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March 28, 2011

Sony NX720, HX820 and HX929 3D TVs up for pre-order on Amazon

kdl60nx720.jpgSony's 2011 3D TV line up isn't available on store shelves quite yet but over on Amazon.com, pricing is available. The new HDTVs will be available in 3 different series': NX720, HX820 and HX929.

The highest end HX929 series will include the 46" XBR-46HX929
(May 2011), 55" XBR-55HX929 and 65" XBR-65HX929 (August 2011) costing $2, 999, $3, 799 and as of yet unknown, respectively. Features include a full array LED backlit display, 800 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, X-Reality Pro image processing, built-in Wi-Fi, USB/HDD storage and recording, webcam and a couple pairs of 3D glasses.

The step down HX820 series includes the 46" KDL-46HX820 and the 55" KDL-55HX820 which in turn include edge lit LED backlighting, OptiContrast panels, X-Reality Pro image processing, 480 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, and the web connected features of the HX929 series. The 46" and 55" inch models are priced at $2, 599 and $3, 399, respectively.

Finally, the "entry-level" 46" KDL-46NX720, 55" KDL-55NX720 and 60" KDL-60NX720 will be priced at $2, 099, $2, 899 and $3, 499, respectively. Features include edge lit LED backlighting with active shutter paneling, X-Reality Pro image processing, 240 Hz MotionFlow XR, integrated Wi-Fi and a webcam.

All the sets are up for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Via 3D Display Info

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March 28, 2011

Sony NX720, HX820 and HX929 3D TVs up for pre-order on Amazon

Sony's 2011 3D TV line up isn't available on store shelves quite yet but over on Amazon.com, pricing is available. The new HDTVs will be available in 3 different series': NX720, HX820 and HX929.

The highest end HX929 series will include the 46" XBR-46HX929">46" XBR-46HX929 (May 2011), 55" XBR-55HX929" and 65" XBR-65HX929 (August 2011) costing $2, 999, $3, 799 and as of yet unknown, respectively. Features include a full array LED backlit display, 800 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, X-Reality Pro image processing, built-in Wi-Fi, USB/HDD storage and recording, webcam and a couple pairs of 3D glasses.

The step down HX820 series includes the 46" KDL-46HX820">46" KDL-46HX820 and the 55" KDL-55HX820">55" KDL-55HX820 which in turn include edge lit LED backlighting, OptiContrast panels, X-Reality Pro image processing, 480 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, and the web connected features of the HX929 series. The 46" and 55" inch models are priced at $2, 599 and $3, 399, respectively.

Finally, the "entry-level" 46" KDL-46NX720">46" KDL-46NX720, 55" KDL-55NX720">55" KDL-55NX720 and 60" KDL-60NX720">60" KDL-60NX720 will be priced at $2, 099, $2, 899 and $3, 499, respectively. Features include edge lit LED backlighting with active shutter paneling, X-Reality Pro image processing, 240 Hz MotionFlow XR, integrated Wi-Fi and a webcam.

All the sets are up for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Via 3D Display Info

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January 31, 2011

January 24, 2011

Academy Award winner Walter Murch says 3D a no go

murch-working.jpg Academy Award-winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch writes in a letter to film critic Roger Ebert that 3D will never work. Not because it's expensive, requires uncomfortable glasses, causes headaches, or any other of the usual complaints - but because the evolution of our species has never requiredour eyeballs to focus and converge at different points.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.

But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed and converged at the same point.

In a nutshell, our eyeballs make it nearly impossible - without another few million years of HDTV-related evolutionary adaptations - to properly process 3D images.
What do you think about 3D? Will it ever truly catch on?

Via Gizmodo

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January 5, 2011

Philips outs piles of 3D/HD toys at CES 2011

philips-tv.jpgHigh-definition junkies will be pleased to browse the latest news from Philips over coffee this morning. The company has announced a variety of new products at the Consumer Electronics Show this morning including its 4000, 5000 and 6000 HDTV series', five Blu-ray home theatre systems and 5 new Blu-ray players.

Kicking things off with the 4000 series, you can expect availability in 40- (40PFL4706), 46- (46PFL4706) and 55 (55PFL4706) inch screen sizes, all available with MediaConnect and NetTV sometime this May. The Philips software allows your PC to collaborate with your HDTV in order to access content from the likes of Vudu, Blockbuster and Netflix. All of this is done wirelessly as per 2011 technology. The three models will be priced at $679, $899 and $1099, respectively. 19-, 22- and 32-inch replicas minus the MediaConnect and NetTV integration will also be available for $199.99, $249.99 and $449.99, respectively.

The 5000 series is basically the same bowl of Cheerios with the addition of a Pixel Precise HD engine and a 120 Hz refresh, plus SRS TruSurround HD. Also available in 40- (40PFL5706), 46- (46PFL5706) and 55- (55PFL5706), the 5000 series will set you back $749, $999 and $1499 when they land on shelves sometime in April or May.

