RCA DTC100 review: RCA DTC100

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Great price; upconverts regular TV signals.

The Bad No component video outputs.

The Bottom Line This is the best deal going for an HDTV receiver, but it may not work with your HDTV.

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HDTV is a hard sell because most sets, despite their price tags of $4,000 and over, are only HDTV ready. That means you still need to shell out another $1,000 for a receiver just to watch an HDTV show. RCA's DTC100 is a DirecTV satellite receiver capable of displaying high-definition programs. It is significantly less expensive than most other HDTV receivers and works wonderfully with the right kind of TV. HDTV is a hard sell because most sets, despite their price tags of $4,000 and over, are only HDTV ready. That means you still need to shell out another $1,000 for a receiver just to watch an HDTV show. RCA's DTC100 is a DirecTV satellite receiver capable of displaying high-definition programs. It is significantly less expensive than most other HDTV receivers and works wonderfully with the right kind of TV.

More Bang for Your Buck
With a list price of $649, the DTC100 is a terrific bargain, even when you factor in the cost of a DirecTV dish and installation. Most HDTV receivers cost more than a grand, and they receive only regular broadcasts, not satellite TV. With the DTC100, you can choose between DirecTV's myriad of channels as well as analog and digital broadcasts from your local TV stations.

Even better, the set-top box upconverts all standard-definition fare from an interlaced 480-line signal to a 540-line, progressive-scan signal. A progressive-scan monitor, such as a computer display, draws all the lines from top to bottom in one pass. Regular TVs first draw the odd-numbered lines, then go back to the top and do the even-numbered lines. The result is an interlaced picture, which has inferior edge detail and rougher motion than a progressive-scan picture. When hooked to our RCA MM36100, regular TV shows looked better than DVDs from a Toshiba SD-5109. The picture was smoother, with no noticeable scan lines.

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RCA DTC100

Part Number: DTC100
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