Saturday, April 27, 2013

What's the best HDTV to purhcase...looking for good quality but not super expensive.?

Q. New engaged and new, we're broke. But we need a TV and have heard all signals will be "required" to be HD within a couple years. So we'd rather buy a TV now that will last several years. But we don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a quality TV either. Any suggestions?

A. First off, their is NO requirement to go HD. There is a requirement to go digital, there is a difference. The digital sets will be marked "SDTV", while the HD sets will be marked "HDTV". SDTV is less expensive, and will work in the new channel arrangement just fine.

The change is set for 2-2009. It was earlier set for 2012, then 2010, but the EMS and mobile phone providers want the channels from 2~13 yesterday. The FCC moved the date to 2009, and has not changed that (as far as I know).

You can always go HDTV when the money is in better shape for you. In the meantime, a SDTV would work just fine on a budget.

I have even seen the 19" Durabrand SDTV sets from Wal-Mart going for as little as $100.00. Not that I would recommend the brand, it is a fine example of meeting the new requirements on a budget, though.

How good is this computer?
Q. To answer this, please ignore the new Windows 8 computers but other than the Windows 8 computers, how good is this? 1 to 10. Ten being the best:

Product Features
•2nd Gen Intel® Core™ i3-2330M processor
•Features a 3MB cache and 2.2GHz processor speed.
•Intel® Core™ i3 processor
Features smart 4-way processing performance for HD quality computing. Intel® HD graphics provide extra graphics power for your laptop when you need it.
•4GB DDR3 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
•Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.
•14" high-definition LED display
With TrueLife technology and 720p resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.
•500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
•Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Feature dynamic video memory for lush images with intricate detail. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.
•Built-in 1.0MP high-definition webcam
With 1280 x 720 resolution makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.
•8-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, SDXC, microSD, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
•2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
•Built-in Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
•Bluetooth interface
Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
•Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
•Weighs 5 lbs. and measures just 1.2" thin
For easy portability.
•Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
•Software package included
With Dell Stage and more. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 also included (product key card inside)

A. About a 2.5/10. Ignore every adjective and descriptive word except the true specifications.
2nd Gen Intel® Core i3-2330M processor> downlevel i3 is above the lowest and so that moved it from 1 to 2
4GB DDR3 memory - In the USA, only the cheapest laptops have less DRAM
DVD±RW/CD-RW drive - almost all of them do when 14" and higher and not ultrabooks.
14" high-definition LED display - ALL displays are high def and 14" costs a little more but is only better if the laptop is thin and light.
500GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm) - base level HDD, above the minimum 320GB 5400
Intel® HD Graphics 3000 - not at gaming level, Intel even now has Intel 4000 on the newer level CPUs. Although not the lowest, it is not great graphics.
Built-in 1.0MP high-definition webcam - a little better than the 0.3mp.
Bluetooth interface - moves it above 2/10 towards 3.
Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN - puts it back at 2.5 since it is not gigabit ethernet for faster connection when directly wired to ethernet (non-wireless.
5 lbs. and measures just 1.2" - this is neither thin nor light for a 14" display. It is average.
Just about every laptop sold has these features.
The Dell brand is a minus assuring you have not reached a 3/10 rating on it.
Definitely between a 2 and a 3 out of 10.

Here is a 3/10 at its best price of $450:
lenovo IdeaPad G580 (59344054) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 4000
CPU improved 53%. Graphics GPU improved 60%
Does not seem to have bluetooth, and is still 10/100 ethernet and is a lower res web cam and is 13.35" x 9.06" x 1.33" at 5.7 pounds, the much stronger performance puts it 1/2 point above the Dell.

This $483 is well above the Dell at a 3.5/10 or better. With upgrades, can move it up the scale.'
Has the Intel 4000, 44% stronger CPU than the Dell, the better Thinkpad Lenovo brand, lighter in weight, fingerprint reader, pointing stick and touchpad, can be custom upgraded at reasonable prices.¤t-category-id=77160E70986F3A542955F35F555662EF#.ULeGWaxX2So

So, the system you show is about $425 value in a range of pricing in laptops from $300 to $2500.
If the price is under $425, it is an OK price.
The scale I use is based on the laptop's value in a competitive market of equivalent best value in the price range:
10 is $1300 and higher.
9 is $900 to $1300
8 is the $750 to $900 range
7 is $650 to $750
6 is $600 to $650
5 is $550 to $600
4 is $500 to $550
3 is $450 to $500
2 is $400 to $450
1 is the under $300-$400 laptop set, all of which are usually cheaply made for basic video functions.
On this scale, the Dell you show is 2.5.

I am looking to purchase a new TV. Is there a difference in quality/something between a 120MHZ or 240MHZ TV?
Q. I am looking at either LCD or Plasma flat screen -

A. The hertz of a TV doesn't affect the picture quality that much unless you watch film based movies!

Film based movies are recorded at 24fps rather then standard movies which are recorded at 30fps. If you have a 60hz TV, you will have a motion artifact known as 'juddering' during fast motion. This 'juddering' is caused by the unequal division of 24fps into the TVs 60hz rate. The TV has to compensate by repeating certain frames. Resulting in the 'juddering' affect during fast motion in the 24fps movies!

A TV's response time and contrast ratio are the two most important properties of a TVs picture qualty! And Plasma TVs have the best in both!

Plasma TVs have the highest "native" contrast ratios(*40,000:1), giving them the blackest blacks and most vivid and rich looking colors! They also have the fastest response times(.001ms) and fastest refresh rates(600hz). Making them the best at producing the sharpest and smoothest motion. Perfect for fast motion content like sports, movies & gaming!

