What Are HDMI Cables?

By Matt Thames

In order to enjoy the full HD home theater experience one must ensure to purchase all the HDMI equipment needed. HDMI cables are just one of the components that are needed. Most new HDTVs have at least two HDMI inputs. DVR's, DVD or BluRay players, game consoles and computers also feature outputs to give you high quality audio/video. Much about these technologies can be highly priced and confusing to many, however having a single HDMI cable handle both audio and video has the potential to make setting up you home theatre much easier and cheaper.

HDMI, which stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, allows the transmission of high-definition video and high-resolution audio over a single cable. You can accomplish with one HDMI cable what would require the connection of three analog component-video cables plus six analog audio cables. Needless to say, HDMI cables eliminate a lot of cable clutter.

With an HDMI cable you will receive high quality audio and video. Your pictures are sharper and your audio is crisper and clearer. HDMI cables work best with fixed pixel displays such as LCD, plasma or DLP screens and projectors. A HDMI cable allows to hear and view your show with out any changes from it original format.

HDMI cables offer the best higher quality than any other cable available at this time. With HD video of up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second, it surpasses all its competitors. It can also carry eight channels of 24-bit audio at 192kHz.

HDMI cables support two-way communication between the video and display, enabling the remote control devices connected by HDMI cables. Another advantage of HDMI cables are that they are fully backward compatible with DVI using a DVI-to-HDMI cable adaptor. The current standard of HDMI requires products being made with new versions of the HDMI be entirely backward compatible with earlier HDMI products.

Although HDMI cables were originally created for the high definition home theater user, they are quickly branching out to become an industry standard. By eliminating unnecessary cable mess and provided infinitely improved quality of audio and video, they have universal appeal. HDMI cables also work effectively when spread over distances of 10 meters or greater, making them ideal for any distance project. - 32613

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Samsung TV In A Nutshell

By Zeeman Haus

Samsung TV is one of the most recognized names in TV today. Part of this is through extensive marketing as well as a research and development plan that has left some of their competitors scrambling to catch up. Overall customer satisfaction with the Samsung brand has propelled them into the market as a quality manufacturer of televisions.

Because Samsung TV is constantly growing, adapting and developing, a brief description of their entire product line could be a pretty arduous task. We like a challenge, so we have put together a sort of guided tour of the wonderful world of Samsung and invite you along for the journey.

The plasma TVs that Samsung produces begins with the series 4. These are considered the "low-end" in picture quality at only 720p. What this means is that the high def picture is slightly less high def. Hardly anyone can really tell the difference right off though. The price range on these TVs is between $900 and $700 and the sizes range from 42" to 50". Not too bad as far size goes.

The top of the Samsung plasma line would be the series 8. These monsters start with a 50" screen and keep growing until they reach a whopping 58". They are all 1080p, which is the clearest picture currently available and come with an astounding 30,000,000:1 Mega Contrast. Basically this is just another way of saying that the picture looks really, REALLY good.

LED HDTV is known for its ripping contrast and awesome reliability, Samsung has done a lot to lower costs in its series 7 TVs and made a great product. These LEDs produced by Samsung TV range in price from $2-3,000 and for the picture quality and the buck, they are well worth it.

The series 8 LEDs are, like the name implies, the top of the line that Samsung has to offer in LED HDTV. These bad boys have excelling contrast as one would expect from an LED, loads built in as far as software goes and all at a meager $3-4,000 range. The picture quality is outstanding in 1080p and overall these are flat, lightweight and as portable as a 40" - 55" TV can be.

Samsung's LCD HDTV series 3 is the low, low end of their quality TVs. This isn't to say they are poorly made, quite the contrary, but we are talking about LCD. Traditionally, LCD TVs require ambient light to product a quality picture and have troubles producing absolute black. Samsung has done an incredible job with LCD technology, but a V-8 in a Gremlin is still a Gremlin. The series 3 offers low cost plasmas in the 19- 42" range. They are not bad at all, just not LEDs. The series 7 from LCD TVs are markedly better though. The screen sizes range from 37" to a whopping 65". The prices are all over the board too ranging from $1,200 to $6,000, but what do you want to pay for 65"? The contrast on this series is OK for HDTV but great for LCD. Again, while I'm just not a fan of any LCD TV. The advantages of LCD are pretty straight forward though; they are light and skinny and less expensive than their cousins.

When shopping for a new TV make sure that you know the difference between LCD with LED back lighting and straight on LED. The quality difference is astounding, as is the price difference. Whatever your budget or entertainment needs, Samsung most likely has you covered. - 32613

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The Internet Is Witnessing A Tremendous Growth In The Plasma Vs Lcd Tv Niche

By Jacob McCool

The Internet is growing at a robust pace and has become an inseparable part of our daily life. It is ubiquitous and just because of being a source of abundant information we are relying on this medium. For every small and big thing we come to internet and search for it. There are countless topics on which we share or exchange information. From the huge array of such topics one is the cost effective home appliances.

