The folks from PCMag took LG's 47LG90 LED-backlit LCD TV for a test run and were pleasantly surprised. The 47-inch set has an attractive design and a few rare features including both optical and coaxial digital connections and the ability to pass 5.1 Dolby Digital audio from any source to an outside A/V receiver. The only downside to the 47LG90 is the picture presets out of the box are a bit too bright, resulting in the odd artifact. But, the LCD set provides a simple-to-use calibration interface so you should be able to make any adjustments without having a computer engineering degree. The 47-inch LG 47LG90 was the first LED-backlit set to market and sports the best picture LG offers. Of course it's also a little on the expensive side. Amazoncurrently ships it for $2000 with free shipping.
Sony hasn't officially released pricing and availability dates for its 2009 HDTV line unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, but HDGuru.com has received information ahead of time. Here's what the site says:
The 2009 Sony L series, all 720p sets ranging between 22- and 37-inches will be priced at $499.99 at the lower end and $799.99 at the higher end. Expect the L series to begin hitting retail shelves at the end of February.
The 2009 S5100 models will range between 32- and 52-inches, all 1080p and very similar to the 2008 S4100 line with the exception of an added USB input. Priced between $799.99 and $1799.99, the S5100 series will be released in late March.
The Sony V5100 line will be available in 40-, 42-, and 46-inch display sizes with 1080p resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate and 50, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The V5100 line will also be available in late March priced between $1499.99 and $2299.99.
The VE5 green line, with low power consumption, will be available in 40-, 42-, and 46-inch screen sizes and while prices aren't available, the line should be released in early June.
Next up is the 32-inch XBR9, the 2009 update to last years 32-inch XBR6, and will sport a price tag of $1099.99 for similar specs to the S5100 models.
The 2009 W5100 series with the new Bravia Series 3 signal processor will be available in July, with four models ranging between 40- and 65-inches that haven't yet been priced.
The Z5100 series with three models ranging between 40- and 52-inches also boast the Bravia Engine 3 and add 240 Hz refresh rate. While pricing aren't available, the Z5100's will be available in early May.
And last but not least are the 40-, 46-, and 52-inch XBR9 models that update the 2008 XBR6 line. With 240 Hz refresh rate and the Bravia Engine 3 signal processor, the three XBR9's will range in price from $2799.99 and $3699.99 when shipped in late April.
Sony Japan's GXD-L65H1 65-inch LCD TV might not be the most economically display around, but it'll definitely take a beating. The display boasts an IP54 protection rating rendering impenetrable by the likes of dust and water. Might be a good choice for homes with young kids, or tree-lovin' hippies that live 50 feet in the air, but with an American equivalent price tag of $19300 it might just be better to grab a screen protector!
You have to admit the Philips Cinema 21:9 Dream HDTV is something that anyone would lust after. But with a just announced 4000 euro price tag, it may have just become a little less desirable. Yep, the 21:9 cost the American equivalent of $5135 rendering it to just a dream after all. In fact, all the way to June 2009 when Philips says the 56-inch Dream will officially see the light of day.
Sony has announced a whole bunch of new Bravia models for Europe including the W5500 series, E5500 series, E5300 series, V5500 series and S5500 series.
The W5500 series includes 5 models ranging from 32- to 52-inches with a Line design concept and piano black finish. Powered by Sony's Bravia Engine 3, the W5500 series features Live Color, DLNA, AppliCast and an integrated MPEG 4 AVC HD tuner.
Sony E5500 series features 32- and 40-inch Bravia LCD's available in black, aluminum and walnut finishes. Powered by the Bravia Engine 3, the E5500 series sports features similar to the W5500 with the addition of a USB media player.
On to the E5300 series with includes a single 22-inch Bravia in black or white color options, and featuring 4 HDMI inputs allowing for an excellent bedroom home theater experience.
The V5500 series has 5 model ranging in size from 32- to 52-inches and has features akin to the W5500 albeit with a different design.
Finally, the S5500 series includes 4 models ranging from 22- to 40-inches. The two smaller models feature 720p resolution, while the larger 37- and 40-inch Bravia's option for full 1080p.
Sony has announced what it claims is the "greenest ever TV range" in the form of a Bravia WE5 Eco TV. Built in 40- and 46-inch LCD display sizes, the WE5 uses micro-tubular HCFL backlighting to cut power consumption by more than 50% compared to its 2008 models. Other "eco" features include a Smart Presence Sensor that automatically turns off the TV when not being watched, an Energy Saving Switch that reduces power consumption to zero, and even an Eco setting menu. Furthermore, the WE5 utilizes Sony's new Bravia Engine 3 and Motionflow 100 Hz technology with Image Blur Reduction to keep the picture clear and smooth.
LG has launched its Xcanvas LH30FD LCD HDTV series in Korea today. The alter-ego to the bobos plasma line, the LH30FD comes in 32-, 42-, and 47-inch screen sizes and offers a host of environmentally-friendly power-saving options. Its 4 eco-modes cut energy consumption up to 70% compared to other LCD TV's, according to LG, and while we don't know much about the exact specs, the line features Cinema Color which boosts color and contrast, an ambient light sensor and LED-backlighting. The three new LH30FD's priced from smallest to largest cost 1,120,000 won ($870), 1,650,000 won ($1,196), and 2,400,000 won ($1741) respectively.
In 2008, LED-backlit LCD TV's were just starting to hit the mainstream, but only among high-end manufacturers. 2009 is a little different, with lesser known names getting into the game...and pumping out products with devastatingly high quality specs. SIM2's Solar Series LED-backlit LCD TV is one of these products. It's 47-inch set is the first to use Dolby Vision to control its 2200 LED's which only light up behind darker parts of the picture. With its high dynamic range technology, the Solar Series' contrast ratio hits 1, 000, 000:1 and its 16-bit video processing doesn't really compare to any other LCD TV on the market. And did I mention it's damn bright? It is, peaking out at 4000 cd/m2. Unfortunately, unless you want a very pricey professional model, don't expect to get a SIM2 in your living room anytime soon. The company won't be releasing a consumer model until CEDIA this fall.
All 13 Panasonic Viera plasma and LCD TV's debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show now have release dates and prices...for the Japanese market. We'll have to wait this side of the pond, but at least we know they're coming. All five G1 Viera's, the 32 and 37 inch LCD's, and 42 to 50 inch plasma's will launch March 1 along with the 42 to 50 inch V1 plasmas. The 32 and 37 inch V1 LCD's will pop April 15 and the entire Z1 series will launch April 20. Hit the read link for pricing info...in Yen of course.
Sony's AQUOS D series is getting an update with a trio of new models, sized 20-, 26-, and 32-inches. The 720p models will feature 450 cd/m2 lumens of brightness, analog/digital TV tuner, ambient light sensing, and contrast ratios of 1500:1 for the two smaller models and 3000:1 for the 32-incher. Sony is also doing its part to save the Earth, claiming that the new D AQUOS' use 50% less energy than comparable LCD TV's. Set for launch in Japan February 20, the three models from smallest to largest will cost the equivalent of $1000, $1200, and $1500.