Plasma HDTV: Better Than LED or LCD?

Plasma HDTV: Better Than LED or LCD?Today’s HDTV market is fairly limited to three distinct types of HDTVs: plasma, CCFL-backlit LCD, and LED-backlit LCD. I have had the opportunity to view all three of these HDTV types and, from my personal experience, have developed an opinion on which technology is the best.

The main differences in each of the HDTV technologies that are currently being offered is how the systems function. With a plasma HDTV, the phosphors light up the screen itself and do not require a separate source to produce the backlighting. For the LCD HDTVs, a separate light source is needed behind the screen, which uses one of two different light sources. The first is CCFL, which is basically like a fluorescent light that can be seen in light fixtures. The second and the newest technology uses LED to supply the background lighting.

There are several advantages of the LED-backlit LCD HDTV that the other two technologies cannot match. This is because the LED-backlit LCD HDTVs are thinner, brighter, blacker, and more expensive than the other two technologies. In addition, CCFL-backlit LCD and LED-backlit LCD are usually the most energy-efficient HDTVs currently available; LED-backlit LCD is currently the most expensive option.

I have read many articles from various publications and online reviewers that have determined one technology to be superior over the others. The thrust of many of these articles rate the LED-backlit LCD as the overall best in picture quality. LED-backlit LCD, according to many reviewers, offers superior picture quality, thin design, and power savings compared to the traditional plasma HDTVs. The only downside, according to the reviews, is that the LED-backlit LCD HDTV is normally more expensive. In one recent review at PCMAG.com, the reviewer stated that he recommended the LED-backlit LCD when price wasn’t a consideration and plasma for the price-conscious.

I understand the reviewer’s thinking and, for the most part, agree with his assessment of the HDTV market and which televisions to purchase. However, there is one other aspect of the HDTV controversy that hasn’t really been covered by previous reviews. While specifications, prices, resolutions, thinness, power consumption, and other things like pricing are important to consider, user preference — in my opinion — is paramount to all of these.

We have friends, family, and neighbors who have a variety of makes, models, and sizes of HDTVs. These people use a variety of different providers from companies such as Dish, DirecTV, AT&T, and other cable providers. There is even a smattering of a few who have given up a provider and opted to go over-the-air via an antenna. All of these different providers will offer various qualities of transmission and service. We also face stations like the Game Show Network, as well as others, that still broadcast in SD. All of this will affect the quality of the picture, no matter what HDTV you purchase.

Case in point: the difference in picture quality I observed between Dish and DirecTV was noticeable. From the same HDTV, when I switched providers and went with DirecTV, the HD quality of the picture was improved. In addition to the picture quality provided by your specific provider, there is also personal preference to consider. I would suggest going to a retailer such as Best Buy, Walmart, Sears, or other retailer that offers a large selection of brands for comparison.

The bottom line is this: only you — and your unique circumstances — can decide which HDTV is best for you.

Comments, as always, are welcome.

Source: PCMAG.com

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Conserving Resources: Producing Circuit Boards With Plasma

There should be an image here!Flexible circuits can be found in many devices where space and weight considerations are dominant in the design of electronics: in cars, in cameras and video equipment, in mini-computers for athletes or in inkjet printers. And the market continues to grow: according to the business consultancy Frost & Sullivan, sales in this area will grow to more than $16 billion by the year 2014.

At K 2010, the trade fair for plastics in Düsseldorf, Germany, scientists from the IST in Braunschweig will unveil a new reel-to-reel technology for the production of flexible circuits and biosensors; the new technology is known as “P3T,” which is shorthand for “Plasma Printing and Packaging Technology.” The benefits: P3T involves considerably fewer process steps than existing processes, and it conserves raw materials. Unlike previous methods, the researchers do not start with a polymer film metalized over its entire surface from which excess metal is then removed to create the circuits. Instead, to produce flexible circuit boards, they apply circuits made of copper to the film that serves as substrate. In the case of biosensors, palladium is used. They use plasma at atmospheric pressure and galvanization instead of vacuum-pressure and laser-based methods to achieve inexpensive and resource-efficient production.

Dr. Michael Thomas, director of the research group at IST, explains: “During production of circuits for an RFID antenna, you often have to etch away between 50 and 80 percent of the copper used. This results in considerable amounts of copper scrap that either has to be disposed or reprocessed using relatively elaborate methods.” The IST approach is different: there, scientists use the additive process to apply the structures they want directly to the substrate sheeting.

