Saturday, May 18, 2013

I need to buy 40 32 inch HDTV's?

Q. I need good tv brands like samsung and lg. You get the idea. Any good sites where I can find some good deals? like maybe some 2012 brands. Thanks for the help.

A. First off...if you are going to be buying 40 of them...then you need to contact the manufacturer or distributor directly and try to work out wholesale pricing. This may only be possible if you have a valid business license...but I would certainly look into it as you don't want to get retailed x 40.

With or without a business license, a purchase of that size should trigger a bulk discount. Don;t bother walking into your local Best Buy as they will not have a clue of what your asking for and instead pick up the phone and contact corporate (The same applies for almost any retailer). Ask them for a bulk discount and if they don;t have one...move on to the next retailer. Even if you are talking junk 32" TV's...your still looking at 8k - 10k price....which is more than the average customer spends in a trip.

What am I entitled to do?? Under Western Australia law. Harvey Norman tv issue!?
Q. Hey there, on the 25th of October 2012, I bought a HDTV from Harvey Norman. Since, around the 15th of December my tv stopped working, but I did nothing of it as I went on holiday to nz, when I returned I rang Harvey Norman to find that the tv model they sold me was not the same as the tv model on the receipt, anyhow I was directed to take my t.v to smart vision to get it fixed and they said the warranty would be covered by them. Today I took my tv in and found out that they have actually sold me a t.v under a business or company I don't know called 'what a deal'. Smartvision said that Harvey Norman shouldn't resell this item as it was allready fixed by them an was not reselable with a warranty. Then a few hours later I get a call from smart vision saying that what a deal does not exist anymore, and also the parts made for t.v are not in production anymore so my t.v can't be fixed. What am I able to get from Harvey Norman I have no idea what I'm entitled to do or what I can get from at his moment. Please help!

A. Know your rights as a consumer when things like these happen. Check out info on warranty and refund obligations on the government site link below. (If you happen to live in or around Sydney, you can get the services of Sydney law firms to help you out with concerns like this. View this site below for info.)

Is this a good TV and a good deal?
Q. Is this a good TV?
and is it a good deal?

Samsung 51" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV

Price: 739.99

A. You dont say the model,if its an E550 its a great deal if its the 530 its still good but the E550 is better.I have both E550 and E8000 and they are the best TVS I have ever had and Ive had XBR sonys toshiba,rca,pioneer elite panasonic and many more.

The Samsung Plasmas are awesome for the money you will NOT find better.There are better,sure,but for alot more money,the best bang for the buck is the E series samsung plasma and has been since the C series.Read the forums.
The 2012 new samsung E plasmas have smart features full 1080P 3D and bets Tv for the money on AVS.
And to all who think Plasmas are dead are not pros obviously as if you were you would know E3 the biggest electronics event on earth has done what Dog said and won TV of the year since the original 50in pioneer elite over 12 years ago and every year since its Plasma.

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What is the difference between an LCD tv and a plasma?Which is the better buy?

Q. We are thinking of buying a new tv and dont know which one to get.Plasmas seem to be cheaper but I am looking for the pros and cons between a plasma and a LCD.

A. Due to posting limitations in Yahoo! Answers I have posted my attempt at a reasonably thorough overview of the pros and cons of plasma and LCD technology on the Google Docs Webpage to which I’ve provide a link below.

     Plasma vs. LCD Technology

If you seriously value video image fidelity and would like a reasonably immersive experience when viewing movies then I strongly recommend purchasing the largest direct-view 1080p HDTV that you can afford (preferably a minimum of 50 inches, give or take 2 or 3 inches, up to a maximum of roughly 70 inches.) It is important that you choose an HDTV that will provide the best video (processing) performance when using a wide mix of video source material without sacrificing user-friendly operation as well as interoperability with other video equipment, namely HDMI-equipped video components such as upscaling DVD players, BD players, cable set-tops, etc.

Based solely on video image quality the pricey Pioneer KURO PDPs set the standard and remain one of THE best consumer TVs currently on the market. I highly recommend taking a serious look at Panasonic’s (PZ800 Series) PDPs and—to a somewhat lesser extent—Samsung’s (650 Series) PDPs as well as VIZIO’s new VP505XVT if you’re interested in good quality, lower-cost alternatives.

If you have a viewing environment containing substantial illumination I would give additional consideration to LCD TVs from Samsung (A650 Series,) Sony and a few other brands.

When shopping for a new HDTV (assuming you still watch—or plan on watching—a moderate amount of SD video material,) be sure to thoroughly test the TVs in which you’re interested using a wide variety of source materials, especially average quality non-upscaled, non-HD source material, (as well as Silicon Optix’s HQV Benchmark discs, if possible,) input directly into each of the TV’s video inputs that you plan on using. Doing so should help you quickly assess the TV’s video and image processing performance as well as the TV’s ability to provide such video and image processing without incurring noticeable lip-sync error.

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VIZIO VP505XVT 50-inch Class 1080P Full HD Plasma TV

VIZIO VP505XVT Plasma HDTV Review
Playback, October 2008

AVS Forum: VIZIO VP505XVT or Panny TH50PZ800U

Where can I find a remote control for the Hitachi DZHV1074?
Q. I recently bought one and I really want to make pictures and videos from a distance. The side of the box says that there are remote controls compatible with it, so I thought I would buy one. The problem is: I can't find anyone! I thought maybe you could help me out, I would be really thankful!

A. Hi "Legotioned", and welcome to Yahoo!Answers:

Even though you say the box for your Hitachi DZ-HV1074 mentions remote controls, I looked through the entire factory manual PDF and saw neither an IR sensor (for normal infrared remotes) nor a LANC or other wired R/C port, and absolutely no mention of remote control in the text. See:

The only possibility I can think of, since your model has HDMI, is perhaps "HDMI-CEC" which is Consumer Electronics Control (marketed under various names like EasyLink, VIERA Link, Aquos Link, Bravia Link/Bravia Sync, etc. -- depending on the brand). Hitachi stuck with the generic HDMI-CEC name. This allows the HDTV's remote control to handle certain functions of the camcorder when connected via the HDMI cable. So perhaps the box was listing Hitachi or other HDTV & HD tuner/DVD-recorder remotes that were compatible.

Since HDMI-CEC commands and the pin-13 connection are all industry standards (though optional in a given device), you might eventually find custom "universal" wired HDMI remotes using gadgets similar to the Pulse-Eight Company's USB-to-CEC adapter:

The only other "remote" feature, of course, would be the camcorder's self-timer -- which is useful for self-portraits or for vibration-free photos with longer exposures.

hope this helps,
--Dennis C.

What hdtv is good for gaming lag?
Q. I have a ps3 and im getting a small hdtv what brand is good and what definition like 1080i 1080p etc is best for lag

A. Keep in mind that you can not see the difference between 720P and 1080P, there are no software that are in the 1080i. I would recommend you look at the Panasonic or Samsung brand, they are the most reliable tv in the market today. For gaming you need to get a faster refresh rate of 120HZ to reduce the blur motion you get with any LCD or LED tv. Those bargain price tv like Insignia and Dynex have a slow response time and tends to have lag between video and audio. Keep in mind, you get what you pay for. If you read yahoo questions, you will notice that 95% of tv problems comes from those bargain price tv. Hope this will help you out.

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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!

What Properties of a TV Antenna Make it Better Than Other Antennae?
Q. I need to buy a better TV antenna for my TV's and need to know what properties of an antenna make it the best to get the best reception. For example, is larger better, is some metal construction better than others, is the number and length of the elements most or more important. In other words, if you were constructing a TV antenna and wanted it to get the best reception and how would you construct it??

