Product Review: Samsung LN-T3242H 32″ LCD TV Set


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For the past two years, I’ve been telling myself I should be getting one of those nice, flat (and expensive!) LCD television set, but it seems that the time was never exactly right… until now.

Early last week, while browsing around the mall with my wife and our brand new daughter, I decided to stop at my local Future Shop and see what the LCD screen market had to offer at this point, and that’s when I stopped my eyes on this beauty: the Samsung LN-T3242H LCD TV (Please note that this model has been replaced by the LN32A450. This new model has a contrast ratio of 10000:1).

Samsung LN-T3242H

The LN-T3242H features a 32-inch wide screen (perfect size for a living room), a 7000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, an eight millisecond response time, three HDMI inputs and two side speakers. Compared to Samsung’s previous 32-inch LCD screen, this new model has everything someone looking for a new TV set (or in my case, not looking!) could wish for.

Here is a quick chart listing its basic features:

Panel Type: LCD
TV System: NTSC, ATSC
Audio Power: 10W X 2
Max Resolution: 720p
Contrast Ratio: 7000:1
Response Time: 8 ms
Viewing Angle: 170°
Video Enhancer: DNIe
Sound Enhancer: SRS TruSurroundXT
HDMI Inputs: 3 (1 side / 2 rear)
Component Inputs: 2 (1 side / 1 rear)
S-Video Input: 2 (1 side/1 rear)
A/V Input: 2 (1 side/1 rear)
VGA Input: 1
RF In: 1
Headphone jack: 1
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year, parts and labor

LN-T3242H rear view

The LN-T3242H really looks fabulous and will enhance any décor quite well. When you first set it up and tune into a source that provides an HD signal, I can guarantee it will stun you with vibrant colors and crisp picture. It’s definitely worth a look if you are currently shopping for a new TV to grace your living room.

And at $999 USD (Amazon.com has it for $599 + free shipping! Please note that this links to the new model: the LN32A450 or LN32A450C, which has a contrast ratio of 10000:1 ), it can be considered an excellent value. The only negative thing I could say about it is that since the screen is glossy black, it collects dust quite easily. But then again, we all know that black things always seem to get dirty faster then anything else, so who cares, right? What counts is that when it’s clean, it looks absolutely gorgeous. Before purchasing it, I compared the LN-T3242H with Sharp’s newest 32 inch, 1080p LCD, and I really couldn’t see any difference in picture quality. At 32 inches, a screen with a resolution of 1080p will not look noticeably better than a 720p one, at least not to my eyes.

Don’t forget that most of the time, stores can bring down their displayed price if you ask for it, especially if you aren’t planning to finance the item. If they don’t want to lower their price, they’ll often throw in a few extras to make you feel like you had a great deal, such as cables or an HDTV tuner.

Pros:

  • 7000:1 ratio
  • 720p HDTV
  • Simple menu system
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Provides enough connectivity for all your future needs

Cons:

  • Collects dust easily

Edit: As promised, here are pictures of the back, side ports and another one of the TV turned on (looks crappy because of the flash).

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162 Responses to Product Review: Samsung LN-T3242H 32″ LCD TV Set

  1. Thanks for the great review. I'm actually in the market for a new tv at the moment. I'll take a look at this one when I go shopping. :)

    • Just got it from DataVision for $707 plus $30 shipping, I think I did ok for the LN-T3242H. If I hook it up to my external antennae instead of a digital hd receiver, can I still get hd signals? Live in Chicago area.

      • yes, this model has a built-in hd tuner, so you can just hook it up to your hd-ready antenna and its ready to go.

  2. Thanks for the great review. I’m actually in the market for a new tv at the moment. I’ll take a look at this one when I go shopping. :)

  3. I recently purchased the 32" LN-S3238D from Wal-Mart for $897. It is excellent. I don't know the difference between the two, but I wouldn't pay $100 for one extra HDMI port.

    Wal-Mart link

    • Well, the contrast ratio is also *ALOT* better at 7000:1, causing the colors to be more vibrant…. the blacks are alot blacker, and the white, whiter :)

      Trust me, there's a huge difference :)

  4. Well, the contrast ratio is also *ALOT* better at 7000:1, causing the colors to be more vibrant…. the blacks are alot blacker, and the white, whiter :)

    Trust me, there’s a huge difference :)

  5. Great review, I too am thinking of getting this TV after working some this summer. Could you post some more pictures, like from the side, full back, and the side ports? I would really appreciate it, and just for fun how about a picture of it on?

    After looking through lists of tech specs I truly think this TV has the most bang for your buck, quality, ports and size.

    Lastly it is not just NTSC, it is also ATSC.

    • Sure, I'll do it today… They'll be up tonight!

      And yes, I also think that this is one of the best TV you can get for the price…

  6. Great review, I too am thinking of getting this TV after working some this summer. Could you post some more pictures, like from the side, full back, and the side ports? I would really appreciate it, and just for fun how about a picture of it on?

    After looking through lists of tech specs I truly think this TV has the most bang for your buck, quality, ports and size.

    Lastly it is not just NTSC, it is also ATSC.

    • Sure, I’ll do it today… They’ll be up tonight!

      And yes, I also think that this is one of the best TV you can get for the price…

  7. Thanks so much!

    The picture of it on is amazing! Usually TV's photograph so bad, but those blacks are BLACK.

    You are one lucky guy.

    • Yeah, I was struggling between choosing this one and Sharp's newest 1080p LCD, the AQUOS LC32D62U… but I'm happy with my choice since it made me save 400 bucks :)

      • U hv done a mistake sharp lcd panels are much better than samsung lcd tv other wise sony is the world leader in lcd panel's colour gradiation

  8. Thanks so much!

    The picture of it on is amazing! Usually TV’s photograph so bad, but those blacks are BLACK.

    You are one lucky guy.

    • Yeah, I was struggling between choosing this one and Sharp’s newest 1080p LCD, the AQUOS LC32D62U… but I’m happy with my choice since it made me save 400 bucks :)

      • U hv done a mistake sharp lcd panels are much better than samsung lcd tv other wise sony is the world leader in lcd panel’s colour gradiation

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  10. I could us a 32" set — even though the wife would probably prefer a 23" taupe-coloured Samsung. But I am not quite sure what to do.

    * The Samsung sure seems bright an black and detailed… but..

    * I am used to low def and soft pastel colors of a Magnavox 32"(4:3).

    I A-B'ed the Samsung with a Toshiba Regza 32somecode86 (800:1 contrast). There was no contest as the Sammie was hands down winner re off-center brightness and range of colors. Furhermore on images of Cityscapes, while foreground detail was quite excellent on both models, the Sammie's background detail (many small buildings) was more closely "related" to the foreground than the Toshiba's. Here the Toshiba was soft, and suggested depth of field fall off that one normally associates with a camera lens. (I am a digital photographer.)

