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HANNSpree HT09 28-Inch LCD TV With 1080p, 1080i, 1920 x 1200 Pixel Resolution! Okay!

ht09(2).jpgHANNSpree's HT09 28-inch LCD TV seems to be a bit of an enigma. The consensus seems to be that it's a 1080p HDTV, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense considering its size but a look at the overview at the Misco website says its 1080i, while the spec sheet lists its resolution as 1920 x 1200 pixels. Okay, we'll leave that one up to you. Other than that the HT09 sports 500 cd/m2 brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio, 3 ms response, and a pair of 5 Watt built-in speakers. Hookups include a couple of HDMI slots, couple of SCART, and single composite, component and VGA inputs. As for price? £279.99. Hmmm...not so sure about this one.

Via PocketLint

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October 7, 2008

Solar-Powered HDTV? Sharp's Got It In A 52-Inch LCD Flavor

10-6-08-solar-sharp-tv(2).jpgNever mind tinkering with LED backlights to increase the energy efficiency of HDTV's. In our current environmental situation, we're at the point where we need to come up with extreme solutions. Something Sharp is apparently hard at work on, showing off a 52-inch solar-powered LCD TV at CEATEC. The solar panel looks to be mounted to the base of the set, so it doesn't exactly look convenient, nor do we know how this thing ropes in solar energy unless placed right by an open window. But hey, who are we to criticize? At least Sharp looks to be moving in the right direction in order to save HDTV-lovin' humanity.

Via Engadget

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October 1, 2008

Hitachi Planning A 15-MM Thin, 37-Inch LCD TV As Early As 2009

lcd1(2).jpgIncredible! Thinner, thinner, thinner! Hitachi's been busy demonstrating a 15-millimeter thin 37-inch LCD TV at CEATEC in Japan. With a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, the prototype model features a thinner backlight unit which uses three LED colors for maximal color reproduction, and a thinner power supply unit. Keep your eyes on Hitachi at CES 2009 as the company is gearing up for mass production as early as 2009.

Via Tech-on

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September 30, 2008

Philip's Flavor LCD HDTV's Are, Uh, A Little Bright

flavors-philips(2).jpgIt really seems to us lately that HDTV manufacturers are beginning to focus on designing the funkiest looking TV rather than the best performing. Especially those regarded as second-tier such as Philips.

The company's new Flavor line of LCD TV's, introduced in Italy, are initially available in 22-, 32-, and 42-inch models geared more for bedroom use than anything. Really the key feature of note is that each set comes with two interchangeable frames, attached with magnets, that add some serious color to each set.

The 42-inch model does have some decent specs including 1080p resolution, 30, 000:1 contrast ratio, 5 ms response time, 500 cd/m2 brightness and a couple of HDMI slots. We're not sure about release dates, although you can sign up to be notified when they are, but you'll pay €549 ($803), €799 ($1,168) and €1,199 ($1,754) for the Flavor's in order from smallest to largest.

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Sharp Debuts Two New AQUOS LCD's: 52-Inch LC-52XS1, 65-Inch LC-65XS1

sharp03(2).jpgSharp has a couple high-end AQUOS XS1 LCD TV's coming to Japan October 15. The 52-inch LC-52XS1 and 65-inch LC-65XS1 both feature a 1920 x 1080 pixel dot-ASV LCD panel with RGB LED backlighting, a 1, 000, 000:1 contrast ratio and 450 cd/m2 brightness. Thanks to an external tuner, both models are extremely thin-2.28 cm at the thinnest point and 6.04 cm at the thickest. The external tuner houses the connection ports by the looks of it including 3 HDMI, 3 D5, and a variety of audio outputs plus ethernet and USB ports. Fully network capable and internet connected, the new XS1's include a Bluetooth LCD remote control which, if my Japanese translation is correct, can be used to control all your home theater peripherals aside from the AQUOS sets. Oh, and when you're not watching TV, the AQUOS XS1's display paintings by the likes of Renoir and Van Gogh! Impressive, and probably pretty expensive too, although no pricing information is available at the moment.

Update: Apparently the model tags are actually LC-52XS1U-S and LC-65XS1U-S and get this-respective prices are ¥980,000 ($9,243) and ¥1.28 million ($12,225). Wow!

Via Impress

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September 25, 2008

General Electric, Tatung Team Up Bringing You Internet-Connected LCD TV's In 2009

TATUNG-32-LCD-TV(2).jpgWe didn't anticipate this, but General Electric has teamed up with display maker Tatung to shake up the HDTV market. And we're not talking about another budget HDTV strategy either-GE's going fully internet-connected.

GE hasn't announced anything specific, but come April 2009 expect to see some eco-friendly high-end LCD HDTV's hitting shelves. Really though, this is a case of Tatung leveraging a well-known brand name. They'll take a 51% stake in the joint venture and control both the design and manufacturing of the new lineup, expected to range in size from 19- to 65-inches and eventually incorporating LED backlighting. Initial models will be fluorescently backlit however.

Unfortunately internet connectivity won't be integrated into the HDTV's initially, it'll involve a separate set-top box that we won't see in April. But it seems GE and Tatung intend to eventually integrate the functionality directly into the TV. NBC Universal and will be the initial streaming content partners, but Tru2way and BD-Live Blu-ray playback will work its way into the feature mix eventually.

