Flat screens for flat heads
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.