Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Philips 37PF9830 better than Pioneer PDP-436XDE

Looking at some of the latest reviews I think the Philips 37PF9830 is the way to go (rather than the new Pioneer PDP-436XDE)
Here's some of the blurb:

LCD True HD display, 1920x1080p
HD ready for the highest quality display of HDTV signals
Pixel Plus 2 HD improves details in standard TV and HDTV
2-channel active Ambilight enhances the viewing experience

2 integrated NXT™ Monolith speakers with amazing performance
Matching design stand with motorised swivel included

Perfect picture quality from your digital photos
USB and Memory-Card slot for instantly playing multimedia
Advanced connection to your audio/video products
Most modern and highest quality HDMI and DVI-I connectivity

For the detailed specs look at Philips Cineos data sheet

One thing to note - though the panel is a true 1920x1080 pixels in resolution (and it even says '1080P' for progressive support) it won't actually accept a 1080P signal - or at least no-one who has one already has been able to get it to do this - the reasoning is that a) the electronics to deal with that input bandwidth would be much more expensive
b) it will de-interlace 1080i signals to true 1080 (which is nice)
c) the only device that will output 1080P is the PS3 which won't be available for a while anyway

This seems to be the case for other 1920x1080 panels (such as the Sharp Aquos)

Anyway - lots more about those issues on the AVForum thread!

(c) Bill Pinnell 2004

Monday, 3 October 2005