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December 5, 2008

Sharp Shipping LCD TV With Built-In Blu-ray Player In January 2009

sharp-aquos-dx-blu-ray2.jpgI had heard rumors earlier this year that Sharp may be launching a line of LCD TV's with integrated Blu-ray players in Japan. But I didn't think for one second that they'd ever hit the United States. Looks like I thought wrong.

According to Mike Troetti, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America president, the company will be shipping 32- and 42-inch Blu-ray player-packin' AQUOS LCD TV's to the US in January 2009. The specs on the smaller model aren't clear, but the 42-inch model is expected to sport 1080p resolution, a 120 Hz frame rate, and a multi-slot mechanism for Blu-ray discs, DVD's, and compact discs.

They'll be a little pricey though. Try a little under $2000 for the 42-inch model. Sounds pretty cool in theory, but judging by price only an option if you're extremely constricted by home theater space.

Via Twice

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November 29, 2008

Samsung's 55-Inch LN55A950 Reviewed: Great Quality, Massive Price

ln55a950.jpgRemember the Samsung 9 Series 55-inch LN55A950 I told you about way back in July? Home Theater Mag has put it to the test and they were impressed. So impressed that they recommended you not buy any other LCD HDTV. Well, unless you don't have $3700 to burn. Apparently this bad boy has black levels that rival Pioneer's plasma line, superb color reproduction and resolution, and crazy video processing. The only real downside--besides the price tag--was it's average off-angle viewing, something most of us don't care about too much. If you have $4000 to spare, and a penchant for LCD, the Samsung LN55A950 should be a serious consideration in your HDTV shopping list.

Samsung 55-inch LN55A950--$3696 at Amazon

Via hometheatermag

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November 20, 2008

VIZIO Launches 55-Inch XVT LCD TV, HD Sound Bar, And More

vizio.jpgVIZIO is gearing up for the holiday season early, announcing a new 55-inch XVT LCD TV, 3 smaller models, a high definition soundbar and wireless subwoofer, and finally a 26-inch multimedia monitor for the gaming crowd.

The 55-inch XVT, model VF550XVT1A, features 1080p resolution, 120 Hz Smooth Motion Video, a 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 9 high-definition inputs (including 5 HDMI), and SRS Labs audio technology. It's 10-bit data input panel displays 1.7 billion colors, with a 5ms response time, and the XVT meets Energy Star's 3.0 specifications. Unfortunately you won't be able to get your hands on VIZIO's latest XVT until January 2009 when it'll retail for $1999.99.

The three smaller LCD HDTV's include the 19-inch VA19, 22-inch VA22, and 26-inch VA26. All three models feature a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, anti-reflective screen, and meet Energy Star 3.0 specs. The VA22 is VIZIO's smallest full 1080p LCD display, also boasting a 5000:1 contrast ratio. The three models are available now priced at $249, $349, and $449 respectively.

VIZIO's VSB210WS HD sound bar and wireless subwoofer, available in January 2009 for $349, has four 3-inch high efficiency mid/bass drivers, and a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter for each channel. The sound bar uses TruSound and TruVolume technology from SRS Labs. The subwoofer runs at 2.4 GHz, and has a 6.5-inch woofer that provides bass response.

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November 16, 2008

Honeywell's Altura MLX Gets Reviewed (Verdict: It Sucks)

honeywell.gifYou're probably familiar with the name Honeywell although not in connection with HDTV's. Turns out that Honeywell has a 42-inch MT-HWJCT42B2AB Altura MLX LCD TV on the market that recently came under the eye of the CNET folks. As for the good? A relatively inexpensive $1064 MSRP, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and accurate primary colors. The bad? The cheap price tag accurately sums up the rest of the Altura's features including light blacks, inaccurate gamma, dejudder processing that doesn't turn off, poor off angle performance, etc., etc. Stay away from this one folks!

