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  • quanta - Friday, January 13, 2006 - link

    From page 8:


    Like LCD and DLP technologies, SED displays are fixed pixel displays and there are three electron emitters per pixel. The downside to a fixed pixel display of course is that you end up sacrificing quality if you display content isn't at the same resolution as the native resolution of your display.

    Actually, that only exist if at least 1 dimension of display content dimensions isn't integer divisor of display's native resolution. Secondly, DLP can overcome this by shining at only the biggest subset of mirror in the DMDs that do not cause distortions, then use adjustable sets of lenses to perform zooming, with each set zooming at only 1 axis.
  • Kensei - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Please do a review of this thing when it becomes available. I'd love to see how its output compares to Blu-ray and HD-DVD. I'm sure it's not as good... but just how much worse is what I'd like to know. Reply
  • highlandsun - Thursday, January 12, 2006 - link

    Samsung has pretty good scaling technology, but it seems to me this is something you only need in your display. (And Samsung TVs do pretty good upconversion already.) So, kind of silly. Reply
  • VooDooAddict - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Raptor X.

    I feel so guilty. I'm drooling over a hard drive that costs more then a 7800GT.

    I've wanted a windowed Hard drive for ages though... but don't have the dremmel skills nessesary to add a window to an existing drive.
  • Questar - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Nobody has the dremel skills. Drives are assembled in clean rooms. Beaking the seal will be the end of a drive. Reply
  • Clauzii - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I´ve seen a drive approx. a year ago on the net - modded with blue light - woring - 20Gig. Damn where was it....? Reply
  • Clauzii - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    But also found this .. it´s nothing new ....... Reply
  • Clauzii - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    This:"> Reply
  • Clauzii - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    woring = working...
  • Eris23007 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I've noticed lately that article text seems to disappear a few seconds after page load, frequently when one of the sidebar ads appears. Can't be retrieved except by highlighting it, moving the page back and forth (so it redraws), etc. Happened on a number of articles over the past week or so...

  • Clauzii - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Also here - to me it actually looks at it started happening after the last WindowsUpdate I had (4days ago - WMF-Fix?)

    Also IE6+XP SP2
  • BladeVenom - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Screw Blue-ray discs, Sony can keep their DRM, and rootkits. I think I'll get Samsung's "Hyper DVD." Then I'll just wait till HD-DVD is cracked before I switch to a new format. Reply
  • GTMan - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    There is a 0.85" drive with a nearly identically sized drive beside it that is 1.8". Number must be wrong. Also one is 4 GB and the other is 80 GB. Maybe that should have been 8 GB. Reply
  • Tanclearas - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Ok. What exactly is so great about the iPod interface? I have used it, and many other MP3 players, and fail to see how the iPod interface is so much better than most other players on the market. In fact, I have never understood why people believe the iPod is so different or so much better than a lot of its competitors. It wasn't the first, nor do I think it is "the best". I don't think I've seen any player that I could classify as "the best". Most seem to have all of the appropriate capabilities, with buttons/controls laid out in an effective way.

    The only thing I can say is that I have indeed used some players that had poor designs or build quality. In that regard, the iPod is better than some players out there, but is Apple building some sort of brand loyalty by secretly including some narcotic drug that gets delivered via the ear buds?
  • Questar - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Define "best".

    I define best as easiest to use, no manual reading required.
  • Tanclearas - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - link

    So buttons labelled with the standard icons for Play, Pause, Stop, Skip Forward, Skip Back, Rewind, Fast Forward, and a jog dial or D-Pad for menu navigation are too complicated for you? I've seen several designs like that. Others try to "copy" Apple's circular layout, and that is where many of the poor models that I mentioned fail. In some of those "copies", they use poor quality buttons, or the buttons are just too small.

