Pros: Wonderful color, excellent sound
Cons: None yet, but I'll let you know
So, never being one to pass up the chance to entertain, I suggested that we have a few friends over, barbecue, and watch the (ill-fated) King's vs. Lakers game last Friday Night. Should I have been a tad suspicious when my husband eagerly agreed and immediately starting phoning friends? Nope, the naive wife that I am just assumed he was looking forward to my famous deviled eggs with anchovies (his favorite) or my melt-in-your-mouth-and-in-your-hands oatmeal, chocolate-chunk cookies. However, just a few, short days later, I grew suspicious when several hours before the big game, he announced (via phone) that he was stopping by Sam's Club on the way home. Upon further interrogation, intensive interrogation, he mentioned that he thought a larger television would be nice for the game.
Our brand new larger television
While I am not much of a television person, I must admit the Sharp 27" Stereo Color Television 27N-S100 is a nice set. The dimensions on this TV are actually 25 1/2" width x 23 1/4" height x 18 7/8" x 27" diagonally measured screen and weighs approximately 68 pounds.
Unpacking this monster
While a mere 27" worth of television may not seem like a "monster" to you, you must remember, I've been happy with our nice, demure 19" set. My husband had this set unpacked before I even had the groceries in the door. The directions show the "EZ SETUP" mode when you turn your TV on the first time and, in theory, it looks like it could be easy. However, as hubby was soon to find out, our television must have been a return, because batteries were in the remote and the programming has already been completed. Had we had the opportunity to take advantage of this step, we could see it would have been a snap. The set walks you through selecting your language of choice and will auto-detect and program your broadcasting and cable-TV channels. If you would like to learn more about your tv and do not want to thumb through the manual, you are given the option to check out demo mode in which the various features are explained.
What I like about this television
First of all, it makes my husband happy, so I am growing to tolerate it. I have found a few nifty features that thrill me more than my husband. This television has the built-in V-chip control allowing you, the concerned parent, to determine which shows are appropriate for your children based on their MPAA ratings and will block the inappropriate shows. You may also restrict viewing times. You may also select when the TV will shut off or when it may be viewed again. I'm still wondering what my husband will do when he finds out he is only allowed to watch rated G TV (just kidding, he's allowed PG now).
What my husband likes about this television
Believe me, in the attempt to convince me this was a wonderful investment, I have heard over and over and over the wonderful features of this set. My husband loves the front and rear AV inputs. No longer do we have to crane, strain, and injure ourselves trying to plug our video camera into the back of the set. And, I think every man will nod in agreement here, my husband loves the universal plus glow remote which may be used with your set, your cable box, and your VCR. I must admit, the thought of getting rid of a few remotes does appeal to even me.
What you may like about this television
You may preset your favorite channels on the remote to make channel-surfing all that much more enjoyable. You'll also find S-Video input terminals to obtain the higher quality picture from your VCR. The color on this set does seem to be quite a bit richer and deeper than the color on our last set. Upon watching some video of us at the park, my sister commented that the park looked better on video than in real life (it was a bit of a drab day that day). You are also given the options to change the contrast, tint, color intensity, brightness, sharpness and select a color tone with this TV. This set has multichannel TV sound allowing for high-quality stereo sound.
In retrospect, this really wasn't such a bad thing. My husband purchased this set (albeit) slightly used for only $279. Set up with our VCR, cable box, video camera, and Bose system was a breeze. I must admit, the video clips of my 21 month old son do seem a bit more vibrant. Nothing a mom likes more than showing off her son. Yes, I think we'll keep this television. Just don't expect to be invited to any King's games next season, our budget just can't take it.