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June 1, 2009

TVSnob Roundup for May 2009

It's getting to be the busy time of year when all of the products we first laid eyes on at the beginning of the year finally get release dates and price tags. I'm in the market for an entire new home theater myself and the choices are overwhelming! But it's definitely nice to see the HDTV industry picking up again after the economic slowdown. Here's TVSnob's look back at the month of May 2009:

Blu-ray

DIY

DVD Players/Recorders

Digital TV Transition 2009

Gaming Systems

HDTV

Home Theater A/V

LCD TV

Media Streamers

OLED TV

Plasma

Projectors

Remote Controls

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May 28, 2009

HDMI 1.4 specs announced; include 3D and 4K x 2K resolution support

hdmi.jpgHDMI Licensing, LLC unveiled what we can expect from the upcoming HDMI 1.4 standard today and it's some pretty impressive stuff.

First, an extra data channel will be added to HDMI cables for bi-directional communication over Ethernet. Second, an Audio Return channel will be able to send sound signals to any A/V receiver enabling home theater buffs to do away with a cable. Third, 3D over HDMI lists standard 3D formats enabling the standardization of inputs/outputs for 3D home theater devices. Fourth, 4K x 2K resolution support will enable four times the pixels of current 1080p resolution. 3840×2160 at 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz and 4096×2160 at 24Hz resolutions will all be supported. Fifth, sYCC601, Adobe RGB and AdobeYCC601 color spaces designed for digital cameras will be supported. Sixth, a new micro HDMI connector with 19-pins will be added supporting up to 1080p resolution from portable devices. It'll be roughly half the size of the current mini connector. Seventh, an automotive connection specification will be added specifically for HD content transmission to automotive entertainment systems.

While the new specs are great, they also mean that HDMI cables will become more confusing. Namely that there will be 5 to choose from:

  • Standard HDMI Cable - supports data rates up to 1080i/60;
  • High Speed HDMI Cable - supports data rates beyond 1080p, including Deep Color and all 3D formats of the new 1.4 specification;
  • Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet - includes Ethernet connectivity;
  • High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet - includes Ethernet connectivity;
  • Automotive HDMI Cable - allows the connection of external HDMI-enabled devices to an in-vehicle HDMI device.

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May 27, 2009

LG claims the world's brightest 3D LCD monitor

lg-3d.jpgLG has claimed the world's brightest 3D LCD monitor in a press release this morning. The 23-inch display is said to boast twice the brightness of other 3D LCD displays we've seen. How did LG do this? According to the company, their 3D technology is embedded within the panel enabling a higher brightness. Other companies typically install the technology outside of the panel or in the viewing glass.

3D TV viewing is enabled by basically splitting the display in two vertically and showing two different images on each side at the same time according to a time sequence. This tricks the human eye into seeing a 3D image. While most displays still require specialized 3D glasses for proper viewing, LG says its technology can be used with polarized glasses, a low cost alternative to the usual 3D glasses.

RIght now the 23-inch 3D LCD monitor is a prototype and LG hasn't said whether it'll be commercially available in the future. But it'll be on display next week at the Society for Information Displays conference in San Antonio, Texas if you're in the area and want to check it out. You can also check out a cool video demo after the cut.

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May 26, 2009

JVC's 42-inch Xiview LCD monitor is built for photographers

jvc-xiview.JPGJVC announced today the Xiview LT-42WX70, a 42-inch LCD TV monitor built for digital imaging enthusiasts and professionals. Featuring a "color space that is wider than a typical HDTV's," the Xiview features a 1080p flat panel encompasses 100% of sRGB.904 color space and 96% of AdobeRGB enabling photographers and video creators the ability to see their images accurately reproduced. Powered by JVC's GENESSA Color Engine, the LT-42WX70 has 52 picture tweaking options, x.v. Color, JVC's Individual Gamma Adjust System for grayscale calibration, 12-bit Deep Color, 120 Hz motion blur technology and 3D noise reduction.

Measuring only 1-5/8 inches thick and weighing 26.4 pounds, the Xiview LT-42WX70 has a bunch of connectivity options including 3 HDMI-CEC terminals, D-Sub 15pin with component video and an audio input jack. The monitor also meets Energy Star 3.0 specifications.

Available now, the JVC LT-42WX70 will set you back $2399.95.

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May 25, 2009

What recession? HDTV-owning households increase 4% since November 2008

hdtv_penetration.jpgDo you have an HDTV in your home yet? According to a February 2009 Nielsen survey (PDF), 33% or officially "slightly more than one-third" of American households now have at least one HDTV. That's up from 29.2% in November 2008 and 19.3% in February 2008. In other words: recession be damned!