A. The following are a few general over-the-air (OTA) antenna and reception guidelines:

   • Outdoor antennas are always better than indoor antennas.
   • With rare exception the higher the antenna mounting height the better.
   • Depending on the circumstances, for a given antenna type a larger antenna can offer advantages. Larger (and often more directional) outdoor antennas generally become more common as TX-to-RX distances increase from the Near Fringe range and beyond.
   • Each local TV transmission antenna has its own specific coverage area and propagation pattern. This, along with other important factors such as terrain and distance, largely governs the size and type(s) of TV antennas that will provide the best signal reception.
   • For a given antenna type the greater the number of antenna elements the greater the antenna gain.
   • The shorter the antenna downlead the better.
   • The lower the antenna VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) the better.
   • Heavier metal construction helps withstand repeated exposure to environmental conditions, wind and birds.
   • Heavier antenna construction requires stronger support and mounting hardware; including rotators where applicable.
   • The performance of outdoor antennas will slowly and gradually decline over time due to physical degradation resulting from continuous exposure to the environment.
   • The reduction of RF and EM noise and interference can be greatly improved by proper grounding and bonding of the antenna mast, downlead shielding and the metallic chassis of related components, which in turn helps improve the carrier-to-noise ratio.
   • Brand name alone is not a good indicator of antenna performance.

Within the DTV Antenna Resources Google Docs page to which I have provided a link below you will find a link to the excellent OTA FAQ & Knowledge Base on the Digital Home Forum Website, as well as a large assortment of related resources and other helpful information to help choose the best antenna for your site. After reading through the OTA FAQ & Knowledge Base I highly recommend that you thoroughly peruse Ken Nist’s informative HDTV Primer Website. Also take a look at the DIY antenna resources listed on said Google Docs page in an effort to acquire a little greater insight into the various elements that govern antenna behavior and performance. Using these resources, combined with assorted mapping tools, such as those on the TV Fool Website and others, you will be well on your way to selecting the best television antenna and related hardware for your location.

   DTV Antenna Resources
   (Updated and revised when needed)

Finally, when it comes to splitters, combiners and other “passives” you should exercise great care; true high performance, low loss 75Ω splitters and combiners are very difficult to find ...and often quite expensive if you want or need the best. A typical, inexpensive 2-to-1 passive splitter, if 100% efficient (which they’re not,) will produce no less than a 3 dB loss in the signal. Therefore, it’s always best to keep the use of such passives, particularly when it comes to antenna downleads, to an absolute minimum whenever possible.

Clearly the process I’ve outlined above may be too much to expect from the average antenna buyer but it would be the best informed, least costly approach. If you feel overwhelmed or you would rather someone simply choose a TV antenna for your site then you should consider hiring a professional antenna installer. A third (and least recommended) option is to take your chances and purchase whichever TV antenna is recommended to you. Regardless of the option you choose I recommend that you use the TV Fool and TitanTV Websites to determine if the antenna you purchase is receiving all of the TV channels that are available to you.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

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.

If I buy a new HDTV 1080p, will I also need to buy a new DVD player?
Q. I currently have an older DVD player, but it is in good working order. Will it work with a new HDTV 1080p LCD tv? Will the old DVD player cause any significant degradation of picture quality?

A. No.
Your DVDs will play back at exactly the same quality as they always have. The picture will look the same as it would on a non-HD TV of the same size.
A new DVD player won't make much difference to this.

The output of the DVD player is 480i (some support 480p output but the actual DVD disc is still ony 480i) . Your TV will automatically scale this so that it fits your 1080p screen.
Some new DVD players (and Blu-ray players) will do the scaling to 1080p themselves rather than letting the TV do the work. This may or may not give an improvement in picture quality depending on how good a job of the conversion your TV does. Either way the difference is minimal.

What is the best TV for a game room?
Q. I'm trying to get a game room in my house. We can't spend anything over $1,000. An HDTV 1080P TV would be nice, and over 40" because theres a lot of COD and Battle Field going on. Thanks a lot!

A. Sanyo 42" Class LCD

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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.

How to get the best out of my xbox360 and my new tv?
Q. Hey i just bought a new samsung 32 inch lcd hdtv and i was wondering how to make my xbox 360 gaming experience the best? i would love to play my games with hd quality but what would i have to buy or hook up or do for that to happen?

A. you could get the HD cables for your xbox, but for a 32 inch tv it's not really necessary. You could just flip the switch on the audio/video cables to HD. That's what I do for my 32 inch and everything looks great.

What are the best Gaming TV’s for 1080p ‘HD gaming’ on Xbox 360 and PS3?
Q. I want to buy a new HDTV for 1080p HD gaming on my Xbox 360 and PS3. I’m not sure what type of HDTV type is best gaming, whether it be plasma, LCD, LED, 3D etc.

Can someone please guide me on what type of HDTV works best for these systems for video games? Thanks!

A. There are specific types of HDTV's that work well for gaming and other types that don't.

First off, Wii does not support HD-Gaming. Only PS3 and Xbox 360 do.

Second, the most important feature needed for HDTV gaming is a high refresh rate to reduce lag and blur on fast moving objects. Older plasma models do not support this. You need to see the objects onscreen without any time-lapse with clarity or your gaming experience degrades severely.

The best gaming TV's are LCD/LED technology HDTV's due to higher refresh rates and lower lag rates. There are however a few exceptions in the Plasma category that were developed with more modern lag reduction features. So you will want to look at the AQUOS and VIERA Series HDTV's.

Read up more about these TV's at the link provided.

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Why do I have the apple tv option on my iPod touch when I don't have apple tv?

Q. I noticed it last night. Next to the next button there is a new one that has headphones or apple tv(5) it wasn't there before and I haven't had any software updates. I was connected to wireless and I do have a LCD HDTV now bu no apple tv device. Why is that showing up?

A. That is probably due to the TV screen problem... You might want to...

→buy the new TV screen
→go for the TV repair shop

Good luck!

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.

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How do you hook up a VHS and DVD player without sacrificing quality?

Q. My parents got a nice big 46" HDTV and they wanted me to hook up the DVD player. I get there and realize its a DVD VHS Combo so I hooked it up with the Red, White, and Yellow RCA cables and then my parents got mad because the picture was fuzzy. I re hooked it up with Component cables and the picture was much better but now You cant use the VCR part. Is there anyway to hook them both up without reducing the quality? I haven't messed with a VHS DVD combo in so long, I'm just stumped on what to do. My TV I just hook up the player to the TV with HDMI and done but this player doesn't have HDMI.

A. I'm afraid you are out of luck.

A DVD has max resolution of 480 and component cables are your best way to hook things up.

But a VHS is 240 lines of resolution. And that only tends to use Composite (single yellow cable) which is the worst type of video connection.

Please tell your parents: DVD contains 70 year old video. Every line is backwards compatible to a 1948 television. DVD is a high-tech way to save and play old video.

Even DVD's do not look good on a modern High Res display.

It's not the TV's fault.

What do you think about how half of our tv channels have moved to HDTV?
Q. Cartoon Network is gone, Style channel is gone.. what's next ABC FAMILY!? I have a tv with all the 900 channels, and another with about 70 now, because paying for two is too expensive. What do you think about this?

A. Cable companies are rapidly moving what cable-only channels they've had that you can get without a set top box (STB), like those you've cited, from basic cable (no box) to their digital encrypted packages. You'll need some type of STB to receive them.

There is a special provision for customers who subscribed to a form of enhance basic (analog, no STB, but with some added cable-only channels). The missing channels can be received at little or no cost by getting an adapter from the cable company. Comcast, for example, offers two for free to Enhanced Basic subscribers. Other companies may do something similar.

