Saturday, April 13, 2013

What is the maximum refresh rate of satellite broadcasting?

Q. I heard it's lower then 600 hz. If this is true, what's the point of buying a tv that advertises 600hz?

A. Haha, yeah it seems odd, doesn't it? What it is though is an apples and oranges thing...maybe apples, oranges and lemons.
The 600hz doesn't refer to the content, it's about what the screen displays (even that is too simple an explanation, see below). So to answer your question first, things shot on film and animation are usually 24 frames per second. Traditional video is about 30 (NTSC regions) or 25 (PAL regions). The hdtv standard goes up to 60 or 50 fps.

The refresh rate on the screen is how many unique images it can show per second. In this case, it's 60 fields. But Plasma tv pixels don't just come on and stay on (as lcd pixels do), they flash. So when plasma manufacturers advertise 600hz, they're saying each field is flashed 10 times. It's called a "sub-field" rate.

So the real feature is that each field is flashed so fast that you won't perceive flicker. Movie theatres do the same thing. If they just showed 24 fps, it would flicker terribly so they show each frame 2 or 3 times (24fps x 3 = 72hz).
I don't know how many sub-field flashes you need to eliminate perceived flicker but 600 is likely a lot more than you need (so if we start seeing 1200hz, I'm going to roll my eyes :) )
Manufacturers probably started advertising sub-field rates to make it sound better than 120hz lcd when they're not really describing the same thing.

Here's an article that explains sub-field rates in more detail:

What type of lcd to purchase?
Q. i am planning on purchasing an LCD HDTV $400-600
i would like to know what brand to consider just for watching tv/Blu-ray movies what do you recommend?

A. Right smack in the middle of the price range, look for a 32" set from Panasonic. The TC-L32C12 to be specific (or the TC-L32X1, also a great option). I think that is one of the strongest options for you in your budget. It would deliver really good image quality for you. If you can stretch the budget another $100, right now on sale at Best Buy is the TC-L37X1 for $700.

Alternatively look to Samsung and Sony in that price range and you should get a top notch TV still. Again look towards the 32' range. I think that's about as big as you should go on that budget to maximize quality. Some models to consider,

Samsung LN32B460
Sony KDL-32L5000

What kind of computer build would I need to do it all?
Q. My boss (the wife) has authorized me to buy a new computer. I am deployed overseas, so I usually download TV shows from iTunes or Zune to watch on TV. I also like a few online games. I have a computer monitor and I have an HDTV widescreen that I use to watch TV shows connected to the computer. What I really want to do is get a computer that is much quieter (hate to hear the sound of my fan during quiet scenes), can handle me playing online games on one monitor via my cable connection, playing a movie or tv show from my hard drive on my other monitor, and downloading large files over my wireless connection. Even though I am a gamer, I really don't feel like I need a top of the line computer. Looking to stay within a budget of about $5,000 not including a new monitor, but including some passable speakers. Is there a build that can do it all? No problem building my own. Any suggestions?
Bah . . forgot one thing. Want it to be able to record TV shows as well.

A. You have a budget of $5000 for a computer, not including the monitor?

That is a hell of a budget. You could get a machine that makes every gamer out there drool with envy by spending that much.

Also, why not just use your HDTV for the computer monitor? It is probably fully capable of being the monitor.

I would suggest one of the Core 2 duo processors, probably the x6800 Kentsfield core for around $1,300

Then 4 gigs of corsair dominator 1066mhz for $430

Then the ASUS striker extreme 680i motherboard for $319

3 Seagate barracuda 7200.10 750gb drives in a raid 0 array for about $600

A Lian-Li pc1100 aluminum sound-insulated case for about $300

2 XFX 8800gtx's in SLI for another $1100

Then a Thermaltake Toughpower 1000W power supply for $329

Let's see... where are we at here? $4380

That leaves room for a ZALMAN Reserator2 Water Cooling System for $339 plus an extra GPU water block for another $40

That leaves just over $200 for the Optical drives

You could drop one of the video cards and get a Lite-On Blue-ray drive for about $475

But that is your choice.

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What computer video card do i need to run 3D on Samsung 3D HDTV 240hz?

Q. I am getting a new 55" Samsung 3D HDTV 240hz 1080p LCD-LED television very soon.

My question is what video card for my computer am I going to need to run 3D games on that TV?

The video card I am using now is a ATI Radeon HD 4850
The price needs to be within $100-$400 USD

A. Details that would help would be what operating system that you plan to run. And what other specs you have for the system that you plan on using. I see that you are currently using an ATI card, so I would assume that you would want to have an ATI replacement card. I will also assume that you have enough room around your PCI slot to fit a dual slot card. Also power supply specs come in to play as well, especially where graphics are concerned. You want 600watt supply at the bare minimum. I would strongly suggest over 800watts and above to give you room to grow later.

Now you say you plan on running 3D games. That kinda narrows your list of possible choices to the more expensive end of the spectrum. Being able to play them and being able to play them well are two different things as I'm sure you know :P.

Requirements for HD3D Be sure to check that your TV is supported on this list. Also listed are the graphics cards that I recommended below. Go for the best that you can afford.

An important note from that list is that you will also have to get additional hardware. (3D glasses and such). I couldn't find any on AMD's website. Researching further into it, it appears that AMD delegates the task of 3D hardware sourcing and compatibility to third party manufacturers. The other options force you to purchase a specific monitor and glasses.


Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB $499
A bit over your price range, but well worth it. Fastest card out at the moment

Then right beneath that you have the Radeon HD 5870

Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 2GB $369

I chose that specific 5870 because of the memory. It's a 2GB card, beware of the prices there. Make sure that you are paying for the memory and not for an over clocked GPU on a 1GB card. Don't settle for less than 2GB. And don't pay for an overclocked card, any overclock that you would get is marginal and could be done for free yourself if you so choose.

Comparison chart of the two so you can see the differences and decide for yourself:

To stay in your price range, you would want to stay with the 5870 though.

Now with all this said... I must mention that standard refresh rate for 3D is currently 120Hz and not 240Hz. -- Some reading on the subject.

Overall, I'd say those two cards are your choices. And congrats on the new TV. But stick with the 2D games for now, as for 3D technology, ATI doesn't seem to be on the ball.

What is the best brand and deal on an hdtv 1080p?
Q. I'm looking to score a good deal on a smaller (32''-37'') hdtv lcd 1080p 60hz tv right now. Anyone seen any good deals for the holidays? Overall recommendations?

A. If you want a good deal on 1080p LCD, check out the Vizio's at Target.

Can I use a 1080p lcd hdtv as a pc monitor picture-quality wise?
Q. I know that I can plug it in. But what about using say a 40" 1080p lcd hdtv as a montitor? Would it look as crisp as the 24" viewsonic I have now? Should I stick with lcd's that are MADE to be pc monitors?

A. I use my 52" Sony Bravia LCD HDTV as a computer monitor. It's connected to my computer using a DVI-to-HDMI cable, displaying 1080p HIgh Definition (1920x1080 resolution). And it looks fabulous.

The text is razor-sharp, the graphics clear and vivid. I can't be happier with the result.

A lot depends on the quality of the TV set. An upper-end set like a Sony Bravia or Sharp Aquos will look nice. Lower-end sets might not look as nice.

Hope this helps.

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Hi when I play my my old original Xbox games on my Xbox 360 console, does the picture upscales to 480P?

Q. Hi I am using HDMI-toHDMI cable. When I insert my old original Xbox games to my Xbox 360 console, would it upscales to 480P? I do not think it could upscale to 720P because the original Xbox disk it doesn't support it. My question is would it upscale to 480P?

A. yes if the game is 480p it will be the same on the 360 and your hdtv

What hardware/software do I need to record video of my gaming on xbox 360 to post to youtube?
Q. I'd like info from folks who have already done all the troubleshooting and have figured out the simplest method of taking video of xbox gaming and posting to youtube.

A. Xbox 360 montage with the TriStar MX HDPVR is easy. I'll tell you how I do it. You can see example on youtube or on the website of the company - click the more tab on the detail page.

To get good youtube montage quality I would recommend using a HDPVR only. Newelectronx makes a very affordable HDPVR that works great on video game footage. Allow me to explain how it works.

You can record gameplay footage to a computer with a TriStar MX HDPVR. In fact you can use certain HDPVR recorders with or without a computer - this one allow you that choice. Others HD PVR may insist that you use the computer :( The end result will be game play from the ps3 or xbox360 that you can use on your computer to edit or whatever.

TriStar MX HDPVR works right out of the box and includes everything you need to start recording. Here is how it is done.