    On close, I was not sure which image rendering I would prefer to live with. Indeed, at night I might not like the bright Samsung.

    I should say also mention that I owned a Sony years ago, and much preferred my Magnavox's color rendition — even if it lacks black.

    ________

    PS: As for the big sets, my impression is that they enable you to explore elements within the larger image — like the face of an actor — rather than just his/her overall body within the scene. Even so, I suspect that some of the excitement that comes with such will "wear off".

    ________

    How lucky we are to have such toys !

    Thanks for the review and soap boax.

    Happyhow.

  11. I could us a 32″ set — even though the wife would probably prefer a 23″ taupe-coloured Samsung. But I am not quite sure what to do.

    * The Samsung sure seems bright an black and detailed… but..
    * I am used to low def and soft pastel colors of a Magnavox 32″(4:3).

    I A-B’ed the Samsung with a Toshiba Regza 32somecode86 (800:1 contrast). There was no contest as the Sammie was hands down winner re off-center brightness and range of colors. Furhermore on images of Cityscapes, while foreground detail was quite excellent on both models, the Sammie’s background detail (many small buildings) was more closely “related” to the foreground than the Toshiba’s. Here the Toshiba was soft, and suggested depth of field fall off that one normally associates with a camera lens. (I am a digital photographer.)

    On close, I was not sure which image rendering I would prefer to live with. Indeed, at night I might not like the bright Samsung.

    I should say also mention that I owned a Sony years ago, and much preferred my Magnavox’s color rendition — even if it lacks black.

    ________

    PS: As for the big sets, my impression is that they enable you to explore elements within the larger image — like the face of an actor — rather than just his/her overall body within the scene. Even so, I suspect that some of the excitement that comes with such will “wear off”.

    ________

    How lucky we are to have such toys !

    Thanks for the review and soap boax.

    Happyhow.

  12. This TV is really fabulous. The picture is wonderful with HD or analog source. But, I have a problem about setting remote control for BellExpessVu box and DVD with TV remote control. I tried recommended codes in manual. But, no luck. Have anyone same experience on this TV remote control?

    • Hello PY. Yes, it is fabulous :)

      Personally, I'm with Videotron, using their illico high definition terminal and have not encountered any problems related to the remote. Let's hope someone who has the answer ends up on here :)

  13. Hello PY. Yes, it is fabulous :)

    Personally, I’m with Videotron, using their illico high definition terminal and have not encountered any problems related to the remote. Let’s hope someone who has the answer ends up on here :)

  14. I'm also the proud owner of this LCD screen, and I must say that I'm more than pleased with it..

    I used to have it connected to a pace htdv terminal, but unfortunately, the HDMI ports were not working and probably broken on it.. (I heard tons of people were experiencing the same thing with PACE terminals).. sometimes, your htdv company can flash the terminal to fix the problem, but most of the time, they have to replace the unit.. Anyways, I'm not using it anymore. I now use a motorola high definition box and it works fine… I was with Rogers before, but now that I moved, I'm with Shaw.

  15. Sharp Aquos, Panasonic Viera , Sony Bravia or Toshiba Regza, I'm sure new generation LCD screens will all look fabulous, at least that's my opinion! Heard about a new LCD panel technology that will permit to display an image with a contrast of 10000:1, 15000:1 and even 50000:1

    But for now, I have to admit, the new Samsung models all look insanely sweet.

  16. Sharp Aquos, Panasonic Viera , Sony Bravia or Toshiba Regza, I’m sure new generation LCD screens will all look fabulous, at least that’s my opinion! Heard about a new LCD panel technology that will permit to display an image with a contrast of 10000:1, 15000:1 and even 50000:1

    But for now, I have to admit, the new Samsung models all look insanely sweet.

  17. I am interested in this tv ,all i have is basic cable now are you saying I need to get new cables and a box for this tv? Do any LCD HDtv's come with the integrated into the tv?

    • No, basic cable works fine, but unfortunately, you won't get an HD picture with this, and if you never watched High Definition Television, you really don't know what you are misssing :)

      You would need to contact your cable provider to see what it has to offer HD wise..

  18. I am interested in this tv ,all i have is basic cable now are you saying I need to get new cables and a box for this tv? Do any LCD HDtv’s come with the integrated into the tv?

    • No, basic cable works fine, but unfortunately, you won’t get an HD picture with this, and if you never watched High Definition Television, you really don’t know what you are misssing :)

      You would need to contact your cable provider to see what it has to offer HD wise..

  19. i am thinking of getting this…i wonder if you could hook up a macbook to it, and if so, would the picture and res look good. what would be the best way to do this? would it be vga or dvi-hdmi? any input would be great. thanks

    • Yeah, it will work fine. If you look at the picture I've attached to the post, there's a VGA port in the back of the unit. Please note that the maximum resolution of the ln-t3242h is 1366 x 768.

  20. i am thinking of getting this…i wonder if you could hook up a macbook to it, and if so, would the picture and res look good. what would be the best way to do this? would it be vga or dvi-hdmi? any input would be great. thanks

    • Yeah, it will work fine. If you look at the picture I’ve attached to the post, there’s a VGA port in the back of the unit. Please note that the maximum resolution of the ln-t3242h is 1366 x 768.

  21. Hey man nice review, i have been looking around right now to buy a HDTV for my room. I went into future shop and i was looking at some tvs. The one guy working there told me to take a look at this one samsung that was on sale. I took one look at it i was like WOW. It's still on sale and i am going to buy it it 2 weeks.

    • Just be sure it's the latest model first though!

      I've seen stores boost the price of the old model, and then displaying a 25% reduction sticker on top of it, bringing the price to the same thing as the new model..

  22. Hey man nice review, i have been looking around right now to buy a HDTV for my room. I went into future shop and i was looking at some tvs. The one guy working there told me to take a look at this one samsung that was on sale. I took one look at it i was like WOW. It’s still on sale and i am going to buy it it 2 weeks.

    • Just be sure it’s the latest model first though!

      I’ve seen stores boost the price of the old model, and then displaying a 25% reduction sticker on top of it, bringing the price to the same thing as the new model..

  23. How does SD TV look? I've heard that it can look grainy or even worse than a typical older TV … but on a 32" HDTV, does it look allright?

    • Hi Sam,

      Well, since the Samsung has a DNIe chip that enhance standard signals, the picture looks fine… It looks a bit strange a first, but you quickly get used to it.

  24. How does SD TV look? I’ve heard that it can look grainy or even worse than a typical older TV … but on a 32″ HDTV, does it look allright?

    • Hi Sam,

      Well, since the Samsung has a DNIe chip that enhance standard signals, the picture looks fine… It looks a bit strange a first, but you quickly get used to it.

  25. The one other question I had as well was regarding motion sequences. I keep hearing LCDs lack in quality motion sequences, often causing blurring. But I've also read that newer LCDs don't normally have this problem. How's yours?

