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David_Moechnig

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I've been contemplating upgrading my 27" Toshiba CRT tv and getting a RPTV. I know I want something with HD compatability but don't want to spend an arm and a leg on it either. Are there any particular brands and models that I should look at first. What about a good website that has a lot of technical information RPTV's. Thanks.
 

Ottis Fletcher

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I have the Sony KP46WT500, and the picture is good, its incredible after using Avia.

All opinions from here down are after using Avia.

DVDs look better then I have anticipated (with a progressive scan DVD player). Skin tone is life like, and real depth is added to a lot of scenes. I cant see any flicker problems that normally occur with tiny patterns, like wall paper or shirt designs.

I recently bought a HDTV Tuner STB and an antenna, 1080i images on this set are unbelievable.

I have AT&T Digital Cable a few channels are all most unwatchable after viewing HDTV and DVDs, but its not many and they are mostly under 100. Many of the upper channels rival DVD quality (through S-Video). I plan on getting a satellite dish after my tax return to get more 1080i sources, especially Discovery HD Theater.

Keep in mind that this set down converts 720p to 480p. I was going to take this set back and get a bigger one, but after reading many reviews and doing quick comparisons with other Sony TVs on the same settings the KP46WT500 just looked so much better.

All in all I am very happy with my purchase, I would recommend with out hesitation to anyone who is looking for RPHDTV in the $2K price range. One more thing for the price you can get a much bigger set 55 inch plus. But the PQ from the Sony makes it well worth purchase. I know several people with different models, brands, etc. even after using Avia and watching DVD's or HD on their sets the PQ doesn't even come close to to the KP46WT500.
 

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I suggest deciding on a ballpark figure for your budget first and then the TV size you believe you'll need. Given that budget is a real consideration (maybe
 

Ottis Fletcher

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You don't want to go cheap on a TV. It would be better to spend $2k+ and get a good set that will last and has the features and PQ to stand the test of time (somewhat), then it would be to go cheap. I mean if your going to spend $1,200 on an alright set, why not spend a few more hundred and get a great set?

I'm not trying to push the set I have on you. You can maybe use it as a starting point to base your decision. There are many many other really great TVs in that price range, I can speak from experience on the one I have. Look around, read reviews, check prices, etc. till you find something that meets your needs.
 

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