1. Using the cable included in the HD PVR box connect the composite cables from the xbox 360 or playstation ps3 to the input on the rear of the TriStar MX HD PVR.
2. Connect the component outputs of the HD PVR to your TV with component cables included in the box. This is considering your have a HDTV. If you have a standard TV then use the included composite cables to connect it to your standard TV. Its like connecting a DVD player. If you have a HDTV then set the setting in the menu to either 720p or 1080i. It will give the best recordings and best output on your HDTV screen.
3. Press video input on the TriStar MX HD PVR remote control or on the top of the HD PVR console. There is a LCD screen on the tristar hd pvr and button on top the console to navigate if you dont want to use the included remote. Anyways, press input. Now you can see the video game on your television.
4. Start playing and then press record on the TriSTar MX HD PVR. You can use the remote or the buttons on the Tristar MX HD PVR. Now the video game will be recoding live while you play it and you can see it at the same time.
5. When your done press stop on the HD PVR. You can replay the video from the HD PVR or edit or delete it. Or you can connect the HD PVR to your computer.
6. You can connect it to your computer in many ways. You can connect it to your network and have the gameplay directly recorded to your computers hard drive. Or you can connect it to your computer with the included USB cable.
7. Once connected look for the file that you just recorded. You can transfer it from HD PVR like an external hard drive or just edit and leave it on the HD PVR. Mine has a 1TB hard drive in it. So I just leave everything there and play it from there after I edit it because I have so much space on it.

Thats pretty much how it is done (for me). Now the video gameplay footage from your ps3 and xbox can be edited on your computer, laptop, notebook, or mac.

If you find something cheaper that can do the same quality as the Newelectronx HDPVR then let me know. I am interested to see it. I'm Jeffery Rivera and I hope my answer has helped you. Good luck and take care.

Why does the picture go blurry when I play old Xbox games on Xbox 360?
Q. I have a 32" flat screen LCD HDTV. When I play Xbox 360 games it works just fine, but when I put in a old regular Xbox game and play it, the picture gets blurry. I mean I have picture and sound and stuff but it's like its blurry, like if you hit your head and sees double. This happens with all games that are for the old Xbox. What should I do, have anybody had this problem?

A. Well,since it is an original Xbox game, they say it will NOT work perfectly on an Xbox 360. Most Original Xbox games work almost perfectly on xbox 360 and some don't. Sorry.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Which company have the best speakers for a HDTV?

Q. I have looked into electronic stores and am still looking for the best speakers to go with my 65" HDTV. Please help me by telling me which company have the best speakers for a reasonable price (under $600). Thank You very much YAHOO!!!!

A. Just stereo speakers with a subwoofer, Klispch is really good. Bose is over priced and over rated. KLH Audio and Polk Audio speakers are pretty good too, cheaper. 150 to 200 watts subwoofer is good enough. Stereo speakers, 150 to 300 watts RMS should be ok too. Go to a retail store with a sound room to hear the speakers. Listen to the sound quality and not the sound volume. Louder sound volume does not mean a better sound quality.

HDTV , how do i get the high quality picture?
Q. I have a 65" hdtv and a new dvd player, xbox,digital satallite reciever, how do I get the high quality picture on my tv?
Im using component cables for the dvd player, rca's for the satallite box and xbox. but the tv does not have the HDMI input, so what do i need to do to get the best picture.

A. mimalmo is close but only knows enough to be dangerous.;_ylt=ArMVdoZKeHlufJsc82.NP.7sy6IX?qid=20060920145526AAJkQr1

Any necessary cables etc needed for a new hdtv lcd tv?
Q. I want to surprise my hubby with a 65" hdtv lcd tv but I don't know if I need to purchase anything else for it. I heard there are other cables, connections associated with these tv's... Anyone know what I would need IF anything?! Thanks! =)

A. You may wish to consult this site where the information was written by a woman:

You may wish to consult other pages that are there as well.

Firstly, screen size. The rule of thumb is that the optimum distance for viewing is twice the screen size (in your case 2 x 65 or 130 inches). That is nearly 11 feet. How is that in terms of where the TV will go in your home? If you are too close, the picture will not seem as nice, even in HD.

You did not indicate whether or not you use cable or a satellite feed but either way you will need a related box to receive HD signals. A non-HD box will not pass those signals so if you do not have an HD box you will have to get one. The store where you get the TV may or may not sell them.

You will need to have a good connection between the cable (or satellite) box and the TV. There are four ways to that starting with the best: HDMI (for video and audio), Component video, S-Video and RCA video. The last three need separate audio cables. The TV you have targeted will be able to handle all types. Go for the best you can.

Remember that you are going to have a great picture with the sound that is built into the TV itself. It will never be as good as home theatre surround sound as the conventional wisdom is that a great HD picture is only half the experience, great sound being the other half. You may want to see if you can get a package deal of TV and sound system.

If your hubby is a tech savvy about HDTVs and the related technology and would be want to be part of the purchase decision and hookup at home, you may wish to give him a gift certificate good for the purchase of an HDTV for which you will go with him. A romantic way of giving it to him might be a nice touch. I leave that to you.

You have lots to think about. Sorry about that.

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what can I use to clean my hdtv 1080 pixel TV?

Q. My kids put gum that has dried up on the screen. Is there something besides soap and water i can use to clean it? dont want to ruin screen.

A. Go to your electronics store and get some wipes or spray that are specially made for those screens... make sure you have the tv off and cool before you clean it though. lol... kids.

How do you secure a Sony flat panel tv to a floor stand?
Q. Looking to buy a 52" LCD Sony, but I don't want to wall mount it. I have a nice stand to place it on, but I am worried that my kids might knock it off. Is it possible to secure it to the stand i.e. buy a kit or modify?

A. Most large screen HDTVs, including SONY's 52" LCD HDTVs are shipped with a tie down that can be used to secure your TV to the stand (with screws) and will prevent your TV from being toppled off the stand to the floor.

What do I need for a HDTV to turn into a computer for a Christmas gift?
Q. Ok I'm getting a computer case for my kids HD tv I was wondering is their anything else I would possibly need for his little HDTV computer thing besides that.

A. 1. A computer that has a HDMI port
2. Make sure your TV has a HDMI port
3. A HDMI cable

Then you just attach them together and on your computer menu make sure it connects to the TV so that it stretches the full distance.
If this isn't what you are looking for I think it is an all in one computer?

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What is the best HDTV money can buy?

Q. Title sums it up. Money is not a factor. What is the biggest baddest one out there?

A. Multiple magazines have declared the Pioneer Kuro plasma as having the best HD image available.

"Home Theater" magazine did a blind comparison of several 1080 televisions images and the television that came in second place was a 720 Kuro that the guy who set up the test slipped into the mix. (Yes, Kuros come in 1080 as well)

The SRP is around $6,000, but street prices are about $4,000

is it worth it to get a ps3 without an hdtv?
Q. I've saved up enough to get a ps3 but I don't have an hdtv. The graphics on sd are fine with me but I heard some texts can be hard to read. Should I get an hdtv with the money and get a ps3months later?

A. You wont get the full power of the PS3 from a standard definition TV, but PS3s support them and you will be able to read the text just fine. The graphics will still be great and it DEFINITELY worth it. Think of it this way, you'll save money. All those games you beat on a regular TV will blow your mind when you try them once you get High-Def, making you want to play them again ;)

What is a good indoor HDTV antenna for under sixty dollars?
Q. I bought a new computer with a HDTV tuner.
I would someone to recommend a specific antenna model that gives you the best HDTV reception for your money. It would be nice if it was also compact.

A. Zenith Silver Sensor

Radio Shack Double Bowtie

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How do I set up my PC to display the Desktop on my HDTV?

Q. I have a non HD monitor, LCD. LG brand 1900L. I can go into the Nvidia controls and theres something saying to push TV connection upon startup. There is not one of those standard "1 - 2 " boxes" in the display settings that I have seen before. I am wondering if i plug a cord from my HDTV Aquos 46" to my PC Tower will it recognize?

A. Most tv's these days should have an allocated pc input as standard, some being analogue and others being digital connections.

Vga sends analogue signals and Dvi sends digital signals

Firstly, check what monitor cable connections your pc has on the back e.g. vga port or a dvi port.

Now look around the back of your tv to see if your tv has any pc sockets.

If you're tv has any of the above mentioned sockets, try testing out a connection from your pc to tv by linking a male to male vga or dvi cable to both devices and see if anything pops up on your tv.

If this doesn't work you should try both vga and dvi, depending wether your computer and tv have at least one of these mentioned connections.

In your tv menu if possible, try finding a channel or input menu where it detects feeds or signals from pc connections and wait a few seconds to see if anything pops up.

Also see if there's a channel labelled pc inputs or dvi for an example.

Sound output is another matter altogether, but most tv's should definitely have a sound device output socket on the back, being optical digital or analogue audio connections.

