I don't see much information about the dimensions, except that it's 16" deep and weighs less than 100 lbs. I believe that it is a table-top, given the picture on the right side of this
page. (It's got the DLP logo on the front on it, so I assume that its this set).
What drives my interest in this monitor is that it has 1394 connections and the capability to control and feed video to RCA's upcoming inexpensive (because it has no internal tuner) PVR and probably other AV/C compliant devices. From the manual for the current integrated Scenium sets:
DTVLink® (Digital Television Link) Connectors
DTVLink is a compressed digital video input offering an IEEE-1394 type video connection from consumer devices such as satellite receivers, cable receivers, and digital recorders that meet the CEA specifications for DTVLink. DTVLink is better known to some as 1394 or FireWire for digital televisions. If your 1394 device has the DTVLink logo on it, it should work with this TV. Audio and video information is carried on a single wire. You can use either or both connectors to link your devices.
Since I want a DLP set, and I want 1394 A/V connectivity, this would seem to be my only choice at present. Samsung doesn't fit the bill, Mitsubishi doesn't seem interested in fielding a reasonably priced (or even reasonably sized) integrated DLP and it looks like Hitachi dropped 1394 from their offerings this year.
I did a Google newsgroup search for the exact phrase "rca rptv" and got only 55 hits. There are no hits on the exact phrase "rca rptv problems" or "rca rptv problem". The shotgun search that you did was nearly meaningless--it matches all posts that contain all of the terms "rca", "rptv" and "problems", in any order. In many of these, the RCA device in question isn't the RPTV being referred to. In 21 of them, the word "problem" is preceded by the word "no" or "without" (search "rca rptv no-problems"). A search for "rca-rptv problem" (no quotes--means exact phrase "rca rptv" and the word "problem" in any order) turns up 15 matches and "rca-rptv problems" turns up an additional 4--these are quite probably reports of problems with RCA RPTVs.
Just for kicks, I did a search of "mitsubishi-rptv problem" and "mitsubishi-rptv problems" and got 55 and 39 hits, respectively. That's 94 altogether, 75 more than the equivalent search phrases with "rca-rptv". Thus for the Consumer Union's reliability leader. (Your search--"mitsubishi rptv problems"--turned up 329 hits). To Samsung's credit, my more specific searches turned up only 5 hits; Sony got 310; Pioneer, 124; Toshiba, 370 and Panasonic, 43.
I didn't have time to read them all, but I think it's safe to assume that pretty much every manufacturer has its share of problems
If we're going to judge by newgroup chatter having a much higher probability of being discussions of problems with various RPTVs, RCA's not doing too badly compared to most other brands. Only Samsung seems is beating them, by this crude metric. But then, just how long has Samsung been a serious contender in the US RPTV market? As I recall, no more than 5 years ago, they were pretty de classe.
-- Mike Scott