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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:


•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.


•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 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.

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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; Las Vegas Dave
Well, not to continue the iMac discussion, but hi def looks awfully nice on my iMac. :)
41 posted on 10/19/2006 1:02:41 PM PDT by Texas_shutterbug
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To: Global2010

Yeah, that's what we were told, too. We only watch TV maybe a couple hours a day during the week, if that. We got it mostly for weekend movies and sports games. But we figured replacing the bulb is better than the permanent burn in with other technologies, and we think the picture is the best of them all for the size we have.

42 posted on 10/19/2006 1:08:50 PM PDT by ncdrumr
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten


Your point is good.

43 posted on 10/19/2006 1:11:59 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Global2010


Given your scenario, have you considered using a projector instead?

The screen can be as big as an entire wall. You'll want to paint that wall white of course. If you don't want to use a wall, there are some large, fold away screens you can use.

The projectors today are very bright and small. Some are noisier than others but that may not be an issue given the ambient noise in the room.

The projector can be mounted to the ceiling on the other end of the room or it can be placed on a table. You can even put it off to the side or corner and make some adjustments to the projector so the image is projected correctly.

The nice thing about this setup is that unless the screen and projector are permanently mounted, you can take it all with you very easily should you want to use it elsewhere.

44 posted on 10/19/2006 1:27:50 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: george76

We purchaced a 61" Sony
Outdated will have buy a new Lamp @ $140 every yrs but it i whay he wanted and what we had in cash plus the 4 yr warrenty in home service 4 $179

45 posted on 10/25/2006 3:21:47 AM PDT by Global2010
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Misspells.......We got a big ass tv and are willing to live with the short comings.

Sports R now back in OUR Life!

46 posted on 10/25/2006 3:26:57 AM PDT by Global2010
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To: Incorrigible

I remember digital projectors running about five grand seven years ago.
The thing that turns me away from them these days is the short lamp life, and price of the lamps.
I'd love to play my videogames on a giant screen.

47 posted on 10/25/2006 3:29:33 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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