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Monster ControlTalk Headphones Cell Phone Compatibility Table

Monster® ControlTalk™ headphones allow you to control your cell phone's media functions without having to interact directly with your phone. ControlTalk headphones feature an in-line control button for adjusting volume, switching tracks, accepting calls and other actions usually found just on the phone. Keep reading to view the table and find out if your Monster ControlTalk headphones work with your cellphone. Below you'll find Monster ControlTalk compatibility for popular phones on the major cell network providers. The table includes service providers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon; iPod compatibility is also listed. Monster ControlTalk headphones work with some of the most popular cell phones on the market, including the Apple iPhone 3Gs, Blackberry Curve, Palm Pre and LG enV Touch. Monster Control Talk Phone Compatibility   Service Provider AT&T Phone Model 3.5mm Plug Support Hands-Free Calling Media Audio Volume Control Play/Pause of Media Tracking & Scanning Back/Forward Blackberry Curve 8900 YES YES YES NO YES NO Samsung Eternity YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Bold YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Pearl 8110 YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Curve 8310 YES YES YES NO YES NO Apple iPhone 3Gs YES YES YES YES YES YES   Service Provider Sprint Phone Model 3.5mm Plug Support Hands-Free Calling Media Audio Volume Control Play/Pause of Media Tracking & Scanning Back/Forward Blackberry Curve 8330 YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Tour 9630 YES YES YES NO YES NO Palm Pre YES YES YES NO NO NO Samsung Highnote YES YES YES NO NO NO Blackberry Pearl 8130 YES YES YES NO YES NO Samsung Instinct s30 YES YES YES NO NO NO Blackberry 8830 YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Curve 8350i YES YES YES NO YES NO Palm Treo PRO YES YES YES NO NO NO   Service Provider T-Mobile Phone Model 3.5mm Plug Support Hands-Free Calling Media Audio Volume Control Play/Pause of Media Tracking & Scanning Back/Forward Motorola Motozine ZN5 YES YES YES NO NO NO Blackberry Pearl Flip YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Curve 8520 YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Curve 8320 YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Curve 8900 YES YES YES NO YES NO T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 YES YES YES NO NO NO T-Mobile Sidekick LX YES YES YES NO NO NO   Service Provider Verizon Phone Model 3.5mm Plug Support Hands-Free Calling Media Audio Volume Control Play/Pause of Media Tracking & Scanning Back/Forward Samsung Trace YES YES YES NO NO NO LG Dare YES YES YES NO NO NO Blackberry Storm YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Curve 8330 YES YES YES NO YES NO Blackberry Tour 9630 YES YES YES NO YES NO LG Chocolate YES YES YES NO NO NO Motorola Krave ZN4 YES YES YES NO NO NO Motorola Rival A455 YES YES YES NO NO NO LG enV Touch YES YES YES NO NO NO Blackberry Pearl 8230 YES YES YES NO NO NO   iPod Compatibility Full remote playback functionality supported only for 4th gen iPod Nano, 120 GB Classic, 2nd gen Touch, 3rd gen Shuffle and newer. Requires software v. 1.0.3 for iPod Nano (4th gen), 2.0.1 for Classic (120GB), and 2.2 or later for Touch (2nd gen). ***information in table subject to change without notice***