    • No blurring at all.. I listened to a few hockey games on it, as well as action movie, and haven't experienced this. the LN-T3242H has a 8ms response time… old LCD tv sets used to have responsive time that were more then 20 ms..

      the newest 1080p sharp aquos has a 6ms response time… but is a lot more expensive than this one..

      1080 p is really overkill on a 32" screen… I don't think it's really worth it to invest more money just to get "the latest and greatest".

      If you look at the shopping widget I installed on the post, there's one online shop that sells the samsung for $828 (Prices changes all the time, but generaly, prices should go down with time)

      Cheers!

  26. The one other question I had as well was regarding motion sequences. I keep hearing LCDs lack in quality motion sequences, often causing blurring. But I’ve also read that newer LCDs don’t normally have this problem. How’s yours?

    • No blurring at all.. I listened to a few hockey games on it, as well as action movie, and haven’t experienced this. the LN-T3242H has a 8ms response time… old LCD tv sets used to have responsive time that were more then 20 ms..

      the newest 1080p sharp aquos has a 6ms response time… but is a lot more expensive than this one..

      1080 p is really overkill on a 32″ screen… I don’t think it’s really worth it to invest more money just to get “the latest and greatest”.

      If you look at the shopping widget I installed on the post, there’s one online shop that sells the samsung for $828 (Prices changes all the time, but generaly, prices should go down with time)

      Cheers!

  27. ok i will be buying this tv next week (CANT WAIT!!!) but i got one question before i buy it the guy at future shop told me it had this feature called GAME MODE and you turn on this switch and the picture goes clearer but some people told me to watch out for stuff like that expeically when i will be mostly using this tv for video gaming xbox 360!!!. I would just liek to know how good the game mode feature is and if it's good?

    • David: I heard it was nice, but I never used it myself, so I can't really tell you if it will make a difference or not. Sorry :)

      I still have my original Xbox plugged in the basement on my old CRT screen :)

  28. ok i will be buying this tv next week (CANT WAIT!!!) but i got one question before i buy it the guy at future shop told me it had this feature called GAME MODE and you turn on this switch and the picture goes clearer but some people told me to watch out for stuff like that expeically when i will be mostly using this tv for video gaming xbox 360!!!. I would just liek to know how good the game mode feature is and if it’s good?

    • David: I heard it was nice, but I never used it myself, so I can’t really tell you if it will make a difference or not. Sorry :)

      I still have my original Xbox plugged in the basement on my old CRT screen :)

  29. To all who have bought this TV:

    I am considering this model. At first I was looking at the 3253H, with the cool blue light on the bottom. But after reading many user comments, it seems to have an audio dropout problem when hooked up with an HDMI cable. Does the 3242 have this same problem?

  30. To all who have bought this TV:
    I am considering this model. At first I was looking at the 3253H, with the cool blue light on the bottom. But after reading many user comments, it seems to have an audio dropout problem when hooked up with an HDMI cable. Does the 3242 have this same problem?

  31. Thanks for the effort you put into this review. We are currently in the market for a new TV and are considering this model. We also appreciate the pics.

  32. Thanks for the effort you put into this review. We are currently in the market for a new TV and are considering this model. We also appreciate the pics.

  33. hey i'm back i just bought this tv on the weekend at future shop and i got the right model and i gotta say it's one amazing tv. My 360 looks amazing and the channels in HD are nuts, i watched a baseball game and it blew my mind very happy with this buy. I now would like to get the xbox 360 HD-DVD player and get to some movie watching in HD. thanks for all the reviews it helped me alot in choosing this tv. I was struggling in choosing this one and the new model with the blue light at the bottom. Both were pretty much the same but it was $200 dollers more so i decided to go with the cheaper one and i say its great and i made a great decision.

  34. hey i’m back i just bought this tv on the weekend at future shop and i got the right model and i gotta say it’s one amazing tv. My 360 looks amazing and the channels in HD are nuts, i watched a baseball game and it blew my mind very happy with this buy. I now would like to get the xbox 360 HD-DVD player and get to some movie watching in HD. thanks for all the reviews it helped me alot in choosing this tv. I was struggling in choosing this one and the new model with the blue light at the bottom. Both were pretty much the same but it was $200 dollers more so i decided to go with the cheaper one and i say its great and i made a great decision.

  35. David: Glad I could help.. I'll probably get my hands on an xbox 360 before the end of the year… can't wait to try it on the new tv :)

    Most HD sports channels look amazing, a lot more then other, traditional channel.

  36. David: Glad I could help.. I’ll probably get my hands on an xbox 360 before the end of the year… can’t wait to try it on the new tv :)

    Most HD sports channels look amazing, a lot more then other, traditional channel.

  37. Hi everyone…I need some help. I have not yet purchased an LCD tv and need to get a new tv for my elderly mother as she moves into a new apartment. The apartment comes with one year of free Comcast extended basic cable (to take advantage of the freebie there would be no digital cable box, just the set hooked directly to the cable). Could you help me with two questions? (1) I understand the set will not be getting the HD digital signal…will the image be stretched and not look like the proper apect ratio (is the normal analog picture stretched to fit the wider screen?), and (2) will this set work properly just hooking it up directly to the Comcast cable without a digital box…(is there anything else I should be aware of with this limited setup?)

    Thanks, Steve J.

  38. Hi everyone…I need some help. I have not yet purchased an LCD tv and need to get a new tv for my elderly mother as she moves into a new apartment. The apartment comes with one year of free Comcast extended basic cable (to take advantage of the freebie there would be no digital cable box, just the set hooked directly to the cable). Could you help me with two questions? (1) I understand the set will not be getting the HD digital signal…will the image be stretched and not look like the proper apect ratio (is the normal analog picture stretched to fit the wider screen?), and (2) will this set work properly just hooking it up directly to the Comcast cable without a digital box…(is there anything else I should be aware of with this limited setup?)
    Thanks, Steve J.

  39. Overall Comment: Incredible picture at its price ($850-1000), fantastic design and perfect for HD Movie & Gameing!

    I've done 6 months of research on this class of LCD and out of the final 3 lcds of choice I chose this one, and after two months of every day use I dont regret it. I LOVE IT!!! The Sharp Aquos 3243 was nice but its picture just looked like a plain tv to me also its cheaper ($700) but it appears washed out due to the lacking of high contrast ratio. The Samsung 3253H is the new version of this one with a little more minor tweaks like touch sensitive buttons and 1000 more contrast ratio but for $300 less the 3242H picture looked the same and looked bigger. The 3252H looks like a 26" to me. Plus I heard the 3253H has some sound problems.