Plasma TV's are also more affordable.

*Panasonic's new 2010 S2 series of Plasma's are now advertising a 2,000,000:1 Native contrast ratio!

I also recommend Panasonic's U1, S1, G10 and V10 Series' of Plasma's as well!

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What should I be looking for when purchasing an hdtv?

Q. We are looking at buying our first HDTV for Christmas this year. What is the difference between plasma and LCD? 720 vs 1080? Also, what additional accessories are required (cables, etc). Do I need to have it installed professionally or can I do it myself? Thanks!

A. 1. Plasma vs. LCD: see the link below.

2. 720 vs 1080: 1080 indicates finer resolution, very desirable on screen sizes of 37 inches and up.

3. Nothing extra required. Connect a signal source (antenna, cable, or satellite), plug it in, and follow the directions.

4. You can do it. For large sets, get a helper to help lift it. My 46 inch Samsung LCD set is only about 50 pounds but very bulky.

How can I connect an HDTV, and Xbox, a Home Theater in a Box, and a HD Digital cable Box?
Q. I have an Olevia 37 LCD TV, a regular Xbox, an Emerson Home Theater, and a Motorola HD DVR cable Box. How can I connect them or where can I find a connection diagram, that tells me how. I have an HDMI cable, an A/V Component (for audio and video) and A/V Composite cables. I would like it that everything can run thru my home theater speakers. Note that the home theater is also a dvd player and has two composite in, one out, and only one components out.

A. the best way to do this is to run everything through the home theater receiver.

I have mine setup like this...

HD box - HDMI cable out to TV and optical cable out to stereo reciever so I can get the HD sound to play also.

PS2 and VCR run into stereo and then there a video out that connects to the TV. This way, the TV plays all devices on the same channel and I never have to remember how I hooked it up.

DVD uses optical cable into stereo for sound(never understood the naming for that) and regular RCAs into TV incase I don't want to do surround. Then the component (RGB) cables out to TV for video.

Doing it this way allows me to run everything through the reciever and easily add another device like if a friend brings over a vid cam or his xbox.

I have the vizio 50in HD Plasma and Yahama components...

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").

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How do i get a pc screen onto a samsung series 7 46 inch screen?

Q. what kind of cord do i need for it to go to my hp pavilion f1903 to my samsung 46 inch lcd tv. if some on could give me a name of cord and maby a pic t thanks will be best anser

A. If your Samsung LCD HDTV has a 15-pin Dsub VGA port, then you simply use a standard VGA monitor cable to connect it to your HP computer.

I doubt your HP has a DVI port (most HP computers tend to use onboard graphics with VGA only), but if it does, you can use a DVI-to-HDMI cable to connect to one of the HDTV's HDMI ports. This is better because DVI / HDMI uses a digital video signal. (VGA is analog.)

Can you transfer an extended warranty when you sell a tv to someone else?
Q. I bought a 46 inch lcd hdtv from circuit city in august, and bought the 2 yr extended warranty on top of 1 yr manufacturers. Im selling the tv on ebay/craigslist w.e, and i want to know if assurant solutions, the company that controls my warranty, lets me transfer ownership. Do they even know who owns the tv? or care? does it even have to be transfered if they have all the paperwork?

A. You will have to read the fine print in the warranty agreement.

Can I make the picture larger on my tv when using it as a computer monitor?
Q. I've connected my laptop to my HDTV with a VGA to HDMI converter box, and the picture looks great up there on the big screen! My next question is whether or not I can make the picture larger up there on the tv screen? Is this a resolution adjustment, or is there something else I can adjust? Would it be a setting in the tv or in the laptop? The picture is only taking up about half of the 46 inch screen... Thanks!

A. I might be wrong but I do not thinks so cause you are not getting a HD signal to your tv, only vga, you might go in the tv settings and play with the format settings.

we use my wifes hp notebook on our 42" HD lcd via HDMI and it fills the screen,just like a problem, I'am not sure bout those adapters,except they will not give you full HD.

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Is this a good gaming rig?

Q. A friend is helping me build a gaming computer, I don't know tons about them, but I know enough to be able to overclock and the like (what I intend to do with this actually) But this is a bit above what I know. So Is this a good rig for gaming? (apologies if my grammar is a tad off, I'm native German so English is not my first language.)

BLUETOOTH: USB Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter
CASE: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 Full Tower Gaming Case W/ Side Panel Window
CASEUPGRADE: 12in Cold Cathode Neon Light
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
CD2: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011
CASE FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans
FA_HDD: Vigor iSURF II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System
FAN: Corsair Hydro Series H110 High Performance Liquid Cooling System 280MM Radiator & Fan
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD 1TB x 2 (2 TB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance
HDD2: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: * AZiO Large Print KB505U Keyboard w/ Tri-color backlight
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/2133MHz Quad Channel Memory
MONITOR: 32" Widescreen 1920x1080 Sceptre X325BV-FHD LCD HDTV w/ Built-in Speakers, VGA & HDMI-Input
MOTHERBOARD: (SLI/CrossFireX Support) MSI X79A-GD45 Plus Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ Winki 3, OC Genie II, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16 & 4 PCIe X1
MOUSE: Razer Deathadder 6400dpi 2013 Essential Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 8 Pro (64-bit Edition)
POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts - Thermaltake Smart Series SP-850M 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply
SOUND: ASUS Xonar DG 5.1 Channels PCI Xonar DG Sound Card
USB: PPA External 4-Port USB 2.0 Silver Star Hub
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 4GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card
VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card
WNC: PCI Wireless 802.11n 150Mbps Network Interface Card

Altogether it will cost me about $3010.