Upgrade your audio components to ensure the best listening experience

Have you experienced amazing sound today? Most humans are capable of discerning a vast range of tones, from 20Hz to 20,000Hz - the deepest bass to the most deafening highs. But most speakers and audio systems reproduce a narrow and imprecise frequency range, meaning you're missing valuable portions of your audio experience. Imagine watching your favorite movie on your new HDTV but with half the picture missing; having an inferior sound system is much the same, never letting the artist's musical feel or the director's soundtrack impact you as intended. The recent boom in HDTV sales was not matched with audio investments, meaning many people are not experiencing their audio and video media - just listening to mangled noise from built-in speakers, underpowered receivers, and inferior cabling and connections. Invest in an audio system that complements the music and sound effects and enriches your listening experience. The digital revolution has produced incredible audio/visual devices but the audio experience is lacking. It's really unfortunate that you're not getting the most from your expensive gadgets, but we can help you. Below I discuss why it's more important than ever to have high-quality audio components, why built-ins are inferior, the difference between old and new technology, why "one size fits all" is not true for you're A/V setup, and how to realize and maximize the emotional relationship with your music and sound. New Sources of Audio You might be wondering why you need to upgrade your audio components when it's the "same" music as always. Not so. There are many new devices that support high-quality or HD (high-definition) audio and many sources of audio that stream better audio. Digital music players: devices such as the iPod, Zune, and other personal media players (check out our accessories for PMPs) allow the user to carry their music with them but the speakers used to play the audio don't do the tracks justice, and the included earbuds are uncomfortable and tinny (check out our high-quality headphones and earbuds) Digital TV transition: the picture isn't the only thing getting better - the audio is digital now, too, and sounds better than ever Gaming: PS3, Xbox, and computers offer gamers the chance to immerse themselves in an audio and visual experience, but without the right audio components they won't hear their enemy sneaking up behind them or hear ambient effects that increase the level of reality Satellite: with more customers dumping cable for satellite those same customers have access to superior audio from their favorite programs and awesome sound from the dozens of music channels, but TVs cannot reproduce the frequency range or true surround sound to make it worth the while (check out our surround sound systems) Built-ins are Inferior Did you notice a pattern above? The "free" earbuds or included speakers that come with TVs and other digital devices are low-quality giveaways. They are inferior by design so companies don't go broke including them in the package! The speakers and processing components use cheaper, less durable materials, and rely on software to create "simulated" surround sound; they're intended to provide a basic listening experience - hence the various ports for external audio components! Do yourself a favor and listen to your music and watch your music on a system that is durable enough to last for many years and is capable of reproducing the frequency range of modern audio tracks. New Tech vs. Old Tech The devices and sources have changed but what about the speakers themselves? They've changed, too. Remember those dusty cones that were dry and cracked, or the plastic housings and pot-metal connectors? Choosing better components means you'll get the best materials, including such things as silk domes, titanium tweeters, exotic rubber and composite compounds for voice coils and cones, and neodymium magnets, pure copper wiring, and gold contacts. New tech components have a wider range of connection options and allow the user to precisely adjust the output to match the source, listening environment, and user preference. Ultimately, the better the product the better the listening experience - which includes setup, use, maintenance, and performance. One size does NOT fit all So you've got a new HDTV, game system, movie playerradio, or receiver. You go out and buy a boxed system on sale, hook it up, and turn it on. Much to your dismay the impact is...lacking. That's because the listening environment, intended use, and listener expectations must be considered in addition to cost; the overall value is more important than getting a bargain. Compromise on dish towels, not speakers! Large rooms: tower/floor-standing speakers, larger components, surround systems, heavier gauge wiring, amps/receivers with more power Small rooms: smaller components, medium/small speakers including satellites and bookshelf speakers, simpler 2-channel stereos, and in-wall or in-ceiling speakers and hidden components with lower-gauge wiring Outside: only outdoor speakers can withstand the punishing temperature fluctuations and exposure to moisture, and will have to handle a higher load so music and sound is loud enough to carry over ambient noise and longer distances Multi-room: instead of turning up the volume to uncomfortable levels add additional zones and speakers; match the speaker and source to the room to deliver a seamless and enjoyable listening experience (use our design tool to create a multiroom or whole-house A/V system) Fancy/Specialty rooms: choose in-wall or in-ceiling speakers to reduce visually distracting speakers and wiring Emotional Relationship What matters most is being moved emotionally by your music and feeling like the movie you're watching is actually happening around you. The human emotional response to audio is very strong - but poor reproduction caused by inferior components means the experience is weak. Ask yourself: what sort of relationship do you want with your audio? The answer is probably a consistent, rewarding experience that you can be proud of. Investing in quality components ensures this will happen. No longer will you have to compromise between performance, design, and features. Quality components mean better audio, and better audio means a superior listening experience. After all, isn't the point of listening to music and watching movies to add pleasure to life? The right components will mean an auditory adventure that's more lifelike than artificial, where voices sound like voices, with nuanced effects and tonal differences, deep clean bass and penetrating highs. Stop just listening and start getting the most from your music and movies. Immerse yourself in the world that is better audio. You know you want it, and we can help! Contact our sales representatives at 1-866-224-6171, browse our website, or click on the links provided above. Ask about our special offers, package deals, and services such as installation and calibration of new and add-on components and systems. We can help you love your audio again!

