Discuss: Curved HDTV Displays

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September 5, 2014 at 05:59:49
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Sony has announced a 75" 4K Curved HDTV. Discuss here if you think curved TVs are the way of the future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
September 5, 2014 at 06:42:46
IMO this is a gimmick that will not get any traction. The 4k is OK, but the curved design will not improve viewing EXCEPT for the sweet spot exactly in the center and sitting at the correct distance. Other viewing positions may actually look worse due to the viewing angle increasing for one side of the screen.

Anything to charge a premium. I won't be buying one.


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#2
September 5, 2014 at 07:35:16
I agree with OtheHill. I believe the viewing angle could actually be worse for those sitting off to the sides. It's ok to reinvent the wheel if it's actually better and more economical. I also won't be buying one. I guess I'll have to suffer with my old 42" plasma.

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#3
September 6, 2014 at 02:28:18
Last weekend my wife talked me into buying one. A 55" LG. Actually the picture is quite good even at a very far side, better than on a flat screen. Also the curvation reduces light reflections. The pricing however may be a reason to wait, should you consider buying one.

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#4
September 6, 2014 at 07:03:58
Perhaps time to bring back the good olde 9inch slightly convex, notionally black and white screens. Huddled together like supplicants before the altar of some long forgotten deity, the family would sit and absorb whatever was being presented thereon for their delectation. In those distant and far off days, the family that viewed together stayed together..

Then the screens grew a little larger, first to 12 and then 14inches (diagonally of course), and group spread out a little. But still the family viewed together etc. as above...Then came 17, and 19 and then 21, and so on screens...; and the family, the congregation, spread out a little; even daring to engage in other activities at the same time! Then was added colour in an attempt to preserve the dedicated congregation, who by now were starting the stray noticeably further afield and away from the altar's influence...

When that failed... the screens grew "enoooormouse" and even offered 3D... But still the congregations have moved and dispersed afield... So now the deities offer a curved screen; much larger of course than other screens in general, but also demanding greater tributes from the congregation for the privilege of adoring and worshipping them.

All this in the hope that the congregations, the dispersed multitudes, will once again gather (huddle?) around the altar, within the home, and absorb all that "vunderfull" stuff offered to them...; and buy more junk munchies to sustain them in their adorations...

The next item will likely be smell-vision; which will require totally new kit; regular supplies of suitable chemicals too, all of which will be released by codes transmitted with the video signal (much like the VITS as used already), so as to enhance the worshipping (sorry viewing) experience and so on...

Being one of many whose built-in optics who don't allow 3D (stereo-vision) capability, I have not succumbed to that craze; nor yet gone to an LED screen; my 23 inch Panasonic CRT set (sorry altar) is fine... The CRT image is generally (in SD) superior to any LCD/LED display; and also plasma. Plasma is generally superior to LCD/LED too... Even HD downscaled to SD and viewed on my Panasonic is superior to an LCD/LED when viewing in similar mode... And the audio (on olde CRT kit) was generally far superior - not requiring additional external kit to provide even "reasonable" sound quality.

Many tv sets (plasma, LCD/LED curved of not) are way to big for many a typical family home. Unless they have (as is common in some homes in USA/Canada) a dedicated area for family worship (sorry viewing); which allows a decent distance from the altar to truly view and appreciate its offerings and sermons various...

When it comes right down to the bottom line, curved screen developments are just so much more cash in the bank to/for the manufacturers, and (I suggest) simply not worth the money.

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#5
September 9, 2014 at 10:48:01
I love the repeated attempts to regain those explosive growths caused by HDTV and flat screens.

"We cranked up the resolution even more! It's 4K! Anyone?
We gave them network stacks, and access to YouTube's API. It's smart TVs! Anyone?
We added the same gimmick the theaters brought back! It's 3D! Anyone?
We made screens so large, we had to curve the sides inwards to make sure you could see it all! It's curved screens!"

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#6
September 9, 2014 at 11:21:14
Next it'll be black 'n white on a small flat (personal) screen... with a decent (well fairly) built-in sound system. All fitted into a nice neat wooden cabinet...

Now where did I put that old Bush tv6 or that old RCA whatever...?


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