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I'm toying with the idea of getting this TV (our existing 26 inch Olevia just isn't big enough for our living room). We don't watch TV or DVD's too often, so at this price point I'm hoping it gets me the quality we need.

To the question above about wall mount, I'm considering the X-arm so we can watch it depending where we are in the living room / kitchen. Anybody have experience with it (sorry about the OT question).

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Thanks to everyone who were brave enough to order the Sceptre site unseen. We all await your reviews with baited breath. I'm close to pulling the trigger and it is either the Sceptre 42" or the Vizio 42". Please give us all the pros and cons.

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This is just an unfounded thought. But I did realize that this appears to be Sceptre's top TV both here and abroad. They don't make a larger one with more features. So maybe they have pulled out all the stops and stepped up the quality on this over their lower priced products.

I noticed that the SRS TrueSurround XT and Faroudja DCDi features appear to be the technology that the big companies are incorporating in their top of the line units, like Toshiba, Dell, etc.

I wouldn't be surprised if all the companies don't reduce their LCDs another notch in price over the next month or two. I expect to see a 300-500 dollar drop in prices across the board.
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This is just an unfounded thought. But I did realize that this appears to be Sceptre's top TV both here and abroad. They don't make a larger one with more features. So maybe they have pulled out all the stops and stepped up the quality on this over their lower priced products.

I noticed that the SRS TrueSurround XT and Faroudja DCDi features appear to be the technology that the big companies are incorporating in their top of the line units, like Toshiba, Dell, etc.

I wouldn't be surprised if all the companies don't reduce their LCDs another notch in price over the next month or two. I expect to see a 300-500 dollar drop in prices across the board.

Bob, I would like to agree, but only time will tell. I swore I would NEVER buy a new TV without looking at one setup in a store. Two weeks ago I saw the Vizio at the other big box store and was ready to buy it, but we were waiting for my birthday. My birthday was last week and then I stumbled onto this good deal $200 less then the Vizio. Now I want this one so bad I can't pee straight. I live about 120 miles one way from the big box store that sells the Sceptre. If the TV doesn't turn out as good a deal as we all think it is then I am in for a 4 hour round trip drive.

We used to sell the Sceptre monitors with our computer systems and had one client with specs that called for the Sceptre monitors and they seemed like a pretty good computer monitor at the time.

Again I guess only time will tell.

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Howdy, For the folks that are getting thier X42GV Komodo's soon,

I want... (I am sure others want this info too)

what and where are the connections placed? back connector photo please.

what is the remote like? similar to the cheezy other models? 32" 42" Naga's etc..

Panel info from what you can gather, especially 1080P info... true 1080P display?, or a trick with words about downsampling

Confusing information about Panel? general info, PC input looking like 1920x1024 or whatever they might say...

Yes comparisons are nice, but some general info about the set is really important since the Sceptre website has zilch.

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Hi,

According to the Sceptre' Webs site, this TV is supposed to support 1080P.


Forum won't let me post the link to the page....

It sure looks interesting....I too am waiting to hear from those who have ordered it.

Is this a Costco site only deal ? Can I buy it at the local store ?

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I can't wait to see the pics and reviews of this thing on Monday!

If it lives up to the hype, I'll be clearing a space on the wall for it.


Which wall mount would you guys recommend? I need it to tilt down and price is important.


You can get a mount here.
Monoprice Mount

You will not find better prices. I have one of these mounts and they are quality mounts. No need to fear hanging it on the wall with one of these. If you need cables....monoprice is the best place for those too. Good luck
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You can get a mount here.

You will not find better prices. I have one of these mounts and they are quality mounts. No need to fear hanging it on the wall with one of these. If you need cables....monoprice is the best place for those too. Good luck


Dwhite,

Yea I checked out the cable prices and they are great. The wall mount prices look pretty good too!!

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Hi,

According to the Sceptre' Webs site, this TV is supposed to support 1080P.


Forum won't let me post the link to the page....

It sure looks interesting....I too am waiting to hear from those who have ordered it.

Is this a Costco site only deal ? Can I buy it at the local store ?

Dave

Dave, The Sceptre web site seems really cheesy. I couldn't find out anything about the factory warranty. You Can NOT buy it from a local store Web site order ONLY. I am sure they just turn the orders over to Sceptre and they ship direct from California.

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Dave, The Sceptre web site seems really cheesy. I couldn't find out anything about the factory warranty. You Can NOT buy it from a local store Web site order ONLY. I am sure they just turn the orders over to Sceptre and they ship direct from California.