Some tv's have an aux input so you can connect a long aux cable from your computer into the tv to hear the audio from your videos playing from the pc to the screen.

Hdtv's should accept pc video resolutions absolutely fine and should scale automatically or you can adjust manually onscreen according with menu functions inside your tv's menu.

Hope this info helps

chris s.

How can i get rock band 1, 2, or 3 to play smoothly?
Q. When I play Rock Band 1, 2, or 3 on my HDTV (Samsung 46' no "Game mode") the chart jumps alot. It will be smooth for half a second then pause and jump to compensate for the freeze. I play in 720p on my PS3 at 60 GHz. Even when I downgrade the quality to 480i, it sill does this.


A. idk i havent had a prob like that on any rock band on any tv. the only thing i can suggest is calibration and checking all ps3 and tv settings

What's the difference like when playing blu ray on a 720p hdtv rather than a 1080p?
Q. i have a 42" samsung 720p lcd hdtv. is it still worth getting a blu ray player?

is there a noticeable or big difference between using a 720p and 1080p when playing blu ray?

A. most won't tell the difference for 1080p until you get over a certain size and distance from the screen.

Most would agree that 1080p after 46" starts to be a "must have". your under that so it really depends on your player and tv set.

don't listen to the guy talking about hdmi being the only way to get HD. I use component just fine for my ps3 and other blu ray players. I don't even have a 1080p set but I prefer my "tweaked avia set" over those over blown contrast sets you get these days. It's all preference.

I run mine at 1080i and 720p.

Hdmi is by far the cheapest way to go since it's one cable and you don't have to worry about shielding as much as a component cable.

There is a difference from HD over cable/sat, Over the Air (OTA), and blu ray/ HD dvd. Watch the bit rate stream. PS3 lets you watch it as it is playing. Cable/Sat is capped and OTA is generally better if you have a good signal since it's not as compressed.

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My vizio HDTV's picture is flickering from time to time and causing a picture delay?

Q. The sound is perfectly fine but the picture delay is causing some big problems, especially when i'm trying to watch a sports game.

what can i do to fix it?

A. I love HDTV's! If that were to happen with mine I would probably just call Vizio. I have a Sanyo and I've never had problems with it. It might not be your TV, it could also be your digital television provider. But if it's happening with all channels, and even some movies, then you might have a problem. Call Vizio, that's what the number in the instruction manual is there for! Hope you have the warranty, wish you the best of luck.

What is the difference between Plasma VS HDTV?
Q. I am in the market for a flat panel TV. What is the difference between HDTV and plasma HDTV and what is deal with full 1080? I want a fairly large screen 50"+ within a reasonable price.

A. Plasma is a type of HDTV. I think you're asking about Plasma vs LCD. Read below for that breakdown.

"Full 1080" refers to a screen's native resolution. If you go into the detailed specs of TVs, you'll find that some have native resolutions as low as 1024x768, some are 1650x1024, and then, there are the full HD ones at 1920x1080. For smaller sets, the smaller resolution is fine, as you won't notice all the advantages of having 1920x1080. But at the desired 50" you mention, you do want the full 1920x1080 if possible. A 1650x1024 one wouldn't be too bad though, but certainly nothing smaller than that.

A cost effective and good quality 50" Plasma would be the Samsung PN50A550 or A650. For more elite picture quality step up to the Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ800u or TH-50PZ80u/TH-50PZ85u (they are better than the Samsung in picture quality but quite a bit more expensive too). The top dog for picture quality would be a Pioneer Kuro Elite, but you're looking at a $5,000 investment then (which is too high for most).

For LCDs, look at the Samsung LN52A650 or 52A750. Those would be the best in picture quality. Not super cheap, but I think amongst your best bang-for-buck options in LCD. Otherwise consider the Toshiba Regza 52XV545U. Or if you step down a size to 46", look at Samsung LN46A850 or LN46A550.


LCD vs Plasma

LCD - is the everyman HDTV. It is cost effective, hence its popularity. It is also lighter than Plasma. It tends to draw less power than Plasmas as well. It has a matte finish so is useful for rooms that have too much ambient light which can not be controlled. LCD whites are a bit brighter than Plasma whites (but how often do you crank your brightness to 100%). LCDs are considered better for gaming (but I don't think you'd be disappointed with gaming on a Plasma). LCDs are sharper in SD (think evening news instead of film); this isn't a good vs bad, its just a personal preference thing.

It has problems with fast motion though. That is why you see ones advertised with 120Hz refresh rates. This does not come close to Plasma though. So they aren't as good for fast motion (sports and movies).

Plasma - they have better blacks, contrast, and motion blur. They are better TVs, but you must pay a premium for them. Images look smoother. They have grader ranges in blacks/whites so you get greys instead of clumps of black and white. The colors in Plasmas tend to have more "pop" to them; this isn't a good vs bad thing, its just personal preference. Plasmas are great for fast motion (sports and action movies).

Plasma's are glass though so are glossy. They can have reflection issues if you are in a room with lots of light that you can't control (you can't turn off the lights and you don't own any blinds). Also for SD viewing they are a bit "softer" (think more like film less like the evening news). This isn't a good vs bad thing, its personal preference. Most plasma owners get used to it and don't mind it.

They do have to be conditioned. The gasses of new Plasmas need to be conditioned. All you have to do is keep the brightness/contrast cranked way down for the first 100 hours, then optimize, and you'll have a TV that blows LCD out of the water.

Plasma myth (1) - They experience burn-in. This is BS, those days are gone. Just condition the gasses and then use it as normal and you're fine. Also, the better sets have built-in features to prevent this (on top of the technology just generally being better now than say 5 years ago).

Plasma myth (2) - They have short life spans. This is more BS. You can leave your Plasma on 24/7 for 34 years before killing it. So do you think you'll still want/own the same TV in 15 years, let alone 30?

Plasma myth (3) - They won't work in high altitude because of problems for the gasses. This is again no longer an issue. Current Plasmas can be purchased and used in mile high Denver, and above, so you'll be fine where ever you are (unless you're living in the Himalayas).

Plasma vs LCD - One important note though is TV size. In 42" and above you see and get the benefit of the Plasma advantages. But 40" and smaller and the benefits are diminishing. So if you're going way smaller than LCD is likely the better option.

Plasma brands - Pioneer Kuro Elite is the best, followed by Pioneer Kuro. But these can cost as much as a small car. Panasonic Viera is the next best and is much more cost effective. Then I would go with Samsung.

LCD brands - I would stick with Samsung, Sharp Aquos, and Sony (but only Sony if its on sale, otherwise it tends to be overpriced). Sony stopped manufacturing LCD panels, they now buy/use the same ones used in the Sharp Aquos sets.

How do I persuade my dad to get digital cable?
Q. Ok, well we have basic cable, and i just got a new HDTV and I want to know how to persuade him to go to digital. It will be around 25 bucks a month more than we pay now. What should I say?

A. As far as convincing him , go to your cable companies website and look at the channel lineup and see what channels might interest him (does he like old movies? certain sports(espn, espn2, Fox sports, golf channel, etc? home improvement(hgtv, diy)? You can use this as part of your negotiation to sell the idea to him. If you sell it well enough, he might go for it. If not, offer to do extra chores around the house to pay for half of the $25. He may counter with having you pay all of it so you'll have to decide if you want to do that.
The bottom line is to impress him with your knowledge and let him know how HE and other members of your family can benefit from it as well as you. Make it friendly - no complaining, no begging, just a friendly conversation. You'll have these kinds of negotiations with people throughout your life and this is a great way to learn how to do it.
Good luck.

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What do I need to get to get my HDTV to display Comcast Basic cable?

Q. Just purchased a 50" Samsung HL-S5086W. DVDs and most of my XBOX games look fabulous, and SOME channels look a little better than my regular TV, was told there is some sort of $5 part I can get to enjoy the 1080i without going to Digital Cable.
Just talked with Comcast and they told me $16 a month for the set top box.

A. You need a HD programming service from comcast. They will give you a new HD box. I believe its a $5.00 more for the rental of that HD box as compared to normal digital box. There are about 19 true HD channels offered by Comcast to date.
Go exchange the existing digital box with the HD box from your local comcast office. Else they will charge your for sending someone to install. All connection cables are provided with the HD box. Just follow the isntructions. I have it. Nice to have HD with 5.1 audio ! Looks and sounds awesome.

P.S. If you have been a customer for 6 or more months you can opt for $9.95 HD box with HD DVR. This way you can also record HD programming ! They charge a deposit for this if you are a relatively new customer.
Tip: get a $100.00 service rebate if you sign up for HD programming from retail stores like Circuit city or Radioshack. You get $100.00 off on your comcast bill after about 6-8 weeks.

