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Sincere wishes to everyone during this blessed Christmas day, and all the best for 2014!
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Recently, Panasonic confirmed that the company will exit the plasma TV business completely by March 2014; much faster than expected. Definitely, this is sad news to many who appreciate the superior yet affordable picture quality of plasma televisions.
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TV response times have long been among the battlegrounds between LED LCD TV makers, with some quoting response times as low as 1msec. Is this fast enough? Is it really possible to compare response times between different TV makers? #ledtv_response_times  
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Up to not long ago, you had no choice for a direct-view TV; all sets were of the same kind, using old but reliable CRT technology.

That is no longer the case. What used to be just a popular laptop screen technology ― LCD ― has now become the dominant TV display technology in the home. In particular, the LED TV has become the TV of choice as more consumers are preferring larger 46- and 55-inch sets; at these screen sizes, the CCFL LCD TV has simply disappeared from TV makers' lineups.

http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/LCD-Tv.html
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Finally, the much awaited OLED TV is a consumer reality! It is impossibly thin, relatively light, most eco-friendly, and yes... it is the display technology that supports the best TV picture.

But your OLED TV options are very much limited to just two very expensive 55-inch models; and for the expensive price tag, you will be getting a curved TV!
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Strictly speaking, 4K is not a display technology in the same sense as plasma, LCD and OLED, but a display resolution technology. So you cannot really compare both.

To truly appreciate the benefits of 4K, you need a really big screen unless your viewing distance is too close to what can be considered reasonably practical to the TV screen. More on 4K resolution is available in my article here:  http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/4k-resolution.html
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Many think that the optimum TV viewing distance is only a matter of the TV screen size... Yet this is only partially correct and will not always lead to the best results; there is also the issue of image resolution. In addition, there are distinct differences with respect to viewing distance requirements between watching 2D and 3D content. #tvviewing  
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Among the best LED TVs for 2013, there is the Samsung UNF8000 Series with its superior features and excellent picture. Equally interesting is Sony's W900A LED TV with the new 'Triluminous' backlight technology - the first to use Quantum Dots technology as a backlight source. These HDTVs are expensive, but here we are talking about high-end HDTVs that have transformed backlight technology into cutting-edge science.
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LED/LCD TV specs seem to imply that the ability of a display to reduce motion blur is not so much a function of the pixel response time inasmuch as of the display panel refresh rate; the implication is that a higher panel refresh rate yields less motion blur. But...

To what extent a faster refresh rates reduce motion blur?
Is LCD response time related to the panel refresh rate?
#lcdmotionblur
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Home theater design is definitely complicated science — hence the need for the detailed guides under our home theater design section. Yet there are a few simple things to consider that can transform your home theater experience from ordinary to extraordinary.
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2013 has brought more 4K TVs than we ever expected but... this new 4K TV hardware is very expensive; a typical 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV with nothing but a mid-range feature set sells for $7,000!

Is a 4K TV worth the expensive price? What is 4K technology, and what are its implications on home entertainment - is it really worth jumping onto the 4K bandwagon?
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You can enjoy much better sound and a better TV picture simply by following a few basic setup tips, and by investing in an inexpensive home theater calibration DVD. #calibrationdvd #setupdvd  
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Many tend to take the cheapest route when wiring their AV entertainment room. Yet, this is not something you will be replacing any time soon, so... it is best to plan your wiring carefully!
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A comprehensive guide to all aspects of home theater—from the art and science of home theater design, to home theater systems installation and product reviews.
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Practical Home Theater Guide is set to serve as a comprehensive guide to all aspects of home theater—from the art and science of home theater design, to home theater systems installation and product reviews; all articles are complemented by easy-to-follow information and practical installation tips to help you get started.

For more information on Practical Home Theater Guide and how the site came into existence, please refer to my About Me page on the site at http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/about-me.html
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