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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Dec. 8, 2006 / 17 Kislev, 5767

Enter the Digital TV Age

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | What's the difference between an old 27-inch television and a new 42-inch liquid-crystal display model? The past and the future, one might say. Within a couple of years, all television programming in the U.S. will be high-definition, and old sets will be just so many paperweights without a special adapter.

Making a choice among plasma, flat-panel LCD and rear-projection LCD models is challenging enough; then there's the question of screen size. Do you want, or need, to sit close to the screen? It's likely that something 42-inches or less will be a good idea. Want to mount the display on a wall? Plasma or LCD is likely your best bet. (The folks at Panasonic are offering their "Plasma Concierge" service free through the end of the month, and promise objective advice, at least among all the plasma players. Details are online at www.panasonic.com.)

Though determined to get a high-definition television, I was unwilling to sell a kidney. You can find some utterly amazing sets between $3,500 and $7,000, to be sure, and the choices are enough to make your head spin. So, there was a number in mind, and it appeared my wife and I would have to settle for a 37-inch LCD model. This would be fine, but a bit of searching, and a little luck, changed things substantially.

In part, a piece of furniture — our entertainment center — helped make the final choice easier. It could only accommodate a set of a certain size. The furniture offered some depth, so a rear-projection set was an additional option, since something 14 inches or so deep wouldn't be a hassle. What's more, as a salesperson at Belmont Television in Wheaton, Md., pointed out, the rear-projection unit can be positioned up close to the front of the cabinet, giving a better viewing angle than an LCD on stand, which would sit back in the unit.

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That, plus a price cut by Sony Corp. that put this particular model ahead of the others under consideration, brought the 42-inch rear projection Grand WEGA to our home. The TV offers high definition at what is called "720p" resolution, which has so far shown more than enough detail of football and everything else. Higher-resolution "1080i" images also display quite nicely — I noticed no loss of detail here, either. Indeed, my view of the aforementioned Redskins was far better than any stadium seat my budget would allow.

It can't be emphasized enough that in order to get a high-definition image on your new set, you need a high-definition signal of some kind. This can come from satellite television providers, from cable or over the air. A simple pair of rabbit ears can pull in high-definition broadcasts from several local stations, by the way.

One side benefit of having this set is the ability to hook up a personal computer and get the largest-ever display that I've ever used. Ironically, this didn't work with the PC a manufacturer sent for just such testing, because their model lacked the proper connector. Apple Computer's MacBook Pro, on the other hand, fit the bill perfectly, filling the screen quite nicely.

There's a lot to learn about all of this. I'd suggest more than a little time on the Web doing research, and also getting a copy of a great e-book, "Take Control of Digital Television" by writer Clark Humphrey and published by TidBITS Electronic Publishing, www.takecontrolbooks.com. This 77 page volume, list price $10, is a phenomenal introduction to the subject that will help demystify a lot of questions. Happy shopping!

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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