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Sylvania LC321SSX LCD HDTV Review

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The Sylvania LC321SSX is an inexpensive TV, so you should expect some compromises.

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Value Comparison

The Vizio VW32L is also a 32-inch, 720p LCD with a low price tag. In itself, the TV is uglier, but it's what on the screen that counts, and the Vizio outperforms the Sylvania in most tests. We dislike the meager two HDMI ports on the Vizio, but overall, it's a better buy.

Blacks & Whites

The Sylvania LC321SSX has a much better contrast ratio than the Vizio VW32L, due mainly to the black levels, which were much deeper on the Sylvania.

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Color Accuracy

The Vizio VW32L produced a much better color temperature consistency than the Sylvania LC321SSX (it's hard to do worse, in truth). But the RGB curves were closer in score, indicating that the TVs were equally adept at smoothing out color gradations.



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Motion

The Sylvania LC321SSX showed terrible problems with motion performance, and the Vizio VW32L far exceeds it. Its just a better processor inside, and the results are clear.

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Viewing Effects

The Sylvania LC321SSX and the Vizio VW32L have similar viewing angles of about 48-50 degrees in total (24-25 degrees on each side from center), which is about standard for an LCD television.

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Connectivity

The Sylvania LC321SSX has the bonus of one more HDMI port than the Vizio, but the Vizio includes a VGA port for computer connections. To do the same on the Sylvania, you need a VGA-to-HDMI adapter, then an 1/8th-inch-to-RCA for the audio. Both TVs are pretty light on bonus ports like USB and media card slots.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. VIZIO VW32L Comparison
  14. Samsung LN32B460 Comparison
  15. LG 32LG70 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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