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Does a Curved-Screen TV Really Offer a Better Picture?

Does a Curved-Screen TV Really Offer a Better Picture?

Q. I was thinking of buying a curved TV. They look pretty cool. But I was wondering if they really deliver a better picture? What do you think? — Mickey, Dunkirk, Maryland.

Several TV manufacturers have begun selling curved-screen TVs to cumsumers. These TVs are fairly new to the market, and have a bend at the ends of set which cause a slight bend toward the middle of the screen. If you have not yet had the chance to  see one, they are extremly stylish and can be an amazing conversation starter when added to your home theater system.

According to the TV manufacturers, the curved-screens on their TVs  do a few things that the traditional flat-screen set is not able to do. For one, these TVs that maintain the curve creates a much wider viewing angle. This allows people sitting in different areas of a room to see the same picture. “Not a bad seat in the house,” claims Sony.

Secondly, these curved-screen TVs are supposed to create the effect of immersion. Immersion means your eyes will gravitate towards the middle of the TV screen and you will be more likely to lose yourself in the viewing experience of the movie or show.

Curved-screens first debuted at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Since their debute, there has been very little debate among tech critics over the legitimacy of these claims. Their higher than normal price tags have kept them out of the mainstream consumers site, and off the shelves of most big box electronics retailers.

However as the prices have dropped a considerable amount in the past six monthes or so, consumers are now seeing curved-screens at stores such as Best Buy, HH Gregg, ABC Warehouse as well as several others. The increased retail exposure has caused some display experts to now offer their opinions on the pros and cons of buying a curved-screen TV.

And not surprisingly, most of  the opinions are not very positive. One example of this is CNET’s David Katzmaier, a noted display crtic and journalist, who has written that “the impact of the curve on the picture is subtle and it provides no increase in immersion.” He did go on to say that the curve of the TVs screen can help reduce picture reflections, but his overall  judgment is that the curve on these TVs is purely “cosmetic”, nothing more.

As prices come down, more and more people will purchase these types of televisions to have as the new “IT” item, an electronic status symbol if you will.




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