Choose Niles Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers for your next custom installation

Niles Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers are specifically engineered to meet demanding applications, audiophile expectations, and contemporary design trends. Since its beginnings in 1978, Niles has focused on creating solutions-based products that cut no corners and spared no expense. Today, Niles is a leading manufacturer of in-wall, ceiling-mount, outdoor, and home theater speakers, but also provides infrared (IR) systems, volume control, and multi-zone systems. Keep reading to learn more about Niles ceiling-mount loudspeakers and their many applications and advantages.  Niles Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers are available in four distinct categories: multipurpose, performance, high definition, and advanced technology. Each is designed for a wide range of applications and installation requirements: Multipurpose Blending with light-can fixtures Distributed audio Entry-level home theaters Outdoor patios Performance Blending with light-can fixtures Secondary or primary listening rooms Home theaters, family rooms, kitchens, bedrooms High Definition Advanced home theaters Primary listening rooms Locations that require great sound Advanced Technology State-of-the-art home theaters Locations that require audiophile-quality sound Niles in-ceiling loudspeakers are divided into two levels, general ceiling-mount loudspeakers and Directed Soundfield™. DS loudspeakers achieve dramatic results despite architectural challenges associated with off-axis listening, including home theater installations, vaulted or cathedral ceilings, and other applications and locations where speaker placement if fixed but the soundfield is not. CM loudspeakers feature an integrated woofer/baffle design that provides a 15% improvement in woofer cone area, resulting in richer, deeper bass. The bridge-mounted tweeter allows for a sealed woofer cap, making the unit weather-resistant. Directed Soundfield Loudspeakers Patented pivoting woofer assembly pivots up to 20° to direct the sound to the optimum listening location Proprietary bridge-mounted tweeter adjustment mechanism focuses the high frequency sounds up to 20° in any direction without diffraction Weather-resistant construction enables installation in bathrooms, showers, even outdoor patios Patented Twist and Lock™ installation two-piece frame/baffle design reduces installation time and allows easy speaker upgrades Engineered for home theaters DS loudspeakers have specific versions for left/right, center, and surround effects channels MicroPerf™ aluminum grille acoustically transparent cover allows sound pass-through but visually masks the loudspeaker for a clean, discrete installation Limited lifetime warranty Ceiling-Mount Loudspeakers Proprietary bridge-mounted tweeter adjustment mechanism focuses high frequency sounds up to 20° in any direction without diffraction Weather-resistant construction can be installed in locations such as bathrooms, showers, even outdoor patios Integrated woofer/baffle design provides a greater woofer surface area so you get more bass in less space with increased dynamic range MicroPerf™ aluminum grille acoustically transparent cover allows sound pass-through but visually masks the loudspeaker for a clean, discrete installation Tone controls available on select models, tone controls include tweeter level, presence, and dialog enhance to match performance to room acoustics High-impact ABS construction durable plastic casing offers lower resonance for cleaner sound, and the UV additive resists yellowing due to sun exposure Lifetime limited warranty

DLP, LCD, or Plasma: Choosing the right HDTV based on panel technology, size, and placement

