The new TV arrived

What a lovely plasma TV. The Linux-based Pioneer Kuro 5010FD arrived an hour ago, and the CEVA/Eagle guys who delivered it also installed it for me. I love its “dot-by-dot” exact resolution support with no overscan, its 24p support, its intense blacks. SD footage looks a bit crappy, but HD looks marvelous. So far, so good.

Last night, when we disconnected our old 55″ Sharp, we temporarily placed there a cheap 32″ 1080i LCD TV that I had around in my office. What a disaster. Literally no blacks, not enough picture modes, and a weird line was moving up towards the middle of the screen: JBQ theorizes that the TV runs at 60Hz instead of NTSC’s 59.94Hz, or that it’s an issue of sync between some parts of the TV – the panel is not reading the framebuffer at the same speed as the upscaler is filling it. The Kuro does not seem to have this problem. That’s the difference between a $500 and a $4000 TV, I guess. You get what you pay for.

I also played around with some settings on the Comcast cable box to output via DVI/HDMI 720p instead of 1080i for FOX, ESPN and ABC, as these channels broadcast in 720p instead of 1080i — in contrast to what most other channels do. Using 720p on the cable box when the source broadcasting is also 720p, it’s better, because then no interlacing and upscaling to 1080i takes place by the cable box, and no de-interlacing and upscaling to 1080p is taking place by the TV. The fewer hoops and conversions you do over the original broadcasting, the better it will look. This is true for 1080i TVs too, not just 1080p ones. The difference in quality is not big, but it’s there. So I guess, Thursdays will be our 720p days, with “American Idol” on FOX at 8 PM and “Lost” on ABC at 9 PM. The rest of the days will be 1080i.

Can’t wait for JBQ to come from work to hook up the PS3 too, so I can view some of my own videos on the TV, and test the Blu-Ray player and its 24p support too. I got “Mission Impossible III” from Netflix for this purpose alone as this action movie has lots of movement, making it a good title to test the 72Hz feature.

Update: Two more friends of ours, working at Google too, will be getting that same TV (60″ version).


Christos Vasilakis wrote on March 3rd, 2008 at 11:44 PM PST:

Kaloriziki 🙂


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Eugenia wrote on March 3rd, 2008 at 11:50 PM PST:


Unfortunately the TV has a bit of ‘buzzing’ that is audible when the volume is low. Other than that it’s good though. 🙂

jeroen wrote on March 4th, 2008 at 12:41 PM PST:

of course non of my b. but why need your man to hook up a ps3?

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Eugenia wrote on March 4th, 2008 at 1:42 PM PST:

Yes, because I could not move the TV all by myself. It was not a matter of connecting a cable, it was a matter of displacing furniture.

Boris wrote on March 4th, 2008 at 4:51 PM PST:

I just read that Pioneer won’t be manufacturing plasmas after the end of this year. They’ll be using Matsushita displays.

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Eugenia wrote on March 4th, 2008 at 5:17 PM PST:

Yeah, Panasonic’s new panels are pretty good anyway, and Pioneer has enough patents to be able to “help” with manufacturing of better tech plasmas. I guess it might be cheaper for them to piggyback on Matsushita, while at the same time Matsushita gets a free ride on Pioneer’s patents.

The only thing I am afraid of is not using plasmas anymore and go solely with LCDs, as the *current* LCDs are actually of worse technology than plasmas. Eventually they will catch up, but that day, is not today.

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