Sanyo's CE52SR1 52-inch LCD monitor is built for commercial applications rather than the living room home theaters, but it has some cool features we just have to tell you about. Some of the usual features include 1080p resolution, a 6.5 ms response time, 16:9 aspect, and inputs including a DVI-D, VGA, S-video, five component slots, a stereo mini jack, and RCA inputs and outputs. That's pretty boring in inself, but the CE52SR1 is actually built with a marine-grade construction making it fully waterproof and dustproof and features a super bright 1500 cd/m2 screen, easily viewable in direct sunlight. Plus if 52-inches doesn't quite cut it for whatever you're trying to display, the 52-inch toughie can be put together with up to 24 others in a 5 by 5 array creating a movie theater-like screen that receives the picture signal through a single input. Amazing eh? And being a commercial-grade LCD monitor and all, so is the price--$13995 when it hits the public in October 2008.
JVC unleashed a few new lines of LCD HDTV's on the US yesterday, including a new super-slim line. The first new line, the P-Series, brings four new sets to the market--the 32-inch LT-32P679, 42-inch LT-42P789, 47-inch LT-47P789, and the 52-inch LT-52P789. All of the P-Series' displays, with the exception of the 720p 32-inch set, feature full 1080p resolution, come with a universal remote with direct input, ATSC/QAM tuning, a USB photo viewer, and a new on-screen menu system. The usual inputs are their including three HDMI, two component, one S-video input, an SPDIF input, and an analog audio output for blasting sound through a home theater system.
The feature unique to the P-Series is the built-in iPod dock controlled using the included remote. When an iPod is placed in the dock, an on-screen menu pops up letting users navigate through their tunes right on the TV screen. The song title and artist's name are displayed on-screen when a song is played, and images can even be set up to display during playback. Plus, whether or not the TV is on or off, the iPod will charge when docked. The 32-inch LT-32P679, 42-inch LT-42P789, and 47-inch LT-47P789 are all available now for $999.99, $1599.99, and $2199.99 respectively, while the 52-inch LT-52P789 will be available in August for $3199.99.
The second line is the Procision 899 Series featuring the 42-inch LT-42X899, the 47-inch LT-47X899 and the 52-inch LT-52X899. All three models use JVC's high-def Clear Motion Drive III engine with a sixth-generation Genessa 32-bit processor. The Clear Motion Drive III engine is impressive, moving the screen beyond 10 bits, actually converting 8 bit images into 12 bits. Other features include a 120fps frame rate, full HD 24/30p, nine video aspect modes, ATSC/QAM tuning, a USB photo viewer, and three HDMI v1.3 (two CEC) inputs. The 42-inch LT-42X899, 47-inch LT-47X899 and the 52-inch LT-52X899 are all available now, priced at $1999.99, $2599.99, and $3699.99 respectively.
Finally, next month JVC will release a line of 1.5-inch thin LCD TV's with built-in TV tuners. The line, part of the Procision Series, will only feature a couple of models-the 42-inch LT-42SL89 and 46-inch LT-46SL89. Both sets features 1080p resolution, a CCFL backlight 40% smaller than the conventional LCD backlight, and only consume 145 Watts of power. Both will hit shelves next month for $1899.99 and $2399.99 respectively.
Sony claims their latest BRAVIA 32-inch LCD flat panel is the greenest of all green 32-inch LCD TV's. The new BRAVIA KDL-32J1 uses only about two-thirds of the power a similar screen would use, culminating in a 70% savings in energy use over the course of a year. It's done using more efficient fluorescent backlights and screen filters that allow more existing light to pass so less tubes are needed to create the same level of brightness as a similar LCD set. Interestingly, the KDL-32J1 is also made of predominantly recycled materials including leftover plastic, styrofoam, and optical film, making the new Sony set almost completely recyclable once its life is over.
As for specs, the Sony KDL-32J1 features 720p resolution, a 2500:1 contrast ratio, 24p True Cinema, analog and digital terrestrial tuners, a couple of both HDMI and component video ports among others, and both pink and silver color options. This LCD set will hit Japan first of course, on July 25, priced at 150, 000 Yen. This would be a ridiculously expensive set if were ever to hit the US at this price--it's equivalent to about $1390 is US currency.
Sony Europe's announced the Sony Bravia S4000 series, available in 26-, 32-, 37-, and 40-inch screen sizes. All of the new Bravia LCD's feature Sony's 'draw the LINE" design concept, using a simple piano black design that's meant to emphasize what's on the screen rather than what's around it, and all sets come with a swivel base so you can easily view the S4000 from anywhere in the room. The S4000 sets up to, and including, the 37-inch model are HD-Ready, have an DVB-C/DVB-T tuner for pulling in standard-def TV broadcasts, feature Bravia Theater Sync for one remote button whole home theater control, Bravia Engine processing and 3 HDMI slots for plugging in all your HD gear. The flagship 40-inch model is a full HD 1080p set, with 33000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, Bravia Engine 2 processing, an integrated standard-def tuner, Bravia Theater Sync, Bravia Sync for on-screen control of devices such as Sony's Handycam connected to the set via HDMI, 24p True Cinema, and 3 HDMI ports.
