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LCD Flat Panel Display FAQs

Q: Should I buy a LCD panel or wait until prices drop?
A: Prices are always expected to drop and so it is up to you to decide when to jump in. Right now, the 1080p models are becoming more prevalent and the price on the 720p models are real bargains. The prices on some of the 1080p models are fairly aggressive too. LCD's are more expensive than plasma, but not by that much. In our opinion, the only reason to wait is to get the sale price on a 1080p model.
Q: Can I use my LCD flat panel for my PC too?
A: If your LCD has a VGA or DVI connection, then you should be able to use it with your PC too.
Q: What is "burn-in" and do LCDs have a problem with it?
A: Burn-in occurs when a static image remains on the screen for an extended period of time. It results in a faint ghosting that is visible over any image in that part of the screen. They can result from computer games, station ID logos and stock tickers amongst other static images.
No, LCDs do not suffer from burn in. In the very rare instance that it occurs, it is usually self-correcting with the display of a different image.
Q: Are all LCD displays HD compatible?
A: Most are. To display an HD image a screen must be able to display at least 720 lines (or pixels counting from top to bottom). For the widescreen HD image, the display must be at least 1280 pixels across. Other things to evaluate, it must have a component, DVI or HDMI connection do receive an HD image. Finally, an ATSC tuner is needed to tune HD broadcasts. Otherwise, you will need an accessory tuner or set-top box.
Q: There is a pixel that is always white on my screen, what is it and can it be fixed?
A: You have a "stuck" pixel. The LCD pixel internally is stuck in the on position and allows light to pass through 100% of the time. Unfortunately there is no way to repair a single or group of pixels.




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