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Category: Reader Questions

Reader Question: Buy Now?

July 20, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Q: I'm looking to buy a 32" LCD HDTV within the next six months. The model I'm considering costs about $1,600 in stores and $1,200 online. What will it cost six months from now? Should I wait for a higher resolution 32-inch model? A: I also would like to know what that LCD will cost in six months. If I knew for sure, I could parlay that one fact into...

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Reader Question: Repairing Plasma HDTV?

May 29, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Q: Is it true that it is too expensive to repair plasma TV? Ida Issac-Brewton A: There are parts of a plasma television that can fail and be replaced at a reasonable cost. For example, the electronics are typically designed as separate modules that can be replaced fairly easily. I suspect, however, that your question is prompted by stories of plasma displays "burning out" or wearing out over time. The...

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Reader Question: Upscaling?

April 17, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Q: I've been told that plasma TVs are better at up-scaling to their native resolution than LCDs. But after reading your book I've learned that both technologies use fixed pixel addressing. So how can plasmas have an advantage over LCDs in up-scaling? Joe Gabela There's nothing inherent in the plasma technology that gives it an advantage over LCD, but there are some other factors that could come into play. Let...

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Reader Question: HDTV Product Recommendation

March 28, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Q: Is the [name omitted] 37-inch LCD HDTV any good? Should I buy one? Frank Noweder A: This is a reasonable question to ask, but it's one that I can't answer. In order to be able to tell you how good a given HDTV model is, I'd have to be able to compare it to everything else that is available. In2005, manufacturers released more than 850 new models of LCD...

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Reader Question: 720p or 1080p?

March 21, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Will 1080i sources look a lot better on the 1080p TV? Will DVDs and SD TV actually look better on the 720p TV? While I will watch some HDTV and DVD movies, the majority will be SD, as that is what is currently available. Matt Simmons 1080i should look better on a 1080p display than on a 720p display. The 720p display must scale the image, losing data in the...

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Reader Question: HDTV Viewing Distances

February 20, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Q: I bought your book and read the section on how far to sit from an HDTV. According to your example, I should sit closer to a 53-inch HDTV than the distance recommended by another site suggests. I realize that you take the resolution of the HDTV into account and the others don't. Does that explain the difference between your recommendations and theirs? Mark R. A: First, let me say...

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Reader Question: Satellite in TV a Bad Idea?

February 6, 2006 | Ibex Marketing

Steve Berger has been a TV technician for 34 years, so when he wrote to respond to my article last week about "Satellite Built-In?", I listened. I've condensed his remarks here: I noticed you thought that including a satellite receiver inside a TV was a good idea. Adding decryption hardware to a TV makes the set almost impossible to repair. The only cost-effective fix is to throw out the expensive,...

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Reader Question: PC/TV Plasma Bargain?

December 27, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

I just ran across an ad for a 42" plasma TV that has PC input and can double as a computer monitor. When I investigated further, I found that the 42" screen has a resolution of 852 by 480 pixels. Wow! By comparison, a 19" LCD monitor normally has 1,280 by 1,024. The pixels on the plasma TV must be the size of a dime. Is this a VGA input?...

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Reader Question: When to Buy?

November 29, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

In my visitor HDTV survey on this site, I ask people what their #1 question about HDTV is. A lot of people ask questions similar to these: " When will the price come down?" and " Is now the time to buy?" Okay, if I could predict the future, I wouldn't be writing this Almanac. (Well, maybe I would, but I wouldn't have to try to make a living doing...

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Recordable DVD Dilemma

October 7, 2005 | Ibex Marketing

I want to replace my old DVD player with a DVD recorder so that I can record TV shows to watch later, but I'm confused by all the different formats. What's the difference between recording onto DVD-RAM disks and using DVD-RW disks? Also, I see that there's a DVD-R and DVD+R????? and DVD-RW and DVD+RW. Is any of this important? Rebecca S., San Francisco DVD (and DVD video) are mass-produced,...

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