I got this tv about 3 weeks ago now. When looking for a TV, I was set on an LCD, and was debating between the 42" Spectre, 37" Westinghouse, and this one a while back. I needed an LCD because it was going to be used as a monitor more often than not, and I didnt want to worry about burn-in.
I decided to go for a cheaper screen, and, instead, spend the difference on revamping my livingroom that has been refered to as being "stuck in the 80s". I got this TV, a new entertainment system, a new sofa, new lamps, new tables, and new carpeting for about the same amount that I was going to spend on the Westinghouse 37".
I have the following hooked up:
HD STB to AV1 via component
DVD player to AV2 via component
PS2 to AV4 via Component
HTPC to DVI
Laptop to VGA
All audio is hooked up to my preamp directly, so no audio on the TV. Not using built in tuner at all. Using a Harmony 520 Remote.
Things I like about it:
7 Video Inputs (AV1, AV2, AV3, AV4, VGA, DVI-HDCP, Tuner)
- AV1, AV2, and AV4 all have component. AV4 can also become an output instead if you want. I think they each also have composite and S-video input as well. This is PLENTY. I do wish I had another DVI or a HDMI, but what's provided is still better than many TV's out there.
- What can I say - Its very nice. SD could be better, but definitly good from a reasonable viewing distance. Progressive sources are amazing. (Maybe its the deinterlacer that isnt good? I havent tried 1080i so I don't know). From my DVD player, HTPC, STB, and PS2, colors are great, picture is bright, details are clear. All my friends that come over comment on its great sharpness when I'm in HD or PC input. Gaming on a 32" widescreen is amazing. I think there was a little lag when I first got it (Noticed via PS2 on a game that required good reaction response). I did turn the phase all the way down and I believe it eliminated it. (Not sure if this was the fix, or if it was psychological over time.) The phase is an undocumented setting, so I don't know what it does exactly. I have never noticed any lag on any other source. Response time seems as fast on the PC on the LCD TV as it ever has with my 2001FP.
- This thing seems very well built. Some plasticky parts, but doesnt seem like anythings going to snap off of it.
- Yes the remote is kind of large and feels cheap. I'm not talking about the quality of the remote, as I dont use it. Its the way its controlled. I use my Harmony remote for this tv, and the Harmony software recognized this TV's controls after adding it as a device by the OTP-3211W name; I didnt have to teach the commands. I like how you go directly to inputs, instead of cycling. I like the one button aspect button for 3:4 content (Stretch/Panoramic stretch, or regular). The way it is controlled is good for a programmable remote.
- Self explanatory
Things I don't like about it:
This is by far the most annoying thing about this tv. The sensor on this TV is dissapointing. There are IR sensors that pick up signals even when your remote isnt pointed at the tv at all..and then there's this sensor, which misses alot of commands, unless your pointed within a few degrees of the sensor. Once you keep this in mind and make sure you point the remote at the tv, its not that bad of an issue, but this is one issue you really cant work around unless you just don't use a remote.
Built in speakers
Now the integrated sound I had on for only a little bit when I first got it, but I was definitly not impressed. I have been spoiled by my 500w+ speaker systems, so maybe my standards are too high. I feel that anyone buying a LCD TV should be considering some 5.1 system as well, or at the least an external stereo system. No issue here, the volume on my TV is off and my devices are all hooked up to my preamp.
Only one HD PIP source. The other PIP must be SD. That means no DVI/VGA PIP. No Component/Component PIP. Only one PIP source can be Component, DVI, or VGA. I planned to do a bit of PIPing with the PC on DVI. I got around this by making redundant inputs for my STD and DVD source (Hooked them up via SVideo as well as Component, so it uses Svideo instead when PIPing with these sources). Quality is obviously lower when PIPing with an SVideo input, but at least I can get picture that way.
No direct selection for AV4
Ok this one is really picky, but theres no direct selection for AV4. There is AV1, AV2, AV3, and YbPbr. The "YbPbr" brings you to the next component input. I got around this by programming a "AV4" button on my remote, to have it first send the command for "AV3", then "YbPbr".
Black + Matte Silver border doesnt really match with much. It doesnt clash with my black entertainment system, but doesnt flow either. This isn't that big of a concern though.
This is a great screen to get into HD. Works amazingly as a computer monitor if you use it as a monitor from TV viewing distance. (I think 136*x768 res is about as high as I would go from 5+ feet away. Things would be too small at a higher res). Outside of what I mention above, theres nothing else really bad about it. Everyones been impressed so far, which is alot to say considering the price point its at. No regrets here, and if some new great tech comes out, or new TVs hit a low price, I can always retire this LCD to a wall somewhere else in the house.