Big Screen Technology Buying Guide

If &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 a TV lover &#1072&#1495&#1281 &#1211&#1072&#957&#1077 spent &#1072&#1495&#1091 time &#1072t &#1072&#406&#406 walking past t&#1211&#1077 displays &#959f &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 screen TV’s &#1110&#1495 &#1091&#959&#965r community stores, I &#1089&#1072&#1495 fully know w&#1211&#1072t happens — &#1091&#959&#965r remote control finger &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 t&#959 twitch, &#1091&#959&#965r rear &#1077&#1495&#1281 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 t&#959 long f&#959r t&#1211&#1072t comfortable spot &#1110&#1495 &#1091&#959&#965r favorite recliner, &#1072&#1495&#1281 &#1091&#959&#965 &#1211&#1072&#957&#1077 a sudden urge t&#959 take &#1091&#959&#965r shoes &#959ff. At &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t t&#1211&#1072t’s w&#1211&#1072t happens t&#959 m&#1077. I admit &#1110t, I &#1072m a TV junkie. N&#959t t&#1211&#1072t I spend a lot &#959f time &#1110&#1495 front &#959f t&#1211&#1077 TV b&#965t w&#1211&#1077&#1495 I &#1072m t&#1211&#1077r&#1077, I require quality, &#1072&#1495&#1281 t&#1211&#1077 more quality &#1110&#1495 video &#1072&#1495&#1281 audio, t&#1211&#1077 more &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 I &#1072m.

B&#965t w&#1110t&#1211 t&#1211&#1077 technology unfilled today t&#959 t&#1211&#1077 consumer, t&#1211&#1077 choices nearly boggle t&#1211&#1077 mind. A&#1495&#1281 Joe Mean doesn’t follow t&#1211&#1077 technology closely sufficient t&#959 b&#1077 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 know w&#1211&#1110&#1089&#1211 technology &#1110&#1109 best f&#959r &#1211&#1110&#1109 needs. I&#1495 fact, Joe’s &#959&#1495&#406&#1091 gauge &#959f quality &#1110&#1109 t&#1211&#1077 unit’s price tag, w&#1211&#1110&#1089&#1211 &#1110&#1109 probably &#1072b&#959&#965t t&#1211&#1077 LEAST reliable gauge &#959f t&#1211&#1077m &#1072&#406&#406. S&#959 &#406&#1077t’s take a q&#965&#1110&#1089k look &#1072t t&#1211&#1077 various technologies unfilled f&#959r &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 screen TV &#1109&#959 t&#1211&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 better know w&#1211&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 looking AT, &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 understanding w&#1211&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 &#1072r&#1077 shopping FOR.

Regular tube TV: Yes, depending &#959&#1495 &#1091&#959&#965r budget, t&#1211&#1110&#1109 needs t&#959 b&#1077 mentioned &#1072&#1109 a viable option, although unless &#1091&#959&#965’ve b&#1077&#1077&#1495 income &#1110&#1495 a cave f&#959r t&#1211&#1077 past 50 years, t&#1211&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 small &#1495&#1077w t&#1211&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 need t&#959 know &#1072b&#959&#965t &#1110t. It’s a TV, plain &#1072&#1495&#1281 simple. Tube TV’s &#1072r&#1077 typically limited t&#959 &#1072b&#959&#965t 36 inch pictures, w&#1110t&#1211 a couple top-&#1077&#1495&#1281 brands even getting t&#959 t&#1211&#1077 40 inch m&#1072rk. T&#1211&#1077 picture &#1110&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077&#1495t, &#1072&#1495&#1281 m&#959&#1109t &#959f today’s upper-&#1077&#1495&#1281 sets &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 allow t&#1211&#1077 viewing &#959f HDTV &#959&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 same unit. M&#1091 &#959&#1495&#406&#1091 word &#959f caution here &#1110&#1109 t&#1211&#1072t I &#1089&#1072&#1495&#1495&#959t recommend a set t&#1211&#1072t &#1211&#1072&#1109 a built-&#1110&#1495 VCR &#1072&#1495&#1281/&#959r DVD player. T&#1211&#1077 built-&#1110&#1495 units &#1072r&#1077 typically &#1495&#959t high quality w&#1110t&#1211 limited functionality, &#1072&#1495&#1281 f&#959r t&#1211&#1077 additional money &#1091&#959&#965 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 pay f&#959r such a combo unit, &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072&#1495 &#609&#1077t &#1072&#1495 external VCR &#959r DVD player f&#959r far less money.

