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Toshiba launches 2009 REGZA's, non-REGZA's, and Cell TV technology

2009regza(2).jpgToshiba has revolutionized its LCD business, increasing the features in its REGZA line and coming out with a mass market non-REGZA LCD family. Its three new REGZA lines, the XV645, ZV650, and SV670 series' all feature a 'Deep Lagoon' design--really just a fancy name for a fancy bezel that makes the LCD displays look thinner.

The XV series will be released in May 2009 with invisible speakers, automatically adjusted picture parameters, color temperature control, and an insta-port for improved HDMI switching. The ZV series, coming in April, combines all the features of the XV REGZA's with a ClearScan 240 Hz frame rate, Dolby Volume sound control, expert calibration, and both USB and SD ports. Finally, the SV series gets all the above features plus a special 'infinity design' which apparently makes the sets look like its a picture and nothing else. It'll also get a full matrix LED backlight and FocaLight LED backlight with local dimming. No prices have been announced.

Toshiba's non-REGZA's will include 19-, 22-, and 26-inch models colored in your choice of glossy black or glossy white. The 22-inch set will launch in March for $539.99, the 22-inch models will launch in April for $449.99, and the 19-inch models will roll out in April and May for $349.99.

Finally, the company announced its Cell TV technology which basically runs an HDTV on the same chip as the Playstation 3. It's also being displayed in a set-top box that Toshiba says can record 6 HD programs at once. The technology will be in a line of A/V receivers later this year along with widgets from Intel and Yahoo.

Via PCMag

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January 8, 2009

Budget brand Westinghouse launches a crapload of new HDTV's

westinghouse-vk46f260s.jpgWestinghouse has obviously been busy considering the sheer number of new HDTV's it announced at CES. The TX Series will feature the 37-inch TX-37F510Z, the 42-inch TX-42F970Z, and the 55-inch TX-55F350Z. All will have 1080p resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate, but differ in their contrast ratios and response times slightly. No prices have been released but all the models will be released between May and July.

The VK Series includes the 46-inch VK-46F260S and the 47-inch VK-47F140S. Each delivers 1080p, 500 nits brightness, a 6.5 ms response time and three HDMI inputs. In terms of contrast ratio they differ slightly. The 46F260S has a 5000:1 contrast ratio while the 47F140S has 4000:1. No prices yet but expect these sets by April.

The SK Series features smaller 720p models. The SK-26H630S and the SK-26H735S are both 26-inches and feature 800:1 contrast ratio, a 8 ms response time, and two HDMI inputs. The 32-inch SK-32H635S and SK-32H820S, and the 37-inch SK-37H730S all have 2500:1 contrast ratio, 6.5ms response time, preset viewing modes and multiple HDMI inputs. All of the models include an ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM tuner and 450 nits brightness. Once again, no pricing is available but each will be released in March except the SK-37H730S which will hit shelves in May or June.

Finally, the PT Series includes the 19-inch PT-19H340S and 22-inch PT-22H340S. Both are 720p sets although the 22-inch model is capable of '1080'. Expect the PT Series to hit stores in March.

Via CEPro

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Vizio rolls out 7 EcoHD LCD TV's at CES 2009

vizio_eco_tv(2).jpgDown in Las Vegas, Vizio is busy rolling out its 2009 TV line which will include 7 new EcoHD LCD TV's. Ranging in size from 19- to 32-inches, all the sets in the EcoHD line beat out Energy Star 3.0 standard by as much as 25%. All seven sets have 720p/1080i resolution, 60 Hz frame rate, and SRS TruSurround XT for all the model except the two 32-inchers which use TruSurround HD. The two larger models also utilize Vizio's Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio to improve black depth. All set to ship between now and summer 2009, the EcoHD line ranges in price from $249.99 to $449.99.

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Vizio adds 6 1080p Java-colored LCD TV's to its VL and VT families

vt420m_vt470m.pngVizio will be adding 4 new Java-colored LCD TV's to its VL line in 2009 ranging from 32- to 47-inches, while its VT series will get 42- and 47-inch additions. All six models feature full 1080p resolution and 50, 000:1 contrast ratio, and aside from the 32- and 37-inch VL models, all will have a 120 Hz refresh rate. With 3 HDMI inputs for the smaller models and 4 for the larger, you'll be able to easily connect all your home theater accessories to the new Vizio's. Scheduled to be delivered in spring and summer 2009, the Vizio VL and VT additions will range in price from $599.99 and $1099.99.

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Vizio expands XVT line with 5 more models

sv420xvt(2).jpgAdding to its EcoHD line, Vizio has also rolled out 5 new XVT models. The flagship 55-inch VF551XVT1A sports a 240 Hz refresh rate, 1, 000, 000:1 Mega Dynamic contrast ratio, a Scanning LED backlight, and Smooth Motion II technology. Vizio also added 42- and 47-inch displays to its 240 Hz, LED LCD family.

