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Sagem HD-D45H

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The thin speakers and thin frame of the Sagem HD-D45H contrast badly with its big size. Its depth, which is almost 40cm, is another problem, as it needs a large stand to support it. There are a lot of specialist supports available, which would help the television, sit high enough so as to reach eye-level. Sagem offers a custom-built support, which it sells for approximately £300. The speakers are screwed into the TV’s side with brackets. But if a home cinema system is being used, the speakers can be le…

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The thin speakers and thin frame of the Sagem HD-D45H contrast badly with its big size. Its depth, which is almost 40cm, is another problem, as it needs a large stand to support it. There are a lot of specialist supports available, which would help the television, sit high enough so as to reach eye-level. Sagem offers a custom-built support, which it sells for approximately £300. The speakers are screwed into the TV’s side with brackets. But if a home cinema system is being used, the speakers can be left off and don’t need to be attached to the TV. This is an exceptionally nice touch, as most owners of this type of television would most certainly have a surround setup. The subwoofer cannot be removed, as it is located under the TV. But it is classily designed and its silver contrasts perfectly with the television’s black color.

The Sagem HD-D45H comes integrated with a Freeview tuner. All Sky subscribers and those who also have present-generation games consoles would need a lot of Scart sockets. Here again Sagem scores with its offering of three of these inputs, of which all are compatible with RGB video. You get more colorful and much crisper picture with RGB compared with the standard Scart. This allocation, which is extremely generous, is better than many other televisions.

The composite and S-video inputs, which are available, have a poor signal quality and should be used as a last resort. Also available is a SPDIF digital audio input/output, which can be utilized in many different ways including sending Freeview sound in format that has a high digital quality to your AV receiver.

Some of the drawbacks include the fact that speedy camera pans could judder a touch and the sporadic evidence of existence of the DLP rainbow effect.

To summarize, the good far outweighs the bad in the Sagem HD-D45H. Though one would have liked to have more aggression and power to the audio, the rich, neutral tone and elegant balance between bass and treble more than make up for it.

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