Date: Mon Feb 19 09:19:13 2007
Author: Rick Tarara
The problem with projection TVs is that you need a really dark room. If you
have that, they can be great. However the unit Michael describes will not
do much for true high-def broadcasts. It will look fine though with most
regular DVDs. [But the popcorn at home is never quite as good--even if it is
1/10 the price.]
As to the HDMI inputs. A HD cable box will use one input. That box may or
may not include a DVR--if you add one on, that might require another HDMI.
DVD players that are either High Def (blue ray or HD-DVD) or units that
upconvert signals to near-HD resolutions might also require one. So--at
least 2. A front panel input is good for HD cameras and X-BOX etc. game
Careful about older units. HDMI-2 is now the standard and older HDMI inputs
may not support all features. Likewise cablecard slots today are pretty
useless but very soon a new standard there will correct most of the initial
flaws in the technology.
In the end, it all depends on what you intend to watch, what kind of
equipment you will be attaching (now and in the future), and how geeky you
are in terms of trying to get the 'perfect' picture.
The technology will keep advancing, but it is already slowing its pace.
Five years from now things will be pretty standard (well they will be coming
out with ULTRA HD by then). However, all units that I know of still provide
component video (3 RCA outputs) that produces very good pictures. My 5 year
old Pioneer HD TV only has such--but my cable box/DVR (which does have HDMI)
has component outputs and the pictures are great.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Timmins"
> Depending on how much you watch, you should consider getting a widescreen
> projector rather than a tv. We just got one from B&H for less than $500.
> Its about 1/2 the full HD resolution (960x540). It looks great with
> movies on a 92" 16:9 screen. I figured at 10 hrs/week the bulb will last
> about 4 years. I'll never drag the family to a movie theatre again.
> In terms of HDMI connectors, we have a computer hooked up as well as a dvd
> player. We don't get cable but I could imagine needing something with an
> HD tuner eventually which would mean another input. Our A/V stereo
> handles composite video so I switch everything through the stereo rather
> than using HDMI. I'm suspicious of all the incompatibilities I've heard
> about between different implementations of copy protection with the HDMI
> Hope this helps a little, this is a big topic right now.
> Mike Timmins
> On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 08:50:52 -0500 (EST)
> Richard Berg wrote:
>> Video gurus,
>> My wife and I are getting an HDTV large-screen TV. In particular, we are
>> looking at a 46" SONY, KDL46V25L1 vs. KDL46XBR2 (about $1000 price
>> One has three HDMI inputs, and one says in the specs that it has only
>> one, except it looks like there are two of the HDMI jacks on the rear of
>> the TV.
>> In addition, each appears to have a couple of RGBHV inputs (RCA) and one
>> marked UHF-VHF and one marked CABLE TV (both F-connectors).
>> We will be getting Verizon FIOS cable TV and internet service, which is
>> now becoming available in our area.
>> Why would you need more than one HDMI input? Is it correct that you
>> would use the CABLE TV connector (F-connector) to input the cable TV
>> signal and the HDMI for a blue ray DVD player. What would the second or
>> third HDMI connector be used for?
>> Is there any web site that deals with this issue?
>> Any helpful information would be appreciated.