Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Television Prices drop 22 percent in September 2008 compared to September 2007

With the holiday closing in fast it is no surprise that tv prices are dropping, but according to a recent survey by display search television prices are dropping a whole lot faster. According to the survey television prices in September dropped an incredible 22 percent. That’s almost a fourth of the cost gone in a total of one year!

The drop sounds a little too good to be true if you ask me. The survey said that the greatest drop came in 52 inch LCDs, with an average drop of 30 percent worldwide since last September. The lowest drop came in 20 inch LCDs, with an average drop of only 4 percent in the North American region. North Americas drop rate was a little below average with a drop rate of 16 percent.

Hopefully with this news combined with the amazing holiday sales and the economic uncertainties we you will be able to finally afford that giant big screen tv you have always dreamed of having.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Samsung Releases New Series 9 LCD Televisions

The new Series 9 is Samsungs new flagship line of televisions. They are literally the best LCD Televisions you can buy. The series includes a 46 inch model that costs currently $2,899.99 on Amazon and a 55 inch model for $4,229.95 on Amazon. The technical names are Samsung LN55A950 and Samsung LN46A950. So what makes these televisions so special anyway? Well here is a quick look at the specs:

Native Full HD (1080p, 1920 x 1080) resolution
4ms response time
120Hz refresh rate
LED-backlit technology that makes the darkest blacks ever for a LCD
A said contrast ratio of 2,000,000 to 1
4 HDMI ports
Energy Stat compliance

The series nine also comes with all the features you expect out of a television at this price. You can basically plug anything into it and it has a bunch of features to let you stream movies from your computer onto it. The real story here though is this new back-lit technology that allows such amazing contrast ratios. Pretty much what the new back-lit technology does is on a normal LCD you constantly have the back LED’s bleeding through the blacks so you are not able to get a great contrast ratio or true black. With the back-lit technology though, the television is able to turn off the LED’s in certain areas so that you can receive true blacks. It’s a really nice feature and is the main selling point of the television. The television also looks great and it is said to be really sturdy so you wont have to worry about your new $4000 TV falling if someone accidently bumps into it. Overall the TV is a great Plasma TV alternative and is a must buy if you want the best picture possible.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Bought A LCD? Don’t Let Techie Talk Freak You Out

Here is what those statistics, numbers, and specs mean on the side of the box
Color Gamut
Your eyes can see a huge array of colors and depths compared to a computer or a TV. A color gamut is the different colors that can be seen on a TV or computer. The standard range of the color gamut for LCD displays is 72 percent, but many recent innovations in technology have allowed displays to produce up to 100%. Basically, the higher the color gamut range, the more colors your display will be able to accurately create.

Color Depth
An LCD's color depth defines the number of levels that each primary color can render:

An 8-bit panel, the red, green, and blue colors can each render 256 times, for a total of over 16.7 million possible color combinations.

With 6-bit LCD panels, which are becoming increasingly more common, the red, green, and blue colors can each render only 64 times, making a total of 262,144 colors.

In order to compensate for this huge gap between the 8-bit and 6-bit panels, manufacturers use techniques such as dithering and frame-rate control to claim up to 16.7 million colors on their LCD, making it hard to distinguish between an 8-bit or 6-bit display.

Most desktop LCD monitors use backlights made of cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). However, the use of LEDs for backlights is growing. LED backlights use a grid of either white or mixed red, blue, and green to create the backlight. LED backlights Display brighter more defined colors but are more expensive than their CCFL counterparts.

Ideally LCD displays should come with at least one DVI port, which is the current standard for LCD displays. However, newer and better digital interfaces, such as HDMI and DisplayPort, are becoming available. HDMI or DisplayPort offer greater bandwidth than DVI, which can be crucial to LCD displays looking to hold a resolution higher than 1920x1200

This basically means that if your LCD display doesn't support HCDP (High Definition Copy Protection), you won't be able to watch HD DVD or Blue-ray movies in full resolution.

Contrast Ratio
Contrast ratios are all hype from the manufacturers who each use a different standard for testing, so there is little to no basis for comparison. Because of this manufacturers have also taken to reporting dynamic contrast ratio's as much higher and seeming more impressive than standard contrast ratio's.

Pixel Response Time
Pixel response time is how long a pixel takes to change from one color to the next. As pixel response times improve, the clearer and sharper your video will be as motion occurs.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Keep Your Screen Clean Without Harming Your Monitor

Screen CleanerMoshi's new screen cleaner is by far the safest way to clean your screen. The product is called neato and it is a screen cleaner that utilizes advanced microfiber technology. It comes in two parts, with one part for wiping dust and the other part for lifting away fingerprints and grease. According to Moshi's website"its effectiveness lies in the fact that neato is comprised of Terahedron, known for its superior cleaning capabilities and microfiber filaments that will not scratch your display."

The screen cleaner works just like your cleaning towel for your classes except its about 10 times better and does not require you to use any solvents that might damage your screen's anti-reflective coating. Neato also comes with a sticky side that allows it to be stuck on the back of your monitor that way you don't loose it. You can purchase Neato here for only $16 or to learn more about the product visit Moshi's website product page here.