Recommend RPTV under $2K.

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  1. MichaelDDD

    MichaelDDD Supporting Actor

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    Hi all. I've decided; my next TV will be an RPTV.

    The budget is $2K, $USD. I know comparatively little about RPTVs; I know Toshiba/Hitachi/Mitsubishi make very good ones...that's about it. Aside from what inputs a set has and buzzwords like 3D Digital Comb Filter, most of the important facts escape me. :b

    I've seen the Toshiba 57H83 mentioned a few times around here...it seems to be a popular set. Don't know much else though

    Looking for quality over quantity. I.E. will take a "stunning picture/highly adjustable" 51" set over a "it's just got a big freakin' picture!" 65" set.

    All I need are two sets of high-bandwith (progressive scan/DHTV capable) inputs. No built-in HDTV tuner necessary.

    If it helps, I watch roughly a 50%-50% mix of DVD movies and things like Discovery/History channel. [​IMG]

    Thank you very much.
     
  2. MichaelDDD

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    ? [​IMG]

    Theeze to-pic....it is a bomb, yes?

    Nobody?
     
  3. Mike Baldwin

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    Well I just received my 51H83 Tosh this week and love it so far. Tosh is a very pop brand on the board. I like sony alot too, but IMO they are priced just a little high. Did you know for roughly 2500 you could get a Plasma screen. You should maybe consider that. I am about 65% DVD's and the rest regular Cable. Good pq, good price, good TV.

    Mike
     
  4. MichaelDDD

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    Thanks, Mike. [​IMG] I dunno about Plasma...still a new technology, relatively speaking.

    Also, $2K really is the ceiling for me...I think for $2K, I could get a really nice RPTV as opposed to an entry level Plasma for the same $$$.

    I have read lots of good things about Toshiba RPTVs; I currently own an older 32" Sony Trinitron. Great TV, but no Component inputs and the screen isn't flat, nor big enough. [​IMG] I've read that Sony RPTVs don't get "good" until you get into the big-buck XBR series...out of my price range. I will admit that Sony TVs are priced higher than their counterparts...you pay for the name and Sony quality. My Sony CRT is still flawless after 8 years.

    Just wondering what else to look at besides the Toshiba?
     
  5. KyleC

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    I saw a decent plasma TV (price) from a company called Tatung. I have never heard of them so it made me question it right away. Can anyone comment on those TVs?
     
  6. Brett Sw

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    Michael...I ordered a 51h83 from a local B&M store early last week and thought I got a pretty good deal on it. Logged into Onecall.com Friday night (I know this is the wrong forum) and got a price of $1312.94 with a FREE Toshiba SDV391 DVD/VCR combo. Granted you have to pay shipping, but you can use the extra cash to buy a 6.1 receiver or something like that...!!!

    Needless to say I cancelled my order from the B&M and went with the latter. If you need it they offer other payment arrangements. What's the best TV for under $2K? That's something that can be debated long enough for the new models to come out next year....The best TV or any other HTS gear is found in the cost/benefit. At least it is for me... [​IMG]
     
  7. John S

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    I know what you mean about pricing and what is good...

    I went back to Best Buy to purchase my HDTV on what I thought was a great deal. They had sold out, in the entire region.


    That ended up being totally lucky, I got online and saved $500 off the to my door price. But I have waited 3 weeks and 3 days so far, I am supposed to have it tomorrow afternoon.
     
  8. Brett Sw

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    They went as far as to show me in writing their price matching policy and internet price matching policy. They would match any "online price of a local store". That's fine, but my town only has 35K people in it!!! If the competition had a "local store", why the h*** would I be shopping and ordering online. It's kind of hard to 'kick the tires through the computer monitor. Jefferson City is not big enough to have much local competition other than a couple independent A/V stores and an overabunance of pawn shops.

    I guess if their pricing model doesn't allow them to compete then so be it, but I'd sell their stock...If I had any...

    However...I'm damn near ecstatic with the quality RPTV I got for the price and only hope the wife remembers to feed the dog and comes downstairs to visit from time to time.
     
  9. Aaron Silverman

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    Go to SEARS. They will DESTROY everyone else's prices. I am getting a Mitsubishi WS-55513 there for $1934 with free shipping. (Note that you have to go into the store -- their online price for that set is $2800!) I couldn't say whether that's only because there is a lot of local competition, but it's worth a shot.

    Do a little price shopping -- you probably won't find anything even close to that deal.

    Incidentally, my viewing habits are almost the same as yours, with the addition of sports.
     

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