"Which one should I buy?" Trying to sort through the onslaught of technical jargon and conflicting advice usually ends with the customer making a rash decision driven by a desire to end the headaches and waiting instead of accurate and helpful information. We've already discussed the differences between resolutions (eg: 720p vs. 1080p ) and the importance of investing in HD technology (eg: digital transition in February 2009 ), but little has been said about screen size, viewing distance, or which panel technology is right for particular conditions and uses. Below you will find information to help you determine if you should buy a DLP , plasma , or LCD ; how big of a screen you should get; what the different technologies are best at doing; and how and where to position yourself/TV to maximize your HD experience.The first task is to determine what you will be doing with your HDTV . Will you be watching standard definition cable or Blu-ray movies? Will the TV be in a brightly-lit kitchen or a dark basement? Is the ceiling low or high, and is the room small or large? I have created a table to make deciding which HDTV technology is right for you. Now that you've determined what you'll be using the TV for, the viewing conditions, and addressed any personal concerns, it's time to figure out the size of the TV and the viewing distance. Keep in mind that the ranges are approximate and are intended as a guide; they work both ways: if you know your viewing distance you can pick the right size screen, or you can pick a TV and then arrange your furniture as needed, but personal preference always trumps formulas and suggestions. Remember that higher-quality content such as HD movies, satellite, and computer content allows for closer viewing, but low-quality content such as basic cable and up-scaled DVDs is best viewed from greater distances. This is because HD content has more detail and fewer artifacts, enabling closer viewing without distractions or noticing pixel structures. Here are the suggested ranges (in feet) and TV screen size (measured diagonally). Through the entire process it is crucial to keep things in perspective: many Americans spend over 4 hours a day in front of their TVs, or some 1,600+ hours per year (households watch for 8+ hrs/day), and many are integrating their computers, gaming systems, and photo viewing into the TV system. Thus, investing in a large, quality HDTV will mean an enriched media experience. And let's not forget smaller TVs for the kitchen and office and medium sized TVs for bedrooms and multi-use areas. So as content continues to rush toward full-HD and viewing time increases, it's absolutely critical to have TVs that natively display 1920 x 1080p, have multiple HDMI inputs, and have high contrast, high-color panels. Of course having an HDTV is useless without HD content, which means you must have satellite with HD channels, digital cable with HD channels, a Blu-ray or HD-DVD player, HD antenna, gaming systems such as the PS3 or Xbox 360 , a compatible computer or media device, and all the necessary cables and configurations. And let's not forget sound - we are audio beings as much as visual, so a surround sound system is necessary to complete the HD experience and immerse yourself in the content. Fortunately we have blog articles that cover all this, and we sell the HDTVs , Blu-ray players, speakers and home theater systems , and all the accessories you need to get up and running. Check out these blogs for more information: How to get the most out of your HDTV, Part I: The Basics How to get the most out of your HDTV, Part II: Connecting your HD System Warning: The Wrong HDMI Cables Will Ruin Your Home Theater Experience What's the Difference Between 1080p, 1080i, 720p and Other Resolutions? Bose® Introduces its Lifestyle® V20 and V30 Home Theater Systems

Table-top radios: Bose Wave vs. Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i

st1\:* { BEHAVIOR: url(#ieooui) }Everyone knows the iPod revolutionized the music industry - not to mention the way we experience and think about music - but the same problem remains: how to maximize the listening experience. Many people spend their day with tiny earbuds tinning away, others plug their iPods into large stereos and blast themselves with sound. But what if you also like listening to the radio, or want an alarm clock for your bedstand? Wouldn't it be nice to have a radio that sounds amazing and also accepted your iPod, providing a simple dock-and-play experience that respects the music through quality components and innovative designs? If you want a true music system, one that integrates the iPod, radio, and alarm functions, then I recommend the Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i .It's no secret that listening to music is incredibly personal, but there are ways to determine the value of a product. For me the Duo-i represents the epitome of radio-iPod convergence: it's simple, attractive, full of features, and is priced just right. To help convey my enthusiasm I created a comparison between the Duo-i and the Bose Wave Music System. A few quick nudges before you begin...the price of the Duo-i is significantly less, it has a built-in dock, and has more options than the Wave, such as an RCA line-out (L/R) with the option to be fixed or varied. ---- Tabletop Stereo Radio ---- Bose Wave Music System Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i Price $499.00 $199.99 iPod Compatible Yes (requires $129.00 dock) Yes (dock built-in; charges iPod) Radio Presets 6 FM / 6 AM 10 FM / 5 AM Auxiliary Input 1 in (on back) 2 in (1/8" front, RCA back) Headphone Jack 1 (back) 1 (front) Video Output No Yes (composite) CD Player Yes No Interface All functions controlled by remote Remote or on-radio knobs Alarm Yes Yes (touch-sensitive outer rim functions as the snooze bar) Primary Use Home/Office Home/Office Weight 8.7 pounds 8.2 pounds Dimensions 4.2 H x 14.6 W x 8.6 D (inches) 5.5 H x 12 7/8 W x 8 D (inches) Color Choices 3 - body 2 - body; 9 - grille Recent Awards n/a iLounge.com 2008 Best of the Year Award iPod Dock  Back Let's crunch some numbers. The Duo-i emerges as the clear winner - there's just no beating its overall value. Even if you just considered the price and iPod compatibility, the Duo-i is comes out on top. But you also have to take into account that the Wave radio dock will be another $129.00, which means your Wave "system" will be $628.00 to the Duo-i cost of just $199.99! So in the end you can save $428.01 by choosing the Boston system! But let's not stop there. The Duo-i has more inputs, more outputs, and offers dual controls (remote and on-radio knobs). This means that you'll be able to get more use out of the Boston system without the hassle of always having to find your remote...and then having it not work because of interference or dead batteries. And perhaps most important, the Duo-i has a built-in dock that charges as you listen. No more fumbling for cables , packing extra docks , or worrying about awkward silences at parties - just enjoy! By now it's pretty obvious that I'm a big fan of the Boston Acoustics Horizon Duo-i . Bose makes great products that sound great (check out some of the products we sell ), but for the person with an iPod the Wave system just doesn't make sense. With money being tight and the holidays just around the corner, the Duo-i is a gift with impact, and one that reflects your effort to make smart choices. Or if you buy one for yourself, you can feel confident that you'll be getting the most out of your music without breaking the bank. One last thing - it sounds great!

