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Panasonic Viera SV-ME70, SV-ME75 5-Inch Waterproof LCD TV's For Bathtub Primetime

panasonic_lcd_2(2).jpgSome people can't get enough of the bathtub, my wife included, and that's why the Panasonic Viera SV-ME70 would make the perfect gift for her. The SV-ME70 is a miniature 5-inch LCD TV, available in both white and pink, that is completely waterproof. Splash it or drop it in the tub and you have nothing to fear; in fact, you can even watch TV underwater if you want. A built-in lithium ion battery, fully charged, is good for a full 2 hours and 30 minutes of in-bathtub television viewing, definitely enough to get you good and wrinkly. Panasonic has a companion mini-LCD TV for the SV-ME70, this one dubbed the SV-ME75, but the only difference is the SV-ME75 comes with a 1GB SD card slot where you can plug in an SD card for up to 30 minutes of video recording. Hitting Japanese stores June 20, the SV-ME70 will retail for US$380, while the SV-ME75 will make a US$450 dent in your bank account.

Via newlaunches

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The World's Largest 3D LCD Display Hits 65-Inches, From VMJ And Sharp

65sh.jpgVMJ, Inc., a Japan-based company only launched in February will be mass producing a 65-inch 3D LCD display for commercial applications. This one won't require any pesky glasses to see the 3-dimensional picture, which is kind of a must given that the display will be located in public places. Ever been in an airport full of people wearing 3D glasses?

The 3D image is produced using Parallax barrier technology, developed by Sharp, that easily enables the picture to switch from 2D to 3D and back. When in 3D mode, the picture is filtered through the Parallax barrier sending to unique images to your right eye and left eye. These differing images give the picture its 3D effect, sans funny looking glasses. What about specs? 65-inch LCD widescreen, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 6ms response time, and DVI-D Digital / Analog RGB input signals.

Exactly how much the VMJ 3D display will cost we don't know. We do know it's the world's largest 3D display so far, and even more impressive is the fact that VMJ is producing other 3D screen sizes as well. Aside from the 65-incher, other screen sizes run all the way from 8.4-inches to 40-inches.

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June 3, 2008

Philips 42PFL5603D 42-Inch LCD TV: Energy Efficiency At The Expense Of Picture Quality

philips-eco.jpgIf you think back to CES 2008, you may remember the Philips ECO FlatTV, awarded the top TV of the show ahead of Panasonic's giant 150-inch plasma and an impressive display of OLED TV's from Sony and Samsung. Technically known as the Philips 42PFL5603D, the 42-inch flatscreen LCD underwent some testing over at CNET and is actually the most energy-efficient flat-panel display they've ever tested. And while that's impressive, and possibly the most important feature for the growing treehugger crowd out there, the Philips ECO TV has its share of picture quality issues. Black levels are best described as "light", the set's energy saving mode causing all kinds of black level fluctuations, dark areas tend toward blue, dejudder processing brings artifacts to the screen, and the off-angle viewing isn't so great. Verdict: buy the Philips 42PFL5603D 42-inch LCD TV if your home theater interests lie with saving the earth or perhaps money on your energy bill, but if you're looking for a high-quality home theater experience this probably isn't the set for you.

Via CNET

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June 2, 2008

LG's Xcanvas David LED LCD TV: An Quick Update On The Enigmatic Scarlet

20080602145140653(2).jpgAnother LCD TV from LG's Xcanvas line has hit the Korean market. The LG Xcanvas David LED, model 47LG90QD, is a surprisingly quick update to the Scarlet and its huge advertising campaign, improving the response time to a lightning quick 2 ms and sporting 1, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The 47-inch LCD set features a 120Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution, and uses an Aurora LED backlight with eyeQGreen to not only enhance the set's brightness picture quality, but to also reduce its energy consumption by up to 70%. Following the unique design trend of other Xcanvas models, the David has a wood grain pattern on the front panel which hides invisible speakers from Mark Levinson. The David would easily hook up to all your HD home theater components with a full four HDMI ports. If you happen to be hanging around Korea, the LG Xcanvas David will set you back 4 million KRW, or about US$3912.

