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Sagem HD-D45H

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Although the Sagem HD-D45H is big, its frame and speakers are thin and emphasise the sheer size of the 45 inch screen. With its depth of nearly 40cm, it needs to be supported by a large stand. The television doesn't sit high enough to reach eye-level, but plenty of specialist supports are available including a custom-built one that Sagem sells for around £300. The speakers fit into the side of the TV via brackets, but they can be kept off the television if you're using a home cinema system. A surround so…

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Although the Sagem HD-D45H is big, its frame and speakers are thin and emphasise the sheer size of the 45 inch screen. With its depth of nearly 40cm, it needs to be supported by a large stand. The television doesn't sit high enough to reach eye-level, but plenty of specialist supports are available including a custom-built one that Sagem sells for around £300. The speakers fit into the side of the TV via brackets, but they can be kept off the television if you're using a home cinema system. A surround sound setup surely enhances the experience. The subwoofer is situated below the TV and cannot be removed; it looks classy owing to the contrasting silver to the black of the TV.

Sagem's remote control is a slight disappointment being poorly labeled, which ultimately makes operation of the television a bother. The cause for the confusion are two buttons at the top of the remote of which one is for regular TV operation and one for the digital functions. Sometimes, you will continue pressing a button that relates to the Freeview channels and nothing will happen, simply because you have to press 'DTV' first. Having said that, it indicates to you as to which mode you are in by a flashing light underneath the two buttons. In spite of this, it is troublesome having to constantly switch modes. It does look expensive in a heavy piano-black finish; Sagem had previously chosen cheaper remotes that were manufactured out of cheaper grey plastic.

Connectivity offered is good - around the side of the TV there's a card slot for seven different multimedia formats, including Memory Stick, MMC and SD, among others. Sagem's rear-projection TV is a real star performer across both standard and high-definition sources.

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