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post #2401 of 2894
My Wal-Mart still has these Sanyos in stock. The 32" is very impressive, for features, price, AND picture quality.
post #2402 of 2894
FWIW, this month's "Consumer Reports" rates the Sanyo HT32744 at the bottom of the six 32-inch 4:3 HD sets reviewed. It has an overall rating of 39/100 (the highest is Sony KV-32HS420 at 72/100). The Sanyo is rated at good for all categories except on "HD Programming" and "Regular TV via basic input," where it rates as "fair." The Sanyo HT28745 scores even worse with an overall score of 32.
post #2403 of 2894
I picked up another Sanyo last night. I had to drive 45 miles to a super walmart to buy one.

I purchased the 27". All of they had left of the sanyo's (27" 28" and 32") were the display models (for 10% off). I purchased the TV for my mother in law for her birthday (to replace her current 25 year old 25").

Great tv for a great price!
post #2404 of 2894
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Originally Posted by Shink View Post

FWIW, this month's "Consumer Reports" rates the Sanyo HT32744 at the bottom of the six 32-inch 4:3 HD sets reviewed. It has an overall rating of 39/100 (the highest is Sony KV-32HS420 at 72/100). The Sanyo is rated at good for all categories except on "HD Programming" and "Regular TV via basic input," where it rates as "fair." The Sanyo HT28745 scores even worse with an overall score of 32.

I think I can see why it is rating is at the bottom. I am also getting this intermittent green tint problem. I called SANYO today and they told me to take this HEAVY 32" television back to Walmart for a replacement instead of having it worked on. If they don't have a TV to replace it with I am to choose another model/brand or ask for my monies back. WHAT A MESS!!!!

I have called Walmart and speaking with them about this and they told me to bring the set in and get a refund.

Anyone got any suggestions for a decent HDTV that is reasonably priced? I think I'm going to get me an LCD/HDTV, they are a heck of a lot lighter to be hauling around to be repaired or returned. LOL

Netqueen
post #2405 of 2894
I wrote earlier in this thread that I don't really find this set to be that great a value anymore (though they were when I bought mine a year ago). I'd recommend getting a Sam's Club or Costco membership and getting a smaller LCD or plasma from them - they have a no questions asked return policy, so you can feel confident in buying an "no name" brand. If it breaks or you just don't like it, return it and get your money back. Can't beat that.
post #2406 of 2894
Netqueen, I'm surprised they didn't offer you the option of having it fixed. Two questions, are you close to a service center that would work on it as I was? If not they probably felt it best to return it. The service center I used picked up and dropped it off, they really didn't want to work on it in house.

I told Sanyo I had no way of transporting it back and forth, but they never really gave much headache anyway, they thought it would be easier to try and fix it, perhaps because of my close proximity to the service center.

That said if it goes before my warranty is up I'm going to either make them fix it again or make them give me a comparable replacement, I paid too little for it and I wouldn't be happy just to get my money back.
post #2407 of 2894
I was wondering since this tv has a Digital tuner if you could help me hook it up.

now I hooked up my regular antanna to it but it didnt give me anything. i was wondering if you could give a few pointers since I cant afford any HD Derectv. my Zip code is 54982.
post #2408 of 2894
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Originally Posted by Wally West View Post

I was wondering since this tv has a Digital tuner if you could help me hook it up.

now I hooked up my regular antanna to it but it didnt give me anything. i was wondering if you could give a few pointers since I cant afford any HD Derectv. my Zip code is 54982.

Wautoma? So you pick up the Green Bay stations? What kind of antenna do you have?
post #2409 of 2894
ya Wautoma and with regular tv I get Madison more then Green Bay. the Antenna is like 20 years old and was at my house when I moved in. I put in a booster if that matters.
post #2410 of 2894
Oh crap! Mine starting "going green" the other night as well. I messed with the tint, and the picture modes, and it fixed itself, but today it happened again. I bought it sometime in the fall of 2004, so I'm out of warranty, right? Anybody want a take a guess at what this type of repair (fixing a loose solder joint) would cost out of pocket?
post #2411 of 2894
Take a look at my above post about the green issue, been back a month or so and it still works OK, if I recall it was IC 711 on the CRT driver board that had bad solder joints.
post #2412 of 2894
Looks like the 30" is back as the HT30746 as well as some new digital SDTVs.

http://www.sanyo.com/entertainment/televisions/digital/
post #2413 of 2894
^ Has anyone seen the new 30" available at Walmart yet? I've been to a couple and haven't seen it yet. I'm hoping they'll let me trade it for my 30744 before the warranty's up mid March.
post #2414 of 2894
Yep, list price will be $526. Should be in stores the first few weeks of march, to meet the FCC mandate on CRT televisions. I've known about this unit for some time, but I just couldn't tell too much since I'm now a managment trainee. There are other units comming out as well (Sanyo SDTV units and many other SDTVs), that should be in stores around the same time, but are aimed at a different market than avsers.

