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Comparing Technology

DLP

Digital Light Processing is a technology created and owned by Texas Instruments. They have designed and licensed the technology. DLP works by shining a light source on thousands of Micro mirrors and through a color wheel to display an image. DLP technology is expected to remain a viable technology for years to come.

LCD

Liquid Crystal Display uses a grid of Liquid Crystals placed between two pieces of flat glass. These crystals are made up of a Red, Green, and Blue crystal, and are charged electronically to allow a certain degree of color to shine through. LCD projectors use three LCD Panels of Red, Green and Blue to project the image. LCD technology will continue to grow and also drop in cost per inch of viewable area.

Plasma

Plasma is a similar technology to LCD in that it uses separate Cells or Chambers of RGB to display an image. With Plasma the unit has a Sub Cell of Red, Green, and Blue, that when charged electronically in a specific way will emit a certain color of light. These cells are filled with a phosphorous gas that can be charged more or less to allow a varying degree of light and color to be emitted.

DILA

Digital Direct Drive Light Amplifier is a proprietary technology developed years ago by JVC. What they have taken LCD technology and layered it into a 3D format. By doing this you get rid of the screendoor effect of showing light through one grid. When the light is shown through three layers of grids and processed through each you get a true 3D effect that cancels out any adverse effects traditional to LCD. Additional benefits to the technology are that sub HD resolutions and traditional 4:3 TV programming appear much more vivid than on other devices. DILA is already a huge success for JVC and is sure to have a huge impact on the industry.

LCOS

Liquid Crystal on Silicon is one of the newest technologies to market, but one that has run into some roadblocks. Almost every provider of LCOS technology has decided to pull back their product line. This is because while LCOS is technologically superior to the current forms of DLP, LCD and PLASMA, it has characteristics that currently limit reliability. LCOS is LCD technology meaning that it is made of liquid crystals, but it puts the liquid crystals on a silicon structure instead of a grid. This negates any screendoor effect in the image projected and doesn't have the "rainbow" effect that DLP technology has. The reason manufacturers of LCOS have temporarily exited the market is that the technology is not stable enough to ensure working units after the product has been shipped. Intel, Philips and others have announced that they will continue to pursue this technology and work toward a more stable finished product. For this reason you will not be able to currently find any LCOS products for sale on our site. Once the technology has been perfected we will be the first to offer the finished goods.

OLED

Organic Light-Emitting Diode is a technology that is creating a whole new level of excitement in the industry. There are many manufacturers working feverishly to be the first to bring this revolutionary technology to market. OLEDs are an organic pixel that emit there own light thus they don't require any additional light to display an image. There are virtually no drawbacks to this technology other than it is not available yet. Once units are available, expect a hefty price tag at first as manufacturers have spent considerable resources to create this technology. Once there are more than a few manufacturers and factories, the prices will undoubtedly start to fall. Check out our news area as we will be keeping a close eye on the progress of OLEDs release.

SED

Surface-Conduction Electron-Emitter is a technology Toshiba and Canon are currently pursuing. This technology is similar in effect to traditional tube televisions and has many of the same benefits also using less power consumption than Plasma or LCD. Consider SED to be the best of both worlds: bright, high-quality images with less bulk. Refresh rates on these units are expected to rival OLED. Sets built around this technology will be thinner than LCD or Plasma but cannot rival OLED. Production is slated for 2005. Check out our news area as we will be keeping a close eye on the progress of SEDs release.