Five high-tech terms to understand before shopping

Published: Friday, Dec. 3 2010 2:08 p.m. MST

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Blu-ray is the recent victor of the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD format war. That format war was very similar to the VHS vs. Betamax format war of the 1980s.

Both formats wanted to replace the DVD in the same way DVD replaced VHS, and both were offering pretty much the same thing DVD did back in the day with more space for content and better picture and sound quality.

Blu-ray has absolutely delivered on its promises with a beautiful picture and over six times the storage capacity of regular DVD. However, it landed at a really interesting time. More and more people are wanting movies delivered digitally just like their music. Also, old Blu-ray players do not work with the latest 3-D formats with the exception of the PS3.

Now consumers have to consider whether or not Blu-ray will even be around for any length of time, and if it is, should they invest in the more expensive 3-D technology?

Consumers are now left with a tough decision this season, but then again, that's the nature of technology.

"Stick with what you need, not just want," Siegler said. "Tech updates so quickly that in a few months you may find yourself filled with regret about a purchase unless you really needed it."

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Durham, NC

KInd of a goofy article. LED versus Plasma.... man there is a whole lot more to it than what the author describes. Yes, blacks are harder to reproduce with LED, but contrast levels are going through the roof because LED TVs can produce much truer colors at the high end of the spectrum. White is actually white... which is why they look so much brighter. I have a DLP, Plasma and LED TV, and there is a real difference in how they reproduce their images.

The one big boondoggle he missed was the stupid rush to 3D TV. I can hardly wait until we get those displays out of the stores. Who in the heck wants to watch TV with expensive glasses. This is a trend that will hopefully go away real soon as it adds little to the viewing experience.

Just my 2 cents....

Pocatello, ID

Seeing Avatar again in 3D on the Panasonic system makes it all worthwhile....

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