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Monday, 26 January 2009 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Panasonic TH-42PZ80U Plasma HDTV
With the rapidly depleting prices of flat-panel televisions in the current climate, 1080p is quickly becoming both a buzz phrase and a necessary technology to common consumers instead of a strictly enthusiast’s tool.   The fact that a rash of 32” 1080p sets has hit the market is clear indication of that fact.  But the mainstream integration of this new resolution has created a stirring new trend in the panel market, aside with changing economic conditions: the price of flat-panel, full-resolution sets is dropping quickly.  Because of this weariness for price and budding “requirement” for 1080p resolution, the popularity for 42” televisions has spiked within that niche.   Blending the result of scientific analysis, price conscientiousness, multi-functionality, and consumer space constraints, many consider this to be the go-to framework for an everyday use television.Staying their course, Panasonic have continued their ever-popular PZ ...
Monday, 01 September 2008 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Vizio VP3222 32-inch Plasma HDTV
Introduction The VP322 reviewed here is a 32-inch design, with a maximum resolution of 1080i, retailing for $649.99 through Vizio directly or Wal-Mart.  The VP322 is an attractive design with a smooth gloss piano bezel and amber illuminated Vizio logo on its face.  All manual controls are located on the side of the display itself, with the inputs and outputs recessed in a large but organized panel ‘round back.  The VP322 features three HDMI inputs, as well as a PC monitor in, one component video in, one composite video in, one RF antenna in and a single S-Video input.  The VP322 has two 10-watt speakers internally, which provide way more volume output then they should, although at high volumes or with action films, they do fall apart like a Fiat in the summertime.  All of the VP322’s video connections are accompanied ...
Thursday, 01 May 2008 ,  Written by Adrienne Maxwell
Panasonic TH-42PZ77U Plasma HDTV
Introduction A lot of people are ready to sound the death knoll for plasma, asserting that the technology won’t be able to keep pace with LCD, in price or volume, over the long term. Rather than try to compete with LCD in a price war, companies like Pioneer and Hitachi are positioning their plasma HDTVs as higher-end luxury items. Panasonic, meanwhile, has chosen to remain in the mid- and entry-level rings and duke it out with LCD. They landed a good punch when they became the first plasma maker to offer a true 1920 x 1080 resolution at the 42-inch screen size, a category where LCD held a clear advantage. The benefits of 1080p at this screen size are questionable at best – at least in terms of how much resolution the eye can actually see from a normal viewing distance ...
Thursday, 24 April 2008 ,  Written by
Hitachi Director’s Series P60X901 Plasma HDTV
The Basics: Hitachi was one of the first manufacturers to introduce 1080 plasma models to the market in 2007. Some of them, including this 60-inch model, have a 1920 x 1080 resolution; however, the use of a special panel technology called ALiS (Alternate Lighting of Surfaces) causes these TVs to perform more like a 1080i panel. Only alternate rows can be illuminated at the same time, so you never see the full progressive 1080-line signal on the screen. The Director Series signifies Hitachi’s highest-end models, and this TV is loaded with features. It employs Hitachi’s Reel60 technology, which functions similarly to 120Hz to reduce the appearance of judder and render smoother movement with film sources. The connection panel includes three HDMI inputs (including one on the front panel), two HD-capable component video inputs, both RS-232 and IR blasters for more advanced ...
Thursday, 24 April 2008 ,  Written by
LG 50PY3D Plasma HDTV
The Basics: LG offers both plasma and LCD HDTVs, and the 50PY3D was LG’s first 50-inch 1080p plasma. As such, it is priced somewhat higher than several of the company’s 720p 50-inch models. The 50PY3D has a healthy connection panel that includes three HDMI inputs and two component video inputs, all of which accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24. RS-232 and IR ports allow for integration into a more advanced control system, and there’s a USB port for MP3/JPEG playback. While the video menu does not have an extensive amount of picture adjustments, it does provide direct access to advanced white-balance controls, and it gives you the option to enable LG’s XD processing, with contrast, color and noise settings. The menu also offers several features to counteract the effects of short-term image retention, plus an energy-saving mode that limits light output to reduce power ...
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