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

Dec 04
10 Great Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs Released in 2017 Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the videophile in your life? Adrienne Maxwell picks 10 great Ultra HD Blu-ray discs that came out this year.
10 Great Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs Released in 2017

Nov 27
Dolby AC-4 and MPEG-H Vie for ATSC 3.0 Adoption You may already know about ATSC 3.0's video upgrades, but did you know that it will deliver enhanced audio, too? The question is, will those features come through the Dolby AC-4 or MPEG-H format? Jeff Berman gives us an update in this week's featured news story.
Dolby AC-4 and MPEG-H Vie for ATSC 3.0 Adoption

Nov 20
Five Questions to Ask Before Shopping for a Front-Projection System Want to assemble a big-screen front-projection system but unsure where to begin? Adrienne Maxwell provides a list of five questions to consider upfront to help narrow down the myriad options in both the projector and screen categories.
Five Questions to Ask Before Shopping for a Front-Projection System

Nov 13
The Complicated Choice Between Streaming and Downloading The silver disc is clearly in its twilight years. Have you decided what your disc-less future will look like? Jerry Del Colliano discusses the current state of streaming and downloading for both music and movies.
The Complicated Choice Between Streaming and Downloading

Nov 06
Should You Save Your AV Boxes? To save or not to save? That is the question posed by Jerry Del Colliano in this week's featured news story. Holding on to your original AV gear boxes does have its advantages, but are they really worth it in the long run?
Should You Save Your AV Boxes?