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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Experience HD

I just got a 26" LCD TV this month. Now I got the chance to experience and appreciate HD. My original gaming window is a bulky 29" SDTV (Sony Trinitron) that is almost 15 years old. I enjoyed playing my PS2 on it and basically appreciated what outstanding graphics the PS2 has to offer.

Then came my Xbox 360 last October. I plugged it in and played DOA4 for a few minutes. My first impression was '...and it was just a souped up version of the Xbox'. Although this is true, I didn't really think the graphics are that great as I read over the web.

Then I got this chance to file an appliance loan as sponsored by my company last December. I visited the store nearest to us and the first thing that caught my eye is this sleek, slim black box. It is calling to me. I was originally looking for a Samsung, Phillips or Sony LCD TV but then the black beauty has a different name.


I checked their official webpage and convinced myself to give this newcomer a try. And I wasn't wrong. Below are the specs:

Display Resolution: SXGA 1366 x 768 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 500cd/㎡
Viewing Angles (H/V): 178°/ 178˚
Fast Response Time: 8ms (G to G)
Reception System: Multi-system (PAL-I/BG/DK,SECAM-BG/DK,NTSC3.58/ 4.43)
PIP Function
Support HDMI/ DVI (Optional)
3D Com. Filter (Optional)
ATSC/ DVB-T (Optional)
Audio Power: 10+10 W
Option: Wall Mount

I didn't use the wall mount so I just purchased a Denmark-made wooden rack.

After connecting my 360 and switching the video mode to HDTV, I was amazed by the actual graphics. This is what my friends are telling me. Once you go HD, you can't go back to SD (Standard Definition)

Compared to my 19"AOC widescreen LCD, you can definitely enjoy sitting all day long and playing games or watching DVDs without that much strain in the eyes. You can even use this LCD TV as your monitor for your PC. (I can't use that feature yet since my vid card is dual DVI)

Now, me and my siblings can enjoy multiplayer on a bigger better screen. Oh, don't forget to hook that 5.1 and load Guitar Hero III or Rockband!

Till next time folks!

~~Paul Vhayste

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