Fred Manteghian

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

If only it were that easy.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

Mitsubishi, Philips, Sharp, Panasonic, Pioneer and Hitachi were showing protype BluRay players they think they might build.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

The blue packaging used for BluRay releases in the US market is skipped in Japan.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 2 comments

Pioneer blew everyone away with their new 60" plasma prototypes. They claim better than 20,000:1 contrast. They say they can't measure it any higher given todays test equipment. I wonder what Toshiba is using to measure the 50,000:1 contrast they claim they've achieved with SED?

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

Google won't let me get to www.google.com. It forces me to www.google.co.jp when I use my Mozilla Firefox browser.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 1 comments

Microsoft's HDMI-less HD-DVD-less XBox 360 has a tumor of an add-on. For $200, you can only play HD-DVD discs <i>through </i> your 360's component output. The sign in front of the unit summarizes my thoughts on the subject succinctly.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

Well, I finally saw Toshiba and Canon's joint venture: Surface-Conduction Electronic-Emitter Display. You need all those hyphens or the acronym becomes a very uncatchy SCEED. The fairly large flat panels I saw were showing high contrast, bright colored video and, yes, SED looked great. I didn't understand much in the demo except when key words that make your ears perk up. Things that sound like "contrast" but are followed by things that don't sound like any numbers with which I'm familar.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

I missed a live demo of JVCs new 3-chip 1080p D-ILA (variant of LCOS) projector in CEDIA a few weeks ago by mere minutes. This time they were showing it in comparison with to their older 720p DLA-HX1 projector. No doubt that 1080p is sharper, but that was only the beginning. The new projector is also several factors better, subjectively, in areas of color saturation and blackness. More impressively, the light output on a 115" (diagonal) screen was exhilerating! You can really get a big screen with one of these.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

When JVC graciously invited me to Japan to the CEATEC show as their guest, I only hesitated for an instant before saying yes. I've gone to a lot of shows this year, but the opportunity (and desire) to see Japan was too strong. The twenty-eight hour trip from my home in Connecticut to our hotel in Tokyo was taxing and the three hours sleep I managed before I awoke at 3:00 AM local time with a sudden desire to check my mail have put me a little on edge on my first full day here, but I've seen plenty to write about already, so let me fill you in.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

With the image paused, no one in the room saw anything amiss with the SED display from Toshiba/Canon. But the camera has a different take on things.

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