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Great as bedroom TV, not for the living room
23 September 2019
For reference, in my living room I'm using a LG 55" 1080p oled screen with nvidia shield tv and JBL LSR 308 MK2 studio monitors for sound. Using Sanyo in the bedroom with a yamaha YAS 108 soundbar connected with an optical cable.
tl;dr: You get what you pay for. It's a good IPS panel which needs some tuning. The android tv experience is awful, you may get an aftermarket device like nvidia shield tv. Discerning videophiles stay away, this is a good inexpensive second tv if you need one but definitely not the one for your living room.
- Above average IPS panel. Has some vignetting around corners and contrast isn't all that great because this' an IPS panel, but viewing angle is nice and wide. For the cost, a great panel is all I wanted.
- The noise reduction and motion handling seem alright so far, except for 4k@60Hz.
- Good external design
- Acceptable sound.
- Android TV
- The software (Android TV implementation) is a huge mess. I've been using nvidia shield tv for 4 years now and the lack of attention to details on this 'smart' TV shows.
- To begin with, the specs to run the Android TV aren't great, so the interface lags badly. Also because of the lower amount of RAM, every time you launch an app e.g. Netflix, it starts with the login process every effing time.
- The google assistant is a hit and miss, because of the slower system.
- The specs on this TV can't handle a youtube video 4k@60fps. The debug mode shows a lot of dropped frames which leads to jerky videos. 4k@24fps seems alright.
- Only 5 color profile modes i.e. Standard, Vivid, Sport, Game and User. No Movie mode calibration. The user mode can be tuned to your liking with some basic options, no advanced color calibration options available.
- THIS IS WHAT I HATE THE MOST: The option to tune picture and other TV options isn't available in the main menu or by pressing menu on the remote when you're in android tv screen. You have to press source and select some source option, now the menu will bring up 'more settings' where you may tune the picture settings. Sanyo, you have such a huge remote where most of the buttons are absolutely useless, would it have killed you put in a dedicated button to bring up the advanced menu?
- Some picture settings apply only to the video, e.g. the color temperature. The android TV menu and even the subtitles aren't affect by these settings. E.g. If you select warm gamma, the subtitles and the android main screen still appear with a blue hue.
- Amazon prime isn't available as an android tv app (although it's available on shield tv). Casting amazon prime onto this panel isn't a very pleasant experience. It doesn't play most of the times.