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I was all fired up to buy a Zenith IQB64W10W but decided to check with a friend in the business who says the repair record on Zenith sets is abysmal. I later asked a Sears guy (how's that for getting a really informed opinion) who said they had stopped selling Zenith since they had so many problems. I don't really want to stir passions here but I would just like to hear the opinions of those who own this particular set.

Thanks for any input,

Lou


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I don't own the set, but note that Zenith is trying to change their image (I think they were bought out), and they went all out for quality on these sets. Your hesitancy is sort of like going "Dodge Viper? I'm not going to buy a car from the company that makes the Colt and other clunky slow cars!" The Viper was the same sort of concept as Zenith's 9" gun RTPV.



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Well, not to be sarcastic, my "junky" Zenith 64" HDTV still remains, after 1 1/2 years of trouble free operation, the finest HDTV I've seen. The built-in Zenith 1st generation "junk" tuner still outperforms any 2nd generation HD tuner on the market. As I say, I don't mean to sound sarcastic, but I think the feedback you got from your buddy was "junk". BTW, I never saw Sears carry any Zenith HDTV at any time.


In summary, if I was first in the market today, without any hesitation whatsoever, I'd buy the same set again.
 

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I bought mine in Jan 2000, and after at least 1000 movies on HBO, I think I am very happy.


I still have not seen a better picture, except for maybe the giant screens at Sony Imax theaters....


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Thanks for the input.

Ken, from other posts I knew you had the Zenith and were impressed with it. I certainly didn't intend to offend just to find out if there were other opinions out there. Obviouslt there are not thank goodness. I am really getting jazzed to get one. I would love to see one if anybody has any knowledge about a dealer or owner in the Melbourne/Cocoa/Cape Canaveral area of Florida. I also found out today that we have several HD channels in this area so am thinking of just going with an OTA Antenna and keeping TW cable for the regular stuff and Roadrunner. What do you think and what do you recommend for an Antenna???

Thanks again to all,

Lou


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Lou,

Honestly I didn't take it the wrong way, but I know there are some strange perceptions about Zenith out there that need to be rectified.


As far as an antenna, your best bet is to check with antenna specialists in your area. Your distance and direction from the transmitters will inevitably determine the size of the antenna, if a rotor or amplifier is needed etc. Good luck!!
 

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My friend in Melbourne is using a minimal Radio Shack UHF antenna and has very good results. I don't think you need much of an antenna, probably an intermediate gain Channel Master from starkelectronics.com would do just great.


I believe you are going to have a VHF Digital channel in the area, so you should probably get one with VHF as well as UHF elements.


Good Luck!


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Hey Idaboll. . .

Went to Vegas to the CESI show to preview all of the HDTVs

available about 1 1/2 years ago. Check everything I could

get my hands on about RPTVs to use in advertising applications. Came back and began all kinds of testing. Finally

got the applications onto computer that I wanted and took the 64" and the 56" out into the field for dealer presentations. I could relate horror stories one after the

other on what transpired. Suffice it to say the two HDTV's

were moved and abused beyond description. Even after these

field trials I have to say they both preform great at my

home. Nuff said?

Hummer



[This message has been edited by hummer (edited 08-17-2001).]
 

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Personally, I don't think their sets are junk. Actually, the picture on the Zenith HDTV's are far superior compared to other brands out there. And I only have a 56" w/7" guns as opposed to most of the folks who post here who have the bigger 64"/9" gun combo.


The only downside (and this from months of frustrating experiences) is that getting one of their HDTV sets serviced can be a challenge. Zenith only has a small distribution channel and even more limited authorized servicer pool.
 

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The Zenith is an excellent set however it has one very major problem - the set uses it's internal scaler to upconvert every signal to 1080i. It cannot accept a progressive signal - see their website. This completely eliminates this set for anyone considering the use of an outboard scaler - almost a requirement for a screen size of 64". I would strongly urge you to consider the Philips 64". It is by far the most flexible and has a significantly better picture than the Mitsubishi 73" set with 9" guns. There are only 3 RPTV sets with 9" guns that I have seen on the market (The Marantz being the exact same as the Philips with factory color temperature and calibration being the only difference).
 

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I believe the reason that Zenith's service network is so limited is that they don't pay their servicers more than $75 for in home service.


As a previous owner of 2 different Zenith front projectors (a Pro-900 which was later replaced with a Pro-900x), I will never buy another Zenith product again. My first projector was in and out of the shop for the first 6 months that I owned it, until I bitched and moaned to Zenith to replace it. The second unit worked problem free for about 2 1/2 years then (I'm assuming) its power supply died. A repair shop told me it would cost at least $1500 dollars in parts, most likely more. He said a recent repair cost another customer about $4000! I just decided to retire it. I expected more for a projector that cost me $10,000!



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I have the Zenith and have had no problems. Also, sources input via the VGA input on the Zenith are not upconverted. I have fed component video via an adapted into the VGA port with no problem. Picture is superb. Have also fed iScan Pro output into that input.


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