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post #31 of 346
anyone have comments on the vizio 42" (that the OP mentioned in his post) vs the Akai? I looked at both specs, but being a newbie myself I really couldn't make much of it. Yes, the vizio has a built in tuner... but for those of us not caring about OTA, this isn't really a deciding factor.
post #32 of 346
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Originally Posted by Midlife Crisis View Post

Now that we have covered the black level how does everyone feel about watching standard definition on the Akai. I was worried about what the wife would think and was pleasantly surprised. We have Time Warner with the 8300 DVR and the SD looks dare I say good. We are using the fill mode and on the better channels such as HBO2,HBO3, Discovery HGTV look very good, even the lesser channels like HSN regional sports are fine. The only issue we have is one soap opera (talk to my wife) where the colors are very much brighter than expected during dark scenes. Watched the same SD image on both the HD and SD version of the same channel with no difference.
We are starting to wonder weather to watch the Super Bowl on the Akai in the family room or in the basement on the 100 inch projector, The Akai looks that good. Now if I can find a remote code for the TW remote I will be set...

Yep - Same thing here.. the SD quality is actually pretty damn good on channels that have a strong high quality SD feed.. regular discovery channel (non-hd version), TLC, ESPN, all look pretty damn good in SD..

My Girlfriend recorded some soap opera and it looked pretty crappy, but i fault them for that, they shoot those damn things in very dark lighting and what looks like crappy older cameras.. the quality is just poor.. It looked just as bad on a standard old tube TV.

But again, HD content is where this set REALLY shines.. Outstanding picture for anything that is true HD.
post #33 of 346
Football will look incredible on the Akai. You can also get really close because there is absolutely no screen door effect .
post #34 of 346
Is this the same model as in Sam's club? Because Sam's club does not have this hooked up to anything yet. So I could not see PQ.
post #35 of 346
I took the plunge on the Akai 42" HD from CC as well, and it was delivered yesterday. I have been very impressed so far, for the price, really unbeleivable.

HD is stunning, and SD depending on the source is not bad as well.

I have a front projector in my true home theater, and this was for my living room to clear up space. In comparison to my front projector, which is pretty good, the contrast is amazing, and the color and overall pop is fantastic.

So far very happy with the Akai. Time will tell.
post #36 of 346
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Originally Posted by Jithtproject View Post

Is this the same model as in Sam's club? Because Sam's club does not have this hooked up to anything yet. So I could not see PQ.

It is a different model number, but the specs are virutally identical. It seems to be the same unit badged differently. For what reason, I can't figure. You'd have thought the Sam's club version would be cheaper, but both seem to be priced identically.
post #37 of 346
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Originally Posted by MCarpenter View Post

It is a different model number, but the specs are virutally identical. It seems to be the same unit badged differently. For what reason, I can't figure. You'd have thought the Sam's club version would be cheaper, but both seem to be priced identically.

Sam's club has better return policy then CC I think. ( 90 days ).
post #38 of 346
I just got my HDMI cables today and the picture got even BETTER.. It seems to have really picked up the SD picture a lot.. True HD broadcast stuff already looked stunning, but it might look a little bit better now, I can't be certain until i log a little more time with HD programming (maybe after the superbowl here )..

In either case - after a few days with this TV and now with it running through the HDMI i am still VERY happy with this TV.. I think i can now say with confidence that no HDTV Plasma can beat it for the price, or even close to its price... almost all of its competitors are TWICE the price... For anyone on a budget - this is a no brainer.
post #39 of 346
Has anyone figured out the code to use for with Comcast universal remote control?
post #40 of 346
Thread Starter 
Glad to hear some of you guys are pleased with this set. At its current pricepoint, it is going to be in the same league as the new Vizio P42 that is due to be released in March at Costco. Now that I know the Akai is worth looking at, that will make my purchase decision a tad more difficult. I've heard the new Vizio will closely resemble it's 50" big brother's PQ, which looks quite good at my Costco (although it's mounted about 15 feet up in the air).

I'd love to see a head-to-head comparo between the Akai and the new Vizio. Battle of the budget 42" HD plasmas, if you will.
post #41 of 346
I stopped by Sam's club today. TV was on showing Sam's club loop. Though PQ looked good. I am thinking of getting one for BR.
post #42 of 346
Price has gone up today.
post #43 of 346
Thread Starter 
Price has gone up today? Where did the price go up today?
post #44 of 346
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Originally Posted by araghava View Post

Price has gone up today.

