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Seiki SE40FY27 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV
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Price:$127.60 - $399.99
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210 of 230 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
*Updated 12/6/2014*
*Updated 2/1/2015*

-Relevant excerpt from a reply I left to someone below:

I calibrated this tv using two things, Disney WOW and the built in display calibration in Windows 7.

How I calibrated this tv could more or less be used on any tv. Because I have my computer hooked up to my tv using HDMI I used the built in Windows 7 display calibration (Go to Control Panel, then Display, then on the left side click on Calibrate Color). After getting as far as I could with the built in Windows tool I used Disney WOW to tweak it further.

Knowing what I do now I would buy either Disney WOW or Spears and Munsil and just follow the instructions. Take your time and plan on it taking an hour or two and don't be afraid to deviate a little and adjust it over and over again. I took the time and it came out great. Friends and family who have much much more expensive tv's regularly comment on how great mine looks.

-Original review:

I got a nearly identical model on sale at Sears (SE40FY19) and the TV is wonderful once it's been painstakingly calibrated. I don't know how the TV's differ exactly (if they do at all, which I doubt they do) so I thought I would post a detailed write up of how I calibrated the tv here in case it helps anyone else.

To get the most out of this TV you're going to want to go into the hidden manufacturers menu and change some settings in there. You should be careful doing this because you can seriously mess up the TV and maybe even ruin it completely. If you're not comfortable doing this, then don't do it.

To access the manufacturer's hidden menu hit the menu button on the remote and enter 0000. This will bring up the hidden menu where you can have real control over the TV.

Once in the menu we want to select "Others" then "Curve Setting" then "Video Curve Setting". In this menu we can alter the range of values possible on the TV's on screen display (osd) menu (the regular menu when you hit the menu setting on the remote). The reason we want to change these settings is because when you're trying to calibrate the tv's image in the menu you don't have fine control, that is, there's only a small range that's useful when calibrating and by default going from Brightness 50 to 51 can be a big change. We can minimize that to have finer control over that change.

We want to change "Contrast" and "Brightness" to these values: OSD_0 to 96, OSD_25 to 112, OSD_50 to 128, OSD_75 to 144, OSD_100 to 160. For "Color" we ant to change the OSD values (0, 24, 50, 75, 100) to 32, 64, 96, 128, 160. Change "Sharpness" values to 5, 10, 15, 20, 25. When you're all done select "Save to EEPROM" on the bottom then hit menu on the remote twice to get back to the "Others" menu.

Okay, now we've got much finer control over the picture when we access the regular menu later on. Now we are going to fine control the color temperature settings.

Select "Color Temp." next to "Color Mode" is where you'll select which preset color temp to change. I'll give you the values that work for me. Under "Normal" Gain Red is set to 128, Gain Green is set to 128, Gain Blue is set to 118. "Warm" I set to 128 for gain red, 123 for gain green, and 118 for gain blue. "Cool" I set to 128 gain red, 128 gain green, and 128 gain blue. I left the Offsets to 128 for all colors and color temps. To be honest I just use the normal color temp for everything. Once again select "Save to EEPROM" at the bottom. You're all set to completely exit out of the manufactures settings menu now by hitting menu until it goes away.

Now we can actually change the settings in the menu.
Picture:
Contrast: 73
Brightness: 49
Color: 65
Sharpness: 50
Color Temp: Normal
Blue Screen: Off

Setup:
Zoom Mode: Just Scan
Noise Reduction: Off
DLC: Off

I have my TV hooked up my computer and only really use HDMI. Depending on the kind of source you're using these setting may not work for you.

If you feel you've really messed something up and want to reset the TV completely go into the manufacturers hidden menu and just select "Factory Reset"

I don't use the TV's speakers at all but given the information here you could fine tune the audio settings the same way we did with the picture settings.
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82 of 95 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
I want to point out first and foremost that there is an error in the listing and that this is not a Smart Tv. This is however still a good LED Hdtv. Sound isn't the best but its not bad either. The visual is great. I am very happy with this tv.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2014
Great picture and sound. The only problem I have is that I can't program the DiretTV remote to control volume and other things. I've already got a few remotes on the table, so what's one more. Totally digging it though. Very impressed with the sound quality. Don't even use my surround sound anymore.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2014
Great picture! Full HD at 60hz looks a dream, and Seiki is not well known Stateside, but is a reputable brand in China. Buy with confidence.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
What a great value. perfect for guest room or office. big TV for a little price. Easy to set up. shipped fast.
If you are looking for bigger inexpensive TV, this is a great buy. I would recommend.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2014
Its an excellent TV for the price, I've never heard of this company so i took a risk by purchasing and i'm glad I did. You will not find a Brand new 55inch this cheap that is actually decent, There are more amazing tv's out there, but this one is more than enough for me. Definitely recommend for someone on a tight budget.
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80 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
The TV came to me completely decomposed screen. :'((
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
Well, as many of the other reviews here say, the sound quality is poor. It sounds like a couple of 60s transistor radios at either end of the TV; no bass to speak of, and very "tinny" sound.
The picture quality, on the other hand, is surprisingly good for a TV in this price range. It's not the sharpest on the market, perhaps, but the colors are quite good, and the overall impression of the image is quite good. I haven't noticed any color smearing or bleeding in fast motion scenes, and there are no dead pixels. The back lighting is very even as well, giving smooth contrast from center to edge.
All in all, it's a goot value TV - as long as you connect it to an external soundbar!
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2014
The TV has two bright light leaching spot on the top, so bright that almost as if two LED lights are installed at top bezel. Never saw an LED TV like that, so I have to return it.
Other than that, the building is cheap and unsteady, the screen would shake on itself. The worst part is that, the manufactures are fully aware that their TV are built loosely, so they provided two additional stands on each side of the main stand...again, never saw a TV designed so sadly.

As to the brand, I'm from China but I never heard of Seiki. After wiki, I know it is a brand specifically for N. America market, and owned by Tsinghua Tongfang, which is not a big name even in China.They mainly make PC and Laptops, I don't even know they are also making TVs.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2014
I've bought a number of "off-brand" TVs but never have I come across such a piece of junk! The picture is horrible. And no matter what you do, you can't really get the color right. Its either too dark or too red or too bright. And then there is the little fact that TWO DAYS after hooking it up, the picture completely died.
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