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July 26, 2008

Samsung Series 8 LCD TV's: 4 New Models With Blue And Red Touch Of Color Coming In September

7-23-08-samsung-le-46a780(2).jpgSo we've seen Samsung's summer rollout schedule for both the Series 7 plasma and Series 9 LCD lines, but isn't there a Series 8 lineup too? There sure is and come September it'll feature a pair of new LCD models sized 46- and 52-inches. You could say 4 new models actually because the Series 8 line is actually split into an 850 series and 860 series with slightly different features. Once again, the Series 8 LCD lineup utilizes Samsung's Touch of Color design. The 850 series features rose pigmentation injected into the jet black bezel, while the 860 series has a new Deep Blue Touch of Color. Other than this design difference and the extra USB 2.0 port on the 860 models, all features are pretty well identical.

What kind of features are we talking about? Try 1080p resolution, 50, 000: 1 dynamic contrast ratio, Auto Motion Plus 120Hz, Ultra Clear Panel technology, Wide Color Enhancer 2, InfoLink, DNIe Pro video Processing and DLNA-certification to name a few. When the new Series 8 LCD models hit shelves in a couple of months they'll set you back as follows:

46-inch LN46A850 (red bezel)-$2699.99
52-inch LN52A850 (red bezel)-$3399.99
46-inch LN46A860 (blue bezel)-$2799.99
52-inch LN52A860 (blue bezel)-$3499.99

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July 25, 2008

Samsung's LN46A950, LN55A950 Series 9 LED-Backlit LCD TV's Coming Next Month

samsung-9-series(2).jpgNext month Samsung will be delivering its 2nd-generation Series 9 LED-backlit LCD TV's to the US. Available in 46- and 55-inch sizes, the 2008 flagships Series 9 models features LED SmartLighting backlight technology, deliver a 1080p resolution picture and feature a whopping 1, 000, 000 dynamic contrast ratio. Featuring Samsung's Touch of Color design, you won't see any funky red bezels with the two new Samsung's, but a simple charcoal gray. 120 Hz refresh, both InfoLink and WiseLink connected technologies for bringing digital PC content to the bigscreen, and compliance with the EPA's EnergyStar Rating system round out the Series 9's feature set. Sound good? The 46-inch LN46A950 will set you back $3200, while the 55-inch LN55A950 will make a $4200 dent in your wallet. Check out a full list of specs after the jump...

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July 23, 2008

Forget LCD's And Plasma's, Telescopic Pixel Displays May Be The Future

pixel2-1.jpgForget LCD and plasma displays--the real future of display technology may lay with "telescopic pixels". A report in Nature Photonics, compiled by researchers from Microsoft and the University of Washington, says that telescopic pixel displays can outperform today's popular display technologies, especially in smaller display sizes used for mobile devices and laptops.

Telescopic pixels use a design known as the optical telescope. This type design uses two opposing mirrors per pixel. The primary mirror can actually change into a parabolic shape when the pixel is on, focusing light on the secondary mirror, which in turn reflects the light back through a hole in the primary display and onto the display screen. When the pixel is off, the mirrors are parallel and reflect any light back to the light source.

Not only is the manufacturing method used to produce telescopic pixels low cost, but it's also compatible with LCD infrastructure. And while LCD's only move 5-10% of the total backlight to the user and use up to 30% of a laptop's battery, telescopic displays move 36% of the backlight to the user reaching 56% with some design mods, efficient enough to add 45 minutes to a 5 hour laptop battery.

Telescopic pixel displays also have a lightning-quick response time, measured at only 0.625ms. This allows for sequential color processing, improved gray scales and color shading. The one major problem right now is contrast. Experiments have it sitting at only 20:1, a far cry from the 800:1 contrast ratio needed to put telescopic pixel displays on par with LCD's. Remember though, this is a prototype design. Major improvements will be made in the future.

The real question is whether telescopic pixel displays have any chance against up-and-coming OLED's. Right now we'd have to say no.

Via Ars Technica

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July 22, 2008

Pioneer Kuro KRL-32V And KRL-37V LCD TV's Caught On Camera

kuro_lcd_zebra(2).jpgPioneer let us know at the beginning of April that they would be spinning out a couple of Kuro LCD's in Europe come June, sized 32- and 37-inches, followed by a 46-inch model at a later date. The LCD panels will be produced by Sharp, but other than that we don't know a whole lot, not even pricing details. The two smaller models will now see an August release date and the 46-inch enigma is still an unknown, but no matter where you are in the world there are now live pics of the 32-inch KRL-32V and 37-inch KRL-37V over at Crave UK. Click the read link to see the whole package.
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Via Crave UK

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July 21, 2008

Vizio VP422 Reviewed: Great Value, Good Performance

6-25-08-vp422(2).jpgIf you've wandered around the electronics section of any of 3400 US Wal-mart's lately you may have seen the 42-inch Vizio VP422 LCD TV sitting on the shelves. The low-cost set, priced at $799.99, is about as cheap as a 42-inch set can possibly get currently but we wonder whether or not the performance of the VP422 makes the dollar savings really worth it. The fine folks over at CNET have put the Vizio set through the ringer and were actually quite impressed with its performance given it's pricetag. Obviously not Kuro-like or anything but good enough for the average home theater user. On the upside the set has tons of connectivity options, accurate color decoding, and a crisp picture with little noise. On the downside is the VP422's lack of aspect ratio control for HD sources and noticeably inaccurate color reproduction thanks to inaccurate greens and poor grayscale tracking. Overall the problems aren't enough to say that "you get what you pay for" with the VP422--you definitely get more.

