April 25th, 2005, 07:03 AM
42" HITACHI Plasma: $3,399.99 ---- 55" Plasma = $5500
Undertaker, IMHO I would buy a 42 inch LCD over a plasma... Safer investment ... I'm sure your aware of all the complaints about plasma... Just thought I'd warn ya incase you hadn't
37" SHARP AQUOS LCD: $4,079.99 ---- 45" LCD = $5500
Plasma suffers from Burn in. LCD suffers from dead pixels, especially on big screens.
LCDs can't display black as well as plasmas. LCDs give ya a higher resolution. Plasma has a sharper, more vivid color. LCDs would be better
Depends on what you'll be using it mostly. If its for TV, go with the plasma and save yourself some money. You can use a plasma display as a monitor for a PC without worrying to much as long as you take some precautions.
April 26th, 2005, 12:14 AM
Doom3 on the Xbox does not equate to the same experience on the PC. Graphic wise. None of the 3d shooters do, but they are STILL excellent quality. Expecially the games that support higher HDTV resolutions. Playing it on the xbox is like tweaking the game down to get a higher FPS, making it a little less "edgy" for speed. But damn they look good on the tele. Oh plus you miss out on some of the fancier special effects. Since the game is specifically designed and tested on fairly consistent hardware, it's tweaked to perfection for the device. They aren't just ported over and the one's that are simply ported are CRAP.
Xbox definitely has a place in the houshold.
That 720p (progressive scan) is in 16:9 aspect ratio. The key here is progressive scan. 1080i as you can tell from the "i" for interlaced displays 1920 x 1080 pixels across the screen in 16:9 aspect. HDTV support 1920 x 1080 in the US in fact there are a few channels that broadcast it. One might think, shoot 1920 is best why doesn't everyone use that? It's too detailed and looks like a LCD when your playing doom3. You get artifacts but there are channels like PBS that go with it. When you buy a TV you muse MAKE SURE it supports both, if you want to use them or at least make sure it can convert the native 1080i to 720p for display. Most tuners or satelite systems let you set the output resolution as well, so you could get a cheaper TV and still have cool ass vid.
BTW: many of the HD screens are only capable of 1280 x 768 yet to see (in OZ) specs above this. Seeing as this corresponds with the 720p (why would you want 1080i - or only 540 vertical lines of resolution)
West of House
You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.