Alexander: What TV system for a digital age?

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2013 - 4:20 PM

Q: If you were to start from scratch with a TV system in your home, how would you do it?

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ningaubleMay. 21, 13 3:59 PM

This is generally good advice, although I will personally declare for Plasma at least until OLED 4K pricing doesn't make my eyes pop out. In the metro area digital OTA is fantastic. I'm pulling in everything available in perfect quality with a pair of rabbit ears and a loop left over from the analog days. OTA is the only place you get an uncompressed HD signal and the difference is noticeable.

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essdee09May. 21, 13 6:12 PM

We just bought a new TV and discounted plasma quickly for a few reasons. One was power consumption (they're better than they were, but plasma TVs still use more electricity than LCD/LED TVs). Two, plasma screens tend not to be as bright as LED screens (a non-issue in a home theater setting, but we didn't have that setup). And three, manufacturers really seem to have lost interest in plasma TVs. Some TV manufacturers don't offer ANY plasma units. And the ones that do have a very limited selection. Even Panasonic, which has done a great job with plasma TVs, has announced cutbacks in R&D and marketing plasma.

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stevee952May. 22, 13 9:10 AM

Plasma is still the best TV technology, and its "death" is not imminent. Any difference in energy cost between plasma and led/lcd is not worth mentioning -- a few dollars here and there, certainly well under $100/yr. Panasonic makes fantastic plasma HDTVs. Couple it with a Panasonic blu-ray player that has apps built-in, and you're set. Lots of very good antenna available for pulling in OTA HD signals, and as mentioned by another commenter, OTA HD is a better picture than satellite or cable. Forget about 4K tv's ... there's no content to take advantage of it, there won't be for a long time, and your eyes will not notice a difference between 4K and current HD.

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oscarthecatMay. 22, 1311:15 AM

It's great to see Dan Wascoe in the paper again. I always enjoyed reading his stories and columns.

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