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April 5, 2006

How to Buy a Plasma TV

Are you ready to start looking for a Plasma TV? Well, here's another buying guide from ABCNews to get you started.

Resolution is another factor in the cost and image quality of a plasma display. For pixel-based display devices like plasma televisions, native resolution refers to the number of unique pixels provided along the display's horizontal and vertical axes. For displays 50 inches and larger, the native resolution matches or slightly exceeds the resolution delivered in a 720p HDTV broadcast signal. Pioneer recently announced its PRO-FHDI 50-inch plasma display, which will offer 1080p native resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), effectively doubling the number of pixels offered by current 50-inch panels. The more pixels a display offers for its screen size, the closer to the screen a viewer can sit without noticing the display's pixel structure.

There's nothing here we haven't told you before but we wanted to give you a little refresher material.

At ABCNews

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March 23, 2006

NEC 42XR4 42-inch Plasma HDTV Review

For some people, it's not how much that new plasma TV costs, but how good the picture is. I mean, what good is it to save a $1000 and not be happy with the picture? So if you're willing to spend the money, you'll want to take a look at this review of NEC's 42XR4 42-inch Plasma HDTV from PCMag that starts:

The NEC 42XR4 ($3,995 list) is the most impressive a 42-inch plasma display panel that PC Magazine has tested to date. It doesn't include many extras, and its advanced picture controls demand professional setup, but with some tweaking, this TV's accurate and faithful video reproduction is a pleasure for the eyes.

and finishes:

The 42XR4 is a 42-inch plasma display that, post-calibration, delivered the most impressive imagery that we have seen from any plasma TV in its class. Subjectively, both DVD movies and HDTV appear pleasingly correct, with accurate colors and detailed imagery. The 42XR4 strikes me as a great plasma display that was designed for professional installation. The à la carte accessories and the advanced menu options (which can be hidden when not in use) are ideal for customizing the display to its owner. Yes, the 42XR4 costs more than most other 42-inch plasma displays, but I have yet to see a 42-inch TV come this close to image perfection.

Hmm! Another item for my wish list.


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March 22, 2006

Dell Says Dell W5001C HDTV Better Than Panasonic's TH50PX500U HDTV (What Did you Expect Them to Say?)

You know, I normally don't trust a study commissioned by a company that says their product is better than everybody elses. According to Dell's press release:

ROUND ROCK, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 2006--When considering picture quality and price(a), consumers chose Dell's (NASDAQ:DELL) W5001C plasma HDTV over Panasonic's TH50PX500U model in a four-city, head-to-head viewing competition.

The consumer preference study of 50-inch plasma HDTVs was conducted from November 2005 through February 2006 in Baltimore, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Following viewings of each TV, 308 consumers were asked their preference if the Panasonic and Dell TVs were priced $500 and $100 apart. The Dell won at only a $100 discount to the Panasonic.

Guideline Research, on behalf of Dell, conducted the Dell HDTV Challenge at shopping malls in the four cities. It pitted the competing plasmas against each other in viewings of indoor and outdoor, bright and dimly lit, and high and lower contrast scenes from a high-definition movie.

While I don't necessarily trust Dell, I think the results are pretty legit and mirror what we've been saying. The Dell and the Panasonic models are two of the best HDTVs out there and are a steal for the price.

The funny thing is that this survey took place over 3 months in 4 of the biggest cities in the US and they only surveyed 308 people? Maybe it's time for Dell to hire a new research company? I'm sure Dell could hire a research company to research the best research company. Ouch! I have a headache now.

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March 9, 2006

LG Electronics to Announce 42-inch with Built-in DVR

CEBIT, the world's largest consumer trade show kicked off today in Hanover, Germany and we expect to see some cool TVs and devices to be announced in the next few days.

One announcement we're expecting tomorrow is the introduction of the LGE 42PC1RR, a 42-inch PDP (plasma display panel) with a built in DVR from LG Electronics. According to DigiTimes:

The HD-ready TV incorporates an 80GB hard disc drive (HDD) and has the capability of storing up to 40 hours of digital standard-definition programming. Features include a brightness of 1500 cd/m2 and support for the high definition multimedia interface (HDMI).

A DVR and Plasma in one, it's about time. We'll get you more details as they come in.

At DigiTimes

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March 1, 2006

Another Panasonic TH-42PX50U Plasma TV Review

We've recently brought you a review of the Panasonic TH-42PX50U from BusinessWeek. Now there's another review out from DesignTechnica that reiterates the positive review from BusinessWeek:

The TH-42PX50U is a pleasure to watch, easy to operate and packed with the essential connectors and features. It could use another HDMI input and front or side inputs for external sources, but overall it’s a great TV at a great price. Panasonic doesn’t list a lifetime rating for this TV in the specs, but if it did, those hours would be at the normal picture mode versus the vivid setting most people will opt for. The brighter setting will impact the life of the phosphors so buyers should keep that in mind.

