Sharp's quad-color LED HDTVs coming out this spring were out of my mind until I saw this hilarious commercial featuring George Takei. Whether or not the fourth color--yellow--makes any difference to the usual red, blue, green color scheme remains to be seen. And the line's thin form factor isn't really anything new. But this awesome commercial definitely differentiates the Sharp Aquos line from other HDTV families--and the four color format has a new name, Quattron.
Google is attempting to invade our living rooms, according to an article today in The New York Times. According to the news site, Google is teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech to bring a web-like interface and experience to the TV set. With hardware provided by Sony, computer chips by Intel and peripherals like a remote from Logitech, the Google TV would run on Google's open source Android operating system and somehow utilize its Chrome browser. This all according to the article which wasn't confirmed nor denied (except by Sony) by spokespersons from any of the above mentioned companies. Is there anything Google won't touch?
BenQ is releasing 9 new LCD monitors ranging in size from 18.5 and 24 inches and boasting an extreme dynamic contrast ratio of 10, 000, 000:1. The V series will consists of 4 21.5 inch monitors, 2 18.5 inch and 2 24 inch monitors and 1 23 inch monitor. The first monitor to be released (initially in Taiwan) will be the 21.5 inch V2200, sporting features like 1080p resolution, 5 ms response time, a 160 degree viewing angle and an extremely thin 15 mm form factor. Connectivity options will include a VGA and DVI slot, as well as HDMI 1.3 and headphone jacks on others. All of the monitors will ship in Taiwan this month and next with the exception of the 23 inch model which will ship later this year. All monitors will ship internationally in June. BenQ still hasn't announced pricing for any of the models.
Samsung has announced it will start producing 3D HDTV panels for LCD and LED TVs in the 40-, 46- and 55-inch display sizes. The panels will utilize True 240 Hz technology and a 20 percent improvement in response time rendering smoother 2D performance and more natural 3D renderings. Of course, all of the panels will required the use of active shutter glasses--one of two things (the other being price) that are currently holding the advancement of the 3D HDTV market back.
High-end HDTV maker Bang & Olufsen has announced the BeoVision 10-46, basically a 46-inch version of its 40-inch BeoVision 10. With edge-lit LED backlighting, the BeoVision 10-46 features a 200 Hz refresh rate and a brushed aluminum frame. Look for it to hit Europe in April likely priced between $10, 000 and $20, 000.
I'm still flipping through CES 2010 home theater coverage on the web and something has really caught my eye tonight. Sharp, one of the world's bigger names in HDTV, didn't spend CES pushing 3D technologies like most of its competitors. Instead Sharp is introducing something called quad-pixel technology, or the addition of yellow to the usual red, green and blue color scheme. Sharp says that the color addition will allow for (surprise, surprise) better rendering of yellow-colored objects.
The new quad-pixel technology will be integrated into all of Sharp's new HDTV lines which include the main LE920, LE820 and LE810 series'. The LE920 series includes a 68-inch (LC-68LE920UN), 60-inch (LC-60LE920UN) and 52-inch (LC-52LE920UN) model. All are 1.6-inch thick 1080p panels with Sharp's UltraBrilliant edge-lit backlighting and feature 240 Hz refresh, a USB media player, Ethernet port, 4 HDMI ports with quick-switching InstaPort technology, RS-232C inputs, and a PC input. The Ethernet jack can be used for Netflix movies, web-based content, and Sharp tech support. Expected to ship in May, the LE920 series has yet to be priced.
The LE820 and LE810 series' include 120 Hz refresh, a 1.6-inch thick form factor and most of the connectivity options found with the LE920 models. Both series' have the same-sized models and the prices are attached.: 60-inch LC-60LE820UN will ship for a suggested price of $3,999.00, while the 60-inch LC-60LE810UN will be priced at $3,499.00. The 52-inch LC-52LE820UN and LC-52LE810UN will be priced at $2,999.00 and $2,599.00, respectively. The 46-inch LC-46LE820UN and the 46-inch LC-46LE810UN will be priced at $2,399.00 and $2,099.00, respectively, while the 40-inch LC-40LE820UN and LC-40LE810UN will be priced at $2,199.00 and $1,799.00, respectively. Both the LE820 and LE810 series models will be available in March.
Sharp also announced the standalone 60-inch LC-60E88UN that isn't backlit but includes Sharp's OPC technology that detects ambient lighting and adjusts the panel's brightness accordingly. The set features 240 Hz refresh, UV2A technology, and 10-bit processing, all targeted at the football fan. According to Sharp, this 60-inch set is built for the Super Bowl and will be shipped in February for an unannounced price.