Home appliances are a broader category under which various items lie such as TV, refrigerator, washing machine, etc. These are the essential commodities that we need to have just to enjoy a peaceful and comforting lifestyle. But when the essential factors mingles with luxury the things get expensive. The same case is with LCD TV and Plasma TV. Both are the advanced versions with extraordinary features of typical television that are the integral part of our daily life.

Needless to inform you that the economies worldwide are in great slump and hence we are looking for the relatively cheaper options which can offer us luxury in minimum possible prices. In the recent time we look back to our financial constraints and planning our buying decisions. Buying a TV is the same experience and at the time of deciding the type we consider a lot many things.

In case you need to replace your current television you will find that buying a LCD or plasma will be a good deal. But let me tell you that these may seem cost effective up front but actually these are not economical due to their hidden costs. Most of the people are finding these options costly and thus a steep fall in their prices is noticed. Due to this reason various companies are stepping back to discontinue their Plasma TV lines.

Contrary to that it is good news for the consumers who are planning to own them as now they can buy the same sets with lesser amount or a flat discount. This drop in prices is enabling the middle class people to enjoy it. But while buying a plasma TV you should consider the basic things that affect the quality such as installation charges, repairing and maintenance services, a good service technician, spare parts, etc.

Considering these issues with plasma TV the LCD TV has taken over and it has broken all the records set by Plasma TV. It is comparatively cheaper with almost negligible hidden cost and ensures a good picture as well as audio quality. The recent statics reveal that internet is witnessing a new trend in the form of increased traffic looking for the cheaper TV option. - 32613

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Masking Your Home Media Clutter Free

By Jason Thomas

Where can I store my media collection? This has been a question that is asked since the days of vinyl albums and 8 tracks. This question remains strong today and entertainment media collections are still having owners struggle for the best storage possibilities.

When vinyl albums and 8 tracks were around, people did not have as much as to store, as we have today. One would think that this isn't so, especially since many own iPods and MP3 players, but it is a fact. Even those that own these products still have a ton of CDs and DVDs to store away, but don't know how to do so without turning their home into a cluttered mess.

If you prefer to go luxuriously, there are a few that are more equal to a piece of furniture, only they still come away appearing similar to a console. The most skillful sort of consoles or casings are someplace in between those two, not appearing as if a chintzy article of furniture or a piece of moldable plastic. They're a combination of purpose and fashion.

There are various other options available for storing your discs, as well. One way is to get a large CD/DVD book. This book has clear plastic sleeves where you can place your discs and the artwork. Then there is the plastic case that holds all your discs, and when you want one you can look through the book that has your disc listing, put the code in the case and then grab your disc. Although there are many options available most people still go towards the basic rack, but there is another option that looks good and is functional as well.

There are various styles and kinds of storage racks for you to choose from, with a little research and shopping around you are sure to find that one that is best suited for you. While storing your CDs can be a task that seems impossible, it is a challenge worth taking when the final outcome is an organized looking home. - 32613

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What You Should Know About Plasma TVs

By Michael Fish

In the fifties, the old black and white cabinet television sets were considered the latest in technology. The appearance of smaller, cathode ray tube colour television sets was a vast innovation, but the new sets were bulky and took up almost as much space as the old cabinets. While colour was an improvement, the picture wasn't always very clear. The introduction of plasma television revolutionized the entire industry.

The growth of plasma television was made possible in 1996, when TV stations were compelled to start broadcasting digitally. Digital television (DTV) has better picture quality and resolution than was ever possible previously. Technology in high-speed digital processing has made full colour plasma displays affordable to most consumers.

The new plasma television sets look nothing like the old television sets. The monitors are only 6 inches thick and the sets have a wider screen than was previously possible. The largest plasma television screen in existence is 15 feet tall and 11 foot wide.

One of the features of the new thin plasma television sets is that they can be viewed in any light. Bright light does not wash out the picture or cause excessive glare. Plasma sets also offer an excellent realistic color range not available before.

Plasma TV uses an entire new technology. In the interior of the monitor, there are thousands of lighted cells known as pixels. These pixels are filled with xenon, neon and helium gasses and coated in phosphor atoms. The red, blue and green colors of these pixels merge to produce all the newly available colors with the plasma television sets.

The pixels are positioned between two plates of glass. When the electrical current is turned on, free radicals are released into the cells and become ions. These ions bind with one another to form plasma. The gases emit an ultraviolet light which light up each pixel. This creates the image on the plasma screen.

Plasma television sets have become popular because of their space-saving slim monitors, which can rest easily on a counter or be mounted on a wall. They achieve superior colour reproduction and allow for greatest contrast ratio between dark and light colours.

Despite the technological improvement brought about by plasma television sets, there has been some concern about the amount of energy being used. The new sets are very costly to run. Consumers are insisting on more energy efficient technology. They will get their wish as an improved generation of plasma television sets gets ready to hit the market.

A new, more energy efficient plasma display has been developed and introduced at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show. Through improved phosphors and cell design, these new plasma sets are twice as energy efficient as the current sets. This will make them considerably cheaper to use. The new plasma monitors are thinner than ever and provide even better picture quality. A wireless version will also be offered, allowing for easier installation.

