PROS / This plasma TV has a dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1.
CONS / It has a limited life span, low resolution and a dim screen.
VERDICT / The Sanyo DP50741 has some good qualities, but there are better options available.
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For those looking for an inexpensive alternative to the high-end plasma television, the Sanyo DP50741 may interest you. However, the slimmed down price also comes with a lower-quality display and a shorter TV life span. Even though it has an impressive contrast ratio and low power consumption, we recommend looking at other alternatives before choosing this Sanyo plasma TV.
This 50-inch television has all the necessary built-in tuners (ATSC, QAM, NTSC) to receive analog and digital signals. However, it does not have built-in Wi-Fi, nor does it have an Ethernet port for a wired internet connection. If you want to view the internet on this plasma TV, you'll need to connect an internet-ready device, like a Roku player or Nintendo Wii to the television set.
While other plasma TVs in our review had a life span of 60,000 to 100,000 hours, this TV only has a life span of 35,000 hours. If you were to watch TV for an average of eight hours a day, this translates to approximately 11 years. Nevertheless, knowing that this TV will only survive half as long as other models may deter some people from buying it.
It only uses 134 watts when in operation, and the Sanyo DP50741 is Energy Star certified, but the it is also bulkier than many of the other models we reviewed. While it may compare in both height and width to other plasma TVs, its depth is almost double. The other plasma televisions in our review have an average thickness of about 2.3 inches, but this Sanyo TV is 4.2 inches thick. This may cause some problems if you're trying to mount it on the wall or place it on a mantel.
Display resolution represents the number of distinct pixels on the screen. High-definition normally refers to display resolutions of 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080. This plasma TV only has a display resolution of 1024 x 768. While this is superior to many of the old CRT televisions, it does not compare well to other plasma televisions.
The one positive aspect of this Sanyo plasma TV is the contrast ratio. Contrast ratio represents the difference between the brightest white the display can produce and the deepest black. The larger the difference between the two numbers, the better the contrast on the screen will be. The Sanyo DP50741 has a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, which is better than average.
We are not impressed with the customer service of Sanyo. They do not have any live chat support feature, so we contacted them by email with a few questions. We did not receive a response. Eventually, we contacted them by phone and the representative was able to answer our inquiry. If you have any problems with your Sanyo plasma TV, we recommend going straight to phone support.
Five years ago, the DP50741 may have been impressive, but in today's market it pales in comparison to other plasma TVs. It has a low-resolution display and a limited lifespan. In addition, it isn't easy to contact Sanyo customer service and the Sanyo DP50741 is lacking internet connectivity.