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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

TV Micro-review

Well, I bought the TV. For a cheap (AU$700) 80cm TV, it's not bad at all.

The colours are good - leaving brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness all at default settings or slightly less is fine. The sound is surprisingly good - last night I was listening to it at a volume setting of 01 - it was around 11pm and nothing else in the house was on, but that's very unusual. Normal listening volume is in the teens. Clarity is good - not tinny and not bassy, just right.

Also, the rear RCA outputs are active from both side and rear inputs, so no more switching stereo inputs when changing from TV to DVD. Which is nice.

However, there are a few minor things. The rear RCA outputs aren't completely isolated when in standby, so the TV sound still comes quietly out of the stereo when I go into standby. When turning the set off with the hard switch, there's some crackling on them, too.

There's a fair bit of overscan, I think. And because it's a re-branded chinese model, I can't figure out how to get into service mode and adjust it.

The 75 ohm aerial input seems to be noisy - there's some "grain" in solid blocks of colour when using it. It's not there when using the RCA inputs, so I'm using them.

Overall though, I like it. When I figure out how to get into service mode, I think I'll love it. If you don't intend using the 75 ohm input as your main input, I'd recommend it.

2 Comments:

  • Did the TV come with SVideo connections? Hate to make you feel worse but they're presently $548 and may mate can get me 5% discount :)

    I'm just going to be using it for PS2 etc. and some TV watching.

    Thanks

    By Blogger AgentCooper, at 1:11 pm  

  • Yep, the front and side connectors both have S-video ports.

    Allow me to recommend it for playing games on - it's a decent enough size
    that two player split screen is not a complete pain in the....

    For $520 (after your discount), they are well worth it!

    By Blogger Austenite, at 6:20 pm  

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