Freefall in LCD Prices

So the old 27″ Sony TV — a 32″ CRT in the bedroom is — finally dying. Turn it on, and the screen goes on and off until its warmed up. I want to replace it with a bigger flat panel — I want 37″, the wife insists on smaller. Looks like 32″ will be the compromise.

I am torn between getting something really nice or a something that’s a really good deal. I am leaning towards the latter.  The TV in the den is kickass — and I really don’t want to be tempted to watch anything other than late night TV before bedtime.

I started looking around for a replacement, and I was stunned at how much prices have freefallen. The NYT runs full page J&R ads most days, and the discounts have been pretty deep.

Here’s what I scared up:

Good (720p)

• Panasonic VIERA X1 Series TC-L32X1 LCD HDTV ($400) (More info at Panasonic)

• Sony KDL-32L5000 BRAVIA L-Series LCD Flat Panel HDTV ($449) (More info at Sony)

Better (1080p):

• LG 32LH30 LCD HDTV ($449)  (More info at LH)

• Sony KDL-32XBR9 Class BRAVIA XBR9 Series LCD HDTV ($599) (More info at Sony)

Are there any better suggestions?

I’m leaning towards the cheap Panasonic VIERA X1 Series TC-L32X1 — a 2009 model that comes with an iPod doc — it turns the tv set into a audio system.

And since the Beatles box set forced me to upgrade to a nicer pair of front bookshelf speakers in the den, I have two pretty good satellite speakers to use with this in the bedroom.

Any preferences/suggestions/ideas?

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