Wednesday, January 11, 2006
If those big Plasma televisions are too much for your budget right now, you might want to consider a rear projection model. There are some good models out now and you will pay less than half for a comparably sized plasma. Yes, the rear projections take up some space and you won‚Äôt hang it on the wall, but you can get an impressive screen size and most are ready to upgrade to HDTV (High Definition Television). In some models I‚Äôve seen lately, the picture quality is simply fantastic, and with the money saved you can indulge your audio senses with some great speakers and a DVD player to boot!
I have been partial to Sony for many years. There is no other company that delivers such long lasting quality for such competitive prices. It seems you always get your value. The Sony KDS-R50XBR1 I checked out incorporates their SXRD (Silicon Crystal Reflective Display) technology. It delivers exceptionally clear video, by utilizing three SXRD chips. You get a full 1920x1080 pixel resolution with 1080p compatibility. Other features included are integrated HDTV tuner, S-video, HDMI, PC monitor inputs and HD-components. Hook your computer up this and surf the Internet in large style! On the audio side, the Sony KDSR50XBR1 features SRS TruSurround as well as a digital optical system to connect to an external home theater audio system. This is one sharp rear projection TV. At 50 inches, it‚Äôs going to impress with its size and picture quality.
The Panasonic PT-52LCX65 utilizes LCD technology. I found that it also delivers an excellent picture. It also features an integrated HDTV tuner (like the Sony above) for over-the-air broadcasts. I appreciate the Cable Card expansion for standard and HD cable signals, and a progressive scan line doubler for of analog video signals. It has all of the audio and video inputs that you are likely to need includes both analog, component, HDMI, and PC monitor inputs. As an additional feature, it has a built-in SD card slot for the viewing of digital camera photos. With the popularity of digital cameras skyrocketing, I can see the tremendous fun people are going to have with this capability.
Toshiba is usually ranked highly by the consumer magazines and the old 32-inch behemoth I have in the den delivers a great picture.
Toshiba always does a good job with the basic features, and then adds a host of useful additions. This Toshiba projection television is no exception. The 46H84 is HD-up-gradable, has a 46-inch screen with a wide 160-degree viewing angle that everyone will enjoy. It also has some high end features such as HD-component video and HDMI inputs, a great SRS surround system, 30 watt sound system and a velocity san modulation. This is one to consider if you are on a budget. This set is less expensive than DLP (Digital Light Processing) or LCD-based projection televisions.