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  1. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest


    a friend is in the market for a 42 inch LED / LCD TV - however, he is
    very annoyed that all the stores all seem to use Blue Ray players and
    animation to demo the screens. It sure sucks all the toddlers in.

    " I wanna see how it looks on standard, digital TV " he says.

    Be easy for stores to do just that, of course, but they don't.

    The high variability of broadcast SD and HD picture quality is one reason -
    especially true of programs broadcast during daylight hours. Sad fact is,
    big screens make crummy pictures look WORSE !

    The best pic quality in Sydney is from recent movies shown on HD channels
    and some digitally produced programs broadcast in SD are pretty close.

    Maybe stores could record a few of these and use them for demos - or is
    there a copyright issue ??

    Do they pay for the right to use all that animated stuff ?

    DVDs all warn you against public showings and commercial use.

    ..... Phil
  2. **Some do. I asked the guy at Good guys to demo the little tellie I
    wanted for the kitchen with FTA stuff. He grumped a lot, but finally did
    it for me. The picture was crap, so I didn't buy it.
    **Locally produced HD sports transmissions are very, very good indeed.
    **Very likely, yes. I regularly recieve mail from the copyright people
    demanding money for music I demo with. I no longer use my own music. I
    insist that people bring their own.
    **Those copyright people are downright sneaky. For many years, I used be
    called up by someone I didn't know, asking me if I would dub
    LP/CD/Beta/VHS/DVD to whatever. My answer was always the same: "Sure.
    Bring the material around and I will dub it for you. BTW: Make certain
    you accompany the material with proof that you own the copyright." Never
    seen anyone actually turn up.
  3. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Trevor Wilson"
    ** QED.

    ** What channel are they on ?

    ** You mean the "perfroming rights " people or " APRA " ?
    ** Thought so.

    ** No " Reds under the Beds "where TW lives ....


    What ever happened to Peter Stein and that weird box stuffer guy from
    Adelaide ?

    ..... Phil
  4. **I bought a better TV. I required a specific size. The Good Guys only
    had one that fitted my requirements. Once we saw how bad the picture
    was, the guy plugged the antenna into another, larger, set. The FTA
    picture was fine. I purchased elsewhere.
  5. **It varies. Channel One sometimes broadcasts local stuff. There's lots
    of foreign stuff on there.
    **APRA, I think. I just bin their letters now.
    **Peter resides, with his partner, an accupunturist, in Kuranda (near
    Cairns) and supports all the products he has ever manufactured. He rides
    his bicycle many km each day and is an extremely fit 60 year old. In
    fact, I received a box of spares last Friday from him. "weird box
    stuffer guy"? Dunno what you're talking about. Refresh my memory. VAF? Krix?
  6. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Trevor Wilson"

    ** I meant that the "performing rights people" = APRA.

    "weird box stuffer guy"? Dunno what you're talking about.
    Refresh my memory.

    **Yes, Phil VAF with the bald head a giant ego.

    .... Phil
  7. **Still building speakers. In fact I listened to his i93-II speakers
    awhile back. Very, very good indeed. I haven't spoken with Phil in
    awhile, but I think his speaker business represents less than 50% of his
    business interests. He is also heavily involved in Solar energy:

    Dunno about his ego. Every time I've dealt with Phil, the transaction
    has gone smoothly, without a hitch and, unlike many people I've run
    across over the years, Phil has always kept to his word (from my
    experience anyway) and is very generous with his time and experience.
    Giant ego, or not. I like the guy and I hope his business goes well for him.
  8. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Trevor Wilson"
    ** Building wooden boxes, you mean.

    And stuffing cheap drivers in them.

    ** OMG - the old solar energy scam.

    ..... Phil
  9. **The i series of his speakers utilise very decent quality drivers. They
    ain't cheap. The cheaper VAF models may use "cheap drivers". Personally,
    I have no knowledge either way. What "cheap drivers" do VAF use?
    **Dunno. Who is being scammed by Zen Home Energy and how are they being
  10. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Trevor Wilson"

    ** Blah, blah blah.

    You have missed the point - fool.

    ** Lets leave it at that.

    Cos you dunno anything.

    ..... Phil
  11. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest


    ** My naive friend fondly imagines that a 42 inch big screen SHOULD make
    everything look better than it does on his 26 inch Panasonic.

    ** I strongly suspect the stores know exactly what they are doing.

    Using animated DVDs offends nobody, fascinates the kiddies and looks good in
    a brightly lit store.

    IOW - it sells flat screens best, something they discovered by trial and

    If you want a good demo of a flat screen, the only way is to visit someone
    who has one at home.

    .... Phil
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