Which RPTV should I get - you decide?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by JohnKings, Apr 12, 2003.

  1. JohnKings

    JohnKings Stunt Coordinator

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    Here are the competitors and the prices I can get them. May the best TV win!

    Panasonic PT53WX42 - $1,499

    Hitachi 51SWX20B - $2,199

    Sony KP51WS500 - $1,800

    Toshiba 50HDX82 - $1,850

    So which one Should I get?

    John
     
  2. MikeM

    MikeM Screenwriter

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    John, where are you located?

    I think you'll get the most bang for your buck with the Hitachi 51SWX20B, however, you can do a lot better on that price.

    If we know your location, maybe some of us can point you in the direction of some local deals...let us know, k!
     
  3. greg_t

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    Pioneer SD533 or SD643
     
  4. JohnKings

    JohnKings Stunt Coordinator

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    Mike:

    I live in the Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania. I would be really suprised if you can find that TV significantly cheaper. I can't even find a reputable place online that sells them new for that price. Are you sure you are not thinking of the UWX series? Most retailers are selling the 51SWX20B for 2,499 And the lowest price I can find for it online is $2,199 from PAC-2000.

    Anyway, thanks for the help it is greatly appreciated!

    John
     
  5. MikeM

    MikeM Screenwriter

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    John, about 5 months ago, I was able to pick up the 57TWX20B for $2400. That's the TWX (better screen, enhanced cabinet) AND the 57" model! That's why I saw your original posted price of $2199 and thought it seemed quite high. This will vary by location, but your best bet is to haggle from a smaller local authorized dealer as opposed to Circuit City, etc. That's how I got mine.

    Punching in the dealer locator from Hitachi's web site, and your ZIP, there are a lot of authorized dealers in your area for the specific TV you're looking for. Here's a sample of them within just 25 miles.
    Good luck.

    Search by US Zip Code*18001

    19th Street Audio
    532 19th Street
    Allentown, PA 18104
    610-434-8833
    3.37 miles

    Audio Images
    2337 MacArthur Road
    Whitehall, PA 18052
    610-437-1200
    4.56 miles

    CIRCUIT CITY #949
    1055 GRAPE STREET
    WHITEHALL, PA 18052
    (610) 266-6166
    4.56 miles

    Palmer Audio Video
    1710 MacArthur Road
    Whitehall, PA 18052
    610-820-6377
    4.56 miles

    SEARS #1154
    1259 WHITEHALL MALL
    WHITEHALL MALL
    WHITEHALL, PA 18052
    (610) 776-2200
    4.56 miles

    Artistic Video & Sound
    344 So. 3rd Street
    Route 309
    Coopersburg, PA 18036
    610-282-0632
    6.16 miles

    Harvey's TV
    5964 Nor-Bath Blvd.
    Bath, Northamption, PA 18014
    610-837-8825
    12.29 miles

    Boscov's
    121 Palmer Park Mall
    Easton, PA 18045
    (610) 250-2772
    12.72 miles

    Saul's TV
    1041 E. Philadelphia Avenue
    Gilbertsville, PA 19525
    610-367-2472
    20.20 miles

    Boscov's
    Route 724
    Coventry Mall
    Pottstown, PA 19464
    (610) 327-8080
    24.10 miles

    SEARS #2484
    RT 100 & RT 724
    COVENTRY MALL
    POTTSTOWN, PA 19464
    (610) 327-6000
    24.10 miles
     
  6. Kami

    Kami Screenwriter

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    If it were me I'd probably get the 53" Panasonic and spend the saved money on a ISF calibration because I hear Panny's can look really great calibrated (and not so great out of the box). It's the biggest of the bunch too.

    If you needed 720p and DVI support I'd go for the Toshiba then.
     
  7. Michael De Costa

    Michael De Costa Stunt Coordinator

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    John,

    I have a Toshiba, it's the 57", and I love it. The only other set I liked more was the Pioneer Elite. The Toshiba puts out a great picture and I have yet to even get it calibrated. Definitely check into better prices on the sets your looking at. Many retailers will discount the sets further or throw in an extended warranty if you haggle. I got mine at 6th Ave Electronics in NJ. Great place to pay less than sticker......
     
  8. kevin_hart

    kevin_hart Auditioning

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    The Toshiba sets over the last 18 months have gone totally down hill in quality. A buddy of mine purchased a Panasonic and I ended up helping him pullit out of his basement 4 times in one year for service before the delaer replaced it with a different brand. So in my mind you are down to the Hitachi and the Sony, both great sets, but not with out their problems (check out http://www.keohi.com/keohihdtv/index.htm for more details on this). The nice thing with the Hitachi is the cabinet, with the Sony if you have a large center channel speaker ther is no where to put it (???) but, the Sony is cheaper.

    Anyways there is my two cents.
     
  9. Kami

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    Kevin, that is what we not-so-lovingly refer to as a lemon. An isolated incident. That's all you really see when reading message boards like this, but don't be fooled....the vast majority of TVs out there work just fine.

    Pick something and be happy with it [​IMG]
     

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