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).
quote: And the big problem is, how many people really know about upconverting DVD players??
quote: Digital cables are also analog, the difference is that the ADC/DAC converters work differently.
quote: Sure, with HDMI/DVI you will get the best picture quality, but only up to 5 meters (10 meters with quality cables). After that the degrading is exponential, because interference affects the low bits the same as high bits (player could send 0x35, receiver may get 0xF5...huge difference).