The first two process steps are plasma printing at atmospheric pressure and metallization using well-known galvanization methods. Plasma printing uses the kind of deeply engraved roller familiar from the area of conventional rotogravure printing. During the printing process, microplasms are electrically generated in the engraved recesses of the roller; these microplasms chemically alter the surface of the plastic substrate where the circuits are to be applied later in the process.

The process gas from which the plasma is created is usually a mixture of nitrogenous gases. As IST researcher Thomas emphasizes: “The chemical changes we need begin to form on the surface of the film; these changes ensure that the plastic can be wetted with water in these precise areas and will be metallizable using suitable plating baths. This means considerable savings of energy and material,” Thomas adds. And this is a decisive competitive factor: the prices for raw materials — for copper and palladium, for example — have risen by around 150 percent in the past three years.

In the joint P3T project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) P3T, researchers are currently working very hard to improve the individual processes involved in the manufacture of flexible circuit boards and biosensors. They are closely scrutinizing all of the P3T production steps — from plasma printing to assembly and coordinating all of the processes with one another in a production line.

Dr. Michael Thomas @ Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

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Looking For A Cheap 3D HDTV? Samsung 50″ for $989.99!

If not having the latest or greatest technology doesn’t bother you, Best Buy is offering a Samsung 50″ 3D HDTV for a low price of only $989.99. Why is this HDTV so inexpensive? First of all the set is in 720p. Second the TV uses Plasma technology instead of the newer LED technology. But if these two minor specifications don’t bother you, this TV may be right for you.

In addition the HDTV is described as:

What’s Included

    Samsung 50″ Class / 720p / 600Hz / 3D Plasma HDTV
    Tabletop stand
    Remote
    Owner’s manual

Product Features

Ultraslim design (2-3/4″ deep)

Ideal for wall mounting (with optional mounting kit, not included). VESA compatible 400mm x 400mm.

Check out the link below for more information.

Source – Best Buy

Solar Blast To Hit Earth Tonight – Could Disrupt Satellite Services

If you experience any disruption of your satellite TV service this evening, the culprit may not be your satellite provider. A solar tsunami is heading toward earth after a major eruption took place on the sun. The flare up is expected to dump plasma junk and gunk right towards earth and could have a disruptive force on transmissions.

Over at Fox News the article also states that:

Views of aurorae are usually associated with Canada and Alaska, but even skywatchers in the northern U.S. mainland are being told they can look toward the north Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for rippling “curtains” of green and red light.

When a coronal mass ejection reaches Earth, solar particles stream down our planet’s magnetic field lines toward the poles. In the process, the particles collide with atoms of nitrogen and oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere, which then glow, creating an effect similar to miniature neon signs.

The interaction of the solar particles with our planet’s magnetic field has the potential to create geomagnetic storms, or disturbances in Earth’s magnetosphere. And while aurorae are normally visible only at high latitudes, they can light up the sky even at lower latitudes during a geomagnetic storm.

The solar particles could also affect satellites, though scientists think that possibility is remote. Orbital Sciences Corp. believe a similar blast may have been knocked is Galaxy 15 satellite permanently out of action.

I hope this solar flare up doesn’t block out my favorite shows this evening. Oh, that’s right. I don’t have any favorite shows on the tube. LOL

Comments welcome.

Source – Fox News

Panasonic 42″ 1080p Plasma For $649.99 – Sears Has It

You may recall that last week I had mentioned about not forgetting Sears when looking for electronics. Today I received an advertisement from Sears offering the following HDTV for a great price. The HDTV is a Panasonic 42″ 1080p Plasma on sale for $649.99. On their web site Sears provides the following information about this HDTV:

Product Description

Striking in its beauty and elegance, bold in its functionality, this 1080p VIERA® television from Panasonic brings your favorite programming to life. You’ll be mesmerized by its clear, crisp picture and its true-to-life motion reproduction, and its added features will only impress you more. Whether offering all-in-one control of your components from a single remote or digital photo viewer that turns your TV into a large, slideshow-running digital picture frame, the VIERA® S1 Series steps up to the challenge of offering more. 40.6 x 26.1 x 4.2 in., 57.4 lbs. (40.6 x 28.0 x 12.9 in., 59.6 lbs. with stand)

