Saturday, November 19, 2005

Panasonic TH-42PD50U 42 in. EDTV Plasma Television




By Katie Ong

Price: Around $2,000

Pros: Great sound, gets very loud and remains clear. Picture is amazing for great price.

Cons: None yet.

If you are looking for a quality plasma television at a great price, then look no more. Panasonic is an industry leader in manufacturing plasma TVs and this particular model is no exception. I purchased my TV about a month ago for around $2,000.

When deciding which set to purchase, I looked at two factors... price and picture quality. The price is great for the size of the screen and the picture quality is second to none. I couldn't find a better picture on any other set... even the more expensive models. The picture quality is top-rate! A standard hook-up from my digital cable box is all I am using at the present and the picture is magnificent. I'll have the quality cables shortly but can't imagine the picture being better. The sound is ok, but through a sound system it is incredible.

Short notes:

The Panasonic Plasma TH-42PD50U features a high contrast ratio of 4000:1, making for a super bright, razor-sharp picture. With 853 x 480 native resolution, the Panasonic TH42PD50U is an Enhanced Definition Television (EDTV) unit. It includes an integrated ATSC/QAM tuner for receiving DTV broadcasts. The new Panasonic-pioneered CableCARD feature allows you to receive digital cable television without a bulky, separate set-top box, and HDMI input allows for fully-digital signal tranfer.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Samsung SyncMaster 193P (Silver) 19" LCD Monitor

By: Alvin

Price: Around $550

Pros: Brightness, Crispness, Game Playing, Quality
Cons: Higher price that other 19 inch LCD monitors

This monitor is by far the best 19 in. lcd you can buy right now. Starting with the physical aspects, this monitor is sleek. There are no buttons on the panel except the power button, which makes it look clean and crisp. The power button only requires a very light touch to activate, which kind of scared me at first, because I was not sure if I even did anything when I first pressed it. The pivot on the monitor makes adjusting it very easy, both vertically and to rotate it.

The package also comes with a cd, which contains the analog and digital drivers. The Magictune software allows you to adjust the monitor, color, brightness, contrast, ect. Wow, there is also another utility on the cd called Pivot Pro, which allows you to rotate the image on the screen with a right click of the mouse. I found this program quite useless, but it probably just depends on what you are planning to do with the monitor.

The connections on the base of the monitor allow for both analog and digital, which is nice, but was kind of complicated to get working at first because I forgot to install the digital driver before connecting the monitor. The height adjustment on the monitor is a very cool way of doing it...

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

World's highest resolution LCD TV panel


Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) claimed it has developed a 56-inch LCD TV panel that has the world’s highest resolution and expects to volume produce the panel in the third quarter of next year.

The quad full high definition (QFHD) panel has a 3,840×2,160 resolution, featuring 8.29 million pixels, which is four times the resolution of current high-definition (HDTV) panels (1,920×1,080).

The new panel consists of over 24.8 million transistors, with a data transmission speed of over 1.4 gigabytes per second. The 56-inch TV panel is the largest panel developed by a Taiwan-based TFT LCD maker, the company said. CMO will showcase the panel at FPD International 2005 in Yokohama, Japan from October 19-21, 2005.

The panel is produced from CMO’s 5.5-generation (5.5G) plant; a 5.5G substrate can be cut into two 56-inch TV panels.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Panasonic TH-37PX50U 37 in. HDTV Plasma Television


By Darren

Price: around $1,800

Pros: Picture, Input options

Cons: No TV Guide/Program Listing feature.

I'm impressed with the pic. It's a very nice display. Even with Standard (cable) signal, the picture is clear and bright. I'm awaiting digital HD cable installation which should make the picture even nicer.

TV Setup is simple. The menu functions are also simple and easily configured. Sound is great, even though the speakers are fixed and can't be moved around.

Please shop around for prices. I found a large margin of prices out there.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Latest and complete LCD news (1st Edition)


Enables users to search for the latest and complete LCD news. The links are:

Westinghouse HD-Grade LCD display technology

TFT-LCD Monitors by Samsung

Home Gaming and LCD Display

Sony with LCD

Taiwan LCD watch

WiFi-enabled LCD TVs

NEC LCD Technologies


AMX Corporation and LCD

TVIA and LCD


LG.Philips LCD

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Samsung LN-R328W 32 in. HDTV-Ready LCD Television

By Jeff

Price: $1500-$2500

Everything can be customized, although it doesn't really need it as the factory presets are spot-on. All menu's are simple to understand and easy to use.

I watched an ESPN Sports through this set and was absolutely amazed at the quality of the picture. Watching the broadcast in widescreen with HD quality made me feel as though I were watching some new form of entertainment that I've never experienced before.

Pros: Great picture, extremely easy to move from room to room if needed.

Cons: Maybe a little pricey, but worth it in the long run.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Sharp Aquos LC-13B4U-S 13 in. EDTV-Ready LCD Television

By Christine

Price: $265.00 to $300.00

For years, I had a 9 inch, standard TV on my kitchen counter. It took up half the usable area. I knew I wanted a flat screen TV, but the cost was prohibitive. Prices have come down a lot, but I had seen some "cheap" models that were really awful, with poor resolution and bad angle of viewing. They looked more like the screens you see on airplanes.

