The good folks at Sanyo make a lovely television set. I had one in my home for a year (a friend was faced with a sudden "relocation" to State-run housing - wink-wink - and asked me to keep it for him until he was rel...until he moved back.
Anyway, the one I had - I cleverly stored it in my bedroom - was the 39" LCD. I found the colors to be lovely, the picture perfect and sharp, with no degradation around the edges of the screen. This set didn't have any bad pixels, which was delightful, and the technology in the set contained something called PixelShift - so that the pixels in use are imperceptibly moved a scosche every so often, so things like sub-titles, captions, and those damn TV Channel "ID Bugs" in the lower right corner don't cause a burn in the screen of your lovely set.
The IR remote supplied was more than capable and included controls for other units that you could program. The remote controls were duplicated on the TV itself (the important ones, like sound/volume, channel up/down, input source, and of course, power!), so you're not totally hosed should the remote fall behind the bed or under the sofa. The time from power-on to first picture on screen was about 7 seconds. Changing from channel to channel is brisk enough to not try your patience, and whether the content was movies, baseball games, cartoons, or standard TV shows, the images on-screen were beautiful and a pleasure to watch.
When operating the set, it didn't get red-hot like some TVs do - it stayed pretty cool - and it also had no annoying hums, rattles or high-pitched whines. All of this makes for a fabulous television set!
And then there's the sound.
My ONLY beef on this was with the quality of the sound the set produced. There are two speakers, so you'll get stereo out of it, but it sounded to me like there were two AM radios on either side of the set - the speakers sound cheap, tinny, just awful, really. So, what to do?
You can buy this set anyway at this tremendous bargain price, but do what I did - add an affordable, external sound device to upgrade that set to near-theater quality. There are soundbars made by Bose, Onkyo, Vizio (affordable and great sound - I've seen them as low as $79)), or you can look at a ZVOX unit. ZVOX makes a home theater system that fits in a single platform-style base that actually goes BENEATH your television! ZVOX puts a 5" subwoofer along with two 3" full-range speakers, and some very impressive, user-tunable phase cueing technology that lets you shape the "surround" to your listening room. It's Bose-level sound and quality at RCA prices, and for an even better deal, hit Ebay - that's where ZVOX sells their B-stock, scratch-n-dent, and closeout merch. I just bought a $299 XVOX base unit for $125, will a full warranty and a 30 day listening period after which you can make a return for a full refund. With Woot!'s liberal returns policy, and ZVOX giving you a month to decide, how wrong can this equation go?
It feels like a confusing mess out there to try and find that one TV with everything you want - and the more features you add, the higher the price climbs. Maybe this is a better alternative to either then endless searching or the doing without - treat it like a CHinese menu - one from column A, one from column B, and enjoy your dinner!