I purchased this HDTV from Kmart for $899.00 with Tax and two year protection on the TV came to a total of $1,062.00 on 01/11/06. I already owned a AKAI 27" and had no problems. You cannot find a better deal on a 42" HDTV with all the options. It wghts about 89lbs and has two hdtv cable contacts. I own a xbox and xbox 360 both looked better then I hoped for. The only thing I can suggest is find a stand to bring it closer to eye level if you like to stand up when watching a game. Don't waste you many on a expensive TV when you can get one for half what everyone else is paying for a big screen.
This may be a good product but if you ever have probelm with it the AKAI corp will not fix it for you. It seems they do not stand by their product. I have a warrenty claim in with them since March 06, and they do not even answer their phone.
I bought a 46" big screen from Big Sandy Superstore (with warranty) for a total of $1900. 15 months later, the tv died. Now it's been 6 weeks and Big Sandy says the manufacturer has not supplied the dealership with parts. So basically, after my warranty has expired I will have thrown $1900 down the drain. In the meantime, I have been six weeks without a tv and do not know when the issue will be resolved. Big Sandy will not cooperate such as giving me a loaner or a trade-in. I WILL NEVER buy another akai product and I WILL NEVER buy from Big Sandy Superstores again either. Another example of keeping the corporate thumb on the working class. Also, I am still making payments on the tv and warranty.
I loved my Akai 4250 until tonight. It died!!! Silly me didn't buy the warranty with the TV when I bought it because Akai is supposed to be a good company. I did my research before plunking down my hard earned money. Got a good deal on the TV...or so I thought. I have purchased other TV's before and never had problems with them, so I am thinking...why spend the money on a warranty for my projection TV. Bad move...$799 down the drain! Sounds like they don't stand behind their product per a previous post. Akai won't be brand that I consider again.