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Xbox 360 + HDTV

Xbox 360 + HDTV = WOW!
 
Tracy and I have been considering an HDTV for almost a year now. We’ve compared DLPs and plasma television for quite sometime and even still it can be confusion and daunting. We finally settled on DLP because it potentially lasts longer. Plasma TVs have a half live of between 10-20 years with 4 hours per day use, but all the while it is dimming. When it gets to a point where you can’t stand it (probably before the half live even) the TV is trash. DLPs have bulbs that will go out in about 4 years with 4 hours of day per use and the bulbs cost about $280 (now at least; they probably will be cheaper and the models are rather ubiquitous) but once you replace them the TV is good as new sans any other problems.
 
So, the Samsung DLP – which is arguably the best DLP and Samsung is an early adopter – came down to a reasonable price (and DLPs are cheaper than plasmas anyway) after Christmas we decided to get it.
 
We hooked up the Xbox 360 and switched the format and the result is very impressive! Project Gotham Racing 3 that Tracy and I played together looks almost real and with the larger 42" diagonal screen split screen still is playable.
 
It’s definitely our last major commodity purchase for a while but it was worth it. I made sure that it was relatively future-proof. It has HDMI which supports HDCP, which the copy protection system necessary for PVRs, HD DVD, and more of the newer formats and technology like digital cable. It should last a good long time.
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