Hi. I've been lurking on the thread and reading it ever since buying a TLX-04240B at the day after Thanksgiving sale and just wanted to post a question and a couple of opinions.
First, some backstory.
I did not intend to get this set. My wife had sent me to the sales at Meijer and she was going to Walmart so I told her while she was there to pick up the 32" TV they had on sale for $445.
When I got there after accomplishing my mission at Meijers I saw that the set was tagged as a 32" but was a 27" with built in DVD. I told her not to worry as I'd passed a pallet of 32's on the way in and I'd just go swap it. When I got it there I saw that ALL the TV's were 27" with built in DVD and were tagged and signed as 32's.
I pointed this out to the kid on duty he looked at me blankly (to be fair he'd probably had no more sleep than I did) and said "Yeah... That's probably a mistake."
"OK" said I. "Do you have any of the 32's here?"
"Um" Said he. "I'd have to look......"
"Well could you"? said I.
"OK" said he. Glances around. "Nope, we must be sold out".
At this point I put the TV back and went looking for the manager to complain, not about the associate but about the pricing mistake.
When I saw her I asked her how many she had sold to people thinking they were getting 32's. I swear to God the poor kid turned white when she realised what had happened and she literally kicked the 32" sign in front of the TVs 8 feet. She told me she was very sorry and what could she do to make it up to me.
I knew the 32s were gone so I very nicely said she could sell me the 42" TV for the price of the 32.
She allowed how she liked my accent so much (Australian) that she would do that for me.
And that is how I got my Polaroid TV.
Actually reading over this I realise I didn't need to give backstory, I guess I just wanted to brag.
OK. My observation is this:
This is a helluva TV for the money.
Had I known how much I was going to love this TV I would have ponied up the dough and just bought it anyway. Luckily I have had no problems like those listed in the forum at all and I would like to point out to people reading this forum that most
people only come to these forums when they're having a problem, so what you're reading is probably not representative of the majority of TV owners.
My picture is sharp and clear on the HD channels I have and looks crappy on the regular channels but
, so does it on my brother in laws Sony plasma and the plasma TV at work. My pixels are all good and no backlight issues. (for the record I have basic cable and run all the rest of my stuff into the TV through the s-video connection through my Onkyo receiver).
Another observation: I work with a guy who is a music enthusiast. I can listen to an MP3 recorded at 256kbs and to me it sounds the same as an MP3 recorded at a much higher rate, or 128 and a much higher rate, something like that.
My point is, that a lot ofthe people bagging this TV may actually see a perceptable difference between this TV and a TV from a better known brand, but that doesn't mean you will.
If you are an expert or even a strong enthusiast you can get hung up on differences undetectable to the layman. Doesn't mean they're not there, but are you
going to notice them.
In short, got a hell of a deal and loving every minute of it.
Now my question:
I have this plugged into Comcast basic. So basic they don't even have it posted on their site. Mostly just the networks and a few extras at $18 a month. When I scanned channels I came up with a bunch of HiDef channels in the decimal point range, like 73.3 and 12.2. My brother in law who lives in the same township but about 6 miles away doesn't get them on his also new Sylvania (his is smaller but he made up for it by paying more).
Does anyone know if I am entitled to these channels or if I call Comcast will they take them away? Does Comcast regularly transmit HD signals on basic?