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LED vs LCD TVs

LED vs LCD TVs

Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to purchasing a flat panel HDTV. The newest, hottest technology in HDTV are the super thin and lightweight LED TVs. But how is LED different from LCD? Should you expect to pay more for an LED TV? What are the benefits of LED vs LCD? We went to Westinghouse Digital and got some input on them regarding their take on this common question. While all manufacturers have their different opinions on the ideal TV, Westinghouse is really pushing hard on LED backlit technology, and in particular, edge-lit models.

Today, there are more options than ever before when it comes to purchasing a flat panel HDTV. The newest, hottest technology in HDTV are the super thin and lightweight LED TVs. How is LED different?

— December 30, 2010 05:05 in HDTV Display Formats

IDT HQV Vida Processing Technology

IDT HQV Vida Processing Technology

We've been very familiar with HQV video technology for some time, but when they released their new Vida chipset last year it was only a matter of time before it began to show up in new products. One of the newer products to feature this is the new line of Yamaha RX-A Aventage A/V receivers. The new chip, the IDT HQV Vida processor, takes the current high-end Hollywood Quality Video processing technology to a new level of performance, significantly improving the viewing experience for the consumer.

We've been very familiar with HQV video technology for some time, but when they released their new Vida chipset last year it was only a matter of time before it began to show up in new products.

— July 28, 2010 03:05 in HDTV Display Formats

The Truth Behind HDMI 1.4a

The Truth Behind HDMI 1.4a

Way back on May 28, 2009, HDMI Licensing released the HDMI 1.4 spec. But wait, it's less than a year later (March 4, 2010) and here comes HDMI 1.4a. The big change from 1.4 was that 1.4a mandated two new 3D formats for broadcast on top of game and Blu-ray content. While some manufacturers would like you to believe that only their receivers/products sporting HDMI 1.4a will handle these formats, is it true? Depends.

The big change from 1.4 was that 1.4a mandated two new 3D formats for broadcast on top of game and Blu-ray content. The question consumers have is whether their HDMI 1.4 device will work. Maybe.

— May 05, 2010 07:30 in HDTV Display Formats

THX Video Calibration Training Class Review

THX Video Calibration Training Class Review

Calibration of displays is something that not many consumers know much about. Their expectation is that they buy a display, take it home, and plug it in. At this point they are done - or so they think. The next thing you know, they are telling their friends that HD isn't all that great and they never should have spent all that money. Is it true? Not by a long shot.

Calibration of displays is something that not many consumers know much about. Their expectation is that they buy a display, take it home, and plug it in. At this point they are done - or so they

— April 28, 2009 01:35 in HDTV Display Formats

Flat Panel Trends - Thin is In and Speed Kills

Flat Panel Trends - Thin is In and Speed Kills

Flat panel televisions are continuing to transform in teh marketplace. This year we saw a great number of companies looking to go "thin". While flat panels are traditionally advertised as being hangable on the wall, consumers have been reluctant to do so. With this year's batch of new products it looks like the trends may shift and these LCD televisions might be finding their way onto the walls of many consumers' homes.

Flat panel televisions are continuing to transform in teh marketplace. This year we saw a great number of companies looking to go "thin". While flat panels are traditionally advertised as being

— September 05, 2008 15:00 in HDTV Display Formats

Upscaling is your Friend?

Upscaling is your Friend?

Gefen, Toshiba, DVDO... they all want to sell you on the joys of upscaling. Some of them incorporate their technology into their displays or dvd players (Toshiba) while the others want you to purchase a standalone box. The technology is valid - we know this from many, many tests but do you really need it? This year at CEDIA we explore some of the scalers that are out there and what they mean to you.

Gefen, Toshiba, DVDO... they all want to sell you on the joys of upscaling. Some of them incorporate their technology into their displays or dvd players (Toshiba) while the others want you to

— September 05, 2008 11:54 in HDTV Display Formats

THX Certified Display Program Interview

THX Certified Display Program Interview

THX Display Certification primary goals are to drive quality in manufacturing and help simplify consumer buying decisions. According to THX, having a single testing methodology and specification enables display manufacturers to standardize on one benchmark that is recognized by both industry insiders and consumers alike. We put THX to the test with a series of questions we had about this program to ensure it wasn't just another logo branded on a product to pimp sales.

