Well I spent almost 2 hours with the 52525 tonight. It was quite pleasurable.
I can agree with most of QuentinH's review. The big difference though would be the SDTV viewing. I was comparing this tv in house to a 50" GWIII LCD RPT, a 42" ED Panny Plasma, the 50" Panny LCD RPT & a Mitsu CRT RPT.
In my case the older Mitsu was the only one of the bunch that I would say was unwatchable for SDTV, while the rest were fine, certainly not as good as my current boob tube, a Toshiba CN36Z71 but certainly not unwatchable in my eyes.
Why is this? You folks can probably guess better then I. Perhaps the lens' were in dire need of calibration? Regardless of the other four, the Mitsu DLP was still the best in my eyes and this is "out of the box" setting wise. Matter of fact when we moved on to HDTV and finally DVD, it always looked best to me with the Sony second and the Pannys lacking. I then went into the settings of the Mitsu and starting playing. I liked the Netcommand and tuning options & am sure that a weekend with an Avia disc would be most rewarding and what tv isn't that the case with?
I should mention that all the tv's were hooked up with Component cables & were using a DirectTV feed. I never saw any rainbows or dithering but I'm sure I'm not the videophile alot of you are. That said I've never taken any of my past audio/video purchases lightly. I only wish I could have it and the HLP right next to each other to directly compare them as I don't remember really noticing them on it either. Maybe the slightest of rainbow. The contrast and blacks all looked great. I wasn't having an issue with screen glare but the showroom wasn't a typical bright lit one a la Best Buy etc. either. Besides, I just ordered some nice new dark blue blinds for the cave...erm...uh, I mean living room, last week.
I should state that my new tv priorities might differ from most of you, not sure. It will see a lot of SDTV with a smattering of HDTV. DVDs will be the least viewed medium and it must
be a great monitor for gaming, both console & PC. To that end tvs with great connectivity are paramount to me. This one has that;
I luv that!
- 2 - RF inputs
- 1 - Cablecard slot
- 1 - Compostite
- 3 - S-Video
- 2 - Component
- 1 - DTV
- 1 - VGA
- 3 - Firewire
- 1 - HDMI
- 4 or 5 - Memory card slots of various sizes
QuentinH mentioned that those of you with HLN's won't be blown away with this set. Hell, I'm
not even blown away with it compared to my Toshiba. Least not in the this tv looks $3000 better then my tube
way. None of the current crop of HDTVs do that for me. Yet I know in time it will prove it's true worth. More subjectively would be the design appearance of the set. I really like the Mitsu & the Sammy. Both are very handsome IMO and the lower mounted speakers cannot be ignored. The Sony isn't at all appealing to my eyes while the Panny is downright awful looking. This will be a BIG piece of furniture in my apt. and silver painted plastic...you can keep it!
So the tv performed perfectly fine to me, how about the salesman then? Having worked in retail myself for the better part of the last 17 years, this can make or break it for myself. I can't stand pushy, arrogant, sycophantic salespeople who DON'T LISTEN TO ME or answer my questions honestly.
I'm happy to say this most definitely wasn't the case for me. He left me alone with the tv plenty. We learned about it together. He asked me questions & valued my opinion enough to ask for it when talking to other customers. He liked an analogy I made about bulb replacement (which by the way is covered for the first year by Mitsubishi)
so much, he asked if he could use it with future customers.
In other words, he showed me respect. I cannot underestimate how important that is to me when making a purchase or future ones of course. So no surprise after tonight I'm leaning strongly towards this tv. I value Mitsubishi's reputation for quality. My first tv was a Mitsu and I never had a problem with it or my two subsequent Toshibas. It didn't hurt that I was offered very
nice deal that in effect just about nullifies the price advantage the 50" HLP had either.
So tomorrow I'm going back out to look at the Sammys again & then back down to see the Mitsu, this time with my Xbox in tow. The final test if you will.
Today one of my co-workers confirmed that they would by my Toshiba & the entertainment center it's in so it's time to make a deal!
Of course I'll keep you all appraised for what it's worth.