[mythtv-users] OT: LED or Plasma (was Advice on choosing a TV)
indulis.b at au1.ibm.com
Mon May 10 04:41:16 UTC 2010
OK, don't depend on what is set up in the store, if the LCD display's
"demo mode" is set to be more colourful and higher contrast then it will
look better in the store than the plasma.
Depends on who set up each display. In real life you should use Digital
Video Essentials once you have a set home, so that you still get details
in dark shadows, that your eyes don't burn out from the bright colours
I think the best thing you can do is to NOT take what you see as any
indicator of real performance in the home. I'd try a specialist site like
I've had both plasma panels (42" and 50" Panasonics), and now have a Sony
Read the display's manuals on-line so you can check that they can respond
to the right resolution and Hz from the VGA port or the HDMI port. Just
because the panel is 1080 lines does *NOT* mean thay this resolution is
accessible from a PC attached to the display (yeah dumb I know but there
you go, my Sony won't do 50Hz inputs via the VGA port which I need because
Australia is PAL!).
The other thing which is worth researching is make sure that the set you
pick has remote control commands that can take you straight to a selected
input (e.g. from watching TV to say HDMI2), and that you won't have to
write stupid long sequences of IR commands into your learning remote to
get to a menu, go right one, wait, go down 2, wait, select, send Enter.
Look for JP1 on the net as the guys/gals there have been through this
pain, you can even look up the Macros they've had to code to get displays
to work. ALso remotecentral web site.
Bu the way, I would go back to a good plasma over an LCD, the LCD has
"clouding" so when you look at say a dark space scene that should be
evenly black, you can see "fog" in the corners of the display.
Here is another site with a review of the G20 (as I said better to rely on
reviews than on your eyes, EXCEPT for home theatre specialist stores who
have set the displays up properly, ie NOT in demo mode)
I'd also consider the later generation Samsung Plasmas which are v good as
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