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post #31 of 39 Old 09-05-2002, 09:51 AM
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Toshibas are fine units aside from the upconversion issue that results in the slight image degradation of anything not HD. Biggest impact is on DVD's.

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No problem. And I've finally settled on the JVC I'Art 48". I saw it running a regular NTSC broadcast, and it looked very good to me compared to other sets. I haven't heard of any dying like the toshibas, they look compared to the Panasonic, and are cheaper than the Sony and Hitachis. And finally, I have confirmation that they work with HTPC via DVI. So there.

I'm not sure how hard they are to calibrate, but in reality, that's the problem of whoever I hire to calibrate it, not mine. :-)

Now I have to decide where to buy it from. Prices are the same almost everywhere, so it might just come down to choosing the store with the best service. BTW, it seems that availability is not a problem at all with the JVCs now. A local store (Bleeker Stereo and TV in Ottawa, they have a few stores and are as big as FutureShop around here, but with much better staff and service) told me they had over 20 of them in stock in the back room.


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Can anyone speak on calibrating a JVC or reliabilty?
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Reliability is about the same...

They have alot of glare of the screen, more than almost any other brand though..

Thier progressive upconversion is not as good as Hitachi or sony either...

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If you do get a Panasonic, I highly recommend a full calibration. Michael TLV calibrated my PT-56WXF95 (the last of the mighty 720P native sets from Panny) quite some time ago and it still looks great. The convergence and the grey scale was an absolute PIG pre-calibration.

If you want to converge a Panny set yourself, the service menu is a must. The "user friendly" convergence facility is useless.
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Well, oddly enough, I went to th other Bleeker store at the other end of town near where I work, and their JVC looked like crap. Both the 48 and 56 had lots of edge enhancement in the picture that I just couldn't stand. I like my picture smooth... I'm the kind of person that would rather lose some rsolution that see things shimmer and jaggies and moiré patterns. Perhaps that's why I find the Toshiba appealing each time I see it.

I also got to see the new Sony KP-51ws500, and I must say I like it quite a bit. The colours seemed more accurate, although it seemes like it was quite a bit over 6500K compared to the other sets. But at least the whites were white, not beige.
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RF, Is Hitachi not an option? I find it does everything the Toshiba does better.
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Well, the Hitachi SWX I saw with the PBS demo loop was breathtaking, but way out of my price range (1100$ CDN more expensive than the UWX)

I did get to see a 51" UWX, and I would say that the picture was on par with the 50H82 or KP-51ws500 (but blindingly bright in the store I saw it), but I wasn't impressed by the stretch modes of the Hitachi. this is important to me, because I will still be watching a considerable amount of 4:3 in the forseeable future, unless Hockey Night in Canada goes HD real soon ;-)
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I you can afford it, the SWX is better than the UWX. It's all in the CRT's.

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