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January 9, 2009

Toshiba launches 2009 REGZA's, non-REGZA's, and Cell TV technology

2009regza(2).jpgToshiba has revolutionized its LCD business, increasing the features in its REGZA line and coming out with a mass market non-REGZA LCD family. Its three new REGZA lines, the XV645, ZV650, and SV670 series' all feature a 'Deep Lagoon' design--really just a fancy name for a fancy bezel that makes the LCD displays look thinner.

The XV series will be released in May 2009 with invisible speakers, automatically adjusted picture parameters, color temperature control, and an insta-port for improved HDMI switching. The ZV series, coming in April, combines all the features of the XV REGZA's with a ClearScan 240 Hz frame rate, Dolby Volume sound control, expert calibration, and both USB and SD ports. Finally, the SV series gets all the above features plus a special 'infinity design' which apparently makes the sets look like its a picture and nothing else. It'll also get a full matrix LED backlight and FocaLight LED backlight with local dimming. No prices have been announced.

Toshiba's non-REGZA's will include 19-, 22-, and 26-inch models colored in your choice of glossy black or glossy white. The 22-inch set will launch in March for $539.99, the 22-inch models will launch in April for $449.99, and the 19-inch models will roll out in April and May for $349.99.

Finally, the company announced its Cell TV technology which basically runs an HDTV on the same chip as the Playstation 3. It's also being displayed in a set-top box that Toshiba says can record 6 HD programs at once. The technology will be in a line of A/V receivers later this year along with widgets from Intel and Yahoo.

Via PCMag

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Posted by Justin Davey at January 9, 2009 1:00 AM

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