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TV with iPod Dock
The Easy Way to Enjoy Your iPod Content on Your TV
If you're shopping for a new TV and want the ability to enjoy the video and audio you have loaded on your iPod or iPhone on your new set, then a TV with iPod dock makes sense. Increasingly, our devices are able to communicate and allow us to get so much more out of them.
The portability of your iPod and iPhone is invaluable, but being able to enjoy that content on a bigger screen while you're at home is great too. Learn a bit more about choosing a good TV with iPod dock and see the few models that are currently available here on this page.
Just a Few Terms to Know
Before you buy a TV with iPod dock, there are a few terms you should know before you begin shopping. These terms describe features and technologies that you'll want to understand when you hear them discussed. Here are some common ones:
LED Backlit displays
LCD televisions are still the most popular on the market. The newest update to LCD displays is the use of LEDs for backlighting rather than using the traditional CCFL tubes. This means that the display will use less power, can be thinner, and can have improved contrast/better color.
TV shows are filmed at a 60p frame rate and therefore, televisions are set up to display at this rate. Cinematic films however are generally shot at 24p. If you want the same smooth images that you see at the theater, your TV should offer 24p playback as well.
When you sit in front of a TV, you get the best view of the screen. Color is good, nothing is darkened, and so forth. With some TVs, the quality of the image deteriorates as you move away from this center, particularly at the extremes, say, off to the sides. A TV with a wide viewing angle (perhaps 178 degrees) means that you can have the whole family gathered in the room, sittng in their favorite spot, without having a negative effect on the image they are able to view. More recently, manufacturer's have begun reporting viewing angles for both the vertical and horizontal axis.
In simple terms, contrast ratio can be thought of as the difference in the brightness of the whitest white and the darkest black being displayed on a screen. A higher contrast ratio will allow blacks to be blacker and more detail to be evident in the picture. Historically, lower contrast ratios were a problem that LCD TVs experienced, but things have continued to improve over the years. Unfortunately, different manufacturers will report different types of contrast ratio figures and will measure them differently as well, making it difficult to compare. If you want to learn more about contrast ratio, you should probably consult this article on About.com.
Response Time/Refresh Rate
Another problem that early LCD TVs had was "motion lag"; meaning that some blurring or "judder" would appear when there was a fast action scene. Manufacturer's have worked to solve this issue by increasing the refresh or response rate (increasing the number of times per second an image is "redrawn"). A 120Hz refresh rate is technically capable of presenting better smooth motion than a display with a 60Hz refresh rate. 240Hz refresh rates are even faster however. It's good to compare these numbers, however, whenever possible it's still best to see how well this is implemented on an individual set as overall image quality can vary significantly.
Panasonic's X2 series televisions come in 22", 32", 37" sizes. They offer 720p HD viewing and a 24p playback mode for 24 frame movies on DD and Blu-Ray disks. They have 20,000:1 contrast ratio for superb color and an ultra wide viewing angle (178 degrees horizontal and vertical) so that you can watch from almost anywhere in the room.
There's even a Game Mode so that you can get a faster image response for a more immersive experience. This is also a TV with iPod dock which is compatible with both iPods and iPhones. Users can control and play both music and video from their portable device on these TVs. Using the Viera Link features and the included remote, users can also control compatible devices like digital cameras and Blu-Ray players. The X2 sets also function as oversized photo viewers, display slide shows of JPEG images stored on SD memory cards.
Sound is also a plus with 20 Watt total power and surround sound capabilities. These televisions also offer a host of connections: 3 HDMI, 1 component, 2 Composite A/V, 1 PC input, and 1 digital audio output.
See more about the Panasonic X2 TV
The Panasonic D2 series has screens available in 37" and 42" sizes. They are another option for those wanting a TV with iPod dock. They offer vibrant colors and energy savings with the LED backlit screen, great looking fast action with 120Hz motion, 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and full 1080p HD resolution.
This TV also offers 178 degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles to assure that everyone in the room gets a great view. Aside from allowing users to enjoy video and audio files stored on their iPod, they get 24p playback, and a game mode. With the SD card slot, users can also enjoy photo slideshows and easily control connected, compatible devices with a single remote control.