The Loewe Aconda 38" uses the same tube , but that is essentially where the similarities end. Therein lies the appeal. You get the size provided by only the Thompson tube without actually having to buy an RCA product. The chassis used on the Loewe is the Q2400, a custom design by Loewe and Sensory Science, which is used on all non-legacy Loewe models. In other words, Thompson tube with premium top-of-the-line electronics inside. Of course, the loewes (at least when they were distributed by Sensory Science) have in the past proven to be just about as reliable as RCA, but at least you know you'll get the PQ difference. By the way, I've seen the image the Aconda puts out and it is beyond belief. The Sony I looked at wasn't even in the same league. Hopefully Loewe has gotten its warranty and shipping/damage issues resolved since setting up the Opta American office, because if you can rely on it, the set is really killer. All accounts say that the Aconda 38 will continue to be produced since the bizarre discontinuing of the RCA, but Loewe is supposedly also introducing a new model or two in the not-so-distant future. At this point I can't blame them for not implementing a secure digital connection of some kind. After seeing the announcement of HDVL (or HDVI or whatever the hell it is), I'm beginning to think Hollywood is about to shoot itself in the foot and have to settle for Analog output with some sort of analog copy protection. And we all know how foolproof that tends to be : )
"There's a... big machine in the sky... Some sort of... electric snake. It's headed right for us..."
"Not yet. I want to study its habits."