Five Common Hdtv Questions, Answered
Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:19 PM
For greater than 32, LED backlit TVS are more approriate because without LED backlighting, sharpness and brightness issues arise.
Posted 21 April 2011 - 10:37 AM
Posted 22 April 2011 - 05:40 AM
This post has been edited by Endlezzdrift: 22 April 2011 - 05:54 AM
Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:14 AM
Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:52 AM
Plasmas were on the way out due to their higher energy use, and because they only looked good in darker rooms, but they made a comeback because when the industry was pushing 3-D TV's plasma's higher refresh rates were cheaper to cut in half (one screen refresh for each eye) while still maintaining a decent picture. But now that most of the public has given 3-D a big yawn in its current implementation (which looks more like looking into an aquarium than what you experience at your local cinema), Plasmas are on the way out again. But they did fix the worry about screen burn in, that isn't the reason.
Last Christmas was a good time to get a deal on TV's because the technology was changing. The first generation LED back-lit LCD TV's had arrived, so great deals could be had on regular fluorescent back-lit LCD TV's.
I picked up a Samsung LN46C650L1F for a very good price ($899) online, and could not be happier with it. This TV had gotten great reviews, including one in PC World, even beating out much more expensive TV's.
One reason I did not consider a 1st generation LED back-lit LCD TV was the fact that I like to watch a lot of science fiction, and at the time many of the less expensive LED back-lit TV's had a screen artifact where on dark scenes you could see light at the corners of the screens, sort of like someone shinning a flash light from each of the corners across the screen. I did not like that as I felt it would be distracting, so I went with the better established technology at the time.
Perhaps the 2nd gen models will correct that short-coming.
Another thing to consider is that while the TV's will give you a great picture out of the box, in most cases you will want to experiment at least with the "canned" settings to see if you can get more out of the picture quality.
For those of you wanting to squeeze as good a picture as possible out of your TV, regardless of brand or technology, consider ordering some special (but inexpensive) THX blue glasses from THX and use the free THX calibration tools included in many DVD and Blu-Ray DVD's. Using these tools is not hard, does not require a lot of time, (it just consists of a few test patterns you use as you adjust the TV settings) and is the next best thing to getting your TV professionally calibrated.
I've read where 40% of American households have not made the jump to HDTV and are still using the old CRT (tube) TV's.
Believe me, even viewing off the air broadcast TV in 720p or 1080i is a real pleasure. Seeing HDTV's in the store is one thing, but getting it home and having the time to relax enjoy it is another.
Be aware that the audio from these thin screen TV's is simply not that good - maybe good enough for watching the news, but if you really want to immerse yourself in a movie-like experience, you do need to get a decent surround sound system. It doesn't have to be complicated either. Even a single "soundbar" speaker placed under the TV will provide much better sound.
And if you decide to go whole-hog and get a new Audio/Video receiver, be sure to get one with as many HDMI inputs (and component inputs if you have older gaming machines that use them) as you need.
I was afraid I'd have to spend a lot to get a lot, but found a Pioneer A/V receiver for little more than $220 at Amazon that had everything I needed, including a iPOD input which I felt was an added bonus.
The bottom line is that now is the time to move to the new technology. You won't be sorry you did. I see one person says to hold out for OLED displays, but why wait 5 more years when you can have something of quality now? You could always move a TV to another room if you upgrade or sell it.
One finally word of caution: Do not use Windex or other glass cleaners with ammonia or alcohol on your TV. These can harm the screen and if they leak down inside, they can fry your expensive TV electronics. If you must do more than dust, use a 50-50 solution of water and white vinegar on a soft, lint-free cloth and very lightly go over the screen. They even make special cleaning cloths for this purpose similar to the ones for camera lenses.
And whatever you buy, enjoy it.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:05 AM
Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:46 AM
I'm not seeing this issue at all on my 32" LCD Vizio. What format(s) are you referring to, DVD? Blu Ray? Streaming? Or is it related more to a particular brand you have experience with?
Streaming quality on my set varies depending on the source: some Netflix movies look great, others really bad, but that's due to the source, not the TV. Current DVD movies look terrific, really old titles not so much, and Blu Ray movies are stunning (and I have a 720p model). I have both a Sony HD DVD player connected via HDMI, and a media center PC connected via VGA (for Blu Ray playback and Netflix streaming).
Posted 25 April 2011 - 10:05 PM
Posted 02 May 2011 - 06:22 AM