Any thoughts on RCA rear-projection HDTVs?

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  1. Matt Harwood

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    I'm looking to replace my aged Hitachi 52" big screen with a 4:3 HD unit. I've seen the RCA D52130 for around $2000. I haven't seen anyone raving about RCA units, however, and wonder if I should continue to shop around or go for it?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Arthur S

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    Matt

    The Hitachi 53UDX10B 4:3 came in first in the Consumer Reports test of big screens. Also was first in reliability. Sounds like a winner to me. $2250 on a Sears 10% off day.

    Artie
     
  3. Matt Stryker

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    RCA has a really bad rep for quality, especially on their infamous 38" direct view HD set. I'd stay away and stick to Hitachi, Mitsubishi, or Pioneer.
    UEC sells remanufactured (and rewarrantied) Hitachis at really low prices. Check them out: http://www.uecweb.com .
     
  4. NickSo

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    I saw a 43" RCA HDTV, and right beside it was a Toshiba 50' RPTV (50H71)... They were both around the same price, but the toshiba was $100 more expensive...
    Side by side, the toshiba totally blew the RCA away. I dunno if they didnt set it up properly, but i did manage to set the Toshiba to Movie Mode. The clarity of the Toshiba shamed the RCA, which was blurry, and the colors were way off.
    I'd take a look at the Hitatchis as well.. My friend has the 53" HDTV from them, it looked great with a Pioneer Interlaced DVD Player [​IMG]
     
  5. Michael TLV

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    Greetings

    In terms of pure image quality, the sets are pretty decent.

    But I wouldn't trust it long term ... workmanship and durability is suspect ...

    Regards
     
  6. Matt Harwood

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    Thanks for all the replies. I guess I'll keep shopping around for one of the others mentioned.

    I love this place. Thanks again.
     

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