The first time you caught a glimpse of Hitachi's 1.5 UltraThin line of LCD TV's, they were headed for shelves in Japan. In early May, we were thrilled to hear that the 1.5 family was hitting the US this summer and Hitachi has now confirmed this, releasing an availability and price schedule for the new UltraThin lineup.
Only 1.5-inches thin as you may have guessed, the UltraThin line will be available in 32-, 37-, 42-, and 47-inch sizes and broken into two categories--the Director's Series and the UltraVision-V Series. A few of the models have already seen their release dates, but here is the info for this summer's upcoming releases:
UT47X902--47-inch, 1080p, 120Hz Reel120, $4699 in September
UT32X812--32-inch, 720p, 120Hz Reel120, $2299 in August
UT47V702--47-inch, 1080p, 120Hz Reel120, $4499 in September
UT42V702--42-inch, 1080p, 120Hz Reel120, $3499 in July
UT37V702--37-inch, 1080p, 120Hz Reel120, $2799 in July
UT32V502/UT32V502W--32-inch, 720p, 120Hz Reel120, $2099 in August
UT32A302/UT32A302W--32-inch, 720p, 60Hz, $1799 in August
We've been anxiously waiting for Sharp to bring its 108-inch LCD TV to the Japanese market for a while now and we can finally breath; the wait is over. Sharp is now accepting commercial orders for the world's largest LCD TV, the LB-1085, with its first delivery scheduled for June 19 to Shinjuku Piccadilly, one of Toyko's hottest multiplexes. It'll look down from the 3rd floor of the theater's open lobby so those on the first floor can view movie trailers and ads, and impressively, is bright enough to display an ultraclear picture down three floors in an area filled with exterior light.
The Sharp LB-1085 features a 108-ASV widescreen 1080p LCD panel, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 1200:1 contrast ratio, 6 ms response, and a 176 degree viewing angle. The massive 430 pound behemoth utilizes a fanless design and is looking blessed connectivity-wise with 3 HDMI, 1 DVI-I, 2 component, 1 S-video, 2 composite, 4 RCA analog auido, and 1 Stereo-mini slots. Although the set is built-to-order contract by contract, Sharp has set an expected price of around 11 million Yen for the LB-1085, equivalent to a little over $101, 000 in the United States. Wow!
If you like a little bling in your home theater and you live in Korea, set your eyes on LG's Canvas Crystal X, aka 47LB90FD, a 47-inch LCD TV featuring 1080p resolution, 50000:1 contrast ratio and a base studded with 1000 Swarovski crystals. Now you may be thinking this set is ridiculously expensive, being laden with crystals and all, but Swarovski crystals are really just pieces of glass with high lead content, so first of all they don't really contribute to a ridiculous price, and second of all, you'll want to make sure the young 'uns don't swallow these. The set also features EyeQ which automatically adjusts the screen's brightness according to the surrounding ambient lighting conditions and costs the equivalent of about $3200 US. Of course, there's no telling if we'll ever see it in the US.
You'll easily spend well over $2000 at best for the latest 52-inch models from names like Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony and you'll probably find your purchase well worth the money. But some are touting the Westinghouse TX-52F480S 52-inch LCD set as dishing out the best bang for your buck. Not only is it stylish with a glossy black bezel and 6-inch thin design, the Westinghouse and its 1920 x 1080 pixels display remarkable picture clarity, aside from the need to tweak the green a little bit. Plus if you have a ton of home theater gadgets, the TX-52F480S has 4 HDMI slots and a couple of component video inputs so you should have no problem hooking everything up. Once hooked up, the set auto-switches to whatever device you turn on so you're not constantly having to fiddle with inputs using the remote. And for the treehuggers amongst you's, the set has an energy saving feature that consumes less than one Watt of energy when in standby or turned off.
If you happen to be in Vegas between June 18-20, consider checking out Philips' 52-inch 3D display at the InfoComm conference. Perfect for gamers, the 3D display requires non of those pesky glasses thanks to its auto-stereoscopic WOWvx technology and the LCD screen features full 1080p resolution, 700 cd/m2 brightness, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and a 8 ms response time. Look for it to hit the market sometime in the fourth quarter of 2008.
There has been huge interest in Sony's Bravia XBR lines we first told you about back in mid-April, so a lot of people will be happy to know that Sony has announced 7 more models will hit the XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8 lines this fall. The XBR6 line will now get 40-, 46-, and 52-inch models, all featuring 1080p resolution, a bottom speaker, and a floating-glass design. The XBR7 line will now feature a 40-inch model and a whopping 70-inch model; both feature 1080p resolution, 10 bit processing, a 10 bit panel, a CCFL backlight, 120Hz refresh and Advanced Contrast Enhancer circuitry. The XBR8 series will feature two new models, one 46-inches and the other 55-inches. Both feature Sony's Triluminos three-color LED backlight with local dimming, a 10 bit processor and panel, 120Hz refresh, 1080p resolution, and a bunch of other high-end features that you can read more about in the press release after the jump.