Vizio? Sony? Samsung? Want 22-inch LCD

chisueNovember 27, 2010

Returned from Costco with a $200 Vizio 220mv for use in our breakfast room (which is also our lunch and dinner room). This is 1080p LCD with LED border.

Neglected to buy a new HDMI cable, but I doubt that will help the TINNY sound. I think this will go back to Costco for that reason.

We have had Sony TV's 'forever' and like our Sony KDL40EXB, purchased from Abt in September. However, this brand and type seems very expensive in the 22-inch size. We could go slightly larger, but the room is only about 13 X 13 and the buffet where it stands is small; no wall-mounting please.

I have read that there is a glut of LCD screens and that TV prices will plummet. Have they already? Will they?

Any advice on brands and pricing? Something that SOUNDS good? We use this TV for news, etc. while at table.

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All the new flat panel TVs have lousy sound, mainly because there's no room in the chassis for better speakers.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2010 at 6:06PM
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sushipup -- Ah, that's probably what we're noticing. The Sony 'skinny' is hooked into our surround sound, so of course it sounds great! I wonder if there's a 'fix' for the small screen -- a 'sound add-on'?

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 2:57PM
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Our little fix is a Bose system with 2 very small speakers and a sub-woofer for about $600. You an get cheaper sound bars for less, but we tried one and it didn't sound great. We were not concerned with massive theater-quality sound, but there's very little in between.

I wonder if computer speakers would work?

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 3:30PM
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Hi again. (I don't know whether to address you as Sushi or Pup! Or perhaps you have a discriminating dog? LOL)

Thanks for the Bose tip. I guess we could put the 'works' in the bottom of the buffet where the DirecTV gizmo is located.

Do you have a small-screen TV or are you speaking of your main viewing TV? We watch anything important on the larger-screen Sony. (By 'important' I mean Tea Time Matinee when we view programs we've recorded or DVD's of cozy British mysteries! LOL)

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 6:04PM
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No, it's a 47" LG. Sounds lousy. So does the 37" Panasonic in the other room, but we use that very little.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 8:39PM
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There are a few unusual things that can make smaller thin profile TV speakers sound even worse than normal.

Some speakers seem to need a break in period so leave the TV sound on for extended periods over a couple of weeks.

Check to see if there is a sound equalizer multi adjustment available via your TV remote. Sometimes this feature will be present but not covered very well in the manual.

Cable signal connections may cause problems. The sound from one of my smaller LCD TVs improved somewhat after a two way splitter tap off for cable internet was installed on the line going to its cable box.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 2:50PM
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laat2 -- Thanks for the tips!

I'm hoping our DS will be here next week to help me. I'll pass on the idea about the splitter and sound adjustment potential. I'm not sure if the sound has improved with use or if I'm just becoming resigned to it. (sigh) Still dissatisfied with the picture.

I've realized that this is connected to our old DirecTV box and dish -- no HD, so I guess an HDMI cable *couldn't* make a difference.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 6:08PM
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Chisue, I came *that* close to buying the Visio 26" over the Black Friday for $200, since my 23 year old LXI is starting to have tuner problems (what a great set it has been!). I decided to make do with my daughter's old 19" for a while. Glad to see your comments. I had read that the Vizios had tinny sound in several reviews.

Plus I just grit my teeth at the thought that the new set will probably only last 5-10 years. Well, I need to remind myself that the new sets are proportionally much cheaper to buy, too---I paid $199 for that LXI in 1987 and it was a fab bargain at that price.

CR rates JVC and Sony as the most reliable in the larger sizes, and Sanyo as a best buy. Unfortunately as has always been the case, they don't really look at the smaller and less expensive models.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 9:43PM
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