Thank you all for your replies. You have confirmed what I was beginning to believe. I bought a 36100 and it was delivered dead out of the box, so I returned it to the dealer for repairs. Now I find out that the progressive scan DVD I was to get with the deal will not work on this model! (It will on the 36110.) The dealer still is waiting for parts so he already has the unit. I plan on notifying him today that I am exercising my 30 day return option.
Originally posted by dave2297: I bought a 36100 and it was delivered dead out of the box...
RCA's reliability is another issue that kept me from buying a 36100. Yours isn't the first report about it, but it is the first one I've seen regarding a unit DOA. Hopefully the 36110s have those problems behind them, but I'll probably hold off a while longer.
You may want to consider a Hitachi 36SDX01S. It is very similar to the RCA's. It has two SVGA (RGB) inputs, a progressive scan component input (which I use with a Toshiba SD-5109), and the option (on component input) to squeeze the vertical height for anamorphic ("enhanced for wide screen") DVDs. I have an RCA DTC-100 DirecTV/OTA set top box and it works flawlessly with the Hitachi TV.
BTW, I often work in Englewood and Littleton and visit the AV stores in the evenings when I get a chance. Sound Advice carries the non-HD ready 36 inch Hitachi but I haven't seen the HD-ready set on display (at the store on County Line Road near I-25). The non-HD set looks identical to the HD set cosmetically, but the HD set has the higher pixel density picture tube and a built in line doubler for NTSC OTA, S-video inputs and composite video inputs. Last I heard, the RCA sets did NOT have internal line doublers.
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I have just recently purchased an RCA MM32110 and mated it with an Iscan Pro. Yes you are correct that it has no built-in doubler but for me this was a major advantage as the Iscan Pro has a far superior doubler to anything currently available in 4:3 or 16:9 directview televisions.
To do the anamorphic squeeze takes all of 30 seconds in the service menu (but has to be done manually each time) but with HDTV once set up, it can do it automatically every time (although I do not have HDTV yet)
It does make it an expensive 4:3 most definitely (although not a huge premium over a Sony 32XBR400) but the combination of much higher resolution than an XBR400 or Panasonic 3XHX40 for example coupled with better performance on NTSC sources made it all worthwhile. It really depends if someone can put up with the limitations of the current batch of doublers in the directviews. At the moment, they vary from mediocre to reasonably good but a long way off the Iscan Pro. I could not thus I went the route of the RCA and Iscan.
[This message has been edited by PeterG (edited 04-23-2001).]
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