|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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The mere mention of flat screen television brings out passion in even non-AV enthusiasts. In fact, there are few households that wouldn’t purchase such display devices if they didn’t command what is considered by most to be a king’s ransom. I mean, what’s not to love? They are slim, can be hung on walls and free up much desired and highly valuable floor space. Research from our readers show the majority of homes have one of two styles of TVs – some have smaller direct-view CRT televisions while others have ridiculously large rear-projected CRT big screens. The latter became very popular in the last decade-and-a-half as an inexpensive way to enjoy very large video. These “big screen TV” displays reach up to and beyond 70 inches, and weigh in at a price that most can afford, yet they also have serious downsides, as they are enormous and frankly in most cases have poor video quality, becoming washed out even in minimal ambient light.
The last several years have ushered in better quality, high-definition rear-projected displays, yet this has done little to remedy their biggest anomaly. As the men in the house find the rear-projection units to be the best thing since pizza delivery, many women consider them an eyesore and excessive in size. Over the last couple years rear-projected DLP displays have come to market, providing a huge improvement over the CRT projection displays of the past. The new DLP displays are considerably brighter, more colorful and are a fraction of the depth of their aging predecessors.
The LG Electronics RU52SZ61D is a 52-inch rear-projected DLP HDTV display that sports the Texas Instruments HD2 DLP chip set and has a native resolution of 1280 x 720, all for a not-so-out-of-reach price of $3,499.95. The RU52SZ61D’s sleek exterior measures 48-5/8 inches in width, 35-1/8 inches in height and a Paris Hilton-like 15-3/8 inches in depth, a fraction of the depth of completive width displays. This is an enormous improvement that begs the question of whether a plasma display is necessary at better than twice the price for comparable resolution specs.
For connectivity, the LG Electronics RU52SZ61D has a DVI input, HDCP input, two component video inputs, a 15-pin PC input and an S-Video input at the rear and S-Video output at the front of the display. The RU52SZ61D specs are a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a brightness spec of 600 cd/m2, an internal two-way speaker system with SRS simulated surround and an internal progressive scan doubler, which doubles the scan frequency for better and smoother pictures. Most of the superior DVD players today come outfitted with Progressive Scan units, which is beneficial, as you aren’t limited to DVD movies but can take advantage of this improved look for TV, games and any other input source.
Due to logistics and difficulties of getting a large display unit into my home for evaluation, I called LaserLand HomeTheater, my favorite local home theater retailer, located in Cupertino, California. LaserLand is a beautiful facility, with a large selection of today’s cooler displays and a hugely knowledgeable staff to assist you with everything from home theater components to today’s best custom installation set-ups. After we shared in the basic calibration of the set, I was left alone for some detailed evaluation.