Been using this 42″ LCD TV by American Home for a couple of months now. It sits in the corner of my bedroom and hooks up to the Apple TV and the Mede8ter Media Player. The other 32″ model is hooked up to a laptop for when I’m playing DOTA.
American Home isn’t an unfamiliar brand. They make a whole line of home appliances from washing machines, air conditioners and TV sets. I actually own a couple of appliances by American Home (I think it’s microwave oven and a couple of other smaller items) so when they contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their LCD TVs, I said yes.
So these two LCD TVs (a 32″ and 42″ variant) was sent to me a few months ago and they’ve been my primary display in the bedroom.
While the 32″ variant (AHLCD32W60) is only 1366×768 in resolution, the 42″ model supports up to 1080p full HD movies.
Their design don’t really stand out that much but they’re practical home appliances that’s both affordable yet with a familiar brand name that spans a whole line of other products.
The 32-inch doesn’t produce the best results in terms of display quality but it’s decent and gets the job done. Most 32-incher LCD TVs usually have 1366×768 resolution and this variant offers the same.
The 42-inch variant (AHLCD42W60) has the much better specs and offers a full HD 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) resolution. It’s a bit chunky and heavy (took a lot of effort to install this one by my self) but that’s typical of LCD TVs these days.
Display quality is great, fairly good contrast with clear and vivid pictures. The black pictures aren’t really that very black though, a limitation of most LCD displays. Was playing a couple of Bluray titles on the TV and they turn out really well (Can’t really tell the difference between my old 32″ Samsung and 40″ Toshiba LCD TVs I’ve been using at home for years. And to think I bought those for a fortune).
Both variants come with an HDMI port at the back as well as USB 2.0 ports which you can plug to an external storage or media player (the TVs don’t have an internal media player so you need to hook them up to a USB player to work).
The remote control that came with the TVs was plasticky, feels very light and hs a conservative number of buttons that’s simple and not very confusing to use.
The 32-inch model sold for around Php17k a couple months ago (though the current SRP is Php18,499) so it should be a a little lower by now. The 42-inch model has a suggested retail price of Php37,499 (street price is a couple thousands lower as well).
American Home isn’t the first brand name you’d think when you’re looking for a TV set but they sure does offer some pretty affordable alternatives. They don’t have a website but you can check them out at their FB Page here.