Hitachi LCD Flat Screen TV & Sharp LCD Flat Screen TV

By: Scott James

Now available in all types (and colours), television sets have certainly changed over the years moving on from cathode ray to digital and now LCD TV sets that we assume to be the norm today. Ask most people to list their most essential item or possession and a large number will list their TV as very high up on the list.

Much like the conventional approach to driving a car and our understanding of how the Internal Combustion Engine works (or not depending on your point of view) very few people understand entirely what happens behind the screen of a TV or do they? The word television is derived from a mixed usage of Greek and Latin roots meaning in literary terms ?far sight? and being derived from the Greek term ?tele? meaning ?far? and the Latin ?vision? meaning ?sight? or ?to view in the first person?.

Understandably if you were to ask the average man in the street his biggest issue with television today most would reply that the one problem they have is an increasing dependency on technological terms and an increasing ignorance of what these terms actually mean.

Now would be a good idea to concentrate purely on the digital aspect of television, its latest developments formats and bandwidth issues in use and exactly what all this technical jargon and terminology actually mean.

How would you define Digital TV? Digital television is a telecommunications system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals in contrast to the more established analogue systems which is effectively the transmission of signals used by analogue (traditional) TV.

So what is it exactly that we have to look out for with a Digital TV? Let us use one of the newer LCD TV?s available to help us as we detail what exactly this all means.

The following items of information have to be understood before you can make a proper valued judgement regarding your new Digital TV?

The Screen resolution of the TV is possibly the most obvious place to start. In this case it refers to the number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed.

Next up is whether the TV is Hi-Definition Ready and what does this mean? By Hi Definition Ready we mean that is the TV is ready and suitable to take advantage of the latest Hi Definition TV pictures that more and more programmes are being broadcast in.

We would need to look next at what types of connectors are used to connect the various peripherals that go to make the entire Digital Package work.

In this case we mean SCART Plugs and sockets and their usage. SCART stands for ?Syndicat francais des Constructeurs d?Appareils Radio et Television (SCART).

The final item we would look at would be what is the nature and number of the High-Definition Multimedia Interfaces (HDMI) being used. Here High Definition Multimedia Interfaces (HDMI) refers to the audio/video connector interface that transmits the uncompressed digital streams of information between two or more digital components such as a HD DVD Disc player, a Blu-ray Disc player, a Personal Computer or Video Console.

The first LCD TV that we recommend that you take a look at here is the Hitachi 32LD9700

The 32LD9700 is a 32in LCD TV these TV's at present can be found in the region of 1000 pounds sterling or 2000 US dollars. The screen resolution is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD ready the answer is yes. The Hitachi has 3 (2 RGB) scarts and the type and number of multimedia interfaces the the 32LD9700 uses is HDMI also 2. The type of tuner for this TV is Analogue also Digital and the Hitachi 32LD9700 is available from a wide number of outlets..

So to take an initial view how would we rate Hitachi 32LD9700? Well it is a TV after all and as such the logical place to start would be the picture and our score here would be 10 out of 10, next we would look at the sound quality and our view of this would be 10 out of 10. Connectivity is important for most of these new media TV Sets and such our score would be 8 out of 10 . With regards to the overall level of features, our view would be 10 out of 10 if we then take a look at the ease of use and overall value for money then our scores would be 10 along with 10 out of 10 respectively..

The overall verdict would be WOW what can you say but that this is one of those TV's that excel in almost every thing it is supposed to do. Described as a "Superb All-rounder", there is not much that this TV does not achieve. If you can get your hands on one of these then go for it.

Next we recommend that you look at the Sharp Aquos LC-37GD1E

The LC-37GD1E is a 37in LCD TV with these TV's at present can be found in the region of 3500 pounds sterling or 7000 US dollars. The screen resolution is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD ready the answer is yes. The Sharp has 3 (2 RGB) scarts and the type and number of multimedia interfaces the the LC-37GD1E uses is DVI also 1. The type of tuner for this TV is Analogue as well as Digital and the Sharp Aquos LC-37GD1E is available from limited outlets only.

So to take an initial view how would we rate Sharp Aquos LC-37GD1E? Well it is a TV after all and as such the logical place to start would be the picture and our score here would be 10 out of 10, next we would look at the sound quality and our view of this would be 10 out of 10. Connectivity is important for most of these new media TV Sets and such our score would be 10 out of 10 . With regards to the overall level of features, our view would be 8 out of 10 if we then take a look at the ease of use and overall value for money then our scores would be 8 and 8 out of 10 respectively..

The overall verdict would be This is one of those top of the range LCD TVs that is well capable of beating Plasma displays at their own game and would appear to be another winner from Sharp and yet another great product in their Aquos range. That having been said it is still slightly on the expensive side.

With regards to the prices in this article we have tried in all cases to take an average across the industry from a number of well known web sites and so we ask you to bear this in mind and treat these prices as advisory only rather than absolutes.

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