  • Full-Time 1080p TV – The S1 Series produces crisp images and eliminates motion blur by maintaining full TV lines of resolution even in fast moving scenes.
  • VIERA Image Viewer™ – Turn to this feature for a better way to share your digital photos with friends and family.
  • VIERA Link™ – Control all compatible audio and video devices via a single remote and helpful on-screen menus.
  • Neo PDP (Plasma Display Panel) Technology – The S1 Series utilizes advanced up-to-date plasma technology to bring you the best picture, complete with brighter images, a 40,000:1 native contrast ratio and an Infinite Black Panel.
  • 600Hz Sub-Field Drive – An improvement on the 480Hz Sub-Field Drive of previous models, this feature provides more sub-field possibilities for your display, allowing for a more true-to-life presentation.
  • Game Mode – Game Mode minimizes the time lag when displaying game images on the plasma screen. Ultimately, this mode ensures that your gaming experience will feature an extremely clear image with no annoying motion artifacts.
  • AR (Anti-Reflective) Filter – Cut down on glare and light reflection with this exclusive Panasonic feature.
  • 100,000 Hour Panel Life – Don’t worry about fading or loss of image quality. With the S1 Series’ long panel life, you’ll be enjoying your plasma television for many years to come.
  • Inputs – HDMI™ (3), Composite (2), Component (2), S-Video, Audio (5)
    Outputs – Digital Audio

I was surprised when I read a comment [I am not sure if it was here at The Blade or on some other site], that stated Plasma TV’s were only good for a couple of years. My understanding from what I have read is that Plasma TV’s have a life span of 15 to 20 years.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Previous Sears article

Current Sears advertisement

How Big Is The Difference Between 720p and 1080p?

I just finished reading an article over a CNET in which the writer was comparing the difference between 720p and 1080p. But before I cite the article itself, let me share with you what I believe the real difference is. About $200! LOL

First of all there are other aspects of a HDTV that are actually more important. Here are a few:

How important is resolution?

Although resolution separates HDTV from standard-definition TV, it’s not as important to overall picture quality as other factors. According to the Imaging Science Foundation, a group that consults for home-theater manufacturers and trains professional video calibrators, the most important aspect of picture quality is contrast ratio the second most important is color saturation, and the third is color accuracy. Resolution comes in fourth, despite being the most-cited HDTV specification.

I am a plasma person and own two plasma TVs in our home. Both are Panasonic Plasma sets at 42″ and both are 720p sets. The reason I bought 720p was because I knew that the picture quality of this size screen would rival a 1080p set. Also there was one other important point. Cost. At the time I bought the 720p sets the price for a 1080p for the same Panasonic Plasma 42″ was $400 more.

Despite the obvious difference in pixel count, 720p and 1080i both look great. In fact, unless you have a very large television and excellent source material, you’ll have a hard time telling the difference between any of the HDTV resolutions. It’s especially difficult to tell the difference between 1080i and 1080p sources. The difference between DVD and HDTV should be visible on most HDTVs, but especially on smaller sets, it’s not nearly as drastic as the difference between standard TV and HDTV.

Currently HDTV is only broadcast in 720p over Dish Network which is our main source for TV watching in our home. About 5% of the TV use is for DVD movies also at 720p. For those who opt to go with Blu-ray players and watch a lot of Blu-ray movies, my all means go with the 1080p. Just my two cents.

The article I am citing also states this:

The truth about 1080p

In the last couple of years, HDTVs with 1080p native resolution have taken over the market at nearly every price and size point. But as we’ve been saying all along, once you get to high-definition, the difference between resolutions becomes much more difficult to appreciate.

So why is resolution cited most often? I haven’t a clue. If you do, please share your opinion with us.

Comments welcome.

CNET HDTV article is here.

FWIW – I just went over to the Best Buy site and you can buy a Panasonic Plasma 42″ 720p for $599. The same set at 1080p is $799. The bottom line for any shopper is it worth $200 more for a 1080p HDTV? You decide.

HDTVs – Both LCD & Plasma Popular – But What Happened To DLP?

I read an article yesterday at PC World about how to buy a new HDTV this holiday season. I read the description between an LCD and Plasma sets, read the reviews about different models and brands, when I recalled the DLP sets. These sets were popular a few years ago, but were not even mentioned in the review.

