Last Night, an HDTV Saved My Life
After integrating surround-sound into your system, turning your attention to HD movie playback is the next logical step. Not coincidentally, HDTV’s aspect ratio of 16:9 is perfect for widescreen viewing. To take advantage, you’ll need a Blu-ray player. “Blu-ray” is a HD optical disc standard produced by Sony. Thanks to a highly competitive format war with Toshiba’s now-defunct HD DVD technology, good Blu-ray players are available for as little as $200.
HDTV has also been a coup for the video gaming industry. Like many gamers, Erik Chappelle, a video editor from Philadelphia, became interested in HDTV because of its ability to create immersive gaming environments. Although not every game technically is HD and though only Xbox systems and PlayStation 3 support those that are, Erik says an HDTV improves every gaming experience. “You can give me an Xbox 360 or give me a Wii or a PlayStation 3. They will all look amazing on a screen that quality and size.”
Still, you may be skeptical. After 30 days, does the novelty of all the accessories wear off and the initial awe over the big, crystal-clear HD screen fade? Johnny vehemently says no. “I have had HD for over two years now and I am just as captivated as the first day.”