30'' Wide Screen 16:9 HD (1080i) Digital TV

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  1. GrahamJW

    GrahamJW Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi:

    My knowledge of wide screen digitals TVs is very limited, so I though I would pole the TV gurus. I notice that Walmart has a Sanyo 30'' Wide Screen 16:9 HD (1080i) Digital TV model HT30744 for $899.00 (Canadian dollars). The specs can be viewed here: http://www.sanyo.com/entertainment/t...?productID=904

    I was wondering if this is a good TV? Anyone have any experience with this model.

    cheers..John
     
  2. GrahamJW

    GrahamJW Stunt Coordinator

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    No one has heard, or has an opinion on this TV?
     
  3. Heinz W

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    I'm not an expert, but everything looks good there except for the HD resolutions. It doesn't mention 480p or 720p anywhere in the specs:

    # Digital Scanning Format
    1080i
    # Picture Resolution
    330 lines/antenna input
    800 lines/video input

    I'd check to see what format your HD content providers use to insure compatibility with that set. For instance, it is my understanding that DVD displays at 480p on digital TVs, so that may be an issue if you watch a lot DVDs.

    I have a similar thread up about a Sony 34" model, so I'm going through the same situation as you. [​IMG]

    Good luck.
     
  4. GrahamJW

    GrahamJW Stunt Coordinator

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    Heinz:

    Thanks for the information. I do a lot of DVD viewing, so this TV may not suit my needs. Thanks again for pointing that out.

    Cheers..John
     
  5. Stephen Hopkins

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    If you still do SD 4:3 viewing and have room you may want to consider a comparable 32" 4:3 HD set with 16:9 squeez mode. You'll get 98% of the 16:9 picture area and 145% of the 4:3 picture area. With the 16:9 squeez mode you'll also get the full resolution of anamorphic DVDs and 16:9 HDTV. It may not seem cool to invest in a 4:3 set but 4:3 material is still prevelant and in this size range you can get all the 16:9 size, more 4:3 size, and spend the same or less money.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  6. Derek N

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    It was good to read your post Stephen, because although I feel overwhelmed by the new TV techology I have been coming to the same conclusion.

    -Derek
     
  7. Bill Will

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    Check over at www.avsforum.com there is a lot of info on the Sanyo sets over there & they have been getting Very Good Reviews.
     
  8. Dmitry

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    A word of caution -- in some case HD programming will have black bars on the sides, so it will be windowboxed in a 4:3 TV with a squeeze.
     
  9. David_J

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    I bought one of these sets last night but haven't had a chance to get any HD channels. I was hoping to get some ClearQAM stations from my local cable company but so far no luck. I live too far away from any TV stations to pick them up in HD over the airways. Digital cable channels look good considering most are 528x480 or 704x480. The Analog cable channels don't look all that good, but then again they didn't look very good on a standard 27 Inch Panasonic either. I wish my cable company would switch to all digital. But I like the TV so far. Colors look good and there are a ton of inputs on the back including HDMI. There is a much larger thread didcated to this tv at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=435721
     

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