Last I saw, the price was up a benji at CC, but is still at the same price at Sam's. I doubt Sam's will be raising the price.
post #45 of 346
Thread Starter 
Sam's likely got their Akai sets on a large contract, which I think helps explain why you might notice little (if any) price fluctuation. I rarely see their prices go up on electronics or anything else that isn't edible
post #46 of 346
CC's price went up a benjamin but they are now throwing in a Onkyo 6-disc DVD progressive changer. (which they sell for $200)
post #47 of 346
I purchased this tv last week, and so far I am in love. My brother has a 42" NEC commercial display, and this Akai looks just as good as his display. For the price I am glad I went this route.

One complaint, I haven't been able to get my universal remote to work with my new TV. So if anyone has the code please post it, the remote that comes with the TV is not very good.
post #48 of 346
Well after two weeks and one Super bowl I am still very very impressed by the picture quality. I am equally depressed by the remote control that ships with the unit. Lets face it a HDTV monitor with out a remote capable of controlling a tuner is silly. Also the WAF of having two remotes rubberbanded back to back to control the new HDTV is less than desirable. I have tried a new Phillips, a first generation Tivo, and URC remote from Wally world with no luck. I tried Akai, Samsung, Hitachi codes and search modes with out any success. I sent a third email to Akai this morning. First e-mail to customer support bounced back. The second to techsupport@akai.com went unanswered. The web site only says they provided the codes to the remote manufacturers. If any one has a working universal remote please let us all know.
post #49 of 346
Well there is hope after all, or should we say One-for-All. Recieved a reply from [techsupport@akaiusa.com] to my second E-mail to Akai.


We have no information on other manufacturers remote control units or codes. We have placed an order for a One-for-All remote with our remote code information added to the remote. I can ask the parts dept to contact you when we receive the remotes if you like. Please let me know. Thank you for your inquiry.

Benny

AKAI USA
Technical Support


When I here anything from Akai I will update the group. Thanks
post #50 of 346
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Originally Posted by Midlife Crisis View Post

Well there is hope after all, or should we say One-for-All. Recieved a reply from [techsupport@akaiusa.com] to my second E-mail to Akai.


We have no information on other manufacturers remote control units or codes. We have placed an order for a One-for-All remote with our remote code information added to the remote. I can ask the parts dept to contact you when we receive the remotes if you like. Please let me know. Thank you for your inquiry.

Benny

AKAI USA
Technical Support


When I here anything from Akai I will update the group. Thanks

You might try one of the Harmony Remotes , I have one (the 659) and it seems to update to work for anything.
post #51 of 346
Another vote for the 4273M - which I've now had for 2 days. Everything previously written in this thread is true - including the crappy remote and the inability for the unit to currently work with any universal remote.

I'm hooked up via component cables and am very happy with the HD images. The SD are good too but I wonder if they might truly be better with the HDMI cable - or in my case, the DVI-D to HDMI cable.

55/Rad
post #52 of 346
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Originally Posted by MCarpenter View Post

You might try one of the Harmony Remotes , I have one (the 659) and it seems to update to work for anything.

So you have a 659 and it works for your Akai? I was trying for a under $50.00 solution but if it works I will pick one up. It looks like a good remote with 2 meg of memory and the usb update feature. I had one (cheap) programable that couldn't learn the codes. After trying and returning three remotes plus two I had around the house I am not in a mood to argue. I wonder if my wife would like a remote for Valent
*** no scratch that it would never work.
post #53 of 346
I have had this TV for almost a week now, the picture is great for the price, I just hooked up my HDMI cable with my dishnetwork VIP211, after turning the TV off for a certain amount of time (not sure exactly how long the tv needs to be off) I turn the tv back on and the screen will show no input from hdmi turning off in 15 minutes, the only way to get the HDMI back up is by powering down the sattelite recevier from the power outlet, a simple on/off doesn't work. Anyone else experiencing issues using HDMI connections with this TV? Not sure if it is the TV or the sattelite rec causing this. I have no other HDMI equip to test this on.


I have a all-for-one kameleon remote and used the IR Learn feature to set-up the tv remote. Works like a charm.
post #54 of 346
I think the specs on this beast is pretty nice. Only thing that's keeping me from making the plunge is the 2D filter it has versus the 3D filter that most other higher end models have.