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I was able to get this warranty info from the X32GV-KOMODO manual, which is available from the Sceptre website.

LIMITED PRODUCT WARRANTY
Please read this warranty card carefully, it is a ONE-YEAR LIMITED
WARRANTY on parts and labor and is only valid when purchased from an
Authorized Reseller, only on new and non-refurbished product, and available to
customers in the Continental US, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. See below for
the SCEPTRE Extended Service warranty.

SCEPTRE's Responsibility
SCEPTRE Displays purchased in the United States are warranted to be free from
defects in materials or workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of
their original retail purchase. If the unit fails to conform to this warranty, we will
service the monitor using new or refurbished parts.

Service Labor
During a period of one (1) year from the effective warranty date, SCEPTRE will
provide, when needed, service labor to repair a manufacturing defect at its
designated Service Center. To obtain warranty service in the Untied States, you
must first call our Customer Support at (800) 788-2878. The determination of
service will be made by SCEPTRE Customer Support. PLEASE DO NOT
RETURN YOUR UNIT TO SCEPTRE WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION.
Parts

New or remanufactured replacements for defective parts will be used for repairs
by SCEPTRE at its designated Service Center for one (1) year from the effective
warranty date. Such replacement parts are warranted for the remaining portion of
the original warranty period.

Service
During the one (1) year warranty period, SCEPTRE will, at its option and sole
discretion, repair or replace defective parts, including replacement of the entire
Panel. The Customer will be required to ship the unit to the Service Center
indicated at the time Customer Support is contacted to make the necessary
repairs, you are responsible for all transportation charges to the service facility.
SCEPTRE is not responsible for the de-installation or re-installation of the unit.
Packaging and Shipping Instruction
When you send the product to an authorized SCEPTRE service facility you must
use the original carton box and packing material or an equivalent as designated
by SCEPTRE.
SCEPTRE X32 HDTV User Manual

Not Covered
This warranty does not cover defects, malfunctions or failures resulting from
shipping or transit accidents, abuse, misuse, operation contrary to furnished
instructions, operation on incorrect power supplies, operation with faulty
associated equipment, modification, alteration, improper servicing, tampering or
normal wear and tear or TVs on which the serial number has been removed or
defaced. Image Sticking caused by operating at excessive brightness levels for
extended periods or mishandling are not covered by this warranty.
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE SHALL
BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE PERIOD OF TIME SET FORTH ABOVE.
OUR LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL LOSSES AND DAMAGES RESULTING
FROM ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING OUR NEGLIGENCE,
ALLEGED DAMAGE OR DEFECTIVE GOODS, WHETHER SUCH DEFECTS
ARE DISCOVERABLE OR LATENT, SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE
PURCHASE PRICE OF THE DISPLAY. WE SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR LOSS OF USE, COMMERCIAL LOSS OR OTHER INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW
LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS OR THE
EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT
APPLY TO YOU. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state. This is the only warranty
applicable; no one is authorized to extend or modify it or to grant any other
warranty.

SCEPTRE retains the right to assess all warranty claims and to determine if
damages are covered by the warranty. In case of a claim that is not covered by
the warranty, you will be contacted to determine whether SCEPTRE should
repair the damage for a fee or whether the product should be returned to you as
received by the repair center.

Owner's Responsibility

Effective Warranty Date
Warranty begins on the date of sale to the end user. To ensure warranty service,
keep the dated bill or sale receipt as evidence of the purchase date.
Warranty Service

For warranty service information, contact SCEPTRE Customer Support at (800)
788-2878, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PST or visit www.Sceptre.com. Parts and service
labor that are SCEPTRE's responsibility (see above) will be provided service is at the owner's expense. You must provide the model, serial number and date of purchase. Before you ask for warranty service, read your User Manual. You might avoid a service call.

Warranty conditions are subject to change, for latest Warranty Terms and
Conditions and additional information regarding your warranty, please see
complete details online at www.SCEPTRE.com.

Sceptre Extended Warranty
Protect your investment beyond the standard warranty and experience piece of
mind with SCEPTRE's Extended Service Warranty.

Depending on your model, plans are offered for an additional 2 years. Visit
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Hi....just thought I would jump in and ask a couple questions. Just found the forum here while googling this TV.

I get the feeling from reading some of your comments that the 1080p is not really applicable regarding this TV. Is it not true 1080p? Or did I misinterpret a couple of your comments? I will be interested in seeing if their remote is backlit when you get your sets. I live in the dark and need that if possible.