Consumers are enjoying the age of improved television viewing. As prices of the plasma televisions fall, the demand for plasma TVs will be greater than ever. - 32613

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Are Cheap LCD And Plasma TVs Worth Buying?

By Sally Taylor

If you are looking for a new LCD television, or a plasma TV, then you will need to know where and how to find the best prices for your purchase. There are many suppliers of cheap LCD televisions and plasma TVs available. You can also choose from many different brands that are supplied on today's market. To find the best bargains around, you may want to look at the offerings that are online too.

If you buy your new LCD television from a store, you can easily compare the many different options that are available in today's market. When you are at the store, there many different televisions presented side-by-side. This wide variety of options presents the clarity and definition of each brand and model. By viewing each one, you can tell which television offers the best experience to meet your requirements.

To find exceptional bargains, you may want to look at the offerings available online. Online retailers often have very good selections and more options to choose from than local stores. If you are looking for the cheapest TVs around, then you might want to check out the retailers who supply refurbished TVs. They might be slightly older than the models sold in your local stores, but they will be available for much cheaper prices than you can find anywhere else. To buy the best deals on today's market, you should look into the models that are not well known. These models often have many of the same qualities of the higher priced televisions, but are provided at decent prices.

By purchasing a television made by a manufacturer that is not incredibly popular, you'll be able to purchase a at a deep discount. This may give people, who could not purchase these in any other way, access to high-definition for an enjoyable experience. The statistics on this type of television is often less than superb, but many people often report that these televisions give a wonderful display. The type of display you will receive from these TVs will likely depend on the type of use you plan to subject your television to.

Many people often report cheaper televisions to be perfect for gaming. These offer a picture that can be quite dazzling if you place them on the right setting levels. If you do buy one of these , all you have to do is adjust the television until you find the perfect setting for your viewing experience.

Many people find it worthwhile to pay more for a high definition experience. You will have to pay slightly more for a better quality television, but the picture and the capabilities can certainly be worth the price difference.

After a little bit of research, you'll discover the primary differences between the more expensive televisions and the cheaper versions, is due to the refresh rates and resolution levels. Higher-priced ones often have higher resolution capabilities, as well as faster refresh rates.

The quality of cheap LCD televisions and plasma TVs often only slightly differs from the more expensive versions available. The difference is hardly noticeable to the average person, but more knowledgeable users can see the difference easily. The difference between them is often most obvious when they are side-by-side. Many people find the experience offered by cheap LCDs and plasmas to be quite exceptional, even though they do are not of the same quality as the more expensive models. - 32613

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Should You buy a Plasma TV?

By Graham Taylor

Purchasing a TV in the old days used to be a simple process of walking to the store, choosing which size and price were feasible for your home, and lugging the television home. However, with the advent of high definition video and flat panel technology, you have more choices which require a greater research effort before buying. Be a wise consumer and determine whether you should buy a plasma TV before purchasing.

A plasma TV is a flat panel television and it has benefits and disadvantages just like every other piece of technological equipment. Therefore, you must weigh the advantages against the disadvantages to decide whether are not to buy a plasma TV. These advantages and disadvantages will be discussed at length.

The disadvantages of plasma TVs include a strong susceptibility to screen burn-in when compared to LCD units. Still, due to an improvement in the technology of plasma televisions this disadvantage is almost a nonissue. Another problem that is posed by flat panel plasma televisions is greater use of power and more heat build up when compared to LCD units. Yet another difficulty is the fact that plasma televisions are more likely to perform poorly at high altitudes and are usually heavier and susceptible to glare.

However, there are several advantages of a plasma television. Most of the advantages of plasma TVs stem from their ability to provide better picture. Specifically, plasma televisions provide deeper blacks, better contrast ratio, superior motion tracking, deeper colors, and a larger assortment of large screen sizes. Any videophile would obviously be much happier with a flat panel plasma television.

One common issue that is raised concerning plasma televisions is the idea that they are superior to LCD televisions because they do not contain mercury. While this may be true, the mercury that is used an LCD televisions is extremely safe. Therefore, to be honest, wise consumers do not have to worry about this threat because it is essentially a figment of the plasma television manufacturers imagination.

Purchasing a plasma television relies on your perception of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of technology. If youre still unsure how these will play into your choice, consider the following scenarios.

Some people choose to open their windows and allow a lot of sunlight into their homes. In this situation, plasma TVs will likely show a lot of screen glare and cause unwanted heat buildup when combined with the sunlight. However, because most homes are air conditioned and do not allow much sunlight in, plasma televisions will likely be the better choice. Simply put, the increased quality of video that is produced by a plasma TV will definitely lead many people to buy them.

As is the case with every product, plasma televisions have worthwhile points of interest and areas which can be improved. However, when compared to other technologies currently on the market, a plasma TV will likely fit your homes situation better than competing technologies will. Ultimately, the choice is yours whether or not to purchase a plasma TV or an LCD flat screen television for your home or business. However, it would appear that plasma televisions have the upper hand. - 32613

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