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Very good, but with a few minors
on 1 September 2005
Check whether your area (post-code) can support freeview well before you buy. I'm only suggesting because I have never experienced freeview TV before so I was quite new to this when I purchased the TV. My original roof ariel was fine, picture quality/reception was excellent and I had read up on freeview to see what all the hype was about. I typed in my post-code to see if i was able to have the freeview service and it said I could providing my ariel was up to standard. Everything looked pretty good so I decided to go with the Sanyo with freeview.
On receiving the TV, everything looked great, slight problem with set-up but easily managed to get round that. Searched for digital channels and could only find 31, missing the popular ITV2 & 3 and E4 etc, but got some others anyway including some good music channels. Called the freeview hotline that the TV comes with and lo and behold, they confirmed my post-code was not a fantastic area for freeview! It is however gradually going to get better, no date as to when though...... Some channels come back now and again, but all depends on the weather. On the really sunny clear days, I can get up to 44 channels, but then it rains and they disappear or I cannot view them!
Picture quality great, very good sharp images and excellent colour. You have to manually push the auto wide screen button on the remote every now and again to get the correct length of screen, even though auto detect is selected but not a major problem. Sound is ok, but just missing the slight oomph I have heard from previous TV's (seems like you really need to turn the volume up, especially watching DVD movies), the extra base option doesnt really do much either. Apart from those things, the TV is very good, and I do like it.
If you are a bit of a TV techie then you may be slightly dissapointed. For the money though, and if you live in a good freeview reception area then a great purchase awaits you! The TV on the Sanyo stand looks great by the way.