Best RPTV for cable/DVD under $1800?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by SandeepS, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. SandeepS

    SandeepS Extra

    Jan 18, 2003
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    Finally, I've bought a home and am replacing my aging 27" RCA TV with a big screen.

    I watch mostly cable and DVD's so narrowed my search to this 2.

    Panasonic PT-53WX53
    Sony SON-KP51WS510

    I've watched both TV's in stores and I feel Sony slightly beats out the Pany on picture quality. Now I do know most stores use HDTV programs for displays so didn't have a chance to test these TV's for cable programs. The Sony also looks attractive over the Panny but I'm not a visual whore.

    Also, from my research, the Sony uses Digital Image Creation to beef up the standard feed and I'm not sure whether the Pany has such a feature or not. The Panny also has only 850 lines of resolution so I don't know how much that makes a difference realistically. Sound output doesn't matter as I'll be buying a surround sound system as well.

    But overall, it seems the Pany is a lot popular here on these board than the Sony so I'm kinda hesitant before making the plunge.

    For people who own these sets, can u please let me know how better is cable quality? I know while cable is pretty pathetic, there are some RPTV's that still improve the overall quality.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Ed Sloan

    Ed Sloan Auditioning

    Aug 29, 1999
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    Forget popularity. Between those 2 models the Sony wins hands down.
  3. Jason Charlton

    Jason Charlton Ambassador

    May 16, 2002
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    Baltimore, MD
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    Jason Charlton
    I have a 57" Sony and after calibrating the picture using Avia, I was extremely impressed with the picture quality of my basic (non-digital) cable. The Sony's DO tend to have a bit more grain than other manufacturers, but this was practically eliminated once the SVM was disabled, and the picture properly set up.

    Another thing that I absolutely LOVE about the Sony is their "Wide Zoom" stretch mode. IMO, it's the perfect compromise for 4:3 material. It slightly crops the top and bottom, and slightly stretches the image. I watch pretty much EVERYTHING in Wide Zoom.

    I highly recommend the Sony.[​IMG]


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