The company also added 32- and 37-inch XVT models with 120 Hz refresh, 50, 000:1 Mega Dynamic contrast ratio, and both SRS TruSurround and TruVolume.

All 5 XVT's can playback MPEG2, H.264, and WMV9 video files via a USB drive as well as display JPEG pics and play MP3's. Slated for release in the summer and fall of 2009, Vizio's new XVT additions range in price between $749.99 and $1999.99.

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January 7, 2009

Samsung Kicks Out 6000, 7000, 8000 Series LED LCD HDTV's

LED8000-L55.jpgSamsung will roll out three new LED LCD HDTV lines this year. The 6000, 7000, and 8000 Series' all feature high dynamic contrast ratios, Wide Color Enhancer Pro, Auto Motion Plus, Energy Star 3.0 compliance, and are just over an inch thick.

The 6000 Series will have a 120 Hz refresh rate, Samsung InfoLink RSS, and light ruby Touch of Color highlights.

The 7000 Series will also have a 120 Hz refresh rate and a light ruby touch of color. Internet content will be delivered through Internet@TV--Content Service.

The 8000 Series will have a faster 240 Hz refresh rate, sport Internet@TV--Content Service and feature a chrome Touch of Color. Check out the full release after the jump.

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Samsung Unveils 2009 Series 6 And Series 7 LCD Lines At CES

LCD750.pngCES 2009 is just hours away from opening and Samsung has revealed its 2009 Series 6 and Series 7 LCD lines.

The Series 6 line will come in screen sizes of 19-, 22-, 32-, 37-, 40-, 46-, and 55-inches, display a ruby red Touch of Color on the sides, and sport a 120 Hz frame rate in sets 32-inches and larger. Sets above 32-inches will also feature an Ultra Clear anti-reflective coating and all have "Natural" mode which Samsung claims combines the brightness of LCD's with the theater-like qualities of plasma. Ideally this mode is used for film viewing. Sets 40-inches and larger will have the Internet@TV--Content Service which delivers internet media through Yahoo widgets. All the sets are DLNA compatible with the use of a wireless dongle.

The Series 7 line will come in panel sizes of 40-, 46-, and 52-inches. All will have Ultra Clear anti-reflective coating with CCFL backlighting, a 240 Hz refresh rate and Auto Motion Plus technology, Wide Color Enhancer 3 technology, Internet@TV--Content Service, Ethernet, DLNA support, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n via a wireless dongle. All three models are Energy 3.0 compliant and feature Samsung's Touch of Color.
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No prices have been announced but all the sets will be available in the first half of 2009. Check out the full release after the jump.

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Sharp LC-E67U LCD Line Just Run Of The Mill

LC_40E67U_610x453(2).jpgSharp's' LC-E67U LCD line which debuted today at CES 2009 features a couple of sets that won't stand out this year. But then again, they're not really supposed. One of Sharp's more standard line-ups, the E67U family will feature 32- and 40-inch screen sizes coated with Advanced Super View anti-reflective technology. Both sets are Energy Star 3.0 compliant, feature a couple of component and 4 HDMI slots, and have a Vyper Drive gaming mode. The LC-32E67U will hit stores in February with a retail price of $900 while the LC-40E67U is slated for a March release priced at $1200.

Via Crave

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Haier Launching HL47XT1, HL42XT1 LED-Backlit LCD TV's At CES 2009

-home-haieramerica-www-assets-live-6c0fe1657c_large.png.jpgHaier's HL47XT1 and HL42XT1 LCD HDTV's are set to launch at CES 2009. The 47-inch HL47XT1 and 42-inch HL42XT1 both feature LED-backlighting among other features including:

  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 10 bit panel with 1.07 billion colors
  • 1400:1 contrast ratio
  • 120 Hz refresh rate with MEMC
  • 5 ms response time
  • hidden "Sound Chamber" speaker with SRS TruSurround XT sound
  • 2 x 10 Watt output
  • 4 x HDMI, 2 component, 2 A/V and 1 PC inputs
  • USB input for MP3 playback and JPEG viewing
  • swivel stand
  • included universal remote control

How the new Haier sets actually perform remains to be seen. I've never actually seen one reviewed before. Prices and release dates haven't been disclosed.

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Vizio 55-Inch XV551XVT Makes LED Backlighting Affordable

vizio_xv551xvt(2).jpgVizio's XV551XVT LED-backlit LCD HDTV is making some history at CES 2009. The 55-inch, LED-backlit television is bring LED technology into the realm of affordability for mainstream consumers. Typically LED-backlit TV's are expensive. Take for example Samsung's LN55A950 which currently costs roughly $4000 at Amazon. Vizio's XV551XVT is half the price, expected to retail for $1999 when it's released in June.

The XV551XVT features a 1080p anti-glare display, 240 Hz refresh rate, wide angle viewing, and an integrated sound bar with virtual surround sound. The set also has a USB input that can playback MPEG2, H.264, and WMV9 video files, MP3 music files, and display JPEG photos. The set also comes with a USB thumb drive pre-loaded with 1080p video.

Via Crave

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