The link below describes Comcast's free STB program. Click "Digital Transport Adapter" in the upper right corner. Also the FAQ links.

How do I remove marker off an HDTV?
Q. My son got a little dash of permanent marker on my new HDTV, how can I remove it, it seems your pointer finger and saliva doesn't do the trick.

A. If that's an LCD screen, you can permanently damage it with most ordinary cleaning techniques, including those in the other answer.

You might get away with using a microfiber cloth with household alcohol, but that's not recommended since household alcohol is only 70% pure--maybe the other 30% won't hurt your screen, but you can't be sure.

A far better choice is 98% (or better) reagent grade isopropyl alcohol, which you buy at a pharmacy. That with the microfiber cloth is the best way to solve your problem.

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Which brand of speakers for an HDTV would you recommend?

Q. I'm looking for surround sound speakers with a price range of $500-$1000. Which speakers would you suggest? Don't be afraid to suggest something that goes all the way to $1000. As long as it's high quality, I'm good with it.

A. If you already have a receiver, this is one of the best systems you can get for $1000. Nothing else has bass levels like it for the money.

It's extremely heavy, though, shipping may run $150, depending on where you live.

If you don't have a receiver, are willing to compromise on bass, and want to stay under $1000, look at one of the Onkyo all-in-one systems.

How can i fix a bad optical block in my Sony Grand Wega TV?
Q. I recently bought a used 55" Sony Grand Wega HDTV made in 2005. It was only $100 because the optical block is going bad and it has blue pixel splotching all over the screen. Is there a way that i can help make the splotches go away?

--The warranty is expired

A. You can't fix it. You'll need to get the optical block replaced. This is the main "brain" of the TV, and is the most expensive part, after the screen itself.

Sony has extended the warranty on the optical block for this and many other models, but you'll need the original receipt to prove when the set was purchased. The repair will be free.

When I had my TV fixed under warranty, I was told the optical block costs about $1000. You can imagine the labor to replace it was probably another $200 or so.

What is the best and cheapest Big Screen HDTV available?
Q. I'm looking for a 46" or 50" big screen TV. My budget is around $900 - $1100. I'm not to concerned with the type of TV, wether it's LCD, Plasma or Projection. Although, this new TVs main purpose is for gaming, so it must have HDMI and at least 720p. I'm also worried about latency as I've read that some newer televisions can be a little slow to display the image due to the image processing that takes place. Does anyone have any good recomendations as to a tv brand or type that fills all these criteria and is within my budget? I'm not opposed to purchasing online although I still want to stay within my budget after tax and shipping fees.

A. I do in fact have a recomendation and it's one shared by most experts in the audio/visual field. At this point in time the Hitachi f59 series is the absolute best bang for the buck available on the market, bar none. LCD? Plasma? DLP? Nope, it's got every set below $3000 covered hands down in every relevant category, be it picture quality, gaming performance or maintenance cost. The fact is that CRT is still the benchmark all others are judged by and at this point in time a High Def rear projection set such as the Hitachi offers the savvy buyer all the goodies without the hassles.

The F59 series is available in 51, 57 and 65 inch screen sizes, and as to price, well lets just say that on a good sale day you can pick up the 65 for between $1000-$1200 and the 57 for $999. Personally, I'd wait for the annual 'After the Super Bowl' sales as most retailers really offer some blowout pricing at this time, many close to those of 'Black Friday'. It was 'Black Friday' which put the 51 inch version on my doorstep at $699 shipped and I couldn't be happier with this set, heck I'd have paid full price and still considered it a steal. Yes, it really IS that good! But don't just take my word for it, take a look for youself at some of the factors which lead me to this purchase.

For instance lets look at the bulbs, or should I say lack of. ALL of the others technologies require an arc lamp bulb to provide the light source and it does a wonderful job...for about two years. 18-24 months is the average life expectancy of these bulbs under normal viewing conditions, then its time for replacement at a cost of $200. Average that out over the ten plus years you'll watch your typical CRT rear projection set like the Hitachi with ZERO bulbs and you'll see just what the latest 'High Tech' is really worth.

As you're a gamer this is the best choice once again due to a few things, the foremost being response time. CRT doesn't have to measure pixel response in milliseconds because there are none, thus instant and true image representaion is there 24/7/365. This is critical when playing first person shooters such as Halo on Xbox Live as the lag associated with the other technologies allows the slightest bit of lag. Sure, a 10ms lag doesn't seem like much but it is the difference in that hitting and missing those vital split second shots, the difference between tea bagging an downed opponent or cursing yourself blue over why your 'dead on' head shot failed to take out the bad guy. Of course the fact you require an HDMI port tells me you're of the PS3 persuasion but this set does indeed have and support HDMI so that's another base covered. Oh, and screen 'Burn In' isn't really an issue either anymore so than any other set, in fact less if proper caution such as not leaving ANYTHING paused for extended periods of time are taken.

Now as far as movie watching goes I certainly hope you have access to a lot of DVDs because viewing them on this set is more addictive than heroin or internet porn. My personal collection grows by the week now, even movies I've seen a million times gain new life on this set. And as for cable, well I have digital cable and see NO reason to upgrade to HD because the Standard def stations would remain the same and the combo of digital and this TV make you swear you were watching true High Def when tuned to any of the Discovery Network channels.

I'll not even go into the realm of picture quality, suffice to say 1080i with the true blacks and true color representation only CRT can deliver is still king of the hill despite every attempt to knock it off. So go ahead and pull the trigger on one of these bad boys, I promise, you'll not be dissapointed in any way, shape or form. Good luck and happy viewing

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Best Flat Screen TV you can recomend?

Q. Our projector TV is broken after only 5 yrs of use. I and my husband are disagree with what to buy next. We want to buy LCD or LED with at least 52" or above. I want a name brand, but he disagrees because we pay extra for names. Well, can you recommend me one with reason why you like that one?

Thank you.

A. In televisions you want name brands. No-name or 2nd tier brands will end up in lower quality. Also reliability on such sets is always in question. If you're getting it for $5, okay maybe then, cause when it breaks, well what's $5. But anything more than that and I'd use the money for gas sooner than a no-name brand TV.

Panasonic, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG, Toshiba, and Vizio are all your friend. Use, research them and learn to love them. You'll find good models amongst that crowd. You'll get good picture quality and good reliability.

52" and up, Sony has some nice LED options actually, and the pricing has become more competitive now thanks to 3D HDTVs. Buy one of the non-3D sets and you should snag a pretty decent price frankly. Vizio is also a decent choice for budget reasons. I find they are a bit of a step below Panasonic and Sony, but they can be easier on the wallet and still give you a very good quality television.

ABC Warehouse
Best Buy

Look for TVs at all places. Find a few models you like and then look for that model at all different stores. Most of the bigger places will price match the competition. So find the cheapest price out there at the time of purchase and then take that price to the store closest to your home and see if they'll match it for you.

Actual models though,

Sony 52EX700 52" 1080p LCD - $1,732 @ ABC

Sony 52EX700 52" 1080p LED LCD - lists at $1,980 on Sony Style, but $1,829 Amazon

SAMSUNG LN55C650 55" 1080p LCD - $1,699 @ ABC

Sony BRAVIA V-Series KDL-52V5100 52-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD - $1,350 Amazon (2009 model, but its a new TV, still solid option)

VIZIO VF550M 55-Inch Full HD 1080p 120 Hz LCD $1,500 Amazon

VIZIO VF551XVT 55-Inch XVT-Series TruLED 240 Hz $1,800 Amazon

If you're settled on CCFL LCD and LED LCD, that's fine, but just an FYI, you can get equal, if not better, image quality from a Plasma and it will cost less (it has a variety of high quality features inherent to the technology, but on the LCD side you have to pay for luxury features to get the LCD up to par with the Plasma).

