What drove us to get this TV was when our old was wouldn't work right. Plus we wanted to try using an HDMI with the laptop. It was a new and exciting experience. I've never been able to connect a computer to the TV until I tried with this one earlier this year. When walking into the bedroom, I don't hear hissing. When I turn it on, it doesn't make that strange noise. I can even fall asleep while watching it because of it's crisp audio. I also noticed when it's muted, if I was to change the channel it would still be completely silent. Of course this is my first flat screen TV, so this review is only based on this TV and all of the old ones I've had in the past. If you just so happen to come across one, I'd recommend it to anyone on a budget. Picture Quality You can change it around on the menu Sound Quality Crisp and clear! No humming or hissing like your standard CRT TV. Durability I'm not the most careful person, and it withstood me. Design I think it's cute! Performance Better than I'd expected.