He assures me this would be able to play Battlefield 3 on dual monitors, or Skyrim with 150+ Graphics Mods installed.

What do the good people of Yahoo Answers think?

A. It is definitely something i wish I could afford...The only problem I see here is that the power supply might not be enough for both those video cards. The 680 needs at least 550w and the 640 needs at 350w so, you need a better power supply for it. Other than's a really good computer with tons of stuff.

Which Desktop should I get?
Q. Difference between these two desktops?
They are both Dell XPS 8500. Which one should I get? There is a 50 $ price difference.
First One-
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3350P processor
Features a 6MB cache and 3.1GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz.
Intel® Core™ i5 processor
Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost.
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Automatically speeds up your processor when your PC needs extra performance.
For multitasking power, expandable to 32GB.

Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Create custom DVDs and CDs.

1TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
AMD Radeon HD 7570 graphics

Feature 1GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for lush images with intricate detail. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.

4 USB 3.0 and 6 USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell Wireless 1703 high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.

Bluetooth 4.0 interface
Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.

Built-in Ethernet LAN
With RJ-45 connector for quick and easy wired Web connection.

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With CyberLink Media Suite Essentials and more. Includes 1-month trial of Microsoft Office 365.

There is also Internal high-definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MaxxAudio
IT is 749.99 $.

Here is the other one.
3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3350P processor
Features a 6MB cache and 3.1GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz.
Intel® Core™ i5 processor

Features smart 4-way processing performance with a speed boost.
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Automatically speeds up your processor when your PC needs extra performance.
For multitasking power, expandable to 32GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive
Lets you create custom DVDs and CDs.
1TB Serial ATA III hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times. The 16MB cache provides enhanced performance.
AMD Radeon HD 7570 graphics
Feature 1GB DDR5 dedicated video memory for lush images with intricate detail. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.
19-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity, miniSD, microSD, MultiMediaCard, Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard Plus, MultiMediaCard micro, RD MultiMediaCard Plus and Compact Flash I/II formats.
Also supports SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Micro, xD-Picture Card and Microdrive formats.
4 USB 3.0 and 6 USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
Built-in Dell Wireless 1703 LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Bluetooth 4.0 + LE interface
Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
For quick and easy wired Web connection.
Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With CyberLink Media Suite Essentials.

THERE is also
Integrated 7.1-channel with Waves MaxxAudio

THIS one is 679.99$

Which one should I get? I am really confused. Can u also tell me the difference between the two Ethernet types, GDDR5 vs DDR5 and the sound systems and also are the hard drive speeds make any difference with SATA and SATA III. At last and tell me which one is bang for the buck. Thank you in advance. Please describe of why you know.

A. The $679.99 desktop seems to be a better buy since it has a memory card reader. The addition of a memory card reader allows you to read memory cards such as those from digital cameras and a few other devices to be used.

The Ethernet ports are the same since the desktops are the same model which, I presume, uses the same motherboard. The different types of Ethernet LAN are the theoretical speeds that the Ethernet is able to handle, most if not all new computers in 2013 come with 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN. The more speeds do not matter since everything is restricted by internet speeds by your internet provider (Verizon, Comcast,etc...)or by networking equipment in your home. If you connect to your internet with a cable to your router or modem, the Dell Ethernet LAN is used. If you use WiFi, then the Dell wireless LAN is used.

There is no difference between GDDR5 and DDR5 since they are labelled under the amd radeon 7570 card which is a dedicated card with its own memory. DDR5 is GDDR5 when it is under a graphics card. A dedicated card is for better performance and graphics for gaming or videos.

Hard Drives in pre-built computers are hard to find out, but again there should not be a difference since they only have one hard drive but the xps 8500 has its hard drive connected to a SATA III port.

The sound systems does not make any difference as many integrated sound systems are sufficient enough. You may have to buy separate speakers for either of the computers which adds to your computer costs since new computers may not come with speakers.

The $679.99 model is better since it costs less and has the same specs and a memory card reader. Keep in mind there are other things that may increase the price of your desktop such as taxes and additional items that are not included such as speakers and monitors. If you are buying from a store, haggle with the manager for a better price, be sure to be kind to them. Best regards to you

Should I wait for the 2013 50 inch Plasma TVs to arrive?
Q. I need some advice. I am currently looking at the Panasonic TCP50ST50. I can get it for around $875 given the sales, CC discount, and points I have saved up. But, should I buy this TV now, or wait for the 2013 models to arrive. Here are my needs: I cannot go larger than 50 inch. Picture Quality is the number 1 priority. I have surround sound already set up. The TV will be an a basement that has windows, but still a dark room. I will be using it mostly for HDTV, Blue Ray DVD, and some gaming. I have a Wii U so I already have an ability to stream into my Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu accounts. So the questions would be: approx how much will the 2013 50 inch models be? Is Panasonic still the best? And will the new features on the 50" models be worth the extra expense?

A. You should consider the LED TV, tough the price is higher for that size. I find that the picture quality is better and the newer models are also equipped with a number of features (i.e.3D , direct internet connection, youtube streaming). Wait for the new models to be launched, so that the older models' price will drop. Samsung and Sony are also quite good choices.

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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.

