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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 04, 2006 0 comments

Just one "O" away from an Audi

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 04, 2006 1 comments

I remember Luxman products fondly. In the eighties, they had a classy look and feel that set them apart from many of their Japanese counterparts.

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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 03, 2006 0 comments

This is a reviewer that is famous in Japan. And that's Home Theater's own Geoffrey Morrison standing next to her.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

JVC showed a split screen demo on an LCD. Special processing was performed on the left side to eliminate blurring artifacts, while on the right side it was business as usual. And business as usual for an LCD is typically take every opportunity for turning something with motion into an ugly mess. What JVC did, with the 60Hz video material was to double the frames by creating an interperlated frame between each "real."

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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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