HDTV – What’s So Good About It?

June 26, 2008 by  
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HDTV has made television viewing a whole new experience. This new technology might apparently seem to be a bit costly and confusing but for a high-end experience the awareness and the cost is worth it. HDTV is not an incomprehensible muddle of technical terminologies caused by a great extent of marketing hype. But at heart it is pretty simple – HDTV gives you a better picture.

You will know you are ready for a HDTV when:
• You are unhappy with your present analog TV even if it is not faulty.
• You desire some thing which is superior, flatter, sharper and brighter.
• You don’t mind spending hundreds of dollars more to fulfill your desire.

Now what are the prime things which deserve your consideration?

Do all HDTVs look good? Yes, in a store they all look awesome. An inexpensive HDTV showing high-def appears a lot better than a standard analog TV even with the highest quality picture. The 1080i or 720p, over-the-air cable, DLP or plasma, when HDTV shows high-def, the reputation of the standard TV takes a nose dive.

Regular TV in high-def is awful. You will be disappointed if you watch non-HDTV on your new high-def television. The character of picture quality is defined by the source. So, the standard def TV compared to high-def TV looks inferior. The bigger and sharper HDTV highlights the flaws of the low quality source even more.

DVDs look amazing. Technically DVD discs have a standard definition. But viewed on a HDTV gives you an incredibly superior picture and audio quality. You will be pleasantly surprised with the difference when you hook up a real cheap DVD Player with your HDTV. Just stretch your hand towards a Hollywood classic and you’ll know.

HDTV has wide screen. Most DVD movies, a lot of TV shows and some commercials have black bars above and below the screen. When you are watching the same on HDTV the picture would fill the whole screen. The only exception being the ultra-wide screen movies. So, wide screen is better. The HDTV and/or HD source is capable of resizing the image in the way you desire.

Choose the right connection option. Use the HDMI input if your TV has one. It is the most future ready input type. Otherwise you have the option to connect via component video, which is the second-highest-quality input type. There are a couple of other HD-level connections: HDTV antennas connect via standard antenna wire, and some HD sources use FireWire or computer connections also.

HDTV can fulfill all your requirements for a high end television viewing experience. Enjoy!

Discard Your Analog TV For A Brand New Digital Experience

June 25, 2008 by  
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So, how is your family TV?  Yeah… The 27- inch set bought eight years back is no longer holding up it’s end of the bargain. So what else could you think of in this digital era other than a high definition TV? For the HDTV neophyte, we’ve gone over some of the basic distinctions you should be aware of before you buy a new digital television.Before discarding the monotonous analog TV get yourself accustomed to the sea of changes that has taken place in television viewing today. It has under gone some amazing transformations.

The New Digital TV Era:

How does HDTV function? Unlike analog TV signals, a digital TV receives and displays ‘digital’ TV signals. The result is significantly improved picture quality. Therefore an HDTV is a digital television with an internal ‘high definition’ TV receiver. All you have to do is plug in to your digital TV to a High Definition TV broadcast source (with a proprietary HD receiver which functions with the required encoding process.) and start enjoying.

Remember the new-age Digital-HDTV technology is dynamic; it is upgrading in a continuous progression. For a consumer today’s HDTV probably can become outmoded within a few years or even months. So, while buying take note that replacing an outdated external component like the HDTV receiver is preferable to the complete integrated HDTV system.

A digital TV can receive and display NTSC (National Television Systems Committee) Analog TV signals and ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) Digital TV signals. A Digital TV which is competent to display an HDTV quality picture is said to be HDTV-Capable. A Digital TV which is HDTV-Capable requires an External, High Definition TV Receiver (referred to as HDTV tuner, set-top box or decoder). HDTV ‘ready’ does not mean HDTV capable.

Primary requirements

The Screen Size: Since HDTV has virtually a perfect picture, an increase in the screen size improves the picture quality. This is unlike the analog TV where its lower picture quality and other inherent artifacts get overblown in a bigger screen size. The screen resolutions: an NTSC analog TV has 480i resolution; the HDTV’s 480i improves the picture quality because of its digital quality. The ATSC Standard for High Definition Television requires a resolution of either 1080 interlaced lines, or 720 progressive scan lines; or higher. Lower (Digital TV) resolutions – 480i and 480p are both acceptable as HDTV Resolutions.

Video and Audio Connections: There are multiple connector options in an HDTV monitor since it has a number of in/out ports. The type of connector and cables vary not only in the way they work but also the type of component with which they are used. A few examples include – HDTV Video: HDMI (High Definition Media Interface); DVI (Digital Video Interface); HDTV-Component (Y/Pb/Pr).

HDTV Receiver: It can be a set-top box, a HD TV tuner or a decoder. An External HDTV Receiver is required to receive High Definition Television Signals, whatever the source. It includes Cable, Satellite, OTA Broadcasts, and (High Definition) Digital-VHS recordings; also HD-DVD’s. An HDTV Receiver is also desired to properly show DVD’s with Progressive Scan, as well as Progressive Scan and HDTV-Capable Video Games.

So there you have it. A few things to look out for if your just getting your toes wet in finally upgrading your TV.