    PROS: Beautiful Piano Black Caseing a stunning touch for your new masterbedroom or living room. Incredible crystal clear sharp picture on free HD channels. Great addon to the xbox 360 for HD gaming, sport games and war games like Madden NFL and Ghost Recon 2, Call of duty 3 are Realistically rendered on this screen. My friends with 1080p HD Say they cant even tell the difference from their screen and mine. Everyone who has stepped in my room notices it right way and are very impressed with it's picture. Other good things about it is that it has a 170degree swivle base its 7000:1 dynamic contrast ratio alows you to see details through dark shadows a lot clearer than low contrast ratio lcds that WILL leave you looking at a blacked out face of somebody in a shadow! Easy set up and the design of the casing gives it the illusion of being bigger than a 32" yet it is not. 3x HDMI inputs for next generation HD compatability, outlets in back nicely laid out and user friendly menu. Also It makes a beautiful LCD screen for your computer if ur into photography and video editing this is great. I'm an Architect and the visual presentations on this screen aw my clients!

    CONS: The Sound out the speakers is kind of hollow. There is no base so luckly there is an equalizer that allows you tweak it to make it sound good but still this is kind of a hassle; sometimes the volume of the sound tends to fluctuate like during a concert with a roaring audience. I dont know If this is with all lcds, but sometimes I find my self having to lower and raise the sound with my control. Signal Strength is kind of poor considering there is a built in tuner. I can't get any signal if I take of the antenna but I'm not sure if its something wrong with my tv or a design flaw.

    One other thing is that the beautiful piano finish unfortunately tends to collect dust and finger prints over a week period so you have to clean it with the special cloth they provide you with. But I guess all beautiful surfaces must be maintained no matter what!

    However through my lengthy 6 month research on the internet and asking numerous HD LCD owners I ended up picking this tv for its great price of $800 (Plasma Bay.com 1117.95 with 5yr In home Warranty shipping+tax included) Brand New condition w/ 1yr. Mfg Wrty.

    I give it 5 stars for the best bang for your buck, amazing picture quality equal to higher end samsung, decent sound and beautiful elegant design. For first time HDers I highly recommend this LCD! Enjoy!

    • Aaron: Thanks for the great comment, I'm sure visitors will find it highly informative!

      and about the sound that comes out of the unit, most people I know hook an external sound system to it, so who cares about the built-in speakers :)

  40. Overall Comment: Incredible picture at its price ($850-1000), fantastic design and perfect for HD Movie & Gameing!
    I’ve done 6 months of research on this class of LCD and out of the final 3 lcds of choice I chose this one, and after two months of every day use I dont regret it. I LOVE IT!!! The Sharp Aquos 3243 was nice but its picture just looked like a plain tv to me also its cheaper ($700) but it appears washed out due to the lacking of high contrast ratio. The Samsung 3253H is the new version of this one with a little more minor tweaks like touch sensitive buttons and 1000 more contrast ratio but for $300 less the 3242H picture looked the same and looked bigger. The 3252H looks like a 26″ to me. Plus I heard the 3253H has some sound problems.

    PROS: Beautiful Piano Black Caseing a stunning touch for your new masterbedroom or living room. Incredible crystal clear sharp picture on free HD channels. Great addon to the xbox 360 for HD gaming, sport games and war games like Madden NFL and Ghost Recon 2, Call of duty 3 are Realistically rendered on this screen. My friends with 1080p HD Say they cant even tell the difference from their screen and mine. Everyone who has stepped in my room notices it right way and are very impressed with it’s picture. Other good things about it is that it has a 170degree swivle base its 7000:1 dynamic contrast ratio alows you to see details through dark shadows a lot clearer than low contrast ratio lcds that WILL leave you looking at a blacked out face of somebody in a shadow! Easy set up and the design of the casing gives it the illusion of being bigger than a 32″ yet it is not. 3x HDMI inputs for next generation HD compatability, outlets in back nicely laid out and user friendly menu. Also It makes a beautiful LCD screen for your computer if ur into photography and video editing this is great. I’m an Architect and the visual presentations on this screen aw my clients!

    CONS: The Sound out the speakers is kind of hollow. There is no base so luckly there is an equalizer that allows you tweak it to make it sound good but still this is kind of a hassle; sometimes the volume of the sound tends to fluctuate like during a concert with a roaring audience. I dont know If this is with all lcds, but sometimes I find my self having to lower and raise the sound with my control. Signal Strength is kind of poor considering there is a built in tuner. I can’t get any signal if I take of the antenna but I’m not sure if its something wrong with my tv or a design flaw.
    One other thing is that the beautiful piano finish unfortunately tends to collect dust and finger prints over a week period so you have to clean it with the special cloth they provide you with. But I guess all beautiful surfaces must be maintained no matter what!
    However through my lengthy 6 month research on the internet and asking numerous HD LCD owners I ended up picking this tv for its great price of $800 (Plasma Bay.com 1117.95 with 5yr In home Warranty shipping+tax included) Brand New condition w/ 1yr. Mfg Wrty.
    I give it 5 stars for the best bang for your buck, amazing picture quality equal to higher end samsung, decent sound and beautiful elegant design. For first time HDers I highly recommend this LCD! Enjoy!

    • Aaron: Thanks for the great comment, I’m sure visitors will find it highly informative!

      and about the sound that comes out of the unit, most people I know hook an external sound system to it, so who cares about the built-in speakers :)

    • The LCD will set itself to the resolution of whatever you are watching on tv either 720p or 1080i. XBOX 360 supports resolutions 480i, 480p(standard def), 720p (first level of HD), and 1080i (more lines persec than 720p) yet 1080p is the clearest of all because of it being the format with the highest resolution. 1080i has twice the frame rate of 1080p but half the resolution making the later appear clearer. Unlike the xbox 360 the ps3 supports 1080p with an HDMI cable to give you the highest HD possible. Although this lcd has HDMI imputs for 1080i it does not support the 1080p full definition format. Only the xbox 360 Elite does yet it doesn't have blueray.

      To answer your question if you bought the PS3 for its blueray 1080p capablilities then this is not the lcd for you. Again this will only support up to 1080i. However for those of you thinking," oh well if 1080p is the best then why would I want this LCD?" The answer is that you can not see to much of a difference unless you put the screens up next to eachother. 1080p is no doubt going to look a little sharper but with the beauty that 1080i can already give you its just a wiser choice if you're on a budget.

      Lets put it this way if we are watching oh say an interview of a basketball player during a game with the camera all up in his face. Say the camera is focused at about 2ft from the subject so we are very close. there are players running in the background. Well on 1080p you will see every pore drop of seat, taste buds and even his hair follicles but the players in the background may be a little sluggish. 80p will look so clear its as if you can reach out and shake his hand. Now, the 1080i you will see every detail above and have faster frame rates. If you were to put both lcds side by side the 1080i would appear less sharp.

      You will get a lot more out of 80i than 80p because most of the broadcasting in 80p have not been updated or are still on 80i. Of coarse the 80p is full hd but 80i is the most bang for your buck right now.

      Lastly my cousin has a 1080p sony lcd with the PS3. At my 4th of July party him and his brother came in and were in aw with the clarity of this LCD. The first thing he said was "wow man that is a beautiful picture it doesn't look much different from mine!"

