Rca 52w20 vs. toshiba 46h83

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Derek G, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Derek G

    Derek G Auditioning

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    Hello,
    I am in the market for a HDTV. I was specifically looking at these 2 models and wanted any input anyone might have. I will be using this for about 50% movies 50% tv. I previously had the pleasure of owning a toshiba 42h82. I was extremely impressed (for the price) with the stretch mode. So, I am kinda leaning towards the toshiba at this point. But, the toshiba was WAY too small and I need the screen "real estate". So,I guess, please comment on what you would buy and why. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins HW Reviewer
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    I have the D52W20 and really enjoy it. For the price it can be found (under $1400 at HH Gregg right now) it's hard to beat. There's also a newer model D52W15 that best buy carries regular price for $1299, but it doesn't have the screen protector. When my local HH Gregg had their grand opening they had the D52W20 for $1299, so I got Sears to price match that and I was able to use 2 other 10% off coupons I had to get the price down to $1075 after tax.

    In my in home comparison it had a better picture than my previous 47" Panasonic Widescreen HDTV, both adjusted using S&V. I'm not sure how much the size difference affected my judgement, but the RCA seemed clearer on Prog Scan DVD w/ less video noise. The cabinet is not as solid, being completely plastic, but that's the trend in these lower cost RPTVs.

    My only big complaint w/ the D52W20 is there is no manual convergance setting without entering the service menu, but the automatic convergance does do a good enough job. If I weren't moving from skewl to home and back to skewl so much I'd get mine ISF calibrated and never worry about it again, but i think it would be a waste as often as the set gets moved.

    Right now the only replacements for my D52W20 I would consider would be a Phillips LCOS or Samsung DLP, but the prices just aren't down where I can afford it comfortably right now. I think you would be very happy w/ it, especially if you want the most screen for the money without a hit in PQ.
     

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