55 inch LCD HDTV 1080p for 400, too low or too high?
Q. I am selling my beautiful LCD HDTV 1080p for 400 ( I bought it for 850), is this too high or too low? Im thinking I should have listed it for 500 or above. Thanks

A. Too low, 55" is big, and it's worth about 500, but TV's are hard to sell as they can be bought so cheaply online now.

#good luck

Which tv should i buy?
Q. The tv has to be an led and has to have a screen size of 55-60 inches. I would like them to be either sony or samsung. I would like a tv with 3d capabilities and wifi connectivity. Im trying to keep the price range between 2000 to 3700

A. In your above price range if you are looking to get a tv from 55-60 inch i would suggest LG 55LH55 LCD HDTV. It's has 80,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio for deeper blacks and greater picture detail, Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting conditions of the room for an enjoyable viewing experience.Full HD 1080p resolution fro enhanced picture quality.The picture is great with HD content,this is a great purchase.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

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

What is the best indoor antenna to receive HDTV signals?

A. You might want to make your own antenna: Check out this clip on just be sure to ground this antenna.
I've started but I yet to finished.

If you do not wish to make your own antenna, then do the following:

First, go to to find the best one based on how far you are from the towers that sent out the digital digital.

I hope this helps.
Good luck.

Why do I need a Comcast plan to watch local channels?
Q. For a few months, I was able to watch local channels for free, as it should be. However, now I get a message on my TV screen that reads "If you can see this message, the TV you're watching isn't' ready for Comcast's recent digital network enhancements for XFINITY TV."

I've called, spoken to several Comcast employees (and recorded the conversations, which I will put up on YouTube since they were not helpful at all), who all told me I needed to purchase a plan in order to watch my local channels.

I'm pretty sure this is not how it works. Local channels are SUPPOSED to be free. According to a few comments I've found, the digital transport adapter (DTA) is SUPPOSED to be free & allow me to watch my local channels. When I bring this up to the Comcast employees, they tell me the DTA is free but that I need a package/plan in order for it to work.

Isn't this illegal? As far as I know, local stations are supposed to be free, because they provide important news.

Here's what someone else posted:
Congratulations. You're the latest victim to fall for Comcast's scam.

Here's what's happened.

In 2009, the broadcast standard switched from "analog" to "digital". This meant you needed a TV with a QAM/ATSC tuner, or you could buy an external tuner. All HDTVs came with this tuner built-in.

Cable companies were not affected, but quickly introduced "digital cable". This meant you could still watch local channels - even local channels in HD - without a cable box, but if you wanted channels like ESPN, or wanted features like OnDemand, you needed a cable box.

Now skip forward to 2012. Despite having a HDTV with a digital tuner, and the fact you aren't subscribed to digital cable, Comcast has decided to make broadcast ALL of their channels in "Comcast Digital". This means, the tuner in your TV no longer works with Comcast. This also means the world "digital" is utterly worthless when talking about TV.

Isn't that just Comcastic?!? Oh but it gets better!

You can get what Comcast calls a digital tuner adapter (DTA) - in other words a cable box. The DTA is free BUT does not give you access to the HD channels. Not even the local HD channels! (e.g. your local NBC HD) If you want those, you have to get a HD-DTA which is NOT free but costs $2.50/month.

So yes, you just got your cable bill jacked up 10%.

They pulled the same BS on my in-laws who called me to install the DTA for them. Unfortunately the DTA they have doesn't work right, meaning I have to now take off work to return the busted DTA to the nearest Comcast office and exchange it. In the meantime, my inlaws don't get half the channels they're paying for.

Instead, we're shopping for a good multi-directional antenna with an amplifier. Like you, they only care about the local channels, and paying $30/mo for busted service isn't my idea of treating your senior citizens right.
Feeling pissed off? Write a letter of complaint to your senator and congress representatives complaining that cable companies have become abusive monopolies. Also complain to your city's local utility committee. They're the ones that grant Comcast permission to be the cable provider for the city and they also have to approve the rates. If the city gets too many complaints they can kick Comcast out - not that any other cable company is any better really.
**UPDATE** After doing a bit of research, it turns out that all I had to do to get my local channels was to scan for them. Now I have channels like 7.154 rather than simply "7", but they're free, so I can't complain. I don't know what some of you are talking about, I never had Comcast to begin with & my local channels worked just fine. For some reason, Comcast thinks they're able to stop my digital channels which are working just fine & charge me to convert to their crappy analog channels with their DTA device. & why would I buy an antenna for my large HDTV? Again, I simply scanned the channels, now I have more than I originally had due to the decimal channel system.

A. Yeah, I'm the one who posted that.

And you're still confused.

The only legitimate way to get local channels for free is by using an antenna. If you were getting local channels through Comcast and were not paying for them, then that was due to an error on Comcast's part. Cable - regardless of the channel package you get - is not free. Not even the local channels.

Comcast charges $15-25/mo for what they call "Limited Local" which is just the local channels. Even this package still requires a cable box. You can get the DTA one for free but it won't give you the local HD channels. You'll have to go with a HD cable box to get those, but that costs money.

Honestly, if you live in an area where you can get good reception, drop cable entirely and just go with the antenna. All modern HDTVs already have the new digital TV tuner (not to be confused by "Digital Cable") so there's nothing else to buy. Ever.

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Are there any laptops or tablets with back lit keyboards or glow in the dark?

Q. I want something that can wireless connect to my big screen HDTV, 3D would be a bonus, the TV has 3D and the video source would have it.

A. yes

Can you play BluRay 3D movies on a normal TV?
Q. I just bought the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows PS3 bundle and just realized that it comes with Harry Potter on "Blu-Ray 3D". Can it play on my normal HDTV without 3D or will I need to buy the normal Blu-ray to watch it?

A. Keep in mind, to watch 3D movies in 3D you need the following: 3D HDTV, 3D blu ray disc player, 3D blu ray disc movie and 3D glasses. Yes, you can play it, but it won't be in 3D. Hope this will help you out.

How to connect my pc to my hdtv?
Q. If i use a VGA to HDMI cord, can i achieve 1080p resolution? I have read that I can only get this with a DVI to HDMI cord. But my pc doesn't have a DVI port. My video card is a Intel G33 Chipset family and it can achieve that resolution but i want to know the best way to set this up. I am going to be using my HDTV for 3D animating and design.

A. That HDMI-VGA cord will NEVER work. Don't even THINK of using one of those.

Those HDMI-VGA cords are meant for video cards that have a specially-built HDMI port capable of sending out a VGA signal. It will NOT work in reverse for connecting a VGA computer to an HDMI monitor. If you attempt to use that cable with your G33 motherboard's VGA output, you will get NO image.

The HDMI jacks on monitors or HDTVs can ONLY be connected to DVI or HDMI signal sources. It will NEVER work with VGA.

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Is using an HDTV as your computer monitor bad for your eyes?

Q. I have a 28" 1080p hdtv, and was wondering if it would be bad to use it for long periods of time as a computer monitor. It'll be about a little over a foot or two from my face, as I'm sitting at a desk. Will this cause anything bad to happen to my eyes? Is there anyway to avoid this?

A. its just like using a lcd monitor. so no it probably isnt bad for your face.

Is an HDTV worse than a computer monitor to your eye?
Q. I just bought a computer that comes without a monitor, so I use the HDTV in my house as my computer monitor. Though, it is big and clear, but I feel tired very soon. I feel like my eye is worsen than. My mom keeps telling me to change my monitor. Does anyone know anything about monitors and optics? I am very concern about my eyes, don't wanna blind so soon.

