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What would make a GOOD in-store demo for HDTV?
I'd like to see two demos, side-by-side (OK, across the aisle from each other). Have a top-of-the line setup on one side, an affordable "starter" system on the other.
Have carpeting under both, control the lighting (no sunlight-bright flourescents), do a little bit with acoustics. Have an OTA antenna feed of both analog and digital (after all, that's what you'll have at home!), plus DirecTV and DISH HD receivers. A DVD player would be nice, too. Have a surround sound receiver connected-up properly so the customer can hear what's being demo'ed. Do a good ISF calibration on the two monitors, and set the DD sound levels. Then, keep hands off of the adjustments....let the kids play with the other sets in the showroom!
Just give the customers a chance to experience the whole thing...OTA, DVD, Satellite, DD surround. If needed, use a server or D-VHS for SOME demo playback, but not exclusively. The customer needs to know that they can get real programming, not just demo loops!
Ken English, Sr. Engineer, KSL-TV/-DT.
"Not a REAL Engineer, but I play one in TV"
Ken English, Sr. Engineer, KSL-TV.
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