I guess if you're the type who doesn't want your plasma TV to always be out in the open, you can hide it in your fireplace. Yep, you can invest some big dough in the Plasma TV Fireplace from Picture House. According to Mavromatic.com:
It’s an interesting idea, but they don’t have me sold… there’s something not right about spending that much on a Plasma, then putting it inside a fake fireplace. I think putting the fireplace inside the plasma is more geek acceptable. As for pricing on one of these handcrafted faux fireplaces, you’ll need to contact Picture House directly, but to give you a rough idea, the NAPOLI model has a list price of £5256 (or $9,228.21 US), less display. The whole kit includes the cabinet or fireplace, the ‘super thin’ lift mechanism, infrared remote control and installation instructions.
Although there's not a real flame, there is a "heater" built-in which is kind of scary. So what does a melting plasma screen smell like?
A few years ago, we had a situation at my home simply known as "The Incident". To make the story short, it involved me being in charge of getting the kids ready for school. Now to me, there's nothing wrong with mixing plaids and stripes when dressing the kids. Unfortunately, my wife disagrees and I've lost all rights to clothing decisions, including picking my own to wear. I'm also a big fan of wood paneling and orange shag carpet, so you might deduce that I'm not the best judge of style (those are my wife's words, not mine).
So why tell you the story? Well, mainly to let you know about an article at HDBeat about what they claim is the ugliest TV ever. Wow! I've gotta agree with them. As you can see from the image, the Eizo's Fortis TV is just plain fugly (I think that's a french word). So, I obviously don't have bad taste if I think it's ugly. Even in the den with the orange shag and nagahide loveseat, the Fortis TV is just gonna stand out like sore thumb.
If you're really loaded and want one of the biggest Plasma TVs around, you'll want to check out the 80 inch plasma from Samsung for a mere $150,000. You know, I don't think my kids really wanted to go to college anyway, so......
Remember the good ole days when plasma was something you sold to pay your way through college? Well these days, plasma TVs are all the rage and they keep dropping in price. So why should you invest in an plasma HDTV? DigitalHomeCanada has a nice article that tells you why you should invest in a plasma, starting with lifespan:
Engineers at Panasonic have told DHC that a plasma set has a half-life of approximately 60,000 hours and some think the number might be as high as 100,000. A CRT rear projection is said to have a half life of 20 to 25,000 hours.
DLP rear projection and LCD rear projection typically have bulbs which are said to last about 10,000 hours and then need to be replaced at a cost of $300 to $600. Many DLP and LCD projection owners have complained of bulbs burning out annually so the cost can add up.
The result is that despite a higher upfront cost, plasma is generally expected to last longer and cost less to maintain than competing technologies.
It's amazing how bad some actors/actresses look in HDTV and Phillip Swann of TVPredictions.com isn't too proud to point out their weak points. TVPredictions has the Annual 'Best & Worst' HDTV List which starts with:
10. Clint Eastwood
I love his work, but in high-def, Clint's face looks like his first TV show: Rawhide!
9. Former President Bill Clinton
I think Monica would discard her presidential kneepads if she saw Clinton now. In high-def. the former president's face is littered with blood-curdling corpuscles. Yeech. And the bags under his eyes are so big that you could put $100 worth of groceries in them. And, maybe it's my imagination, but his nose seems to have gotten bigger, like he's a real-life Pinocchio. As Clinton gets older, he's starting to look like the old comedian W.C. Fields.
8. Sandra Bullock
The Miss Congeniality star wouldn't win any beauty contests in high-def; she's 41, but her face looks even older in HD. Even worse, her skin looks like she's had an acne problem for some time.
The lists also includes the best looking in HDTV but we're not feeling that generous today.
Check out the price on this 42" Plasma HDTV in this Press Release from Norcent:
San Dimas, CALIF. Norcent, a leading supplier of consumer electronics, unveiled the new PT-4240HD, a 42" high definition Plasma TV. Sporting an updated design along with extremely high resolution and response time and a low MSRP of only $1,999, the PT-4240HD brings the excitement of plasma TV and exceptional value to cost-conscious consumers seeking the next step up in home entertainment.