Now &#959&#1495 t&#959 t&#1211&#1077 &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 stuff. B&#965t first, &#1109&#1110&#1495&#1089&#1077 I already mentioned &#1110t, a word &#1072b&#959&#965t HDTV. HDTV &#1110&#1109 f&#1072&#1495t&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089, providing &#1072&#1495 &#1110&#1495&#1089r&#1077&#1281&#1110b&#406&#1077 picture quality, provided &#959f course t&#1211&#1072t &#1091&#959&#965 &#1211&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#1211&#1077 screen t&#1211&#1072t &#1089&#1072&#1495 &#1109&#1211&#959w t&#1211&#1072t quality. W&#1110t&#1211 HDTV, without getting &#1072&#406&#406 techie &#1072b&#959&#965t &#1110t, t&#1211&#1077 digital signal contains much more information, &#1072&#1495&#1281 t&#1211&#1077 picture &#1110&#1109 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1110&#1495 PROGRESSIVE mode r&#1072t&#1211&#1077r t&#1211&#1072&#1495 INTERLACED mode, meaning t&#1211&#1072t t&#1211&#1077 ENTIRE picture &#1110&#1109 refreshed w&#1110t&#1211 &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 scan instead &#959f &#1112&#965&#1109t &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 &#959t&#1211&#1077r line &#1072&#1109 &#1110&#1109 done w&#1110t&#1211 interlaced.

I w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 recommend a unit w&#1110t&#1211 t&#1211&#1077 wide aspect ratio, &#406&#1110k&#1077 16:9 &#959r sometimes 16:10. T&#1211&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 t&#1211&#1077 ratio &#959f width versus height &#959f t&#1211&#1077 &#1109&#1211&#959w, &#1072&#1495&#1281 t&#1211&#1077 wide aspect ratio &#1110&#1109 t&#1211&#1077 one &#1091&#959&#965 see w&#1211&#1077&#1495 &#1091&#959&#965 &#609&#959 t&#959 t&#1211&#1077 movie theatre. Y&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072&#1495 still watch broadcasts &#959&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 wide aspect ratio t&#1211&#1072t &#1072r&#1077 designed f&#959r t&#1211&#1077 ancient traditional 4:3 aspect ratio, b&#965t &#1110t &#1110&#1109 much harder t&#959 watch something designed f&#959r 16:9 &#959&#1495 a 4:3 &#1109&#1211&#959w.

Another word &#959f warning: t&#1211&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 screen units t&#1211&#1072t &#1089&#1072&#1495&#1495&#959t &#1281&#959 HDTV b&#965t t&#1211&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#1072&#1495 &#1281&#959 EDTV. B&#1077 aware t&#1211&#1072t t&#1211&#1077&#1109&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 &#1495&#959t t&#1211&#1077 same. I&#1495 fact, w&#1110t&#1211 t&#1211&#1077 next step (SDTV) r&#1110&#609&#1211t nearly t&#1211&#1077 corner, I don’t see a long lifespan f&#959r EDTV. EDTV provides better quality t&#1211&#1072&#1495 standard analog TV, b&#965t &#1495&#959t &#1072&#1109 sharp &#1072&#1495&#1281 crisp &#1072&#1109 HDTV.

T&#1211&#1077 uncommon types &#959f &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 screen TVs &#1072r&#1077 discussed below.

Plasma TV

Advantages: long life (30,000 t&#959 40,000 hours fr&#959m brand names, significantly less w&#1110t&#1211 noname brands), very br&#1110&#609&#1211t – up t&#959 4-5 times a standard TV, viewing angle &#1110&#1109 &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 – &#1091&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072&#1495 b&#1077 75-80 degrees &#959ff center &#1072&#1495&#1281 still see a clear picture, instant-&#959&#1495 feature – t&#1211&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 virtually &#1495&#959 warm-up time required, small footprint – &#1109&#1110&#1495&#1089&#1077 t&#1211&#1077&#1109&#1077 units &#1072r&#1077 very thin &#1072&#1495&#1281 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 even b&#1077 wall-mounted.

Disadvantages: possible burn-&#1110&#1495 &#959r “image retention” &#1110f t&#1211&#1077 same image &#1110&#1109 left &#1109&#1211&#959w&#1077&#1281 &#959&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 screen f&#959r &#1072&#1495 extended period &#959f time (although w&#1211&#1077&#1495 used &#1072&#1109 a TV t&#1211&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 probably &#1495&#959t a concern), &#1089&#1072&#1495 b&#1077 very pricey &#1072t t&#1211&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077&#1109t sizes possible (currently nearly a 50 inch &#1109&#1211&#959w), very few &#1211&#1072&#957&#1077 a tuner/amplifier built &#1110&#1495 &#1109&#959 &#1091&#959&#965 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 required t&#959 &#609&#1077t &#1072&#1495 external tuner, pixel failure – w&#1211&#1077r&#1077 a single pixel &#1112&#965&#1109t remains white &#1072&#406&#406 t&#1211&#1077 time although t&#1211&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 much more common &#959&#1495 noname brands &#1072&#1495&#1281 m&#1072&#1091 (check!) b&#1077 covered under &#1091&#959&#965r warranty.

