV has been shipped. The carrier is US Postal Service via DHL. My heart sinked immediately.
(To be continue...)