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Friday, January 30, 2009

Loner's Crazy Display

The thoughts of upgrading my main video gaming display haven't been on my mind for quite some time. For more than two years, I have been very satisfied with my 56" 1080p Samsung DLP: The TV works great, has an outstanding picture quality, and it is future proof where I could see myself using it for the next 5 years. Things quickly changed when my significant other offered to get me a new TV out of the blue and now, I am a proud owner of a new 52" 1080p Samsung LCD. I have always been a fan of DLPs - I love the fact that they are immune to burn-ins and picture degradations as long as the bulb inside is properly maintained. What attracted me this time to an LCD is the 1:1 pixel mapping ability, something that is lacking on DLP sets. With the standard overscan being around 2% for newer DLPs, I figured that it's time for me to try out something different.

Sharper than Culdra's blade!

Though a bit smaller in size compared to my previous display, this set looks incredible in both its aesthetic and function. Its 50,000:1 contrast ratio produces the deepest black I have ever seen across all the HDTVs I have previously owned and the clarity of the picture is unmatched. I have been testing it ever since I got it home on Tuesday and I am still calibrating it but thus far, I have zero complaints. One of the best Blu-ray transfers is Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest and that movie looked exceptional on my DLP but now it looks even better because of the superior black level performance. Though I am worried about the possible image persistence issue that LCD sets are prone to - I always use my personal computer with my HDTVs and older games have the 4:3 aspect ratio - I am willing to brave through it just to be able to have a much improved video gaming experience.

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