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Category: HDTV Displays

Got a Minute? HDTV Survey

November 8, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
As you may have noticed, Alfred Poor's HDTV Alamanac has been going for more than a month now, but we've just launched the site officially. And if you poke around the site, you'll find that I'm in the process of writing Professor Poor's Guide to Buying HDTV which is scheduled to be published here next month. But I want to make it as useful to you and other readers as...

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Pioneer Closes 2 Plasma Plants

November 7, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Pioneer is the second-leading manufacturer of HDTV plasma displays. Last week, the company announced plans to shut down two of their manufacturing plants. The company still plans to ship 2/3 more plasma panels than they did last year, up from 380,00 per year to 640,000. Even with closing a third of their production lines and this increased volume, Pioneer will still be operating the lines at less than 60% of...

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Pedal to the Metal for DLP HDTV

November 1, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Texas Instruments continues to dig for display gold on the high-speed race tracks around the country. Yesterday, the company announced a marketing agreement with the International Speedway Corporation that will make DLP HDTV products the official high-definition television at race tracks including Daytona, Taladega, Darlington, and Watkins Glen. This slipstreams right behind TI’s deal with “Hall of Fame Racing” to place DLP advertisements on their NASCAR race cars. As I...

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What’s the Right Size HDTV for Me?

October 20, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
One of the biggest questions among people shopping for an HDTV is "how big should it be?" If you have an unlimited budget, you might be tempted to get the biggest display in the store. And you'd probably be making a mistake. Think about when you go to the movie theater. Do you always try to sit in the first row? Probably not; the image will be uncomfortably large. And...

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LCD TVs: From Desktop to Den

October 19, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
By all accounts — including the numbers from Pacific Media Associates where I’m a Senior Research Associate — the LCD TV market is growing rapidly, especially for screens 30-inches and smaller. Lots of companies have been making LCD displays in this size range for years for the desktop computer monitor market. That market is crowded and margins are tight, so it should be no surprise that some established brands are...

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Dude! I’m Watching a Dell HDTV!

October 18, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
This changes everything. Dell is a juggernaut that has grown to dominate the desktop and laptop computer markets. And now the company is setting its sights on the living room with its new large flat panel TV offerings. In addition to smaller sets, the company now offers a 37-inch LCD HDTV and a 50-inch plasma HDTV. (You can learn more about the differences between LCD and plasma in Professor Poor's...

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DLP Goes Mainstream

October 14, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
When it comes to propeller-beanie, techno-geeky, esoteric details, it’s tough to beat the micromechanical, digital micromirror device known as “DLP” (Digital Light Processing) from Texas Instruments (TI). (You can find out more about the details of DLP in Professor Poor’s HDTV Buying Guide.) This little chip is the heart of many front- and rear-projection displays, however, and has revolutionized the display industry. Still, it’s a bit of a surprise to...

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HDTV Lies, Damned Lies, and Specifications

October 12, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
The HDTV display manufacturers and retailers are in danger of turning specifications into a waste of the paper that they're printed on. Specifications can be important to buyers who want to comparison shop, but they are dangerous for if you don't know what's being measured and what difference it might make. Too often, people make decisions based on which model has the highest numbers. And the problem is that in...

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HDTV: Boggled by Big Screen Bucks

October 5, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Last month, I attended a press event hosted by Sharp, at which they unveiled their new 65-inch Aquos LCD 1080p HDTV: the LC-65D. It was gorgeous, and it will be available for a list price of about $21,000. As impressive as it was, the impact was reduced by the fact that I had just come from a Sony event where they announced new products, including a 60-inch rear-projection 1080p television...

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HDTV LCD vs Plasma: a Hidden Difference

October 4, 2005 | Author: Ibex Marketing
Here’s an interesting fact: if you buy an LCD TV from Dell, and there’s a problem with it, you box it up and ship it back to the company. However, if you buy a plasma TV from Dell, and it should need to be serviced or replaced, the company sends a service to your home to box the display for shipping back to the company. Why the different treatment? The...

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