      As for the Best Buy matching prices they told me that they do not match prices of merchants online!

    • The LCD will set itself to the resolution of whatever you are watching on tv either 720p or 1080i. XBOX 360 supports resolutions 480i, 480p(standard def), 720p (first level of HD), and 1080i (more lines persec than 720p) yet 1080p is the clearest of all because of it being the format with the highest resolution. 1080i has twice the frame rate of 1080p but half the resolution making the later appear clearer. Unlike the xbox 360 the ps3 supports 1080p with an HDMI cable to give you the highest HD possible. Although this lcd has HDMI imputs for 1080i it does not support the 1080p full definition format. Only the xbox 360 Elite does yet it doesn’t have blueray.

      To answer your question if you bought the PS3 for its blueray 1080p capablilities then this is not the lcd for you. Again this will only support up to 1080i. However for those of you thinking,” oh well if 1080p is the best then why would I want this LCD?” The answer is that you can not see to much of a difference unless you put the screens up next to eachother. 1080p is no doubt going to look a little sharper but with the beauty that 1080i can already give you its just a wiser choice if you’re on a budget.

      Lets put it this way if we are watching oh say an interview of a basketball player during a game with the camera all up in his face. Say the camera is focused at about 2ft from the subject so we are very close. there are players running in the background. Well on 1080p you will see every pore drop of seat, taste buds and even his hair follicles but the players in the background may be a little sluggish. 80p will look so clear its as if you can reach out and shake his hand. Now, the 1080i you will see every detail above and have faster frame rates. If you were to put both lcds side by side the 1080i would appear less sharp.

      You will get a lot more out of 80i than 80p because most of the broadcasting in 80p have not been updated or are still on 80i. Of coarse the 80p is full hd but 80i is the most bang for your buck right now.

      Lastly my cousin has a 1080p sony lcd with the PS3. At my 4th of July party him and his brother came in and were in aw with the clarity of this LCD. The first thing he said was “wow man that is a beautiful picture it doesn’t look much different from mine!”

      As for the Best Buy matching prices they told me that they do not match prices of merchants online!

  41. FYI people…My girl and I just bought this same TV from Best Buy and we paid 949 w/o taxes, ect. I was shopping online and found it at Electronics-Expo.com for 788 w/o taxes, ect. They will charge you 49 for gound shipping, but still the best deal I have found so far. Also, Best Buy will match prices. Hope this helps.

  42. FYI people…My girl and I just bought this same TV from Best Buy and we paid 949 w/o taxes, ect. I was shopping online and found it at Electronics-Expo.com for 788 w/o taxes, ect. They will charge you 49 for gound shipping, but still the best deal I have found so far. Also, Best Buy will match prices. Hope this helps.

  43. actually, i just bought this tv from best buy and they will price match plus an additional 10%. i shopped for the cheapest price and i found that circuit city is now offering this tv for $799 so i brought proof of this price into best buy and they price matched it, plus took an additional $20 off. so i paid only $779 before tax.

    best buy is also offering 0% interest on home theater purchases over $999 for 18 months with their credit card, so when i bought the tv, it was originally $1000 at best buy and i was still able to keep the 0% financing for 18 months.

    as for the tv, much better picture than i had imagined. i only have over-the-air hdtv broadcasts right now, so not too many hd channels, but the picture is fantastic! absolutely nothing wrong with this tv so far *knock on wood*

  44. actually, i just bought this tv from best buy and they will price match plus an additional 10%. i shopped for the cheapest price and i found that circuit city is now offering this tv for $799 so i brought proof of this price into best buy and they price matched it, plus took an additional $20 off. so i paid only $779 before tax.

    best buy is also offering 0% interest on home theater purchases over $999 for 18 months with their credit card, so when i bought the tv, it was originally $1000 at best buy and i was still able to keep the 0% financing for 18 months.

    as for the tv, much better picture than i had imagined. i only have over-the-air hdtv broadcasts right now, so not too many hd channels, but the picture is fantastic! absolutely nothing wrong with this tv so far *knock on wood*

  45. I just bought this tv and I have 2 issues.

    1) The captioning is erratic it comes on and off, it won't stay on longer than 5 minutes. Does anyone experience this as well?

    2) How do you get the PIP to work? Its always greyed out.

  46. I just bought this tv and I have 2 issues.
    1) The captioning is erratic it comes on and off, it won’t stay on longer than 5 minutes. Does anyone experience this as well?

    2) How do you get the PIP to work? Its always greyed out.

  47. I was happy to hear that the TV does PIP. My last 37" Sharp Aquos didn't have PIP. The kicker is that PIP will ONLY work with the PC input and the TV antenna input. If you have no PC attached, you are out of luck. My problem is I'm using a DVI-HDMI cable from my PC to get the digital signal (you need to use HDMI Input 1 if using a DVI connection), so I don't have the option of PIP. I may try to find a normal D-SUB cable to test out the PIP and PC Input later on.

    Great TV so far, though!

  48. I was happy to hear that the TV does PIP. My last 37″ Sharp Aquos didn’t have PIP. The kicker is that PIP will ONLY work with the PC input and the TV antenna input. If you have no PC attached, you are out of luck. My problem is I’m using a DVI-HDMI cable from my PC to get the digital signal (you need to use HDMI Input 1 if using a DVI connection), so I don’t have the option of PIP. I may try to find a normal D-SUB cable to test out the PIP and PC Input later on.

    Great TV so far, though!

  49. Hi all. I too have been actively researching LCD's and would really like to thank the site admin, and those of u who posted you're reviews of this beauty of a TV.

    I've yet to exp HD here at home, only n stores, but am hopeful that's about to change soon.

    (thx to this post, i've made my decision)

    My folks just bought a 32" Sony KDL from CC, for $999, and i'm doing my best to talk them into taking it back for this one.

    Thanks again!

    Bryan

  50. Hi all. I too have been actively researching LCD’s and would really like to thank the site admin, and those of u who posted you’re reviews of this beauty of a TV.

    I’ve yet to exp HD here at home, only n stores, but am hopeful that’s about to change soon.
    (thx to this post, i’ve made my decision)

    My folks just bought a 32″ Sony KDL from CC, for $999, and i’m doing my best to talk them into taking it back for this one.

    Thanks again!
    Bryan

  51. I returned the Samsung and bought a Panasonic TC-32LX700. Its a beauty!!! Anyone looking for an LCD, I highly recommend this Panasonic. There's virtually no ghosting and the colours are deeper and more pronounced than the Samsung.

  52. I returned the Samsung and bought a Panasonic TC-32LX700. Its a beauty!!! Anyone looking for an LCD, I highly recommend this Panasonic. There’s virtually no ghosting and the colours are deeper and more pronounced than the Samsung.