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post #2415 of 2894
It doesn't look much different compared to the 30744 feature wise. Less inputs... and no sharing of audio jacks anymore... auto audio levels? other than that everything pretty much seems the same. I just hope the problems are worked out of the new one (component jacks, tilt, etc.).
post #2416 of 2894
oryan_dunn, Any idea when they will be in the stores?

When you say list do you mean WAL-MART's List Price or Sanyo's list price or are they the same seeing WAL-MART owns the controling intrest in Sanyo USA.
post #2417 of 2894
I think I saw this set at Walmart for $417.
post #2418 of 2894
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Originally Posted by Bill1313 View Post

oryan_dunn, Any idea when they will be in the stores?

When you say list do you mean WAL-MART's List Price or Sanyo's list price or are they the same seeing WAL-MART owns the controling intrest in Sanyo USA.


Both I guess. I think it will be in around the second week or so of March. It will coincide with the FCC mandate.

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post #2419 of 2894
Just a quick heads up.

In a couple weeks WM will be redoing their D5 modulars. By Dec. 2006 WM will stop selling analog TV's ENTIRELY! There are some REALLY nice models on the new set at some good prices.

WM also finally made a deal to start carrying Hitachi's and Samsung TV's.

I got this info from the Year Beginning Meetings in Kansas City about a month ago.
post #2420 of 2894
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Originally Posted by D-X View Post

Just a quick heads up.

In a couple weeks WM will be redoing their D5 modulars. By Dec. 2006 WM will stop selling analog TV's ENTIRELY! There are some REALLY nice models on the new set at some good prices.

WM also finally made a deal to start carrying Hitachi's and Samsung TV's.

I got this info from the Year Beginning Meetings in Kansas City about a month ago.

What's a D5 modular?

Will these Hitachi and Samsung sets be Walmart specials or the same models carried by other chains like BB and CC?

The phase out of analog models makes sense - the FCC mandate is 3/1/07.
post #2421 of 2894
So there should be some great Blow Out Sales on analog tvs come Black Friday & Christmas time or will they be redoing their displays & cleaning them out before that like this summer?
post #2422 of 2894
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Originally Posted by biker19 View Post

What's a D5 modular?

Will these Hitachi and Samsung sets be Walmart specials or the same models carried by other chains like BB and CC?

The phase out of analog models makes sense - the FCC mandate is 3/1/07.


D5=Department #5:Electronics in WM lingo.
Modular is the floorplan for the dept.

I grab the disc with the pics from work on MOnday and post them for you guys.
post #2423 of 2894
I recently almost bought an HT28745 at my local Walmart. Sorry, if discussing the 'little brother' is off topic here. It was a return item at a discounted price which made it quite attractive to my retiree budget. I hooked my Hi-8 Sony Handicam via S-Video and was appauled at the degradation of the picture!

There are years upon years of SDTV media that folks want to be able to watch.
My question is why don't HDTV set makers build in a 'compatibility mode' or something?

Are there HDTV or EDTV sets that are known for excellent viewing of SDTV media?
post #2424 of 2894
I don't doubt that Wal-mart would like to jump ahead into the future with new products ahead of its competitors, but I wouldn't think they would eliminate Analog television sets completely at the end of this year. Wal-mart is always trying to reduce its costs more and more each years through new negotiations with its manufacturers to reduce its costs and to make more profit as well as pass some savings along to the customer in the form of rollbacks. It is true that HD CRTs, LCDs, and Plasmas are more expensive to produce than analog CRTs. I think what they're trying to say is that the regular analog televisions will end at the end of this year and that the "analog" televisions will carry a digital tuner built-in to the set. This alone does not make the television digital. It still is analog any way you look at it. It's the same thing as taking a set-top digital OTA receiver and connecting it to one of the analog television sets that Wal-mart carries now. I too work at Wal-mart and I work in the Electronics also. I noticed that some of the new televisions we're getting in the department are SDTVs (Standard Definition Televisions). Basically, a SDTV is just an analog CRT with a digital tuner built-in to the set.
post #2425 of 2894
It depends on the definition of digital TV but makers and sellers will tout the fact that the new ATSC tuner equiped TVs are "digital". I saw the new 30" Sanyo today in Walmart and the price on the box says $478 and the word "digital" is on there many times. Granted this is an HD set, but even the SDTVs w/ digital tuners have the same amount of "digital" this and that on the box.
post #2426 of 2894
All CRTs are analog, even CRT HDTVs.. the only digital part is the tuner/hdmi port which eventually is converted back to an analog signal anyways so a viewable picture can be displayed on the TV.
post #2427 of 2894
I am a new poster to this forum but have been viewing for some time. I purchased the Sanyo HT 30746 from Wal-Mart for $478. There are some good and some bad things about this set. The good is the price and the built-in digital cable tuner. The bad is the out-of-box PQ and some strange firmware issues. There is really only one shared digital tuner. You have a choice of OTA digital or QAM. Databases for both cannot reside in memory at the same time. There is also no direct access to digital channels that are not in the scanned database. If you want to view OTA digital you have to do a complete channel rescan and you lose your QAM database. This can be very annoying if you don't have all of the locals on cable. The QAM tuner works very well as I have very good cable strength. Audio on standard broadcasts sometimes appear out of sync but the pictures look fair. Digital audio is clean thru the optical out. Standard audio from NTSC does not come out the digital output and the optical does not shut off when you are viewing standard broadcast. This means you have to use a separate input on your receiver if you cannot override the optical. As far as general PQ. Out-of-the-box setup is horrible. There are few adjustments in the menus other than the basics. Had to back off the contrast to around 20% and raise the brightness to about 60. Color was oversaturated and had a red/green push. Red cutoff slightly high in black screen. Whites tend to clip slightly but are white. Heavy contrast scenes tend to push blacks. Linearity issues include a horizontally stretched area about 80% to the right of center. Pincushion is off slightly. Focus is left of center and the right edge is slightly out of focus. This could be related to the stretch issue. Picture is off center to the left and overscanned. As no service manual is out yet for this box I can probably only tinker with some of the basic setups in the service menu. The price of the 30 inch Sonys are dropping so that might be a better way to go. Nothing lost though and the Wal-Mart return policy will work in my favor. The set only weighs in at 115 pounds so it's not a killer.
post #2428 of 2894
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Originally Posted by media_man View Post

