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Ethan is the senior editor in charge of stupid video for Brainfarts.

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11 2006

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  1. Michael Jeung #

    Damn straight.

    Now seriously — someone else besides Ethan post something.

  2. Emmy #


  3. Ethan #

  4. Michael Jeung #

    So, would you avoid Plasma screens like the plague, or are they ok now? Cnet is telling me burn-in is just an exaggerated problem propogated by the evil LCD overlords.

    I currently am eyeing this one. I’m not really planning on using it for actual TV viewing – just DVD watching with the potential for console gaming sometime in the future.


  5. Ethan #

    Burn in isn’t as big a problem as they would lead you to believe, but it IS a real thing when talking about plasmas. With a newer plasma, though, you shouldn’t have any problems with it unless you have some very odd usage patters, like leaving a static image up for a day or two at a time.

    The other valid complaint I’ve seen leveled against plasma technology is that while they will accept and display HDTV formats, they usually don’t actually have the full resoultion (as you can see in the review you linked to). Of course, that doesn’t mean that it won’t still look good — it just means that it is employing a technical cheat where LCD screens usually don’t.

    Also, you might consider looking for a TV that fully supports independent color mode memory for its different sources. You might not think it, but many devices will output signals that won’t look good with settings that looked great with a different device (for example, my Xbox and my Xbox 360 require different color settings to look their best). Given this, any extra convenience the TV offers to help you quickly and conveniently change color modes will go a long way towards your enjoyment of the picture it produces.

    Those really are minor quibbles, though — from the review, it looks like a great TV. Panasonic is generally consider the brand to go with for plasma. Also it does have a built ATSC (over the air HDTV) tuner which is good (just in case you change your mind about TV viewing), and two HDMI inputs is also a good future proofing feature. For devices you can buy now, though, you really will want lots of component video inputs though.

    The two it has is passable (and that is all my TV has), especially if you do have one or two devices using the HDMI (for example, the PS3 has an HDMI output). However, most of your DVD players are going to have component video as their best output, as does the Xbox 360, the Wii, and all of the consoles from the previous generation, so if you start having multiple devices you might need to get some kind of component video switching solution (I have a surround sound receiver that does component switching as well). Really, though, don’t even bother connecting anything to an HDTV with less than component video. Even s-video will be an insult to it, and composite will look pretty darn awful no matter what you do.

    Anyway, feel free to ask or give me a call if you have any other questions, eh?

  6. Michael Jeung #


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