Archive for the 'HDTV' Category

Weekly column: Antenna for HDTV, Monoprice iPod/iPad accessories

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Q.  I have a second home in South Florida and am considering getting rid of my cable service there to save money, since I am not there all the time.  For a long time I thought you had to have cable to get TV anymore and thought rabbit ears went [...]

Sound Advice Column Week 8, 2011 : 5.1 surround sound from cable/satellite boxes, iPad 2, At-LP120-USB Turntable update

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 8, 2011 Q. I just switched from cable to satellite and no longer get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound from high-def channels, as I did with Comcast. I have the satellite box connected the same as before, with HDMI to the TV and an optical digital cable to my [...]

3D is here to stay

I get quite a few emails from readers regarding television purchases. Some are eager to embrace 3D, others emphatically state “I don’t want it/I don’t need it” or “I don’t want to have to deal with glasses.  Some think it will be a passing fad, as it was years ago.  That is one of the [...]

Sound Advice Week 5, 2011: Upgrading receivers, HDMI and Component Video Sunset

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 5, 2011 Q. I have a Kenwood KRV 7040 audio-video receiver. It was purchased in 1992 and I’ve been very pleased with it. I was considering upgrading to one of the $500 digital HDMI receivers you recommend (either the Onkyo or Pioneer, leaning towards the Pioneer) but after reading [...]

Sound Advice Column Week 2, 2011: Fixing old stereo receivers, glasses-free 3D HDTV

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Week 2, 2011 Q. I have a mid-1980′s NAD 7140 receiver that sounds great to me. Lately when I adjust the volume or balance knob there is static in the left speaker. A few seconds of jiggling removes the static and gets it back on track. My guess is the [...]

Is plasma or LCD better for 3D TV?

I’ve had some inquiries recently regarding whether or not plasma or LCD is better for 3D. Regular readers know I am a fan of plasma, and it holds especially true for 3D.  The wider viewing angle of plasma is very desirable for watching 3D programming, especially if viewers will be scattered around the room. Combine [...]

Samsung LN40B630 LCD HDTV : Product of the Day 11, 2010

Samsung LN40B630 LCD HDTV Regular readers of my column and this site know I much prefer plasma TVs over LCD TVs.  There are still LCDs I like and would not mind owning, and the Samsung LN40B630 LCD HDTV is one of them.  I may still buy one yet, given the current $849 price, which makes [...]

Sound Advice Column: Signal Disruption and HDMI Handshake

Question: I am experiencing a frustrating situation with my audio/video system, described by my cable provider as a “handshake” issue. I have an Onkyo TX-SR606 A/V receiver, a Sony Blu-ray player and a Sony Bravia HDTV. While watching HDTV from my cable box I occasionally lose the audio/video signal for four to five seconds. There [...]

Product of the Day, Day 32: Monoprice HDA-3700 Indoor HD Antenna

Monoprice HDA-3700 Indoor HD Antenna Monoprice is well known for their very affordable, extremely high quality HDMI and audio/video cables.  Monoprice HDMI cables typically sell for $5 or less,  vs. the extremely high prices charged in big box stores.  Monoprice is no one-trick pony.  They sell a wide variety of other products from plasma TV [...]

Product of the Day, Day 30: Samsung PN42B450 42-inch Plasma TV

Samsung PN42B450 42-inch Plasma HDTV Looking for a really wonderful 42 inch flat-panel HDTV, with beautiful, completely natural, and satisfying image quality?  What if you could have all that at an incredibly low price, which makes it one of the best bargains in home entertainment?  For under $720 delivered you can put a beautiful plasma [...]

Anthem Front Projection System

Anthem LTX500 LCoS Video Projector Paradigm’s high-end electronics line, Anthem, is delving into video display with a pair of re-branded JVC LCoS projectors.  The JVC LCoS front projectors are about the best I have seen and Anthem hopes to bring their customary high level of service with the products. I saw the LTX500 demonstrated with the Black Diamond [...]

Toshiba 52RV530U 52-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for only $1299.97

  Toshiba 52RV530U 52-inch 1080p LCD HDTV Tiger Direct has a stunning deal on a stunning 52-inch TV.  Not much to say about this, other than  this is a truly big and beautiful set and at $1100 off (almost 50%) I would hop on this if you are even mildly interested! Toshiba 52RV530U 52-inch 1080p [...]

Toshiba Cell TV

Toshiba Cell TV After losing the HD DVD / Blu-ray format war Toshiba hasn’t had a lot of new stuff to talk about.  They still make some nice LCD TVs, but when you see other manufacturers coming out with interesting new Blu-ray players, camcorders, digital cameras, etc. Toshiba is running the risk of becoming marginalized with [...]

CES Day One: Dish Network ViP 922 HD DVR receiver, low-priced packages for digital transition

Dish Network started my day off with a press conference.  They announced their new Sling-loaded 922 HD DVR receiver, and it is one truly impressive piece of equipment… the first thing I saw at the show that was truly revolutionary.  addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fwww.soundadviceblog.com%2Fcable-and-satellite-tv%2Fces-day-one-dish-network-922-hd-dvr-receiver-low-priced-packages-for-digital-transition%2F’; addthis_title = ‘CES+Day+One%3A+Dish+Network+ViP+922+HD+DVR+receiver%2C+low-priced+packages+for+digital+transition’; addthis_pub = ”;

Mitsubishi LaserVue DLP Projection HDTV

Mitsubishi LaserVue TV… consuming only 98 w of power.  I was excited to see Mitsubishi display their new LaserVue TV at The Digital Experience.  I’ve always loved projection TVs for the big, filmlike image, and supposedly Mitsubishi’s new LaserVue is a game changer.  It uses red, green, and blue lasers rather than a lamp or LEDs and [...]

Sound Advice Column: Using a digital converter box with a VCR

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Distributed By McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Q: I hope you can answer my many questions about the new digital TV converter boxes. Probably a lot of your readers will soon be interested in this. My first problem: The VCR won’t work. I hooked up the antenna into the box and white [...]

Sound Advice Column: Learning universal remotes, changing volume between HDTV and cable/satellite

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Distributed By McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Q: I write to ask for your advice on a universal remote. Although I consider myself technically curious and patiently persistent, I am now confounded by the variety of controls for the TV (Olevia), DVD/VCR combo (Sony) and set-top box (Motorola/Verizon FIOS) and annoyed by [...]

Sound Advice Column: Beware extended warranties, fixing LCD burn-in (image retention)

Sound Advice By Don Lindich Distributed By McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Q: Last year I bought a 42-inch Sharp Aquos LCD and have loved it. I recently noticed there is a dark half-inch vertical band that corresponds with the right edge of standard 4:3 TV images. Since we purchased the extended warranty we contacted Best Buy, [...]

Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-ray Player Review

Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-ray Player Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-ray Player MSRP $269 , Street Price $169.99 from Target Pros: First-class packaging and presentation- does not come across as a cheap product at all Solid build quality and attractive design.  With the high quality packaging, it makes for a gift with a lot of appeal Excellent image quality [...]

DTVPal (Dish Network, Echostar TR-40) now available, sadly, not free with coupon…

  Dish Network finally has their DTVPal on the market, but it is not $40 as previously announced, but $59.95- comparable to most other converter boxes.  The bright side is that based on my review sample, it looks to be an excellent unit, one of the nicer ones on the market.  This may not be enough [...]