[mythtv-users] OT: Buying a new TV - Sharp Quattron or 3D?
R. G. Newbury
newbury at mandamus.org
Sat Jun 4 14:27:31 UTC 2011
On 06/04/2011 03:23 AM, Paul Gardiner wrote:
> On 03/06/2011 21:29, Kingsley Turner wrote:
>> Does anyone have a Quattron? I am hoping to get decent skin-tone colour
> If you are coming from a good quality CRT, buying a new TV can be
> very disappointing. My recommendation would be buy a second hand
> Pioneer Kuro.
> A big problem with buying TVs is you cant really believe reviews,
> and the best TVs don't look great in brightly lit shops. In a line
> of TVs all showing the same content, the one that catches your eye
> will be the one that looks unnatural when you have it back in your
> living room. It's hell buying a new TV.
I have been to CES each year for the past couple of years with a group.
In 2010 the BIG thing was 3D with active glasses. Those gave everyone in
the group a headache. And if you get migraines or suffer from flicker
vertigo or have epilepsy I think you could be in trouble. And the
glasses are heavy, restricting and expensive. Even worse if you already
This year the neat thing is LG's polarized glasses 3D. You wear what
look like sun-glasses but the glass/plastic is polarized differently for
each eye. Very nice.
But then how the director films it becomes important. Subtle hints of
depth in the picture are great. But it was all to easy to get assaulted
by images which leap from the screen. I did not see any game replays. I
think that would be nice to see.
But 3D is not yet ready for prime time IMHO.
Regarding the TV itself. If you get good HD transmission and like
watching sports, then the 120/240 refresh rate feature will be
worthwhile. Plasma's are electricity hogs and HOT, HOT, HOT. Something
to consider if the kids will leave it on all day.
One thing I REALLY noticed was that different brands have marked
differences in how difficult it is to change INPUTS. I returned a Sharp
42" a couple of years ago, because it had a (comb filter??) error which
made the picture look like you were looking through a waterfall. It also
had the most complicated menu system and took about a dozen key presses
on the remote to change the input.
OTOH, the LG I now have, has a dedicated button on the remote to change
inputs, so swapping from OTA, to cable, to mythbox is just a keypress.
(My wife prefers to watch the news and weather 'live', not through myth.
News is OTA, weather is cable.)
And I will never, ever again buy anything Sony. The root-kit and the
blackmailing of geohotz says far too much about the corporate culture.
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