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Old 06-03-2007, 08:01 AM   #11
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If you rip open a current generation LCD flat panel you'll find one to a few flourescent bulbs providing illumination (behind the LCD grid). The forthcoming LED forms will supplant (white) LEDs for that illumination. It's my understanding that the "depending on how it's done" form I was referring to employs an grid of colored LEDs behind the LCD to both illuminate and create what amounts to discrete/steerable, bump color (if you will) illumination ... thus improving dynamic range. The later only exists in tech demonstration panels (not for sale, yet). In the TV realm they are also beginning to sell fast refresh panels that help with fast moving scenes (something that won't matter for DTP uses). The desktop realm will see increased density per square inch (actually, it already is ... 144/200dpi panels).

As mentioned, this is all dependent upon having a) a good HD source (720p up to ~4x" and 1080p 50-70+ inch panels, btw) and b) a large presentation (greater than the classic NTSC "looks ok" max of 32-36 inches).

PS - Plasma's are fundamentally different (essentially a grid of very small florescent bulbs), btw.

PPS - An off topic comment. AppleTV works well (I now own two).
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The forthcoming LED forms will supplant (white) LEDs for that illumination. It's my understanding that the "depending on how it's done" form I was referring to employs an grid of colored LEDs behind the LCD to both illuminate and create what amounts to discrete/steerable, bump color (if you will) illumination ... thus improving dynamic range. The later only exists in tech demonstration panels (not for sale, yet).
I must assume that the ones Jobs says will be replacing the old LCD screens from Apple during 2007 will not be that latter sort, which does sound cool.

Thanks for the run-down.

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An off topic comment. AppleTV works well (I now own two).
What does it work well at, exactly — I mean, what do you actually do with it? (Mind you, we don’t have any flat screen TV, no DVD player for the TV, no TIVO — we are essentially still in the middle ages!)

   
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Old 06-03-2007, 02:05 PM   #13
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kt: That’s interesting — unless it has closed in the past month or so, we have one.
Ours closed about 2-3 months ago...I had seen an ad for a closeout sale for one store and figured the other store in the area would still be open and I was glad that I checked the CompUSA site before I went out to get a new firewire cable as that's when I discovered that they'd closed all of the stores in the DC metro area...


>>And it has an Apple employee always present.

Wow! That's nice...we do have an Apple store in one of the large malls not far from me--Tysons Corner mall...

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> What does it work well at, exactly — I mean, what do you actually do with it? (Mind you, we don’t have any flat screen TV, no DVD player for the TV, no TIVO — we are essentially still in the middle ages!)

I guess that puts you squarely in the old,

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end of the spectrum.

JR's vision of that smashing 60's economically acidic hippy just grew a little dimmer.

AppleTV is a fixed, iPod for one's, uhhh tv (TV -> AppleTV, get it?). Looks like a new AirPort (which looks like a thinner/wider Mac Mini). iTunes/iPhoto on the computer chock full o' music/video/photograph goodness (400GB in my case) readily available on the TV in the other room (or in my case TVs in the other room, or the other room, or the other room, or the other room, or the other room). ...by different viewers at the touch of that diminutive Apple remote (and a TV plus, perhaps a stereo). ...from a yet another classically trivial, utterly intuitive Apple GUI.

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err, ecoLOGICALLY acidic
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iTunes/iPhoto on the computer chock full o' music/video/photograph goodness (400GB in my case) readily available on the TV in the other room (or in my case TVs in the other room, or the other room, or the other room, or the other room, or the other room). ...by different viewers at the touch of that diminutive Apple remote (and a TV plus, perhaps a stereo). ...from a yet another classically trivial, utterly intuitive Apple GUI.
Aaaah — now I get it.

So first I need a new-fangled sort of TV, then it would be useful. Right?

   
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err, ecoLOGICALLY acidic
Er, non-acidic, actually. But I’ll cop to the rest of it!

   
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