Can anyone enlighten me on the difference i could expect due to this?

thank you.
post #55 of 346
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post

Another vote for the 4273M - which I've now had for 2 days. Everything previously written in this thread is true - including the crappy remote and the inability for the unit to currently work with any universal remote.

I'm hooked up via component cables and am very happy with the HD images. The SD are good too but I wonder if they might truly be better with the HDMI cable - or in my case, the DVI-D to HDMI cable.

55/Rad

I saw a pretty noticeable difference going from component to HDMI with SD channels.
post #56 of 346
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Originally Posted by Leachdude View Post

I have had this TV for almost a week now, the picture is great for the price, I just hooked up my HDMI cable with my dishnetwork VIP211, after turning the TV off for a certain amount of time (not sure exactly how long the tv needs to be off) I turn the tv back on and the screen will show no input from hdmi turning off in 15 minutes, the only way to get the HDMI back up is by powering down the sattelite recevier from the power outlet, a simple on/off doesn't work. Anyone else experiencing issues using HDMI connections with this TV? Not sure if it is the TV or the sattelite rec causing this. I have no other HDMI equip to test this on.


I have a all-for-one kameleon remote and used the IR Learn feature to set-up the tv remote. Works like a charm.

My hdmi works everytime with my Cox HD DVR box.. sounds like something to do with the output of your dish unit since you are having to turn it on and off..
post #57 of 346
I saw this unit @ Sams tonite...I own a pdp5050. I was shopping for my son. Looking for a 32 LCD when I spotted the AKAI!!!
This unit looks stunning at most any price..
One lucky Son...
post #58 of 346
Definitely a newbie to HDTV market, but did a little research and finally decided to buy this Akai 42" Plasma HDTV from Sam's club...it was just too good a bargain. I purchased an additional 3 year warranty from Sam's just in case but it's day 2 and I have to say everything looks incredible.

I have my comcast HDTV tuner hooked up as well as my Tivo and my Xbox 360. The HDTV I have hooked up thru the DVI/HDMI port and I split my audio between the tivo and the HDTV monitor so there was no weird audio delay when watching HDTV. My HDTV is working on 1080i and the picture is phenomenal...not sure what everyone is talking about with the blacks...watching "Sin City" right now and the blacks look beautiful. The detail is really nice. My Xbox is hooked up thru the VGA port and the tivo used the component port with monster cables. The Tivo stuff doesn't look as good but still looks better than on my old analog TV. I also have it hooked up to my surround sound system and the speakers on the TV aren't that bad either...barely have either turned up and it's REALLY loud.

I have to say it looks AMAZING. My jaw is still dropping from all the details. Still not sure on the lifespan on this TV but even if it's only 30,000 hrs that's still almost 20 years give or take...no telling what kind of TV's they will have by then. I so far have no regrets and think this is a great option for those of us who don't want to spend $2500-3000 on a flat screen plasma.

Couldn't recommend it more! BTW...in the meantime, I'll be looking for a universal remote...I see on here that there are problems with the codes working with the Akai...any suggestions on Universal remote brands? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
post #59 of 346
I just picked up this Akai and already have a Panny 50 8uk. The blacks on the Akai are noticably worse (read noise, banding), especially when viewing non-hd imput such as s-video. That being said, with my digital hd cable box and hdmi cable, it is much better, and certainly earns it's "bargain" designation.

As for remotes, I use a Sony RM-VL900 universal learning remote and have managed to teach most of the Akai remote functions to the Sony remote (ymmv). The remote can be found new on eBay for approx. $30 shipped. Here's an in-depth review of the remote:

Sony RM-VL900 remote - review
post #60 of 346
Fourth time was a charm... Today I picked up a One for all Kameleon 6 function remote. Under $50 dollars puts it right in my price range, and the kids love the electro blue display. Sure enough wouldn't run the Akai with the codes included. But it does have a very good learning function. Programing is only slightly harder than programing a VCR, and it has a back up for changing batteries with out losing your settings. And for those who care it has a JP1 connector in the battery compartment. Read the manual first has lots of ins and outs. Learned all the functions needed for day to day operation. IT even has a button in TV mode for display format, and a dedicated input button. Still need to get a DVI to HDMI cable for the best picture. everybody who stops by comments on how nice the picture is. One pleasant surprise, I was worried about glare from the morning sun as we have several larger windows facing east. It just hasn't been an issue. If any one is considering this plasma I highly recommend this unit. Just do yourself a favor and buy a "good" learning remote on your way out the door... Every one thanks for suggestions on the remote issue.
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