Saturday Oct 14, 2006

Welcome to HDTV Glory

My 10 year old Sony Rear Projection TV was having problems it's convegence was not holding across the screen, resulting in a blurry image and it would cost ~$500 to fix. So instead of fixing it, I decided it was time to upgrade to high-definition.

I've been loosely following the changes and improvements in TVs for the last few years with the hope of buying a new one but always holding off because I knew it was going to become less expensive and the technology would improve. Well after some research I decided I really wanted a set that could display 1080 natively. There are a few different types to choose from, Plasma, LCD, DLP, LCOS. I also wanted a screen larger than 50' inches. That cut the list down to DLP or LCOS. The other two types are much to expensive at that size or larger and DLP and LCOS have a lot to offer. But I sure like the styling of the LCD based Sony KDL-40XBR2. I had may eye on Samsung's DLP sets for a while and then Sony came out with the SXRD series.

The SXRD is LCOS based and have very good black levels, high brightness and overall a great picture. Here's CNet's Review for the KDS-R60XBR1 and its the set I bought.

Wow! Its amazing the clarity and detail that is present in a good HD program. Discovery HD is definitely one of the best channels for HD content. Very impressive, welcome to HDTV glory!!

I'm still trying to figure out the best setup for watching standard definition channels. Currently I have a DirecTV DVR HR10-250 connected by HDMI to a Denon AVR-2807 receiver and then an HDMI connection to the Sony TV, but standard definition channels just don't seem very good. Part of a solution is to get some of the local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) in HD. But I need to upgrade to DirecTV's latest DVR model, the HR20-700 and a new satellite dish that has the capability to decode MPEG-4 channels. I got to experiment with different setups and also get that upgrade. That's a story for a future blog. <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> var sc_project=1115798; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_partition=10; var sc_security="a3cd786a"; </script> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://www.statcounter.com/counter/counter.js"></script>
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