I have been a Sony guy all my life and have never had one problem or failure with any purchase, TV or otherwise. I have had some for 20 years with no problems. You all seem to know the techie particulars about all the modern terms associated with HDTV. I do not, but wonder why you all don't seem to be concerned about buying off brands that don't seem to offer the service or support of others.

Is Sceptre known by techies to be a good brand? Or is it just price you all are shopping for? I am disabled and on such a limited budget, that I can't afford the top tiers any longer, but am not used to buying brands I have never heard much of. I would appreciate your thoughts and feelings on this.

Being disabled I am not really up for taking 2 or 3 TVs back to the retailer in hopes I get lucky and find a good cheap one. With this newer technology is it all just a cr*p shoot now no matter matter brand you buy?

One more question: Do you have to pay tax when ordering from Costco over internet?

Thanks for your input and all the interesting posts already submitted.

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Hello Bob, welcome to AVS...


Sceptre has been around for a while making computer monitors. They are pretty good monitors. As for TV's, Sceptrre has some growing pains to go through. Only until last year they got into the TV business. The X42GV-KOMODO is a model that is released in their second year of developing televisions. What got me interested in this particular set is the features that is advertised and I am curious on the quality of the TV at the low price that Costco is selling it.

As for your tax question. I think it depends on the state that you live in if you are being taxed for online purchases. I live in California and Costco charges me.

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Thanks waverunner for the warranty info. I still say the web site is lacking lots of information especially on this new LCD. You would think they would update it as soon as Costco put them on sale. As to the warranty I was hoping an on-site warranty service like the Vizios have for the 1st year. I am glad that costco extends the warranty to 2 years automatically. I guess the extra money we will save over the Vizio will more than pay for shipping should we have to return it for service!

Hey Wave maybe you should call in sick tomorrow and put the Sceptre through all of the paces and let the rest of us know.

Thanks, Jeff
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After rebate $100 less although you do pay for shipping and don't get the 2 yr warranty.
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Ordered last night, confirmed this morning, shipped this afternoon, will be delivered on Monday (3/5) . The set was picked up at Ontario, CA, 20 miles from my home. I will post some pics when receive it. But don't know how to upload or link those pics to here.

Will you post these settings to get the best picture quality after playing with your new toy:

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After rebate $100 less although you do pay for shipping and don't get the 2 yr warranty.

Don't forget, you have to wait a few months for the rebate.

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My friend bought a 37" Sharp Aquos from costco and I helped to set it up today. I only compared HD and SD programs from OTA, as well as DVD playing back using component connection. The impression is, the Scetpre 42" Naga is better! The HD as well as DVD play back is much better over Sharp. The reason may be the Naga has higher native resolution (1080P). Well, sharp has little better black level details, and better PQ on SD programs, other than that, I am totally satisfied by my naga.

I hope the new 42" Komodo with Faroudja True Image Enhancement produces nice PQ although it's native resolution is only 1366x768. let's see tomorrow...
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Ok, I'm at work and based on the UPS tracker, the TV is out on delivery. I hope they don't leave it right at the doorstep. I'll try to check on it at lunch and leave early today.

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Pulled the trigger on one just now. Hope it gets here sooner than the 7-10 days listed.
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My friend bought a 37" Sharp Aquos from costco and I helped to set it up today. I only compared HD and SD programs from OTA, as well as DVD playing back using component connection. The impression is, the Scetpre 42" Naga is better! The HD as well as DVD play back is much better over Sharp. The reason may be the Naga has higher native resolution (1080P). Well, sharp has little better black level details, and better PQ on SD programs, other than that, I am totally satisfied by my naga.

I hope the new 42" Komodo with Faroudja True Image Enhancement produces nice PQ although it's native resolution is only 1366x768. let's see tomorrow...


