Skip to comments.HDTV: DLP, LCD FAQS ( Upgrading your television )
Posted on 10/17/2006 4:01:37 PM PDT by george76
There are many reasons to buy an HDTV now.
1) Your team could be good this year.
2) Theres more stuff on high-definition TV than ever.
3) Prices are dropping.
If youre looking, here are some things you should know:
Millions of tiny mirrors reflect light to produce a picture. You can recognize DLP (digital light processing) sets in the store: Theyre the big, boxy televisions.
Electrically charged liquid crystals untwist just enough to let the correct shade of light pass through.
Bits of gas are ignited to produce light.
Which is better, LCD or plasma?
Get to the store while its still baseball season, because a baseball game is a perfect test for a television. When the ball is moving, it should look like a solid object, not a blur...
Plasmas die quicker and have burn-in, right?
True, the phosphors in a plasma TV glow less brightly over time. Manufacturers say about 60,000 hours...
Plasmas do suffer burn-in...
After picture quality, whats the most important feature on an HDTV?
A lot of connections. At least two HDMI inputs are good. HDMI stands for high-definition multimedia interface. And at least two component inputs. Youll want to connect a DVD player, maybe a VCR, a cable box, perhaps two video game systems. Get a TV with lots of inputs. In order of video quality, the best inputs are HDMI, component, S-Video and composite.
Whats HD-DVD? Whats Blu-ray?
These are high-definition DVD formats battling for consumers hearts the way VHS and Betamax did in the early days of VCRs...
Instead, go with a DVD upconverter.
Youll get great results watching your current DVDs on a $149 OPPO DV-970HD (or the even-better, $199 DV-971HD) and your HDTV.
(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...
Is the performance of TV's affected by altitude? I didn't know that!
Thanks for the link.
The article was good. I learned several new things.
oh no! I've had my panasonic plasma since last Feb. and it has no burn in at all. have you turned down the settings or do you still have it on vivid? I will say that for the first couple of weeks I was like a nazi with the kids - did not let them leave the tv on a station with an 'insignia' for more than a 1/2 hour or so.
Apparently the plasma gases do not do well at 5000 feet and even worse as the altitiude goes up.
I am not an expert, just what I have read and have been told.
This may have changed recently with new inventions ?
my old tv's and my flat lcd computer monitor are doing fine. I like the flat monitor so well, that I am interested in a flat HDTV, too.
We have a 60" Sony DLP and absolutely love it. No burn in, it's relatively light in weight, has a clear, crisp picture, and no blurring.
Interested in HDTV?
Please ping or FReepmail me if you would like your name added to the HDTV ping list.
The pinged subjects will be those of HDTV technology, satellite/cable HD, OTA (over the air) HD reception, standard UHF/VHF,yagi, and UHF antennas for HD reception. Any and all subjects relating to HD including TV shows in HD.
Err...no. I've got an LCD monitor on one of my puters, and while it's gorgeous under ANY conditions, it shows to its best effect when the room is dark. Of course, it's also tweaked to hell and back, both on the monitor and on the machine, but hands down it's the best monitor I've ever used...and I used to hate LCDs until I got this as a gift.
As remarkable as this sounds, LCD doesn't always equal washed out crap. I lowered brightness and gamma slightly, raised contrast a little, and it has a fine rich black where it should.
The old Philco's picture is starting to shrink and it's getting harder to see and hear the Lawrence Welk Show. Moving the rabbit ears does no good and the channel knob broke years ago. Mother and I rarely find the need to change the channel. When we do change the channel, we find a pair of vice grips do the job.
My questions are: Is it true that aluminium foil can improve reception? Our local hardware store no longer has a tube tester machine. Where can Mother go to buy replacement tubes? Should we invest in a rooftop antenna?
Also, while I'm on the online, we are thinking of buying a push button phone. The rotary dial is hard on our fingers. What is a good push button phone to buy from the phone company?
I'd suggest an aquarium, TV's just a passing fad.
Sock puppet shows are the future.
Write the execs and sponsors a letter telling them that it is harmful to your expensive television set to watch their channel for long periods of time.
Squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Buy? The phone company can rent you a phone and include it on your monthly bill.
Thank you. You're very kind.
How long do you leave it on?
I was told 24/7 will lead to yearly lamp burn outs costing hundereds of dollars.
Lamp life 6,ooo hrs so I am told.
Can buy a phone for $19 bucks and that is for a hand set.
They last for around 5 yrs.
My personal soap box is that anything you buy will not only be good, it will be very good. It will far surpass anything you have now, and you'll love it. As far as quibbling between competing technologies I think that it sort of goes like this
Plasma - If money is no object and/or you want to hang on wall like a picture.
DLP - For screen sizes >= 50 inches.
LCD - For screen sizes < 50 inches.
But like I said, it's all good. Don't fall victim to analysis paralysis. I've had a DLP for 2 years and love it.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.