What's the Difference Between 1080p, 1080i, 720p and Other Resolutions?

1080p seems to be all the buzz in the electronics world today. I know that you've heard the term before in commercials for High Def TV's, Blu-Ray Disc Players or from the "all knowing" salesmen in the electronics isle of a department store. It is true, 1080p resolution will give the highest picture quality possible. However you have to have equipment that can support it, and at the moment there isn't a whole lot that can. The average consumer has absolutely no idea what resolution will even do for them and will probably end up getting provoked into buying something that will do them no good. I'm not saying that manufacturers or service providers are trying to swindle you, just that the average consumer's lack of knowledge may lead them to making the wrong decision when buying TV equipment. I'll give you a quick scenario of what happens to many un-informed consumers. Lets say you see a commercial for a Blu-Ray Disc Player that offers movies in 1080p Full HD resolution. You think that sounds good and buy one immediately. You get it hooked up and turn on a movie to test your new investment but you notice that it doesn't look much different than before. Did the manufacturer lie to you? No, the reason it probably doesn't look any different is that your TV might accept the 1080p resolution but won't play the movie in full 1080p because the TV isn't capable of doing so. To avoid this kind of mishap, you need to first know what the number and letter mean in 1080p. The number 1080 refers to the number of horizontal lines used by a TV to produce an image on the screen also known as resolution. As of right now there are two different kinds of resolution Interlaced (i) and Progressive (p): Interlaced Resolution- a method of scanning vertical lines onto a TV picture by scanning the odd lines first and then scanning the even lines to create a uniform picture. Progressive Resolution- a method of scanning vertical lines onto a TV picture by scanning the lines in one consecutive pass allowing for a sharper picture. Flat Panel and most Digital Projection televisions use Progressive Resolution. So 1080p means 1080 lines of progressive video rendering. Now that you have a better understanding of how to read resolution, here's how you can apply it to find out what definition you are actually watching. There are four different levels of definition right now. Standard Definition (480i). Standard Definition is what you would see on Digital Cable with a basic connection. Enhanced Definition (480p), an example of Enhanced Definition would be a DVD playing on your typical DVD player, slightly better quality than standard but still not high definition. High Definition (720p-1080i) - High definition produces a much better picture because of the large number of lines it is able to produce. This allows for images on the screen to have much greater detail. Full HD (1080p) -The fourth level of definition and the highest available, found only on Blu-Ray Disc and HD DVD players. 1080p produces one incredible picture, but you need to have the right equipment to see it. Also keep in mind that just because you have a 1080p capable TV, that doesn't mean you're going to be seeing a 1080p picture every time you watch TV. There is nothing wrong with 720p and 1080i High Definition they both produce a terrific picture. To be completely honest it will be hard for most people to even tell the difference between High Def and Full HD. So before you go out and make a big purchase to improve the resolution of your TV whether it be to High Definition or Full HD, make sure your equipment is compatible. The TV's that have come out in the last year or so can accept 1080p but only a select few will actually play it. To take advantage of High Definition Television you need three things. An HD Display (Plasma, LCD TV) An HD Source ( HDTV Tuner, HD Satellite, HD Cable Box, Blu-Ray, HD DVD Player) Proper Cables (HDMI, Component Video)

