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From a Leo LaPorte TWIT Podcast last week, as he prepared to leave for CES/Vegas, the 4K supply is still apparently tight, more manufacturing issues than they expected so not many are actually out there and still way up there. Grandkids are safe.

Me, still happy with the Samsungs (46,40), but interesting that it can still be improved, maybe, like my hearing, more than my old eyes can register!


Same thing back when Mitsubishi built the 42-in. CRT. But eventually they discontinued it; a rep told me the major factor was ‘the glass mountain’ behind the factory of faulty picture tubes.

My bet is it’ll take about a year to solve production problems and then the price will drop.

The problem with 4K is not source material (which will come) but the amp supplying that signal. It will have to have a 4K upscaling chipset to convert data coming from cable/satellite, Blu-ray, et al. I note Yamaha has such an amp already and I’m sure others will follow. However, it does mean a new amp – unless the 4K set has upscaling built in.

As for getting old: sigh. My glasses prescription hasn’t changed in the past five years and I still have that bat-like hearing I had when younger but I don’t have the patience I once had. Some movies last past the opening logos but they are decreasing in number and there’s many that I leave on the store’s shelves and they don’t make it to my system.

I am turning into a crotchety old fart.

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