I purchased a 53HS10 last October from OneCall.com. Right out of the box, it has performed perfectly. On this and other threads, others apparently weren't as fortunate. Mine has not had a banding problem and it still has all of the screens intact. Mine unit was manufactured in 9/00. I am extremely happy with my purchase.
If you can wait a few months, Toshiba will have a 53" set in September (53HX71). Upgrades include new CRTs, new lenses, an auto-convergence system and vertical compression for any input type (anamorphic DVD support). These additions make it pretty much identical, feature wise, to the Sony.
I think the "anamorphic DVD" support means the TV will have "16:9 squeeze" ability to make anamorphic widescreen DVDs appear more like on a 16:9 TV, rather than like on a regular 4:3 TV. The size of hte letterbox bars will probably be smaller and you should gain 33% more image of the DVD displayed.
If picture performance is of ANY importance to you, buy the SONY.
After calibration on both sets the Sony will resolve MORE of the HD signal (1053 lines of horizotal resolution) versus the Toshiba's performance of 809 lines of horizontal resolution (NOTE: Don't believe Toshiba's website...what are they smoking?)
NOTE: Lines of horizontal resolution is what produces the detail in an HD picture...
On the HD horizontal Frequency Sweep, the Sony performed out to 17 Mhz fequency (Full HD is 31.75 Mhz). The Toshiba barely made 13 Mhz.
IMHO, I would SERIOUSLY consider 16 x 9 instead of 4 x 3. There will always be MORE sales & you can ALWAYS remodel to accommodate a size difference & you won't live in this house forever...
Remember, this HD set is probably going to last you 8 to 10 years. Going 16 x 9 is your first chance to be "ahead" of the buying curve...time to "submit" this reply on my 486 computer.... http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/wink.gif
Thanks for all your help. I think I may wait for the new Sony...I'll see how impulsive I get tonight. Can I ask what exactly is 3:2 pulldown technology and is it worth waiting for the new Sony on account of this alone? I do like the fact the new units will have 2HD inputs (one for progressive scan dvd and one for digital cable/satelite). Thanks for your help!
Actually, I am going to buy one of these two sets myself today after work. I have been waiting to hear all of your responses about these two sets. Sorry, the financing deal at one store ends today so I'm kind of in a rush. If anyone can give me some good advice between the Sony or Toshiba please let me know. Also, is it important to have "anamorphic DVD" support? And exactly what does that mean and does it make that much of a difference. Thanks for all your help!!!...
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