On to the 6000 series, available in 40- (40PFL6706), 46- (46PFL6706) and 55-inch (55PFL6706) display sizes once again, you'll get full 3D support for a little extra cash output. Coming this September, the 6000 series will cost $999, $1299 and $1699, respectively.

As for the home theatre systems, they'll ship from February to May with price tags ranging from $269.99 to $449.99. All include MediaConnect and NetTV, three sport 3D support and features like wireless rear speakers appear as the price point increases.
The Blu-ray players will also ship next month until April, beginning at $169.99 and moving on up to $219.99. 3 of the new models will include 3D support and the most expensive BDP7506 also has built-in MediaConnect/NetTV.

Via Engadget

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November 25, 2010

Vizio, Toshiba releasing Google TVs?

Rumor has it that both Toshiba and Vizio will be announcing Google TV-powered high-def sets at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Sony has thus far been the only HDTV maker to incorporate Google TV software into its televisions and Blu-ray players, while Logitech has created a Google TV set-top box. With Vizio being the largest HDTV manufacturer by sales volume in the United States this 3rd quarter, Google TV is getting a serious boost.

So far its launch has been low key (typical of many Google products) and Google TV is not an idea that has been embraced by television networks. Many are refusing to unlock their online content for viewing through Google TV. By partnering with as many consumer electronics makers as possible, Google's chances of a Google TV revolution will be much better.

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November 8, 2010

Samsung outs 70-inch Ultra Definition 3D TV

samsung3dudtv.jpgToday Samsung Electronics outed its latest 3D prototype, deciding to throw out high definition and go for Ultra Definition. The whopping 70-inch HDTV Ultra Definition set carries the Ultra moniker as a result of its 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. You won't do any better than that on the market today. The 240 Hz set won't hit the market anytime soon but with smooth motion and 3D viewing added on to the whole package - glasses required - we sure wish it would.

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September 1, 2010

August 26, 2010

Sony, Toshiba working on glasses-free 3D HDTV

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A couple of the world's biggest HDTV makers, Sony and Toshiba, are reported to be working on bringing autostereoscopic 3D technology to the world in the next year. Autostereoscopic 3D tech utilizes tons of tiny mirrors built into the TV set in order to eliminate the 3D glasses required of plain old stereoscopic 3D. The auto version has been utilized in smaller displays and digital signage for a few years already but it's cost prohibitive for the average home theatre buyer.

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August 16, 2010

Sunny Ocean announced glasses-free 84-inch 3D TV

sunnyocean-3d.jpgSunny Ocean Studios, based in Singapore and the United States, has unveiled an 84-inch 3D display that, according to the company requires no special glasses. Viewable from various points within a room, the 84-inch display is suitable for larger venues. In fact, it was debuted for the first time at the Youth Games in Singapore. According to the company, founded by Carl Zeiss-trained Armin Grasnick, we'll hear several international distribution agreements launched at IFA in Berlin next month.

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August 3, 2010

July 22, 2010

Panasonic's latest 3D Viera includes Blu-ray recorder, HDD

pana3dblu.jpgPanasonic Japan has added a couple of new sets to its 3D Viera RT2B family. The 42- and 46-inch sets sport the usual 3D functionality requiring active shutter glasses when viewing, but also packs in a Blu-ray player/recorder and an HDD from which TV shows/movies can pulled onto Blu-ray disc at a later date. While pricing is a bit of an unknown, the 46-inch set is rumored to be priced around the equivalent of US$5100. Release date is a confirmed August 27.

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July 20, 2010

GNPC Android TV come out of South Korea

smartroi.jpgYet another Google Android-based HDTV has appeared out of the woodwork. This time from GNPC, a South Korean company, and dubbed the SmartRoi. Seemingly only available in a 42-inch display size currently, the SmartRoi sports support for Android upgrades in the future (not sure what the current version is), an LED backlit panel, 5, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 500cd/m2 brightness, and a handful of USB ports.

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July 15, 2010

LG's Nano Full LED results in 7.8 mm thin 3D TV

lg-3d.bmpIFA 2010, one of the world's most popular consumer electronics shows, will be all about 3D TV. LG, according to I4U, is going to be showing off a new 3D technology it calls Nano Full LED. According to LG, the technology enables it to enhance the direct backlighting behind its 3D panels with a micro lense-carrying nano screen. The nano screen makes the backlighting much more granular resulting in a sharper picture.

It makes sense that a nano screen would be slim and the Nano Full LED 3D TV being shown off this weekend at IFA is just that. At 7.8 mm thin, it's one of the skinniest TVs around. And with its 10 mm bezel, it'll be nothing but crisp, clear 3D picture.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about this TV.

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