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My room, with its polkadots and pink walls makes me feel in my element.
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1080p/1080i/720p/480i/480p digital compatibility
Cable-ready high definition ATSC tuner
USB Port supports MP3, JPEG and future update
3D comb filter and de-interlace scanning
Built-in stereo speakers (8 watts x 2) with simulated surround sound
Pre-programmed sound controls (Bass, treble, balance)
Trilingual on-screen display (English, Spanish, French)
Closed captioning and sleep timer
Includes full-function remote control
Detachable TV stand for easy wall-mounting
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 430 cd/m2
Contrast ratio: 4000:1
Response time: 8 ms
Viewing angle: 178 x 178
16:9 widescreen picture
3 HDMI inputs
1 USB input (MP3 and JPEG)
1 component video input
1 composite video input
Coaxial RF input
1 audio input
VGA (D-sub) input
Digital audio output
Purchased this 46" LCD at Walmart in December 2011 and used the ship to store process. TV arrived undamaged and was well packaged with an extra layer of cardboard protecting the LCD screen.
Turned on the set for the first time and found it to be WAY TOO bright. Adjusted the brightness, contrast and sharpness until I achieved the desired picture.
I have 2 different sources of programming. One source is from a Dish Network receiver(*) in Standard Definition [SD] and the other source is from a Roku streaming media box in High Definition [HD] which attaches to the TV by a HDMI port. This TV does a WONDERFUL job of upgrading a SD signal to a very good picture. Couldn't be more pleased. You do have to work with the different aspect ratios until you get the picture displayed the way you want it. Of course the picture from the Roku streaming media box [high speed DSL internet connection required] is EXCELLENT. In most cases it streams TV signals at 720p and that is more than adequate for my viewing pleasure. There are no adjustments needed when the set is displaying HD content. It is excellent.
As good as this set is; it is not perfect. I really wanted it to have a headphone jack since I wanted to attach a 2.1 sound system [Left and Right Speakers + Sub Woofer] to it but my set DID NOT come with the advertised headphone jack. I will now be forced to attach a 5.1 sound system to achieve the sound quality I desire. Don't get me wrong; for most people the internal speakers will be more than adequate. The volume level and sound will be fine. I just want more bass which small TV speakers can not technically provide.
This TV is VERY ENERGY EFFICIENT. I can't even measure the amount of electricity used in standby mode. Operating the TV uses 187 watts which is EXCELLENT.
I gave the TV 4 out of 5 stars only because it did not come with the advertised headphone jack. Hopefully ELEMENT will correct the 'specifications' page soon so other purchasers are not disappointed by this error.
This is a great TV. Better sound than a Sony or any other one I have heard and I dont even have my surround hooked up yet. The only thing I was concerned about was being a 1080 60 hz. The thing is when it shows up close up on sports its not as clear as it should, It was great during football season, but I will invest in another one but 120 hz. Well pleased and my boys are two, once you switch to 1080 you wont go back.
There is a lot to like about this T.V. but the first thing we need to do is correct the following statement contained in the specifications section.
There is no "Headphone Jack" on the set I purchased at Walmart but I sure wished there was [see comment at end].
First some good stuff about this set. It is very energy efficient. Running it measured only 189 watts. On standby, I couldn't even read the power consumed so it is probably less than 1 watt.
This set also has excellent black levels and the colors are vivid and bright. It would have been very nice to have back-light control since it is quite difficult to find the right contrast and brightness levels in a dim room.
Set is like most HD T.V.'s. Outstanding clarity and definition with a High Definition signal and not so hot on a standard signal. However it is still provided a very watchable picture which is much better than an old style T.V. set with fewer lines of resolution. Took me about 20 minutes of tweaking the controls to get a good picture on Standard Definition and you can zoom the picture to fill the screen. I give the set a "B" for the handling of standard definition signals and an "A" for the displayed picture with a high definition signals.
Lots of HDMI hookups is a big plus but it could use 1 more. I have my XBOX on one port, my Roku player on anther port and my Dish network feed on another. I would have liked 4 HDMI ports so I could have plugged in a 5.1 surround sound into the other HDMI port if it had one.
I give this set a resounding A+ for a budget priced unit. Long term reliability is yet to be tested and I hope I don't end up throwing the unit in the trash after the extended warranty I purchased expires. No one fixes T.V.'s anymore but only time will tell.
Note on headphone jack:
I really wanted a headphone jack. My living room is not very suitable for a 5.1 surround system but a 2.1 system would have worked well. 5.1 systems usually plug into a digital audio/optical cable while 2.1 systems usually plug into the headphone jack. The headphone jack is a variable output source which can be controlled by the T.V.'s remote control. A 2.1 system would have been good for me since all I want is a little more bass which T.V. speakers are capable of providing. There is nothing wrong with the T.V. speakers but they just don't have enough bass for my tastes. I give the set a "C-" for this feature not being present.
I also believe this set needs a firmware update regarding the surround sound setting. The volume level goes very low when it is turned on. I will look around the site at a later time for a firmware update.
I gave this set 4 stars instead of 5 stars because it does not have a headphone jack and has only 3 HDMI ports. However, for most people this set will me more than adequate for their viewing pleasure. When this set has operated trouble free for one year, I will start recommending Element T.V.'s to my friends.