September 19, 2005
We recently found this gem of a site - Goto Reviews. I like a site that takes the guess work out of what products are best but backs it up by finding a set of really good reviews to put their money where their mouth is.
According to Goto Reviews and backed up by CNET.com - the SONY 34 Inch Super Fine Pitch(TM) XBR(R) Television KD-34XBR960 - essentially a 34" CRT HD TV is the best of the best. If you can handle the size and the SIZE of an old CRT - you won't get a better picture than this.
"Hi-Scan High-Definition TV receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD required) * all signals displayed at 1080i or 480p * widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio * Super Fine Pitch Aperture Grill *"
September 9, 2005
HDTVs that actually look amazing and come in different colors? You have to hand it to Loewe's. Though not in the US, these new TVs come with a choice of over 400 color variations to match the room or cabinet the TV will go in.
"We love Loewe TVs. They just look, well, sexier than TVs from other brands. At IFA in Berlin there was a hall dedicated to them and they really stood out. Perhaps that's because of the new 'Individual' range that Loewe have announced which enables you to choose from one of 400 variants. The housing colours range from chrome silver via aluminium bronze to high gloss cream. What's more the different colours of the fronts can be combined with great effect with insets to the sides. Alternatively you can get individualised designer single TVs, either with Swarovski crystals or upholstered with leather if you're that way inclined. No word on prices yet but I don't suppose they'll be cheap.
Via Tech Digest at Loewe's TV
September 7, 2005
It's on. The Fall/Holiday shopping season will soon be in full force and so will the price cuts. I suggest waiting until at least mid-December to see the full effect of how low an HDTV set (okay CNET - Digital TV) can go. What cost $25,000 just a few years ago can be had for a tenth of that, but we disagree you can't get a Digital TV for less than $1000. Many of the 30" and 26" LCD TVs can be had for well under $1000. I do like prices that are 41% cheaper than last year at the same time though overall. Wow.
Get all the juicy price details at CNET News.com
September 6, 2005
I like to have an uncluttered living room with just a TV or maybe no TV at all and just this amazing fireplace with the TV popping out of the top! So far I've only managed to put all my electronics in the media closet and run cables up to the 30" Syntax LCD TV.
What I like about the concept of a Fireplace TV is how it would take the emphasis off of the TV in our living room. Though we are total TV hounds, it's really only on from 8-10pm that the TV is even on. We pack all of our TV viewing into short bursts with total TIVO control. I could see having the fireplace for the rest of the 12 hours of the day we might be in the living room being a good thing - especially in the long winter months we have in New England.
This particular design is the "Firelight Beachcomber" with a lava rock and electric flame in the fireplace. I think we may have to go with something a little less modern, but you never know. I could see myself watching the flames and then perhaps a good movie - or both at the same time?
Via Shiny Shiny at Firelight Beachcomber
September 2, 2005
Yeah right. I'll believe it when I see it without the glasses. :-) I haven't really been following the entire 3D TV and especially 3D HDTV debacle, but apparently it's getting better. Three companies are getting together to make 3D TV happen: Grundig, Newsight GmbH, and 3D IP. the format requires no 3D glasses, and allows you to see 3D in a new type of autostereoscopic display.
More at OhGizmo!
August 30, 2005
When PCs start shipping with a Digital Motion Reality TV Tuner, you've got to wonder whether you'd use it for a TV or a PC.
This is the Sony Vaio V, a PC/TV combo with a 20" screen. It comes with a Pentium 4 630 (3Ghz), a 256Mb ATI RADEON XPRESS 700, 1Gb of RAM, DL/RAM DVD multi-burner, 500Gb HDD (2x250) and a Digital Motion Reality TV Tuner. Should be priced in the $4k range. Oucher!
Via Akihabara News
August 29, 2005
Right now you can save 40% on top selling HDTV, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs at Amazon.com. With the 40% savings you can get most 37" and 42" plasma TVs for under $2000. Wild!
Some great deals include:
Panasonic TH-37PX50U 37" Flat-Panel HD-Ready Plasma TV for $1850
and the Panasonic TC-32LX50 32" Flat Panel LCD TV for $1550
At Save 40% on top selling HDTV, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs at Amazon.com
August 16, 2005
The Samsung HLR4667W 46" Widescreen HDTV DLP TV can now be had for as little as $2299. That's a drop of $200 bucks since just last week. Samsung's high-definition HL-R4667W DLP projection TV is loaded with exclusive, video-enhancing features and all the connections you need to make HD viewing as simple and as flexible as possible. The set's broad, 46-inch screen is configured in a 16:9 aspect ratio that matches the dimensions of today's HDTV broadcasts and most DVD movies. And, measuring just 43 inches across and a mere 14 inches deep, the set's ultra-slim bezel and lightweight design enable it fit where other projection and big-screen sets won't.
At Samsung HLR4667W 46" Widescreen HDTV DLP TV
Sony Electronics today introduced two new sets in the line based on the acclaimed Silicon X-tal (Crystal) Reflective Display (SXRD™) technology delivering full 1920 x 1080 high-definition resolution. The 1080p (progressive) KDS-R60XBR1 and KDS-R50XBR1 Grand WEGA models compliment two existing SXRD products -- the 70-inch QUALIA™ 006 micro-display and the QUALIA 004 front projector.
At Press Release
August 9, 2005
Seems like the first place you may find yourself watching HDTV or seeing TV on an LCD TV screen may be a hotel. I'm not surprised at HDTV showing up in higher end hotels to showcase how amazing it is and I hope it will speed up adoption. Marriot is going to feature HDTV on thousands of flat-screens in hotel rooms in a gradual deployment now underway. So, if it was me, I'd call ahead to my favorite Marriot and see if this service is available, if not, make sure you bring your laptop and a nice DVD.