They say that NASA spent millions of
dollars developing a special pen that would work in space
(remember that Seinfeld episode?) while the Russian cosmonauts
simply used pencils.
It seems that the same kind of
misspending is now happening with big screen TVs – and you
lucky readers will learn to save your money. What if I told
you there is the equivalent of the pencil out there in the
big-screen world? A really sharp pointed pencil that writes
really well in fact.
People are currently paying a
fortune for big-screen plasma TVs when they could spend a
fraction of the amount on an even bigger-screen DLP projector.
They choose plasma because they want to show off a super-flat
screen to their friends, but there’s nothing flatter than a
projected image. In this flatness contest, plasma is
definitely the "fat Elvis" of the two.
there are no unsightly power cords dangling from the bottom of
a projected image – nor are there DVD or VCR cables. You just
see the movie; nothing more and nothing less. If you really
want to though, you can stick a Sony or Panasonic logo onto
your wall just under the image to simulate the plasma set
experience. Oh, and don’t forget to reduce the image size
while you’re at it. A 200-inch image won’t fool anyone –
better reduce it to less than half of that, and maybe draw a
box around it. Then people will be impressed by your new
“plasma” big-screen TV.
Have you ever noticed the
plasma sets hanging awkwardly in various places around the
Student Centre? Did you also notice that these relatively new
sets have “ghost” images burned into them that you can see
even if the sets are off? The reason for this is because
plasma sets suffer from a serious problem called “burn-in” in
which any non-moving images on the screen eventually become
Now that may be fine if the image is of,
oh, let’s say, Tasha Yar of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
I’d be quite happy to see her ghostly image overlapping every
movie and TV show I’ll ever watch.
However, it’s far
more likely that the permanent image will be the weather
forecast after leaving the house with Cable Pulse 24 accidentally
left on all day. And don’t
play video games too long – you might end up having to get
used to seeing a cockpit control panel over all your movies.
As for the DLP projector? Play until your thumbs get
So, aside from saving money, screen size, not
having to stare at dangling wires, logos and burn in, are
there any other differences? Why yes there are, I’m glad you
asked. While a plasma screen is extremely heavy and needs to
be professionally installed on a wall due to its sheer weight,
a small four pound projector can easily be placed on a coffee
table and that’s it. You’re ready to go. In fact, if you feel
like it, you can throw it into your knapsack and bring it to
your friend’s house. Try that with plasma. Feel like watching
a movie on your bedroom ceiling? Hey, it’s a free country –
I’m not here to judge – go crazy.
So what’s the catch?
As with plasma sets, the image on a DLP projector will
eventually fade. When this happens, you’ll have to buy a new
bulb. On a plasma set, there is no bulb to replace, because
these sets are disposable! How convenient, all you have to do
is buy a new one! Better yet, buy a DLP projector.
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