Hope this helps! Good Luck

Added 12/8: $16.00 for the box ?? The rates maybe differing from market to market then. Its only 9.95 with HD DVR over here in Phila area! Do visit Circuit city or Radioshack to upgrade to HD. Over here we have the $100.00 rebate promotion until 12/31!

What's the difference between 1080p and 1024x768 HDTV Resolutions?
Q. On my XBOX 360 System Settings I can choose 1080i, 1080p, and 1024x768 resolutions. Which on of these gives the highest quality picture? I just got my XBOX 360 and moved from PC gaming to XBOX gaming, and I want to get the biggest bang for my buck.

Any reply that even remotely answered my question would be greatly appreciated.

A. It depends on your tv. If you have a full 1080p HDTV, the pic the 1080p setting. It is the best quality but you need an hdmi. I don't knownif xbox comes with hdmi cable or if you have to buy it though.

black bar on right side of TV screen when playing xbox?
Q. Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem? I have a single thin black bar on the right side of my HDTV screen when playing xbox games, but everything else looks normal and fills the screen as it should. What do I do?

A. replace ur video cable

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what is the best flat screen,plasma,lcd tv does ps2 works best on?

Q. Which tv does brand and model or what not can make the ps2 fit the whole hdtv because it wont fit mine im willing to go buy one in talking about it wont fit the aspect ratio.

A. The LG LW5600 series evinced excellent color in bright and dark areas, along with relatively deep black levels and even screen uniformity for an edge-lit LED-based LCD TV. Its matte screen works well in bright rooms. The Smart TV Internet portal is well-designed with a solid selection of streaming services, and LG includes a Wi-Fi dongle. The secondary motion-sensitive remote provides a cool, easy-to-use control option. Passive 3D on this TV has minimal crosstalk, is brighter than active, and LG includes four pairs of lightweight, nonpowered glasses

Of 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 8x12, 11x14 digital photo prints, which are the most accurate format?
Q. I am guessing digital photo prints have standard formats because it's cost effective (5x7, 8x10, 8x12, 11x14). But which format is closet in dimensions so that it most closely imitates the dimensions of your LCD screen, so what you see is basically what you get, assuming you don't do cropping? Also, can you create odd-sized print dimensions?

A. Other than the medium format digital camera backs, most digital cameras (point and shoot and DSLR's) are either 3:4 or 2:3 ratio. The 2:3 ratio is what 35mm cameras produce on film (24x36mm). Your LCD screen is only an approximation of the composition.

Therefore depending upon which sensor is in your camera, some of the formats will need no cropping.

Doing the math, you will be able to figure out which print size most closely matches your sensors rectangular ratio. Obviously the matching paper size for the more standard 2:3 sensor would be 4x6, 8x12 and 12x18 inches.

Each photo program will allow you to crop to any ratio you wish. I like the 9:16 which resembles closely the dimensions of the new HDTV's which are becoming so popular.

It is true that when I print such an image on a sheet of paper (ink-jet or true photographic) there is going to be a margin around the image. This margin is useful when matting the photo for framing.

What is a list of all the pieces you need to build a desktop computer from scratch?
Q. Including software like the OS

A. - Win7 OS (Home Premium/Enterprise/Pofessional is up to you)
- CD Drive (DVD, Blu-Ray, thast your preference) OPTIONAL
- Hard Drive (Size is variable)
- Video Card (Quality, GB is variable)
- Keyboard + Mouse (Unless you want to use a traackball or a touchscreen screen)
- Screen (Size variable to your preference) OPTIONAL as most HDTV can be connected and used as a screen
- Cables (There is an awful lot, need to research yourself)
- Processor (Core Porcessor, build and speed is dependable to you)
- Motherboard (MUST be compatiable with the core)
- Power Supply (you will need a power cord, and a power supply box which is bascially a big transformer to 'step-down' the voltage)
- Graphics Card
- Soundcard
- Case
- Additional Drives

- Also, some form of coolign is highly reccomended despite MOST Computer cases comes with a fan, but other forms like a water coolant system or heat absorbing mats is reccomended for powerful computers

Thats it pretty much.

P.S. JS is slightly wrong there, ofcourse a case is optional, but a case holds things together, without it it will be a hard and delicate job and also it will probably not be very safe and your motherboard miught be damaged if exposed to the air or daily accidents.

If you think I have provided a good answer, please give me Best Answer :)

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What is the dirfference between Flat panel HDTV's and LCD HDTVs?

Q. I am planning on buy a tv. I decided which one i want from plasma and LCD. I am going with LCD. When i went on They have two options. Flat panel and LCD ( both HDTVs). Technology wise which is better flat panel or LCD? Also how come LCD does not have more then 50 inch? Is it just panasonic that doesnt make?

A. I don't know why they differentiate those two. Flat Panel could refer to either Plasma, or LCD. Plasma and LCD are the two TV technologies that would be considered "Flat Panel". Flat Panel would refer to the fact that the TV is thin, as opposed to a traditional TV that is more box shaped.

In terms of Plasma and LCD, neither is inherently better. They each have various pro's and con's, neither of which leads to a better inherent choice.

Plasma: Better Blacks. Might reflect light (glass panel). Uses a little more electricity.

LCDs: Better if you have a bunch of light you can't control.

How long should it take a TV to "thaw out"?
Q. My mom bought a 50 inch HDTV last night (Black Friday deal for $350), and it has been in the car at like 40 degrees (F) all night. My dad says you have to let it sit for twelve hours because all the parts need to thaw out (I know things change size with temperature), then the condensation needs to dry out so it wont short out.

I get what he's saying, but twelve hours seems a little much. How long should it take for the parts to return to their shape at room temperature and the condensation to dry up?

A. I would put the tv next to the heater vent for a few hours but personally wouldn't wait 12 hours.

how to connect s video from vista laptop to panasonic hdtv?
Q. I have a toshiba vista laptop that have an s video cord and also a panasonic 50 inch tv. I want to see my laptop screen on my tv so i bought an s video cord. I went home and plugged in both ways and changed my tv input but nothing came up. My laptop wasn't able to detect the tv either. Please help and be specific because i am not very good and laptop tv things. Thanks.

A. You'll probably have to enable the SVIDEO output on the laptop, which could be with a button on the keyboard. A lot of times the ALT or FUNCTION key plus another key enables it. Sometimes the key is above a number key and looks like a tv screen. The only other place it may be be able to be enabled is in the graphics properties. In vista that would be right click the desktop and click screen resolution, then go into advanced settings.

I will tell you though SVIDEO looks horrible unless your'e just watching a movie with it.

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Which HDTV will be good for my Xbox 360?

Q. Hi,I am planning on renting a HDTV from Arrons rent to own,and I am wondering which Tv out of these three will give me the best picture. The first 2 are on the page on the left and the 3rd one is on the page in the middle

A. THAT's $2400 for last years' models or even 2 years old.

Same models are $800 to $1200 to $1395 at WalMart yesterday!

Save up saome money if you do not have good credit, all TV's will drop more every month with this slow economy and market saturation.

Check free ad pages local Greensheets for "divorce" giveaways of top equipment. happens!

$200 down from Conn's in Texas will get you into 0% finance of better TVs. Rental stores pay the same as all stores at wholesale. Markup is 50% of price you pay at regular stores. Rentals get you to pay 200%!!!!

CNET customers like those $3000-$4000 new plasmas for games, in recommendations.

Those $1500-$2500 1080i/p 's will work great for you too. 42-56inches... Go to Wally World NOW!!

Is there a cable for Xbox360 to connect into my laptop so I can play games on my laptop?
Q. I would use audio/video from my laptop like a T.V.?

A. From reading many posts on the subject, there does not appear to be a cable that accomplishes displaying an XBOX 360 to a laptop. The device below connects via RGB and accepts Component input from the XBOX except that the picture quality is not going to be anywhere near HDTV.

The XBOX has cables that go from proprietary AV ports to HDMI, Component (RGB) or Composite


* Memory Unit ports (2)
* USB ports (2 front, 1 rear)
* Ethernet port
* AV Port
* DC IN power port
* IR remote receiver
* Wireless: 2.4 GHz Digital Spread Spectrum (up to four players)

Can you help me buy surround sound, and learn about specifications of them?
Q. I want a surround sound system for my room, I have shitty cable, an xbox, and a decent computer, can you tell me how they can be used with my surround sound and how do I tell if it will work with my stuff, this is my computer audio ports, and I have an hdtv with a bunch of ports.
basically how do I know of the surround sound I'm looking at will work with my stuff?

A. To connect all your devices, you need a low-end A/V receiver + speakers. has excellent tutorials and reviews.

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What is the Difference Between Digital TV and HDTV?


