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February 9, 2007

Review: Vizio VX32L HDTV

If you're looking for a quality HDTV at a good price, then Vizio seems to be the brand to look at these days. CNET has a review of one of Vizio's latest HDTV entries, the Vizio VX32L. The review starts out:

Vizio's VX32L HDTV may not be the least-expensive 32-inch flat-panel LCD on the market, but it's still quite affordable. Unlike most bargain-basement LCDs, however, this model provides a well-rounded feature set, including two HDMI inputs and a PC input along with plenty of picture controls. Those features, combined with perfectly acceptable picture quality, earn the VX32L HDTV our commendation as one of the best values at this screen size.

The review also states:

All things considered, the Vizio VX32L HDTV delivered a perfectly decent picture, and in some areas exceeded our expectations at this price point. The smallest HDTV size we're currently reviewing is 32 inches, and we don't expect many users to demand the ultimate in home theater picture quality from this kind of set. Nonetheless, we put it through our standard battery of tests, and the results were mostly good.

Overall the review is pretty positive although they only rated the TV 6.6 out of 10. Still if you're looking for a decent HDTV under $1000 you'll want to check out the Vizio VX32L HDTV.

At CNET.com

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February 6, 2007

Review: Viewsonic N4251w 42 inch LCD HDTV

I've mentioned before how much I like Viewsonic products because of value and reliability. So I'm pleased to see another good review of a Viewsonic LCD HDTV, this time the Viewsonic N4251w. According to a i4u.com:

For testing I connected the Viewsonic N4251w 42” LCD HDTV to a Denon S-301 home theater and Sudden Link HD Cable via HDMI. The 1200:1 contrast ratio gives on screen images nice deep blacks and makes for good transitions form light to dark. Problems here often show up in the form of pixilation in scenes with lots of dark and light colors, especially at the transition between the two. I noticed none of this with the Viewsonic N4251w 42” LCD HDTV.

HD programming at 1080i looked fantastic and the TV automatically changes the screen format during HD programming if a commercial comes on that isn’t HD so the image doesn’t look stretched or pinched which is nice. Colors are reproduced very realistically and skin tones look great and natural. Overall the image quality on the Viewsonic N4251w 42” LCD HDTV is absolutely top notch. The fast 8ms gtg response time means that there is no ghosting during video playback, TV or gaming with consoles or PC.

If you're looking for a large LCD HDTV at a pretty sweet price-point, be sure to check out the full review of the Viewsonic N4251w.

At i4u.com

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January 29, 2007

Evergreen EG-HDM201: A Cool Device to Connect Two HDMI Sources

For those of you out there discovering the exciting world of HDTV and HDMI, you've probably noticed that only one HDMI connector probably isn't going to cut it. I4U.com points out a handy little switch that allows you to connect to HDMI devices:

This little switch has some cool features the most important of which is the ability to allow one HDMI input on your TV to connect to two HDMI sources. To make things even more useful the Evergreen EG-HDM201 has a remote to allow you to change inputs from the comfort of your favorite chair. It has an IR receiver that is on an extension allowing you to hide the switch and still remotely control it. You might expect this to be a high cost device but Evergreen is bringing it to market at $82.

Wow, what a cool device for $82. No details on availability yet but we'll keep you posted.

At I4U.com

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January 17, 2007

Vizio 32" HD LCD TV

The Vizio L32 widescreen 32-inch LCD TV offers an HDTV display capability at 720p and 1080i, allowing you to enjoy high-definition content broadcast in either format. What do we like about this TV - it's amazing for gaming. Yep gaming. We've been using the 32" Vizio for quite some time with our XBOX 360 Core system and Gears of War looks stunning. Bang for your buck - this is a great set to have and affordable at just over $600 bucks.

At Vizio L32 32" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV

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January 15, 2007

No More Speaker Wires with the Philips HTS8100 SoundBar

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We have recently added another LCD TV to our basement set up for games, watching movies, and just well - watching TV. The thing we're excited about is enjoying the new HDTV not hooking up a ton of speaker wires. Thank the prophets that Philips has introduced the Philips HTS8100 SoundBar Home Theater System.

The sound bar is a simple unit that features five amplifiers and a DVD player, along with a dedicated subwoofer. The bar incorporates multiple technologies including array processing, precise driver positioning and psycho-acoustics to deliver a full surround sound experience from a single bar.

Can you say no more wires? We can.

Via Uncrate at Philips CES

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January 10, 2007

Sharp Introduces 108-inch LCD TV at CES

Remember the old days when a 30-inch TV was huge? Well they just keep getting bigger and better. CES is in full swing this week and Sharp took the opportunity to introduce it's 108-inch LCD TV. According to Businessweek:

At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Sharp Electronics Corp. took the crown for introducing the world's largest LCD TV, a behemoth 108-inch liquid-crystal display that most people probably couldn't fit through their front door.

