Home Electronics: The Facts About Plasma TVWritten by Simon Canfield
Not so many years ago, homes across country watched their favorite TV shows on a bulky floor model that took awhile to warm up before you could see picture, didn’t offer anything in way of remote control manipulation and offered a washed out image on TV’s cathode ray tube hosted screen...and folks were thrilled to have such marvelous technology in their midst. Today, all of that’s been changed, with introduction of plasma TV.
Instead of trekking to local theater to catch a favorite flick, those who own a plasma TV can get pretty much same experience in their own homes. If thought of shelling out amount of money that one of these sets costs makes you flinch, think of how much you’d be spending to buy movie tickets, and your perspective will change. If you multiply number of movies that you’ll watch on your plasma set by $8.00 (the average price of a movie ticket these days), you’ll see that set will quickly pay for itself. Even if your purchase price was $4300 for a 50” widescreen model, you’d see a profit after just about 538 movies were viewed – watching two movies per day, then, would have you realizing a profit after about 9 months. When you factor in cost of popcorn and a drink, you’ll be seeing a profit a lot quicker than that.
Known for their magnificent color, clarity and brightness, plasma TVs come in a variety of sizes – from 37” to over 60”. Instead of bulky floor models of yesterday, plasma TVs of today are as thin as 3.25” – demanding far less accommodation for depth – and can be mounted on wall. This helps to provide a true theater experience without need for a lot of bulky hardware cluttering up room.
Consumer Electronic Information: The Basics of the DLP ProjectorWritten by Simon Canfield
Projectors have come a long way in past few decades. The desktop fossils that were once used to show home movies or classroom filmstrips are a thing of past. With today’s technology, you can now experience a projected movie that emulates a full-blown theater flick, without time, effort and hassle of standing in line at local cinema.
DLP projectors – also known as Digital Light Processing projectors – have brought proverbial silver screen to home front. The fact that some theaters actually use this type of technology for feature movie projection makes this truer than you might imagine. After being digitally converted and placed on an optical disk – much in same way as DVD technology is produced – images are fed into projector and sent to movie screen. The main difference is that DLP projectors offer a high definition experience, as opposed to that of a DVD. The result is a picture that very nearly rivals quality of a 70mm projection, but without imperfections.
The color accuracy of DLP system is outstanding, with an end result that beats LCD technology. Some of advantages that make a DLP projector of choice are its low power consumption, compactness, micro-mirror construction (which is responsible for high level screen resolution), high contrast and brightness. All in all, this is closest that anyone can come to having a bona fide cinema within confines of their home.
With every set of pros, you’ll always find some cons lurking in shadows. Such is case with DLP projector. For those who are particularly sensitive to certain visual effects, DLP design produces a type of “rainbow effect,” which could serve as a distraction when looking from one side of screen to other during viewing. This will play out as a brief splash of colors, which is simply a result of type of technology that’s used in production of DLP. Most people don’t even notice this color display, but those who are in tune to that sort of thing may see it as an annoyance.