When it comes to buying an HDTV it’s a very subjective experience, what is good to some is not to others. Many people think that the more you pay for something the better it has to be, but that’s not always true. Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s good that for sure, it just means it costs a lot. In the economy we have now many people aren’t willing to spend thousands of dollars for something like a TV anymore, so more and more inexpensive sets are showing up on the market. Is that a good thing? Well it all depends on what you think is good in terms of sound and picture quality.
Today for review I’ve got a very inexpensive HDTV from Dynex, it’s 32” Class in size and it offers 720P resolution and the price is below $300. Hard to believe you can get an HDTV that size for so little isn’t it? The Dynex is what you might call a barebones HDTV, meaning that it’s very limited in what it can do and what types of ports and the number or ports you have to work with.
Personally I don’t think this HDTV is that good, but my wife and children think it is and they’re the ones who are going to be viewing it the most. If they’re happy does it really matter what I think in the end?
It’s a rather large HDTV so it comes in a big box as you might expect, and it’s packaged well.
In the accessory bag you’ll find the remote, screws for the stand, A/V cables, remote, batteries and documentation.
The remote is fairly basic but so is the TV. It works for what it needs to do. I do like the fact that there is a input button and buttons to individually choose the inputs.
The TV does come with a rather large stand that requires the screws seen above to attach it. I have to say the process of attaching the stand to the TV is not an easy one. You have to get the screws down inside the stand and attach it to the TV, sounds easy but it’s not at all. It was just not designed very well at all.
The TV has a glossy, piano black finish to it so it looks nice. It has a thin profile and for its size I have to say it’s rather lightweight, at least lighter than I thought it would be.
On the back you’ll find mounting holes for a wall bracket and the connection panel, along with the power cord of course.
On the back panel you’ll find two HDMI connections, one VGA input, a USB port for service, one component connection, one composite, a coax connection and a SPIDF connector. As you can see there really isn’t much there in terms of inputs, so you may have to get some kind of switch or expander box if you have more things to connect.
You can control the TV with the remote, but on the side you’ll find buttons for Menu, Input, Volume, Channel and Power. You can see the serial number there, so I blacked it out
-31-1/2" screen measured diagonally from corner to corner: For optimal viewing in medium-size rooms.
-3000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m² brightness: For an arresting viewing experience.
-Supports 720p signals: For stunning image clarity.
-Two 6W speakers: With simulated surround sound and a sound leveler for a lush soundscape.
-Inputs: Include 1 composite (rear), 1 component video (rear), 2 HDMI (rear), 1 PC VGA (rear), 1 PC audio (rear), 1 RF (rear) and 1 headphone jack (back).
-Outputs: Include 1 coaxial digital (rear).
-2 HDMI inputs
-PC video input: Lets you connect your computer to experience high-resolution images
-USB service port: For firmware and service updates.
-Useful additional features: Include a V-chip and sleep timer.
Sound Leveler : Yes
Media Card Slot: No
HDMI Inputs: 2
Channel Labeling: No
PC Inputs: 1
Mount Bracket/VESA Pattern: 200mm x 200mm
Screen Size Class: 32"
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Vertical Resolution: 720p
Screen Size (Measured Diagonally): 31-1/2"
Screen Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Composite Inputs: 1
TV Type LCD Flat-Panel
Simulated Surround: Yes
Maximum Resolution: 1366 x 768
Brightness: 300 cd/m²
RF Antenna Input: 1
Language Options: English, French, Spanish
Power Consumption (watts) Stand-by: <1
Remote Control Type: Standard
Speaker Output Power: 12W
Power Consumption (watts) Power On: 117
Component Video Inputs: 1
Headphone Jacks: Yes
Sleep Timer : Yes
Audio Outputs: 1
Warranty Parts: 1 year
Warranty Labor: 1 year
This TV is primarily being used for my kids, watching TV, playing Xbox360, Wii and PS2. I also gave them my old blu-ray player to use with it as I got a new one a little bit ago.
As I mentioned they like it, they think it’s just amazing. Before this they were using a 19” 720P HDTV, so bigger is better to them as you might expect.
I personally don’t care for it at all as the picture quality is a bit underwhelming I think. I have Verizon FIOS and have the box hooked up via HDMI, and even HD channels just don’t seem very clear or as sharp as they should be. The only way I can describe it is they seem pixellated actually, and have a fuzzy appearance instead of clear and crisp as HD should be. It could be because it’s only a 60hz TV, and it could just be that it’s a cheap TV and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Either way I don’t like it but everybody else does and I don’t use it so as long as they’re happy then I guess all is well in my little world.
Here’s a few sample pictures I took of TV and from the Wii. The Wii actually looks good.
The next thing is the sound, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. It does have a simulated surround sound that actually does sort of work. There is a noticeable difference when using it though as opposed to just stereo sound. The speakers can get nice and loud and not too distorted at loud levels. They do though sound a bit thin, they don’t exactly offer a full sound experience.
The menu options are a bit sparse but the basic stuff is there.
When you push the input button a smaller menu pops up in the bottom left corner and you can use the directional pad to select the input. As I mentioned earlier you can also use the labeled input buttons instead.
One of the best things about this TV is the price, under $300 for a 32” HDTV isn’t bad at all, but you get what you pay for.
The Dynex 32” Class 720P LCD HDTV is inexpensive yes, and it might work well as a secondary TV in a bedroom if you aren’t too particular about having a perfect picture.
The picture quality isn’t the greatest at all, but the old adage you get what you pay for really applies here. When it comes to an HDTV you don’t want to skimp on cost, or name brand for that matter I think.
I don’t think you’ll find a lower price for an HDTV of this size, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.
As I said in the beginning, an HDTV is a subjective experience for sure, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. If you’re happy with it then I guess that’s what matters most.
+Easy to use remote
+Not bad for the price, but it depends what you’re looking for
-Stand can be difficult to attach
-Rather thin sounding
-Picture quality could be better
-Limited viewing angle
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