Norcent’s PT-4240HD achieves 1024 X 768 resolution and a 3000:1 contrast ratio on a wide 42" plasma display. It offers the true High-Definition experience with 16.7 million colors, an integrated digital tuner and Component, DVI video and PC input options for sharp color reproduction. Viewers have access to on-screen menus in English, French and Spanish that provide 181 auto channel programming, convenient sleep timer settings and favorite channel presets. Two built-in 5-watt speakers recreate the cinematic experience with dynamic, realistic audio.
“With a new design, full functionally, and incredible value, the PT-4240HD is unlike anything on the market today,” said Jennifer Long, CEO at Norcent. “The PT-4240HD will not only look stunning in the homes of consumers, but we’ve also priced it competitively without sacrificing features to deliver the best value possible to consumers who want exciting home entertainment on a wide plasma display.
Pricing and Availability
Norcent’s 42” HD Plasma TV will be available October 2005 at an estimated street price of $1,999.
Norcent is a worldwide, award winning consumer electronics manufacturer dedicated to bringing the latest in high-tech digital technology to the mainstream consumer market. Norcent's key investments in technology partners, ability to leverage the most competitive ISO certified manufacturing facilities allows it to provide cutting-edge digital products to consumers at the best overall value. For more information please visit www.norcent.net or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll see if I can get some images and more information for the PT-4240HD. Update: Thanks to Susan at Antarra.com for the image!
As we mentioned the other day, HDTV can be confusing as heck. So if you need HDTV information, where do you start? CNET has always been one of our favorite HDTV resources and now they've compiled all of their great information into a page called HDTV World.
So if you're ready to move up from that 13 inch black and white, hop on over to HDTV world for some great information and buying advice.
It's about time SNL went HDTV. Here's the PR with the DL (stupid acronyms seem to have taken over my computer):
NEW YORK -- September 22, 2005 -- "Saturday Night Live" begins its thirty-first season October 1 and in High Definition.
The season premiere will be hosted by Steve Carell hot on the heels of his sleeper comedy "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" and the return of the NBC television series "The Office." Outspoken and award-winning hip-hop artist Kanye West will join Carell as musical guest.
Hopefully this season will be less hit or miss than the previous few years.
When we started hearing about HDTV back in the late 90s, like most consumers, I thought HDTV was just a lot of hype (just like all of those poor suckers who said buy Microsoft stock, glad I didn't listen!). Of course when we saw HDTV on the showroom floor, most of us were pretty much blown away. According to DMAsia.com, the love affair with HDTV isn't about to slow down:
By the end of this year there will be 28.6m high-definition television sets in homes worldwide, according a report from market research firm Informa Telecoms & Media. By 2010 that number will be more than three times larger, at 106.2m homes.
Here's the statistic that really amazed me:
Importantly, of the 28.6m HD households, just 9.8m have the necessary set top box (or integrated HDTV set) to enable content to be viewed. i.e. they are actually viewing HD content, rather than simply having the potential to do so. This means that only a third of homes with an HDTV set are receiving HD content. By 2010, HD programming is expected to be much more readily available, and more than 75 per cent of HDTV set homes will be receiving content, or 80m homes.
My guess is that a lot of people buying HDTVs don't understand the tools needed for receiving digital channels. If you're thinking about HDTV, a great starting point is HDTVInfoPort.com. There's plenty of resources to help educate consumers on what HDTV is and the main considerations when buying an HDTV.
Sharp is once again announcing a bunch of LCD TVs in new giant - never seen before sizes. The new 57 inch Aquos HDTV with 1920x1080 pixel resolution is officially called the Sharp Aquos LC-57GE2. The Sharp Aquos LC-57GE2 features 1500:1 contrast ratio, 4ms response time and a 176 degrees view angle. Sharp will launch the Sharp Aquos LC-57GE2 on December 1st in Japan for 1,450,000 Yen (~$13,000). Not sure of the details here stateside, but it's only a matter of time before this beast swims over to our shores.