Magnavox 19″ Widescreen LCD With Built-in DVD Player

June 16, 2008 by  
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Magnavox 19? Class Widescreen LCD HDTV

Magnavox 19″ Class Widescreen LCD HDTV w/ Built-in DVD Player, 19MD357B/37 – Energy Star Compliant

A great price on a great piece of television hardware. This combination TV DVD player delivers full high-definition with it’s WXGA+ display. That means you get 1440 x 900p HDMI for full digital high definition. The built in DVD offers DivX integrated into a DVD player which ensures you will be able to play just about anything with its multi-format playability. So whether you want to play CDs or even MPEG4 movies this machine will have you covered.

Here’s the full list of all the formats you can play:

DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DivX, MP3-DVD, CD, CD-R/CD-RW, Video CD/SVCD, MP3-CD, WMA-CD, picture CD, Kodak picture CD

Other features include an integrated HDTV tuner that receives and decodes ATSC off-air and unscrambled cable signals directly. This feature eliminates the need for any additional set-top boxes so you can watch digital high-definition TV programming without an additional set-up box. Then there is HDMI input. HDMI makes an uncompressed digital RGB connection from the source to the screen. By eliminating conversion to an analog signal, it delivers an unblemished image. The non-degraded signal reduces flicker and leads to a clearer picture. HDMI intelligently communicates the highest output resolution with the source device. The HDMI input is fully backward compatible with DVI sources but includes digital audio. HDMI uses HDCP copy protection. Then there is a built in selection of AV inputs so connecting most standard audio and video shouldn’t be an issue with 480i/p, 720p, 1080i.

Then comes performance. In the form of dynamic contrast and a 3D combfilter. The dynamic contrast technology adjusts images on the fly so that bright pictures come in clear and dark images still deliver richness and texture. The 3D combfilter performs field-by-field comparisons of the television image to accurately separate the color from the black-and-white information. Filtering separates brightness and color signals better in the 3D domain to eliminate cross-color, cross-luminance and dot-crawl distortion – all of which detract from your viewing pleasure.
So there you have it. A lot of great features in a 19 inch package and because it’s ENERGY STAR-qualified it uses about 30% less electricity than standard TVs.

Magnavox 19″ Class Widescreen LCD HDTV w/ Built-in DVD Player, 19MD357B/37 – Energy Star Compliant

Full HD 1080P With The Philips 52″ 52PFL3603D/27

June 13, 2008 by  
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Philips 52PFL3603D/27 52? Full HD 1080P LCD HDTV

Philips 52″ Full HD 1080P LCD HDTV with Built-in Tuner, 52PFL3603D/27

Wal-Mart has a great deal on this 52 inch Philips HDTV. For under $2000 you get 1920x1080p resolution and Pixel Plus HD which really brings out picture details and brings depth and clarity to on-screen images like you wouldn’t believe. The response time is quick – 5 miliseconds – which makes it a perfect for hard-core gamers. The sheer size of the screen combined with it’s response time makes it a gamer’s dream at a very reasonable price. In fact this really is the sweet spot of the market where price meets performance.

This Philips set receives conventional analog broadcasts and digital broadcasts including HDTV programs and where available ATSC and QAM tuner. You can connect to all your other media devices using its 3 HDMI inputs and also gets a respectable 3000:1 contrast ratio that will support dark blacks and bright whites in addition to a spectacularly rich full spectrum of colors.

Additional features that round out this great value for a TV with a great price point.

  • Viewing angle: 160 (H)/160 (V)
  • 3/2 – 2/2 motion pull down
  • 3D Combfilter
  • Active Control + Light sensor
  • Dynamic contrast enhancement
  • Progressive Scan
  • Equalizer: 5-bands
  • Output power (RMS): 20W
  • Dolby Digital (AC-3)
  • Built-in speakers: 2
  • VESA wall mount compatible: 400 x 400 mm

Philips 52″ Full HD 1080P LCD HDTV with Built-in Tuner, 52PFL3603D/27

Everything Looks Better On The Sony BRAVIA KDL52XBR5 52″ LCD HDTV

June 1, 2008 by  
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Sony KDL52XBR5 52 1080p LCD HDTV

With so many quality flatscreen televisions available, it can sometimes make for a hard decision on which HD television to buy. You can never go wrong when purchasing a Sony LCD television, as they’re known for having a high-quality on screen image that produce bright colors which are complemented by deep and intense blacks. The BRAVIA KDL52XBR5 is yet another HDTV that makes everything look better, and it will blow you away with its incredibly crisp picture that will make you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. You won’t miss a single detail as this 52″ screen achieves an amazingly sharp 1080p resolution, and it’s perfect for viewing both regular and high-defintion programming as well as Blu-ray discs. The spectacular image that you’ll see on the Sony BRAVIA KDL52XBR5 is due in part to its high contrast ratio of 18000:1, along with its wider color reproduction thanks to the Live Color Creation that uses an advanced signal processing for clearer blues with a broader range of greens. For an exceptional home theater experience you’ll want to pair this television with a Sony surround sound system to take full advantage of its digital entertainment possibilties. So when you’re ready for a television that makes everything look better, buy the Sony BRAVIA KDL52XBR5 52″ LCD HDTV and see how good television can be.