Easily Charge & Play Your iPod in Your Car

This article explains what options you have for charging and listening to your iPod in your car. The CD player is becoming less and less popular as MP3 technology continues to get better. Personally I don't even own a CD, and why should I when I can carry all my music around in a device smaller than a CD. Yet I still see people with the classic CD binder shoved under a seat in their car and when they want to hear something they have to pull it out, flip through the pages, find the CD they want and put it in. That's too much work for me (plus its dangerous while driving). On the other hand a lot of people are very aware of technology and have had iPod adapters in their cars for years now. Yet most of the wireless transmitters made for the iPod are just that, transmitters. The transmitter attachments usually work fine (depending on the brand) but won't charge your iPod so it may run out of battery. Some of the devices also require you to download radio station transmission signals onto your iPod which takes up valuable space that could be used for music or videos. Using an FM Trasmitter with a built in charger Monster has several FM Transmitters for the iPod that both transmit your iPod songs onto your factory car stereo and charges the iPod at the same time. There are no downloads or setups involved you just plug in the adapter to your cars cigarette lighter or power supply, plug the other end into your iPod and enjoy your music. There are a few different options that Monster provides depending on your specific needs: Monster iCarplay FM Transmitter - this cable allows you to play your music on 8 different stations while your iPod charges. Monster iCarplay Plus FM Transmitter - this device performs the same function as the regular iCarplay FM Transmitter but gives you the option of using any FM station. This may come in handy when you are in an area that doesn't have many radio stations. Monster iCarplay 200 FM Transmitter. This particular model can perform the same functionality as the other two but gives you the option of letting it auto-scan for the highest quality station to play your songs on. It will seek through each FM station and tell you on your iPod screen what station to tune to. These are all good options to choose from and you can pretty much make your choice depending on the features you want. Using a MP3 Auxiliary Input If you are lucky enough to have bought a new car that has an MP3 plug-in port on your stereo, or have an after-market head unit that has a plug-in then all you need is the Monster Mobile MP3 connect cord. This cord will work with any MP3 player by simply plugging one end into the headphone slot and the other into your MP3 connection on your car stereo. You will then be able to listen to top quality sound at the push of the play button. When using the auxilary input, you will need to use a separate iPod Car Charger. Using a Cassette Adapter If you want to listen to your iPod using your in-dash cassette player, you will need the Monster® iCarPlay™ Cassette Adapter. The cassette adapter plugs into your iPod's headphone jack and then you insert the cassette adapter into your car's cassette player just as if you were listening to a cassette tape. When using the cassette adapter, you will need to use a separate iPod Car Charger. These little gadgets are great for long trips or when you want to listen to your iPod on a short drive. It is much more convenient to carry around one small MP3 player than hundreds of CD's that are a pain to keep up with.

Debunking Plasma Myths

Pioneer Electronics sponsored a study with the experts at IDC and the Imaging Science Foundation titled "Mythbusting - Just the Facts on Plasma TV Performance" . Real-world tests were conducted on HD plasma TVs, LCD TVs and microdisplay (MD) rear-projection TVs to measure picture quality and viewing experience in a way that represents what you see when watching TV. The results… Go Ahead, Push Pause There's no need to miss your movie or lose your place in your video game; image retention is unlikely to happen during the few minutes it takes to get a cold one from the fridge. But you should be careful about leaving a static image on screen for really long periods of time. The IDC/ISF study found that a static image left on the plasma for 48 hours will create a "ghost" effect where you can still see that image after the TV is turned off. The good news is that the ghosting was virtually erased after a regular DVD loop ran on the screen for 24 hours. So whether you pause for 5, 10 or even 60 minutes, the IDC/ISF study found it extremely unlikely that any static image will be noticeable or left on the screen. So, while we don't recommend leaving the DVD menu onscreen for the whole weekend, a few minutes won't destroy your TV. How Much TV Can You Watch? Pioneer rates its plasma TV lifetime at 60,000 hours, meaning it wouldn't reach the half-brightness level until more than 20 years of 8 viewing hours a day - the word "ample" comes to mind. Sixty thousand hours (20 years at 8 hours per day) is an approximate time for the display panel to reach half of its original luminescence. This approximation may vary depending on source and type of content, settings, environment and use. This approximation does not provide or imply any warranty beyond the manufacturer's standard limited warranty. Excellent Image Quality From All Viewing Angles Maybe you're in the kitchen trying to keep an eye on the game while preparing a snack, or maybe your living room set-up has your favorite chair placed to the left of the screen. Not a problem. The chart to the right illustrates the loss in picture quality from each viewing angle. As you can see, plasma technology provides excellent overall image quality from all angles. So sit back - pretty much anywhere - and enjoy. True to Life Colors With a Picture That Almost Looks 3D Is the sports car candy apple red or fire engine red? Can you see the football player go deep for a pass? If your TV can't recreate this type of realism you miss out on the whole HD experience. With plasma technology's color accuracy and best in category black levels, you get the best HD experience without question. Okay, wipe away the drool, we're done teasing you. Now, go and check out Pioneer's newest PureVision plasma TVs and learn more about the technology and the new models.

