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on December 10, 2008
I know my fair share about electronics and technology, especially TV's, and when I was doing research into which models were worth my hard-earned dollars, I have to admit that this one wasn't terribly high on my list. But to my surprise, it's turned out be a great value. The set has got really crisp picture, along with vivid colors, and no distortions whatsoever. The blacks aren't the best out there, but you can't expect the world from a $500 set I suppose. I've come across a lot of review for this exact set with sound issues, but thus far I haven't experienced any myself. It's not terribly loud, but for my purposes, it suites me just fine. I would recommend that if you were placing this TV in a fairly large room, get a sound system to accompany it, and it'll mare than make up for it's shortcomings. I also have the TV acting as my computer monitor, which works perfectly. No complicated set-up needed, and all you need is an extra 1/8'' headphone plug for sound. What not advertised as much is the 1080i playback, which was an added bonus for my PS3, and makes gaming all the more enjoyable. My only complaint actually doesn't concern the TV, but Target. I purchased what I thought was a new model, to only later find out it was old, used, and broken. I've had to jump through hoops to have it replaced because Target would not exchange it or allow me to return it. And I do have to admit, customer service for Magnavox does suck, but if you make fuss, they're sure to get your issues solved. I was told I'd get me new set in 10-15 days. It came in about a week. So a few words to the wise, open the box before you leave the store, in front of the electronics counter. This way there is no way they can claim you damaged the set. And then call the cops on you. And yes, Target called the cops on me.
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on February 27, 2009
We've had this TV since last summer. We got a good deal at Sam's Club at the time, but needless to say they're cheaper now.
We've been very pleased. Bright, crisp picture, excellent HD. At anything less than 50" most experts say that getting a 1080p doesn't make since in terms of a better picture. Or the extra money spent, I would add. This does an excellent job. I can't imagine anyone would regret buying this. Magnavox, incidentally, is owned and made by Philips.
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on February 7, 2009
I bought this tv to prepare for the digital switch. It has been a great purchase. It was on sale at Target *very cheap so I had reservations, but I love it. Great picture on HD channels, easy to set up and program. I would truly recommend this tv to others.
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on July 24, 2009
I have had my TV now for four Months and am very pleased with it's performance. I FINALLY was able to see first hand what "High Definition" looks like as I just bought my first Blu Ray DVD for my new Blu Ray Player. All I can say is "WOW!" The colors are amazing... the blacks are black and this TV has excellent detail and contrast. I am sure there are better HDTV's out there, but for the price I paid I am VERY pleased with the picture as well as the clarity of the slightly underpowered speakers. Watching Journey To The Center Of The Earth in 3-D was quite a treat and I will watch it over and over thanks to this quality TV. Thanks Magnavox!!

8/13/12 Still going strong. If anything, the picture is better!
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on January 8, 2010
I bought this set because I needed a set which can deliver sharp and crystal clear pictures with vivid colors. This product out performs most sets in its price range and class. It has convenient connection panels both in the back and on the left side. It seems to me that the quality of this model is fairly consistant(the picture quality is the same as the ones I saw in stores). Comparing picture qualities with Sanyo and Zivio next to each other, this set is the winner.
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on May 22, 2012
I've had this TV for about 2 years and it has been amazing and the picture looks just as good now as it did the first day. I have moved about 5 times because of college and this TV has made it through every move perfectly. I would recommend this product! Keep in mind that every brand will have their lemons, and those are usually the people who fill out the bad reviews. I haven't had a problem with this TV since I bought it.
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on August 23, 2009
I definitely wanted a Sony or Samsung but my wife bought me this set at less than $500.00. It really looked great but after only seven months of viewing, I heard a loud POP! The set is fried and has to be replaced. We bought it at Target, a place I will never buy electronics again. (GPS UNIT Didn't work). Spend the extra money and get a better TV. This is pure crap.
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on December 26, 2014
I saw somebody post that this tv died after a few months and that they will never shop at the store they bought it from. First of all, Target only passed it along to you, they didn't make it, so talk with Magnavox if you have problems with the unit (maybe this guy works for Walmart????) Second, I have had mine since 2008 and it's still working fine. In fact, it has more features than the new Toshiba one I paid more for. If I had known what I know now, I would have made sure my latest tv had all the necessary features I need today. I just assumed it would have the input/output options as well as connections for other accessories, but it is very limited.
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on September 4, 2009
I purchased this TV as a referb unit and was expecting nothing more than a pretty marginal picture. When I connected it to my Cable box, I was really surprised at how good the picture looked. The sound is about average, but could be slightly louder for some stations. I end up having to turn the TV all the way to MAX volume and still the sound is low.

I have found two issues that cause this TV to loose stars. The first issue is that the TV will not do an HDMI re-sync with my cable box when I turn the TV on. Therefore, I have to unplug and re-plug the HDMI cable every time I turn the TV on. I know that this an issue with the TV and not the cable box as other TVs I have tried with this same cable box do not have this issue.

The second issue is pretty minor, but still is a bother. The only audio output jack is a digital coax out, not a pair of RCA jacks for left and right. Therefore, I cannot connect the TV to my amplifier/speakers - which is only a problem because of the low sound

Overall, I would definitely recommend the TV based on the picture, so I gave the TV 3 stars. I have had the TV for 3 weeks now. I will update this review after I have had the TV for a longer time.
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on August 16, 2008
I picked mine up for $[...] bucks, however when it first came out it cost the original buyer $[...]. I must say, that Amazon's $[...] is not bad at all if you are looking for a large TV to use for gaming and movies. I have some issues with the pixeling in the screen. Also, standard definition content looks like crap on this television. Keep your old tv if you have some old dvds that have not been released on HDDVD or Blu Ray. You MUST watch everything in HD or Blu Ray with this TV. If you have been saving for an HDTV, I'd suggest passing this one up and continue saving to get a $[...] model by Vizio or Sony. If you can't wait, then this isn't a bad purchase.

On a good note, the audio quality is very clear. It isn't a stereo system, but if you don't have one hooked up to your tv you will still get decent sound for your movies.
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