    Come to think of it, Apple's touch-sensitive circle is more annoying than helpful.
  • AnnihilatorX - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    SED, LED LCD, OLED, Plasma
    Not mentioning glassesless 3D displays. Too much is going on

    Typo in Last bit:
    "some piece of mind to those still holding on to their older analog sets."

    piece -> peace
  • Aquila76 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Rmember when buying a TV was solely size based?
    'I'd like a 32" TV please.'
    'OK, here are some by Samsung, Toshiba, etc.'

    Now it's like trying to choose regular, free-range, organic, etc. at the grocery.
  • oneils - Thursday, January 12, 2006 - link

    Lol! Since I'm the youngest guy in the office, I inevitably get asked all sorts of techie questions. One of my colleagues asked for advice on purchasing an HDTV. I looked at's guide to HDTV and was blown away. Where have a I been these past two-three years? I had no idea how many options there were: plasma; edtv; lcd; crt rear projection; lcd rear projection...and probably a couple I am missing.

    I had no idea what to tell him, other than to stick to major brands (sony, samsung, panasonic etc...). I no my way around computers (I build my own rigs), but I only have a 36" CRT SDTV and was completely lost when I ventured into HDTV territory.

  • Aquila76 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Anybody able to use the forums today? I was able to log in, but when I try to go to any forums I've commented in, I get this (both Firefox and IE):

    Server Error in '/' Application.
    Column 'vchlicensekey' does not belong to table qGetLicenses.
    Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

    Exception Details: System.ArgumentException: Column 'vchlicensekey' does not belong to table qGetLicenses.

    Source Error:

    An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

    Stack Trace:

    [ArgumentException: Column 'vchlicensekey' does not belong to table qGetLicenses.]
    System.Data.DataRow.get_Item(String columnName) +121
    FuseTalk.API.InitialiseKeys() +324
    FuseTalk.API..ctor(String c) +237
    FuseTalkNet.Forum.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) +351
    System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e) +0
    System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35
    System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +750

    Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2032; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2032
  • Sunbird - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    No problem for me here. IE6 on WinXP SP2. Reply
  • Aquila76 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Hmm... I wonder if my account is experiencing the 'y2k6 bug' that wiped out some of the lifers. Reply
  • semo - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    some lifers accounts got wiped out?

    y2k6 bug?
    man i should stop living under this stupid rock. soooo much hilarity.
  • Aquila76 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    dwell, SampSon, buck and a few others got wiped out last week - all their posts got wiped too. Reply
  • ukDave - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Last word in 2nd last paragraph on pg14.

    "comarpsion" should be "comparison".

  • Calin - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Why they compare the quality of digital TV seen on a shiny new digital TV to the quality on a 1980's analog TV? Why not compare to the latest analog only TV they built?
    Probably because the quality difference would be underwhelming?
  • psychobriggsy - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    If I read what that digital TV 'convertor' box did, then they have been available in the UK (and probably other European countries) for around 4 years already, initially as the ITV Digital boxes, and for the past couple of years as Freeview boxes.

    They usually have two SCART (Eurotel) outputs (what we have instead of S-Video outputs, ours can carry RGB signals as well as composite, but the connector is pig-large), one to the TV, another to a recorder, and an RF output in case the TV is old and doesn't have SCART inputs.

    Cheap models (<£40) skimp of course, or 'specialise' in not having some of the features like RF output of digital signals. They also lose the 7 day program guide and only offer Now&Next, grrr.

    Regardless, it should mean that these boxes will cost under $99 when they're released in the US, probably around $79. If they try it on with $199 then you know they're trying to rip you off, unless it downconverts terrestrial HD signals too.
  • semo - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    good point. how many ppl have tvs from the 1980s anymore (as far as the targeted audience of ces is concerned) Reply
  • Sc4freak - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Is it just me, or is the entire page completely screwed up? Reply
  • gsellis - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I noticed that the index and pages were one off. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Looks fine for me with Firefox 1.07, but Internet Explorer is all messed up. The odd thing is that it's only *this* article that's having problems.

