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Samsung LN32A330

32" LCD HDTV

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Item #: 30532A330
 

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by Loren Barstow
Samsung

If you're looking for a solid combination of form and function, forget the no-name brands and check out the Samsung LN32A330. It provides a reliably excellent picture and smart user conveniences at a budget-friendly price.

This HDTV employs an advanced LCD panel design with high contrast and deep black levels. It also boasts a wide viewing angle so the picture maintains good color and contrast even if you're sitting off to the side. This high-definition set includes built-in tuners for digital and analog over-the-air signals, plus a "QAM" cable TV tuner that lets you tune in unscrambled channels without a set-top box (cable service is required).

The LN32A330's "jack pack" includes several inputs for high-resolution sources. Two HDMI inputs accommodate the growing number of HD satellite receivers and upconverting DVD players that use this digital connection. There are also two component video inputs, one of which may also be used as a standard composite A/V input to connect your non-HD components like VCRs and camcorders. A dedicated computer input lets you enjoy an expanded view from your laptop for work or play.

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Highlights:

  • 31.5" screen (measured diagonally)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • high-gloss black finish
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 6-millisecond pixel response time
  • 8000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 4 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 HDMI (accepts signals up to 1080i)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 21-1/2"W x 11-1/2"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 34-1/2"W x 20-7/8"H x 3-3/8"D (23"H x 11-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 33.1 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — carry-in service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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31.5"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1366 x 768
Screen Refresh Rate
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60 Hz
Backlighting Type
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Cold Cathode Fluorscents (CCFL
3D
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Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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Wi-Fi
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No
MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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Carry-in
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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4
HDMI Inputs
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2
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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0
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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No
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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34-1/2
Height with Stand (inches)
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23
Height without Stand (inches)
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20-7/8
Depth with Stand (inches)
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11-1/2
Depth without Stand (inches)
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3-5/16
Stand Width (inches)
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21-1/2
Weight with Stand
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33.1 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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Assembly required
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 32" LCD TV
  • Wireless remote control (BN59-00678A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Pedestal base
  • Pedestal shaft
  • 3 Machine screws
  • 3 Mounting screws
  • Bottom cover (used when wall mounting)
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • LCD TV Stand assembly instructions
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Limited Warranty To Original Purchaser sheet
  • On-line product registration information (English/French)

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TV Features
Mounting Options
Input and Output Notes

TV Features

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

Native Resolution: The LCD television displays all inputs at a resolution of 720p (1366 x 768). The television's HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, and 480p video signals.

6ms Response Time: One of the most important features for an LCD panel is the pixel response time. Response time refers to the amount of time it takes a pixel to "refresh" itself-to go from being active to being inactive, (ready to be re-activated). The lower the milliseconds, the faster the response time. A television's very fast 6ms response time virtually eliminates any blurring and gives you smooth-motion action scenes

Contrast Ratio: This TV has an 8000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, giving you brilliant brightness and contrast for superior picture and detail from both PC and TV images.

Picture Sizes: You can choose one of the following picture sizes:

  • Wide: Adjusts the picture size to Wide, appropriate for DVDs or wide broadcasts
  • 16:9: Sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode
  • Zoom 1: Magnifies the size of the picture and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote
  • Zoom 2: Magnifies the size of the picture more than Zoom 1 and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote
  • 4:3: Sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode, with black bars on both sides
  • Just Scan: To see the full image without any cutoff when HDMI 720p/1080i signals are input

Automatic Picture Settings: You can choose one of the following picture settings, each input stores its own setting:

  • Standard: Uses the standard factory settings
  • Dynamic: For viewing the TV during the day, or when there is bright light in the room
  • Movie: For viewing the TV in low light

Note: You can adjust and store the following settings for each picture setting: contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, tint, color tone and backlight.

Film Mode: The TV can be set to automatically sense and process film signals from all sources and adjust the picture from optimum quality.

