Some reviewers are letting the fact that they got a dud influence their ratings; this has nothing to do with the overall quality of an item, especially a complex electronic device. Sometimes things go wrong, and that's very often during the first few months of a product's life. That's what warranties are for. That said, this is an excellent TV, especially considering the price. I researched televisions for days, went to stores to look at the picture quality, and had given in to the idea of spending $400 on a smaller Sony when I came across this television for not much more. Having not seen the screen myself I considered it a minor risk to go and buy it, but buy I did, and happily. RCA products have always treated me well, no matter what their current reputation is. When it arrived my roommate and I set it up. It was quite simple. Everything looked great except for the stand, which is a bit flimsy and not as stable as it could be. Frankly I would rather spend 20 or 30 bucks more and get a better stand, but c'est la vie. The stand does, however, rotate, which I thought was a great feature for a TV in this price range. The picture, to my surprise, looked good even with old standard definition. But the true test, to me, was playing modern video games at 1080p, and it came through wonderfully. I had been unable to read some words in games on my 15 year old projection TV, and so expected clarity. But I didn't expect it to look this good. This thing brought new life to my old games. I thought the refresh rate might be an issue, but no, not in the tiniest bit. The fastest moving games were seamless at 60 Hz; I don't know why people would pay for more than that. Some people just like throwing money at products with higher numbers, even if those numbers don't mean any real difference in quality. Similarly, I think paying for the most popular brand name is silly. This television is at least as good looking as my neighbor's Sony Bravia, but larger, and considerably cheaper. The sound is surprisingly good. It gets very loud, and is able to create very clearly the ambient noises that make games and movies feel atmospheric and fun. As much as I don't care, I will say that there's a transparent, red strip of plastic along the bottom that just shouldn't be there. It's about an inch across at its widest point, and serves no purpose. It looks like the kind of thing some designer threw on there at the last minute to try to make the thing look cool or something like that. But it just looks cheap and ruins the elegance the rest of the TV has. Anyway, the TV was fantastic. I say was as opposed to is because two weeks after I got it the screen died on me while playing Red Dead Redemption. The customer service people responded fast and they're sending a tech out. Yeah, I'm annoyed, but failure rates on electronics tend to follow a bathtub-shaped curve. They die soon after you get them, or 5 or 6 years down the road. That's okay. For the price and quality of this television, that's just fine. 5 of 5 stars, without question.
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