I've been wanting to move up from my 720p Sharp, but had been too cheap to upgrade to 1080p. I was looking between 37" to 42" screen size, with 1080p capability, so I can get more from my Playstation 3/Blu-ray. I had hoped to find one under $400, but closer to $300, so when I found this on Walmart.com, I started to research it a bit. I've always been fond of the Emerson brand, but this TV is actually manufactured by Funai, a Japanese company. They are no SONY or Panasonic, but I've always heard good thing about them. I've come across a few DOA(dead on arrival), or defective unit reviews, but from my experience on extensive HDTV review research, just about every make, every model have those problems. I decided to take a chance on this Emerson/Funai. Picture: The bang for the buck in this department is just unbelievable. All I can say is thank you to Emerson & Funai. Most of what I see on the on-air TV are 1080i or 720p, but they still look great. Whether you like rich color, bright, or dark, they are easily adjusted in the "menu" mode using the remote. Sound: It is just OK, and not very loud. Still, the sound quality is superior to my older Sharp 720p that it replaces. Like most people, I have a surround sound system(Yamaha) hooked up, so I can use that for the movies on DVD or Blu-ray. Set-up: Unbelievably easy, and like most flat-panel TV, it doesn't weigh anything. Assembly requires screwing on the stand, and you are done.
As far as the wiring/connection, I have HDMI cable to my Playstation 3. I don't play games anymore, but it serves as my Netflix/DVD/Blu-ray player. My second hook-up is the antenna for off-air free TV. Finally, the power cord, and I was done.
TV pretty much walked me thru the set-up as far as channel scanning, picture adjustment, etc. If you've done it before, it's a cake. ETC.: Only "con" on this TV, and it's not a big deal for me, would be the remote. It is functional, but it is perhaps overly simple, and very cheaply built. For the closed caption, you have to actually go into the menu to turn it on, which is bit of a pain. The whole adjustments you can make with the caption is a whole other matter(change colors, size, etc.). Exterior of the TV is not at all fancy, but I couldn't care less about that. It's a clean design, and that's all I ask. Taking it home, box was so compact, I had no problem loading it in the backseat of my car with ease. Untested part of course is the reliability. All I can tell you is that I've had this TV for just over a week now, I've used it a lot(hours & hours, it's great lol), and it's been flawless. It's such a great TV, and I still can't believe how affordable this TV is. Thanks again to Emerson, Funai & Walmart, too.
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