Anyone still reading this thread and need a little TV with component inputs? I just bought a killer 13" one at CVS, on sale for $99 this week (so act fast). It is an RCA DECK133R.
- Extreme viewing angle sensitivity. [must be TN technology] If you need to view from more than one fixed position, this TV isn't for you. Thankfully it comes with a tilting base and "swivel" is by rotating the whole product. VESA 100 holes allow professional mounts too.
- Sound is tinny, but what do you expect for a 13in TV? (I use outboard sound so I don't care)
- Very simplistic manual image controls and presets (warm, cool, standard, personal) have limited use. You can control the levels of R,G,B from 1 to 255 ,but other than that there are no controls for sharpness*, brightness*, contrast*, or overscan.
- On the component input I tested, there are 5 pixels cropped off each side edge, and 2 off both the top and bottom with a 1080i signal. Not too bad.
- Non-defeatable electronic edge enhancement, but not over the top in its level.
- Mild black crush but I've never seen an LCD that had none
- Mild red push but you can correct for it.
- No way to hide component input wires on the side since they aren't recessed
-The aspect ratio is correct, unlike the stupid 13 inch Coby I tried and returned immediately from CVS a few years ago. Circles are circles.
-Sharp image , I suspect a 768x1368 panel. The horizontal resolution is around 700-720 lines per picture height using a cable TV HDNET/Zenith test pattern.
-On axis viewing is generally good
- LCD motion blur seems quite mild, and acceptable to me, compared to most 32 to 40 inch LCDs I see at Best Buy that I can't stand, yet I suspect the claimed response time is rather poor, based on the earlier version I can find specs for (16ms?! YUCK!) I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, though!
-LED (and quite low power consumption) with little edge bleeding, but that may vary set to set.
-DC 12 V input for car (no car cord supplied)
-DVD player built in [ almost a con for me since I hardly ever use them since they aren't HD, and it makes the TV thicker, heavier, and more expensive. There's no digital audio out though.]
-Lots of connectivity. RF, QAM tuner, fast scanning, best OTA sensitivity I've seen (since it is the newest chip I own), fancy GUI, VGA in, HDMI, composite, USB, everything but S-video really.
- You can defeat "auto" DLC and 3DNR circuits
It's a keeper.
*DOH! It does have these, as well as "Color". I must have missed them. They only show/engage if you select "personal" mode. The edge enhancement can be backed down with the sharpness, too. Hurray!
In A/V reproduction accuracy, there IS no concept of "accounting for personal taste/preference". As art consumers we don't "pick" the level of bass, nor the tint/brightness of a scene's sky, any more than we pick the ending of a novel or Mona Lisa's type of smile. "High fidelity" means "high truthfulness", faithful to the original artist's intent: an unmodified, neutral, accurate copy of the original master, ideally being exact and with no discernable alterations, aka "transparency".