Many people thought plasma HDTVs were a dying breed, but Vizio has shown otherwise. Last quarter worldwide shipments of plasma TVs grew at a greater pace than shipments of LCD TVs. Most of the increase in shipping of plasma TVs worldwide was due to the huge success Vizio has found with its 32-inch VP322 plasma TV.
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Plasma HDTVs are preferred by many over LCD TVs thanks to the increase contrast ratio you typically see and better brightness. The VP322 can be purchased for a MSRP of $649.99 at Costco or Wal-Mart. The TV has a good price for the screen size and offers lots of connectivity options including three HDMI with HDCP ports, component, composite, and S-video. The set also features 5.1 surround sound out via SPDIF optical.
The set supports 1080i and 720p formats, if you have a Blu-ray player you won’t get your full 1080p resolution here. Color reproduction for the set is 16.7 million colors and the brightness is 1000 cd/m2. The typical contrast ratio is 30000:1 and the viewing angles are 178 degrees horizontal and vertical. The set features 3:2 or 2:2 reverse pull down and more. The panel life is listed at 60,000 hours.
This would be a fantastic gift for anyone looking for a moderately sized TV with great contrast at a reasonable price. Mom, dad, and the kids -- anyone would like this TV set.
- Great Price
- Good screen size
- Plasma technology
- No 1080p resolution