I want a bigger screen for my laptop, should I buy a HDTV instead?
Q. Are there any negatives or cons in buying a HDTV instead of a computer Monitor to use for my apple laptop? I would like to get something large. Anyone have experience in using a newer model 50-55" widescreen HDTV with a computer? Is it completely safe? I want a 50" but I dont want to damage the TV.

A. Yes, all the HDTVs are compatible with PCs or laptops. And you can use them as your monitor (they have a monitor input). There is no problem,
If you're looking for the newest technology and a great quality better than LCDs, then go for a full HD LED TV. The contrast is really higher than LCDs in them. And the colors are really live.

If you're looking for the biggest picture ever, then you can try a full HD JVC Projector.

Hope it helps.

How wide is a 55" flat screen tv?
Q. Also, who makes the best LED LCD? I've heard Samsung is good with the exception of the sound quality.

A. Samsung Series 9 or Series LED
Sony XBR 8 or XBR 10
LG LH90 or SL90

All of those series of LCDs rank very well. I think you'd be in good shape with any of them. If you are not happy with the Samsung sound quality, check out the Sony or LG models and see if either of those are up to your satisfaction.

You could also check out Sharp. I think they do make an LED LCD. I just can't recall the series off the top of my head.

As for the TV size, a little grade school pythagarous can solve that...

TV diagonal is 55". HDTV is a ratio of 16:9.

(16x)^2 + (9x)^2 = 55^2
256x^2 + 81x^2 = 55^2
337x^2 = 55^2
18.357x = 55
x = 2.996

16 x 2.996 = 47.936
9 x 2.996 = 26.964

So the 55" HDTV would measure basically 48" x 27".

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Friday, April 26, 2013

How to connect a sony vaio to a mitsubishi hdtv with hdmi?

Q. i have a sony vaio vgn-fz180e and i have a hdmi cable and i am trying to connect it to my 72" mitsubishi 1080p tv. it says that it doesn't recognize the signal. what do i do ? thank you

i am trying to use the tv as a monitor and i dont have that connector just the hdmi

A. Are you trying to use the Mits as a computer monitor or watch movies through it? Hook up the Sony to the computer input on the Mitsubishi with a vga cable just like you would with a regular computer monitor. Then set tv input to VGA or whatever the Mitsubishi refers to it as.

What are the best brand to buy a big sizes of HDTV?
Q. I have a plan to buy a huge size of HDTV but until now i dont know what brand i would choose coz theres so many in the market.

A. You mean the best? What type of HDTV are you looking for? I am familiar with 3 types:

a) Plasma
b) LCD
c) Rear Projection TV

A) Plasma: I would say Pioneer. If you have money to spend then go for their Elite series. You won't be disappointed. They have a 42, 50 and 60 right now. Yes they also have the 1080p models at a higher price. These are not good for gaming thought. They are best for watching movies and tv-not for games!

B) LCD: not as bright as plasma but good TV for gaming. Speacially the one with faster response time. I would say Sharp is on the leading edge for this series. You may opt for their 92 series. Something like the LC52D92U. Then you may also get a bigger LCD from Sharp. The Sony bravia is also a good choice, I'm not familiar with this product though.

C) Rear projection-seen this one. Very cool. Not as expensive as the plasma. Clear pictures specially if you are right in front of it. Don't go at an angle though. Good for gaming. JVC has a good D-ila series. You can get up to 72 inches for these TV. 1080p series. Good for the price and picture. The only trouble is you have to change bulb every 2 to 3 yrs. The bulb would probably cost $500 Canadian dollars plus install.

Can I mount my HDTV above my fireplace mantle?
Q. My friend says there will be too much heat, but my fireplace has an insert that allows the bricks to stay cool to the touch. I also have a blower that blows the hot air out not up. I have a 72" wide floor to ceiling fireplace chimney. Please give me some advice on this.

A. You dont say if you have a plasma or lcd hdtv but here is what I have for plasma...

This information is from the Panasonic site ....

3. Can I mount the TV over my fireplace? As long as the plasma TV will not be exposed to smoke or excessive heat, it should be fine. First, take a thermometer and tape it to the area directly above your fireplace -- where the plasma will be. Then build a nice fire and monitor the thermometer for the next hour or so. If the temperature is above 104 degrees F, then the area is too hot for your plasma to be operating. Of course, you could choose to keep your plasma turned off while a fire is burning. In the end, please use common sense. If the area above your fireplace is too warm or exposed to smoke, you probably want to put your plasma TV somewhere else.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

What form of blu ray player should i get?

Q. I just bought a 55" HDTV 1080p 120HZ LED tv and now want blu ray. I have it next to my desktop tower. If I get an internal blu ray drive player in my desktop tower and my monitor comes with a HDMI port which i can connect to the tv will the quality of picture be different? Or would a regular blu ray player be better?

A. You can go either way (assuming your computer is capable of handling blu-ray ... check the requirements ... the graphic card must be fast enough, for example). However if you go with the built in computer drive note you can't expect to "connect (the monitor) to the TV". Why? The TV and the monitor are display devices. The blu-ray player is a source device. You can only connect a display to a source.

A stand alone player will offer other capability beside just playing Blu-ray disks (e.g. Picassa, Netflix or other services, USB playback of Jpeg and video, decoding of HD audio from the Blu-ray disk. On the other hand, a computer drive allows you to (potentially ... you have to buy capable software as well as the drive) rip Blu-ray disks to the computer for conversion or use as in media centre mode. Which fits your needs better depends on your needs.

I think you will find by the time you pay for the drive and software (and maybe to get a faster graphics card or upgrade the computer RAM) a stand alone player may look pretty good. Note that even basic players handle Blu-ray essentially identically to premium players (the extra $$ primarily buys better build quality, extra features and better DVD performance).

