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  1. JoeB

    JoeB Auditioning

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    Taking the plunge on a RPTV. I have been looking at the following.

    Pioneer SD-533HD5 for $2900 out the door

    Sony KP-51HW40 for $2700 out the door

    Toshiba 50h81 for $2500 out the door

    I am also being offer the pioneer elite DV-37 DVD player for $800.

    Any recomendations would greatly be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Joe
     
  2. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    Joe,
    I think the H81 should be a bit cheaper, maybe you are looking at an HX81, which has better guns and such.
    I think you'd be happy with any of those 3 televisions. I have the 57" version of the Sony and am quite happy with it.
    I would not spend $800 on the Pioneer dvd player, however. Many players with better or equivalent performance can be had for much less money. The new JVC line of progressive players are quite good, as are the Panasonic RP56 and 91. The RP56 or a JVC 60 series progressive scan player will probably perform better than the Pioneer and can be picked up for $229 at most local B&M stores.
     
  3. JoeB

    JoeB Auditioning

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    Steve, Thanks for the reply, I'll do a second look on the toshiba's. Is Sony going to have an XBR version of the 51" anytime soon?

    Joe
     
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    Manuel Stunt Coordinator

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    Can't comment on the tv's because I got a Mits, however, you have to go with the Panny 91. Resistance is futile.
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  5. Henry Carmona

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    Go for a Panny DVD player RP91 or 56
    I vote for the Toshiba, i have the 50H81.
     
  6. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    Joe,
    The XBR2 Sonys only come in 57 and 65 inch sizes, the HW40 series comes in 51 and 57 inch, but no 65 inch.
    I think the most significant difference between the 2 is that the XBRs have a built in ota HD tuner (but it won't tune satellite HD like the built in tuners on the RCA models) and a firewire connector, as well as some audio enhancements.
    I'm using a Toshiba DST-3000 stb with my 57" HW40 Sony and it works very well. It can tune ota digital, ota analog, and DirecTV ntsc and HD. I did have to upgrade my DirecTV dish to one of the 24" elliptical ones.
     
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    Keith Plucker Screenwriter

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    Hi Joe,

    Whichever you choose, I would strongly recommend an ISF calibration after about a month or so of use. In the mean time, be sure to pick up the Video Essentials or Avia DVD and go through the calibration routines.

    -Keith
     
  8. Howard T

    Howard T Auditioning

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    I just purchased a new wide screen and researched for quite a while. I found the two best sets in my price range to be the Sony XBR 57" and the Toshiba 57hx81. Other sets I considered were Hitachi and Pioneer. I ended upppurchasing the Toshiba. The Sony was a close second, but the new version of the kp57xbr10w (last years model) costs about a $1,000 now that includes the HD box. I consulted a number of home theater specialists and found one that carries both brands. They said the Sony ultimately got a better picture, but that the Toshiba was a far greater value. The TV I replaced was a 57" Toshiba with which I was very happy. I am thrilled with new 57hx81. It does a great job of stretching without much distortion, the picture is great. It comes with a great sound system which I do not use because I am running the sound through a Sony AV receiverr and Difinitive Technology Speakers.
     

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