Form Factor Woos Consumers To Today's Ultra-Thin HDTVs

By |


I feel disloyal. I just bought a 65 inch Samsung LED HDTV for my living room system to replace my trusty, Kevin Miller-calibrated 50 inch Panasonic Pro plasma that was built into the wall with two stock speakers on each side. The wall is covered with fabric and houses some very nice, reference grade PSB CW800E in-walls powered by a Krell S-300i Integrated amp, a Benchmark DAC1 HDR, and an Apple TV, LG Blu-ray HDMI 1.4 player and a DirecTV HD DVR. I feel disloyal because I wanted another Panasonic Pro. I shopped like a wide-eyed consumer at CEDIA for a TV large enough to cover the hole that we made for the 50 inch set, the speakers and a little breathing room. As the math would have it - it would have to be a 65 inch set.

Additional Resources
• Read more unique stories like this in our Feature News section.
• Explore our LED HDTV Review section for more information.

The size requirements took a few of my favorite players out of the game, including Toshiba's LEDs as they aren't physically wide enough for this application despite having what I think is the best LED panel on the market today. The other top performing contender that I looked at was Panasonic - a brand that I am loyal too and for good reason. Panasonic has picked up where Pioneer left off with Plasma HDTVs that have the inky black that you still can't get from an LED. For videophiles, this deep contrast makes for the foundation of a great image, much like good bass leads to an overall good audiophile sound. So why not buy the Panasonic? Simply put - form factor.


Today you can buy a pretty big HDTV for a relatively small amount of money as compared to six or seven years ago. In the old days, plasmas sold at $5,000 or more because their 3 inch deep form factor was game changing. A 40 in CRT tube set weighed 150 pounds and was more than two feet deep. "Big Screen" HDTVs were still a foot deep even at the end of their run. A plasma could hang on the wall like a picture (don't try that by the way - use a good mount from OmniMount or Sanus) or at least so it seemed. Roll the tape forward to today and the LED HDTVs on the market are so paper thin that you can literally put a gigantic HDTV in places that you never could have dreamed of even a few years ago. And that's how they got me to spring for my new set. Am I slumming it with a top-of-the-line Samsung 65 inch LED? Nobody would suggest that. Is my heart still longing for the deep blacks that come from a Panasonic Plasma? You bet. Thank God, we've got a new office at leases. Perhaps there will be room to install a plasma for corporate viewing of the NHL Network while working? Perhaps it will end up getting me the best of both worlds? Here's hoping. For now - form factor closed the deal on what HDTV to buy over 3D, power consumption, tricky applications, HDMI 1.4, 1080p and LED's performance in ambient light.

Related Articles and Content
Be sure to check out another one of our other articles, Samsung Introduces 3D Streaming to its Televisons.  There is also more information available in our LED HDTV News and Review section, as well as our Samsung brand page.

  • Comment on this article

Post a Comment
comments powered by Disqus

Latest Feature News Stories

Sep 18
CEDIA 2017 Show Wrap-up The annual CEDIA Expo--which celebrates high-end home theater, whole-house AV, and all things custom-oriented--took place recently in San Diego. Adrienne Maxwell and Dennis Burger discuss the latest trends and new products on display.
CEDIA 2017 Show Wrap-up

Sep 11
Do You Own an AV Boat Anchor? AV technology is always advancing (sometimes quite quickly), and that means some pieces of gear inevitably get left behind. Do you own a product that became obsolete far sooner than you would've preferred?
Do You Own an AV Boat Anchor?

Sep 04
Why Aren't There More Negative AV Reviews? One question we get from some of our most loyal readers is, "How come there aren't more negative reviews on the website?" Jerry Del Colliano answers this question and gives more insight into our review process.
Why Aren't There More Negative AV Reviews?

Aug 27
Have You Attended a Listening Event Recently? Looking for a pressure-free way to audition the latest AV gear? Check to see if your local specialty retailer hosts regular listening or AV demo events. Adrienne Maxwell describes a recent event she attended at Colorado's ListenUp store.
Have You Attended a Listening Event Recently?

Aug 21
Should AV Retailers Worry About Amazon Smart Home Services? Amazon has launched its Smart Home Services to provide in-home setup and tech support in limited markets. Should specialty AV retailers be worried? Jeff Berman asks industry analysts for their take.
Should AV Retailers Worry About Amazon Smart Home Services?