The Consumer Electronics Show is over for another year, and while we couldn't be there, we did enjoy vicariously through the great coverage by other bloggers in attendance. Here's a few video clips for you to check out, via Wired, showing some of the hottest TV tech of 2008.
Everyone hates wires. They're ugly, look messy, and are just a plain ol' pain in the ass. A small company in China, Shenzhen Kechenda Technology Company, specializes in wiring, specifically HDMI, USB, and DVI cables, has tried to do what they can to make HDMI cables a little more eye-catching.
According to Kotaku, Samsung's 3D Plasma TV gaming capabilities suck, to put it very bluntly. Apparently the oversized goggles for playing the likes of Madden NFL 08 and Need For Speed ProStreet produce a feeling more like nausea than feeling like "you are in the game". Lots of flicker for a plasma too.
Mitsubishi chose the Moon Nightclub at The Palms Hotel to finally unveil their laser TV yesterday. The 65 inch rear projection set uses a laser backlight to produce remarkably vivid colors. Especially impressive were the colors of red, green, and blue and the display's blacks are as black as black can get to the naked eye. The set will hit the market "later this year" at an undisclosed price, said Mitsubishi officials, who added that the laser TV will cost about the same as other flat panel TV's of the same size.
Panasonic launched their update lineup of LCD and plasma displays at CES today. Both LCD and plasma models will be under the Viera name. New displays include the 37-inch TC-37LZ85 LCD and the 46-inch TH-46PZ800 under the Viera brand, of which all displays incorporate SDHC flash memory card support. The PZ800 plasma releases include 42, 46, 50, and 58 inch displays, all THX certified, including 4 HDMI and an SDHC port. New LCD releases include the TC-37LZ85 and the premium TC-37LZ800, Panasonic's first 37 inch, 1080p models.
The new Viera lineup will be released in North America sometime this spring. No prices have been announced.
The Sony XEL-1 OLED TV is now available at select Sony Style stores for $2500. Yes, that means it's finally going to be available in the US. CNET questions why the same 11 inch model that's been selling in Japan for months now hasn't gotten any bigger since jumping the pond, especially because very few North Americans are willing to sport 11 inch televisions. Even with the state-of-the art OLED display and 1000000:1 contrast ratio. Could poor manufacturing yields be the result? High costs to manufacture bigger screens in other words?
Vizio apparently brought their assembly line to CES 2008. Their new Black Tie LCD series includes the 42-inch SV42LF and the 47-inch SV47LF, both 1080p models with 6500:1 contrast ratio, 120 Hz processing, 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, an integrated NTSC / ATSC / Clear-QAM TV tuner, and Dolby 3.0 processing. Both models also feature Motion Estimation Motion Compensation technology, a side access HD game port, and trendy slimmer bezels. The models will be available in July for 1,499 and $1,899, respectively.
The company has also announced two new models for their Envy lineup, the 32-inch VU32L priced at $699 and the 37-inch VU37L with a price tag of $899. Both sets feature 720p resolution, numerous HDMI ports with a side access HD game port, and detachable bases in case you want to mount them on the wall. Stereo speakers are built-in for great sound with little clutter. No release dates have yet been announced.
Six new models have been announced for the Vizio Evolution LCD lineup: VO22L ($459.99), VO32L ($699.99), VO37L ($899.99), VO42LF ($1299.99), VO47LF ($1799.99), and the VO52LF ($2499.99). The 22 inch model has a resolution of 1680x1050 and will be available in March, the 32 and 37 inch models have a 720p resolution and will both be available in March, and the 1080p 42, 47 and 52 inch models all have 1080p resolution and 4 HDMI inputs. The smaller models both have two. The larger 1080p models will be available in April, January, and July of this year, respectively. All the models come with a 6 foot HDMI cable and a "Deluxe Size Cleaning Cloth".
Confused with all this Vizio madness? Gizmodo has put together an article differentiating all the Vizio models that'll explain some of the key differences for you.
LG is just pumping out both LCD's and plasma early in 2008. The PG60 tooks a Best of Innovations prize at CES and features 1080p resolution, a 30000:1 contrast ratio, 4 HDMI inputs and TruMotion 120 Hz technology is a glossy, ultraslim package with an integrated and invisible speaker system. The LG60 is set to come in both black and red, and features 1080p resolution, a 15000:1 contrast ratio, 4 HDMI inputs, automatic optimization and a lighting sensor that automatically adjusts the televisions picture brightness to the level of lighting in the room. So far no release dates or prices have been announced.
JVC is set to debut four new LCD's that feature iPod docking stations at CES this week. Coming in four sizes, the 32 and 42 inch models will be released in March, the 47 inch model will be coming in April and the 52 inch model will hit shelves sometime mid-year. So far, prices haven't been announced.
Each LCD TV contains an iPod docking station at the base of the set, from which you can charge the popular portable media player, and call up songs or video onto your TV. You'll also be able to view photos from your iPod on the high-def sets and play regular television during music playback.
Each model comes with a remote designed in much the same way as the iPod, with a rotating wheel-style keypad.