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Old 12-16-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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Years ago as the digital TV transition came ever nearer, my wife purchased two Sanyo Lcd TV's that were digital ready. One was a 20" that has been a delight, and the other was a 32" model that has been a total giant disappointment.

Grief #1 was the 32" model displaying Spanish broadcasting audio even if I selected English Language audio instead. I could halfway live with that crapola given my other 20" Sanyo TV, but on 12/14/2012, my 32" Sanyo volume almost totally muted. As I can no longer hear it even standing next to it at its highest volume setting.

As I now ask three questions. (1) Does this have anything to do with new US legislation that states TV commercials can be no louder than OTA TV programming? (2) Is there any way that I can repair this with Sanyo TV menus that are clear is mud. ( 3) Given the fact that my 32" Sanyo TV is out is warranty, what is my best replacement option, with the grantee that replacement option will not be Sanyo. If those rat finks do not step up to the plate and give me repair options to fix what amounts to their software screw ups.

What can this forum suggest?
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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Some of those speakers used in newer TVs, are not much better than a phone, or walkie talkie speaker.

Try your line outs to your stereo AUX inputs.
If the sound is OK, then it is the speakers, and/or the output amplifier.
If it sounds bad, then I too, would suspect programming.

Or, you could feed an audio component into the line inputs on the TV and see how that sounds.

It's just a matter of process of elimination.
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Welcome back NonMcTubber! Hope all is well with you and yours! Sorry, don't have a clue on your tv issue...
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Thank you for your kind wishes IDRick, and also thank you sterocraig, for suggesting TV out options I had not considered. As I am totally baffled and confused.

But one thing for sure, Sanyo TV's rank near the bottom in terms of tech support and quality.

As I am now considering a plan B, turn the descent video output of my existing 32" Sanyo TV into a computer monitor, and simply replace my existing 32" inch living room TV with a better quality and possibly larger replacement LCD TV of higher quality.

With the main criteria being an excellent OTA TV tuner. As the total
junk brands seem to be Sanyo, Emerison, and Hisense.

As I may also ask, what can this forum recommend in terms of best brands models if I just opt to replace Sanyo junk with descent bang for the buck quality?
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As I may also ask, what can this forum recommend in terms of best brands models if I just opt to replace Sanyo junk with descent bang for the buck quality?

As far as video equipment, I have been a Sony guy since 88 and am on my third one. Not sure if you're looking for good value, or good quality, but I think there's another brand that has been edging them out, the last few years.

I don't care for their audio products, though.
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I recommmend the Insignia 39" LCD now on sale for $279.00. I know quite a few people with Insignia TV's & they have been very reliable.(So far) I have 2 myself & am very pleased with the audio/video & OTA tuner performance. I like them just as well as my expensive Samsung.
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We buy Sonys for the big family room tv. I have a smaller LG LCD in the man cave which has worked really well for my purposes. It has an excellent OTA tuner. Good luck, there's lots of great options out there at decent prices!
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I'd had good luck with Sanyo TVs until the last one, a 32" LCD, threw craps last summer after about four years. I checked on getting a replacement part (module) to fix it, but it was going to cost almost as much as a new TV, so I just took it to the recyclers.

I replaced it with a refurbished 32" Vizio from Wallyworld, which cost about a third as much as the Sanyo cost in 2008. It seems to be a crap shoot with electronics these days, so I've decided that refurbished stuff may be a good way to go. It's cheaper, and hopefully the problems have been dealt with. But, who knows?

We seem to be living in a new "age of shoddy".
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I'd had good luck with Sanyo TVs until the last one, a 32" LCD, threw craps last summer after about four years. I checked on getting a replacement part (module) to fix it, but it was going to cost almost as much as a new TV, so I just took it to the recyclers.
Pretty much the rule, no matter who makes the unit, isn't it?
Extended warranties can be kind of a crapshoot, too.
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As I thank this forum for the excellent advice I have received in terms of options.

As I have decided to pay my money and take a gamble on the Insigna 39 inch model I could pick up immediately a local Best Buys store.

I read many reviews and figured I had a 2.5% chance of getting a out of the Box defective model. Now 24 hours into the experiment, it looks like I avoided that 2.5% chance, and will have until Jan 24'th, 2013 to see if it will crap out or not. With a year parts and labor warranty for a year.

Sadly the instruction manuals in terms of setting up the remote control seem to be written by people who majored in confusing in college. But at least I can download a far better PDF manual on line.
Plus I get a tool free telephone number for help.

But so far so good I am happy, and I will keep this forum posted on my experiences. Like everyone else, if money were no object, I would have bought a Cadillac brand, as I hope I will do almost as well for half the money.
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Consumer Reports places the Panasonic models tops in reliability both for their LCD and plasma models.
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