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Official Sceptre 42" X42GV-Komodo HDTV LCD (No price talk)

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
A new 42" Sceptre X42GV-Komodo LCD HDTV was out yesterday at costco (with $300 discount). Shipping and handling included. Looks like a copy of 37" Komodo but larger size.

I ordered one today, will report back the shipping progress and the review. I am the owner of X42 Naga, it is still in my living room. This new 42" Komodo will be placed in my bedroom.


Features:

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Screen Size: 42" Diagonal
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Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Native Resolution: 1366 x 768
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Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
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Brightness: 500 cd/m2
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Response Time: 6 ms
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Viewing Angle: 178 L/R, 178 u/d
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HDTV Compatibility: 1080p, 1080i, 720P, 480P and 480i video signal
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Upscaleable to 1080p using Faroudja Technology®
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Tuners: NTSC , ATSC & QAM
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3D Comb Filter
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Picture in Picture and Picture on Picture
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Dimensions: 40.5" x 27.3 x 9 (with stand), 40.5 x 25.5 x 4.5 (w/o stand)
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Weight: 61.6 lbs

Audio:

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Output (RMS): 2 x 10w
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Sound Enhancement: Digital Signal Processing
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SRS TrueSurround XT

Inputs/ Outputs:

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AV 1 (CVBS), Audio L/R in
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AV 2 (CVBS), Audio L/R in
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AV 3 (S-Video), Audio shared with AV2
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YPbPr1, Audio L/R in & YPbPr2, Audio L/R in
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HDMI 1
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HDMI 2
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VGA, Stereo in
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Side Connections: Audio L/R in, AV2 (CVBS) in,
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AV3 (S-video) In
* Other Connections: AUX OUT (CVBS out, Audio L/R out), S/PDIF out (optical)
post #2 of 10
If you get the time, we'd love to see a comparison between the two Sceptre models.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Belltower View Post

If you get the time, we'd love to see a comparison between the two Sceptre models.

definitely will compare!

I have received confirmation email, but so far not yet receive the shipping notice email. I live in LA area, 1 hour away from where they ship TVs out, so it won't take too long to get it.
post #4 of 10
Looks like a nice TV
post #5 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by bzzz View Post

definitely will compare!

I have received confirmation email, but so far not yet receive the shipping notice email. I live in LA area, 1 hour away from where they ship TVs out, so it won't take too long to get it.

I'm about to pull the trigger on this as well..... would very much like to hear your feedback on this TV. Thanks!!!
post #6 of 10
I've been following the thread from day one. I just placed my order a minute ago. The 37" Komodo has a terrible picture in a few stores I saw it, so I sure hope this one is better! I think the Olevia 332 and 542 (basically All Olevia sets) look bad too... My Westy W3213 on the other hand is great!
post #7 of 10
i just received the set and i have no image whatsoever or sound when i power it on. i made sure power cord is in securely and i tried it with and without the cable coaxial cord.

any help on this guys?

thx
post #8 of 10
I found one Taiwness tech / business web review saying that AUO is the panel source for Samsung, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic and LG (report dated Dec, 21 2006) I also read another report (which I can't located anymore) indicated that Sceptre in fact is one of AUO's customer.

The Sceptre 42" Komodo spec matches WXGA product line spec.


Apparently, the new panel has "less than 8 ms" response time and 120 Hz frame rate

Here is the tech detail :



AU Optronics Advances Its Commercialized LCD TV Technologies
The Ultimate Viewing Experience for the High Definition TV Era

Hsinchu, Taiwan, - (October 16, 2006)

AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today introduced its advanced commercialized LCD TV technologies, strengthening its pioneering role as the industry technology innovator. In response to the rapid growth market of High Definition TV (HDTV) applications, the crucial LCD TV technologies AUO has developed include: Advanced MVA (AMVA) technology with low color washout and high contrast ratio; AUO Simulated Pulsed Driving (ASPD) technology to solve blurred motion problem; HiColor technology with LED backlight to achieve over 100% color saturation; and AUO Picture Enhancer (APE) technology featuring natural color images and clear depth of view.

These advanced technologies will be demonstrated at FPD International 2006, from October 18 to October 20, in Yokohama Japan.

