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Men and women want high-definition televisions for their holiday gift

Tech gadgets are increasingly becoming hot coveted items, as found by a Solutions Research Group. More than three-quarters of the 1,200 American men and women surveyed had at least one digital lifestyle products on their holiday season wish lists.

By far the most popular item on everyone’s tech list is a flat-screen high-definition television, making up 35 percent of mentions in the subgroup. Interestingly enough, those very same that put HDTVs on their lists may not use the technology to its full potential. Only 6 percent listed Blu-ray Disc or HD DVD players and only 2 percent intended to get HD boxes from their cable or satellite company.

Some of those HDTVs, however, maybe used for high-definition gaming. For men’s top 10 lists, the PlayStation 3 led all consoles at sixth spot, with both Xbox 360 and Wii taking ninth and tenth, respectively. When considering women’s wishlists, the Wii was the only games machine in the top 10, listed at eighth. With both genders combined, the Wii became the most desired console at eighth, just one spot ahead of the PS3.

Common wants for both men and women were HDTV, laptop computers, digital still cameras, digital video cameras, desktop computers, GPS car navigation systems, Nintendo Wii and cell phones.

Despite the broad appeal of its products, Apple did not show up on the overall top 10 list. The iPhone was specifically named for 15th place, with the MacBook at 11th. Women appeared to prefer Apple computers more than men, placing the MacBook at ninth place.

For more on the Digital Life America – Holiday 2007 Edition report, see the full news release (PDF).

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RE: HD content
By jkresh on 10/10/2007 3:59:57 PM , Rating: 2
its true that dvd's look better on hdtv's then standard deff (as a dvd's resolution is slightly higher then standard definition.) The issue for most new hdtv users is that unless there set (or cable box, or receiver) has a good scaler (and cheap ones generally don't) regular tv will look worse then it would on a standard set.

RE: HD content
By kinnoch on 10/10/2007 7:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
I recently got a Sony XBR2 at Magnolia Hi-Fi and I was pleased to see that they were showing off a lot of SD television. I didn't have a TV so I was interested in getting an HD TV that could handle SD Broadcasts well for now, and then over the next year or so handle all the HD upgrades I will get. Magnolia's SD presentations let me weed out the TV's that didn't upscale SD broadcasts well.

RE: HD content
By Odeen on 10/11/2007 2:20:04 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, no. Technically, the resolution of SD is 480 lines, 60 frames per second, interlaced. The resolution of NTSC (American) DVD's is 480 lines, 60 frames per second, interlaced. The reason that DVD's can look better on HD sets is that DVD's can be deinterlaced into 24 FPS or 30 FPS, matching original film or video capture and then displayed using progressive scan on an HDTV or EDTV set.

RE: HD content
By themadmilkman on 10/11/2007 2:43:58 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, the resolution of DVDs is 720 x 480, assuming that they're widescreen. A normal 4:3 set that doesn't have some sort of squeeze mode will not be able to display that full amount of info in the right aspect ratio.

I believe that's what the GP post was getting at.

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