Good picture quality
Cons: chintzy remote
poor audio quality
Over the past six months I have helped my technology loving, but technically challenged friend Martha to select a completely new collection of techno-toys. First up was the Logitech Z-313 (2.1) computer speaker system. I bought the Z313 (here’s my review - http://www.epinions.com/review/Logitech_Z313/content_584397459076) system a while back and Martha really liked the way my system sounded, so we went to Best Buy where she bought an identical system for herself. Next up was the Nikon L25 P&S digicam. My friend wanted a nice purse friendly P&S digicam for her daughter, but she had budgeted only $80.00 for the purchase and didn’t think she could get much for that amount. We went to K-Mart and found the L25 (Nikon’s cheapest digital camera) still on sale at the black Friday price of $69.95 (list price is $99.00). I sought out the electronics department manager and informed her that Martha also wanted to buy (in addition to the L25) an 8 pack of Duracell “AA” batteries, a denim soft case, and a 4GB SDHC media card – so would she be willing to knock an additional $10.00 off the price of the already on-sale L25 so that we could buy everything in one store. The electronics department manager agreed, much to Martha’s surprise, and the grand total for everything (including 6% KY sales tax) was $84.67.
Martha’s next techno-toy was a new flat panel TV for herself and we found that product at Target (after first checking out the selections at K-Mart and Walmart). We must have looked at thirty different wide-screen TVs that day and for the price ($258.00) the Sanyo DP32242 LCD set had the biggest screen, the sharpest picture, and the best color for less than $300.00 (Martha’s mandatory upper limit). She also, at my suggestion, bought a Vivitar VIVRW50 card reader (here’s my review - http://www.epinions.com/review/Vivitar_50_N_1_Card_Reader_VIVRW50/content_602876776068) for $11.00. Martha can now hook her new Vivitar VIVRW50 into the USB input on the DP32242 and enable the Sanyo Photo Viewer feature to display her digital photos on her new TV’s LCD screen – which she thought was really cool.
Ergonomics and Build Quality
The Sanyo Wide-Screen HDTV Model DP32242 features a glossy black plastic screen surround that fades nicely into the background when the lights in the viewing area are dimmed. The DP32642 also features a full array of HDMI, Component Audio/Video, Composite Audio/Video and RF inputs, providing users with plenty of hook-up options forDVD,VCR, Cable, Satellite and external antenna hookups. A coaxial digital audio output permits direct connection to a home entertainment receiver/amplifier for home theater audio applications. The DP32242 is incredibly light and astonishingly thin for people who grew up watching gut-bustingly heavy and bulkyCRTTV’s. The detachable (and remarkably easily installed) pedestal base allows the TV to be placed on any flat surface (table, entertainment center, bookshelf, etc) and there is also an optional wall-mount kit available.
31.5" Diagonal LCD Screen
Wide screen 16:9 Aspect Ratio
Native Panel Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels(WXGA)
Wide Viewing Angles:178 H x 178 V Degrees
Integrated Digital Clear QAM ATSC + AnalogNTSC Tuner191 Total Channels
Receives ATSC signal formats (including 480i/p, 720p and 1080i) converted to 720p display
3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter
MTS/SAP Stereo & Digital Audio
Two 6 x 12 cm speakers: 5 watts/ch
Trilingual Menus: English, Spanish, French
Closed Caption Compliant:NTSC-608, ATSC-708CC
Sleep Timer: 1/2 - 3 hours
Auto Channel Search
2 HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) inputs (HDMI 1DVI compatible)1 Mini Audio Input forDVI Audio support 1 Combo Composite-Component (Y-Pb-Pr with R/L audio) input1 Composite Input (V,L/R) 1USB input ( with Photo Viewer for digital jpeg photos)1 Coaxial Digital Audio Output 1 RF Input ( Analog/Digital Antenna In)
Detachable Stand / Vesa 200 x 200 Wall Mountable (with optional kit not supplied)
Dimensions w/stand: 31.3"W x 21.7"H x 9.0"D, 20.06 lbs.
Energy Star Qualified: On ModeWatts
Set-up was dead simple and quite quick – open the box, remove the contents, isolate the user’s manual and then follow the instructions. Sanyo includes a toll free number that users can call for set-up assistance. I called just too see how bad the customer service was and to my surprise the call was answered very quickly by a knowledgeable and polite technician who was also a native English speaker. Suffice it to say that my technically challenged friend could have easily set the TV up herself.
The DP32242’s remote is fairly standard – nothing special, but, I’m guessing Sanyo figured most of the consumers who bought this unit were looking for a cable ready basic TV and figured most watchers would use the cable remote to operate both the TV andHDTVsource. In the hands, this plasticky remote feels cheap. It is also sort of skinny with loads of too close together buttons and no backlighting.
Since Martha is not, and never will be an electronics geek – I wanted to select a TV for her that would provide a good picture with decent color at the factory default settings. So far the Sanyo DP32242 fits the bill. Martha and I watched “Escape fromNew York” and then “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” onDVDand both movies looked pretty good. The default picture was very bright, fairly sharp, and the colors (though visibly over saturated) were hue accurate and blacks were better than I expected from an LCD set. This isn’t an upper tier television, so one must have realistic expectations. I am not a gamer, but I doubt the DP32242 would be a good choice for serious gamers.
The DP32242’s two 6cm x 12cm stereo speakers put out 5 watts a channel and sound like exactly what they are – fairly cheap built-in TV speakers. The DP32242’s speakers are loud enough and clear enough aurally for listening, without strain, in a typical TV viewing area, however audio quality deteriorates noticeably at the upper end of the volume scale – so if you have a large viewing area or like the volume loud you’ll have hook the DP32242 up to your home audio system.
Martha loves her new wide-screen TV and I’m sure she would probably disagree with my minor criticisms of its performance. In the final analysis, if you have realistic expectations, the DP32642 is easily worth the purchase price and based on my personal experiences with Sanyo TVs I think it will probably last for a while.