For the specs alone I was doing more research on it- a 46" 1080p 120Hz LED-backlit LCD television monitor for $600!? Wow!
It has FIVE (5) HDMI inputs, an RCA (red/white/yellow) input adapter and input, Composite, coaxial input for cable or antenna, jacks for headphones, speakers. SPDIF, et al...
The sound is good. I'd prefer great but that's not possible from my end because of young ones in the apartment- the SPDIF should play nice with most receivers for those 5.1 broadcast signals, otherwise your 5.1/7.1 signals should be coming from your media player directly to the receiver. I originally hooked up the stereo Bose speakers I had hooked up to our old 27" CRT and boy was it too loud- with the television's volume set to even one (1) and the speakers at almost Mute it wasn't loud, per se, but loud for near mute- the monitor's speakers work fine. I was going to give a four (4) star rating here but decided on the five (5) because it does sound quite clear- if I wanted a much better aural experience I would have set up my 5.1 DTT3500 to it rather than to my computer! =)
The most HD experience most people will have will be either broadcast or from their Blu-Ray players. I haven't the latter (we're planning on getting a PS3 to cover this area) so, based on the 1080i broadcast signals, 480i "SD" signal off our Roku box before the HDMI cables came in the next day, and the 720p "HD" from the Roku box afterward, my conclusion is that this monitor is spectacular!
The best test, to me, was the 480i/Standard Definition video I've watched on it. Many high definition monitors don't handle SD well, showing compression artifacts I've yet to get used to- albeit not HD displays the Sony WEGA collection's displays suffered greatly when showing just about anything and are the best examples of what I refer to- having just removed our CRT to set up this television I'm convinced the picture of standard definition is displayed quite beautifully on this monitor- even better than the forgiving, analog CRT!
1080i broadcast and 720p off of the Roku box look great! Most HD content that cable-providers broadcasts I've come across on the televisions of friends and family offer 720p at best and, due to their wanting to carry a lot of content, you'll readily find compression artifacts in their video that simply aren't as readily apparent in the 1080i broadcasts captured via antenna. Either way, it all looks great on this monitor! We've been watching it for two days now and have been messing with all of the settings and I don't think I've seen a much better picture- although I think most people haven't any idea about the display settings of their televisions! Oddly enough, this looks this good pretty much out-of-the-box. There are a few presets but, other than experimenting with those, I've not had to even touch the Advanced or Expert display settings for a good picture.
I'm very happy with this purchase so far and hope we get years of use from it!
PS This thing is huge!
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