I was very pleased with the fast shipping of this item. After opening the item and reading the instructions I was able to install it within 2 hrs. It took the most time figuring out how to set the TV in the right combination to line up the bolt holes on the back of the TV. I can now swing the TV against the wall and it is out of the way when not in use, I love it.
The thing about a power conditioning unit is that unless you actually plug a meter into it and into the unconditioned line you hope not to even know it's there. It's like insurance - you don't want to need it. But this thing does clean the line which helps for sensitive equipment like my home theater system. If you can tell when there are tiny distortions in your audio (and care) then you should probably be using something like this. Line power fluctuations can create power fluctuations to the speaker.
I got this product to mount an 80" to wood studs. Product is sturdy, and the tilt function works well. However, I used the leveler installed in the product to level the mount during installation, and turns out the leveler was installed on the mount at a slight angle.Even thought the leveler showed a perfectly straight mount, when the TV was mounted, it was slightly off. With an 80" TV this is very noticeable, and made the set up look poorly done. When I double checked with my own leveler, it was in fact outside the lines. I suggest either taking that tool off the mount, or not including it and having people use their own leveler. This was a very annoying problem and it was due to a poor product design.
Even with the great resolution, I was not expecting this TV to have this great of a picture....ON HI-DEF. HD shows are incredible; perfect color saturation, tint, contrast & brightness, and the clarity, detail and sharpness is amazing. But on SD shows, it's pretty bad. I have it hooked up to cable, without a STB, so I only get local channels in HD and all the cable networks are SD. So if one is going to use this with cable TV, be aware of that and that you should probably use a STB with it (cable box) so all or most channels will be in HD. Of course with OTA TV, they would all be digital and even if in SD they should look better than analog SD. I love the fact the ATSC/NTSC tuners are "in one" so-to-speak; unlike many other TV's where you have to press some "A/D" button (to toggle analog/digital tuners), you can browse through ALL of the channels from 2~70+ (or where ever your basic analog cable stops), then after that last analog basic cable channel you're automatically in to the digital channels (which here starts with 700's) which are your local channels in digital, and usually HD. Of course with a STB, that's irrelevant. I played videos from the net (so far I only tried videos converted to .AVI, encoded with MPEG4 video and mp3 audio) and jpg's from a 8gb USB drive with no problem. Also had no problem playing a DVD. I haven't looked into it yet, but the jpg image I viewed on it only stayed on screen for ONE SECOND, then went back to the menu! There's GOT to be a way to extend that duration other than pressing the "Freeze" button. (Note there is also a "Freeze" button for TV, where you can freeze an image on TV). I don't know how many other video formats it can play, it may also play .wmv files, or .avi encoded with Codecs other than MPEG4. I don't think it will play flash (.flv), haven't tried it yet. If it does not then the .flv clips from the net would have to be converted (which is what I did). In addition to the "Freeze" button, the remote is a FULL-featured remote with the same features you'd expect on a full-size TV. As you'd expect, the audio is horrible. You can "hear" it, but it's like listening to a tweeter! It sounds like the frequency response is about 1000hz and up! (For those that don't know, bass is about ~150hz and below, mid-bass about ~150hz to about 500hz, midrange about ~500hz to about ~3000hz), so you get an idea of how "thin" and "tinny" the audio is. The info doesn't say it, but it actually has an audio EQ with user settings, but the low end is only 100hz and max'ing that out doesn't make any difference! It also has separate bass & treble. I haven't tried to hook up external speakers to it, but you should be able to since it has a headphone jack and some powered speakers may work(?), plus I don't see the point in EQ settings nor separate bass & treble with these speakers unless externals CAN be used. Or perhaps it's intended for headphone use. There's also surround-sound settings. Note all the inputs this TV has; the whole plethora of any input you could possible need. The info on the page does not say "Component" but note it says "YUV" and that is component inputs. The viewing angle is APPALLING. Just a few degrees off center axis and the PQ just totally DROPS OFF. The stand is not adjustable in ANY way! If it were you could at least tilt it up/down to compensate for this. You can get small VESA 75 TV/monitor mounts here and elsewhere for ~10 bucks on up, I highly recommend getting one so then you'll be able to tilt it L/R and up/down. This TV only weighs, I'm guessing about 4 lbs! So it would not have changed the weight much at all to simply make the stand with some kind of a Gimbal support/swivel/pivot joint, (nor would it have added that much to use larger rear-facing speakers, or least ducted to the front!). Speaking of weight and needed features: I really wanted one that was also battery powered. They DO make them this size, but with far less features and horrible resolution! So I'm going to look into hooking up a replacement laptop battery to this. I think people would NOT mind AT ALL it weighing a couple of lbs more to have it portable! I can't speak as to its longevity yet, it's only been hooked up for about a week. But I got a 3-year EW on it for only 17 bucks. Note the standard warranty is only 90 days! I would have given it 5-stars if it were not for the bad viewing angle and audio. PROS: #Incredible PQ on HD #LOADED with features you'd normally only find on large higher-end HDTV's #FULL-featured remote also with features you'd normally only find on large higher-end HDTV's #Plays videos and JPG's #Every input you could possibly need #Tuner is both ATSC and NTSC without the need to switch between the two. CONS: #Horrible viewing angle #Horrible audio #Stand not adjustable #No option for battery power
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