Samsung had been the major company that produced the DLP sets. I recalled about 4 years ago, my buddy Denny buying a Samsung DLP and so did my middle daughter and her husband. In fact the kids bought one of those 65″ sets that set them back about $4k when they bought it.

So I took a spin over to Best Buy and the only company I found still selling the DLP sets was Mitsubishi. But over at Amazon they still have plenty of Samsung DLP sets available.

But I found this on a forum after doing a Google:

The main advantage of DLP sets was that the rear-projection design scales up to bigger screen sizes with proportionately less manufacturing cost increase than plasma and LCD. Manufacturing cost efficiencies have improved with LCD and plasma for sets up to 60 inch diagonal to the point where DLP lost most of its advantage. With costs being nearly equal, the DLP sets are not as attractive due to the triple disadvantages of greater depth, more limited viewing angle, and the potential for costly bulb replacement.

What is your opinion? Are DLP sets history already? Are the only choices going to be LCD or Plasma?

Share your thoughts.

Comments welcome.

PC World source

Forum statement here

Panasonic 50″ Plasma + Blue Ray + 7.1 Home Theater For Only $1399!

I was checking the Best Buy web site yesterday, Sunday October 4, 2009, when I spotted their weekly advertisement and decided to see what deals were available. I spotted what I believe is a great value at a great price. The package included a Panasonic 50″ 1080p Plasma HDTV plus a 7.1 home theater with BlueRay for $1399.98.  According to the advertisement the price also included free delivery and hookup.

Here is what was included:

Ensure stunning depictions of high-action films and video games with this 50″ flat-panel plasma HDTV featuring a true 1080p display and a 600Hz refresh rate.

What’s Included

  • Panasonic VIERA / 50″ Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
  • Tabletop stand, 4-device remote
  • Batteries, power cord
  • Owner’s manual

Product Features

  • From our expanded online assortment; not available in all Best Buy stores
  • Built-in HDTV tuner
    Add HD-capable antenna to receiver over-the-air high-definition broadcasts, where available. Optional set-top box required for high-definition cable or satellite programming.
  • 49-9/10″ screen measured diagonally from corner to corner
    Everyone will have a great view of the show or game.
  • 1080p display
    Provides the highest quality progressive-scan picture possible from a high-definition source.

The Home Theater includes the following:

With a built-in dock for your Apple® iPod® and VIERA CAST support, this 7.1-channel home theater system acts as a complete multimedia centerpiece to your entertainment center.

What’s Included

  • Panasonic Blu-ray Disc player
  • Passive subwoofer
  • 2 front speakers, 1 center speaker, 2 surround speakers, 2 rear surround speakers
  • Remote
  • Owner’s manual

Product Features

  • Powerful sound
    1000W (125W x 2 front speakers @ 3 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD; 125W center speaker @ 3 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD; 125W x 4 surround speakers @ 3 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD; 125W subwoofer @ 3 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD).
  • Multiple surround sound decoders built in. Learn more about surround sound home theater
  • Built-in surround sound decoders
    Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS and DTS HD MasterAudio for surround sound support.
  • Blu-ray Disc player
    Supports BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R DL, BD-RE DL, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM, CD, CD-R/RW, CD-DA, WMA, MP3 and JPEG formats for a wide range of media options.
  • Delivers greatly enhanced video performance with standard DVDs
    By upconverting their video resolution to HDTV-compliant 720p, 1080i or 1080p via the HDMI interface.
  • Check out the advertisement and see what you think. Sales ends on October 10, 2009.

    Comments welcome.

    Best Buy ad

    Are You Ready For OLED TV?

    It was not all that long ago that I had settled into a really great Samsung plasma TV, yet we are already moving on to OLED! Skipped LCD altogether as the model of Samsung I had addressed the usual gripes with plasma – no issues with burn in, gaming works well, and the picture is jaw dropping. But now it seems that, soon, I will once again be a caveman with my TV as we start moving into the world of OLED TV…

    According to this article, however, there is some stuff we all need to be aware of before getting all excited and rushing out to purchase one of these new TV sets. They outperform LED and LCD by enough to get you to stand up and pay these sets some serious attention. My favorite brand of… anything home theater, Samsung, is among those to be offering OLED — awesome! Sadly, at this point, these units are not big enough to get me on board right away. Worse, they will cost a small fortune. Uh, no thanks, man.