A. Here is where things may start to get confusing for the consumer. All HDTV is digital, but not all Digital TV is HDTV. As stated previously, in the answer to question #1, the same bandwidth for digital TV broadcasting can either used to supply a video signal (or several) and other services, or can be used to transmit a single HDTV signal.

Although there are technically 18 different standards for digital TV broadcasting (all Digital TV tuners are required to decode all 18 standards), the practical application of DTV has come down to 3 standards. These standards are: 480p, 720p, and 1080i.


If you have a progressive scan DVD player and TV, you are familiar with 480p (480 lines of resolution, scanned progressively). 480p is similar to the same resolution of standard broadcast TV (and is referred to as SDTV or Standard Definition Television), but the image is scanned progressively, rather than in alternate fields. 480p does provide an excellent picture (especially on smaller 20-27" screens). It is much more film-like than standard cable or even standard DVD output, but it only provides half the potential video quality of an HDTV picture, therefore its effectiveness is lost on larger screen sets. Although 480p is part of the approved DTV broadcasting scheme, it is not HDTV. This standard was included as one of the DTV broadcasting standards to provide broadcasters the option of providing multiple channels of programming in the same bandwidth as a single HDTV signal. In other words, 480p is just more of what we already have with only a slight increase in image quality.


720p (720 lines of resolution scanned progressively) is also a digital TV format, but it is also considered as one of the HDTV standards. As such, ABC and FOX use 720p as their HDTV broadcasting standard. Not only does 720p provide a very smooth, film-like image due to its progressive scan formula, but image detail is at least 30% sharper than 480p. As a result, 720p provides an acceptable image upgrade that is visible on both medium (32"- 37") size screens as well as larger screen sets. Also, even though 720p is considered high-definition, it takes up less bandwidth than 1080i, which is covered next.


1080i (1,080 lines of resolution scanned in alternate fields consisting of 540 lines each) is the most commonly used HDTV format, and has been adopted by PBS, NBC, CBS, and CW (as well as satellite programmers HDNet, TNT, Showtime, HBO, and other pay services) as their HDTV broadcast standard. Although there is still a debate as to whether it is that much better than 720p in the actual perception of the viewer, technically, 1080i provides the most detailed image of all the 18 approved DTV broadcast standards. On the one hand the visual impact of 1080i is lost on smaller screen sets (below 32").

Will a HDMI cable make a difference in the clarity on my HDTV from my computer?
Q. Please bear with me as this is my first Yahoo Answers question. I have a 26 inch, 720P, Dynex HDTV that I use as my computer monitor. I am currently using a VGA cable. I Installed a new video card(ATI Radeon HD 4550, 1GB GDDR3) and I noticed that it had HDMI output. My question is, will a HDMI cable make the picture quality better?

A. To bad you did not ask this question later. I am running a 37" 1080p Sanyo off a desktop I built. I have been using a VGA cable. Just ordered a DVI to HDMI and an HDMI cable, I have both on my 5770, to check it out. They came yesterday and will play with them this weekend. I read a response to a question like yours on this site a while back. It said he too ran with the VGA for the longest time and finally got off his butt and hooked up to his monitor with a digital cable. He said it improved so much that he was sorry he did not do it sooner. I will find out soon enough. Hope this helps. Good Luck.

How can I connect my computer to my Vizio HDTV through an S-Cable to use the TV as another computer screen?
Q. I have a 37 inch Vizio HDTV and an S-cable. I've connected the computer to the TV via S-cable but there are no S-video inputs on the TV menu. I have component 1 component 2, HDMI 1 and 2, AV 1 and 2 but nothing for S-video. Can someone please help?

A. Hi there,
It is logical to think that if your TV has got S-video then there has to be an input for it. Otherwise why would it has S-video. On your remote, use the input or source button. Remember you must connect the audio as well, L and R should be right beside the S-video connection.
Now, play the audio video on your computer and press the input button until the video appears on your TV. It should all be in your TV's manual, you can't go wrong with the manual.
If you really have trouble with the S-video, you can get an adapter for S-video to composite. Remember composite carries black and white signal along with other 3 colours. S-video carries the black and white separately giving you a superior video. So please try these.
Good luck!

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How do I hook up Apple TV to a Sony Bravia HDTV?

Q. Can anyone tell me how to connect Apple TV to a Sony Bravia? I'm getting a "no signal" message. I am using component A/V cables rather than an HDMI connection, and I have checked to be sure everything is plugged in correctly. The light is glowing white.

I wonder if the problem might be with choosing the correct video input on the Bravia. I have options for DVD, Blu-Ray, etc., but nothing for the Apple TV.

Any help is much appreciated!

A. Hi!Maybe you need a Apple tv converter

Can RCA and HDMI Be used together on the Apple TV?
Q. Right now, I have my Logitech Z2623 speakers connected to my HDTV via RCA For Audio out. And I want to connect my Apple TV using HDMI to the HDMI On the HDTV... will I still get audio? Will it be RCA analog are HDMI audio?

A. You didn't really have to ask this. Connect it up and listen :)
Anyway, yes, the tv will output stereo sound through its audio-out jacks. A headphone jack would work too.
Since the rca jacks are analog, it will output analog audio. This doesn't matter since that's all your speakers (and your ears) can receive anyway. Even if they did have s/pdif (optical or coaxial) input, I doubt keeping the signal digital for one more cable length would make any difference.

my apple tv remote was damaged and i need a replacement. where can i get one?
Q. I was planning on returning my apple tv for a refund but my dog got a hold of the remote and it is destroyed. where can i get a replacement? im pretty desperate because I need the $150 that i'll get for my return.

A. Aunsoft Video Converter helps you convert between various formats. It is the must-have conversion tool for video lovers, and enables you to enjoy movies on computer, to further edit video for creation, to present video on HDTV, and to publish video online in web-friendly format. You can control your video and music on popular portable devices including iPad, Nexus One, HTC Hero, Zune, iPod, PSP, Apple TV, iPhone anytime anywhere.

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Whats the difference between a warranty and a service plan?

Q. What is the difference? I have a 2 year service plan on my hdtv and a 1 year warranty on my laptop. Are they the same or ...

A. a warranty is usually offered by the manufacturer (varies by law) that the product is free from defects as made. if not it will repair or replace at the manufacturers option.

a service plan is usually offered by the seller, and is a pre-paid plan that covers both failures and routine maintenance requirements. service plans sometimes cover user induced damage as well if they are "no-fault". since the seller is not likely to have a service department, they are more likely to offer a replacement.

since both cover failures, most people opt for a service plan after the manfacturers warranty period is over. or some service plans require using the warranty while it is in force, so your 2 year plan on the HDTV may actually be a one year plan in reality.

when buying an hdtv is the manufacturers warranty enough?
Q. when buying an hdtv is the manufacturers warranty enough? I would rather not spend the extra $100 if it is not needed.

A. Think of the $100 like peace of mind. You don't want to pay for it but if you need it you are glad you have it. However you can also do this. If you have a charge card that doubles the manufacturer's warranty (up to one year) buy the hdtv with that charge card. There is no additional cost for that. warranty.

As for me I have three HDTV's and have not had problems with any them. I did have problems with another piece of electronics but since I had bought with the charge card that extended the warranty I had no problems replacing the unit.

What does Sears extended warranty cover on Plasma TVs?
Q. I bought the 3 year extended warranty from Sears when I bought my plasma tv from them. What is covered under this warranty? I'm not sure I still have my policy laying around. Does this cover only internal malfunctions, or could it cover damage caused by my child?

A. I do not know where this "Mechanical Only" assertion comes from because most problems with a HDTV are electrical in nature, NOT mechanical!

A Sear's Master Protection Agreement (MPA) covers any failure due to normal wear & tear (including normal wear & tear created by people!), cosmetic defects for three years, damage from an electrical surge, coverage for a lemon (replacement with 4 repairs in a 12 month period), replacement for lack of parts or technical information availability, and yearly preventative maintenance. What is NOT covered is abuse such as damage from your child, though it does offer 10% off those repairs not covered by the agreement.

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Is there a search engine web site which helps gather information on electronic gadgets?

Q. I want to gather information about HDTV, Sony KDL-46V3000.... Suggest me a search engine site which can gather all possible information like manufacturers info, reviews, deals, etc.

Also, I would like to compare features and prices with other top brands like Samsung, Panasonic and Sharp.

A. Consumer report site?

How much would extended warranty cost? And how long would it last?
Q. Without paying for extended warranty, the warranty on the 32 inch hdtv is a year, so on average how much would extended warranty cost and how long?

