Flat screens for flat heads

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - GER­HARD GIL­IOMEE

FRIK ELS’S RE­PORT on the latest flat screen television sets is spot on. De­cid­ing whether a flat screen TV will fit your house (and your pocket) is ham­pered by the un­will­ing­ness (per­haps with rea­son) of shops to show you what any buyer is cer­tainly en­ti­tled to: namely, to com­pare the sound and pic­ture qual­ity of dif­fer­ent flat screens by plac­ing them next to each other with the same source (prefer­ably the ana­logue TV broad­casts that are cur­rently avail­able).

The im­age that’s usu­ally shown on a flat screen TV in shops comes from a high def­i­ni­tion DVD play­ing back on one of the TV man­u­fac­turer’s own DVD play­ers. Such an im­age isn’t at all com­pa­ra­ble with the im­age that’s ob­tained from the or­di­nary ana­logue broad­casts.

How­ever, the avail­able con­ven­tional CRT or tube TVs are al­most al­ways placed next to one an­other in shops, with all the screens show­ing an iden­ti­cal ana­logue TV broad­cast.

In my opin­ion, the only rea­son for the un­will­ing­ness to dis­play flat screens in the same way is the usu­ally poorer qual­ity of flat screens com­pared to CRT TVs when the same source is used.

How­ever, de­spite the poorer im­age qual­ity, the flat screen TV costs as much as 10 times more than the con­ven­tional CRT TV of the same screen size.

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