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What is the official word on the break in period for my HDTV? Print E-mail
Written by Michael Hamilton   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
In the ISF seminars we used to express the 100 hour rule as a means of ensuring the display in question was issue-free and likely to stay in service after a considerable amount of work was elicited. In a manner of speaking, it was felt that after a 100 hour period, any problem would manifest and be corrected or the unit exchanged. hitachi42hdx99.jpgDepending on display type, it also represented a long enough duration for indigenous sections of the unit to initially "wear-in", whether it was CRT phosphor conditioning (or Plasma for that matter) or bulbs in lamp-based products to accumulate enough time to "season" and stabilize.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 November 2008 )
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Does professional calibration extend the life of a set? Will an LCD last longer than a Plasma? Print E-mail
Written by Michael Hamilton   
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
blackandwhitepattern.jpgProfessional calibration on flat panel LCDs, can contribute to display device longevity when Contrast (White Level) is reduced and by default, heat is reduced. It is a simple yet misunderstood misnomer to say that one should choose LCD over Plasma because Plasma will inherit phosphor wear and "burn in". While it certainly could, and would if abused, LCD is not without its issues. Heat affects all electronics, and if an LCD flat panel is subjected to a prolonged static duty cycle (not within a viewing cycle of a single user's duration, but a "routine" such as the same channel with a banner as news or sports information channels utilize, say in a sports bar setting) then the transistors (more likely a surface mounted device) can fail prematurely.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 January 2010 )
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Best Video On the Planet? Print E-mail
Written by Michael Hamilton   
Friday, 24 June 2011

image8.jpgI had a hunch that would get your attention. Where else than TweakTV could you expect to even find the answer? Should you have nearly $125K and feel it won't serve you nearly as well whilst Wall Street see-saws, you can assemble the system I will be telling you about for your own amusement, once and for all finally besting the brother in law. However, you won't have access to the same content that I am privileged to view nearly 50 plus times per year.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 June 2011 )
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Cost-Club, E-tailers, LCD, Plasma Purchasing Print E-mail
Written by Michael Hamilton   
Monday, 07 April 2008

socks.jpgIf you guessed that was a Carnac bit from the Best of Carson DVD box set you wouldn’t be too far off…that’s available at Cost-Club as well. When it comes to a bargain for an HDTV using money that was hermetically sealed in a mayonnaise jar on your porch until the “time was right”, perhaps the feeling of being all-knowing and all-omniscient has you donning a massive, red velvet turban with adorning flowing cape. Once the domain of canned goods that, were they to fall on your foot, would wreak the same kind of damage as an Al McGinnis slap shot, savvy merchandising has propelled your local warehouse club into a formidable electronics powerhouse.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2008 )
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HDTV News and Reviews

sonykdl55nx8102.jpgThe latest reviews show that Sony KDL-55NX810 is a HDTV worth considering.  Sony is up against strong competition, from Samsung, LG, and Panasonic but this might be the break out TV for them.   What do you think?  In th mean time, here are the suggested settings off of a professional TweakTV calibraiton - Sony KDL-55NX810
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