    No, I can get an LCD or plasma from Froogle for a song and save myself “Big Box Store” headaches. So while the news about OLED is certainly cool, I will, as usual, be a late adopter. Call me old school, cheap, whatever. I am good with it.

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    Vizio Takes Top Spot For LCD Sales + 50″ Plasma Sale

    You’ve seen the Vizio TV’s most likely in a Wal Mart, Costco or Sams club. You may have wondered about the quality and performance of these low priced TV’s. During this time of economic uncertainty, people seem to be flocking to this low price leader. Vizio has wrestled top honors away from Samsung and now has a 21% market share for LCD TV’s. But Vizio has limited their line up to just LCD hi-def televisions. They also offer plasma TV’s, accessories such as cables and hi-def sound as well.

    Vizio describes themselves as:

    VIZIO, Inc. “Where Vision Meets Value,” headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s fastest-growing HDTV and consumer electronics company. In only a few short years, VIZIO quickly skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTV’s in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead major categories in 2007 U.S. TV sales. VIZIO has sold more than 5-Million flat panel televisions in the U.S. alone. By listening intently to our customers and reacting to the ever-growing needs of flat panel television enthusiasts, VIZIO continues to offer feature-rich flat panel televisions and consumer electronics solutions to market at a value through practical innovation.

    While roaming their web site I noticed a online special that appeared to be a very good price. It is for a 50″ 720p Plasma for $899 and included free shipping. Sale ends 05/11/09 while supplies last. Vizio describes their TV as:

    The VP503 50″ Plasma High Definition television features an amazing 15,000:1 contrast ratio and more than one BILLION colors and delivers 720p and 1080i High Definition clarity that is second to none! It’s loaded with inputs including 4-HDMI (one HDMI cable included), Component and RGB inputs as well as composite and S-Video. All this technology packed into an elegant 50″ design that is sure to please. VIZIO – Where Vision Meets Value.

    Vizio seems to becoming more popular for those who are looking for a bargain. But I have a question. If you own a Vizio TV please share your opinion with us as to the good and bad of the brand.

    Your comments are appreciated.

    50″ Vizio Plasma TV is here.

    Vizio web site

    Girly Plasma Map

    eGreetings!

    Today was an interesting day all around. I think I’m mired in a winter funk. I’m ready for spring, even if that just means a lot more rain will fall. At least it will be warmer, right?

    Through my Internet travels, I found a lot of interesting things to keep my brain occupied today. People everywhere are talking tech, talking geeky, and talking life. How awesome is it when those elements mix?

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    Be cocky with Google!

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    Have you used the Gmail Manager extension for Firefox?

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    GoToMeeting allows you to network with coworkers in real-time from anywhere in the world.

    How can you email Web pages to yourself?

    The author of the Conficker virus has a quarter-million dollar price tag on his/her head.

    Are you sure plasma is dead?

    Do you know how to restore the Windows bootloader after dual-booting Ubuntu?

    Has your computer ever had ‘one of those days?’

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    What are your honest thoughts on Adobe Flash?

    If you could sit down with someone at Microsoft, what would you tell them in regards to Windows 7?

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    Yours Digitally,

    Chris Pirillo

    Plasma Is Dead?

    Say what you will about it, for my money, Plasma was the way to go for my TV. Yes, there is no question that it uses a little more power than an LCD television. But the fact that I am finding it just “looks better” with the programming I enjoy, translates into real sadness when I heard that LCD has finally trumped Plasma in the marketplace.

    Yup, LCD has gone out and pulled a “Blue-ray” format win on Plasma it seems. And as this article points out accurately from my own experience, those crappy cheaper LCD TVs everyone is spending money on do not even come close to providing the same kind of quality picture seen on a comparatively priced Plasma TV. Well that and Plasma was just cheaper, too. I own a Samsung 42″ that I purchased CHEAP and it has thus far, blown the doors off anything I have seen in the LCD fleet in the $1000-2000 range. My TV cost me less than $600, too. And before anyone even tries to mention burn-in with a straight face, consider than today’s Plasmas have a myriad of anti-burn-in options to choose from. I find that the provided screensaver has worked wonders for me. I have paused video content for hours, NEVER had one problem.

