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OK value, but not a stellar performer
on April 3, 2011
I bought this as an inexpensive kitchen TV to fit into a corner spot on the counter, and I wanted the biggest that would fit that space, so it could be seen from anywhere in the kitchen. In that respect it is fine. The price was very good for a 24" TV. It fits the corner with space for my AT&T U-verse set top box and Roku box behind it with the two sides of the set almost touching the walls. The TV is very thin and light. I could see it would be easily held up by a wall bracket made for smaller sets, and in fact I'll probably try that.
Setup is easy, although partly because there are not as many controls as some other sets. This TV has two HDMI ports, which are enough for the U-verse and Roku boxes. The user guide printed in black on flimsy paper is primitive by modern standards--not a slick color manual like you get with Vizio. However, the information you need is there, and that's what really counts. I've not tried the TV as a computer monitor, but it does have a VGA connection.
Sound is better than I have come to expect from modern flat panel TV sets. In fact, it is pretty good. In contrast, my 19" Vizio has almost unbearably tinny, thin sound. I would give this Sansui a 5-star rating for sound, relative to other LCDs.
Picture quality is a different matter. It is clearly inferior to my 19" Vizio, 32" Sony, and 55" Vizio TVs. I have tinkered and tinkered with settings with only limited success in improving the picture. Lost detail, especially in bright areas, is a problem. I cannot find that magic balance of brightness, contrast, and backlighting. Aliasing is very obvious also. All in all, not an impressive picture. If there is someone who has found settings that improve this, I would very much appreciate hearing about it. For now, though, it's just a big TV that fits into a small space.