Originally Posted by thejtrain
Hey all -
Thanks to all the owners for posting their experiences, and especially Fragster for the photos. I'm a complete HDTV rookie but excited about the features and price point of this set as my first foray into that brave new world, and with Costco's return policy, how can you go wrong? The 6-8 doesn't bother me 'cause we're moving out of state between now and then and the timing would be just right for delivery to our new place.
I was hoping someone here could answer a couple of questions for rookies like me:
The ATSC tuner would either 1) pick up OTA HD signals if you plug in an antenna or 2) act as the "channel-finder" if you plug in a HD cable feed, making the use of an external cable box unnecessary. Is that correct? If that's correct, then am I correct in thinking that I wouldn't use the built-in ATSC tuner at all if I'm using a Dish Network receiver/DVR and connecting via the component inputs? (I'm trying to determine here if the audio popping would affect me or not)
re: 16x9 source (normal non-HD non-Bluray widescreen DVDs) showing black bars on the top and bottom - is this happening because the widescreen DVDs aren't precisely 16x9 or because the screen dimensions aren't precisely 16x9? I wouldn't be particularly bothered by the bars, as I'm one of the guys who'd rather see the image displayed as designed (so I wouldn't zoom even if I could 'cause I wouldn't want to cut anything off at the sides), but I'm genuinely curious.
Someone mentioned the AVC like it's a menu of options - what's that all about?
1. I can tune out 3 DTV channels(14 miles away from station), with normal antenna, same as my VIZIO 32. Need an amplified antenna to get more, as the other station is 38 miles away from my home.
2. Watch DVD Through HDMI is great, no any problem about the black bar, I guess someone tried a 2.35:1 content instead of 16:9 content, it is a 16:9 TV, it must have black bar for 2.35:1 content. It is definitely not a problem from the TV.
Here is my review compared to my VIZIO 32HDTV,
Better contrast, white and black is much better than VIZ
Better color temperature, VIZ is kind of yellow.
1. No PIP, POP, (POP is quite useful for a big 16:9 TV, like a small 4:3 TV Side by side)
2. Poor remote control design, exit key not working for mine. OK key is difficult to use. Why OK key is much lower than the 4 arrow keys? No LED on remote to show the key press, important if the key is not sensitive or battery is low.
3. Poor overall design. Looks cheaper than VIZ. I hate the 2 metal bar, Please make it all metal or all black, not save by use piece by piece material, packaging, remote and manual all looks cheaper than VIZ.
== almost the same
1. Default video setting is not good, Have to fine tune contrast, bright and color.
2. For TV watch, Compare to VIZ, SCEPTRE looks slightly poorer in HD(Not as sharp), better in SD (less noisy)
I will buy an amplified antenna to test the two ATSC tuner. I will post some pictures if I figure out how to do it.
Overall, If you can tune the color to your satisfactory on a VIZ 37, and don't mind its low contrast (Say, less dark black, less white white), buy the VIZ; If you don't need POP/PIP(Say it is not your main TV), and don't care the cheap design, go for the Sceptre.
I believe the 42" VIZ ($1299 costco) was a best buy if 42" are not too big for you! As it improved all its problems in 32" and 37"