What is a good and reliable blu ray player?
Q. I would like to a recommendation on a good blu ray player. Should I get a standalone player and buy a Playstation 3 because of their reliability. Any recommendations is appreciated. It will be connected to a HDTV 1080p hi def TV.
I meant to say -- should I get a standalone player OR instead a Playstation 3. Thanks.

A. As of right now the PS3 is the best choice....WHY?

Well right now the PS3 is one of the most reliable, durable and cheapest blu-ray plaer on the market today. THe PS3 is also the very few blu-ray players that can updates its firmware to the latest profile.

With this $399 price you get a blu-ray player and an ultimate game console which plays high def games, free online gameplay and can even install Yellwo Dog Linux operating system on the PS3 to use as a computer operating system...

So unless some company company comes out with a stand alone blu-ray player less than $200 or $300 the PS3 is your best choice.

If I buy a 1080p tv and use my progressive scan dvd player?
Q. If I buy a 1080p tv and use my progressive scan dvd player will the movies look better then they do now on my old tube tv? Also would I need to up grade my dvd player to one that converts the dvd to 1080p or will my tv do that.

A. It will look a littler better depending on how big of a TV you get! The TV will upscale the images a little bit but if you get a big TV(42"+), the movie will appear with large black bars on top & bottom!

If you plan on watching movies a lot, you might want to consider upgrading to a Upconverting DVD or Blu-ray player. Upconvert DVD players are much cheaper and look great on HDTV's!

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What should I look for to get a great HDTV?

Q. I need to know which HDTV is the best and what it should have when I compare them.

A. First decide whether or not you want to hang it on the wall. That will determine if you need LCD or plasma technology. Second, write down a list of everything you want to connect to it, even if you don't have everything on your list.

For the picture quality, examine the TV closely and see if you can find lines or pixels. If you can, move on to a different television. If you want a life-like picture, it should look good no matter how close you are. Also check to see how dark the black is. The darker it appears, the more true the colors will be.

Next, walk to the sides of the tv and see where the picture fades out. This could mean the difference between missing a play during the game as you're walking back from the kitchen with your beer. Trust me, it's important. Also check for glare in the screen. If you have windows in your TV area, bring a flashlight with you and see if you can get reflection off the screen. If so, move on to a different TV.

Finally, grab the remote from the salesman's hand. Since you'll be using the remote all of the time, it should be easy to navigate and you should be able to understand how to work the Picture in Picture (great for channel surfing), theater modes, volume, settings and inputs without having to read the owner's manual.

I highly recommend DLP & 3DLP TV's if you don't care about hanging the TV on the wall. They are about 1/2 as deep as the old big-screens with a picture sharper than any other TV on the market. They are also much, much cheaper than plasmas and LCDs. Brands to look for include Sony, Hitachi and Mitsubishi.

What is the best sound bar for a 32" Vizio TV?
Q. I have a Vizio 32" E320VL LCD HDTV and I have noticed that when I watch a movie on my dvd player, the sound is not very good. It's really quiet in certain parts and really loud in others. I was wondering if a sound bar would fix this problem, and if so what would be the best and cheapest one to get for my Vizio TV? Thanks to anyone who can help!

A. Visit and click on speakers then soundbars. They offer a good selection with specs and list their offerings from lowest price to highest price. You don't have to buy from them but it doesn't hurt to look. Crutchfield has been in business for many many years. I bought a Sony TV from them in 2010. I live in Texas and by buying from them paid no state sales tax and they ship anywhere in the US at no additional cost. I have a new Vizio 32" LED in my kitchen and after I heard the TV sound for the first time I started looking. The down side of soundbars is the width. Be sure to take that into consideration when shopping. Last, pricing of soundbars is pretty much like other speakers in that you can expect to get what you pay for. The higher the quality, the higher the cost.

are there any high def TVs that provide high def channels without the need for a cable box?
Q. I want to put a high definition tv on my kitchen cabinet but do not want to use a cable box. Are there any high def tvs that get high def channels without a cable box?

A. HDTV with ATSC tuner = Capable of picking up HDTV channels over-the-air via an antenna

TV with QAM tuner = Capable of picking up digital channels from cable/satellite without a box

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The volume on my television suddenly wont work?

Q. Its a 55 or 60 inch Sharp LED HDTV< less than a year old. We use IO as our cable, if that factors in. Any ideas as to why this is happening?

A. Check the Mute settings on the TV and the cable box. If they are both off then unplug the cable from the TV to the cable box at both ends then plug it back in.

How to hook up a sound bar to a led HDTV with no optical audio out.?
Q. Recently purchased a samsung led 60 inch. Went to hook up my sound bar to it and noticed that the tv had no optical audio out commonets. This is definitely a deal breaker for me. So if I can't find any solutions I'm going to go to best buy and exchange it. Is there a way around this? A way to connect my sound bar to the tv? Maybe optical audio out to a hdmi converter? I've never heard of one. But I'm assuming it could be out there. I don't really wanna connect the sound bar directly to a component besides the tv itself. Because I have a ps3, Xbox 360 and a blue ray player. It would be a little annoying to have to go and manually change it everytime I switch my source.

A. All the new Samsungs have on, what is the model number, most of the old ones do as well, But you need to use a converter plug

How high should i hang my led tv?
Q. It's a 60" led tv
i have 8ft ceilings
I am sitting approx 10ft away from the tv
How high should i hang in?