I usually do my research, and this was no exception. I went to Costco, BestBuy, Target, and Walmart to see the various models. In most places, the price for a 13 inch quality LCD tv was about $450.00 or higher. Costco had some low priced ones, in the 300s, but I didn't care for the picture quality. The best picture I had seen, at BestBuy, was the Sharp Aquos line. It seemed to have the blackest black background and sharp images. NOTE: if you are really picky about picture quality, no LCD will match a CRT screen at present, unless you pay A LOT).

For the reviewed Aquos, the lowest price I found was for a refurbished unit from refurbdepot.com and that is where I ordered from at $299.00. Their website was easy to use and the product was shipped as promised. I was not disappointed. The unit has a medium shade silver cabinet in front and grey in the rear (it also comes in black and they have that unit as well), and the picture quality is excellent for an LCD screen. The viewing angle is as advertised, up to 170 degrees, which means you can see it from everywhere in the kitchen (except behind, of course), and the 2.1 watt speakers on each side of the screen really put out big time sound. I have always figured that refurb products are good if they are direct from the manufacturer. This one came directly from Panasonic with their factory seal. Once repaired, there is not likely to be any further trouble, and after a month, I have had none. I ordered a second one for my second home (again from the same vendor). The specs are shown below, but suffice it to say the TV picture will impress you, and that's what you are buying. The only quirk is that they placed a master on/off button on the top of the unit. This is where most people would go to turn the unit on if not using the remote. But using this button turns off the master power, so the remote won't work. However, pressing again, turns on master power AND the set, so just use the remote and avoid this issue. There is a cable jack on the back, RCA inputs, S video, and although the set has component inputs, I suspect that a tv this size will not be used in conjunction with high end receivers, but it's there if you want it. You can even claim to be an environmentalist as it uses a miserly 33 watts of power, thus saving forests, or rather oil.

Channel and volume controls are conveniently on the top along with a menu and tv/video switch. But don't forget the power button on top is a master power, not a standard on/off button. Go figure!

The 60,000 hour lamp sounds like you might wear it out, but if you have the tv on 10 hours per day, that allows for 16 years of lamp life, so unless you have it on 24/7, it should last a very long time.

The remote control is silver, and shaped like a Y, with good controls. There is the standard circular oriented arrow function buttons around a "enter" center button, along with buttons for menu, sleep mode, flashback, mute, tv/video, display, vol and channel of course, and a quick brightness control button, and a curious picture flip button. I don't know what this is for, but it allows the picture to be flipped upside down, or flipped into mirror mode (the picture looks backwards and would look normal if you watched it in a mirror). Maybe these options are for a projector? I personally found the remote to be somewhat strange looking, being used to rectangular remotes, but this was obviously a style effort on Sharp's part.

The unit has sufficient weight that it swivels nicely on its stand, so that when you rotate it, the base stays put. The swivel is very fluid and well engineered. I really like the picture and you will too! Unlike projection tvs, you can look at this screen from above, below or to the side without any change in the appearance.

AND NOW THE SPECS FROM SHARP:

• The AQUOS™ LC-13B4U-S with built-in cable TV tuner is less than 3" deep with an elegant design and features 480p (EDTV) compatibility for progressive DVD players. And with Sharp's proprietary Advanced Super View LCD panel, a 500:1 contrast ratio and 170 degree viewing angles, it is truly "TV where you want it," for any room in the house!
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• 13" ASV (Advanced Super View) LCD Panel
• is a Sharp proprietary panel with Black TFT low reflection coating.
• EDTV Monitor
• allows for 480p (progressive) DVD compatibility.
• High Brightness (430 cd/m2)
• AQUOS Liquid Crystal Televisions are very bright, so you can put them anywhere -- even near windows, doors or other light sources -- and their picture will still be vivid.
• Auto Clock
• allows you to display time of day on the screen.
• viewing angles are so wide that you can view AQUOS Liquid Crystal Televisions from almost anywhere in the room!
• 60,000-Hour Lamp Life
• Sharp's LCD backlight life is long enough to give you viewing pleasure for many years.
• 500:1 Contrast Ratio
• provides incredible images whether you're watching dark or bright scenes!
• Specifications:
• Panel Type 13" Active Matrix (a-si TFT) LCD1
• Pixel Resolution 921,600 dots (480 x 640 x R/G/B=VGA)
• Video System NTSC/PAL/SECAM
• Brightness 430 cd/m2
• Lamp Life 60,000 hours
• Viewing Angles 170 degree
• Audio System 2.1W + 2.1W
• Tuner Type Electronic PLL Tuner
• Aspect Ratio 4:3
• Contrast Ratio 500:1
• Color Temperature 8,000 degreeK
• Component Input Y/Pr/Pb x 1
• S-Video Input 4-pin DIN x 1
• Composite Video Input RCA x 2
• Cabinet Color Silver
• Power Consumption AC 33.5W
• ENERGY STAR Yes
• Dimensions
• (w x h x d) 16 7/8" x 13 19/64" x 7 25/64" (with stand)
• 16 7/8" x 10 11/16" x 2 27/64" (without stand)
• Weight 9.7 lbs. (with stand)
• 8.2 lbs. (without stand)