  53. Can anyone here tell me the difference between the Samsung LN-T3253H, the LN-T3242H and the LN-T3232H?

  54. Can anyone here tell me the difference between the Samsung LN-T3253H, the LN-T3242H and the LN-T3232H?

  55. http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-and-plasma/samsung-ln-t3242h/4505-6482_7-32368998.html There's CNET's summary of the different models, but basically the 42 is their entry level, the 32 is only sent to certain stores (I found it at walmart.com for 799) and the 53 is their more expensive mid-level LCD TV. The contrast ratio gets better as you move on up the different series, and only the 42 and 53 have PIP and a 3rd HDMI input jack. CNET explains it more in depth. Hope that helps! I just bought the LN-T3242H from CircuitCity.com and paid $880 after tax and shipping, which is about what I was going to pay for the walmart 32, so Im a happy man right now. Can't wait for it to come in this Thursday!

  56. Lcd tv are brighter than any respective tv but when it comes to contrast (Picture Depth), rich colour's & viewing angles PLASMA tv's are the best and Panasonic, Pioneer & Hitachi are Best in PDP.

    In Lcd Tv's SONY BRAVIA (V SERIES) IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED WHEN COMPARED TO SAMSUNG & OTHERS.

    Suggesions Are Welcome

    al_ali143@yahoo.com

  57. Lcd tv are brighter than any respective tv but when it comes to contrast (Picture Depth), rich colour’s & viewing angles PLASMA tv’s are the best and Panasonic, Pioneer & Hitachi are Best in PDP.

    In Lcd Tv’s SONY BRAVIA (V SERIES) IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED WHEN COMPARED TO SAMSUNG & OTHERS.

    Suggesions Are Welcome
    al_ali143@yahoo.com

  58. I just won this LCD from a draw at a local grocery store (actually my wife won it…)

    I won't get my hands on it for a week – but I can wait.

    It's not quite big enough for my 16×16' rec room – but I have a nice spot picked out for it in my work out room down stairs…….if my wife agrees of course :D

  59. I just won this LCD from a draw at a local grocery store (actually my wife won it…)
    I won’t get my hands on it for a week – but I can wait.
    It’s not quite big enough for my 16×16′ rec room – but I have a nice spot picked out for it in my work out room down stairs…….if my wife agrees of course :D

  60. I just purchased today from lcdtvs.com for $770 with free 5-10 day ground shipping, paid for express but hope that helps someone.

  61. I just purchased today from lcdtvs.com for $770 with free 5-10 day ground shipping, paid for express but hope that helps someone.

  62. Good choice Bont! I've had mine for about 8 months already, use it every day and not one problem yet. My recent addition to my tv is the TV5 terek antenna which works excellent! Its reception is remarkable compared to my old analog antenna. I live out in the country and still get strong HDTV signals out of the city limits! Also, for those of you waiting for blue ray and HD player prices to go down, I picked up a phillips upconverter with an HDMI cable that makes old movies like independence day look good enough to enjoy, believe it or not you will find your self saying "Nice Picture". If you pop in a newer movie like ghost rider or spider man 2 it looks even better. In fact the newer movies look very close to true HD. The picture is beautiful! Lastly, not all upconverters are good, infact through intense research I have found the phillips DVP5982/37 to be one of the highest rated in the below $100 dollar range. If this is your primary tv for HD its worth getting the phillips upconverter for your rack of plain DVD's.

    Whats more interesting is that the phillips DVP5982 has a 1080p setting that is capable of upconverting plain dvds to 1080p TV sets. Like wise it converts dvds to near 1080i on the samsung 3242h very nicely!

    Below are the prices and where I bought them incase you guys are want to know! See ya

    Aaron

    At Bestbuy:

    TV5 Terek Antenna 69.00

    Phillips Upconverter 79.99

    HDMI double layered 50.00

  63. Good choice Bont! I’ve had mine for about 8 months already, use it every day and not one problem yet. My recent addition to my tv is the TV5 terek antenna which works excellent! Its reception is remarkable compared to my old analog antenna. I live out in the country and still get strong HDTV signals out of the city limits! Also, for those of you waiting for blue ray and HD player prices to go down, I picked up a phillips upconverter with an HDMI cable that makes old movies like independence day look good enough to enjoy, believe it or not you will find your self saying “Nice Picture”. If you pop in a newer movie like ghost rider or spider man 2 it looks even better. In fact the newer movies look very close to true HD. The picture is beautiful! Lastly, not all upconverters are good, infact through intense research I have found the phillips DVP5982/37 to be one of the highest rated in the below $100 dollar range. If this is your primary tv for HD its worth getting the phillips upconverter for your rack of plain DVD’s.

    Whats more interesting is that the phillips DVP5982 has a 1080p setting that is capable of upconverting plain dvds to 1080p TV sets. Like wise it converts dvds to near 1080i on the samsung 3242h very nicely!
    Below are the prices and where I bought them incase you guys are want to know! See ya

    Aaron

    At Bestbuy:
    TV5 Terek Antenna 69.00
    Phillips Upconverter 79.99
    HDMI double layered 50.00

  64. so how do you folks like the TV so far…I know someone selling it for 750 and they have had it for 3 months I am contemplating on getting it.

  65. so how do you folks like the TV so far…I know someone selling it for 750 and they have had it for 3 months I am contemplating on getting it.

  66. 750 is a good deal if its under warranty! You can probably find this tv on the internet in new condition for around $750 w/free shipping with out warranty. I managed to find mine brand new from the factory for $850 and payed 175 for a 5 year warranty. So I payed about a 1000 even but the tv model had been out for only a month.

    However, those that you will find for 750 will probably be refurbished so one would not know the history of it. So if the tv looks good (no scratches, dings, cracks) then assume it hasn't been banged around. If its not under warranty then expect to pay around $175 to $200 to protect the $750 for your used tv. The bulbs on these tvs go out after 60,000 hrs of use and its expensive to replace both labor and the bulb. Large lCD screens are very fragle, If its under warranty get it if its not pay close attention to who owned it, its useage, and physical condition!

  67. 750 is a good deal if its under warranty! You can probably find this tv on the internet in new condition for around $750 w/free shipping with out warranty. I managed to find mine brand new from the factory for $850 and payed 175 for a 5 year warranty. So I payed about a 1000 even but the tv model had been out for only a month.

    However, those that you will find for 750 will probably be refurbished so one would not know the history of it. So if the tv looks good (no scratches, dings, cracks) then assume it hasn’t been banged around. If its not under warranty then expect to pay around $175 to $200 to protect the $750 for your used tv. The bulbs on these tvs go out after 60,000 hrs of use and its expensive to replace both labor and the bulb. Large lCD screens are very fragle, If its under warranty get it if its not pay close attention to who owned it, its useage, and physical condition!

