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Magnavox 26 Lcd Hdtv

Reviewing: Magnavox 26" Lcd Hdtv With Atsc Tuner (26 Mf337 B)  |  Rating:
By kman63 on
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I recently bought this Magnavox flat panel LCD television when I needed to replace a CRT set that had broken. So, it was my first experience with a high definition-ready television. Unpackaging and setting it up was a surprisingly easy process. A small stand came packaged that simply needed bolted on, then it could be placed inside of my entertainment center cabinet. I was pleased by the TV's very thin profile, and I was able to get it in the cabinet with plenty of room to spare. All of the hookups on the back were easy to understand and connect. There were plenty of audio/video inputs for use with a DVD player, a camera or other accessories. One of my favorite features that came with this television is a headphone jack. That way, it is possible for you to watch TV without disturbing other people in the house who might be sleeping.

After turning it on for the first time, there was a set-up process which scanned for channels coming in through my cable service. Once this was completed and I was watching for the first time, I was very pleased with the picture quality I was seeing. After years of watching standard definition analog TV, it was very refreshing to see the crystal clear digital picture. It will pick up both 720p and 1080i high definition channels, plus the old analong ones. Watching the old analong channels is often fuzzy with widescreen TVs, so I was glad to find that the set came with a noise reducer to eliminate some of the fuzz. But it's still just better to watch the digital channels when you can.

I was a little disappointed in some of the sound-related features. It was definately a plus not to hear any static with the digital audio on HD channels. However, I discovered that the 3.2 Dolby "virtual" surround available on the 1080i channels wasn't what it was cracked up to be. I noticed very little difference from the supposed "lesser" audio qualities.

The TV came with a fairly easy to use remote that has color-coded buttons and arrow buttons that make it easier to navigate through the menu. You can create an on-screen list of your favorite channels, making it easier to access them quickly.

Overall, I can say that I've enjoyed watching this TV more than any other set I've had. Between the picture quality and the added features, I think that it was a good deal and that I got a lot for 600 dollars. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a medium-sized LCD TV at a fairly low price.