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The DLP, or Digital Light Processing, TV is the rear projecting version of the new television technology that allows for a larger screen size with less depth than the CRT, or Cathode Ray Tube, TV. In many ways, the DLP is the best choice.

DLP TVs deliver consistently high quality images. Contrast, brightness, and black light are extremely good. The units are very durable, and long lasting. Tests on DLP units simulating 20 years of almost continuous use show virtually no potential problems. The images are good when viewed from almost any angle, and in any lighting. Response times are fast, and fast moving action images show no ghosting or blur. The screen can be very large without any significant loss of clarity.

The DLP has only a few drawbacks. Since it is a rear projection unit, it requires more space than its rival large screen competitors, however, when considering screen size, still much less depth is involved than in CRT TVs. The use of a spinning wheel to produce color sometimes causes what is known as “rainbows” when images are changing rapidly, or when the viewer looks away, and then looks back to the screen. This “rainbow” effect is not even noticed by some viewers, and tends to cause little concern in others. It is recommended to watch a floor model DLP for yourself to determine your own reaction to this issue. DLPs tend to be a bit more expensive, but when one considers the pros of this type of television compared to other technologies, the extra cost might very well be worth it.

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