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Old 07-05-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Phillips 32" FD TV

Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

When my parents recently purchased a plasma TV for their home, my husband and I decided it was time to replace our own tube television set that had been emitting a high pitched noise for some time and had difficulty changing the channels. It was several years old, and because it still worked, we had not bothered to replace it, though we decided to donate it and look for a better model. Having already helped my parents price televisions at Best Buy, we were already somewhat familiar with the various units' features and prices, and thus we were easily able to settle on a Phillips 32" FD unit. We chose Plasma over LCD mostly due to the picture quality between the two. Plasma is far superior to those with sharp eyes.

The model we chose sold for about $1,900, with an optional $40 service plan for two years offered by Best Buy on top of the manufacturer's warranty. As far as the price, it is slightly higher on the scale than other plasma models, which sell for around $1,200 although this model came with some extra features. These types of units with an LCD 32" screen usually sell for around $200-$300. It has a built in DVD player, which helps eliminate clutter from multiple units on the entertainment center, and it can read regular DVDs as well as DVD-R and CD-R discs. The unit can view JPEG documents and features Dolby Digital speakers, which sound really good with surround sound setups. The unit comes with a table stand, hookup cables, a remote with batteries and an owner's manual.

The television sports a 3000:1 contrast and 720p resolution, which is a very sharp picture. It also comes with a variety of inputs, component, composite, PC and audio inputs, most located in the rear and out of the way. The PC input allows for users to watch video from their PCs on the television, such as Hulu and YouTube. There is a USB port for connection of a camera and other USB devices, giving possibility to the ability to handle such video storage devices as Apple TV.

The unit is slim and a bit more lightweight than tube units, although still somewhat heavy to maneuver into place. It does not take up as much space with its slim design and the screen does not put off as much heat as a tube television. Although we've only had it for a few weeks, we are quite impressed with it. Our only complaint is that the menus are a bit confusing to navigate. This unit has been on the market for about a year and a half and is on par with current technology.

Review by professional reviewer, Sep. 1, 2010
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