All RCA MM-series (all 4x3) crt and rear-projection support 640x480 VGA and 800x600 SVGA. This includes: 27/32/36 inch direct-views, Models MM27110, MM32110, and MM36110 as well as the 52 and 61 inch rear-projection units MM52110 and MM61110. Ditto for the Proscan clones of these models. These hi-res DTVs are getting quite inexpensive now.
Philips 64ph9905 (disco'd), 64pp9751, 60pp9601, 60pp9701, 55pp9701 all support 640x480 VGA and SVGA 800x600 (60Hz!). All are 16x9 except for the 60pp9601. The new xxpp9401 additions such as the 60pp9401 do NOT support 800x600 nor do they have an RGB input.
All Pioneer HD RPTVs come with one VGA type (RGB) HD input, and two component HD inputs, good for 480p or 1080i. If your VGA use is limited to 480p only, the Mits will do fine.
But if you want a CRT RPTV and cheap, consider an AA or KD VGA-component transcoder for around $100 to $150, then your TV selection will include all brands, not just the limited few, so will your prices.
I have a Mits 46807. While it does not have a VGA 15 pin plug on the set there is an RGB/HV connection that can be used by simply buying an RGB/HV breakout cable. I have a PC plugged into mine and I run it at 960x540p. It wll also accept the 480p from a progressive scan DVD.
There are some TVs with RGBHV inputs that are not SVGA (800x600)compliant, which makes set-up much harder. These include the Mitsubishi and Pioneer sets.
Philips and RCA (MM series) models support PC SVGA resolutions making it much simpler to connect to.
As for the Zenith and Samsung VGA models, these are really quasi-VGA as although they support various resolutions, the incoming signals are upconverted to 1080i, making the image less desirable due to interlacing artifacts. In fact, these sets look better with VGA to Component transcoders.
Kei, I've never noticed interlacing artifacts being more prevalent on VGA inputs as opposed to component. I do notice the picture is brighter via the VGA connection of the RCA DTC100 as opposed to any other STB via the component input of the Zenith (it's difficult to determine if that's simply a function of the RCA's picture or the difference in brightness levels between VGA & component.
As a matter of fact, I find that interlacing artifacts are virtually non-existent on HD material of any kind (whether via the VGA of the RCA or component of the Sony HD100). Either way the picture is superb. I've also found that contrary to popular belief, the Zenith unquestionably benefits from progressive scan DVD players even though the upconversion process still takes place. The difference between progressive and interlaced DVD is striking in certain notorious scenes where interlaced artifacts are known (Titanic e.g.). It appears to me that the Zenith benefits to the same degree as a HDTV that doesn't do the upconversion. The Toshiba's make it easy to see the difference since you can switch on the fly.
I guess what I'm saying is that having compared this set to the others you mention, I can away with the distinct feeling that the Zenith had the best PQ of the lot. If the upconversion process takes place and this is the result, than so be it.
On my set, a Philips 64PH9905, the 15-pin VGA input can be used interchangeably with the 5-BNC-jack HD input (YPrPb/RGBHV). That means you can not only feed specified standard computer signals into the VGA inputs (640X480, 800X600), but also feed in other signals, such as DVD, or standard HDTV, such as 1080iX1920 (not 720p, due to its high scan rate). Haven't tried the 15-pin VGA input for these resolutions yet, but they should work, according to the set designer. This isn't clear from my manual, and it may apply to other sets as well. -- John
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