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Vizio VW32L LCD HDTV Review

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The Vizio VW32L is a simple television with simple ambitions.

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Value Comparison

The Insignia NA-LDVD32Q-10A (just rolls off the tongue, hmm?) has a built-in standard def DVD player, which is a feature that sets is apart from similarly priced units. The performance is so-so, except for the abysmal viewing angle.

Blacks & Whites

The Insignia NA-LDVD32Q-10A rolled over the Vizio in this set of tests. It's blacks were much blacker, and its whites were brighter. It follows, then, that the contrast ratio is also much wider than the Vizio.

Contrast Chart
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Color Accuracy

The Vizio showed a small advantage in color performance versus the Insignia. The Vizio's color temperature consistency was better, and its RGB color curves were a little more even. Also, the Vizio matched up better with the rec. 709 color standard.

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Motion

The Insignia showed smoother motion, but suffered from bad artifacting.

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Viewing Effects

The Insignia's viewing angle is bad, even for an LCD television, measuring only 9 degrees from center in either direction (18 degrees total). We weren't that impressed with the Vizio's 25 degrees (49 degrees total), but it's sure better than the Insignia.

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Connectivity

The Insignia definitely has a wider array of ports and connections, with 1 additional HDMI, 1 additional composite video, an S-Video, 3 additional analog audio inputs, an analog audio output, and a built-in DVD player. This last feature is, of course, the thing that sets the Insignia apart from most TVs. Either you need a built-in DVD player or you don't.

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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. Samsung LN32B460 Comparison
  14. Insignia NS-LDVD32Q-10A Comparison
  15. Memorex MLT3221 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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