Plasma and LCD Displays

LG 55LH90 – 55″ Inch LCD TV – Great Choice

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This new LED LCD model, 55 inches of goodness, made by Lucky Goldstar, is definitely a top contender in its weight class.

Been sitting on the fence on LED LCD? Might be time to hop on over and check out the LG 55LH90.

This unit uses a Super-In Plane Switching (S-IPS) LCD panel, which is the best LCD tech currently available.

Here are a few of the features and specs:
* 55″ Screen
* Full HD 1080p
* TruMotion 240 Hz
* LED backlighting with Local Dimming
* 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
* 24p Real Cinema (5:5 Pulldown)
* ISFccc Ready
* Intelligent Room Lighting Sensor
* Four (4) HDMI V. 1.3 with Deep Color
* USB 2.0 for access to digital music and cameras
* Easy UI Menu System

Owners of this set have claimed absolutely stunning picture clarity, deep and true blacks, and just gorgeous picture overall.

The black levels on this unit are improved with a new local dimming feature. What this does is show you darker scenes with improved clarity. Also, with a 240 Hz refresh rate, motion blur is a thing of the past. Compare to the typical 120 Hz rate.

Let’s see the Jones’ try to keep up with this one.

Projector vs. Plasma/LCD Displays

I’ve heard people ask why would they want a projector over an LCD or Plasma display.

The short answer is: Size.

You can easily have a 90-120 inch screen in your home, ultimately providing your own theater experience. This does come with a few trade-offs, however. The setup, maintenance and controls are more involved on a projector and the viewing environment needs to be different. For example, your grandmother probably doesn’t want to sit in a darkened room or care to know how to select the correct input, aspect ratio, and adjustment preset on the PJ while matching output on your switcher/receiver/pre-pro setup. She just wants to flip the thing on and watch some Golden Girls, yer?

The beauty in an LCD TV or Plasma is just that – turn it on and it works. And the picture is grand – great clarity and colors. For general day-to-day viewing, this may be preferred, especially if you’re just plain lazy. (Nah, not you!)

There’s just something about watching and 8-10′, yes that’s FEET, screen in HD. Watching movies, TV series, and sporting events in glorious HD at this size is something grand you can’t just put into words and do the experience justice. I am just not interested in anything less anymore. I have some nice Sony units in my home (30-32″) that just don’t get used. I literally haven’t turned my main smaller unit on in months. If I’m going to take the time to watch something, fire up that HD DLP projector and I’m immersed in the world that is presented.

So, if you hate settings and tinkering for best picture, etc. you may be happy with a Plasma/LCD for the ease of use. But, for a fraction of the cost, you should be aware that you can have your own movie house in your home. If you’re not the do-it-yourself kind of person for technical or electronic equipment, consider paying someone to set it up and teach you how to use it. You won’t be sorry.

LCD Vs. Plasma

Today one of the big questions in Home Theater, is which is better LCD or Plasma technology? Let’s have a quick rundown of the positives and negatives of each technology, then I’ll give you hard and fast recommendations.

LCD Vs. Plasma
Typically have had motion blur issues, though newer models are less susceptible.
More expensive than plasma, but prices have leveled well, except for the largest screens.
Usually have a matte finish screen which reduces glare and reflections.
Use less power, typically 25-30% less than plasma.
Often claim longer life spans. 60,000 hours anyone?

Glossy finish, which some like due to perceived increased image clarity.
Often these sets have superior images to LCD, however some purists claim the image is overblown.
Typically have better viewing angles, but newer LCD models are overcoming this.
Larger screens are cheaper.

So where does that leave you? It depends on which features matter the most. Glossy screens may be a deal breaker if you have a lot of light in your viewing room, or image burn-in may be a problem for heavy gamers, for example.

LCD vs Plasma in general though, the image-bang-for-your-buck factor depends on which size you want. If you’re looking for one of the larger sizes, such as 50-inch or larger, Plasma will get you more for your money. Smaller sizes are much closer in price, and you’ll need to consider the various trade-offs. Be wary of viewing screens in local retailers for your decision-making process – these sets are usually not calibrated. A 30-minute calibration that you can do yourself may make all the difference.

Pioneer PDP4280XD Review

Pioneer PDP-4280XD 8th Generation PlasmaPioneer’s new 8th generation plasmas are upon us, and it looks like these babies will delight.

The wonderful blokes over at HDTV Test have an excellent review of this piece, and they have found it to be superb.

The reviewer sums up by saying this is the best flat panel he’s ever checked out.