A. It depends on the product and the store that you purchase from. I saw a 2 years ext. warranty on a tv at Best Buy and it was only $34.
Consumer Reports magazine says it's a waste of money because most things break in the warranty period. The products are much better today and last a long time without problems.
The only way I would take out an ext. warranty is if the tv or whatever was too big to move and the warranty covers in house repairs.

I just bought a Lcd 32' sony Flat screen tv and do I need to buy those hdmi cable?
Q. I just bought this tv and I didn't buy the hdmi cable. However, should I buy the cable? I have a 720 pixels and I dont have hdtv digtail cable, I have the analog type. What would this hdmi cable do to my tv?

A. says that spending even one penny on HDMI is too much. Regular component (the colored tips at the end of the cable) are just fine.
December issue of Consumer Reports also gives ratings on tv's and HDMI..

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How would I go about using an Indoor HD Antenna in addition to my Comcast cable box?

Q. My HDTV only has one cable input and its currently occupied by my Comcast box.. is there any way to set up an HD antenna in addition to the box and easily switch from one to the other?

Also wondering if anyone knew how to do the same setup but with this DIY coathanger antenna in the link below?

Thanks in advance.

A. Not possible to use the same RF connector, unless you want to keep re-scanning for channels. You see cable and antenna use different channels so the TV's tuner needs to scan in either of-the-air or antenna mode.

So, simply connect the antenna to the TV tuner and the set-top box to the TV using any of the other inputs (s-video, composite, etc.). If your box has no other output, it is VERY old, call comcast for an upgrade.

Before you buy an antenna, check which one will work best for you. Depending where you live, a simple indoor antenna may not be good enough (

Is there such a thing as an HDTV signal booster for satelite signals?
Q. Someone once recommended me a "signal booster" for my HDTV righ. I have searched online but have come up with no results. Does anyone know about these boosters?

Also, I have DirectTV so keep that in mind about compatibility if you make a recommendation.


A. First Direct TV does not require boosters on their Satellite signal....An alignment will fix any problem with the satellite reception....

Now, if your talking about having a LOCAL TV antenna mounted on the satellite to get your LOCAL TV stations, then THAT's a different story......
But you would have to call Direct TV and get it from them if the antenna was added to your dish by them.....

Some of the older systems used this setup.

How do i get the best picture from my tv tuner card?
Q. I am using a pinnacle usb 2.0 hdtv pro stick.. If another is better please let me know!.. Also my setup is an 8800 gts oc 640 mb ddr3, amd 6000X2 4 gb 6400 ddr3 ram. No cable box, No antenna.1680x1050(widescreen 22".) Vista 32x. Straight from the wall. Thanks!

A. You need an antenna to pick up the signal or your picture will be weak and drop out often or break up depending on how far away from the transmitter you are. There should be an aerial plug in the USB stick. Good luck!

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Where can I buy a Sony Google TV 24" (nsx-24gt1)? It's the first gen. that sony came out with google tv 2011?

Q. I'm looking all over the internet for a new one, I know hard to find in 2012 but i'm looking. I couldn't even find a used one, anyone can help me out?
This TV

A. Why do you want one. Reviews are poor. They changed and discontinued it.
24" is a small TV
They were dumping them a year ago, down to $200.
Only ones you would find is someone selling an old one.
May 7th in Philly:
Here is one:
I know nothing about the seller in Oregon.
That is the one. Mixed reviews. There are plenty of ethernet TVs, or just hookup a laptop or netbook to a regular TV

Wait for the good one to come down in price:

Sony Bluray player internet TV that plugs into any TV:

Lcd 120hz vs Plasma 600hz?
Q. I will play video games 100% or the time on one of these hdtvs. Should I go with a 720p 600hz plasma or a 1080p 120hz Lcd. Both tvs are made by the same company.

A. The above post is incorrect. The screen glare problem has not been solved. Plasma screens are the glossy type. When I went to best buy, i noticed severe reflections from all angles. There is even a video done by CNET on the VT30 plasma TV (last years panasonic flagship model and also the TV in my bedroom) on youtube where you can see significant reflections even in a darker room. Plasma TVs are best suited for rooms with controlled lighting. In those conditions the plasma TV will produce great PQ. Also plasma TVs consume the same amount of power as the older plasma models. You can verify this through many review sites such as FlatpanelsHD or CNET. They measure the total watts consumption per hour and have it down on a chart. If you are adamant on purchasing a plasma, then I would recommend the ST50 by Panasonic. It is their most inexpensive plasma TV and it has gotten great reviews.

Now I recommend to you a LED LCD TV for gaming. My reasons are : if you plan on gaming a long time, your TV will not overheat and burn-in issues are non-existent. (i have seen burn-ins on a panasonic vt30 after only 5 months--even with the screen wipe feature in use). Also 3D gaming is a big plus for me so the comfort of the glasses will become significant enough to where it will affect the type of TV you may purchase. You will be able to play during the day. LED LCD TVs are very bright. Most 2012 LED TVs however have a glossy screen as well. You will get some unwanted reflections. I highly recommend LG's LW series 3D LED TVs (2011 models). They have a matte screen for unparalleled brightness and since its 2012 now, should be priced even lower than its competition.

Will all PS3 games turn 3d in 2010?
Q. Will I need to buy the games again or will there be an update. Will the update cost £££ and will it work on the old PS3 not just the slim

A. At the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, Sony showed off PlayStation 3 games running in 3D (See below) at its booth on the expo floor. Though attendants stressed that the footage was for demonstration purposes only, it did show Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and MotorStorm running in three full dimensions on a large HDTV. (Like with the 3D movies currently being screened in theaters, special glasses were required to view it.)

WipeOut HD in 3D...without the glasses.
Photo credit: CNET.

Now, Sony has confirmed that the first HDTVs to support PS3 3D gaming will likely hit the market next year. Last week at the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung, or International Radio Exhibition) in Berlin, Sony reps told GameSpot sibling site CNET that the company is aiming to bring a PS3-compatible 3D Bravia HDTV into full production by the end of 2010.

To further tease the possibilities of the technology, Sony set up the prototype unit with a PS3 on the IFA show floor, showing off existing games, like WipeOut HD, being played in 3D. Company reps said the technology on display was built into the HDTV itself, meaning it would work with preexisting PS3 games and consoles.

However, more importantly for gamers, Sony reps said the company is aiming to integrate the 3D technology into the PS3 hardware itself starting in 2011 and 2012. If that plan comes to fruition, those PS3s could turn any HDTV into a 3D display without any modification. The company said similar plans are under way for Blu-ray players and VAIO laptops.

short answer, they will have an update for all ps3s for this technology

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black bar on right side of TV screen when playing xbox?

Q. Can anyone tell me how to fix this problem? I have a single thin black bar on the right side of my HDTV screen when playing xbox games, but everything else looks normal and fills the screen as it should. What do I do?

A. replace ur video cable

Does screen size affect computer performance or is it just resolution that does this?
Q. Im planning on buying a tv to replace my 22" 1080p computer screen, this tv will be used for xbox gaming, pc gaming and TV.
My question is; if i decide to get a (just an example) 27" 1080p TV will my computer slow down whilst playing games?

TL;DR: Does screen size affect computer performance or is it just resolution

A. Just the resolution.

The computer uses absolutely the same amount of computing power to drive a 70" HDTV at 1920x1080 resolution as a 21" 1920x1080 desktop monitor. Both displays have 2,073,600 pixels that need to be processed.

If your computer can run stuff decently on a 1920x1080 desktop monitor, it will run it exactly the same way on a big-screen 1920x1080 HDTV.

Go for it!

What are the basics of how to pick an HDTV?
Q. I want one that's crystal clear for my Xbox 360 gaming, and watching movies.
I know I want a 32", 1080p and i don't know what else i need to look for to know how it will affect the HD.
So help me out with any info.

A. Go look at them.

I found mine based on price and reviews. I think the picture on a plasma is 10x as good as LCD for the price, so I got one. I looked at it in the store, I was impressed by it, and it was on sale.

Just make sure it has 1080p, and see which one looks best on the show floor. Your local Best Buy or whatever should have a bunch out.

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How much will a really good suround sound setup for my hdtv cost?

Q. Im getting a new hdtv and I want some nice speakers,but im use to high-end headphones so im going to need something that sounds better than average,how much would it cost?

A. If you want quality you're diffidently looking at $400+

You have stated surround sound, so I'm not counting proper home theater systems.

I am using a 5.1 Logitech G51 surround sound system at the moment. The sound quality and subwoofer are above average. And the power of the speakers are acceptable enough to be compared to home theater systems. It costed me $350 when I bought it. It should only cost about $150 these days. There are newer models now with more power. Look into the z5500 aswell.