Since the launching of four commercialized LCD TV technologies, AUO has been striving for enhanced specifications and diverse solutions to meet customers'needs and requirements. With untiring effort, AUO is able to provide customers with more flexible and diverse choices. Particularly, many of AUO's new developed technologies contain more than two newly added features. Taking AUO Picture Enhancer technology as an example, one new of APE technology can dynamically adjust the contrast, sharpness, hue, color temperature, and color saturation to accommodate the image contents, while the other new APE technology, High Dynamic Contrast with LED, can also enhance the contrast ratio to above 10,000:1 and save up to 50% in power consumption by utilizing LED backlight to control luminance depth and range.

AMVA Technology, Featuring Extra-High Contrast Ratio of 2500:1 and High Color Gamut NTSC > 92%

Earlier in October 2005, AUO successfully launched AMVA technology with a high contrast ratio of 1200:1 by optimized color-resist implementation along with a new pixel design. With this improved technology, AUO today introduces extra-high contrast ration of 2500:1 in its 42" Full HD (1920 x 1080) LCD, significantly reducing color washout and achieving wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees. In addition, this technology installed backlight module with high color gamut can reach above 92% NTSC.

New ASPD Technology at 120Hz Frame Rate, Reducing Motion Blur Images and Enabling Response Time Less than 4ms (Gray to Gray)

Aiming to solve the blurred images on conventional LCDs, AUO has successfully developed a new ASPD technology at 120Hz frame rate (doubling the current frame rate) for its 42" Full HD (1920x1080) LCD. This technology can greatly reduce motion blur, and enable the image performance to reach optimal levels at 4ms equivalent gray to gray (8ms MPRT). This new ASPD 120Hz driving technology has been applied to WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution for mass production, including 32", 37" and 42" LCD TV panels.

New ASPD Technology Applied with HiColor Technology, Achieving 105% NTSC

AUO Simulated Pulsed Driving (ASPD) technology simulates impulse-type displays with the adjustment of pixel driving and scanning backlight to reach a CRT-like quality image in motion picture response time. By adopting HiColor and LED backlight technologies, advantages of new ASPD technology include high colour gamut of 105% NTSC, high contrast ratio of 1500:1, and lower power consumption. The environmentally-friendly design is both mercury and lead free. This technology also productively improves the motion blur problem and provides better image quality than conventional VA LCDs.

AMVA Alternate Frame Technology, Greatly Improving Color Washout

By using new driving methods, AMVA Alternate Frame technology provides optimized image quality without changing any pixel design. This high contrast technology can also achieve wide viewing angles up to 178 degrees, resulting in a more comfortable viewing experience for the consumer with the same gamma curve and luminance.

AUO's Executive Vice President, Dr. Hui Hsiung, noted AUO has achieved significant breakthrough in LCD TV technologies recently. These four AUO commercialized TV technologies have received much positive feedback from customers. After the G7.5 line began volume production, AUO has gradually implemented these leading technologies into its products, especially the overall implementation upgrade to 42" from 37". On top of that, AUO's 37" and 42" LCD TV panels provide both WXGA (1366x768) and Full HDTV (1920x1080) specifications to fulfill the diverse needs of the widest range of customers.
post #9 of 10
I bought a set of Sceptre® X42GV-Komodo LCD HDTV from COSTCO and received it last week. I have already hooked it up and watched it for 5 days. It is a good LCD HDTV.

Its native resolution is 1366 x 768. By Faroudja de-interlace technology, it is 1080p compatible. And, its 2000:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 brightness are attractive, especially at $999.99 price. Sceptre X42GV-Komodo can compete with Sharp AQUOS LCD HDTV. I watch ESPN HD with Sceptre and find 6ms response time is much better than my old 8ms response time Samsung LCD HDTV (I bought it 2 years ago.)

Remote controller's response time is a little slow. I guess that is because Sceptre uses it own firmware circuits to handle IR, tuner and video signals (burning in some features of the HDTV, such as tuner functions and Faroudja, in the firmware to cut the hardware cost. And, Made in China also implies high quality and low price products).

Like other HDTVs, Sceptre's speakers are not top quality. But, that is not a problem for me. I use my receiver to transfer high quality audio.

CONCLUSION: It is a good deal to buy a Sceptre® X42GV-Komodo LCD HDTV at $999.99.
post #10 of 10
I just ordered one of these 42" Sceptre Komodo HDTV LCD X42GV on the way. I should receive it on Monday, 4/2. I also ordered from Costco, the specs are impressive for the price. I do not have high definition satellite yet. I have DirecTV and the standard signal on my Toshiba 56" DLP rear projection sets looks very good. Has anyone tried hooking DirecTV standard to the 42" Sceptre? I am hoping the picture looks halfway decent.
Thanks, Frank
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