I am a new poster to this forum but have been viewing for some time. I purchased the Sanyo HT 30746 from Wal-Mart for $478. There are some good and some bad things about this set. The good is the price and the built-in digital cable tuner. The bad is the out-of-box PQ and some strange firmware issues. There is really only one shared digital tuner. You have a choice of OTA digital or QAM. Databases for both cannot reside in memory at the same time. There is also no direct access to digital channels that are not in the scanned database. If you want to view OTA digital you have to do a complete channel rescan and you lose your QAM database. This can be very annoying if you don't have all of the locals on cable. The QAM tuner works very well as I have very good cable strength. Audio on standard broadcasts sometimes appear out of sync but the pictures look fair. Digital audio is clean thru the optical out. Standard audio from NTSC does not come out the digital output and the optical does not shut off when you are viewing standard broadcast. This means you have to use a separate input on your receiver if you cannot override the optical. As far as general PQ. Out-of-the-box setup is horrible. There are few adjustments in the menus other than the basics. Had to back off the contrast to around 20% and raise the brightness to about 60. Color was oversaturated and had a red/green push. Red cutoff slightly high in black screen. Whites tend to clip slightly but are white. Heavy contrast scenes tend to push blacks. Linearity issues include a horizontally stretched area about 80% to the right of center. Pincushion is off slightly. Focus is left of center and the right edge is slightly out of focus. This could be related to the stretch issue. Picture is off center to the left and overscanned. As no service manual is out yet for this box I can probably only tinker with some of the basic setups in the service menu. The price of the 30 inch Sonys are dropping so that might be a better way to go. Nothing lost though and the Wal-Mart return policy will work in my favor. The set only weighs in at 115 pounds so it's not a killer.

The shared memory has been on all Sanyo TVs.. it's not a firmware issue. You can't access channels direct becacuse you need to know the frequency they are.. the numbers you see are just mappings to various frequencies, so you can only get them when scanning. The reason you don't get audio on the analog channels is because these TVs don't have any sort of encoder to convert the analog audio into digital. Most TVs don't have this (including my Sony).
post #2429 of 2894
I just exchanged my 30744 for the 30746 and i'm disappointed. The menus are half as detailed as the last one. Picture and picture is lost. The remote is very basic. I also have these wavy lines that look like FM interferance on all inputs. If anyone has any ideas about that it would be appreciated. I will probably take this back as the wavy line noise really runs the picture. Its a shame. I feel cheated.
post #2430 of 2894
My original reason for buying this tv was to replace my 1983 RCA Lyceum (Professional Monitor) that has been a champ. Still looked like it did out of the box except for some recent occasional problems with a cold solder joint somewhere. Did not want to repair it and was waiting for the price of plasmas to come down. Still think the pannys are the best but not worth 2 grand plus. I had planned to stick this in the bedroom when the big screens became available at a reasonable price. The Sony 30 inchers are falling in price as Sony discontinues all hdtv tube sets but the weight is rediculous. The Sanyo weighs in at 115 lbs vs. 154 for the Sony. My stand supports around 125... that would be pushing it. If I can correct the geometry issues, focus and the red/green push I could probably live with the Sanyo for now. As far as direct access to digital channels, there is no way to enter frequency numbers in these sets. Only the scanned virtuals. I guess I could go with digital cable for an extra 14 bucks and use the HDMI input. Then I could use the internal tuner for the OTAs. Kind of defeats the reason for buying a set with built in QAM.
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