1. The "Model" YOUR SISTER has.
Toshiba Regza 55ZV650U2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model FOR YOUR SISTER.
Decent reviews, good bang-for-buck price for a 120/240Hz 55" HDTV (especially since me and sis are splitting the cost) and I believe that CCFL LCD technology reached its peak in 2009 (the year this model came out). AVS Forum members demand LED, OLED and other top-of-the-line technology for maximum picture quality, but for average non-techie folks (like my sister and brother-in-law) a good CCFL LCD HDTV is mind-blowing enough.3. What you like best about YOUR SISTER'S LCD.
Good (though not great) black levels in a dark environment, out-of-the-box accurate colors, great built-in speaker sound (though nowhere near as good as a surround system), S-Video input, good performance with SD material, compatible with legacy technology (particularly older videogame systems; click http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post18359476
and scroll down for proof) and minimal (though it's there) lag time when playing most videogames. If you hook any high-def (Blu-ray, HD cable, PS3, etc.) or quality SD source it looks excellent:http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC00072-5.jpghttp://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC00176-1.jpghttp://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC00196-1.jpghttp://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...3/DSC00221.jpg4. What you don't like about YOUR SISTER'S LCD.
Average-to-worse off-angle viewing (vertical and horizontal) than your average brand HDTV, 'milkier' blacks than competing CCFL LCD models, reflective Deep Lagoon bezel (almost plasma bad) = mirror on a sunny afternoon...http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC00004-5.jpghttp://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC00005-4.jpghttp://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u...DSC00050-2.jpg
...no swivel stand, no Picture-in-Picture, gimped VGA input resolution (below 1080p), antiquated menu and bulky-as-a-tank remote. Also no internet connectivity whatsoever, although I knew that going in.5. What "Feature(s)" you wish YOUR SISTER'S LCD had.
PIP, a swivel stand, internet apps, matte screen... all the stuff my sister doesn't give a damn about not having. 6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about YOUR SISTER'S LCD.
Do not abandon CCFL LCD technology just because you're in a rat race with Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Vizio and every other HDTV manufacturer to get people to buy LED HDTV's with all the bells & whistles. There is a market of non-techie people for whom this Regza model is killer. Just create a new tier of Toshiba brand and keep making CCFL LCD's at affordable prices to get 'normal' people to buy.
The other thing would be for Toshiba to keep incorporating and improving its Resolution+ and other features from the ZV650U line into its newer 2010 LED models. But they're doing that already anyway and adding the extra stuff (like wireless internet apps) that Vizio and Samsung are already incorporating into their 2010 models. I guess I'd try to steer them away from glossy screens and into matte panels (I hate looking at mirrors when watching TV) but as long as there is a choice of models they'll be fine.7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after YOUR SISTER received HER LCD.
First, she and hubby didn't know what brand/size of HDTV she was getting until it was delivered into her doorstep. They had a 32" Vizio before so the "surprise" is that now they can sit 12-15 feet away from the ZV650U and it still looks big.
My biggest surprise when I saw the TV for the first time is how jaded I've become at the size of big screen TV's. I have a 47" in my small apartment and it looks OK, but a 55" on my sis' living room looks absolutely tiny (especially since she put the couch so far away and refuses to move it any closer!
).8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with YOUR SISTER'S LCD.
It's been going for a little less than two weeks and so far no problems (knock on Entertainment Center wood). The ZV650U owner's thread indicates there have been problems with HDMI input audio and other quirks here and there, but those are mostly dated to 2009 (when the TV's were new). Hopefully this just-purchased set has all the kinks worked out.
My only personal beef is that, when hooking up a Sega Dreamcast to the ZV650U's VGA input, I get 'yellow white' color and I couldn't figure out how to change it into pure white...
... which would be a deal-breaker if it were my TV. But my sis? She couldn't care less.9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
I paid a C-note shy of $3K for my 47" Olevia 747i back in March of '07. Me and my sister are splitting approx. half that to cover the (delivered for free) cost of the 55ZV650U. It's not a screaming deal but I feel it's a fair price for a new top-of-the-line name brand CCFL LCD from the previous year. Did I mention this is a FIFTY-FIVE INCH
HDTV?10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
My sister and hubby just moved into a new house and are expecting their first born soon. I happen to have the means to get them something they'd never think of getting on their own using what they were going to spend to buy a new HDTV to mitigate my costs. Voala! I get to (a) buy a new HDTV (which I only spent two days tinkering with while visiting), (b) my sister has something to keep herself & hubby (and soon my first niece/nephew
) distracted with and (c) their home has a new cool toy for visitors to gather around while yaking. Even better, (d) no need for me to worry about Christmas or birthday presents for any of them over the next couple of years.