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Curved TV's

480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K – all of these numbers, and now you have to wonder if you want a TV to be curved or not curved!  More to consider, and is it right for you?

I have a pretty strong opinion on this. Yes it is the newest thing, and everyone is talking about it, but do you really need it, or even want it?  What is the reason for it anyway?

Years ago, you might have had an old Klaus Nova Beam that had a built in projector, with a curved screen attached.  When this came out it was all the rage!  The high end of video for its day.  But there was a reason for the curve.  The projector technology did not have the ability to make certain adjustments to have the image fill the screen, so in turn they decided just to make a curved screen instead!

When you go to the movies, you can watch a movie in wider wide screen.  This is known as anamorphic, or 2.35:1.  This is how most movies are shot.  That is why when watching a movie on your 16×9 Widescreen, you have black bars on top and bottom.  In my opinion, watching a movie in 2.35:1 is the ultimate.  I see no need in watching a movie on a curved screen, at least until someone is filming with a curved camera!

In order to really experience any real benefit to a curved screen, you need to be sitting what is probably too close to enjoy the movie anyway.  If you are close, then having the curved edges will allow you to see what you would normally miss otherwise.  Most people are not sitting that close to a large screen, and it is only going to distort the picture anyway.

Before making that big purchase because it is the next big thing, please take all of this into consideration.  Make sure to consult with a professional integrator.


 

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