A. It probably has to do with the size of the screen and how close you are to it. HD or a regular monitor won't make any difference...but a huge screen, and sitting close will cause eye strain quickly.

Like sitting in the first 10 rows at a movie theatre is hard on the eyes.

Don't won't make you blind. When it makes you tired, you stop....that is your brain protecting you.

Can I have a dual monitor set-up with a computer monitor and a HD TV?
Q. I want to purchase a Dell Zino HD. HDMI and VGA outputs are on it. So can I connect a dual monitor set up with an HDTV and the computer monitor?

A. you should be able to do this simply by plugging them both in and running the monitor calibration options in Display in the Control Panel. What you need to be aware of with the Zino is that the VGA chip is rather poor, and you may find the resolutions available are not compatible with your TV leaving you with less than great screen clarity on the HD TV. It does suggest the the Zino is HD capable (as it is in the title) but graphics wise it is nothing special.

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How should I buy an HDTV this time?

Q. Should I line up at Bestbuy or wait for cyber Monday? I heard good deals on TV run out very fast at stores.

A. actualy you get better deals a few weeks before the Super Bowl i would wait

What does it mean if a HDTV has no tuner?
Q. I was looking into buying an Olevia but noticed that there was no tuner. What is it and is it needed if I have HD Directv

A. the HD tuner is what allows your television to 'tune" into HD TV channels. Without an HD tuner you will not be able to watch channels that are broadcast in high definition for example the HD version of the super bowl. You can however purchase an HD tuner separately but they are a but pricey. I would recommend purchasing a TV that has the tuner built in that way it is not necessary to deal with the hassle later. However, sometiimes a company like Direct TV will give you a "box" that has the tuner built in, usually they will charge you more per month to "rent" it. I would make it a point to ask them. Hope this helps.

Better deal on big screen TV, before or after Superbowl?
Q. I've decided to break down and get one of the new LCD Hdtvs so my question do you all think it will be cheaper to buy after Superbowl? or should I just go get one now?

A. I am considering the exact same thing. I have been told to wait until after. Especially since many people will buy a TV then bring them back after the Super Bowl. The store then cannot sell them at retail. They usually will still have the warranty available. Hope this helps!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where can I find an online shopping site that ships to the caribbean?

Q. I've been looking for a website to do some online shopping. I live in the Caribbean (Commonwealth of Dominica) and it's hard for me to find a site that ships its products to the Caribbean. To give more details I'm trying to buy a:
- 19 inch HDTV,
-surround sound speaker.
The TV is not really a problem, the speakers are. Please help!
P.S: can some one tell me what's the zip code for my country?

A. You can look up your zip code here:
I don't know the answer as to what site is willing to ship to your country, but here's a link on a site that offers cash back just for using their portal. Click on the ''Stores" tab at the top and you will find lots of different national stores to choose from and the percentage of cash back that they offer. Best of all you get to sign up for free and reap the benefits.

Does my computer screen have a good enough resolution for my ps3?
Q. My PC monitor is 19 inches and it's resolution is 1366 x 768. Im planning on playing on my PS3 through my PC monitor because I dont have a HDTV in my room. Is that resolution good enough?

A. if your screen have an HDMI input then yes you can and resolution will be fine
"DVI input is also ok by using DVI-HDMI cable"

if connections is VGA or normal AV then your screen is nothing better than a small normal nonHD TV :(

Will the quality of regular TV channels improve after the switch to digital signals?
Q. I have a 19 inch flat screen TV with the ability to get HDTV channels of Fox, NBC, CBS, so on and so forth. I get regular cable through the jack. Will the regular channels improve in quality after the switch on every TV with cable, or will they still look the same?

A. if you are watching HDTV now, then thats as good as its gonna get (for now) till the next breakthrough is before us.

if you are watching an HD capable tv and the signal is not HD, then you need an HD tuner, the you'll see the difference.
your tv should be as clear as your dvd player if your in HD (sometimes the tv shows better than dvd)

hope this helps..

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Is there a difference between 720p and 1080p HDTVs when playing a Playstation 3?

Q. except that 1080p HDTVs are bigger in size. Is the quality in HD different. Because in my room i dont think i can afford/fit a 40 inch 1080p TV. So is there a difference between 720p and 1080p ? Also 16:9 is best right ?

A. 1080p, in the simplest terms, means there are 1080 lines of vertical resolution, progressively scanned.

720p means the same, but 720 lines. Smaller TV's, say 32" and smaller, 1080p vs 720p, the difference is tough to notice. A bigger TV, having more lines is better.

I have a 32" LCD, and I honestly can't tell 720p and 1080p apart on games. I KNOW there is a difference there, but I just can't see it. Blu-Rays, on the other hand, have a definite difference.

Don't worry about fitting a 40" TV in your room. Get whatever size you'd like, and 720p will still look great.

1080p IS a higher quality to be sure, just so I'm clear on that. Enjoy!!

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.

Why does my hdtv screen change sizes during videogames?
Q. When I play black ops on my ps3 the screen changes sizes like it's fluctuating and it's really annoying because screen stretches beyond what's visible and than will be normally every couple of minutes. I don't have any hdmi cables or anything if that helps.

A. Try adjusting contrast level.

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How do I make an HP HDTV auto-detect the local digital channels when using rooftop antenna?

Q. At first, while surfing through the local channels I would only see the analog channels, but one day I noticed it was set on Cable, so I changed it to Antenna and the auto search then found digital channels. I don't think I did anything else, but now I can only access analog channels again and it says Antenna in the channel setup.

A. Digital off-the air reception is very sensitive to the direction of your antenna. If you move it, even by a few degrees you can lose reception.
Check for the best direction for your antenna. Then do a rescan.

How do I get my HDTV to receive digital tv?
Q. I have a Sony Bravia HDTV. It has a built in tuner already installed. How do i get my HDTV to recieve digital TV? I have a antenna on the roof. All i could see is static. What should i do?

A. Make sure your outdoor antenna is connected to the UHF or AIR antenna connection and NOT the CABLE connection.

Go into your menu, look for the CHANNELS it

NOW make sure your tuner is setup for AIR or UHF and NOT CABLE.
If you have a Cable ON/OFF mode turn it OFF.

NOW....Autoprogram it, and when finished make sure your Antenna button on the remote control is set for AIR and NOT CABLE

Too many buttons eh?

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 (

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How much better than Blu-ray can the picture quality become?

Q. I wonder what the benefits of future video formats for the viewer would be. How much better than Blu-ray can the picture become? Would we even be able to see the difference with the naked eye? Usually I can't spot any flaws, like visible pixels, in Blu-ray movies. Maybe a higher resolution can become relevant when larger TV screens become more affordable and common?

Will 3D eventually replace the conventional movies or will 3D remain just an alternative?

A. Remember most of this is speculation but they are working on Ultra-High Definition which is roughly 16 times more resolution than HDTV. This would mean that a movie in UHDTV would take up a half terrabyte of space. Ouch. It probably puts it out to about 2020-2025 from a practical standpoint if ever. Then there is the issue of 3d which potentially doubles the storage requirements of the film as each eye get a different picture.
The problem with UHDTV is that the increase in resolution is unlikely to make as much of an impact as other factors on image quality. Increased contrast, grayscale, color saturation and so forth are all likely to visually improve the image more than an increase in resolution on a moving picture than the higher resolution and none of that requires an increase in storage capacity or in the case of a streaming image over the internet, increased bandwidth.
I think that with the convenience of streaming movies over the internet people won't be demanding higher quality as much.
Just like with MP3, the convenience of downloading movies trumps the quality of CDs and the CD business has suffered because of it.
Hulu, netflicks and other online video sources will continue to grow and the demand for higher quality will deminish until way down the road when internet bandwidth can handle all the added traffic.
So for now and way down the road HDTV will be good enough.

