Pros: Picture Quality, Features (Including PIP), Great Price
Cons: Sound Quality
Suddenly (and unexpectedly) in the market for a new television, I found myself in Sears. I didn't know what I was looking for, exactly, but I did know what I didn't want. I was replacing a 19-inch TV, and I didn't want one that size. I wanted something bigger, but not overwhelming.
I was also looking for good stereo sound, and perhaps picture-in-picture capabilities. I didn't want to spend more than $300, either. Obviously, I'm pretty picky when it comes to electronics purchases, and I'll just wait if I can't find what I'm looking for at the time.
Imagine my utter surprise to find a Zenith B25A10Z set on sale for $269.99. Normally retailing for $349.95, this television had everything I was looking for and more. Suspicious about the price, I grilled the salesperson as to whether this was a floor model or a customer return. No, he assured me, just an overstock situation on a model they would discontinue. So I bought it.
Setup was as simple as pressing a few buttons on the remote control. Not only did the television program itself with all 66 cable channels available to me, it presented me with a dazzling array of options. One of the neatest features of this set is the ability to display program title, duration, and time left (not all channels broadcast this information, and for those, the Zenith simply displays "Title Not Available"). This feature lets you know that the Clint Eastwood movie on TNT is going to go for another 48 minutes, for example. The display stays on the screen for a few moments, then disappears.
The picture-in-picture feature was a little difficult to set up--the instructions were not detailed enough. A quick call to customer service was answered promptly by a real person who happened to be a knowledgeable technician who told me how to set up the VCR and picture-in-picture to work together. His instructions were clear and precise, and once I'd purchased the needed extra cable, I was up and running with picture-in-picture.
The unit has a convenient game port for your PlayStation, Nintendo 64, or other gaming system. You can even switch between TV and game using the picture-in-picture menu. Picture quality is excellent, with sharp images and natural color. Sound quality is decent, though nothing to write home about.
All told, I'm very pleased with this TV and would recommend it highly, especially if you can get as good a deal on it as I did.