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Excellent value at $399
on January 25, 2014
What I like:
1. Does all the things a TV should do
2. Audio (speakers) not great, but not horrible. Certainly usable.
3. 3 HDMI inputs.
4. Enough flexibility in picture controls to 'dial in' very nice image quality.
5. Uniform picture quality across the screen -- no 'hot spots' or backlight bleedthrough
6. Blacks are decently black. Not completely black, but close enough.
7. Packaging in shipping box was *excellent*.
8. Cable connections are to the side or down, not straight back, which makes wall mounting *easy*.
9. Image processor does a decent job of scaling 720P material to 1080-line display.
10. The user manual is available online for download (but as this is written, you have to get the llink from the Sceptre tech support folks).
I don't use the Roku-ready feature.
What I don't like:
1. The digital audio out is 5.1 *only* for tuner broadcasts. Any other signal sources, including HDMI (and Roku, if used) are dumbed down to 2-channel stereo at the digital audio output. So if you want surround sound, you must connect program source directly to audio rig and *not* use this TV's digital audio output. By the way, this (irritating) design is typical of most TV sets from most manufacturers (including Sony).
Also: For best image quality, the optimal 'aspect' setting is 'FULL (100%)'.
After display calibration, here are the settings I used:
Advanced: Movie mode ON, all others OFF
Excellent value at $399 (walmart).
UPDATE 08-Nov-2014 -- walmart price has dropped to $349.