This will be an interesting development in the HDTV market as it seems GE's interest lies more in using open platforms to conveniently deliver high-quality content to consumers than the TV's themselves. They'll leave that to Tatung, so this has the potential to be a powerful partnership. Of course, given that these will be branded premium HDTV's you can probably expect to pay premium prices which will undoubtedly be announced at CES 2009.

Via PCMag

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September 24, 2008

Runco Goes Big With 70-Inch Crystal Series CX-70DHD LCD With OPAL Technology

Runco's been back at the drawing board and they have some new TV's and new technology to show for it.

First thing first though, we have to tell you about the new OPAL, or optical path alignment, image enhancement technology. First off, OPAL uses Ambient Light Rejection to reduce screen glare up to 20 times, enhancing image clarity in high ambient light environments without additional backlight brightness. Secondly, OPAL's Acute Contrast Enhancement increases contrast upwards of three times, but doesn't lose image clarity in dark pictures even with lots of ambient light. And finally, OPAL's Impact, Shake and Shock increases the screen's durability to dust, condensation and even the odd remote control thrown at it.

Their new flagship LCD model is their biggest yet, the 70-inch Crystal Series CX-70DHD. Some features of note include Imaging Science Foundation's ISFccc calibration suite optimizing the picture even in extreme lighting conditions, Runco's external DHD video controller/processor which incorporates high-end Vivix II processing and houses all the inputs/outputs, and VirtualWide mode which automatically converts 4:3 display to 16:9.

Runco will also be adding the 65-inch CX-65HD and 47-inch CX-47HD LCD display's to their lineup both featuring internal Vivix II processing, 120 Hz refresh, HDMI 1.3a with Deep Color, VirtualWide, and ISF calibration.

A couple new plasma displays are on their way to Runco's CinemaWall collection as well-the 50-inch XP-50 and 65-inch XP-65. Not only are they usable more than 9000 feet above sea level, but both models Vivix II processing, ISFccc calibration and Dynamic Pixel Protection.

Rounding out the lineup is the Climate Portfolio WP-42OPALHD and CX-OPAL47 LCD, both feature OPAL image enhancement.

Pricing & Availability:

  • WP-42OPALHD-$8995 shipping now
  • CX-OPAL47 LCD-$5995 shipping January 2009
  • CX-65HD-$14995 shipping December 2008
  • CX-47HD-$4995 shipping December 2008
  • PlasmaWall XP-65-$12995 shipping in January 2009
  • PlasmaWall XP-50-$6495 shipping in January 2009
  • Crystal Series CX-70DHD-$34995 shipping mid-October 2008

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September 19, 2008

Sony Following Apple Into App Heaven, Releases BRAVIA App SDK

sony1_02-450x330.jpgSelect Sony BRAVIA televisions-mainly Japanese models-are about to become widgetized. Some internet-connected BRAVIA's already feature a few widgets that offer you the likes of weather forecasts and RSS feeds right on your TV screen. But the widget space is about to heat up as Sony has released a BRAVIA App SDK, available to the public so developers can create and share new widgets with others.

The SDK contains all the necessary coding information you'll need and an XMB emulator so you'll be able to test out a widget on a compatible BRAVIA before releasing it into the public sphere. Sony claims validation time will be quick, but apps have to be less than 1.3 MB in size and there doesn't appear to be any Apple-like payment scheme.

However, Sony is offering the incentive of a BRAVIA KDL-40F1 LCD TV to the grand prize winner of a contest for the best application that's running until January 8, 2009.

Via Sony Insider

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September 18, 2008

Pioneer LCD HDTV's Coming To North America "In The First Half Of 2009" (Rumor)

kuro_lcd_zebra(2).jpgWe heard rumors earlier this year that Pioneer would be adding LCD's to their HDTV lineup. Sure enough, the maker of the famous KURO plasma launched 32- and 37-inch LCD panels in Europe-but here in North America we got nothing. That may be changing in 2009 though. An unnamed Pioneer representative stated in a Japan Corporate News Network report that the two LCD's recently launched in Europe would be coming to both North America and Asia "in the first half of 2009". The report also stated that Pioneer would be sourcing the LCD panels from Sharp, in line with what we already know about their recent business restructuring. So is the rumor true? That remains to be seen, but we're guessing yes and that we'll know more come the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Via Crave
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Sharp's AQUOS LC-65GX5: 65-Inches Of High-Def Goodness And Internet-Ready

sharp65(2).jpgSharp has introduced the 65-inch AQUOS LC-65GX5 to its AQUOS GX5 line. Featuring a 1080p, 120 Hz panel, the LC-65GX5 sports a 15000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 450 cd/m2 brightness, and 176 degree viewing angle. Sound is pumped through Sharp's AARS 2.1-channel speaker system with a digital amplifier routing 7.5 Watts to each speaker and 15 Watts to the subwoofer.

Of course, the new AQUOS display boasts both digital and analog terrestrial tuners plus a variety of connectivity options including three HDMI, three composite, three D5, one S-video, one DVI video input and an audio optical output. Internet-ready and connected, the AQUOS LC-65GX5 connects to the internet using two FireWire connectors, something that Sony brands i.LINK. The set is also DLNA-capable and compatible with digital cameras via an infrared port so you can view photos on the TV screen. Headed for Japan on October 23, the 65-inch AQUOS will cost the equivalent of US$6500.

Via Electronista

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