Sharp and its rivals also announced technological improvements to how LCDs render high-speed movement, cutting down on the staccato image trails that have so far made LCDs less smooth than plasma models.

Of course since Sharp's 100+ inch TVs are retailing for $15,000 0r more, now might be the time to get a second job if you really want the 108 incher.

At BusinessWeek.com

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January 2, 2007

Got an HDTV for Christmas? You Might Want to Bump-Up your Insurance!

Here's a great reminder from WLWT.com. If you just got a high ticket item like an HDTV for Christmas, you'll want to increase your homeowner's insurance. According to the article:

You might want to put extra insurance on your after-Christmas shopping list.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Insurance Institute said homeowners who are typically underinsured for the stuff they already own can have a more serious problem after they receive big-ticket holiday gifts.

Mary Bonelli said often people forget to check whether that new widescreen TV or diamond necklace is protected.

I can't agree more. So if you just got your drean TV, be sure to protect it with some extra insurance.

At WLWT

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December 28, 2006

The Future of HDTV

So it's almost a new year and you can bet that 2007 is going to be another exciting year for HDTV. CNET has a nice article that focuses on a few things to look for in the next year like:

HDMI 1.3: The latest iteration of the single-cable, copy-protected HDMI connection allows display and source manufacturers alike to hawk numerous picture-quality augmentations. The 1.3 standard calls for more bandwidth, which lets displays with 10-bit color receive higher-quality video from 2007's new crop of 1.3-enabled HD-DVD and Blu-ray players (see the home video preview). More bits means less false contouring and smoother gradations between colors, but of course, the movie or video itself--as well as the source and the display--all have to have 10-bit or higher capability to realize the improvement. The same requirements apply to wider-gamut color, such as the xvYCC standard. The new connection also allows automatic lip-sync compensation, which will try to address the loss of sync between video and audio.

And something I'm really looking forward to:

3D HDTV: At least one manufacturer, Samsung, will be showing an HDTV with the capability to display 3D images. We're expecting others to have at least demo models of this headline-making future technology.

The article mentions several technology items for HDTV that you'll want to be sure to check out.

At CNET.com

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December 14, 2006

Review: Panasonic TH-50PH9UK 50-inch Plasma TV

It sure seems like there's a new Panasonic Plasma TV coming out every day. One of the newest entries from Panasonic is the TH-50PH9UK 50-inch Plasma and according to the review from CNET:

Panasonic's latest line of professional plasma panels, the TH-PH9UK series, continues to turn everyday TV shoppers' heads for some very compelling reasons. While designed primarily for professional use, the picture quality of these TVs is better than that of most consumer models, and their prices are extremely competitive. The trade-off? Panasonic's pro plasmas come with just a couple of inputs, no speakers, and no stand, although you can purchase them separately. The HDMI input--a necessity in today's world--will cost you at least an extra $110, the stand (pictured above) around $150, and the speakers, if you choose to add them, about $250. (The full list of accessories can be found here.) If the customization and extra accessories sounds like a chore, then the professional models probably aren't right for you.

Overall the TH-50PH9UK is a decent TV at a decent price and you'll want to be sure to check out the rest of the review.

At CNET.com

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December 7, 2006

Review: Microsoft Xbox 360 HD-DVD Player

Since gaming consoles are pretty much full blown computers these days, it's no surprise what they can do. If you have an Xbox 360, you'll definitely want to consider adding an Xbox 360 HD-DVD player to your setup. ZDNet has a review of the HD-DVD player that starts out:

While the Sony PlayStation 3 may have an integrated Blu-ray player, Microsoft is doing its best to blunt that possible competitive advantage with a next-generation DVD player of its own for the Xbox 360. Dubbed simply Xbox 360 HD-DVD player, the fairly basic external drive connects to the Xbox 360 via a USB cable. Like the 360 itself, you can either stand the drive upright or lay it down horizontally. Whichever way you go, the whole outboard concept is a little kludgey, but the drive's $200 price tag is quite reasonable considering today's stand-alone HD-DVD players start at $500. Better yet, Microsoft is also throwing in an Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote and, for a limited time, a copy of Peter Jackson's King Kong HD-DVD.

The review wraps up:

Despite its connectivity drawbacks, the Xbox 360 HD-DVD player makes a perfectly suitable means of watching HD-DVDs, and it's a good way for Xbox 360 owners get in on the next-generation DVD action without investing too much. Of course, adding $200 to the cost of the Xbox 360 puts the total cost of the console at the same price as the PlayStation 3 and its integrated Blu-ray drive. Apples to apples, if next-generation DVD is what you're looking, the PS3 is going to be the better overall solution from a design standpoint. But for die-hard Xbox 360 fans, the PS3 just isn't an option.

Since you already spent a ton on the 360 and games, what's a few hundred bucks more to watch HD-DVDs?

At ZDNet.com

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