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Proscan TV's - are they any good?
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Post 1 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 08:03
joewood
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Are Proscan TV's any good? Best Buy has the 40" LCD 1080p for $499.99 model # 40LC45S.
Post 2 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 08:06
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I do not know ProScan is still in business. If so, check out the RCA product quality.
Post 3 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 08:21
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From what I remember, they supported RCA power and input discretes.
Post 4 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 10:30
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$499.99 for a 40" LCD says it all.
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Post 5 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 11:02
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Proscan ,the brand name, is owned still by Thomson Electronics (RCA) but they have been licensing the brand to chinese manufacturer who makes them since 2006. No discretes codes
Wil Vitela, owner
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Post 6 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 11:35
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I have a Proscan 42" LCD and it's a great TV.
Post 7 made on Thursday September 3, 2009 at 12:19
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I have to add to what Totem said. It can be said that it is a great TV when not compared to a better TV like Sony in that size. Proscan will an the advantage in price, but the Sony would have the advantage in shadow detail, black level ,and discretes. P.S. I am panny plasma lover. I am just mentioning the Sony because Joewood is considering an LCD TV.
I have a customer that purchased a Proscan 40 something inch from Circuit City 2 years ago and it is still kicking. Originally I had it setup with HD cable and about 2 months ago I changed it over to Directv HD DVR. I was reminded of how gray the blacks were and how bland the colors were. Off axis viewing is definitely not as good as other brand name TVs. The customer is still happy with the set because it was within her budget and it is still working. So to her she made a great purchase.

Just my .02
Wil Vitela, owner
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Post 8 made on Friday September 4, 2009 at 09:06
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Maybe, but I'd doubt it. All of Thomson's stuff has pretty much gone downward in the last 10-12 years, and if they're licensing the name, who knows who even makes it.

ProScan TV's from the early 90's, on the other hand, are excellent, by the standards of that time anyway.
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Post 9 made on Friday September 4, 2009 at 10:04
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Yeah, back in the day they were rebadged RCA's.. I didn't even know they were still around.. Seeing that they aren't even mentioned in any industry mags I would guess they are no different than Insignia or any other Chinese / Korean knockoff TV's..
Post 10 made on Friday September 4, 2009 at 10:33
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Way back when, my first HD receiver was the Proscan version of the RCA DTC-100. Great receiver. Did DirecTV, ATSC and NTSC, but no direct component out. You had to use a converter.
Post 11 made on Friday September 4, 2009 at 18:59
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On September 4, 2009 at 10:04, cma said...
Yeah, back in the day they were rebadged RCA's.. I didn't even know they were still around.. Seeing that they aren't even mentioned in any industry mags I would guess they are no different than Insignia or any other Chinese / Korean knockoff TV's..

Yep. They were made in the same facilities as RCA...the tubes all came from the same line. Back when they were actually made in the USA. There was virtually no difference between ProScan and RCA except for the branding.

Nowadays, I don't think RCA makes anything in the USA, and their TV's aren't supposed to be very well built.

Avparts said the branding is still owned by Thompson - however I haven't seen any respect for RCA products over the past decade or so. Even GE seems to be less popular than it was.
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Post 12 made on Friday September 4, 2009 at 19:18
Avparts.com
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The RCA brand for TVs is also being licensed out to a chinese company. Its a different company than the Proscan.

I remember selling Proscan TVs years 1992-1996. The picture was great at the time and they had great profit margin. They were even ahead of their time with discrete IR codes and workarounds. The remotes had discrete power on and off and you were able to tune to 91, 92, etc. to get to the inputs discretely.
Wil Vitela, owner
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Post 13 made on Sunday September 6, 2009 at 00:06
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Yep - I'll have to see if I can't find a picture of my old Proscan remote. The thing was huge - had a flip cover on the top and was horizontally laid out - literally had a million buttons. But it had a separate button for each menu (setup, video, audio, etc), for each PIP function, etc.

As a testament to its quality, I've had it for 15 years now, and through heavy use as my main TV for 10 years and now a secondary TV, not a single button has failed. And the TV still works as good as new - as do all the other RCA's. I did have to replace a power supply for a family member in one - but considering there's 20+ of them within my family, one power supply isn't bad.

The fact that the inputs were on 90-92 was nice as they were able to be accessed easily. And to watch 90-92, you would just tune like 126-128 or something. Only thing with all the old RCA TV's is I don't believe they could get cable channels 93-97...not that they were used at the time anyway.

The only thing about them working so good is that I never have an excuse to replace them.
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