Via Aving

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May 31, 2008

Pantel's Launching 20-, 52-, And 65-Inch PAN Series Outdoor LCD TV's, All Featuing Monster Price Tags

pantel-65.jpgIf you found those Pantel Outdoor LCD TV's we told you about a couple of months back kinda interesting, but weren't too thrilled with the sole 32- and 42-inch size offerings, maybe this'll pique your interest a little more. Pantel has just launched three more sizes: a 20-inch PAN-200 priced at $2999, a 52-inch PAN-520 priced at $9999, and finally a monster 65-inch PAN-650 that comes with an even-more-monster price tag of $25999 (this one's a special order). The huge price tags are paying for the outdoor, weatherproof convenience of these high-def LCD sets more than anything because the specs aren't anything extraordinary. The PAN-200 features 720p resolution, a 700:1 contrast ratio and a 16:9 aspect ratio, while the larger PAN-520 and PAN-650 can boast 1080p resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and 16:9 aspect ratio. Oh, and of course an included waterproof/weatherproof remote. The tech spec that should really be highlighted, but is really a must for outdoor HDTV's is the included 802.11a wireless package which will catch audio and video streams from up to 150 feet away.

Via Electronic House

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May 29, 2008

Westinghouse VK-40F580D 40-Inch LCD TV Tries Integrating A Front-Loading DVD Player

westinghouse.jpgOne way to stand out in the highly competitive HDTV market is to integrate a DVD player into a 40-inch display, and that's exactly what Westinghouse does with their latest model. The Westinghouse VK-40F580D is a 40-inch LCD display with a front-loading DVD slot, conveniently eliminating one box from your home theater setup. We've seen TV's integrated with DVD players before, but never in a 40-inch display with the latest LCD technologies. The VK-40F580D also boasts 1080p resolution and a "Spinedesign" which places all the connection ports on one side of the set for easy access. If you're hoping this Westinghouse will upscale standard-def DVD's though, you're out of luck because it won't and for the $1149 price tag, you'll probably pay less for a separate 40-inch LCD set and DVD player of higher quality.

Via Crave

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May 27, 2008

Economic Worries Be Damned, Large-Sized LCD Panel Growth Expected To Be Huge In 2008

sony_lcd_tv_europe_production_factory-thumb(2).jpgAn oversupply of large-sized LCD panels that began in November 2007 widely attributed to global economic worries doesn't look to be a concern any longer as research firm iSuppli is forecasting a 17.7% growth in large-size LCD panel unit shipments in 2008. Shipments in the first quarter only decreased 2.8% (WitsView says 9.9%) compared to the fourth quarter of 2007, not much of a drop considering the first quarter after the holiday season is generally slow. And thanks to this summer's Beijing Olympic Games demand is currently pretty high and demand is expected to continue: panel suppliers are throwing $17 billion this year into building next-gen LCD manufacturing lines.

Via Tech-On

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May 26, 2008

Dai Nippon Printing Build New Plant To Crank Out More LCD TV Color Filters For IPS Alpha Technology

rogo.gifWith LCD TV demand only supposed to get stronger, Dai Nippon Printing will be opening a new manufacturing plant in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture in 2010 that will produce color filters for LCD TV's. The filters will be produced for IPS Alpha Technology, an LCD TV-making branch of Matshushita and Hitachi. In fact, the new Dai Nippon plant will be built right next to an under-construction IPS plant in Himeji.

Via Kyodo News

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May 23, 2008

6G LCD Panel Production Getting A Boost Right Past 5G Production Volume In 2009

LGPhillips+factory_1049_18324064_0_0_6000542_300.jpg6G LCD panel production will move beyond 5G in 2009 according to manufacturers. What's the difference? 6G production methods can economically produce panels of different sizes. When it comes to LCD TV panels the most popular sizes are 26-, 32-, 37, and 65-inch panels whereas LCD monitors tend to be produced in 15.6-, 18.5-, 21.5- and 21.6-inch widescreen sizes. Currently 6G lines produce about 1.7 million square meter of LCD glass substrate per month, while 5 G lines are sitting at 2.1 million square meters produced monthly. But with companies such as LG Display, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, and Innolux Display aldl expanding their 6G lines next year, 6G lines will see an output boost to 2.2 million square meters per month surpassing 5G lines in production volumes.

Via Digitimes

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May 22, 2008

Samsung, LG Swallow Competitive Pride, Launch LCD TV Panel Purchasing Partnership

5-8-08-ln52a750(2).jpgDespite being each other's biggest competitor, Samsung and LG Electronics, the world's number one and two manufacturers of LCD panels have agreed to a cross-purchasing deal for LCD TV panels. Samsung will buy 37-inch panels manufactured by LG Display, a subsidiary of LG Electronics, while LG will acquire 52-inch panels from Samsung. The two Korean companies, who will also buy LCD modules and cells from each other, previously had acquired both of the panel sizes from Taiwanese manufacturers. But with digital TV profit margins beginning to thin, the two companies now have to swallow their pride to benefit their respective bottom line. They expect to have all the details hammered out by July.

Via Engadget HD

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