RCA P61300 Rear Projection

RCA P61300 Rear Projection 

DESCRIPTION

61" Diagonal High-Definition TV - Digital Resolution (1920H x 1080V Pixels) - Dolby Digital Surround Sound Capability - Picture-In-Picture - 50-Watt Stereo Amplifier - Universal Remote

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 29, 2017]
Daniel Sauers
Casual Listener

Can You Just Like Stop, Look & Listen! For a Moment I Want To Get RCA P61300 Rear Projection Television Set as My 15th in the half Birthday Present at audioreview.com Because I Need It for Kindle Fire TV, Panasonic (PV-D4762) VCR/DVD Combo, Sony BDP-S570 3D Blu-Ray Player & Xfinity TV Too So I Can Watch My Favorite Movies & TV Shows On Cable TV, Videocassettes, DVDs, Blu-Rays & Don't Forget For Wii Console Too Because I Like Playing Video Games I Like RCA P61300 Because Its That Item of The Early Days Of Experiencing High-Definition Events of the Year & RCA It's The Most Trusted Name In Radio, Television & Other Electronics. But You Better Let Me Tell You Something About The History Of RCA TV In 1936 RCA Invented the 405-lines & In 1954 RCA Invented The Living Color on Viewers Supported of Public Television Stations with the 625-lines, On October 28, 1994 RCA Invented the Digital Satellite System & Since 1998 RCA Invented High-Deffinition, & RCA Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza In New York Has Now Become NBCUniversal Headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 10, 2001]
Dave
Audiophile

Strength:

Three tuners (two NTSC/HDTV, and one directTV.) Great NTSC up-converter. Auto-convergence works great, just like Hitachi. 3 video sources (svideo or composite) plus 1 component video (multisync input can handle progressive or interlaced component video) Optical out for Dolby 5.1

Weakness:

The "letterbox" zoom aspect ratio is very wrong. LAME-O-REMOTE looks like a $19 RCA remote, but it works. Slight nonlinearity in lens system. PIP doesn't work when on HDTV channel.

Note: the picture for this TV is wrong, it is for the similar Proscan P61300. They are almost the same though.

This is the only other set I've seen who's NTSC upconverter can rival Sony's. There are almost no motion artifacts. The picture is as sharp as you could expect for 7" CRTs. The picture is bright but not as bright as the toshibas.

Watching "The Tonight Show" in HDTV is amazing.. you can see razor stubble on guests that haven't shaved!

There is a slight optical "barrel roll" or "roller coaster" problem with either the lens system or the electronics on all of these sets. The symptom is most visible when watching scrolling movie credits. Text within 6" of the edge of the screen is squashed maybe 35%. Text more than 6" from the edges is all the same size. This occurs on all sides; top, bottom, left, right. It causes a slight "fisheye" effect when a camera pans on a scene. I think I can live with it, but at this price level why is it there at all?

The multitude of inputs & 3 tuners are handled well and menus are integrated. It feels like a single piece of equipment. I can finally rid myself of video switches!

The sound is actually pretty good, & it has a SRS expansion mode. I'm going to use my stereo instead though.

For NTSC video there are three video sizes: 4x3 with grey sidebars (NORMAL), blown-up letter box 4x3 with the top & bottom chopped off (FILL), and 16x9 stretched mode 16x9(FULL). There is a severe problem in the "FILL" mode on all sets I have seen. It does not maintain the 4x3 aspect ratio, but stretches the image too much vertically - it is practically unusable. This may be a problem for watching leterboxed movies.

There is no way to adjust the overscan or aspect ratio. I sure hope there's a secret service menu, but many new RCA TV's no longer have secret menus.

The TV is a bit deeper than some other brands. The top of the TV isn't flat, so you cannot set any components on top.

I am worried about RCA's past quality issues with this TV. I managed to freak out the TV when switching video sources and the picture collapsed - I was getting strange scanning patterns and no video. Turning it on & off didn't help. I started packing it up to send it back. Finally I tried unplugging it & plugged it back in to reset it and it worked again. Scary!
Peering in the rear of the set, it is not impressive at all. It looks like it was cobbled together from lots different-sized circuit boards from other models. There are open-frame power supplies located throughout the entire unit, connected with a multitude of wire harnesses. Lots of cables everywhere between all the tuners & directTV module. There appears to be an enclosed box with two fans (which run ALL the time, even when off) which houses the video switches, digital upconverter, and image processing circuitry. It just seems like a lot of separate pieces & power supplies to go bad.

I'm a perfectionist and like this TV, but I am worried about it's build quality.

NOTE: RCA was offering a free progressive scan DVD player if you purchase this by March 31, but now I can't find it on their website.

Similar Products Used:

Looked at Hitachi, Sony, Pan, Toshiba, Samsung

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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