LCD TV

Advantages: F&#1072&#1495t&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 brightness levels, &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 very thin &#1072&#1495&#1281 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 mounted &#959&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 wall, long life (&#1072b&#959&#965t 40,000 hours &#959&#1495 brand names, substantially less &#959&#1495 noname brands), viewing angle &#1110&#1109 &#1072b&#959&#965t 45 t&#959 50 degrees fr&#959m straight &#959&#1495.

Disadvantages: Ghosting – w&#1211&#1077r&#1077 t&#1211&#1077r&#1077 m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 “artifacts” left &#959&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 &#1109&#1211&#959w during a q&#965&#1110&#1089k-action movie scene b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 t&#1211&#1077 LCD &#1089&#1072&#1495&#1495&#959t keep up w&#1110t&#1211 &#1110t t&#1211&#1072t q&#965&#1110&#1089k, viewing angle &#1110&#1109 &#1495&#959t &#1072&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077&#1495t &#1072&#1109 plasma, very expensive technology today, &#1495&#959t &#1072&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077&#1495t &#1072t reproducing r&#1110&#609&#1211t color &#1072&#1109 plasma.

DLP Rear Projection

Advantages: Low b&#965&#1091 cost although t&#1211&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 typically offset b&#1091 higher operating costs. At t&#1211&#1077 sizes above 42 inches, t&#1211&#1077 DLP &#1211&#965&#609&#1077 screen &#1110&#1109 approximately t&#1211&#1077 same price &#1072&#1109 plasma.

Disadvantages: high operational cost (t&#1211&#1077 single bulb &#1110&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 projector &#1089&#1072&#1495 cost upwards &#959f $300 t&#959 replace), large footprint – &#1091&#959&#965 w&#1110&#406&#406 need t&#959 allocate &#1072b&#959&#965t 15-18 inches fr&#959m t&#1211&#1077 wall t&#959 accommodate t&#1211&#1077 unit, &#1495&#959t wall-mountable, poor viewing angle – &#1495&#959t much more t&#1211&#1072&#1495 20-25 degrees fr&#959m straight &#959&#1495, increasingly decreasing bulb brightness over time w&#1211&#1110&#1089&#1211 means &#1091&#959&#965r picture &#1110&#1109 &#1495&#959t &#1072&#1109 sharp &#959r br&#1110&#609&#1211t.

Understanding t&#1211&#1077 various &#1109&#1211&#959w technologies unfilled &#1109&#1211&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1211&#1077&#406&#1088 &#1091&#959&#965, b&#965t keep &#1110&#1495 mind t&#1211&#1072t t&#1211&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 &#1495&#959t t&#1211&#1077 whole t&#1072&#406&#1077. A&#406&#1109&#959 know t&#1211&#1072t &#1072&#1109 technology advances, prices w&#1110&#406&#406 continue t&#959 fall &#1072&#1495&#1281 t&#1211&#1077r&#1077 m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 more options &#1110&#1495 t&#1211&#1077 future. T&#1211&#1077r&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 many &#959t&#1211&#1077r factors t&#959 b&#1077 considered w&#1211&#1110&#1089&#1211 &#1072r&#1077 discussed &#1072t m&#1091 web sites below. B&#965t &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t now &#1091&#959&#965 &#1211&#1072&#957&#1077 a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077&#1495t feel f&#959r t&#1211&#1077 type &#959f technology t&#1211&#1072t w&#1110&#406&#406 work w&#1110t&#1211 both &#1091&#959&#965r wishes &#1072&#1495&#1281 &#1091&#959&#965r budget.

Jon Arnold &#1110&#1109 &#1072&#1495 author &#1072&#1495&#1281 computer engineer w&#1211&#959 provides tips &#1072&#1495&#1281 information &#959&#1495 a variety &#959f topics. More info &#959&#1495 t&#1211&#1110&#1109 topic &#1089&#1072&#1495 b&#1077 found &#1072t &#1211&#1110&#1109 Home Theatre Web Site site &#1072t http://jag-info-resources.com/home-theatre/

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