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Old 01-01-2009, 04:51 PM   #16
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I'm all for voicing opinions and if you've read any of my other posts, I think you will notice that I'm very open to suggestions.

HOWEVER: after reviewing the posts in this thread, it seems like everyone is sort of saying the same thing, "Bad customer service with 2nd/3rd tier brands." That issue has been addressed by the OP by purchasing from Costco (he'll never have to deal with Sceptre customer service). And, with regard to the "build quality is cheap and cheesy and the contols and inputs were subpar," I'm confused. I don't mean to argue. I just don't know what you mean. Personally, I actually like the remote more than my fathers Panasonic Plasma (excellent TV). And inputs, this model has 4 HDMIs. If you would elaborate on the build quality, I might better see what you mean. Do you feel that the Blacks, contrast, motion blur, etc are bad?

I honestly mean no disrespect, I just would like to hear some input.
Side note: some one asked why he didn't want to just spend a few hundred more. Remember, the price he mentioned was $700. A few hundred is a huge increase by percent (close to 50% more expensive for a $1000 HDTV).

Also, I can't help but remind the OP of the 90 day return policy. The best way to see if you'll like the TV in your house is to get it there. If it disappoints you, return it.

Once again, I mean no disrespect to anyone. I hope no one took it as such.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #17
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I'll be happy to clarify my views. First, I don't consider the remote control as part of the build quality - I only worry about the actual TV. For me, considering the remote in a TV purchase is like considering a key fob in a car purchase! I have a Harmony 880 that takes care of all my remote needs, so I pretty much toss the other remotes in a box in my garage (for safe keeping, of course!)

The Sceptre televisions I've played with had a very cheap overall feel, console-wise. Every LCD is made of plastic, but while man-handling the Sceptre around in the store, the console would flex and "pop", whereas a better quality set would remain firm. The style (although not part of the build quality) lacks, IMHO, a professional feel. The actual image provided by the TV is only part of the whole package, after all.

Now, for the image quality.... I didn't play with every setting on every TV to get the best picture (what store lets you do that, anyway - especially not my local AAFES!), but I did step through the basic settings - movie, standard, etc, etc. Now, of course these basic settings aren't the best way to get the best PQ, but they do provide a reference point for me. In nearly every setting (don't ask which ones in particular, it was a while ago) the Sceptre would come in close to the bottom. I wasn't able to see motion blur issues, but the reference material wasn't moving very fast. Blur seemed good for all the sets. The menu layout of the Sceptre wasn't as refined as my Sharp, or some of the Sony and Panasonic sets I use at work.

Of course, build quality improves with each year, and hopefully Sceptre has improved. But, like anything else, first impressions are lasting ones. I still won't buy Hyundai cars, even though they are some of the best ones out there right now.

I think it's great that Costco has such a great return policy. For me, however, I hate putting things together, only to return them later. I prefer to do a lot of research and compare sets, looking at as many as I can, to get a good idea of what will work the best for me. Usually that cuts out the bottom and the top, leaving me with one mid-range set when performance and price are added together. Sceptre just doesn't "do it" for me. YMMV.

Hope that clears things up a bit.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:31 PM   #18
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Sceptre is made my Hitachi. This TV got very good reviews on newegg.com.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:59 PM   #19
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If these things are important to you then definitly step up in you choice of manufacturers to...... Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Panasonic, Hitachi,.....or Pioneer if you have deep pockets
HA! That's a funny recommendation for someone asking about a $700, 2nd-3rd tier TV. But on a serious note, i understand what you're trying to say... that is, until you threw in the Pioneer, lol.

I'm certainly no expert, but i've been doing a lot of research for my own HDTV desires. I think the Panasonic PN-42PX80U (720p) plasma sounds like it might be one of the best tvs available for your price point($689.98 shipped @ Amazon). I know it's not 1080p, but the consensus is that at 42", you'll never no the difference. It's also on sale at Sears for $699.99, but with tax it comes to the total of approx. $742. It's received excellent reviews from pretty much everywhere i've looked.

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I've found a 42 in. Philips 1080p that I think we may be going with instead. It's not much more expensive.
I like Phillips/Magnavox (yes the seem to be using the same chassis on their 42 inch sets.) My 2 year old Magnavox 37 (720p) inch has been a wonderful set.

One caveat: If you have an old receiver that needs stereo inputs (like Dolby Pro-Logic or older) the only way to get the input is to use the side of TV input/output and use the headhone jack (1/8 inch plug and a splitter into two RCA plugs.)

Phillips has the least reflection on the market.

Target is selling both these 42 inch 1080p sets at alternating prices of $749/$799...identical except for the color of the bottom bezel. I'd have bought several times except for that awful audio output issue, they DO have SPDIF output though if your receiver can take it. (Mine is old but I need it for magnetic PHONO input...1,000 LP's!)


I've never seen a Sceptre set in BB, Tarket, BJ's or Sears and thus would shy away from so obscure a brand.
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I like Phillips/Magnavox (yes the seem to be using the same chassis on their 42 inch sets.) My 2 year old Magnavox 37 (720p) inch has been a wonderful set.

One caveat: If you have an old receiver that needs stereo inputs (like Dolby Pro-Logic or older) the only way to get the input is to use the side of TV input/output and use the headhone jack (1/8 inch plug and a splitter into two RCA plugs.)

Phillips has the least reflection on the market.

Target is selling both these 42 inch 1080p sets at alternating prices of $749/$799...identical except for the color of the bottom bezel. I'd have bought several times except for that awful audio output issue, they DO have SPDIF output though if your receiver can take it. (Mine is old but I need it for magnetic PHONO input...1,000 LP's!)


I've never seen a Sceptre set in BB, Tarket, BJ's or Sears and thus would shy away from so obscure a brand.
The new Philips TV's in the US are not made by Philips. They have farmed that out now to a 2nd or 3rd tier manufacturer, Funai. It is not the same Philips we all know.
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According to what I've read, the FUNAI transition has not quite taken place yet.
(And the Phillips and Magnavox 46 inchers are really identical sets, at Target at least.)

Strange also the inputs and outputs for both the new Phillips and Magnavox 46 inchers are IDENTICAL to the jacks on my 2 year old MAgnavox 37 inch...THAT surprised me. I guess for Phillips, or whoever makes their sets, chassis change is glacial.


Actually, the name of the company actually doing the building doesn't seem to carry as much weight as it used to. WHAT they are building is more important. After alll, ALL the big names have been manufacturing TV's in Mexican factories for decades...the only change is the factories have all been moved to China.
(I'm surprised we haven't seen Pierre Cardin or Gucci TV's.)

But I repeat, if anyone wants a set with absolutely NO discernable reflections, only a glowy haze from a very bright light, then these are the sets for you.

Check out in the stores what I mean.
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