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32" TV - Sony vs Samsung

Hi all,

I am limited by the size of the TV i can buy (due to allocated space - *sob sob*), and am planning on upgrading my 32" TV. I have narrowed it down to 2 options: 

1. SONY BRAVIA KDL32WD603
2. Samsung UE32K5500 32" Smart TV - Black

I am leaning toward the Samsung as it offers full HD & 3x hdmi, but the Sony is a category award winner on here... Thus my dilemma. May i ask for some advice on which I should buy, and/or is there a better alternative i'm missing? 

Any help greatly recieved, and many thanks in advance. 
J.

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That Sony is a category best

That Sony is a category best buy because What Hi Fi? haven't reviewed this Samsung. The Samsung 5 series is an excellent buy. Demo both & see which one you prefer.

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32 inch 4K televisions

I'm not condsidering upgrading my Samsung 32 inch full HD TV yet, given what 4K content is currently available, but out of interest, do any of the big electronic firms have 32 inch ultra high defintion TVs in the pipeline, that perhaps will support HDR? The smallest 4K resolution screen size I'm aware of is 40 inches.

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Unless you're sitting within

Unless you're sitting within 3 feet from your 32 inch TV, you don't need 4K.

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32 inch 4K TV

I don't suppose if any 32 inch 4K TVs do eventually come on to the market, if any are likely to offer 3D support. As I gather that there are no plans at present for any 3D ultra HD blu-ray releases, would any such TVs allow for viewing of the current 3D blu-ray format.

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3D Ultra HD

Is there any likelyhood of a 4K 3D format at some stage in the future, or will ultra high definiton content remain in 2D?

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Chris1725 wrote:

Chris1725 wrote:

Is there any likelyhood of a 4K 3D format at some stage in the future, or will ultra high definiton content remain in 2D?

It's going to remain 2D for 4k, 3D is being killed off.

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3D is still here

That is a shame if its true, that 3D is on the way out, as it looks fantastic and takes the viewing experience to a whole new level. I thought there were some 4K TVs currently on the market that support Full HD 3D. 3D is still here though, as there have been a number of new titles incluidng the Peanuts Movie and Stephen Spielberg's adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic The BFG, that have been recently releaed on 3D blu-ray. In addition there is some 3D content to be found on youtube, including excerpts from a number of Wimbledon tennis matches and several editions of the BBC's popular. Saturday evening show Strictly Come Dancing. It'll be interesting to see what the future holds for 3D.

Regarding the original query, high defintion content, partiularly 2D blu-ray titles, look especially great on a full HD screen, as an HD ready TV will have to downscale most high definition material to fit the lower resolution, resulting in a picture quality that is a bit less detailed than Full HD. Anyone looking for a 32 inch TV who plans to watch mostly high definition content, should in my opinion opt for a Full HD screen, and while I don't believe though that there are any 32 inch 4K ultra HD TVs currently on the market, all 4K screens will upconvert any HD or standard definition sources to the higher resolution.

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Not sure if I have

Not sure if I have misunderstood you, but upscaling / upconverting DOES NOT mean better quality. It simply means that complex algorithms multiply 1080p image pixels by 4 to fill the 4K screen. That's all.

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Wasn't suggesting

While I haven't seen what any high definition, or even standard definition content looks like on a 4K TV, I wasn't suggesting that a 4K ultra HD screen would noticeably improve the picutre qualiry of lower resolution material. I was pointing out that I don't believe there are any 32 inch TVs currently available with a higer than full HD resolution, and that anyone consering getting a ultra HD TV with this screen size, will have to wait to see if any 32 inch 4K models hit the maret, as I'm not aware of any currently in the pipeline.

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If you're not sitting up

If you're not sitting up close to the 32 inch TV, I think you won't notice any difference between 4K and Full HD. Also streamed 4K has lower bitrates, so you will hardly notice the difference. And most 4K Blu Rays are upscaled 2K content, because the movies are shot in 4K but the post production was made in 2K, so they have to upscale the edited content. 

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