Learn About High Definition TV

You’ve seen the words "Broadcast in HDTV" at the start of some of your favorite television shows. Your newspaper is flooded with ads from local electronics stores plugging the newest "must have" HDTV sets. But, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), while more than 60 percent of American television viewers recognize the abbreviation “HDTV,” they are very confused about all of the new TV terminology and what they will actually see when they invite high-definition television into their home. HDTV is all about the experience. The improvement in picture image and clarity between standard or enhanced definition and high definition is dramatic. Whether watching sporting events or television shows, when you experience true HD quality, you see the difference as clearly as when you switched from VHS to DVD. A trip to an electronics store today can prove overwhelming, A range of choices is quickly replacing traditional televisions. Plasma televisions, LCDs and projection televisions come in sizes ranging from 13 inches to greater than 70 inches with price tags from the low hundreds to thousands of dollars. Some products come equipped with “plug-and-play” technology for immediate reception of the HD signal, while others claim they are HD-ready or offer enhanced definition TV. Consumers are asked to compare standards and formats they don't understand and try to differentiate between monitors and integrated sets. The key to demystifying this technology and making sure you are investing your money in a television that will give you the best HD quality now and in the future, is to do some research and figure out which questions to ask before going into the store. Before making the final decision, you shouldn’t settle on price alone, but also make sure that your new TV lives up to its billing by comparing it to other displays. We recommend that consumers think about and ask the following questions when preparing to incorporate HDTV into their home. How do I get HDTV programming in my home? You can get HD programming the same ways you get regular television shows right now – via cable, satellite or simply over-the-air. Think about how you view your programs and then check the website of your local cable or satellite provider to find out about HDTV services in your local area. Cable: If your local cable provider currently supports HDTV, you simply need to ask them for a HD decoder box that will replace your current cable box and provide easy access to HD. In the near future, you will be able to purchase high definition televisions with the cable box built in (called digital cable-ready). With these new televisions, you simply call your cable company and let them know you have a cable-ready TV and they will provide you with a credit-card sized card that you insert into the television to begin receiving service. Pioneer begins offering digital cable-ready plasma televisions this fall. Over-The-Air: This method involves setting up an antenna and receiving HD programming from local broadcast towers. If you are in a large metropolitan area, chances are good that you can already receive many free HDTV channels over the air. Satellite: Almost anyone can receive HDTV via satellite and all satellite companies currently carry high definition channels. You will need to get a special HD decoder and dish from the satellite provider to watch HD programming and there’s usually a small price increase for this service. Digital vs. True HD Just because a television is digital, does not necessarily mean that it offers true HD. The FCC has mandated that all televisions eventually switch from analog to digital so eventually everyone will need a digital set to watch TV. If you’re going to invest in a new television and are considering getting a standard definition digital set, be aware that this does not mean high definition. Now: here are the critical differences in the three levels of digital television. SDTV: Better Than Regular TV Standard Definition TV broadcasting has eliminated those annoying "ghost" images and "snow" sometimes seen in analog broadcasts. SDTV's picture resolution can range from about the same as analog TV to about twice the resolution-a noticeable improvement. The audio is digital, too, so the sound is of higher quality than on analog TV (like a CD compared to FM radio) and can even feature multiple channels of surround sound. EDTV: Really getting good The next level of digital television is Enhanced Definition TV, EDTV. EDTV features a minimum of 480p scanning lines, for a more detailed picture than SDTV. You can see the difference. EDTV also can reproduce Dolby® Digital audio. HDTV: the best you can get HDTV has all the benefits of EDTV, but goes far beyond it in picture resolution and audio features. The HDTV specification requires a minimum of 720 horizontal scanning lines, far higher than EDTV and about five times the resolution as analog TV! It's a level of detail that you've never seen before. Pixels Another way to compare the two is by looking at their pixel