THX Display Certification primary goals are to drive quality in manufacturing and help simplify consumer buying decisions. According to THX, having a single testing methodology and specification

— April 25, 2008 14:38 in HDTV Display Formats

Toshiba Cell Broadband Video Processor

Toshiba Cell Broadband Video Processor

Toshiba showed off a lot of their new display products for us at the 2008 CES, but the one technological development that stood out was their use of the Cell Broadband Engine (yes the same processor found in the Sony PS3). They had a rather sophisticated demo involving both standard definition and high-definition content which utilized the Cell Broadband Engine to sharpen images with uncanny ability.

Toshiba showed off a lot of their new display products for us at the 2008 CES, but the one technological development that stood out was their use of the Cell Broadband Engine (yes the same processor

— January 14, 2008 11:56 in HDTV Display Formats

Epson's D7 Panels with C2 Fine Technology

Epson's D7 Panels with C2 Fine Technology

Epson has developed a new type of high-temperature polysilicon TFT liquid crystal (HTPS) panel that will further enhance the performance of 3LCD-type front projectors. The new 0.7-inch (1.9 cm diagonal) HTPS panels, which conform to newly developed design rules, use a technology which boosts aperture ratios by 20% compared with the previous model. By enhancing aperture ratios, this technology improves luminance while using the same lamp as previous models. It also enables the use of a lower-watt lamp to achieve the same levels of luminance.

Epson has developed a new type of high-temperature polysilicon TFT liquid crystal (HTPS) panel that will further enhance the performance of 3LCD-type front projectors. The new 0.7-inch (1.9 cm

— October 24, 2007 11:21 in HDTV Display Formats

DLP DarkChip4 Technology - First Impression

DLP DarkChip4 Technology - First Impression

We investigated the newest DLP technology from Texas Instruments which included their latest DarkChip4 chips. On location at CEDIA during our visit was a DLP projector from SIM2. This was a 3 chip, 1080p DLP projector featuring the new chipset producing trillions of colors combined with a native contrast ratio of 15,000:1. Additionally, there was a static demonstration of a DLP HDTV with DarkChip 4 and LED illumination with a stated contrast performance of 100,000 to 1.

We investigated the newest DLP technology from Texas Instruments which included their latest DarkChip4 chips. On location at CEDIA during our visit was a DLP projector from SIM2. This was a 3 chip,

— September 19, 2007 20:00 in HDTV Display Formats

LIFI Lamp Technology Primer

LIFI Lamp Technology Primer

Luxim Corporation has announced that it is partnering with Panasonic to integrate its new LIFI, or Light Fidelity, lighting unit (lamp system) into their rear projection LCD TVs. The LIFI system creates intense light output with digitally-controlled dimming for high contrast applications such as those required for rear projection lamps. The lifetime of the unit is up to 20,000+ hours, a HUGE increase from the typical ~4000 hour expectancy of current bulbs.

Luxim Corporation has announced that it is partnering with Panasonic to integrate its new LIFI, or Light Fidelity, lighting unit (lamp system) into their rear projection LCD TVs. The LIFI system

— August 27, 2007 11:38 in HDTV Display Formats

1080p and the Acuity of Human Vision

1080p and the Acuity of Human Vision

1080p can be significantly better that 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i. But, (there’s always a "but") there are qualifications. The most obvious qualification: Is this performance improvement manifest under real world viewing conditions?

1080p can be significantly better that 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i. But, (there’s always a "but") there are qualifications. The most obvious qualification: Is this performance improvement manifest

— April 02, 2007 13:32 in HDTV Display Formats

Video Processing in DVD Players, Receivers and Displays

Video Processing in DVD Players, Receivers and Displays

It has come to our attention many times in the past that people are generally confused about video processing. They are confused about which components are responsible for doing what, and they are confused about which products should receive the most attention. If you are confused - you're not alone. If you don't think you're confused, you probably should be.

It has come to our attention many times in the past that people are generally confused about video processing. They are confused about which components are responsible for doing what, and they are

— March 26, 2007 00:40 in HDTV Display Formats

Understanding HDMI Ver 1.3

Understanding HDMI Ver 1.3

HDMI is an acronym that stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. As its name suggests, HMDI is an interconnectivity standard. Hitachi, Matsushita Electric (Panasonic), Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson and Toshiba are the primary members of HDMI LLC, a non-profit industry organization created specifically to usher in the new era of digital high-definition video and multi-channel audio connectivity. HDMI interconnects can carry video, audio and inter-component operability commands (remote control signals) on one digital interface.

HDMI is an acronym that stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. As its name suggests, HMDI is an interconnectivity standard. Hitachi, Matsushita Electric (Panasonic), Philips, Silicon

— January 04, 2007 13:40 in HDTV Display Formats