What IDA claims is that there were fundamental errors made in setting up the television, and that we should have taken into account such issues as the following:
See original review here.
IDA: inputs are an industry standard for non-HD sources; they do not take the place of any newer inputs; they are still to be found on many source components in Australian homes.
SMARTHOUSE: During the past 24 months we have not seen or reviewed one single media centre, Blu ray player or source device for a TV that has Scart. This is a European technology that is not used by 95% of the manufacturers selling attach devices in Australia.
If Scart is on a source component in an Australian home the chances are that it is on an old piece of gear. Even Foxtel have eliminated Scart with the broadcaster claiming that 89% of the boxes that they have installed are Scart free.
IDA Said: "There is nothing in a Metz TV that makes it unsuitable for Australia. Having Scart inputs on a TV does not reflect any lack of consideration of our market".
SMARTHOUSE: When we questioned the ease by which the Metz menu could be used to configure a Metz TV in Australia especially to a non Scart source IDA claimed the following.
IDA: The Metz menu system is proudly different to what the reviewer may be used to in Asian-based TVs. It has three user-selectable levels, follows a logical path, and has in fact won several significant awards in its own right.
Down-facing inputs on the rear of a TV are in fact preferable for installers. They ensure that cables do not protrude outwards, which is a big problem when wall-mounting a TV.
SMARTHOUSE: This may be so. Firstly most consumers don't use an installer when buying a new TV and plugging in a Foxtel unit or Blu ray player. The lack of clear labelling on the back of the Metz TV, results in anyone attaching a device having to tip the TV over or crawl underneath it to get access to the cable input sources.