The Mystery of LCD...

OK. So towards the end of last year, got meself a little wedding present. A Samsung 46 inch HDTV.

Then promptly became lost in a sea of settings - vainly trying to combat inferior show broadcast quality of DSTV, wondering when HD will come (rumours = September 2008!), getting lost in more settings that Linux and having that typical buyers remorse when I saw my first motion blur / stutter / questionable quality of fast moving objects.

Who KNOWS their stuff about this? I sure would like to know the correct combination of settings for PEAK super TV watching experiences... Movie mode? Sharpening? Edge enhancement? Upscaling?

Wat die donder.

Anyhoo - I'll be posting some stuff up here as I come across it. You'll all need it soon. :)

This surfaced via the ever knowledgable geeklist.

LCD TV Response Times: Playing with Numbers!

Normally, bigger numbers sell better; in the case of response time, it is the smaller number that is better. Manufactures know this number game very well. A faster LCD TV response time is suppose to render better, fast actions during movies, sport events, and gaming, but...

Response time of LCD HDTV sets is surely among the latest battlegrounds between display manufactures, with some quoting response figures as low as 8, 6 and even 3msec! A case in point is the ViewSonic VX924 19-inch LCD Monitor, which comes with a quoted 3msec response time.

We have seen number battles in the scanner and digital camera world when some manufactures started quoting interpolated instead of true optical image resolution figures. A scanner with 19200DPI image resolution would seem better than one with 2400DPI ...unless you know what you are really talking about.

Similarly, a plasma TV with a quoted contrast ratio of 10,000:1 is suppose to deliver a better picture than one with a contrast rating of 4,000:1.

These are just a few typical cases where some manufactures are taking customers for a ride by quoting unrealistic high or low figures, for technical specs resulting from unspecified testing methodologies that aim more at inflating the end figure to cut on competition, than to deliver a better product to the end customer.

Read the entire (informative) article here...

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  1. Andy,

    Check out and search for your tv by model number.

    The users of this forum are insanely knowledgeable. I would also have a look at what quality dstv is putting out as you might find that using standard settings (ie not having HD settings) results in a better picture quality. Then also look at your connections (ie are you using component or s-video cables... or even better DVI or HDMI.)

    After a quick search DStv seem to have a decent forum where users are asking the same sort of question you have.


  2. HDMI baby!

    Thanks though... will check it out.


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