– Deepest blacks among all the HDTVs I’ve reviewed so far (objectively and subjectively)
– Gorgeous colour reproduction with accurate decoding
– Excellent video mode deinterlacing
– Competent film mode deinterlacing (except in 480i/60 and 1080i/60; see Cons)
– Advance [PureCinema] mode removes telecine judder
– Good scaling quality
– Fluid motion handling as expected from a top-tier plasma
– Effectively no posterization
– No image retention
– No screen uniformity issues
– Generous connectivity: 3 HDMI ports, 3 Scarts, optical audio out, etc.
– Plenty of calibration options in the user menu (but may be confusing; see Cons)
– Independent input memory settings
– Automatic PC adjustments over VGA and HDMI to eliminate overscan
– Excellent viewing angle (> 160°)
– Recessed grip handles and pre-attached stand facilitate quick setup
– Remote control sports high-quality finish and dedicated input buttons

– Slightly indistinct shadow detail due to skewed 0-20% gamma tracking
– Certain settings increase PWM noise (shimmering pixels)
– Sluggish and flaky 3:2 cadence lock over 480i/60 and 1080i/60
– Plasma buzzing may annoy those with sensitive ears
– The sheer number of options in the user menu can be confusing, especially when…
– The manual does not explain a lot of the functions in the user menu clearly
– Reflective screen may pose a problem if ambient light is not controlled
– Priced at a premium compared to plasmas with similar specs
– EPG lacking in usability

Awesome blacks? Check. Enormous dynamic range? Check. D65 greyscale? Check. Saturated but not overblown colours without hue and decoding errors? Check. Smooth as a baby’s bottom 24fps handling? Check. Top-notch video processing? Check. No image retention, screen uniformity issues nor posterization? All check.

Pioneer have a winner on their hands in the form of the PDP4280XD… I’ve even seriously considered keeping it as a point of reference for all my future reviews.

It looks like this new plasma could be the new king.
Stay tuned for more reviews and info…

Check out the Pioneer PDP4280XD Full Review

HP PL4272N Plasma HDTV Review

HP PL4272N Plasma TV

Looking for a value priced plasma TV in the 42 inch size range? Check this unit out.

Resolution 1024 X 768
Inputs 2 Component, 3 HDMI, RGB, VGA
Tuner Single HDTV

This unit has a great picture for this price range, and is a worthy plasma contender.

The HP PL4272N is an excellent buy. Yes, you can do better by spending several hundred, or several thousand, additional dollars. But for solid performance at a price that will please your wallet, take a close look at this one.

HP PL4272N Plasma HDTV

Pioneer PDP-5060HD Plasma Review

Pioneer PDP-5060HD Plasma Flat Panel Review
Cnet found this excellent Pioneer set to be a bit on the pricey side, but if the feature set and quality are what you’re looking for, this could be the ticket.

Features include true HD resolution at 1280 x 768, digital tuner, CableCard, TV Guide EPG, PIP (picture in picture), color temp settings, and setting saves for each input.

The good: Able to reproduce deep blacks; solid feature package; sleek, glossy-black finish; excellent connectivity, including two inputs for HDMI and three for component video.

The bad: Less than perfect color decoding with red push; minor visible low-level noise in dark material; limited to four concurrent inputs, including front panel.

The bottom line: The Pioneer PDP-5060HD offers excellent picture quality, great style, and superior features–its only real downside is that it’s priced more than the competition.

Design: 8
Features: 8
Performance: 8

While the Pioneer PDP-5060HD has slightly more stable blacks than does our reference 50-inch panel, the Panasonic TH-50PHD8UK, the Panasonic has better color decoding, gamma, and grayscale tracking. It is a tough choice between the two, but we give the picture-quality nod to Panasonic.

Pioneer PDP-5060HD Reviews

Via HDblog

LG. Philips 100-inch LCD

100 inch LCD
Yes, ladies and gents, size does matter.

Here is the bling king of LCD – the 100″ display with 5 ms refresh and 3000:1 contrast ratio. Plasma, look out baby.

Though this is a prototype, it shows it can and will be done. The question is how soon, and for how much.

I, for one, can’t wait……

Source – Engadget

New DX7 LCD HDTVs from JVC

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Here is JVC’s new 32 inch LT-32DX7 model LCD HDTV.

This unit ihas dual HDMI inputs, and is capable of 720p and 1080i sources. She comes complete with digital tuner.

Currently available in the UK, I’m looking forward to some serious reviews.

via Engadget

Vizio P42 HDe Plasma Screen Review

Vizio P42 HDe
Budget plasmas from Vizio have become rather popular lately, with decent to good performance for the money.

You can spend a bit more and get more features coupled with a better quality image, but this is a great way to get into plasma now.

“At just under $2,000, the Vizio P42 HDe is the least expensive 42-inch high-definition-ready plasma on the market today. It’s the perfect size for most living room situations and, with its above average brightness and viewing angle, you’re sure to get a picture the whole family can enjoy. The P42 has a wonderful way with high-definition sources and DVDs, but it trudges along when having to deal with standard-definition broadcasts. Obviously, you can spend more and get more in terms of image quality and size and you owe it to yourself to shop around to decide which screen is right for you. If you’re looking to get into the plasma arena without breaking the bank, the Vizio P42 is a very viable way to go.”

Vizio P42 HDe Plasma Screen Review

Aquavision – Bathroom Theater

bathroom tv Home Theater Room display – check
Den/Living Room TV – check
Bedroom TV – check
Kitchen – check
Guest room(s) – check

… just when you thought your household TV installs were complete, along comes Aquavision, giving you a new vision for complete TV coverage in your home.

Waterproof flatscreens!

No more excuses for being late, not cleaning your personal crevices or missing the last 5 minutes of the latest game.

Widescreen versions are available in 17 & 23 inch sizes with heated screens that won’t fog.

Floating remote included!

Ok, now what? Waterproof DVD players? This opens up an entirely new market…

Shower in Style – Gizmodo