A. 60" is a big tv.. cool :)

I think the best position is 4-5 feet from ground, so it will be nice looking..

You're not put this TV on your bedroom right? 60" TV is too big for bedroom, if you want to have TV for your bedroom, you can buy a 24"-30" LED TV.. I recommend Viore LED24VF60 24-Inch LED because it cheap and have good picture

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What is the best HDTV of 2012 so far?

Q. Please clarify in each HDTV's respective category.

-Plasma TV
-Smart TV
-TVs to come
-Best Design for a TV (Panel type is irrelevant)

Please provide detailed explanations.

A. I bought my LG 47 inch cinema 3D smart TV some weeks back. For me, I was considering attributes like price, design, picture quality and accurate colour to give the best credit for my TV. I guess other people may have a different opinion and may select a tv that may be different from mind but I prefer passive sets period.

Should I get a 3D TV or a regular HDTV?
Q. I want to get a new TV and there are two that I like. Both of them are Samsung LED TVs, but one of them is 3D and the other isn't. Do I urgently need a 3D TV right now? Especially that there aren't lots of 3D content anyway and the price difference is $200.

A. I have 2 new samsung LED and Plasma 3D sets and although I didnt buy for the 3D its pretty cool and the movies are awesome,But some people get headaches or dont like it,The new 2012 TVs with full HD 3D are way better than just a year ago with very thin and light active shutter glasses,samsung uses the new sg4100 active shutter glasses and they work great alot less if any fatigue and zero ghosting that was an issue in previous generation 3D,as far as being a fad its the standard everyone cant agree on or we would have evreything 3D and almost 77% of tvs now 2012 are 3D and by 2015 it will be90% or more,like it or not, you don't have to use it,My son and I both find the effects on the new 2012 E series to be amazing.I remember when surround sound came out everyone said it sucked and was a fad now try finding a movie or signal without surround or dolby digital.Cell phones in the 90s were a gimmick also now literally billions have them,I could go on but I think you see the logic.Not opinion its fact!

Which is the best Sony 3D TV with internet out right now and best place to buy one?
Q. Looking for best Sony models

A. If your looking for 40 - 60 inch range 3D LED Models you can find the latest 2012 Sony Models here:

Right now the Sony KDL50EX645 50-Inch 1080p 120HZ Internet Slim LED HDTV (Black) is one of the best models out (for the Price) you can find it here:

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How can I get the best possible reception on my tv with out cable?

Q. I don't watch that much tv & I also can't really afford cable. I currently use an antena, but the reception is awful. How can I get reception as clear as with cable tv, without cable?

A. Make this Antenna Costs about 10-15 dollars

I know it says for hdtv but an antenna oes not know wether or not the signal is HD or not its just one of those phrases that make people think that its of higher quality itll work on almost any tv. I did it and i was amazed how good it was really quite cool

If I ditch cable, put up an antenna to get broadcast TV, how do I record HDTV?
Q. What I'm thinking about is putting up an antenna and go with the 20 or so TV channels in my location. But I've come to really love my Comcast DVR for HD, which includes the menu guide and really easy recording.

How do I record in HD while getting my TV from an Antenna?

A. You can get a standalone DVR/PVR that can record in HD from antenna. Most of these do not have any sort of guide menu to allow you to record shows by name, however. Instead you'll have to set them like a VCR - choosing the channel, date, start and stop times for each recording. Most of these also only have 1 tuner, so you can only record one show at any given time.

The latest Tivo can record in HD from an antenna, has two tuners, and it does have a guide like Comcast's DVR...but its guide service is $10/mo, or a one time fee of $500 and that's on top of the price of the hardware which is another $300-400, depending on the model you buy. On the plus side, the Tivo can also stream movies from Netflix, YouTube and has a few other services as well.

I really like Tivo. It's easier to use than any other DVR on the market, but if you aren't going to be doing that much recording, one of the "dumb" boxes will probably work just as well for you, and cost a lot less.

how to connect my vhs player to hi def tv?
Q. I think it's on the right channel but it's just a blue screen but then it's not the right channel???

A. To watch regular Over The Air digital TV, you just need an antenna. Most likely your new TV will have a tuner capable of tuning digital antenna signals on it's own. Don't need the black box.
A roof antenna is best for reception, though. Just plug the antenna into the back of the TV, go to the Channel Menu, check "air/antenna" and let the set do an automatic channel search.

Also some How To Videos

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How important is "Dynamic Screen Contrast" when considering an LCD HDTV purchase?

Q. I found a great deal online on an HDTV that has all the features and specs I like except one gave me pause. The dynamic screen contrast is 800:1. That is about the lowest ratio I see on these types of TVs but I don't know what it means. Should I avoid this TV because of that low ratio?

A. Contrast ratio is really important because it determines the color quality and vibrancy of your colors.

As for Dynamic Contrast Ratio, don't use this as your criteria. This value doesn't mean anything. All it is tell you maximum contrast ratio. You will typically see this value really high like 5000 or 8000:1.

The value you want to look at is Static Contrast Ratio. A good one is 1500:1 or higher.

Those damn marketers are just trying to confuse the consumer once again with a new spec that is very similar to an old spec.

Is it possible to avoid the black friday insanity and get the same deals online?
Q. I heard from a friend that all of the deals on black friday at walmart will also be available online so you could just stay at home and order the items in the morning instead of rushing and fighting people at the store... Is that true?

A. That is true for most items.

However, you will not be able to get the doorbuster items online.

