Summary: Well rounded set for general use, dvds and regular programming look great, and the sound is superior after elevating the bass. I purchased this unit after thorough comparisons with the competition, including the premium brands from japan. I found the resolution very close in rendition (even without a backlight control), and felt the higher pricing unjustified. Magnavox for now is still manufactured by Phillips but soon some (or all) models will come from Funai corp.
Summary: This set is the first HD tv in our house. It took quite a while to pore through all that was available. The picture is what really set this unit apart at this price point, also the fact that at 37" screen size, it is a better fit in a medium size room. This model offers an easy to use menu, compact remote, capable sound, plenty of hookups and 1080p.(full HD)There is no backlight control, but the screen is so crisp and smooth, it isn't an issue in my view.
Summary: We got this set at Sam's Club. It's a fine set with a good picture even in a well-lit room. The only small issue with it is that when the room is cold, it takes a little time for it to turn on. We keep the thermostat turned down to 50 when we're not home and it can take as long as four or five minutes before it comes on. This is our first LCD set, so I can't say if this is a general characteristic of LCD sets or just this model.
Summary: Got this at Sam's Club for $998.00. A very nice TV for this price. Sure, it might not compare to those $3,000 TV's, but its very worth it. If anything, a great bedroom TV. I've only had one problem with it so far. Upon turning it on for the first time, I noticed some white spots in the upper left corner of the screen. Everyone is telling me that these are dead pixels and happens now and again to all kinds of LCD TV's.