Al Griffin

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 09, 2004 0 comments

Will your next TV be wire-free? To judge from the sets on display at this year's CES, models that wirelessly pull in programs using the Wi-Fi standard are the next hot thing in TV tech. Most of the Wi-Fi-enabled sets here, including models from Sony, Sharp, and Philips, are LCD TVs in the 12- to 23-inch size range.

Al Griffin Posted: Aug 23, 2012 0 comments

There are two stories to tell about Samsung’s new E8000 line of plasma TVs. The first, and likely the more compelling one for S+V readers, is that the E8000 continues Samsung’s streak of putting out plasmas that meet videophile standards for color accuracy, contrast, and shadow detail. The second is that the E8000 is one of the company’s flagship “Smart TV” lines. This basically means that every Smart feature you can think of has been tossed in, including voice and gesture control, face recognition, Web browser, interactive fitness training — the list goes on.

Al Griffin Posted: Sep 03, 2006 0 comments

Color temperature (User preset/Warm Color Temp before calibration / User preset/Normal Color Temp after calibration): Low window (30 IRE): 6,171/6,745 K High window (80 IRE): 8,044/6,514 K Brightness (100-IRE window before/after calibration): 58.4.6/47.5 ftL

Al Griffin Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments
Samsung's plasma buster? 00036725246850 Samsung LN-T4683 There's been significant buzz on the LCD HDTV front lately, much of it surrounding models with 120-Hz scanning, a feature designed to combat picture
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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 07, 2013 0 comments

Breaking with tradition, Sony’s press event at CES was a celeb-free affair. No Will Smith, no Taylor Swift, no that guy who acted in the most recent Spider-Man movie. The star of the show was clearly the company’s new Xperia Z smartphone, but I’m not going to talk about that. What I am going to discuss is 4K, aka “Ultra HD,” as the rest of the industry seems to be calling it. 

Al Griffin Posted: Jun 26, 2001 0 comments

Television is something we all know and love -- sometimes without good reason. Critics routinely argue that shows like Temptation Island and WWF Smackdown! have pushed us several steps down the evolutionary ladder, but people still watch them. One thing that has evolved is the technology for displaying video images.

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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 13, 2008 0 comments

Cable Cutoff

Q. What is the maximum length for an HDMI cable? Alan F. Wufsus Via E-mail

Al Griffin Posted: Sep 05, 2005 0 comments

Unlike oxygen, food, or water, surround sound isn't necessary for survival. But if you recently upgraded to a slim, big-screen HDTV, you're probably feeling a need to update the audio part of your system with something equally tasty. Home theater used to mean huge tower speakers or chunky satellites paired with subwoofers that took up as many cubic feet as an SUV's gas tank.

Al Griffin Posted: Feb 03, 2007 0 comments

Color temperature (User Mode/Warm Color Temperature before/after calibration): 20 IRE: 5,434 K/5,728 K 30 IRE: 5,687 K/6,446 K 40 IRE: 5,934 K/6,433 K 50 IRE: 5,730 K/6,679 K 60 IRE: 5,744 K/6,841 K 70 IRE: 5,716 K/6,854 K 80 IRE: 6,391 K/6,543 K 90 IRE: 6,410 K/7,015 K 100 IRE: 6,247 K/7,441 K

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