If you’re intrigued by Smart TV features, but are put off by their high prices, you may want to take a look at the VIZIO D50-D1. Their 50-inch Smart TV offers an incredible value to consumers, as well as some very appealing features.
The TV comes equipped with all the features that you would expect from a modern TV. For example, it offers a genuine 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as a wide 178-degree viewing angle. You can see the TV clearly no matter where you are sitting in a room.
It has a built-in digital tuner, which means that it’s very easy for the TV to pick up digital broadcasts. It has three HDMI inputs, meaning that multiple devices can be hooked up to the TV at once. It is also fully wall mountable, which means that you can display your TV in the manner that you prefer.
With that said, it includes some unexpected features as well. It has built-in wifi, and buyers have full access to VIZIO internet apps. Some of these apps are incredibly appealing, and the average buyer should be able to get a great deal of use out of them.
The internet apps gives the TV the same kind of functionality as a Roku or Amazon Fire. The selection of apps offered is very impressive. While users will probably try things like Netflix and Hulu to start off with, they’ll eventually notice other, more unique apps.
There are a number of sports apps, which makes it easy to watch all the big games. There are also apps that are designed with sports fans in mind. As an example, there’s a fantasy football app. These features make the TV feel more like a computer than a standard television.
The TV is also fully integrated with social media. You can use things like Twitter and Facebook right from your TV. If you like to spend a lot of time on your social media accounts, you’ll be addicted to these features before long.
Of course, the wide selection of apps never detracts from the overall TV experience. If you want to ignore those features and watch TV shows or movies normally, you can. The Smart features aren’t at all invasive. It’s up to you whether you want to use them or not.
The picture quality of this TV is absolutely stunning. It displays films in true 1080p. There is very little screen glare, even when it is sunny outside. If you mess around with the factory settings, you should be able to get a near-perfect picture quality.
If you’re in the market for a new TV, and are intrigued by Smart features, the VIZIO D50-D1 should be one of the first TVs you look at. It’s a fantastic introduction to the Smart TV world.
This TV offers a tremendous amount of value to consumers. If you want to stretch your money as far as you can, then you’ll want to pick up a TV like this. The price point is phenomenal for what it offers.
The 3D Cinema Experience at Home
Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it. Now that we have 3D movies I’m like a little kid in a candy store. I don’t need much excuse to go and experience the wonders of the fantastic new effects that 3D promises. Fortunately I have four little girls who also like an outing to the movie theater and enjoy a good 3D film as much as the next person and not just movies made for girls either.
3D movies work by making sure each eye sees a different image to the other, both taken from a slightly different perspective.
As each eye perceives the world from a slightly different perspective due to them being about 2 inches apart this effectively mimics the way we see the real world and creates a more realistic 3D image on a 2D screen. Every 3D image or movie you view uses this same principle but may go about it in a slightly different manner.
Once a popular method anaglyph is now more of a novelty due to its poor picture quality. In case you don’t know the term anaglyph refers to the red and blue glasses which are usually made out of cardboard. The images for each eye have either a red or blue tint. The glasses filter out the correspondingly colored image so each eye sees a separate image. This works to a degree but the colors are somewhat muted so you wouldn’t want to watch a top notch feature length movie with them.
Active Shutter Glasses Stereoscopy
The technical term for active shutter glasses is alternate-frame sequencing. The different images are shown alternately. To make sure each eye only sees the correct image the shutter over that eye is made to go dark via liquid crystals in the lens. When the technology was fairly new many people complained of a visible flickering in the image. It’s for this reason that a TV needs to be have a refresh frequency of 120Hz or higher to double the frame rate of the animation on screen. Most new models of TVs and projectors being manufactured today are capable of this higher frequency.
Active shutter glasses have a couple of disadvantages. A disadvantage is that you either need to be tethered to a box with a cable or you need to buy batteries for glasses that operate remotely. This becomes very inconvenient when you have a large family. Active shutter glasses have been around for a while now so the technology that uses them has become quite affordable. If you only need one or two pairs of glasses then this would be the way to go.
Polarized Light Stereoscopy
As technology is always evolving new techniques for displaying 3D imagery are coming onto the market. A method that is currently being used in the cinemas is polarized light stereoscopy which can now project the two images, superimposed over each other, onto the screen at the same time. This method is now making its way into homes via the use of projectors. Lenses in the glasses are polarized so as to only allow one image to pass through to the eye.
While it has some very good advantages the one major disadvantage it has at the moment is the cost. As it’s still relatively new technology equipment is rather expensive. The images are projected so you will also need to buy a silver screen to get the best effect. A silver screen is needed to keep the light polarized so the image remains crisp and clear.
The polarized technique has some major advantages that will enable it to become the dominant method when prices finally do come down. Glasses are easier to manufacture and are lots cheaper and lighter than shutter glasses. Your audience can be larger and more spread out due to the large viewing angles that polarized stereoscopy provides. Shutter glasses also have a tendency to darken the image by about 20%. Polarized glasses can reduce this to about 10%.
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