Akai LCT3201AD 32" LCD HDTV with Integrated DVD Player
The Akai LCT3201AD combines a vibrantly colorful 32-inch HDTV and DVD player in one stylish and amazingly slim package. The slot-loading DVD player is located on the right side of the set, and it's compatible with both DVD movie and CD audio discs. You'll … see full wiki
First off, I'd liked to mention that this product was purchased by my brother and sister in law from sam's club. They used it for about 18 months before it suddenly stopped working. They eventually gave up on it and gave it to me as a present. I bought the parts and fixed it (needed a fresh power supply) and now have a television for my bedroom, where i never would have afforded one before.
Graphics: Out of every TV I have owned or my friends and family have owned (about 10 in all), this has easily got to be the poorest. The picture is faded and not very great. This television is not true HDTV, which at this point there is little to no excuse for. In the televisions defense, I have yet to tinker substantially with the video options, but what I did do has yet to produce satisfactory image results.
Sound: I have no complaint with the sound, but seeing as I don't require much sound from a TV I would mostly use at night when the kids are asleep, it meets my needs.
Input/Output: As others may or may not mention, one of the ideal things about this television is a VGA port. I was very disappointed, however, as it does not support speaker cables. You would need to buy a special cable that splits a computer cable to stereo, which is not a big deal, but is still not something other VGA Tvs I have owned force out of me. Along with the built in DVD player, it offers a variety of other input options, and I am impressed with what it offers, including composite, component, s-cable (which other people are phasing out). In general, the only thing I want the TV for is the DVD player and computer hookup function (to watch stuff from my TV), so I am content with what it has.
DVD Player: The DVD player loads fast, and seems to work fine. I do not love how it accepts and spits out DVDs, but this function has worked fine for my brother and sister in law for years. The DVD player is not up to par with modern day and its upconversion, but neither is the TV itself.
Menu: The menu options are the most limited I have ever seen on a HDTV, and I was unsatisfied with them. I hope it gives me enough control that I can improve the video quality when using an video optimizer disk.
Remote Control: I am unimpressed with the remote control. I normally wouldn't mention something so small, but I don't actually like this remote, it is poorly designed.
The Stand: This seems like one of the most well built stands I have seen on a lcdtv, so i suppose that is a positive thing. However, it does not swivel, which is a big disadvantage on a TV this size these days. I suppose you can buy a wall mount to do that kind of stuff, but it is worth noting.
Overall: So to sum up, it is not a great television, and not near the quality of televisions I typically buy. It is prone to breaking down, and I only hope I get a few years out of it before the next component gives out. If you can get it for really cheap, it is better than nothing, but overall, this is the least impressive HD television I have ever owned, and that includes a crt 480 (high resolution) TV I owned in college. I wouldn't pay over $200 or so for it, so if you see it for cheap, it is up to you whether you want to risk it's poor quality and inevitable breakdown.
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