Bottom line: Anyone seriously in the market for a TV today who thinks they can’t afford HD needs a price check. With plasmas selling for around $2,500 and big-screen CRTs starting under a grand, cost is no longer a significant barrier to HDTV. Congress’ recent passage of the budget reconciliation bill that cements an analog shutoff date for 2009 makes those price shifts all the more welcome.

The TH-42PX50U is a terrific value.

If you're seriously looking at Plasma TVs, be sure to check out the TH-42PX50U.

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December 2, 2005

Panasonic's 42-inch TH-42PX50U Plasma TV Review

If you're looking for a reasonably priced Plasma TV, you'll want to take a peek at the Panasonic's 42-inch TH-42PX50U Plasma TV. Business Week has a pretty positive review of the TH-42PX50U that states:

There's a war going on right now in the flat-screen digital TV realm, and consumers are likely to be the biggest winners as prices for full-featured high-definition TV sets fall rapidly.

That's especially true when you consider Panasonic's 42-inch TH-42PX50U plasma set. The unit, which carries a $2,800 price tag, has a native resolution of 1,024 pixels by 768 pixels. That lets it be tagged as a high-resolution model, even though purists will note you still do not get all the detail offered by newer 1080 models. Most consumers, however, won't be able to tell the difference -- and will be delighted with the amazing picture clarity that puts some of Panasonic's big competitors to shame.

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November 10, 2005

VIERA TH-65PV500: Plasma TV with Built-in SD Slot

Want a Plasma TV with a few extra bells and whistles? How about the VIERA TH-65PV500 from Panasonic, a 65-inch HDTV with a built-in SD card slot? According to

There is a very interesting feature on this model. It can record TV directly onto an SD or PCMCIA card in the MPEG4 format. You can then replay the recordings on the TV itself, or on any portable video players that supports the format. That means you can watch Lost in vivid color one night, and then catch it again on the bus on the way to work the next morning.

At $12,000 I really need this baby to make my morning coffee, but maybe I'm a little too demanding?


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September 9, 2005

New HDTV Come in 400+ Color Variations to Match Your Home

Individualblenden HDTVs that actually look amazing and come in different colors? You have to hand it to Loewe's. Though not in the US, these new TVs come with a choice of over 400 color variations to match the room or cabinet the TV will go in.

"We love Loewe TVs. They just look, well, sexier than TVs from other brands. At IFA in Berlin there was a hall dedicated to them and they really stood out. Perhaps that's because of the new 'Individual' range that Loewe have announced which enables you to choose from one of 400 variants. The housing colours range from chrome silver via aluminium bronze to high gloss cream. What's more the different colours of the fronts can be combined with great effect with insets to the sides. Alternatively you can get individualised designer single TVs, either with Swarovski crystals or upholstered with leather if you're that way inclined. No word on prices yet but I don't suppose they'll be cheap.

Via Tech Digest at Loewe's TV

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September 7, 2005

Digital TVs: More screen for less green

011005 Rcatv It's on. The Fall/Holiday shopping season will soon be in full force and so will the price cuts. I suggest waiting until at least mid-December to see the full effect of how low an HDTV set (okay CNET - Digital TV) can go. What cost $25,000 just a few years ago can be had for a tenth of that, but we disagree you can't get a Digital TV for less than $1000. Many of the 30" and 26" LCD TVs can be had for well under $1000. I do like prices that are 41% cheaper than last year at the same time though overall. Wow.

Get all the juicy price details at CNET

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September 6, 2005

Catch Your TV on Fire with a TV Fireplace

Firelight Beachcomber.JpgI like to have an uncluttered living room with just a TV or maybe no TV at all and just this amazing fireplace with the TV popping out of the top! So far I've only managed to put all my electronics in the media closet and run cables up to the 30" Syntax LCD TV.

What I like about the concept of a Fireplace TV is how it would take the emphasis off of the TV in our living room. Though we are total TV hounds, it's really only on from 8-10pm that the TV is even on. We pack all of our TV viewing into short bursts with total TIVO control. I could see having the fireplace for the rest of the 12 hours of the day we might be in the living room being a good thing - especially in the long winter months we have in New England.

This particular design is the "Firelight Beachcomber" with a lava rock and electric flame in the fireplace. I think we may have to go with something a little less modern, but you never know. I could see myself watching the flames and then perhaps a good movie - or both at the same time?

Via Shiny Shiny at Firelight Beachcomber

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