Via CNET

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July 1, 2008

Mitsubishi's iSP 149 LCD Lineup Reproduces 5.1 Surround Sound Straight From The TV

LT_46149_1(2).jpgMitsubishi isn't a flat panel maker that pops up with something new every second day, but when they announce a product you can guarantee it'll be good. Case in point-the upcoming LaserVue laser TV's. But today they've announced something new and innovative again, a couple of new ultra-thin LCD TV's with something called integrated sound projection (iSP). The iSP 149 line features a couple of new models, the 46-inch LT-46149 and the 52-inch LT-52149, both of which will ship in the United States this month.

What's unique to the new Mitsubishi models is of course the iSP, which actually simulates 5.1 surround sound from a single speaker cabinet found at the bottom of the screen that house a 16-speaker array. By using a simple on-screen setup you can input the room dimensions, where your going to be sitting to watch the TV and the set will bounce sound waves at different angles and output it at intervals through the 16 speakers. With some of the sound hitting your ears indirectly, you get the feel of real surround sound. The TV's are also CableCard-ready, have HDMI and PCM audio support, and feature Smooth 120Hz Film Motion that ensures you won't have to see 24Hz artifacts in slower-moving film scenes. The LT-46149 and LT-52149 will set you back $3299 and $3699 respectively when they hit shelves this month.

Via Akihabara News

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byd:sign's New DivX Certified LCD TV A Japanese First

bydsigndivxtv_063008.jpgbyd:sign's new 19-inch LCD TV's, a black model DC-1902DWB and white model DC-1902DWW, will be the first DivX Certified HDTV's to hit the Japanese market when they're released later in July. DivX has been super aggressive in sticking their brand on the face of seemingly ever piece of home theater equipment coming out lately and has been big in seamlessly moving PC video content to the living room home theater. The byd:sign LCD's feature a DVD player, 1440 x 900 resolution, 500:1 contrast ratio, a USB 2.0 port, SD/MMC/ Memory Stick slot, ATSC/NTSC tuners and HDMI connectivity.

Via Engadget HD

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June 28, 2008

Samsung's LN46A750 Gets Reviewed: A Little Expensive, But A Big Performer

samsung-ln40a750t.jpgThe folks over at CNET have put the Samsung LN46A750 46-inch LCD TV through the ringer and it looks to be a top-of-the-line performer. A member of the Red Touch of Color series, features include a 1080p, 120 Hz display, 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 6ms response time, picture-in-picture, and a pair of built-in 10 Watt speakers that pump out SRS TruSurround sound. Put all of these features together and you get a set that has a superb black level and highly detailed picture. Plus a host of handy extras like network streaming, built-in interactive content access, and even real-time stock price and weather feeds and you have a flat panel definitely worth purchasing. Oh wait, purchasing if it was a little cheaper. CNET's reviewers don't think the $1882 price tag for the 46-inch Samsung LN46A750 is quite worth the features the set offers.

Via CNET

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June 24, 2008

Sharp's LB-1085 108-Inch LCD TV Hitting US This September; For $150, 000?

60566-sharp108.jpgRemember Sharp's monster 108-inch LB-1085 LCD TV? Of course you do, how could you forget? If you have some cash to burn and plenty of room, the 209 pound display will be hitting the US this September. It's already available in Japan and a few European retailers have started to sell the LB-1085 priced at about 120, 000 Euros or about $185, 000 in the US. Apparently we can expect the set to cost about $150, 000 when it arrives in December but it'll only be available through special order; you won't find this one sitting on store shelves. If for some unexplained reason you're planning on spending six figures for the LB-1085 you should remember you're paying for nothing more than its size. Its features are nothing special: 1080p resolution, 1200:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, and a 6 ms response time. If you're still taking the dive, please send us some pics. We'd love to see this giant actually sitting in someone's living room

Via TG Daily

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June 23, 2008

Uniden's Got 19-Inch Hello Kitty LCD TV's

uniden1(2).jpgThe Hello Kitty phenomenon continues, this time in the home theater industry, with a couple of new 19-inch Uniden Hello Kitty LCD TV's. Available in red or pink, the Uniden TL19TX1 features 1440 x 880 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a brightness measurement of 300 cd/m2. Surprisingly the Hello Kitty display have a fast response time of 5ms, but only features a digital tuner. No analog tuner at all with the TL19X1. It also features a duo of built-in dual-channel 3 Watt speakers and HDMI, component, and composite inputs, and an analog audio output. Come July 4, Uniden's TL19TX1 Hello Kitty LCD TV's will be available in Japan for 69, 800 Yen, about US$648.
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Via AV Watch

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