  68. We bought this Samsung TV 1 month back in circuit city for $670 excluding tax. It was $800 in store and $750 online at the time. We had a 10% circuit city coupon, they applied it on the in store price which would be $800-$80 or $720. The manager was nice enough to give $50 extra off to match with the online price which brought it down to $670. We waited for almost half an hr for the transaction to complete because they had a hard time applying both the discounts. After 2 sales representatives tried in vain to apply the discount, the manager had to come to complete the transaction. We couldn't be happier for the deal. And we love the TV. There's no other TV at that price with a contrast ratio of 7000:1. We am planning to buy 3 yr warranty for $120.

  69. We bought this Samsung TV 1 month back in circuit city for $670 excluding tax. It was $800 in store and $750 online at the time. We had a 10% circuit city coupon, they applied it on the in store price which would be $800-$80 or $720. The manager was nice enough to give $50 extra off to match with the online price which brought it down to $670. We waited for almost half an hr for the transaction to complete because they had a hard time applying both the discounts. After 2 sales representatives tried in vain to apply the discount, the manager had to come to complete the transaction. We couldn’t be happier for the deal. And we love the TV. There’s no other TV at that price with a contrast ratio of 7000:1. We am planning to buy 3 yr warranty for $120.

  70. A great kitchen panel. We put one on the wall in the kitchen and we tend to watch more TV at the bar in the kitchen that on the 1080p plasmas in the bedroom and family room. A very solid small panel.

  71. A great kitchen panel. We put one on the wall in the kitchen and we tend to watch more TV at the bar in the kitchen that on the 1080p plasmas in the bedroom and family room. A very solid small panel.

  72. I saw this TV a couple days ago while browsing since I am planning to pick one up and this TV just stuck out amoung the wall of TV's. The picture was insanely crisp and was viewable from every angle which is a big thing for me. I was searching to find reviews and stumbled upon this so I do plan on picking it up when I can. The size seems perfect for what I want and I plan to get a 360 and the TV as a graduation gift to myself and this TV seems to have everything I was looking for.

    Thanks for the review and I'll post mine when I do finally purchase it

  73. I saw this TV a couple days ago while browsing since I am planning to pick one up and this TV just stuck out amoung the wall of TV’s. The picture was insanely crisp and was viewable from every angle which is a big thing for me. I was searching to find reviews and stumbled upon this so I do plan on picking it up when I can. The size seems perfect for what I want and I plan to get a 360 and the TV as a graduation gift to myself and this TV seems to have everything I was looking for.

    Thanks for the review and I’ll post mine when I do finally purchase it

  74. This model is indeed a great tv. I got mine maybe about 2 months ago on sale. I did all my research and this is the best tv at this price (and a Samsung to boot!). Right now I am doubling the TV as a giant monitor for my macbook and for tv/movies. The screen has great, vibrant colors, and the sound is good for a stock tv. The controls and menus are simple enough to manuever through without the manual. My only gripe would be lack of picture-in-picture, but that's just asking too much. It does have P-i-P if you are in PC mode, so you can work on your computer while watching your favorite tv shows at the same time. Also a 32 inch is huge if you have a regular/small room. It doesn't look as nice in the living room, but that's just common sense. You want better quality iin the living room, then get the 52in tv :P so…GET THIS TV!

  75. It is very easy to operate. I do not even need to read the instruction and can set up everything by my own.Easy set-up. Great picture. Outstanding value for the price.Contrast ratio, viewing angles, inputs galore, strong tuner, accurate color, many great settings.

  76. It is very easy to operate. I do not even need to read the instruction and can set up everything by my own.Easy set-up. Great picture. Outstanding value for the price.Contrast ratio, viewing angles, inputs galore, strong tuner, accurate color, many great settings.

  77. So, I know nothing and I’m old…so, trying to figure out this alphabet soup is not easy. I have questions! 1. Can my normal DVD player work on this TV? 2. If I got a Bose radio/CD player would it hook up to this for better sound? 3. Is it true that we are going to be ‘forced’ to get HDTV in the near future or is that marketing?

  78. Karen: Ok, here are your answers:

    1- Yes, you can run any DVD player on this beast
    2- If your bose radio has the proper input, it will work fine. Check out the screen shots of the back panel included in the post..
    3- HDMI cables allow both audio and video signals to travel into a single cable. the signal is of extremely good quality since it’s digital.
    4- Eventually yes, all TV stations will be broadcasting in HD.. but we’re still about 5 years from there.. and when we get there, the technology will be so cheap that everyone will be able to afford it.

  79. So, I know nothing and I'm old…so, trying to figure out this alphabet soup is not easy. I have questions! 1. Can my normal DVD player work on this TV? 2. If I got a Bose radio/CD player would it hook up to this for better sound? 3. Is it true that we are going to be 'forced' to get HDTV in the near future or is that marketing?

  80. Karen: Ok, here are your answers:

    1- Yes, you can run any DVD player on this beast

    2- If your bose radio has the proper input, it will work fine. Check out the screen shots of the back panel included in the post..

    3- HDMI cables allow both audio and video signals to travel into a single cable. the signal is of extremely good quality since it's digital.

    4- Eventually yes, all TV stations will be broadcasting in HD.. but we're still about 5 years from there.. and when we get there, the technology will be so cheap that everyone will be able to afford it.

  81. I just bought this TV and all I have to say is great deal. IF you’re a gamer, it has gamer mode which prevents delay and the picture is just beautiful. It also looks pretty slick on Red Oak furniture.

  82. I just bought this TV and all I have to say is great deal. IF you're a gamer, it has gamer mode which prevents delay and the picture is just beautiful. It also looks pretty slick on Red Oak furniture.

  83. Does anyone have trouble with the pixels running across the screen and freezing up and erratic movement? My picture has been acting up. I am using the HDMI cables and comcast HDTV.

    • I have a similar problem in the just scan mode. The bottom row of pixels on the screen are not where they are supposed to be. They are shifted half way accross the screen. Very annoying when watching. The pixels appear to be moving allong the bottom. The 16X9 mode and others are fine. Does the picture need to be centred on the screen?

  84. Does anyone have trouble with the pixels running across the screen and freezing up and erratic movement? My picture has been acting up. I am using the HDMI cables and comcast HDTV.

    • I have a similar problem in the just scan mode. The bottom row of pixels on the screen are not where they are supposed to be. They are shifted half way accross the screen. Very annoying when watching. The pixels appear to be moving allong the bottom. The 16X9 mode and others are fine. Does the picture need to be centred on the screen?

  85. I just got this for $650 before tax at Best Buy in Canada during their boxing day sale… Waiting for delivery as we speak!! Can’t wait…

  86. I just got this for $650 before tax at Best Buy in Canada during their boxing day sale… Waiting for delivery as we speak!! Can't wait…

  87. Just bought this TV for $710 from Circuit City…they matched the price Elecronics Expo had on their website. Can't beat that price from a reputable retailer! Great features, great quality, great price!

