I fretted all weekend looking for the best current TV deals, I'm having people over for the Super Bowl and wanted something better than my old tv. I saw this on sale and after seeing some strange reviews and inconsistent descriptions from very few sources it looked like a gamble worth taking (only because of Walmart's ridiculously easy returns) I wanted to write this review because the other one does not give this TV its due.
The television is great, regardless of price, it's a higher end, cutting edge TV, no question. It's physically impressive, the TV is only 1.5 inches thin, and if you look in the vents, seems like it could have been even thinner. The port inputs are sunk in and plug in sideways, routing cables shouldn't be a problem wall mounted. It's light for a 55in TV, about 45 pounds. The stand it comes with is heavy metal, four legs and chromed, about 28"x13". I have it on a built-in entertainment center/shelves. It has a glossy 2" frame, mostly black with about a quarter inch clear acrylic overhang, and a gray metal section across the bottom with a couple speaker vents and touch-sensitive buttons. The on-tv buttons have a loud "system beep" sound for each press (even volume), that's annoying, my toddler found this out immediately, so now there's scotch tape over the buttons. Hisense, please get a firmware update out so I can turn off those beeps and/or turn on a child lock. The remote is nothing special, works well, comes with batteries. There's a quick reference card that has the program codes for cable and satellite provided universal remotes, its also in the large manual.
The picture is fantastic, the contrast is great, its bright, and has vibrant colors. The "pixelation" that the other reviewer notes is from converting lower content to 1080p, which is all cable and most satellite channels (I called time warner, full 1080p cable boxes/dvrs have no ETA as of 1/29/12). There's an option for reduced noise in the menu, that helps a little. When you give the TV full 1080p signal from a bluray, streaming movie, or game system (PS3 or 360) it's beautiful, no pixelation and I believe it can stand side by side with the best from samsung or LG. It has a built in wifi receiver, just a couple apps, netflix, vudu, "vudu apps", connected media, and a "normal" opera web browser, but no flash or html5 support. Very odd, so I'll be trying different ways of getting it to do what I want.
The sound is average, not bad. The other reviewer said it only has 3.5mm jack, that's for headphones, says in the manual. It has a digital sound out connection, which supports 5.1 surround sound. The color of that cable is orange. Any RCA cable could work, but the thicker 75 ohm rated cables work best. Many video(yellow end) cables are rated that. If you want the best sound you should be sending it straight to a receiver anyway so the speakers on the TV never come into play.
Yes, it is also 3D, doesn't say that on the box, but it's clear in the manual, remote, and menu options. Seems like they are compatable with LG IR synced activeshutter 3d glasses. I haven't gotten glasses yet to try.
This is just my second day with it, I was actually the first person to buy it from my Walmart. Just like the other guy, a manager needed to come over and force the transaction through the register. Researching this TV and the company has been... interesting.
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