Thursday, January 13, 2005

Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P 42 in. HDTV Plasma Television

$3,499.00 - $6,000.00

The VIERA plasma line features new designer cosmetics, a fully integrated ATSC tuner for high definition reception, built-in CableCARD slot - Panasonic was the first manufacturer to receive certification from CableLabs® for an integrated digital television set (DTV) that connects directly to cable television systems and receives digital services without requiring a set-top box - and HDMI (High Definition and Multimedia Interface) input. The Panasonic TH-42PX25U/P (42-inch diagonal) features an ATSC integrated tuner,3000:1 contrast ratio, Picture-in-Picture, SD Memory Card slots and HDMI input With the use of an authorized CableCARD, this model is also able to receive digital cable television systems services directly from the cable operator (for a fee) without requiring a separate cable box. This plasma TV also offers both SD Memory Card and PCMCIA slots.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Sony WEGA KDE-42XBR950 42 in. HDTV Plasma Television



$5,350.00 - $8,000.00

Pros:
Extremely elegant looks, excellent picture, wow-factor, good sound, low noise, uncluttered wiring, extremely flexible!

Cons:
Price, only 16.7mil colors, non-removable speakers

The bottom line:
Through great menus, great picture, great sound, and great aesthetics the Sony won us over, and we love it. A flexible, fantastic piece of art!

Sharp LC-32GD4U



$2469-$3999

The good:
Stylish look; blacks are deep for an LCD; clean video processing; excellent connectivity; extensive picture controls.

The bad:
Expensive; inconsistent grayscale; minor false-contouring artifacts.

What's it for: Displaying TV, DVD, HDTV, and computer signals.

Who's it for: Big spenders who want a flat-panel television.

Essential extras: HD source; DVD player.

The bottom line: This big-bucks set represents the cutting edge of flat-panel LCD technology and image quality.

Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY



$4129-$5166

The good:
Good color decoding; excellent black-level performance; good video processing.

The bad:
Limited connectivity options included; few consumer features; basic industrial design.

What's it for: Displaying TV, DVD, HDTV, and computer sources.

Who's it for: Big spenders who don't mind a minimalist aesthetic and feature set.

Business use: Conference room display.

Essential extras:
HDTV receiver; DVD player; speakers or home-theater audio system.

The bottom line:
Dollar for dollar, this is the best-performing 50-inch plasma on
the market, although you'll probably have to invest in additional inputs.

42" Widescreen Plasma Television (Philips)



$4320.00

*Operates like a fully specified top end TV.
*TV tuner box with Nicam, Text, PIP etc.
*1000cd m2 brightness & 1000:1 contrast.
*Latest HD plasma technology, resolution 1024 x 1024i.
*High quality integral speakers.
*Pixel Plus 2 technology delivers more vivid details.
*Digital Natural Motion produces smooth, judder free images.
*Full colour ambient lighting enhances the viewing experience.
*Enjoy faster access to 1200 teletext pages.
*Progressive Scan for razor sharp and flicker free images.
*Comprehensive range of inputs & switching.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Plasma Television: Product Features (Part 3)

Built-in Tuner
There are various types of tuners that may be built into a television:

NTSC (National Television System Committee) is the analog television broadcasting standard used widely in North America. It is referred to as a 525-line standard, but actually displays only 480 lines. NTSC is to be replaced with new DTV (Digital TV) standards in the coming years.

The PAL (Phase Alternating Line) standard was introduced in the early 1960's and was implemented widely in Europe. It has a wider channel bandwidth than NTSC as it runs on 635 lines.

ATSC (Advanced Television Standards Committee) creates the technical standards for the US digital television system (DTV). These standards are expected to be used in most new televisions, as the US television system shifts from analog to digital.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

World Largest Plasma TV



Samsung’s 102-inch plasma TV

Samsung SDI has developed what it claims is the world's largest PDP (plasma display panel), measuring 102 inches diagonally.

The new unit is almost three times the size of the 42-inch model which is now the flagship model in the PDP market.

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