    Oop... found the issue. The article description had a double-quote in it, and changing that to &quot; fixed the problem. Thanks for pointing this out!
  • tuteja1986 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link">

    world largest is panasonic not samsung :)

    Samsung 102"
    Panasonic 103"

    So as you can see Panasonic wins by 1"
  • Cygni - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I just cant see how anybody really expected HD-DVD or Blu-Ray to be a success, to be quite honest. They seem to be expecting everyone to dump all their "old school" DVD's to pick up the SAME titles in the new formats, like most people eventually did with the VHS->DVD move... but i think its quite obvious that there just isnt any motivation to DO that this time.

    Can you say Laserdisc anybody? I just dont see Blu-Ray or HD-DVD taking off like they think it will. Will they stick around in the long run, unlike Laserdisc? Probably, simply because the added storage will be useful in the long long run and the discs/drives should eventually be dirt cheap... but they ARENT going to be a run away, must upgrade success. Thats for sure.

    And when can i get a 103" OLED display? :p
  • Chadder007 - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I thought this was hillarious

    The problem is that the jump from progressive scan DVD (480p) to Blu-ray and HD-DVD at 720p or 1080p just isn't that great, even on a 46" display.

    Blu-Ray AND HD-DVD will be a failure.
  • sprockkets - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    It just confirms what I have been saying, recording HDTV to DVD on 720x480 doesn't look that much worse than it coming on 1920x1080 live.

    Sure the original was smoother and clearer, but, it wasn't mind blowing, and if I didn't tell you, you probably wouldn't notice the difference either.
  • gsellis - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    First, thanks to the AT crew for going out of their way on such a horrible journey to cover this event. We all know you had to suffer to do it, but anything for the AT user's, right? ;)

    On the DVD to HD-DVD/Blu-Ray compare, their content did not show much difference because of the source. The played content was probably film of Pro-HD and compressed to MPEG or HD codec with a high-end encoder (the reds in that closest did not appear to be crushed as much as a standard encoder would do with something like DV content.) It looks like the source was at least 4:2:2 and maybe 4:4:4.

    If the sources had been DV vs HDV, their would have been a little more dramatic. And as noted, if it had been compared to NTSC 480i, it would have also been more dramatic.

    But, you are very correct in that this is not VHS-DVD where the quality jump is higher and the feature set is bigger. DVD is non-linear in how you can view content compared to tape and the big bonus was adding the bonus material. The bonus material is already there, so what can they add to really make it worth it? Especially when the players can do upconverts? And 720p movies fit on DL DVD-ROM already.

    OK, (maybe coining a new twist on an old term or it probably has be done) having a Blue disc player and replacing your DVD library makes your v-penis(tm) bigger :p
  • MrSmurf - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    You can play your current DVDs in the newer standards. I think both will have moderate success on the PC once the price goes down due to their size but it'll be some time both stand alone players even put a dent in the market. Reply
  • Xenoterranos - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Hellz yeah. I wouldn't mind that 82 in LED lit LCD either, probably the closest you can get to a big screen OLED screen right now. Reply
  • OddTSi - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Someone please fix the page formatting. Everything is all over the place. Reply
  • JarredWalton - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Should be fixed now. Reply
  • andrewln - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    some very interesting products..
    SED, 82" LCD?!.. 103" plasma..tiny projector....4K projector
    clear raptor...finally, something new for hard drives
    dual lense camara

    dissapointments? or i'm wrong?
    0.85" 4GB hard drive?...can't they make 4GB sd already, not moving parts and requires less power
    nano clones..? why not make it better rather just cloning?
    wireless tablet....i thought we have those already coment
  • MrSmurf - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    Things like the small HDD are more to impress us with how far technology has advanced. It's a novelity. Reply
  • swtethan - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    by samsung... worlds largest... hehehe Reply
  • littlebitstrouds - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    I want a 103" plasma Reply
  • swtethan - Monday, January 09, 2006 - link

    sweet stuff! Reply

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