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Monday, January 30, 2006

Flat-Panel, Projection, & CRT TV Displays

CRT – Cathode-Ray Tube

This is your typical tube television. The picture is produced by an electron beam that scans the back side of a phosphor-coated screen. As the beam moves back and forth it illuminates horizontal lines of phosphor dots inside the tube, which create the images you see.

Thumbs Up: inexpensive, good picture, black blacks
Thumbs Down: oversized & overweight, limited screen sizes, non digital display


Flat-Panel – Plasma & LCD

Plasma television picture is created by gas caught between 2 layers of glass.

Thumbs Up: hang on wall, visually appealing, great picture & color
Thumbs Down: expensive, screen burn-in, medium quality blacks, high maintenance costs

LCD or Liquid Crystal Display get its picture from an electric current that passes through the liquid. The current causes light to pass through or not pass though creating an image.

Thumbs Up: hang on wall, visually appealing, great picture & color, NO burn-in
Thumbs Down: expensive, poor side angle viewing, fair to poor blacks


Projection TV

Front Projection is the same style that you see in movie theatres. A projector mounted in the room beams a picture onto a large screen in the room. It is possible to get a Hi-Definition display on a front projection.

Thumbs Up: huge screen options, great experience
Thumbs Down: expensive, requires lots of up keep.

Rear Projection TVs are self contained units that project an image onto the back of the screen. These rear projections were once the standard for Super Bowl parties. HD display is possible, however has to be build in.

Thumbs Up: CHEAP, good picture.
Thumbs Down: require some maintenance, overly bulky

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Top 5 Things About Being The Boss

  1. YOU are “The Man”
  2. No one calls to tell you you’re late.
  3. 30+ inch HD Plasma TV on your office wall!
  4. When you’re out of coffee…delegate!
  5. When you’re wrong…everyone agrees with you anyway!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

What I got, the 32 inch Sony LCD Flat panel HD TV model KLV-S32A10.

I picked up this little beauty about 6 months ago, put it in the bedroom and haven’t left since. LCD television is one of the best products on the market and with hi-definition broadcasting appearing to be the future, the only thing my room is missing now is a stove.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of people scare to leave the castle. I could never quit my day job fighting for freedom, but when I’m not kicking a little ass I enjoy watching some HD football, some UFC Unleashed, even basketball when I can find it on in hi-def.

I know everyone likes a little movie called Dune, and if your lucky you tivoed it in HD.

Back to the point, my 32 inch Sony KLV-S32A10 LCD HD ready TV. OK, yes it does require your own HD tuner but remember I bought it 6 months ago. Today these are practically standard in the newer models. This Liquid Cristal Display doubles as a PC monitor. I got in my bedroom, and I work a lot from my laptop, so when I’m not catching all my favorite U of Miami pro stars on Sunday I run the cord from my laptop over the bed and into the TV. If you work on the computer a lot nothing is better than have multiple monitors linked together.

The picture is awesome, and Sony’s wide screen mode allows you to watch your favorite shows in a 16:9 aspect ratio. If you have kids the Sony KLV-S32A10 has a build in V-chip to monitor or block programming you don’t want you children viewing. Two of the cooler features are Steady Sound® and automatic light sensors. One allows the television to self adjust the picture brightness to optimal viewing for the amount of light in the room, and the other automatically adjusts the volume levels the so you get a consistent output between scenes, shows, and commercials.

This Sony has built-in speakers and an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface). The KLV-S32A10 also has the usual stuff: several component video inputs (DVD 480p and 480i, Digital set-top box 1080k, 720p, 480p, and 480i), closed captioning, PC inputs, wall mounting holes, CineMotion®, and WEGA GATE™.

All in all this HD LCD TV is sick and it is not one of those fake LCD TVs that is really a DLP Television. I mean DLP is great technology but don’t lie to me, is it LCD or DLP.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

DELL W3201C 32-inch HD LCD TV

Who would have thought that Dell could make such a great hi-definition LCD television?

Dell, after doing well in the computer industries has had a huge HDTV LCD monitor / television campaign for the last year or so. This HD LCD TV is almost too large to put on your desk, but it is great for DVDs and video games. If you are an XBOX 360 fan, this is a must have for your home or office.