If you want an proper quality home theater system you're looking at $800+

Recommend brands
- Sony
- Pioneer (Best)
- Yamaha (Best)

You'll find many home theater systems from those brands ranging from $800 to many thousands depending on your quality expectations.

The first link is a Panasonic brand. Not the BEST, but it's still a reliable brand. For the price, the sound quality will be decent to say the least, but it will go loud. (1000Watts) is plenty of raw power. Also consider the speaker types. These are little speakers, similar to the logitech g51 recommendation above.

This link is when we start getting into truly 'quality' home theater systems. Notice big speakers. It's has less power than 1000Watt but the sound quality and the brand will make it just as loud and good. 800Watts is still very very loud.

It all depends on how you feel about quality. The best thing to do would be to go into the store with a music player and ask to test different types of systems to see what you like.

Good luck

What surround sound should i buy for HDTV?
Q. I have an HDTV and im looking for an affordable surround sound that wont leave wires running all over my living room. Are there any affordable 5.1 channel surround sounds that would be good for maybe a 10' by 10' living room, with wireless rear speakers?

I've researched and just can't decide.

A. I have one made by Samsung 1000w and it kicks ass. Sorry I can't remember the model though. But well worth the $400 it was a couple of years ago. Prolly pretty cheap now.

Would like a relatively inexpensive hdtv to play Xbox 360 and watch sports on?
Q. Could anybody guide me in the right direction towards an HDTV that is relatively inexpensive and would give me a good clear picture for Xbox 360 and watch my beloved sports on. Im looking for something under $300.

I'm a college student who lives in a dorm so I dont want anything massive and i dont think $300 can afford anything massive, but sizeable enough you know to enjoy things.

A. Is there any chance you could push that by $100. I know college life can do serious harm to the bank account, but at $400 you could get the Panasonic TC-L32C12. Its a wicked 32" HDTV. Its a basic model though, but a top flight brand, and a solid size for the dorm and then for an apartment (if you end up in one later on).

Its $500 on Best Buy's site, but Amazon has it at $399. I'd push to get a Best Buy to price match Amazon. Or look for any retailer that will price match Amazon, or hell just get it from Amazon.

A bit cheaper, and smaller, there is the LG 26LH20. Its just under $350 at Amazon. That would be another solid option.

But if you have to hold hard to the $300, I guess I'd recommend the Viore LC26VF59 from Walmart. I'm not a huge fan of the brand but its a decent size and is $308. Or maybe the Phillips 22PFL3504D/F7 22" set for $298.

Again, I think the Panasonic TC-L32C12 would be the best college TV (which would still hold up say if you end up in an apartment with more room). But it is definitely above your desired budget. They do have a 26" set as well, but its only like $28 cheaper. Oh and I think Costco has the Panasonic 32" set for $400 (to price match against if some place won't accept Amazon).

Also at Costco, if that's an option for you, there is a 23" Samsung for $300 ($270 right now w/ discount). Its a fair bit smaller in size, but not too bad for a dorm room. Then it would fit your budget. And its a reputable brand.

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How do I hook up my macbook to an HDTV?

Q. I'm guessing a DVI to HDMI cable but is that for PCs? Confused, thank you!!

A. Depends on what kind of macbook you have. Some use Mini-DVI (Mini-DVI to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable), others Mini Displayport (Mini displayport to HDMI adapter and HDMI cable).

Mini-DVI port looks like this:

Mini Displayport looks like this:

Older macbook pro's do have DVI ports. But you said you have a macbook, not a macbook pro. But if you mispoke, a DVI port looks like this (and you would use DVI to HDMI cable),r:4,s:0

Could somone explain the different color plug-ins on the tv?
Q. Ok so there's yellow red white orange blue green and it's all to crazy. Can somone break it down for me with each plug in and not say " oh well some are standard and some are HD, and the Bluetooth goes in somewere..." but acually say which ones are what. Thx. oh and if your in the mood ( random) but maybe throw in a blonde joke or somthing, just for fun:)

A. Yellow/Red/White is called Composite. This type of connection is for Standard Definition sources(SD). It looks like this:

Red/Green/Blue is called Component. This type of connection is for High Definition sources up to 1080i resolutions: It looks like this:

HDMI is for High Definition sources up to 1080p resolutions and is all inclusive(audio & video in one cable). It looks like this:

Your HDTV will also likely have a Optical and/or Coaxial audio output. These are for connecting the TVs audio to home theater receivers. They look like this:

And your TV should have a Input for cable/satellite/antenna. They look like this(right side of pic):

Hope this helps!

Is HDTV, whether it be cable or network, the output is no greater than 1080i ?

A. In short yes, output is no greater than 1080i.

A single coax cable cannot transmit a true 1080p signal. And as such, no cable or satellite provider will be able to transmit anything higher than 1080i without overhauling their entire setup.

I work in an HD production house, and even in the professional world a single core cable cannot transmit a 1080p signal, it is too much bandwidth for the cable to be able to handle. We utilize a dual cable system to be able to do it, but no cable or satellite companies use anything like that. The companies that claim to be able to show 1080p are not showing true 1080p. What they do is lower the quality but keep the resolution, which results in an inferior product. Imagine if Coca-Cola started filling their 2 liter bottles half with coke and half with antifreeze. Sure it would still be a 2 liter drink, but it would not at all be the same quality.

Stephen allow me to clarify my answer since you do not seem to understand.

NO cable or satellite manufacture can send a true 1080p signal to an HDTV. Sure, you can download a PPV of 1080p but you CAN NOT watch it in realtime due to the bandwidth constraints of RG6 the standard in coaxial cable for cable and satellite companies. The best they can do is 1080i.

"In the United States, 1080p over-the-air broadcasts still do not exist as of 2011; all major networks use either 720p60 or 1080i60 encoded with MPEG-2. However, satellite services (e.g. DirecTV, XstreamHD, and Dish Network) utilize the 1080p/24-30 format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding for pay-per-view movies that are downloaded in advance via satellite or on demand via broadband internet only. At this time, no pay service channel such as USA, HDNET, etc. nor premium movie channel such as HBO, etc., stream their services live to their distributors (MVPD) in this format because many MVPDs, especially DBS and cable, DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT BANDWIDTH to provide the format streaming live to their subscribers without negatively impacting their current services and because of the high "cost" of using more bandwidth for one 1080p/24 channel than what would be used for a 1080i or even a 720p channel and for only those relatively few subscribers who have HDTV devices that can display 1080p/24 as not being an efficient use of their LIMITED BANDWIDTH."

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"Standard definition 480i DVD movies are typically 5 to 8 mbps (megabits per second) MPEG-2 whereas these so-called HD wannabes weigh in at a pathetic 1.5 to 4 mbps of 720p H.264"

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"But there’s one dirty little secret that people are forgetting or that they don’t understand, IT’S NOT HD they’re getting over the Internet. Heck it’s not even NTSC 480i (720×480 60 fields interlaced) DVD quality when you really look at the amount of video data you’re getting!"

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"'But are they Blu-ray quality?," 'he Times asks of the Dish and DIRECTV movies. 'Resolution is not the only factor that determines picture quality. Another is bit rate, the number of bits per second that are being transmitted down the pipe to consumers...Bit rate is a subject that the cable and satellite providers never discuss, but anyone who watches the various services can see that some channels are considerably softer looking than others.'

The Times quotes well-known TV engineer Pete Putman as saying that CBS now offers the high bit rate over the air with 17 megabits per second for its high-def programs; and that's for 1080i, not 1080p. But Putman says he believes both Dish and DIRECTV are transmitting high-def programming at around 6-8 megabits per seconds.

Consequently, Putnam is dubious that the satcasters have the bandwidth to increase their bit rate to offer true 1080p video."

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If you spend the time to read the articles above, you will see that nothing has changed in the last few years. DirecTV, Dish Network, and all the others are offering 1080p video at a quality lower than DVD. As such it is NOT true 1080p, which their current setups can not handle. The only connections which could possibly offer true 1080p would be the FiOS fiber optic system. Which to my understanding while they have the ability, they have not done so yet. What you have provided as a source is a marketing gimmick which you, like many others, have fallen for.There is a reason that Blu-ray players do not connect to a HDTV using a RG6 coaxial cable.

Please do your research before you wrongly correct me.

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What is the best type of HDTV to but? LCD TV TV with MIRRORS or others?

Q. I want to buy a TV and who ever gives me the best answer of why brand and a good web site will get the best answer award. Also do they still measure tvs corner to corner.

A. Plasma have good picture for less light room but if you want for gaming get LCD TV.Samsung is a good brand for LCD TV really great picture and if you want plasma get Panasonic.

How do I fit my hdtv screen to my pc?
Q. I have my Compaq pc hooked up to my big hdtv. The screen is perfectly fitted during boot-up, but once I log in it gets funky. Resolution settings don't help.