As for whether or not 3D takes off, it will need to happen without glasses.

What is the difference between a 3D-HDTV verses a Regular HDTV?
Q. I am a little confused on this 3D tv thing, 3D movies have been shown on movies screens for years, now all the sudden you need a special TV to view them. Please explain why my Regular HDTV can't show a 3D Movie

A. So, 3D in the movie theater projects 2 separate images onto the screen at the same time. The glasses you wear are designed so that one eye only sees one of the images, and the other eye sees the other image. (the actual process has to do with polarized light - you can research this separately.)

This is similar to the old red/blue 3d glasses you used to use in theaters. While this method works on existing TVs (even non-HD ones), the resulting image isn't very sharp, and always ends up looking purplish.

3D HDTVs use a different mechanism to present your eyes with 2 separate images that your brain than combines to form a single 3D image. Unlike the sunglasses-like lenses you have in movie theaters, 3D HDTVs use what are called active lenses. Several times a second, the TV flickers between an image for your right eye, and an image for your left eye. When the TV shows the right-eye image, the left lens on the glasses turns completely black. This way only your right eye sees this image. Then it switches - turning the right lens dark so your right eye won't see the image for your left eye. This switching happens several times second, resulting in each of your eyes getting its own version of the movie which again your brain assembles into a single 3D image.

This is why you need a special HDTV that can support 3D. Most HDTVs just can't refresh fast enough to produce the left-eye-only and right-eye-only images without causing problems.

What are the best Gaming TV’s for 1080p ‘HD gaming’ on Xbox 360 and PS3?
Q. I want to buy a new HDTV for 1080p HD gaming on my Xbox 360 and PS3. I’m not sure what type of HDTV type is best gaming, whether it be plasma, LCD, LED, 3D etc.

Can someone please guide me on what type of HDTV works best for these systems for video games? Thanks!

A. There are specific types of HDTV's that work well for gaming and other types that don't.

First off, Wii does not support HD-Gaming. Only PS3 and Xbox 360 do.

Second, the most important feature needed for HDTV gaming is a high refresh rate to reduce lag and blur on fast moving objects. Older plasma models do not support this. You need to see the objects onscreen without any time-lapse with clarity or your gaming experience degrades severely.

The best gaming TV's are LCD/LED technology HDTV's due to higher refresh rates and lower lag rates. There are however a few exceptions in the Plasma category that were developed with more modern lag reduction features. So you will want to look at the AQUOS and VIERA Series HDTV's.

Read up more about these TV's at the link provided.

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Easiest way to watch the cartoon titled “How to train your dragon” in 3D?

Q. Hello everyone!
I honestly need your kind assistance please. I just bought my latest Samsung 3D HDTV set and I wanted to watch the cartoon titled “How to train your dragon” in 3D. Funny enough, I have tried several times but it seems complicated and time consuming even when using the remote control. Is there any easiest way please?

A. More info would help,I have the newest samsung 3D 2012 E8000 series TV.You didnt say how your trying to watch it,simply you need a 3D source,if you are watching on cable its 2D,if you have a blu ray with 3D and a 3D copy of the movie its simple.Either way Samsung is active shutter full 1080P 3D.You have a button on bottom right side of remote clearly marked 3D,hit that and choose your 3d type 2D/3D conversion/3D SBS?or 3D T&B.and press the one you have that matches your source i.e blu ray etc and press and hold button on top of glasses for 3 seconds a pop up will say glasses connected to TV.To get the best 3D effects on new Samsung or any other you need a good naitive 3D source like blu ray or a downloaded 3d format and a HDMI cable also.The manual shows the proper way for you as only you know what way your watching.Like I said you can make anything 2D into 3D but iit defeats the purpose.

What is the best 3D HDTV to buy in 2012?
Q. I'm in the market for a new 3D HDTV but I'm not sure what brand to look for. I would appreciate any recomendations that I get.

A. the best is panasonic 3d tv's they win more wards for there tv's in the past 3 years than any other company

so the guy below me does NOT recommend a 3D tv due to it has brilliant quality 2d picture better than a normal 2d tv and be able to watch a 3D blu-ray film

dont listen to that guy below me,, he probably thinks you have to watch tv with the glasses on

I heard that 3D TVs are going to be 700 pounds what would be the smallest size because I have a 19 inch tv?
Q. also will it be full hd?

A. There will be two things that come out. First there will be 3D HDTVs which have all the 3D components built in. You buy the TV and you buy the glasses and you're good to go. However, there is also going to be 3D components you can put onto some current HDTVs to kind of retro-fit them into 3D TVs. Basically its just the guts of a 3D HDTV made into an external add-on.

Pricing on any of this stuff is still unknown. It was announced this January, but has yet not hit online catalogues, so pricing is not there. Many nerd sites expect 3D sets to become the most expensive option for each respective manufacturer. So I think you're looking more likely at 1500-2000 quid fairly easily.

I agree with the other post, that because of the nature of the feature, its not too likely to be offered in traditional TVs in smaller sizes. I think 32" they might consider it, but it could be as large as 40" as the minimum to go 3D in a TV set. Now, computer monitors (which you can sometimes just use as a TV really), could provide smaller 3D options. I think 22-24" sets with 3D should be fairly easy to get ahold of (even now). But those are computer monitors, not TVs. Here's a list with quite a few of those,

While that list does have HDTVs on it, it hasn't been updated to reflect the announcements at this year's CES in Vegas. Many new HDTVs, 3D HDTVs included, were announced. Look to March and June as the two launch cycles this year. You'll likely see sets released and priced at one of those release dates.

3D is just some extra hardware inside the TV. So it will be available in both 720p and 1080p most likely. 720p sets might not "maximize" its potential, but because they would cost less, I would imagine Sony will release 720p 3D to try and further its 3D goals (it hopes to lead the industry in 3D sets and hopes to make 3D sets account for at least 30-50% of its sales by 2012, so that means they'll want to offer cheaper 3D sets).

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As of today, 2-16-2012, what is the proverbial Ferarri of HDTVs?

Q. It's getting about time to upgrade. Now I have a finished basement which is a game/media room. The couch will be about 10 feet away from the TV so I'm thinking I can go 60 inches or more, EASY.

A. A few years ago, it was the Pioneer Kuro. Now, it is the Sharp Elite series.

Note that this is the ultra high-end. You will get a very good quality from each top brands also:
Sony = HX929
Samsung = D8000
Panasonic = VT30
LG = LW9800 (but the reviews are mixed)

If you want to go really big (> 70"), you have not a lot of other choices than Sharp though. The rest of the manufacturers stops at 65" in 2011.

(And if you want to wait, new 2012 models will be out in about 1-2 months)
[To AVDaddy: No, manufacturers just announced them at CES in January. Most of the models will be out in March-April, but some are only planned to released in fall]

how much is a 1981 dollar worth now in 2011 adjusted for inflation?

A. $2.64 by this:
$2.49 by the US Government:
Given that goods and services inflation rates are very different by commodity, it is only considered an average kind of number.
The average movie ticket today is $8. In 1981, $2.78 factor 2.88
The average price of a live rock concert in 1981 was $12.50. Now it is closer to $70
Medical costs are way up. College tuition rose much faster than inflation. But, a 1981 19 inch color TV cost about $500 in CRT type 480i. Now, about $150 for HDTV. That was a huge reduction. Technology is far cheaper today than in 1981.