  88. I’ve heard that the picture on this set is great right from the box to cable even without HD paraphenalia. Not my experience. Got it last week and haven’t yet done any cable upgrades. The picture is pretty bad, really. More like an inpressionist painting that anything. Could it be that my set is a lemon?

  89. I've heard that the picture on this set is great right from the box to cable even without HD paraphenalia. Not my experience. Got it last week and haven't yet done any cable upgrades. The picture is pretty bad, really. More like an inpressionist painting that anything. Could it be that my set is a lemon?

  90. yes, this model has a built-in hd tuner, so you can just hook it up to your hd-ready antenna and its ready to go.

  91. Question for fellow LN-T3242H owners: When I select “Picture” from the menu and try to adjust the Brightness, it reverts back to the “default” setting after about 40 minutes. Is there a way to PERMANENTLY set the Brightness? I didn’t see anything in the manual. Thank you!

  92. Question for fellow LN-T3242H owners: When I select "Picture" from the menu and try to adjust the Brightness, it reverts back to the "default" setting after about 40 minutes. Is there a way to PERMANENTLY set the Brightness? I didn't see anything in the manual. Thank you!

  93. I had this TV since May 2007 and have loved it so for far… BUT here are issues I’ve encountered…
    1. Scan mode does have that issue with bottom row of pixels (it’s fine since I run 16×9 all the time)
    2. Ghosting (it’s not my primary TV, so I’m okay with it)
    3. Audio drop using HDMI… randomly, the audio drops (HD Cable, DVD & Apple TV) and I have to turn the TV off and on to get the sound back. It’s really annoying. I recently found out that the firmware I’m running is not up to date FW# 1002. I just got off the phone w/ a Samsung tech who is sending me the latest firmware upate FW# 1016.

    I hope this corrects this issue with the latest FW update. If you do a search, there are a lot of people reporting the same issues even w/ the latest FW update. I’ve seen the 3242 AND 3253 have had these issues.

    I’ll post my findings after the update.

    Jay

    • Awesome Jay, Thanks!

      I haven’t ran into any problem as of yet.. and I purchased the TV in June 07.. BUT, i’m using component cables for the pictures…

  94. I had this TV since May 2007 and have loved it so for far… BUT here are issues I've encountered…

    1. Scan mode does have that issue with bottom row of pixels (it's fine since I run 16×9 all the time)

    2. Ghosting (it's not my primary TV, so I'm okay with it)

    3. Audio drop using HDMI… randomly, the audio drops (HD Cable, DVD & Apple TV) and I have to turn the TV off and on to get the sound back. It's really annoying. I recently found out that the firmware I'm running is not up to date FW# 1002. I just got off the phone w/ a Samsung tech who is sending me the latest firmware upate FW# 1016.

    I hope this corrects this issue with the latest FW update. If you do a search, there are a lot of people reporting the same issues even w/ the latest FW update. I've seen the 3242 AND 3253 have had these issues.

    I'll post my findings after the update.

    Jay

    • Awesome Jay, Thanks!

      I haven't ran into any problem as of yet.. and I purchased the TV in June 07.. BUT, i'm using component cables for the pictures…

  95. If your curious to see your FW number… on the remote, click on Menu..
    Select Setup.. select function help… highlight “On” and click on “Info” on your remote.
    On the second line, it says 1004 on mine and the current version is 1016.

    I’ve heard that depending on your FW, you may be able to see your FW version just by going to setup..

    Hope this helps..

  96. If your curious to see your FW number… on the remote, click on Menu..

    Select Setup.. select function help… highlight "On" and click on "Info" on your remote.

    On the second line, it says 1004 on mine and the current version is 1016.

    I've heard that depending on your FW, you may be able to see your FW version just by going to setup..

    Hope this helps..

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  98. Hi,

    Can anyone suggest me a cheap and best VGA (at least 1GB memory) to connect my new Samsung 32" LCD TV -to my Desktop PC.

  99. Hi,
    Can anyone suggest me a cheap and best VGA (at least 1GB memory) to connect my new Samsung 32″ LCD TV -to my Desktop PC.

  100. We purchased an expensive Samsung LCD TV on 13th May'07 worth INR 59000.00 from Hypercity, Malad(West), Mumbai. Since last evening whenever we switch it on, the display dissappears within 2-5 seconds. The sound is working and continues while the whole screen go off and there is no display. We contacted the helpline and there-after an engineer from service station had contacted and come. What he told after inspection has totally shattered us and we are in deep shock. According to him the part number BN07-00453A, LCD Panel has to be replaced and according to his paper, the estimation sheet cost will be INR 26951. We cant beleive that a company like Samsung can sell such a bad quality equipment to their customers and that too after charging large amount of INR 59000. Being in the salaried class, we simply cannot not afford to spend such an exorbitant amount on the panel. It looks like this is a common way to fetch money from customers by providing them bad quality products and then charging huge amount on spare parts and services. The expensive LCD TV has turned into garbage before even completing 2 years. We purchased the best available model, both in terms of , price as well as quality and that too from the most prestigious store in the town and had never ever thought in our dreams that Samsung will provide us with such an inferior quality product. The Model specifications are as follows – 1. Model Code: LA32R8IBM/XTL 2. Type Number: BP3250 3. S/N: 07013ZDP400478F

  101. We purchased an expensive Samsung LCD TV on 13th May’07 worth INR 59000.00 from Hypercity, Malad(West), Mumbai. Since last evening whenever we switch it on, the display dissappears within 2-5 seconds. The sound is working and continues while the whole screen go off and there is no display. We contacted the helpline and there-after an engineer from service station had contacted and come. What he told after inspection has totally shattered us and we are in deep shock. According to him the part number BN07-00453A, LCD Panel has to be replaced and according to his paper, the estimation sheet cost will be INR 26951. We cant beleive that a company like Samsung can sell such a bad quality equipment to their customers and that too after charging large amount of INR 59000. Being in the salaried class, we simply cannot not afford to spend such an exorbitant amount on the panel. It looks like this is a common way to fetch money from customers by providing them bad quality products and then charging huge amount on spare parts and services. The expensive LCD TV has turned into garbage before even completing 2 years. We purchased the best available model, both in terms of , price as well as quality and that too from the most prestigious store in the town and had never ever thought in our dreams that Samsung will provide us with such an inferior quality product. The Model specifications are as follows – 1. Model Code: LA32R8IBM/XTL 2. Type Number: BP3250 3. S/N: 07013ZDP400478F

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  104. It's a great tv with a beautiful picture but, there seems to be alot of problems (from what i hear and see) with the TV. My TV that i just bought likes to turn completely white, i cant figure it out.

  105. Bought a Samsung 32 about 18 months ago. Worked fine until it decided not to. After flashing on a few times the screen goes black. Seems a lot of people are having problems with Samsung tvs. Do some googling and read up on it before you buy–"Samsung tv problems"
    Shoddy parts in the power supply. You are taking a big chance if you do buy one.