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HDTV: DLP, LCD FAQS ( Upgrading your television )
Chicago Tribune ^ | Oct. 16, 2006 | ERIC GWINN

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) There’s more stuff on high-definition TV than ever.

3) Prices are dropping.

If you’re looking, here are some things you should know:

DLP

•Millions of tiny mirrors reflect light to produce a picture. You can recognize DLP (digital light processing) sets in the store: They’re the big, boxy televisions.

LCD

•Electrically charged liquid crystals untwist just enough to let the correct shade of light pass through.

PLASMA

•Bits of gas are ignited to produce light.

FAQs

Which is better, LCD or plasma?

•Get to the store while it’s 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, what’s 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. You’ll 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.

What’s HD-DVD? What’s 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.

You’ll 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 ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bluray; dlp; dvd; hddvd; hdmi; hdmiinputs; hdtv; inputs; lcd; plasma; tv
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To: george76
I need something that will work above 6000 feet. apparently plasma is a problem

Is the performance of TV's affected by altitude? I didn't know that!

21 posted on 10/17/2006 6:06:27 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: GreenAccord

Thanks for the link.

The article was good. I learned several new things.


22 posted on 10/17/2006 6:10:35 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: JustDoItAlways

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.


23 posted on 10/17/2006 6:11:24 PM PDT by american colleen
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To: Gay State Conservative

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.


24 posted on 10/17/2006 6:16:06 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

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.


25 posted on 10/17/2006 7:09:39 PM PDT by ncdrumr
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To: ncdrumr

Thank you.


26 posted on 10/17/2006 7:16:02 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: AJMaXx; Brett66; corkoman; DCPatriot; george76; Incorrigible; jemckay19; LibWhacker; marajade; ...
Thanks for the ping.

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27 posted on 10/17/2006 11:56:34 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (HDTV ping list, please ping or FReepmail me if you would like your name added.)
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To: george76

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.


28 posted on 10/18/2006 12:47:48 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: Fire_on_High
I'm mulling over the idea of buying a color TV.

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?

29 posted on 10/18/2006 2:19:55 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: battlegearboat

I'd suggest an aquarium, TV's just a passing fad.


30 posted on 10/18/2006 6:28:08 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Brett66
"I'd suggest an aquarium, TV's just a passing fad."

Sock puppet shows are the future.

31 posted on 10/18/2006 6:53:25 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: JustDoItAlways
But I am careful now not to leave it on one channel for more than an hour if it has one of those dumb lower corner channel signatures.

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.

32 posted on 10/18/2006 8:26:50 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: avg_freeper
Well, you CAN watch puppet shows even when you are sitting in a cave.


33 posted on 10/18/2006 8:28:23 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: battlegearboat

Buy? The phone company can rent you a phone and include it on your monthly bill.


34 posted on 10/18/2006 8:30:05 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: weegee

Thank you. You're very kind.


35 posted on 10/18/2006 9:36:26 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: george76; All
I am definetly going to buy a new big screen for Christmas. I have up to 3 grand to spend. I plan on financing at 0% and paying the tv in total at the end of the 0%. Better to leave cash in my savings. OK this is our needs. The main user is a quad and on his rest and rejuvenate days to get back up and out he typically has his tv on 15hrs a day

Favors 1 or 2 channels, not a surfer We were told a LPD would burn out too many lamps with that much use. Still don't get why LCD was not a suggested choice other that warbler issues or was that on the LPD? Plasma is the choice the salesman was pushing and advice for no burn out was to adjust certain color levels. I am sooo confused. But the big issue is having the tv on around the clock on our home bound days. Also we plan to add speakers/reciever behind us on the wall (his bed sits up against that wall) for sound because of the high level of noise in our living area due to medical equipment running non stop. We already know we want 65 inch or a just a tad smaller and yes we have the room. We want extended warrenty, in home service and a replacement set if ours needs to go to the shop. Our area is really rural so our to choices are Radio Shack or Sears. They both carry Magnovox or Sony. PLease HELP!
36 posted on 10/19/2006 12:47:54 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: ncdrumr

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.


37 posted on 10/19/2006 12:52:23 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: weegee

Can buy a phone for $19 bucks and that is for a hand set.

They last for around 5 yrs.


38 posted on 10/19/2006 12:54:20 PM PDT by Global2010
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To: george76

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.


39 posted on 10/19/2006 12:58:55 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: george76; Las Vegas Dave
Well, not to continue the iMac discussion, but hi def looks awfully nice on my iMac. :)
40 posted on 10/19/2006 1:02:21 PM PDT by Texas_shutterbug
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