Does anyone know what year the Sharp LC-70LE735U (70-inch) 3D HDTV was released?
Q. Thanks...

A. 2011, but it's still a current model ... although not the largest with an 80" now available

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How do I setup a 3 HDTV gaming system?

Q. I have been wanting to setup 3 HDTV's for an ultimate gaming experience. In the past, I had a dual monitor setup and I found the bezel being in the middle a bit annoying. My idea is to have one main HDTV and two side HDTVs as peripherals to the eye. In regards to PC hardware, how can this gaming system be built? What kind of motherboard, video card, or other hardware do i need to build this? Any experiences in gaming with 3 displays? I need a clue on this project. I have been wondering about this setup for some time. Can anyone tell me?

A. the only way i think this could work is with two or more graphics cards. one running two monitors and the other running the 3rd.

What is the best kind of TV to get for gaming?
Q. I have an Xbox 360 and a regular tv juust isnt cutting it graphic wise. What kind of TV will really bring out what the 360 has to offer. HD, LCD, LCD HDTV, Plasma, digital, or any other kind. Help please. I just want something that will make my games look like they are supposed look. B/c right now its ok, but words are blurry and graphics arent very good with my regular TV.

A. Well, you know you want to go with an HDTV, thats good. The question is what technology you want to go with. There is rear projection, DLP, LCD and Plasma. You said you were playing games, so image burn-in is probably going to be a big problem for you. You will have a score or a map in the corner of your screen constantly, which isn't good for some types of tv's.

Rear projection is the older style tv's that are normally 2-3 feet deep and sit on the floor. They are inexpensive, but HUGE.

DLP is a newer technology. It isn't quite as large as a rear projection tv, but they surely aren't flat. The nice thing about a DLP is, it is immune to image burn in.

LCD is also a newer technology. It is a flat panel technology that is wall mountable. It is just about as prone to burn in as your average CRT.

Plasma is also a newer technology that has come a long way. Plasma's are also wall mountable. The problem with plasma is it is extremely prone to burn in. If you are going to be playing games on it a lot, that isn't good for a plasma. Are you constantly going to be playing games for 6 hours at a time, or do you play it for an hour at a time then go do something else? That is a decision you have to make.

If you are looking to go very inexpensive, go with a rear projection. If you don't need to wall mount it, but want a bit of a better picture, go with DLP. If you want to wall mount it and have some more money, go with a LCD or Plasma. Just make sure you realize that a plasma is prone to burn-in.

What kind of people love to watch high def videos and what kind don't care about high def videos?
Q. I'm amazed to have just found out that there are people who don't care about HDTV. I love HDTV and watching the video, when the picture looks awesome it makes me want to drool.

Are you someone who loves HDTV or not? If you do, why? If you don't, why?

A. The types of people that don't care about HD are, (generally, not as a rule), old people, children, or people interested in things like sports & other earthy things, or those whos main concern is being cool & going out.

On the other hand, some of this audience may often go for HD because they hear it's the thing to do, (& now it's the only option at all), but they may often buy an overpriced HDTV just so they're sure it's a 'good' one, & then watch standard-def content on it, unaware. If shown the difference in resolution, refresh rates, & compression bit-rates, they may not even notice, & they probably still buy DVD's or rely on on-demand video services instead of hard copies, (which always have better quality & more extras). They likely use their TVs primarilly for video games & sports matches. If they have an HD camcorder, (which most are today), they, (again), may spend alot to make sure it's a 'good' one, & then they use Windows Movie Maker to burn of standard DVD of their footage, &, in the slim chance they notice it isn't HD anymore, they wonder why.

HD is mostly appreciated by video afficianadoes, movie buffs, & geeks. (I'm sort of all 3.)
Then again, even among us, there is division. Some don't care about 3D, &, because they're ignorant about what it really is, they may write it off as a gimmick. Others knew it was the way of the future before it became mainstream & use it as a legitimate art form & presentation method.

I personally love HD because SD is often so rife with compression artifacts, & this really detracts from the realism. Besides that, obviously, is the higher resolution. Even older film content not filmed on digital HD cameras benefits from being transfered this way, creating the closest thing to watching the original film strip, & often even better.

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i'm looking for a portable tv with really good channel reception?

Q. i'm scheduled to work during the nfl playoffs, but i dont want to miss them.if i had a digital ready portable tv i could watch all the action while maintaining my post.i bought one tv made by haier that didnt pick up channels at budget is 100$ plus shipping.i live 30 miles northwest of chicago and the business i work at has walls that hinder reception.please help thank you very much.

A. Their are a few Portable HDTV's out there to Choose from.

I think there are 5 or more Portable 7-10inch TV's out there, which are Widescreen/HD.
They have a Built-in Digital ATSC Tuner for watching Local Broadcasts over a Retractable Antenna.
They come with a Built-in Battery like a Cell-Phone.

$100+ should get you a one, but Expect to pay a little more.
That Haier Brand sucks... Try an Eviant T7: I Think it's about $130

Checkout Radio Shack, H.H. Gregg [If you have one in Chicago], Best Buy, or any other Electronics Retailer. They all have a few to choose from. And they Should be on Display to checkout for yourself. ;^)
*Office Max & Office Depot might have them, too! ;^)

What TV would be best for my grandma?
Q. I have a 76 year old grandma whos TV just broke. It was an old Zenith 25 inch. It was kinda fuzzy. But she has eye problems. She lives in an apartment building with a roof antenna. So we bought her a Westinghouse 26 ince HDTV LCD. It has a built in HD tuner so we could get the HD channels. We live in the chicago area so the channels we get are 2, 5, 7, 9, 32. The only thing she doesn't like is that you have to enter for example 32.1 to get the channel 32 HD. Otherwise it's fuzzy. She also wanted something bigger. No bigger that 32 inch. Her price range is under 600. PLEASE HELP. IT'S AN EMERGENCY.

A. You're not going to find a 32" true HDTV for under $600 that isn't junk.

What do you guys use for your HDTV to get your local channels in HD?
Q. If you use an antenna what kind do you use? Is an outdoor antenna better than an indoor antenna? I used a normal indoor antenna and all I can get is just ABC HD. You can get all of the local channels in HD, right? I need help on this, thanks. Oh, and my HDTV has an ATSC tuner.

This is the TV:-
No, I don't have cable yet.
I actually bought it at hh gregg and for a good price.

A. an outdoor may be better, but an indoor is just so much easier to use...

the quality between both of them are the same, but an HD indoor antenna sometimes does not pick up all the just have to position it right...

like here near chicago, i can't seen to pick up channel 2 (cbs) with the antenna...but when i move it to the other side of the tv, it works :D

idk its weird sometimes...i walk in front of it and it sometimes loses reception for a second, then comes back up....

so if you want the little extra work, go with the outdoor one..

and you may want to consider going to best buy to purchase your tv if you haven't so already...circuit city is all rip off...and the service is not as good

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If I want to buy a Blu-Ray DVD to watch movies, should I buy the PS3 or Blu-Ray player?

Q. I've already own a Xbox 360 with a HD-DVD already & I enjoy it. I I love to watch movies allot & I want to buy a Blu-Ray but, which Blu-Ray should I buy that you recommend? And for the PS3 owners, is the PS3 Blu-Ray is it "SONY BLU-RAY" or it is just regular Blu-Ray? And is it reliable then the other Blu-Ray players? Example like Philip Blu-Ray or Panasonic Blu-Ray?

-I have a Hitachi HDTV with 50 inch screen & resolution of 1080i.

A. ps3 has a hell of a lot more features than a regular blu-ray player, just as u use xb360 to view HD DVD, use ps3 to view blu-ray content. also the recent update 1.80 enables u to upscale regular dvd and older games resolution to HD 1080i/1080p.