    So again, we see yet another great technology being trumped over for a more expensive, to outrageously expensive alternative if you are hoping to gain comparable quality. It’s Blue-ray/HD-DVD all over again. Sure, if you want to spent $1800+, you can buy a LCD TV that does not present a picture that looks like crap in a TV size that does not defeat the purpose of upgrading in the first place. But for half that, you can buy the same size/brand TV and end up with a picture that is at least as good if not better in some cases.

    The only thing I would even touch in the future myself, would likely be something DLP based. At least that can actually walk the walk with quality behind the cost involve. LCD TVs are highway robbery in my honest opinion. The picture-to-cost value is simply not there and no one has been able to show me otherwise thus far.

    Tips For Buying The Right HDTV

    As we approach Black Friday and the holiday buying season, many of you will be looking to purchase a new HDTV. Many of you will be unsure which brand, model, resolution [720p vs 1080p] or size to purchase for your viewing needs. Add to this the possibility that some stores may not be displaying the same picture on every set that they have on display. So where do you start.

    The first thing I would do is to ask family, friends, fellow employees or anyone who has recently purchased a HDTV and ask how they like the brand they bought. Next, go to a local retailer that has a well stocked base of different brands and makes and take a look for yourself. Finally, decide on how much money do you want to spend.

    When you go into a retail store that has HDTV’s on display, try and take a peek behind the set or on the side to see what kind of connection they are using. If it is a coaxial connection, this may not show the full potential of the TV. Whereas a connection using a HDMI cable connected to a Blu-ray player will look the best, the picture you receive at home may not look as good when connected to a standard DVD player.

    720p vs 1080p difference you can see, or can you? Most people will argue it comes down to size. The theory goes if you are opting to buy a set over 50″ in size, a 1080p TV may provide you with a better picture. On the flip side, if you are purchasing a set under 50″, a 720p set may be just fine. Also be aware that currently only Blu-ray supports 1080p, though in a few years it is being said that Dish and Direct will be providing 1080p broadcasts,

    I have a general rule that I personally think is simple to follow. There are three distinct technologies currently available for HDTV that also adds to the confusion. They are DLP, LCD and Plasma. As with any technologies, each of these have their plus and minuses. My rule. Buy the technology that you like the best. :-) I am personally partial to plasma sets for one simple reason. Plasma provide the best viewing angles no matter where you are seated. LCD and DLP tend to fade when viewed from an angle. But that is just my opinion.

    Finally which brands would you look at? Again this is just my two cents. DLP, get a Samsung. LCD buy a Sharpe and for plasma it’s a Panasonic you should look at.

    What do you think? What do you recommend when asked?

    Comments welcome.

    Wal-Mart Black Friday Super Deals

    Some of what Wal-Mart will be offering has leaked out to the masses and the deals seem to be great, if the rumors are true. Over at CNN/Money they are claiming that Wally-World will be offering the following deals:

    According to the circular, Wal-Mart’s so-called doorbuster deals offered between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET will include a 50-inch Samsung plasma HDTV ($798), Magnavox Blu-ray player ($128), Xbox 360 ($199) sold with free Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock game and wireless guitar, HP Pavilion desktop computer ($398) and a UniFlame gas grill ($175).

    In addition, Wal-Mart’s Black Friday ad shows a GE microwave for $25, children’s clothing priced between $4 and $8 and a variety of toys, including a Hannah Montana doll for $10 or less.

    Wal-Mart spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien declined to address the leaks from the Black Friday sales circular, saying only that “we plan to share the facts directly with customers on Monday, Nov. 24th.”

    Well Melissa that’s no way to get the public excited by playing the wait game. :-)

    The Samsung 50″ Plasma most likely will be a 720p model but still is a great price. I also received a correction in my assumption that the extended warranty offered by Wal-Mart required you return the product to the store. I received this from reader Werewolf:

    Bit of a correction:
    I work for a Wal-Mart in electronics.

    Wal-Mart’s extended warranty IS in-home *if* the original warranty is as well.

    From Wal-Mart.com:
    “Qualified products, mirroring the manufacturer’s warranty, receive convenient in-home or on-site service.”.

    just fyi.

    I was told by a Wal-Mart employee via a warranty brochure that there was no in-home repairs. Obviously he was wrong. :-(

    Comments welcome.

    CNN/Money source.