Good Picture and Good Sound, Flat Screen, Ample Inputs
Feb 7, 2010
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
I bought the Daewoo DTQ-27U4SC to replace my aging Philips/Magavox 19" TV that I had been using for a few years. I found this one at Best Buy and it seemed to be just what I needed - it was the widest TV that would fit in my corner stand entertainment center. All I needed was decent TV and I had never bought any Daewoo products prior to that point. I bought this TV when HDTVs were still prohibitively expensive to my budget, but was pleased with it nonetheless.
Recommend this product?
This 27-inch television has a surprisingly good picture for a standard-definition (480i) TV. The contrast is good right out of the box, the colors are bright, and the lines are sharp. It warms up quickly and has never failed me (in the 5 years that I used it). I've used this TV for watching broadcast television (i.e. rabbit-ears), cable TV, and DVD's. The picture is always excellent, which I attribute in part to the fact that it is a flat-glass screen, as opposed to the traditional curved-glass (spherical). I've never used it for any type of gaming, but I imagine it would perform quite well in that arena, too.
The picture provided by Epinions is a little deceptive in that it depicts (or appears to depict) the speakers as being on either side of the screen at the same height - this is not the case for this particular model number. For the DTQ-27U4SC, the speakers are below the screen, which makes the TV a little more narrow, allowing for more screen in a more narrow space, which worked out perfect for my corner entertainment center.
The channel search is fairly quick. Just tonight I ran the search and it found all of my channels after about a two-minute search. After the channels are programmed, the user can manually enter the call-sign for each channel. The process is a little bit cumbersome and there's no way to wipe them all simultaneously, but it's a feature not all televisions have.
The inputs for this television far exceed most users needs. In addition to the traditional coax (or antenna) input for the NTSC tuner, there are two rear composite-video inputs (with their own separate audio inputs) labeled AV1 and AV2. AV1 can be either a composite video input or S-Video input (has both, user can determine which is preferred). AV2 is strictly composite video. Also on the rear are a comonent video input (Y/Pb/Pr) with audio and a composite audio/video output. Taking it one step further, there is a composite video input (AV3) on the front, which is useful for connecting gaming systems or camcorders, etc. So that's a total of 5 possible input functions, with the option to output the composite video and sound. That's a pretty good deal for a budget television.
But don't be fooled by the component inputs in the back. Although this TV will accept standard component inputs frequently used for HDTV viewing (by cable boxes and some video devices) any signals sent in the form of high-definition will not display properly on this television. Also I have never noted any difference between the component video input and the composite video inputs. For standard definition viewing, the composite and S-video inputs are all that is required.
The included remote is not fancy, but is functional. It cannot be programmed to operate other devices, however at least one major cable company's cable box remotes include the necessary codes for programming their remotes to control this TV. The on-screen displays are not intuitive, but they are managable - trial and error is a good teacher.
The sound from this television is surprisingly rich for such small speakers. They won't make Jurassic Park sound like the dinosaurs are in your living room, but you'll hear the lows and get more volume than most people actually need. Hook up the audio ouputs (standard RCA plugs) to your amplifier and you'll have all the sound you can handle. If an external amplifier is used, the TV's built-in speakers can be disabled in favor of the better sound by the amplifying system using the on-screen menus.
Obviously by today's standards this TV will be sub-par compared to the dizzying array of HDTVs available with prices that continue to come down. But this TV would be ideal for someone on a budget or who doesn't need/want an HDTV and still wants a good picture.
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