When I first say the TV in the store, I was shocked at how good it looked. I walked around, trying best to visually compare my options and decided to go with this one, dead set that it was the best deal for the price. I got home and was far less impressed than in the store. I hooked up my cable and Wii and was dismayed to see both pictures were fuzzy and actually worse than my old tube TV i got over five years ago. What stood out the most (and still does) is how much the dark sections of the shows blend in together. If some one with dark clothing or hair walks in front of a dark background, you simply cannot distinguish between them. The only solution I found was turning the brightness way up, which also makes the shows look washed out. I tried watching "The Dark Knight" through my provider and could not make out much of what was going on. I tried the coax, S-video, and RCA cables but I simply could not make out what was going on most the time. In fact, the S-video connection didn't even work. However, now that I have recently gone HD (HDMI cables and everything), the picture looks remarkably better. The picture is still indistinguishable in dark places on non-HD channels, but it's manageable. The audio is just as good as a set of speakers I got some time ago, though the bass is a bit lacking. If you're considering getting this, I'd suggest to think of it as a "HD-Only" television. Expect normal channels abd gaming systems to be of poor quality without component or HDMI cables. If you're set with the appropriate hardware and a proper HD cable provider, it's a good bang for your buck. However, if you have an extra $100 or so, you might want to look at another model.
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