Interestingly though, only 28.8% of HDTV actual subscribe to HD programming meaning not everyone is taking full advantage of the technology they've purchased. Other interesting stats include: 67% of HDTVs are located in the family or living room, additional HDTVs are usually in the master bedroom, and the average house has 2.6 TVs. The latter statistic indicates that standard-definition televisions are being reused in different household locations rather than tossed in the local landfill for the rest of eternity.

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May 22, 2009

Sharp outs 20-inch LC-20DX1 with built-in Blu-ray burner

sharpdx20w.jpgSharp has introduced the world's first 20-inch LCD HDTV with a built-in Blu-ray burner. The AQUOS DX or LC-20DX1 enables users to record digital TV onto BD-R/R DL and BD-RE/RE DL Blu-ray discs, and while it won't write DVDs, it will play them back with support for H.264 and MPEG-4 video. Sporting 720p resolution, the 20-inch AQUOS DX has 1500:1 contrast ratio, 450cd/m2 brightness, a pair of 5 Watt stereo speakers and a pair of HDMI slots. Other connections include a VGA, S-video, D4 or component, RCA, Ethernet and both audio and optical outputs. Shipping in Japan on June 20, the Sharp AQUOS DX will cost the equivalent of US$1590.

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Are LED-backlit LCD HDTVs worth the extra money?

samsung-series-7-7000-led-hdtvs-right.jpgWould you pay a premium price for an LED-backlit LCD TV? That seems to be the belief of certain HDTV manufacturers and the doubt of others. While LED TVs are expected to account for 2 million of the 120 million LCD TVs sold this year, and grow from a $163 million market in 2009 to a $1.4 billion market in 2012, not all manufacturers are pinning their hopes on LED backlights.

LG, for one, is entering the market cautiously, worried that consumers won't be willing to pay the price premiums. You see, while cold cathode fluorescent lamp or CCFL-lit LCD TVs continue to drastically drop in price, LED-based models are often between $200 and $700 more for same-sized models. But Samsung, the world's number HDTV maker and an aggressive pursuant of LED TVs, says consumers will pay for quality. And that's what LEDs promise. Typically LED TVs are roughly a third thinner than CCFL models, offer more picture contrast and color range, last longer and consume up to 40% less energy.

But is this enough? Would you pay an extra $500 for these advances?

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May 11, 2009

Flat panel HDTV sales increase in Q1 2009, research firms look stupid

philips-42pfl6704d.jpgIt's perfectly understandable that none of us wanted to fork out the cash for a LCD or plasma as the global economic crash was fresh in the fourth quarter of 2008. According to research firm DisplaySearch though, a whole lot of us didn't care about the cash and credit crunch by the first quarter of 2009. In fact, the 7.2 million flat panels that evacuated shelves in the first quarter was a 23% increase from the first quarter of 2008.

This was helped along by aggressive pricing by second-tier HDTV brands like Funai and Vizio, the again-number-one LCD HDTV seller in North America, as top-tier brands like Sony and Samsung couldn't afford to keep up with price cuts. Not to mention the liquidation of Circuit City, a confirmed victim of the economic crisis, and its dirt cheap pricing of the thousands and thousands of HDTVs it needed to get rid of.

It just shows how unpredictable consumer electronics sales can be in an economic downturn. In the second half of 2008 ever industry analyst out there predicted a huge downturn in HDTV sales, but without knowing who will go bankrupt and what second-tier companies will be able to take advantage of price cuts, none of them could make an accurate prediction. Including DisplaySearch by the way. But what I want to know is this: are you planning on buying an HDTV in the second quarter of 2009?


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April 30, 2009

TVSnob Roundup for April 2009

April Fool's! No just kidding. But here's your April TVSnob roundup...

Blu-ray

DLP

General News

HD-DVD

HDTV

Home Entertainment

LCD TV

Media Center

Media Streamers

Mobile TV

OLED TV

Plasma

Projectors

Web TV

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April 23, 2009

Samsung outs 46- and 55-inch B9000 LED HDTVs

mini-samsung-series-8-8000-led-hdtvs-right-600.jpgSamsung has announced a pair of B9000 series LED HDTVs to complement its previously announced 2009 HDTV families. The 46-inch UE46B9000 and 55-inch UE55B9000 both utilize LED backlighting with localized dimming to improve contrast ratios and energy efficiency. Each model also sports YouTube and Yahoo widgets and connects to an external media box enabling the sets to be extremely slim. A USB port enables content such as pictures and music to be streamed to the TV for playback and any PC connected to your wireless network can also stream content directly to the TV. Samsung hasn't released pricing or availability information, but I'm guessing they'll launch sometime this fall.

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