Digital Noise Reduction: If the broadcast signal received by your TV is weak, you can activate the Digital Noise Reduction feature to help reduce any static and ghosting that may appear on the screen.

Auto Volume: Auto volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel, lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low. This reduces the difference in volume when changing channels.

EQ: You can adjust the 5-band EQ, which includes the following frequencies: 100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz. You can also set the balance between the left and right channels.

Automatic Sound Settings: You can choose from the following sound settings:

  • Standard: Uses the standard factory settings
  • Music: For watching music videos and concerts
  • Movie: For watching movies
  • Speech: For watching a show that is mostly dialogue
  • Custom: Recalls your personal EQ settings

SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multi-channel content using only two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through the two speaker internal playback system. It is fully compatible with all multi-channel formats.

PC-Capable: This unit has a 15-pin D-Sub (RGB) input that allows you to use it as a high-resolution computer monitor. The HDMI input can also be used for connecting the PC. The TV can be set to automatically adjust to the video signals received, or you can use the setup menu to adjust the screen quality and position. No cables are supplied for connecting the TV to a PC.

Digital Signal Strength Meter: The digital signal strength meter can be used to help you find the antenna position that delivers the highest HDTV digital signal strength.

Analog Channel Fine Tuning: The fine tuning feature allows you to manually adjust analog channels for optimal reception. A separate fine tuning setting may be put into the TV's memory for each analog channel.

Input Source Names: You can assign a name for the component connected to each of the inputs. When input naming is completed, you will no longer have to remember which component is connected to each input when selecting a source to watch. Source names you can choose from include: VCR, DVD, Cable StB, Satellite STB, PVR STB, AV Receiver, Game, Camcorder, PC, TV, IPTV, Blue-Ray, and  HD DVD.

Channel Labels: Each analog channel programmed into memory can be labeled with a name up to 5 characters. Digital channel names are already assigned and cannot be edited.

Favorite Channel: You can create a list of your favorite channels and recall the list using the FAV.CH button on the remote.

V-Chip: The V-Chip automatically locks out programs that are deemed inappropriate for children. You can set up the parameters for the V-Chip using the TV Parental Guidelines, MPAA (movie) ratings, Canadian French, or Canadian English ratings systems. The V-Chip function is protected by a 4-digit PIN.

Energy Saver: This feature adjust the brightness of the TV in order to reduce power consumption. When watching TV at night, set the Energy Saver feature to High to reduce eye fatigue as well as power consumption. You can set this feature to High, Medium, Low or Off.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or 180 minutes.

On/Off Timers: The three On/Off timers allow you to program the television to turn itself on and off by selecting a specific on time and a specific off time. You also choose the On Timer's channel and Volume. The on and off timers work independently of one another.

On/Off Melody: A unique melody plays when the TV is turned on and off. You can turn this feature off if you prefer.

TV Only Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit only.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand (Swivel): The TV is shipped with the pedestal stand unattached. The pedestal stand consists of one pedestal base and one pedestal shaft that attach to one another using the supplied hardware. The pedestal stand then attaches to the television using the supplied hardware. Once attached, the pedestal stand allows you to swivel the TV left to right 20-degrees.

Wall Mounting: The TV has four threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is VESA 200 x 200 (200mm horizontal x 200mm vertical) in accordance with the industry standards set by the Video Electronics Standards Association. The threaded inserts require M6 (6mm) machine screws (not supplied).

Input and Output Notes

Dual HDMI: The two HDMI inputs can be used to connect a DVD player, Game console, HDTV or Satellite Set-top box with an HDMI output. The HDMI 2 input can also be used to connect a device with a DVI output (a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable is necessary). If a DVI-equipped device is used, separate audio cables will also be needed from the device to the "DVI In" RCA stereo audio jacks. No audio cables are needed for an HDMI-equipped device. The HDMI input can also be used to connect a PC to this TV. The HDMI jack will accept 1080i, 720p, and 480p signals.