Finally, the 32-inch LC-32LS510UT and 22-inch LC-22LS510UT round out Sharp's 2010 HDTV offering. Both will have 1080p resolution, a USB jack and a headphone jack. A smaller 19-inch LC-19LS410UT will have the same features but only 720p resolution. All models also feature edge-lit backlighting. The 32-inch model will ship in June, while the 22- and 19-inch models will ship in May. No prices have been announced.
Sharp has announced a pair of Blu-ray players and a 5.1-channel home theater in a box for 2010, as well.
The BD-HP70U and BD-HP24U include Netflix steaming, an Ethernet port, BD-Live, Deep Color HDMI, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and more. The BD-HP70U also includes a second USB port for attaching a Wi-Fi dongle for connecting to a home wireless network, and an anti-vibration feature that reduces noise and improves picture quality. The BD-HP70U ships in the 2nd quarter for $499.99, while the BD-HP24U will ship in 1st quarter for $279.99.
The 5.1-channel BD-MPC41 supports Blu-ray playback, Netflix movie streaming, iPod and FM radio audio via its included Ethernet port. Three speakers are included in the sound bar which supports Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs and pumps out 1020 Watts of power. Shipping in the 2nd quarter, the BD-MPC41 will cost $749.99.
Even Viewsonic is jumping on the LED TV bandwagon this year. At CES 2010, the company introduced four LED TVs including the 18.5-inch VT1900LED, 23-inch VT2300LED, 32-inch VT3200LED and the 42-inch VT4200LED. The 18.5- and 32-inch models feature 720p resolution, a 5 millisecond response time and Energy Star 5.0 certification. The 23- and 42-inch models both feature 1080p resolution, and the larger model also features 120 Hz refresh rate, a 4 millisecond response time and a 100000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
The VT1900LED, VT2300LED and VT3200LED will ship in Q1 2010 for $299, $399 and $599, respectively. The 42-inch VT4200LED will ship in Q2 2010 for $1199.
Vizio is making an entrance in to the nascent mobile TV market, not with a cellphone application, but with 3 new mobile Razor LED TVs.
First off is the 10.2-inch VMB100 and 9-inch VMB090 mobile Razor LED TVs. Other than touchscreen size, both are pretty well identical in specifications. LCD panel resolution sits at 800 x 480 resolution with a 350 nit brightness and both have a tuner not only capable of receiving ATSC and NTSC signals, but also ATSC-MH signals. Ports include one HDMI 1.4, composite video, stereo audio, USB 2.0 and a headphone jack. Both mobile TVs are shipping later this year for $229.99 and $199.99, respectively.
The smaller 7-inch VMB070 still fits 800 x 480 pixels on its LCD display although the brightness is 250 nits. Unfortunately, it appears the VMB070 doesn't have the ability to receive ATSC-MH signals, though it does have an ATSC/NTSC tuner. Ports include auxiliary audio and video inputs and a headphone jack. Also shipping later this year, the Vizio VMB070 Razor mobile LED TV will cost $149.99.
In the TruLED category, Vizio has announced sets between 42- and 55-inches, all with 1080p resolution, 240 Hz refresh rate, LED backlighting with Smart Dimming, 4-5 HDMI 1.3 inputs, Bluetooth, and shipping dates in January or May. Prices range between $1199.99 and $2199.99.
In the Razor TV category, HDTV sizes range from 16- to 55-inches. Features include refresh rates of usually 60 Hz, but sometimes 120 Hz and LED backlighting. Some of the larger Razor models include Smart Dimming and Bluetooth but most models don't. Shipping dates range between February and November 2010 with most models being released in spring or early summer. Prices range from $199.99 and $1799.99.
Vizio has announced the XVT Pro series at CES 2010 this year, a trio of new LCD HDTVs complete with built-in Wi-Fi and 3D capabilities--though the latter will require Sensio XpanD shutter glasses. Shipping in 47-, 55- and 72-inch display sizes, the XVT Pro series will feature 480 Hz refresh, LED backlighting with local dimming, Via interactive capabilities with access to streaming content from Netflix, Amazon on Demand, Vudu, Twitter and more, 3D and an optional wireless base station that eliminates both wires and interference. The models are supposed to be available in August 2010 for $1999, $2499 and $3499 for the smallest to largest models, respectively.