Via CNET

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November 11, 2008

Toshiba's Regza ZV Upscaling LCD TV's Coming November 29 To UK

regzazv.jpgToshiba's ZV series, consisting of the 'world's first upscaling TV's' are set to launch in the UK November 29. Using Revolution+ technology, a cell processor algorithm, the ZV series can upscale standard-definition content to near high-def. Set for release in 42- and 46-inch models, Toshiba's Regza ZV's will feature 1080p resolution with support for 24 frames per second, Active Vision M100 HD 100Hz image processing with 5:5 pulldown sequencing, 10 bit color processing, 30, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, an integrated digital tuner, and NICAM Stereo/SRS WOW audio support. The glossy-black, swivel-supported Regza's will retail for £899.99 and £1199.99 for the smaller and larger models respectively.

Via Pocket-Lint

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November 9, 2008

Sharp's AQUOS LC-46D85U Gets The Critical Eye Of Review

aquos(2).jpgReleased just last month, Sharps AQUOS LC-46D85U has already passed under the ever-critical eye of CNET's David Katzmaier, and while it received 3/5 stars, the two stars it didn't receive were a result of picture quality issues. Oh no! Turns out some backlight issues cause banding, black levels are on the light side, and it lacks dejudder video processing. But on the upside, color reproduction is good after calibration, it has numerous picture controls, five HDMI inputs, it's energy efficient, and it looks damn good. It also boasts a dejudder-free 120Hz refresh rate, so while it may not create cinematic brilliance, it could be exactly what you're looking for this hockey season!

Via CNET

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October 30, 2008

NEC Invents New Wiring Tech To Enable Thinner LCD TV's

nec(2).jpgNEC Electronics has developed a new connection technology that can reduce the thickness of large LCD TV's even further. Normally individual wires carry the clock signal and image data from the image processing board to the drivers that control the pixels you see. The new technology enable both to be transferred over a single wire, reducing the amount of space overall the TV's wiring occupies. For example, a 37-inch 1080p LCD TV normally requires 21 wires, but with NEC's technology can be pared down to only 8, halving the thickness required to house the wires from 2 centimeters to only 1 centimeter.

Besides saving space, the connection technology triples the speed of data transmission allowing for image enhancements without adding more wires. NEC should begin implementing the new technology in large panel LCD TV's in 2009.

Via Trading Markets (Photo Credit: lazysupper)

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October 17, 2008

LCD TV Prices Could Drop To $799 For A 40-42 Inch Model Before DTV2009

10092830.jpgAccording to Digitimes, market sources inside the LCD TV industry have said that 32-inch LCD TV's could drop as low as $200 before the digital TV transition, while 40-42 inch models could sell for as low as $799-$899. Apparently only 6% of over-the-air television viewers have taken advantage of converter box coupons, so the coming months look to be huge for the HDTV market in general. Of course, we're guessing that $799 won't buy you a Bravia or anything, but whatever it nets you it's got to be better than a CRT with rabbit ears.

Via Digitimes

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WTF?! LG Unveils 15-Inch Double-Sided And Reflective LCD Display

thumb_430_lg2(2).jpgThis one's a little strange people. So strange that I have no idea what it could possibly be good for. LG has prototyped a 15-inch double-side reflective LCD display with a 512 x 384 pixel count and 14:1 contrast ratio. No surprise there; reflection can't be a conducive environment for dark blacks. If anyone has any thoughts regarding what such an invention could possibly be good for, leave your idea in the comments. It might be tough though; given that LG doesn't even know when and if this will come to market, they look to be at a loss as well.

Via Tech-on

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October 15, 2008

Is Samsung Set To Release A 14-Inch OLED TV In 2009?

thumb_430_IMG_2_4(2).jpgAcross the pond in Korea, Samsung and LG Display are pulling out all the stops at the International Meeting on Information Display conference that kicked off yesterday. Samsung is busy showing off a 7.9 millimeter thin 42-inch LCD TV as well as a 52-inch LCD display only 9.8 millimeters thin. Meanwhile LG continues on the path toward a 2011 deadline for mass OLED TV production, rolling out a 19-inch OLED panel driven by amorphous Si TFT. Unfortunately Samsung is still carting around the same 31-inch OLED TV they've been talking up since CES back in January, however they also had a 14-inch OLED display on tap. If we recall correctly, wasn't Samsung saying a while back they'd be rolling out a 14-inch OLED TV in 2009?

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Via Nikkei

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