How will my blue ray player work?
Q. Hey, I'm getting the Sony BDP-S350 for christmas. I have a 27'inch SANYO with 720pix. How will the clarity be? Will I see an improvement? Will I be disappointed?

Also I have a 50 inch Samsung DLP downstairs. How will it work on that tv.


A. on a 27" 720p you might see slight improvement in colour (Blu-ray uses a different colour space than DVD) and that's about it. Not worth the extra cost for Blu-ray. On a 50" you should see improvement, but on a rear projector it'll be less than on a same sized good 1080p flatscreen.

Far too many people are falling into the Blu-ray trap. Under the right conditions it's great .... but unless you have a good moderate size (minimum 37") HDTV you won't benefit visually, and without a good surround sound system you won't benefit from improved sound formats. On the other hand disks are much more expensive than the same movie on DVD, load slower, suffer from DRM woes (some disks won't play on some players) and questionable 'improvements' to special effects.

How can i make my tv hdtv?
Q. i just bout a 50 inch hd plasma tv yesterday and i thought it would make my basic cable look wonderful. the tv only looks good on movies gaming and sum channels. how can i like make all of my channels hd?

A. Your HDTV plays back what you feed into it. On its own, it does not make anything HD. In order to view HD content on it you need to hook-up an HD capable device. You then feed your HDTV an HD signal and voila, you have HD viewing.

For cable/satellite, you need to contact your provider. Most require that you use an special HD capable set top box. You might already have cable/satellite box, but you should call your provider and see if its HD capable or not (you might only have a SD one right now). They can provide you all the information you need.

Please be aware that not all channels are available in HD. Not all broadcasters have started providing an HD option. The major networks have, but some niche channels have not. So depending on what your viewing habits are, some channels might not be available in HD in any way shape or form. So they will look a bit soft on your new TV. Most HDTV owners just get used to it over time.

Alternatively, you can get HD viewing on your new TV using a BluRay player and BluRay discs. So you might want to consider picking a nice entry level BluRay player like a PS3 Slim, Panasonic BMP60, Sony S360, or such (read reviews on

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Why is the audio coming out from my digital channels low on HDTV?

Q. I just got a HDTV and I don't have satellite or cable. I'm just using a indoor power antenna with it to receive over the air broadcasts. I'm receiving both the analog and digital channels, but the the audio coming out from the digital version of each channel seems much lower. I'm not an expert and wanted to know what is causing this and how can I increase the audio output from my digital channels. Do I need a special or better antenna? I appreciate any helpful suggestions.

A. theres nothing wrong with, ALL HDTVs have low audio

Does my new HDTV need an antenna to pick up channels?
Q. I just bought a HDTV (LG 32LH30) and I can't seem to pick up any channels. When I try to pick up channels it says to make sure an antenna is hooked up. I thought new TV's had digital tuners built in. Do I need an antenna?

A. Yes, an HDTV with no input source is not much good. You need a very good antenna or some other source, like a cable or satellite box, DVD player, or game box.

If you are in the U.S. or Canada, go to the web site below and enter your postal code. You'll get a report of what channels you should be able to receive at your location and what type of antenna is recommended.

Digital TV requires a good antenna, and that frequently means a full size outdoor model, mounted outside above your roof, or at least in the attic. If you wind up getting an indoor antenna, be prepared to be disappointed on some of the channels you'd like to receive. For the vast majority of viewers, the best indoor antenna you can buy will be less than perfect on one or more channels.

how will i know if i need a outdoor antenna for hdtv?
Q. I already purchased the hdtv modem,hooked it up to my tv, but still can't get any channels.I followed the steps accurately.Does this mean I need to purchase another antenna for the roof? My tv is about 5 years old.

A. You type your address into and it shows you how far away the towers are and recommends an indoor or outdoor antenna.

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why watching DVD movie on HDTV not full screen?

Q. I have Samsung 46" HDTV 120hz. Every time I'm watching DVD movies, the picture 16:9 is so small (not full screen) When I zoom it, some of titles are cut. Please help.
I figured out by changing the setup on my panasonic upscalling dvd player. The viewing not full screen but good size of 16:9 widescreen.

A. First of all you must setup the DVD output format, this is done when no disc is in the player and using the menu buttons to navigate through the pages of menus.
Secondly you must realize that Hollywood doesn't make movies in 16x9 formats. They actually use many different size ratios dependent upon what feel they are going for. The TV manufacturers decided upon 16x9 because movies rarely ever go above this ratio for the vertical height. So TV broadcasters and made for tv movies will usually fill your screen if in HD, normally your movies will have a black bar on the top and bottom. The size of these bars are dependent upon the movie. Also make sure you are watching widescreen versions of the movie.

What is the best graphics card for a dell dimension C521?
Q. I've read somewhere, it only supports half-height cards. But I can't tell the difference.. xD So what's the best card for my dimension c521? Any help would be appreciated.

A. hi there. as i check on it, i saw one good video card for it. the nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX (512MB also has Dual DVI and HDTV) is good for the system.

for info you can check :

Why does our new plasma HDTV have a lower quality/grainy picture?
Q. We just got a 50" Samsung HPT5064 plasma HDTV and a lot of channels (non-HD) seem to have a grainy or low quality picture. Is there some setting we should change? Is this common for larger screens? We went from a 23" CRT TV to this so all of it is fairly new to me.
As someone asked, Comcast is our cable provider and they did provide us with an HD box.

Also, we're sitting probably around 10-12 feet from the television.

A. SD TV does not look good on an HDTV. On my 40", I have to sit about 8" back for it to look good, and my set was well rated for SD display. How good or bad it looks depends on the input signal's quality. A 50" widescreen has a picture height equivalent to a 41" standard TV. When you blow-up analog TV that was never designed for displays that large, right away you have a problem. On top of that, in order to be displayed on an HDTV, the signal has to be deinterlaced and up-scaled to the native resolution of the set. This processing introduces artifacts. Non-up-converted DVDs should look pretty good. That;'s as good as you can get from SD material. If from about 10", your picture isn't acceptable, then you may want to look for a set that's better rated for SD.

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Have you ever made a somewhat expensive purchase that you were not too pleased with?

Q. I just bought an hdtv for $350, and I am kind of disappointed in my decision. I wish I would have spent a little more and gotten something better. Has this ever happened to you? What did you do about it?

A. Yeah, one time I spent $83 on eBay for a graphing calculator and it never arrived. As a price-to-functionality ratio, that is infinity.

How much should I list my xbox 360 for?
Q. It has the 20 gb hard drive, the hdtv cables, headset and it has been made backward compatible. I have 2 wireless controllers to go with it. Hardly ever used.

A. $350.00

why watching DVD movie on HDTV not full screen?
Q. I have Samsung 46" HDTV 120hz. Every time I'm watching DVD movies, the picture 16:9 is so small (not full screen) When I zoom it, some of titles are cut. Please help.
I figured out by changing the setup on my panasonic upscalling dvd player. The viewing not full screen but good size of 16:9 widescreen.

A. First of all you must setup the DVD output format, this is done when no disc is in the player and using the menu buttons to navigate through the pages of menus.
Secondly you must realize that Hollywood doesn't make movies in 16x9 formats. They actually use many different size ratios dependent upon what feel they are going for. The TV manufacturers decided upon 16x9 because movies rarely ever go above this ratio for the vertical height. So TV broadcasters and made for tv movies will usually fill your screen if in HD, normally your movies will have a black bar on the top and bottom. The size of these bars are dependent upon the movie. Also make sure you are watching widescreen versions of the movie.

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