For example, the Emerson 42" PL-P42W-10A Plasma 720P HDTV for $448 will only be available in stores. First come, first serve.

Therefore, if your items are available online for the same price as they are in store, then you are good to go.

Good Luck!

What time do the black Friday deals appear online?
Q. i want to know when to be ready. I wanna buy a wide HDTV from a good company. I'd be grateful if u could be more specific. Arigato.


the have tons of tvs, i got a sony bravia

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Why wont metal gear solid: the essential collection work on my ps3? I have the old 80 gig?

Q. I have played other ps2 games on my 80 gig. None of the games work. They all have the PlayStation logo on them. They all go to the start menu and when I try "new game" they go back to the start menu?

A. Have you checked if they are supported by your PS3? Remember that there were two types of console USA and Japan with hardware emulation (more compatible) and European version with the software emulation (the less compatible one).

I have heard that there some issues with up scaling so you could try to turn it off.

The best way is to play PS2 games on PS2 since on HDTV PS2 games look just plain bad.

how big a tv can a hd signal support?
Q. With the new 80" hdtv when will the tv get to big to support a perfect hd picture ?

A. The size of the the display isn't the issue ... it's how far the viewer is from the screen that counts. Read the article at the 1st link for details, but basically for every size of screen there is a specific minimum distance where someone with normal eyesight will not be able to see the individual pixels that make up the image at any specific resolution.

For example, if the viewer sits 8 ft or more from an 80" screen there would be no advantage to higher resolution than 1080p, and the same is true of a 140" screen at about 15 ft. This relates to the sharpness of the image/resolution, but there is another consideration, and that's the angle (measured horizontally) between the left and right edge of the screen from the viewing position. There is no absolute best angle, but the maximum angle usually recommended is 36 degrees.

Most viewers watch their TV's from far too great a distance. See the 2nd link for a calculator that allows you to determine how far to sit from any size screen. In the case of an 80" 1080p screen the optimum distance (36 degree viewing angle) is at about 9 ft.

If you think about it after reading the articles at the link you will understand that a projector and screen is about the only current display technology where it will almost always be beneficial to have resolution available HIGHER than 1080p. An 80" HDTV would also fall into this group (if watched at the right viewing distance). In theory this is true of smaller HDTVs' BUT in most consumer's rooms viewing distances are too long to support this.

How can you replace a broken LCD screen in a Sylvania LC427SSX 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV?
Q. My sister in law left a broken Sylvania LC427SSX 42-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV. I looked online but I can't seem to find any place where I can find just the screen for replacement. Does anyone know where I can buy just the screen or how to fix it?

A. you need SKILLS and tools to replace the LCD DISPLAY PANEL.
However , if you known the PARTS COST , you will never want to replace it, and buy an new TV for sure.
New LCD display panel cost about 65 % of same screen size of new TV. + shipping and services charge to replace the panel . total is around 80 + % of new LCD TV.
will you still want to buy the display panel ?
Sylvania is handle by Funai same as Philips Brand TV sold in USA. the 42 inc display panel is made by Taiwan Che-Mei. if you comfortable with the prices. contact Funai USA.
TEL 886 321 3927.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

What is the best calibration for the LG DM2780D-PZ LED 3d hdtv?

Q. I just bought this tv but I think the calibration is not the proper one cause most yellow colors have a green tone. Any ideas to change this using the tv settings panel? Thank you very much!

A. Pop in a Pixar DVD or BluRay and go to the disk setup menu.

You will find test-patterns and instructions for properly setting the basic Brightness, Contrast and Color.

Is it worth the money to have a professional calibrate my HDTV?
Q. As I have asked in my first question, how does one get their HDTV calibrated?

A. No. I took the plunge even tho everyone said it was hard, and used a calibration dvd that Circuit City gives out. Took about 30 -45 minutes including the time for the audio. No big deal.

What is a good brightness level for my LG HDTV when having full-range RGB on in my PS3?
Q. I'm sure all you PS3'ers have seen the RGB settings, so can anyone that has full-range on tell me what their brightness level is on their hdtv when full-range RGB is on?

A. Every TV is different, so a good brightness setting for one TV would rarely be the correct setting for another. And while some TVs might look better with full range RGB, others might do better without it.

If you are concerned about optimizing your system for the most realistic color reproduction and brightness levels, you should buy or rent a tuning DVD or Blu-ray so you can tune the TV using standard test patterns: .

Regarding RGB range, IGN explained that feature the best: .

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What is the strongest indoor antenna out there for digital?

Q. We live like 30-40 miles away from any of the towers. The indoor antenna we have now worked great for the digital stations until they fully broadcasted in digital only, now we might need a stronger antenna, we live in an apartment and cant mount an outdoor antenna, and the one we have now is a digital amplified one.

A. My home made antenna works better than any store bought antennas I ever tried and cost me less than $5.oo to build.

This is my story;
Before you buy a antenna for your new HDTV or converter box, try hooking up your old analog TV antenna. If your digital signal is weak and you have a lot of drop outs. You may want to build your own antenna like I did. I have tried all sorts of commercial store bought antennas and must say my home made antenna beats the pants off of all of them.

Go to my MSN blog to get all the info you'll need to build your own antenna.!2243ABF263B6C3B5!209.entry


Is there a HD television antenna that will work in a mobile home?
Q. We live within 20 miles of several television towers. We've gotten rid of cable, and would like to just have an antenna. I am concerned that my metal roof and wall will interfere with reception. Does anyone have any experience with this?

