|LG Electronics RU52SZ61D 52-inch DLP HDTV|
|Home Theater Rear-Projection HDTVs DLP Rear-Projection HDTVs|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Wednesday, 01 September 2004|
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Any time you shine video information onto mirrors and then onto the rear of a textured screen, there is loss. There is no denying the difference between direct view and projected TV. However, there is also no denying the price difference of nearly half or even more in many cases. If you have a large room with extreme viewing angles, you will want to visit your retailer first to see if this is tolerable to your viewers. (This assumes that you will be in the sweet spot and therefore unbothered.)
The reported 1000:1 contrast ratio is on the low side and will cause the extreme black levels to look gray. This is something that the brain will compensate for; soon after some people start watching, they will forget about it.
After years of viewing and evaluating video devices, I have become increasingly critical of bad displays. I have friends with large CRT rear-projection sets that are huge and look downright poor. Technology updates such as that of the LG Electronics RU52SZ61D make rear-projected television not only affordable but very satisfying. And let’s not forget the awesomely minimal footprint of the RU52SZ61D. It draws an interesting question: do you need to hang your set or can you live with the slim 15-inch footprint? Myself, I am not quite ready to slap down $7,000 or more for a good HD plasma, a technology that’s not without its own significant flaws.
I am still enamored of the benefits of a thin hanging display, but like many AV enthusiasts, I am waiting for the technology to mature and the prices to drop. When you factor in the level of performance that you can achieve from this small footprint, you might find your own reason to wait. In the meantime, products like the LG Electronics RU52SZ61D provide high performance and dramatic size at a cost within reach of the masses. I recommend this set for everyone looking to minimize his or her TV’s footprint and still achieve a larger than life picture. In my view, the old and enormous CRT projection sets are intolerably large and lack performance. For a small financial step up, you could remedy this and start enjoying your movies like never before.