Features: Dell W3201C 32-inch HD LCD TV

Diagonal Size: 32”
Viewable Size: 32"
Display Type: LCD TV
Depth: 8.21" (with stand)
Features: HDTV-ready, Picture-In-Picture (PIP), Picture-Outside-Picture (POP), Picture-By-Picture (PBP), Thin design, Wide Aspect display
Height: 22.72" (with stand)
Weight: With stand: 47.1 lbs, With speakers/stand/display: 51.5 lbs
Image Max H-View Angle: ± 85°
Image Max V-View Angle: ± 85°
Connectivity Technology: Cable
Audio Output: 30 Watts
Device Type: LCD TV
Dimensions (WxDxH): With stand: 31.02" x 8.21" x 22.72", With Speakers: 36.69" x 8.21" x 21.62"
Dot Pitch: 0.51075 mm
Image Brightness: 450 cd/m² (typical)
Image Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (typical)
Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (wide screen)
Input Device: Remote Control
Max Resolution: 1366x768 Pixels
Max Sync Rate (V x H): 75 Hz x 64 kHz
Port(s) Total ( Free ) / Connector Type: 4 x Composite / 3 x S-Video / 2 x Component / 2 x Coaxial TV-In / 18 x Audio (RCA L+R) / 1 x HDMI / 4 x Speaker / 1 x SPDIF (RCA + Optical) / 1 x RS232 / 1 x VGA / 1 Audio (PC) Connectors
Speaker(s): Integrated 30-Watt Detachable Speakers
Compatibility: PC

Monday, January 09, 2006

Best 42 inch Panasonic Plasma Television


The TH-42XVS30 is the best 42 inch Panasonic plasma television on the market. This plasma TV is perfect for wall mounting; it has cablecard slots that allow for reception of standard broadcast as well as HDTV digital broadcasts. Finally it is possible to get away with out a cable box. This plasma television has a built in HDTV tuner. You are seconds away from hours of HD TV viewing, all we need is a six pack and a blunt. plasma TV has never been this good, with the TH-42XVS30 boasting a 3000:1 contrast ratio. This allows the plasma to have deep blacks making an exceptionally view during dark screens. We also have HDMI connection that gives high quality digital and audio all in one small plug.

This is the ultimate Panasonic plasma television, aesthetically appealing with crisp hi-definition picture. If you love your digital camera you will love this HD TV. Built in SD card slots let you show/view all your favorite digital pictures or slideshows.

This plasma TV is sick, and as to HD, it can’t be beat. Just make sure you shop around and get the best HDTV plasma television on the market.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Plasma Vs LCD


In tonight’s heavyweight bout we have LCD TV in the in the Red corner, fighting for its life against Plasma TV in the Blue corner.


Round 1 – Screen Size
Plasma is off to the early start making up to 60 inch screen, however it could turn out to be a weakness that there are no plasmas under 32 inches. LCD is having trouble, their screen size ranges from 13 to 46 inches. Look for LCD screen sizes to catch up soon.

Round 2 – Viewing Angle
LCD is slow out the gate again, unable to keep up with Plasma TVs 160 degrees. Wow, can this be? Newer LCD TVs are coming out with angles up to 175 degrees.

Folks, it’s going to be fun watching these two duel it out.

Round 3 – Lifespan
LCD is all over Plasma this round! It is almost unfair; the ref may need to stop this one if this continues. Plasma TVs are running on average 20,000 to 30,000 hours, that’s about 4 hours a day for 20 years. LCD screens average about double that at 50,000 to 60,000 hours. All of these numbers are based on an average of 4 hours a day.

Round 4 – Response Time
Plasma appears to have back on track this round, developed to handle rapid movement we have seen times as low as 15 milliseconds (ms). LCD a little slower here average near 25 ms, but we have seen improvement with response times as low as 16 ms.

This round is all about which TV can get the pixel to go from active to inactive then back to active fastest.

Round 5 – Image Burn In
We have our first know down of the fight. LCD TVs are NOT susceptible to image burn in, 4, 5, 6. Plasma TV is getting back up, some new plasma TVs are adding features to combat image burn.

Round 6 – Color Saturation
Ladies and gentlemen, we are talking the amount of grey in a color. The lower the saturation, the higher the grey count is.

Plasma has a much better method of blocking light and clearly has an advantage in this round.

Round 7 – Contrast Ratio
Earlier in the week I watched plasma TV practice, and it looked real good. Amazing, under these real world viewing situation LCD appears to have the advantage, I am very surprised.

Round 8 – Brightness
Plasma boasts a great record in this area, but again when put to the test under the same realistic viewing situations LCD TVs seem to have an advantage.

TO THE SCORECARD…..

Judges have scored it 2 to 1 in favor of…

HDTV

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Know Your Plasma Allies

Our first mission will be to discover the truth about Plasma Vs LCD, But before we go to war it is good to know a little about the person you're getting into battle with. So I am going to share a little bit about me, here is a shot of me and the little lady:
This was just after we had eloped. Our families didn't approve and we didn't care, it was true love. Here's a good one of me and guys, we were getting a little rowdy:



Yeah that's me in the face paint, I don't know it is about that stuff. This next one is painting we had commissioned after my first victory; I was so proud.


Now we are ready to for our mission, so stay tuned for Plasma TV vs LCD screens.

 
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