I am trying to compare the Toshiba 40RV525U and the 42RV535U. I don't see much difference except for two inches and almost $150. How much of Toshiba's spec sheet is marketing mumbo-jumbo and how much of it is real? (alternatively, recommend me a different HDTV in the $750-900 price range)
For the past week or so I've been looking at HDTVs, and after last night I had finally come to the conclusion of the Toshiba Regza 42" (42RV535U - Toshiba's page
). I plan to buy whatever I choose on Amazon, but wanted to see the thing in person. So I waltzed over to my local Best Buy this afternoon and did not find the 42" Toshiba, but a very similar 40" (40RV525U - Toshiba's page
), which is almost $150 less on Amazon.
The biggest differences I see are the two inches, which is basically negligible considering the room size, and the price. There are a couple spec differences according to Toshiba, but I don't know how much of it actually means anything. Things like "Super Resolution Technology" and "PixelPure 14-bit rendering" don't really mean much to me in real-world speak. Customer reviews look equally good for both sets.
So basically I just want to know if any of you HDTV pros out there may see significant differences between the two models that warrants the extra $150 for the 42". I'm coming from a 10-years-old 27" tube TV with a bad hum and a weird color spot, so anything is a huge improvement at this point. I will mainly be using the television for gaming on my Xbox 360, but it will also be our primary family television.
(Also, if you have an HDTV you like better in that price range, I'd love to hear your recommendations and reasoning.)