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SCEPTRE 46
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Ghost in the Machine resolved 11/10/2013

This review is from: SCEPTRE 46" 1080p LCD HDTV X46BV-1080p

Pros: Repairing a five year old TV without parts is, IMO always a plus
In my second review I was complaining about the input menu popping up any time any button was pushed....
Well I fixed it
The problem goes away when the sets on board control button board is unplugged (P.N. AK015 REV. 0)
So something is up, as the board with nothing other than switches could go bad... BUT one of them switches was bad... had rather low resistance when it was supposed to be infinite. I was able to disassemble the switch and clean the little "clicker contact" and the switch internals. really the hardest part was pulling the dozen or so screws on the back.

Cons: couldn't tell me what was wrong ;>)

Other Thoughts: Although this TV is fairly old and heavy it is back to normal
The side mounted switches on the lower right are accessible once the back is removed. A cable and a multi pin connector along with two screws, will have the part in your hand for testing.
I have no idea as to why the internal part of one of the switches had become contaminated, but that was the culprit.
One could simply disconnect this switch and use the remote exclusively as I was tempted to do, but I just had to look further.
Odd that the sets switches were never really used, it could have had some thing sprayed in that direction, but there wasn't any sign of that

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SCEPTRE 46
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Five years later 11/10/2013

This review is from: SCEPTRE 46" 1080p LCD HDTV X46BV-1080p

Pros: This was a pretty good deal. Although this TV has few total hours on it given its age, its the age that caught up with it

Cons: Last week turning on the TV all was fine until I switched channels.
The menu for input select pops up all by itself when any button is pushed and the set is locked on to that feature while the menu scrolls as if you were going to select a new video source.
The volume is locked out in that it remains the same the video remains playing and sound is normal.
There is no longer a firmware update available from Sceptre and in a web chat with tech none is going to be reposted.
Sceptre will repair it for $250.00 plus parts and shipping.I don't know about that though, it is a lot of money for a five year old set

Other Thoughts: I may run this set as is for awhile given how little it it gets used. I have to turn the set off to effect the channel change.
Aside from this issue everything else works as it should, the picture looks great and no dead pixels.
All in all my guess is this TV set has about 800 hours use in 5 years

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Maxell 190256 Canal Cool Beans Digital Ear Buds Silver
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Maxell Cool Beans Funny name Great sound 04/27/2013

This review is from: Maxell 190256 Canal Cool Beans Digital Ear Buds Silver

Pros: The specs
Inexpensive
The fit is very good and isolating (if you like that sort of thing)
Over all performance is, very very good, surprisingly so considering the price

Cord-management winder included for tangle-free storage

3 different-sized ear tips included

Cons: Not really a con, but these do look... well, like chrome plated plastic
White cord shows dirt but is cleaned easily with a little soap and water wipe down
Cord tends to be "grabby" but that is the norm for this type of material

Other Thoughts: An unusual feature of these ear buds is the oval shaped canal where the sound passes through and where the silicone ear tips reside.
Super flexible cord set that have equal length to each ear additionally provided with a sliding bead to help manage the two cords
I have wasted a few dollars chasing ear buds, some no name ones were so bad that they were unaffected by any equalization.
These are made by Maxell, a name long associated with magnetic tape. I have always come to expect good things from Maxell and these "cool beans" are a great value.
Looks aside they are a solid performer.

IF one requires to shape the output via equalization these will perform. I would say the bass is more than enough but the die hard beats freak. I found the lower end more than enough, the mid range and highs were there and over all a well balanced performer

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Craig N.'s Profile

Display Name: Craig N.

Date Joined: 07/30/03

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 05/10/12
  • Last Review: 11/10/13
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