A. I was just googling and came across this product you should buy these one from over here
Winegard FV-HD30 FreeVision HDTV Antenna
Receives free digital & HD programming?no monthly programming fees
Receives channels that cable & satellite don't get (multi-casting technology)
Clearest HD possible?no compression
Back up in emergencies/bad weather

What is the best indoor DTV antenna on the market?
Q. I've had trouble getting DTV reception ever since they switched over in 2009. I know setting up an outdoor antenna on the roof will give the best reception, but I am not able to do that right now. Thanks for any good recommendations.

A. Your geographical location may not be strong enough for an indoor DTV antenna to work effectively.
The mapping program, provided by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), locates the proper outdoor* antenna to receive your local television broadcast channels.

Based on geographical maps and signal strengths, AntennaWeb locates the best antenna for you — whether the antenna is for use with a home satellite system, high-definition television (HDTV) or a traditional analog set.
You enter your zip code and answer a few questions and the online calculator will recommend the proper kind of HDTV antenna for your location. BRILLIANT!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

What SLR camera would you recommend for a real estate agent?

Q. I am considering buying a new camera for my real estate business as well as personal use. It will mostly be used for interior shots so a wide angle lens is essential.

A. You can consider buying
1)Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens
*10.2-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor for prints up to 20 x 30 inches
*Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor VR Image Stabilization lens
*Nikon EXPEED image processing; in-camera image editing and Active D-Lighting
*3.0-inch color LCD screen; 170-degree wide-angle viewing
*Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

2)Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 12.1MP Digital Camera with 18x POWER Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD
*12.1-megapixel resolution
*27mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens; 18x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S.
*HD movies with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution; AVCHD Lite format
*2.7-inch TFT LCD screen
*Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

3)Canon PowerShot SX20IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch Articulating LCD
* High-powered 20x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
* Capture 720p HD movies with stereo sound; HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV
* 2.5-inch Vari-Angle System LCD; improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined shooting situations
* DIGIC 4 Image Processor; 12.1-megapixel resolution for poster-size, photo-quality prints
* Powered by AA batteries (included); capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

4)Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)
*12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for poster-size, photo-quality prints
*Large 3.0-inch LCD display; includes Canon's EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens
*DIGIC III image processor provides fast, accurate image processing; improved Autofocus and framing rate
*EOS Integrated Cleaning system, plus Dust Delete Data Detection in included software
*Stores images on SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

5)Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
*New 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor
*Includes Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
*Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution; HDMI output
*3.0-inch Clear View LCD; Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video
*Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

6)Olympus Evolt E520 10MP Digital SLR Camera with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Zuiko Lenses
*Box Contents - E-520 body, Li-ion battery BLM-1, Li-ion battery charger BCM-2, USB cable, Video cable, OLYMPUS Master 2 CD-ROM, Instruction manual
*Up to 3648x2736 resolution - RAW (12-bit), JPEG, and RAW+JPEG File Formats
*CompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot) Memory Card Slot
*3.5 frames per seconds sequential shooting speed, up to 8 frames in RAW mode
*Dimensions - Width 5.35 x Height 3.60 x Depth 2.68 (136x91.5x68mm) excluding protrusions

What kind of HDTV do you use for a computer monitor?
Q. I'm not sure of the quality when using TVs for monitors, but I want at least a 26". Don't know what would be too big and if I should get 1080i, 1080p or 720p? I would be viewing 2 ft. when at my desk and 5 to 6 ft when on my couch.

A. Beautiful inside and out, the Samsung Touch Of Color T260HD LCD monitor is a great way to get the most out of your PC--as well as watch your favorite 1080p HDTV broadcasts. It features an embedded DTV tuner that enables you to watch digital HD broadcasts without a special receiving set. And with six image input terminals, you can connect several pieces of digital equipment to the T260HD and use them simultaneously. Two HDMI connections make your monitor a multimedia centerpiece. Additionally, SRS TruSurround XT is embedded to improve audio performance.

Screen size: 26 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
Brightness: 300 cd/m² (candela per square meter
Response time: 5 milliseconds (ms)
Viewing angle: 170 degrees horizontal, 150 degrees vertical
HDMI audio/video input: 2 (1 on back, 1 on side)
DVI video input: 1
VGA video input: 1
Component video input: 1 set
Antenna input: 1 RF
Audio input: 1 left/right analog
Audio output: 1 SPDIF digital audio

Samsung Touch Of Color T260HD 25.5-Inch LCD HDTV Monitor
Price: $449.99

When i watch tv from below the screen looks black?
Q. I have a memorex 19 inch plasma not lcd. If i watch tv straight it looks fine but when I watch from below there is a lot of dark areas. Do I go to the settings and fix it? Should i buy a new lcd? My parents also have a Vizio 26 inch lcd hdtv and also looks black from below what should I do? How do I know when a tv doesnt have dark areas, what is it called?

A. Because you have an LCD, and NOT a plasma. First of all, Memorex does not make, nor have they ever made, plasma TVs. Second, plasmas have wide viewing angles like the flat-screen variants of their CRT cousins, so there's no contrast fade from watching off-axis. Third, no plasmas were sold for the consumer market smaller than 32", and nowadays they only come in 42" and up.
LCDs tend to have narrow viewing angles, especially vertically. Meaning that when you look at it from way off to the side or particularly from below, the colors may not appear correctly, and the contrast will be awful to say the least, to the point of being unwatchable.
Possible solutions:
1. Watch the TV directly facing it; sit/stand right in front of it at about eye level.
2. Re-position the TV.
3. Buy a plasma TV.
4. Use a CRT TV.

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