Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: San Jose, CA 95123
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My 27" NetTV with HD-15 connection (XGA rez) started clunking out on me. Seems to be a bad transitor as it can't display red anymore. So I happened to be in the market for a new TV until I get a bigger place that will allow me to install an FP. Of course, I'd have to come here first to do research as any well informed consumer should do. Once again, the AVS does not dissapoint. After lurking and doing research, I stumbled upon this thread and decided to take the plunge yesterday. I picked up the 30" Wide Sanyo from Wallyworld here in San Jose. The cool thing about the unit was that just yesterday (the same day I bought the unit), the price dropped to $647 or $649, I don't remember exactly. But out the door, the unit set me back $700 and some pennies! Wonderful. So I guess you can say that this is an even better bargain now =).
My roommate pays for the HD package that gets ESPN HD, Discovery HD, and one premium HD channel. I think it is HBO HD, not sure. Comcast HD came in no problem whatsoever. I had heard of issues with lip synching, but I had no problem with it at all! And no STB required. Stayed up late just to watch Jay Leno in HD. Man was it a thing of beauty. My only gripe was that I missed the Sox clincher last night. But thankfully, I was able to watch the highlights on ESPN HD! Yeah baby, yeah!
I am a gamer, so I did hook the GC up to composite video 1. The image was a bit bloomy and the colors bled. But I haven't calibrated the unit and the only disc I had handy to test things out with was a new copy of Wind Walker. I'll throw F-Zero on today when I get home. My Xbox is at my brother's house and I will pick that up along with the my DC and report back then.
So far, this unit is awesome. What can I say? I mean I have an HDTV that I can connect my analog cable feed to, HD cable, Xbox through component, Panny RP56 through component, Gamecube through composite, Dreamcast through composite and still have one HDMI connection open for my HTPC!
BTW, I hope I didn't violate forum policy by posting the price I paid for this unit, since after all, it is only sold in one place.
HTPC: Intel NUC (DC53427HYE) running OpenELEC/Win7 Dual Boot
Projector: Optoma HD131Xe
Receiver: Onkyo TX-NR809
Screen: Elite Spectrum Electric 125"
Media Server: NAS4Free Core 2 Quad 2.40GHz