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Re: Does my Sanyo CLT1554 15 in. EDTV-Ready LCD have a...
Your specs are here, http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sanyo-clt1554-15-lcd/4507-6482_7-32013875.html?tag=mncol;psum
unfortunately you have a
Analog TV TunerNTSC
Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV) Monitor - EDTV Monitor refers to a monitor or display with the following minimum performance attributes:- Display Scanning Format: Has active vertical scanning lines of 480 progressive (480p) or higher- Aspect Ratio: None specified
You need a tv that has this:
Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV) Tuner - EDTV Tuner refers to a RF receiver with the following minimum performance attributes: - Receiver: Receives ATSC terrestrial digital transmissions and decodes all ATSC Table 3 video formats.
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Having looked at the specs for this TV, it would indicate that to receive digital pictures, you would indeed need an external set-top-box, as the tuner in the TV is a standard NTSC tuner, not a DTV tuner.
If the set is an LCD, yes, it is "Digital" but that only refers to the display. To receive digital off-the-air broadcasts, the set must have a digital or ATSC tuner, otherwise the set has a standard tuner that will no longer work. If the set is "digital ready" a digital satellite/cable/off-the-air converter box must be used, and fed to the set's video input(s).
Did you get fooled? Hard one to answer. It more than likely was the result of the sales person's lack of technical knowledge. "Digital" and "Digital Ready" designations have confused just about everyone since "digital" was first introduced to television.
I doubt it. EDTV "ready" usually means that it can read a digital signal if you have tuner. If it were to say "intergrated" that means the tuner is built into the t.v. and you would not need to purchase or rent a tuner.
You will need to use a converter box if you want to receive digital signals from an antenna as the tuner is not the ASTC (HDTV) type. Once you get a converter or cable box you can come out of it with component video cables and go into one of the inputs in the back of the set.
The ;quick answer is YES, you will need a converter box to receive digital broadcasts. This set has only an analog tuner built-in. That is why it is HDTV "ready" (ready for you to add a tuner).
As for HDTV vs EDTV it is a matter of resolution. Your set is capable of EDTV resolution, which is better than SDTV (standard definition TV) but not quite as good as HDTV. With a digital tuner you will be able to view all digital programming, even HD, and it will look excellent, though not quite as sharp as a set with higher definition.