A. Well to make things as simple as possible instead of only putting the display of you computer up there click extended display and drag what ever window you want to that side of the screen.

How come my HDTV went mute all of a sudden?
Q. Ever since i bought an Xbox 360 Elite and connected it with a HDMI cable,i tried watching tv after i stopped playing but its mute. I checked all the cables but nothing seems wrong. I also need to add that i have DirectTV cable if that even matters. I even reseted it and it is still mute. I have not changed the settings or anyhing so IDK what the F is the problem. So best answer gets 10 points.

A. hmm I don't have a newer 360 with HDMI, but I am assuming that you are sending the audio over the HDMI cable? It does sound like a glitch with your tv however you might be able to fool it. I don't know what options the 360 gives you for audio when connected via HDMI, but I am assuming that when you go back to the 360 that you get sound again? Can you then tell the xbox to output Stereo sound rather then Dolby Digital? Try it and then switch back to tv and see if you get sound. Also just try unplugging the HDMI cable. Also look through the audio setup menus for your tv. Hmm you could also check for a firmware update for your tv. There are a lot of possibilities so exhaust them all, including the setup menu for your DirectTV (which I assume you have also connected via HDMI?).

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Can you tell the difference between 1080p and 720p on a 19" TV?

Q. i think i'm gettin a 19 inch hdtv for christmas, and i'm pretty sure it's max resolution will be 720p, will i be able to tell a difference between the two while playing games on a tv that small?

A. no

what is the reason that my HDTV keeps cutting out?
Q. I have a 19 inch HDTV that will suddenly stop working. Sometimes the picture will freeze or I get these blocks of color that obstruct the picture. It seems to correct itself but it happens enough that it is becoming increasingly frustrating, missing pieces of news or the last part of a two hour movie. Any one know the reason for this? I know other people who have complained of the same thing but It seems to happen even more with mine.
The tv is not from Walmart it is from Best Buy.

A. My tv does this... but that's because I have Dish Network and I lose signal occassionally... lol... Oh, and there isn't anything wrong from buying a TV from walmart....

How to make my Sansui 19" work as a desktop monitor?
Q. I have recently upgraded to a new LCD TV and I have my old 19 inch Sansui LCD that can be used as a moniter, but when I plug it in it will go through the set up such as displaying the emachines logo and the windows logo but then the screen will go black. As soon as I plug in my old monitor it shows the picture again. Any advice as to how to fix this?

A. LCD HDTVs usually have lower resolutions than computer monitors-- 720p LCD HDTVs usually top out at 1366x768.

So if your computer was set at a higher resolution (that works with your old monitor) which your LCD HDTV cannot handle, it will display nothing.

Solution? Set your resolution to something low (like 800x600) then connect your LCD HDTV. You should be able to see an image then.

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I am scanning some old photos to be used in a DVD slideshow and need help.?

Q. I am scaning some old photos to be used in a DVD slideshow. The slideshow will be playing on an HDTv. What DPI setting should I use on the scanner to ensure that the pics are clear, on a 55" tv.

A. it depends on the size of the photographs.

the maximum resolution offered on HDTV's currently is 1920x1080.

a 55" HDTV would have an aspect ratio of 16:9 usually

16^2+9^2= 18.35^2

55/18.35 = 2.99

so your tv width is ~48"
and your tv height is about ~27"

so horizontally you have 1920/48 = ~40 pixels an inch
you have the same number vertically

so you have about 40 pixels an inch.

use that to proportion the dpi in your scan, depending on the size of your photo. theoretically if a picture is half the size of another picture, but has the same amount of detail, you'll need to set your scanners dpi twice as high to capture that detail.

unfortunately, there's no easy answer, because pictures aren't usually taken in 16:9 aspect ratio, so if you want your picture to fit the whole screen, some cropping will be required anyway. there's too many things that you might want to do with your pictures after you scan to give you an easy answer. but hopefully, the equations i posted above should help.

if memory usage and scan time isn't an issue, then by all means, the higher the better. though i can't imagine needing to go to any ridiculously high number.

theoretically, if you had a 16"x9" picture, then if my logic is right, you'd want 120 dpi.

for an 8"x4.5", you'd want 240dpi.

but this is all assuming that these are extremely high dpi photos, I can't imagine an average photo going beyond 250dpi anyway. i think the average photo is 72dpi or 96dpi.

so no matter how high you set your scanners dpi, it'll just get a really good scan of something inherently low quality.

I have a Sony Wega 55 inch hdtv?
Q. Last night I noticed red and green lines along the top of the screen, since there is nothing on top of the tv could someone give me some info what might be the cause of this? P.S. I've only had it for about 5 months.

A. It sounds as if you are seeing the VITS signals. All TV have these, but it's supposed to be above the viewing surface. Those are bits of information that the TV uses for color correct, closed captioning, TV guide info, etc. There is nothing to worry about, all you need is to have a technician drop by and stretch the picture until these are no longer visible. You might find it is only on one or two channels, and that is actually those channels fault. If it's on all chanells, then stretching it out will correct it.

TV's-Is it dumb not to go out RIGHT NOW and buy a 55" HDTV for $1099?
Q. If we have the money, which we do.
It is a Hitachi UltraVision 55" Rear-Projection LCD HDTV and the reviews seem good plus 0% financing til 2010.
Am I an idiot for not getting this TV since we want an HDTV?

A. I'm a big Hitachi fan and own one myself, a 51 inch CRT RPTV. I looked at the LCD set myself, but upon extensive research went the 'Old School' route with the CRT for a multitude of reasons, the first being rather poor reviews on the picture quality of the LCD.

It was this which got me to thinking as the ONLY benefit of LCD over a CRT based set is it's ability to be hung on a wall. But when you take that LCD and house it in a RPTV you give up it's only advatage, that being space saving.

Now when you look at it terms of picture quality there's simply no comparison as CRT is still the recognized 'King of the Hill' by most experts in the field, it's true balcks, natural color representation and overall realistic diplay far and above that offered by either Plasma or LCD.

OK, so it doesn't seem as sexy right? How can this 'Old Tech' stand up to the latest and greatest? Well, both Sony and Mitsubishi have ceased any and all R+D in the field of Plasma and will no longer produce sets utilizing this technology. Hmmm, must be a reason don't you think?

And let's examine the hidden cost of LCD, be it flat panal or RPTV as well as DLP. These require what is known as an Arc Lamp to provide the backlighting for a picture to be seen and the do an admorable job of this...for about two years! Then, as your picture dims you consult your manual which will tell you a bulb change is in order. "OK, no problem" you say to yourself as you dial up the local repair shop, only to have your jaw drop when you find the replacement will set you back anywhere from $200-$300 smackers!

Of course you won't here this from your helpful sales person down at Circuit City or Best Buy and the factories are as tight lipped as a Nun at a Porn convention and who can blame them. They'll not sell sets if this becomes public knowledge, and their plan is that when these sets start to fail they'll be right there with the latest tech to hook them up again. Yup, planned obsolecence at it's finest. Don't worry, SED is due out sometime in 2008 to fill the bill and by 2010 it may even be affordable, just in time to replace all those bum Plasma and LCD sets.

In effect it was thst CRT sets lasted so long that was there undoing, most giving trouble free service day in and day out for 10-15 years. Believe me, it wasn't performance which signed their death warrant.

Now that being said I'm going to recommend you take a step back and look at this set. It's the Hitachi f59 series CRT RPTV, available in 51, 57 and 65 inch models. The 51 is usually $799, the 57 goes $999 on sale and the 65 about $1200. But I've seen the 65 as low as $1000 on sale and I picked up the 51 for $699 shipped so it pays to watch for the right sale.

These babies have a native resolution of 1080i and are the best bang for your buck available today, bar none. No bulbs to worry about and a picture that is unriveled below the $3000 mark, and even then it's still a level playing field. Believe me, I did my home work and searched far and wide before plunking down my hard earned dollars and I'm glad I did. The folks who live and breath TV swear by these and with good reason though you'd be hard pressed to believe it by looking at a show room model. It's when you get it home and tweek the settings that the magic happens, then you've got a set that will put anything to shame.

Heck, you can email me for the optimal settings if you do purchase one, settings derived using light and color meters, calibration disks and years of eyes on experience to achieve them. There's a wealth of info to be had over on the AVS Forum on these beauties, sort of like having a tech on call. In fact one of the regular contributers is an ISF Calibration Tech, a guy who makes his living helping folks achieve perfection on their home theater systems.

Alright, the answer WAS a bit long winded but I'd hate for you to make a poor decision due to lack of proper info. Good luckand happy viewing, regardless of what you ultimatly decide to purchase.

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