We purchased this LCD HDTV about two weeks ago.
After a lot of research for quality and price we choose Sanyo from Walmart.
The TV is awesome, picture, sound, connections all great for the average homeowner.
The only problem that we encountered is the picture seems to bother my wife's eyes, not me though.
Definetely go for the HDMI cable, although the cable company will provide component cables save the input for future expansion, use HDMI for both your cable company DVR, or upcoming Blueray DVD players.
The only caution I suggest is size the TV according to the room your going to use it in.
We bought a 37" first for a 12 by 12 room, and ended up returning it for the 32" TV.
You can oversize your TV and it is extremely hard on your eyes.
One other thing I suggest that you manually adjust the brightness and contrast to a lower level, it seems the LCD TV's are extra bright, too much for our eyes anyway.
We choose the Sanyo over competiting TV's for two reasons, first is that we have Sanyo cell phones and the quality is great, the second was for cosmetics, my wife didn't like the shiny black surface on some of the other sets and figured it would reflect back to us.
I would also like to comment on Walmart's policy of returns for ninety days, this great policy allowed us to experiment and find the right TV for us.
Steve in our local store in Johnstown NY, was our associate and really had it on the ball as far as knowledge of the electronics section, not to mention that he took out the TV to our vehicle and placed it in the truck for us. Customer service at our store is A-ONE.
We also choose to take the two year extended policy through Walmart, I generally don't do this but considering that this is our first LCD TV, you just never know, although I hope we never have to use it.
Considering the cost of the Sanyo, versus competitors I think the value is great, I have read in some of the reviews of persons having problems with the TV, well just like a car, you get lemons.
The TV is good, so what if you have to go back becasue you got a bad one, they give you ninety days to decide if you like it or not, and with a two to three hundred dollar difference in cost over the other brands, it is worth the hassle of trying a different set.
Now if I could only get rid of my old TV I would be all set.
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