Dual Component Video: The two Component Video jack will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals. Separate RCA stereo audio inputs are provided for each Component Video input. The two Component Video inputs can also be used as two composite video inputs.

PC: This input consists of a stereo mini-jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack, you must use the PC Audio 3.5mm input for your audio connection.

Digital Audio: The optical digital output (with plastic cover) on the rear panel will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM.

EX-LINK: The EX-LINK port connects to an optional Samsung wall mount bracket which allows you to adjust the TV viewing angle using the provide remote control.

Service: USB port for installing future Samsung firmware upgrades via a USB drive that has downloaded firmware information from Samsung's website.

 
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5 out of 5

Samsung LN32A330

Written By stephen, wampsville, ny on Thursday, March 05, 2009
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i found this 32 inch lcd tv easy to set up. the color is very good and i am
very pleased with the entire unit, however i do wish it has more audio and
video input instead of just one.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Adam, Bethesda, MD on Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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First, Kudos to Crutchfield for helping me out after my initial order was stolen from my front steps before I even had a chance to bring it in the house.

At first I thought this unit was too big for my bedroom, but after I mounted it onto a wall with a universal styled omni mount, it changed the effect and it seems just right. I'm going over the air with a rooftop antenna, no cable, which in Bethesda works well for local channels. The picture is great and so I now question my original LCD 46" purchase of 2 years ago getting a 1080P unit when this 1080i unit is stunning.

I am also using this as a Media Center PC TV getting TV Shows recorded on a different HTPC and moved to a HP Media Server running Windows Home Server. I too was having issues not getting the sharpness I expected and couldn't seem to get the 13x7 resolution (using DVI to HDMI)

I researched the issue and found someone else who stated that there was a difference between the HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 inputs in the Samsung. While I found this hard to believe, I unplugged the cable fro HDMI 1 and plugged it into HDMI 2. All of a sudden, 13x7 became a choice in my resolution picks, and I used it and I got the sharpness that was lacking in HDMI 1. Apparently, there's a technical reason for this, but I can't explain it. So, to the other reviewer, I suggest swapping your 1 with your 2 and vice versa and see if your PC can pick the right resolution.
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5 out of 5

good buy

Written By J.P., Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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I have been very impressed with this TV. I use it as my computer monitor and have it hooked up using a DVI to HDMI cable. The image is not as sharp as my old monitor but the size makes up for the lack of pixels. I also have it hooked up to my X-Box 360 using HDMI cables and the picture is excellent. I would recommend this TV and Chrutchfield any day. This TV provides a very good picture for the price.
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5 out of 5

The best...look no further

Written By Jodee, New Orleans, LA on Thursday, October 23, 2008
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This is my 3rd Samsung flatscreen. Color is so robust and crisp, modern refined design. Don't even think about another brand. Worth every penny
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5 out of 5

Samsung LN32A330

Written By Joseph, Pa on Thursday, October 16, 2008
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I have had this TV for around 2 weeks now and I am very pleased with my purchase. The picture is clear and sound is acceptable. I currently am using a HDMI input for my XBOX360 the picture looks great and havnt seen any lag on the tvs behalf. I have an old computer hooked up to the PC input for internet, and streaming video. All text is clearly visible and beats sitting infront of a 19"computer monitor. I would recommend this TV for Samsung has a good reputation and my family has had many Samsung equipment over the years and have never been disappointed. Also, Delivery was fast, received the TV 2 days after ordering.
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5 out of 5

GET THIS ONE!

Written By PAUL, Ga. on Thursday, May 29, 2008
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I've had this set for about 2 weeks now, and I just love this set! Samsung products just get better and better. First, this is an attractive set even when it's off. Really shines when it's on though....rich vibrant colors even non HD channels, but HD is where it's at! I wish ALL channels were HD...one day... Anyways, tv is easy to set up, programming is a cinch. Crutchfield has great products....this is my fourth purchase from them, so you're in good hands. Good luck!
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