I too hooked up my 37" Sharp from costco last weekend and digital 480i video from my sat box SUCKS !!! 480p lot better but it's no where near HD, didn't try HD because I don;t have an antenna but I'm sure HD will be lovely (seen HD on Sharp at Costco and other places), I watch mostly SD so that's important to me

Hopefully the Faroudja scaler will do lot better than Sharp scaler for interlaced video, if it's not any better than Sharp then it will be a b*tch returning it to Costco, would have returned the Sharp to Costco but already gave my Sony CRT to my parents



Costco tracking shows OUT FOR DELIVERY


please God ! let it be a decent SD panel
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BTW, The 42 naga is back on the CostCo website for those interested in a 1920 X 1080 native panel. The external box kills it for me.
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I too hooked up my 37" Sharp from costco last weekend and digital 480i video from my sat box SUCKS !!! 480p lot better but it's no where near HD, didn't try HD because I don;t have an antenna but I'm sure HD will be lovely (seen HD on Sharp at Costco and other places), I watch mostly SD so that's important to me

Hopefully the Faroudja scaler will do lot better than Sharp scaler for interlaced video, if it's not any better than Sharp then it will be a b*tch returning it to Costco, would have returned the Sharp to Costco but already gave my Sony CRT to my parents



Costco tracking shows OUT FOR DELIVERY


please God ! let it be a decent SD panel

A regular rabbit ear antenna can receive good HD signal if your location is within good range of the towers, you don't have to have a so-called "HD antenna". I compared several different HD antennas including amplifed and regular ones, found the expensive antenna may help little.

The PQ of SD on Sharp 37" is great, if you have difficulty to get good HD signal, then this Sharp won't disappoint you on SD. But, compare with the HD PQ, it is far behind Sceptre Naga.... note: I am talking about the sharp and Naga, not the one, Komodo we are waiting for, so who knows how the Komodo works.

Mine is out for delivery too ;-)
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What's wrong with the external box on the X42GV-NAGA?

Edit: Nevermind. I'm reading some of the review from Newegg. People are saying that it's to big and it heats up.

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The PQ of SD on Sharp 37" is great, if you have difficulty to get good HD signal, then this Sharp won't disappoint you on SD. But, compare with the HD PQ, it is far behind Sceptre Naga.... note: I am talking about the sharp and Naga, not the one, Komodo we are waiting for, so who knows how the Komodo works.

Then I must be picky because I really think PQ of SD on the Sharp 37" is not very good, yes it's watchable but it's so much worse than my old Sony 26" CRT (I know it's not a fair comparing to a smaller CRT) and my current Sony analog 42" projection

Perhaps 37 is just too big for my bedroom, I wish Costco had a 32" Sharp


Also for size 40" or smaller the difference between 1920 X 1080 adn 1368x768 is insignificant, I verified this by looking at two 40" LCD side by side at Frys, one is 1920x1080 and the other one is 1368x768, both were playing the same source (Ice Age HD or upconverting DVD ), lot of other people also say the same thing

For bigger screen size I expect the difference will be much more noticable
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Not sure if the Komodo or Naga are LCDs I should consider. Looking for a 40-42". Price certainly looks good on the Sceptres, but I will spend up to $1700. I'm a definite newbie here, and would be using a Time Warner HD box. I'm also considering a PS3 or Xbox 360. Would not be connecting to a PC. Any suggestions?
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I realize this is mixing technologies and I know no one has received theirs yet, so we have no first hand impressions, but what is anyone's opinion of this 42 flat lcd versus the now somewhat old school, but top of it's class panasonic 42 inch plasma? I mean the 42PX60U. The reason I ask is because I've seen that panny in action, and at least for HDtv and dvds it's superb. And now I've seen it within 2 bills of this sceptre. Any thoughts?
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Not sure if the Komodo or Naga are LCDs I should consider. Looking for a 40-42". Price certainly looks good on the Sceptres, but I will spend up to $1700. I'm a definite newbie here, and would be using a Time Warner HD box. I'm also considering a PS3 or Xbox 360. Would not be connecting to a PC. Any suggestions?

With that price range, perhaps a Samsung LN-S4095D is another option or a Sharp Aquos LC42D62U .

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ShopNBC has the Panny 600 for just a few hundred more than what this sells for. The 600 is supposed to be a better unit than the 60, so if you were so inclined to spend the extra I'd pop for it.
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ShopNBC has the Panny 600 for just a few hundred more than what this sells for. The 600 is supposed to be a better unit than the 60, so if you were so inclined to spend the extra I'd pop for it.

\\I don't want to take this thread off topic, and correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I know the only difference between the 60 and 600 is a slightly nicer case, a cable card slot and a pc input, otherwise they are identical.
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Back on topic -- I'll be interested to see if the Sceptre Komodo has speakers. Don't see any mentioned.
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Back on topic -- I'll be interested to see if the Sceptre Komodo has speakers. Don't see any mentioned.

I think it has four 10w speakers according to specs posted on its site


UPDATE: They left my TV at the front door
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