count (pixel is short for "picture elements", the individually addressable areas of light and shadow on your screen). The 720p format creates an image with 720 lines, each with 1280 pixels, so it has a resolution of 1280 x 720. The 1080i format creates an image with 1080 lines, each with 1920 pixels, so its resolution is a higher 1920 x 1080. Denser pixels = a better picture. When you're shopping for a new TV, remember this: at a minimum, an HDTV television-whether it's a projection television, plasma display, or traditional CRT type-must be able to display images at a minimum of 1080i or 720p. A "digital TV" or "digital-ready TV" or "EDTV-ready TV" that doesn't meet this spec cannot deliver HDTV! You would still get the improvement of digital TV over analog, but you wouldn't be ready for HDTV, which is the future of broadcasting. You Can See the Difference As we said, the HDTV difference is clearly visible. On the best sets, you will see details that you've never seen before on a television. Here are a few examples. Actor's faces look more expressive and you'll see more detail in costumes and clothing. When watching sports, you can follow the ball, the puck, or a racecar more easily and see subtle details in an athlete's movements, even the fuzz on a tennis ball. A forest looks like a group of individual trees, not a brown and green clump. Concerts in HDTV feature incredible visual detail and digital sound. In short, everything looks and sounds far more life-like and more realistic. The first time you experience HDTV, on a true HDTV television and a good surround sound system, is almost unbelievable. HD "Compatible" or HD-"Ready"? Some televisions are digital and HD-ready, which means that you can add a tuner to the television at some later date in order to receive HD signals. These sets are generally called HD-compatible or HD-ready and are somewhat less expensive than a true HDTV. However be aware that not all TVs being promoted as “HD-compatible” are truly capable of displaying HD signals. If the television display is not true HD the signal must be downgraded for an image to be displayed. This difference needs to be understood before purchasing an HDTV in order for a consumer’s expectations to be met. Which display is right for me? Each television technology has its benefits and draw backs depending on what you want to watch the most: Traditional CRT (cathode ray tube) based TVs have been in homes across America for more than 50 years. It is the cheapest television technology, but it can be bulky and the image being reproduced is high quality although commonly shrunk to fit the square screen. The range of screen sizes for CRT TVs spans from just a few inches to large-size rear projection televisions. LCD TVs are slim monitors that are available in screen sizes up to 36 inches. Because LCDs were originally designed for computer monitors rather than televisions, they are better suited for viewing data than video. The response time of an LCD television is slower than other technologies, which means you may get a blurring effect when images move quickly across the screen. Because LCD televisions tend to be smaller, they are easy to fit in most home kitchens, workshops and the like. However, it’s important to remember that the biggest benefit of high definition television is enhancing an image so it seems that you are immersed in the picture. This quality is much more effective on larger screen sizes. The bigger the television, the more dramatic the improvement in picture quality from standard to high definition. If you’re looking at a 13-inch screen, you might not notice much difference at all. Plasma is one of the newest television technologies, but has been on the market just long enough to become the latest craze. Newer model plasma televisions offer picture quality and color reproduction as good as any projection television, while being thin enough to fit almost anywhere. Plasma also has a wider viewing angle than many other televisions, which means you don’t have to sit in the “sweet spot” in the living room to get a good view of the TV. The larger-size plasma televisions provide the most dramatic difference when viewing HDTV. Digital Light Processing (DLP) Although DLP is much slimmer than a typical rear projection television, they don’t have the viewing angle, size or brightness to be hung on a wall or perched on a stand easily. DLP technology uses micro mirrors and a color wheel to create an image. Viewing angles, life span, depth and brightness have plagued the technology. The upside is that these large screen displays are relatively inexpensive compared to other technologies. Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology is similar to how DLP works, however it uses liquid crystals (LCDs) on silicon wafers (rather then small mirrors) to reproduce images. enabling the display to show high quality image reproduction when watching movies and playing video games. Price and size of the displays are slowing the growth of the technology.
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