I have updated this post to include some of the new info that has been posted in this thread
Currently, this set is only available at B&M Walmarts ONLY. It is not on walmart.com or anywhere else. I'll update this info if it is added to the web.
I work at Wal-Mart and we just got in a new TV that, I believe, marks the begining of true mass market HDTV.
The set is a Sanyo 32" Flat Screen HDTV Model # HT32744
Here are the specs:
Integrated HD Tuner w/ QAM (Page 17 of the manual)
2 Component Inputs
2 S-Video/AV inputs
1 Optical Audio Out
1 Analog audio out
2 Tuner PIP
Analog tuner for cable
3D Y/C Comb Filter
This thing sells for $747!!!!Sanyo 32" 4:3
Here is the 30" wide version of the same thing:Sanyo 30" 16:9
(If you want a layout of the back panel, it is page 6 of the manual.)Sanyo Instruction Manual
This just made my job to sell HDTV to joe6pack a walk in the park. All you have to do is buy this tv and hook up an antenna and you get HDTV. Especially for the price, it is a steal. It is only 200 more than the analog flat screen 32", and this is HD with a digital tuner.
I did get a chance to mess with the Sanyos today, and they do infact accept a 720p signal. I don't know (and don't know how to tell) if it is upconverted to 1080i. FWIW, when I hit the info button, it will show the information for the incomming signal, either 720p or 1080i These are the only tv's out of the 8 or so HD sets that we have that even displayed the 720p signal being output from the Dish 6000. If anyone knows how to test if it is native 720p, let me know and I'll see what i can do.
Also, the 30" wide allowed me to use all picture formats on 1080i. So I could put the 1080i signal in 4:3, full, zoom, etc. I still want to try that in 720p and 480p, but since it does it in 1080i, i assume it will do picture format changes in all modes. If i hadn't bought my Philips, the 30" Sanyo would be in my bedroom as we speak.
There is also a 27" version on the way and according to spider4re, they will be at Walmarts sometime in July.
Edit: The 27" is currently only a Canadian model as stated on the Sanyo websiteSanyo 27" 4:3
These sets should have the same feature set as the larger sets (HDMI and Digital Tuner)
Here is some info on the service menu:
About a month and a half ago, I asked on the Sanyo forums at homethearterspot.com, how to access the service menu of the sanyo's, and an ISF guy named Biloxi_MS_ISF just replied. Here is the link:Sanyo Service Menu Thread
Some have tried it, but the service menu seems somewhat cryptic.
here is the specifics on how to enter the service menu on these sets posted by another member:
"[text deleted.] Anyways I think I found the service menu access. I went and unplugged the TV and pushed the volume down key on the TV itself, not the remote. While holding the volume down button I plugged the TV and it came on. This TV takes a couple of seconds before you see anything on the screen, so make sure that keep that volume down button pressed until you see the service menu. I used the channel up/down key on the remote to navigate and the volume up/down on the remote to change the items. It has more than 150 parameters...
Hope that helps
I've typed up what is in the service menu of the set in my store. Here is a link
to the post with the excel file..
Well here is the official Sanyo Service Manual in pdf form:Sanyo Service Manual
For discussions on using this tv with a HTPC or connecting a PC to the HDMI port, please post in this thread: Sanyo HT30744 Widescreen HDTV -- Adjusting Overscan with Powerstrip