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Toshiba 42XV545U - Need help/input

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Over the last couple of days I've been doing some online research for my next TV purchase, which will be my first HDTV purchase.

This will be my living room TV, and it will replace my 31" CRT 4X3 TV.

Having looked into specs and features I determined that a 120HZ model would be much preferable to a 60HZ unit, which forced a downsizing of screen size that I was planning to purchase.

Still, a 42" 16X9 screen is 1" higher/taller than my current TV screen, so I'll be getting a slightly bigger image on standard def (4X3) stuff, and a significantly bigger image for widescreen sources.

So the model that I came up with was the Toshiba 42XV545U. I like a lot of things about this model - but not one local retailer carries it, so I'll be ordering it online, sight unseen.

Which is why I need your help. Does anyone here have this model, and if so, what do you think about it?

Secondarily, if I get it I'm going to need a crash course in LCD HDTV Calibration, but that will be the next issue. Right now I need to make sure that I'm getting the right set. Price IS an issue, and this one is at the upper end of what I can pay ($1200).

So, is there a concensus about the 42XV545U? Your feed back will be VERY much appreciated.

Thanks!
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Any feedback at all that you've got - even if you've just seen them on display - would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Dont have the 42" 545 but I have the 52" and I think its a great tv. I believe they have similiar features but the panels are made by different manufacturers. The 46"-52" panels made by samsung and 42" by another manufacturer. Ive heard sharp or lg. Personally I wouldnt let that affect my decision.You can read some of my other posts where I compared to samsung by clicking on my user name on left side of page.
post #4 of 7
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Thanks!

I'm just wondering now if there are any noticeable differences between the 42's and the 46's because of the different panel manufacturers.

Anyone know? (And any further feedback would be great - I'm 95% sold on this model, however I want to make sure that I'm getting the right set for my needs.)
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Originally Posted by B5Erik View Post

Thanks!

I'm just wondering now if there are any noticeable differences between the 42's and the 46's because of the different panel manufacturers.

Anyone know? (And any further feedback would be great - I'm 95% sold on this model, however I want to make sure that I'm getting the right set for my needs.)

I really couldnt tell you. I think people make too big of a deal about the panels. All the manufacturers use other manufacturers panels. I would read some online reviews on the 42" and see what is said. Im sure someone on avs who owns the 42" should be able help you.
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Does anyone here have one of these?

This is a big purchase for me, and I want to make sure that this is as good as it seems to be (from the online research).
post #7 of 7
i'm also thinking about buying this LCD the 42RV535U but where are you planning to get it from? i want feedback on this lcd too and a crash course in calibration would bee AWESOME!
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