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January 6, 2010

Samsung 2010 LED HDTVs include 3D processing, Samsung Apps

LED9000.jpgSamsung announced at CES 2010 today its new line of LED HDTVs, a swath of them ranging from 19- to 65-inches in size. Split between the 6500, 7000, 8000 and the premium 9000 families, the Samsung 2010 LED line includes 3D processing and playback and auto-conversion technology that flips 2D television to 3D in real-time. Internet@TV, the web-connected content features of last year's LED family is back with the addition of Samsung Apps, a provider of applications similar to Apple's App Store. Other features common to Samsung LED family include physical design enhancements with a new Mystic Earth Touch of Color and a touchscreen remote interfaced with an onboard interface.
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Toshiba outs 55- and 65-inch 3D Cell TVs; 3 3D playing, web connected Blu-ray players

toshiba-zx900-cell-tv.jpgToshiba's showing at CES 2010 in Las Vegas today was impressive. The company announced the Genesis ZX900 Cell TV line with 55- and 65-inch models, and three new Blu-ray players. All of Toshiba's new gadgets are 3D playback compatible.

The ZX900 line uses Toshiba's Cell Broadband Engine (like the one in the Playstation 3) which, Toshiba claims, features 143 times more processing power than other TVs on the market. Combined with Kira2 LED panel technology, Net+ Resolution with Compression Noise Canceling, AutoView RGB powered by an ambient light sensor, and a few more proprietary company technologies, the ZX900 line has the "best possible picture in any lighting condition."

Other features include 802.11n Wi-Fi, Wireless HD (enabling the set to connect to a separate set-top box eliminating wire clutter), a ClearScan 480 Hz frame rate, 3D playback, a built-in Blu-ray player, a 1 TB HDD for content storage, and Net TV streaming including content from Vudu, Pandora, CinemaNow and Netflix.

The sets are expected to ship with a brushed black aluminum bezel sometime in 2010 for an undisclosed price. There is also an Illusion line that will include 46-, 55- and 62-inch models available later in 2010.

Toshiba's new Blu-ray offerings include the BDX2500, BDX2700 and BDX3000. All three are capable of playing back 3D content and have internet access with streaming support for services such as Vudu. Other common features include 1080p/24fps playback, BD Live, and onboard decoding for Dolby True HD or DTS Master audio through analog 7.1 channel outputs or HDMI. The BDX2500 will be "wireless ready" via an optional USB wireless dongle. The BDX2700 includes built-in wireless connectivity out of the box and the BDX3000 "features a fresh new design, 3D capabilities and a wide range of added features, with details to follow closer to launch date."

The BDX2500 and BDX2700 will ship in spring 2010 priced at $199.99 and $249.99, respectively. The BDX3000 is expected to ship in the third quarter.

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December 21, 2009

LG goes super-thin with a 42-inch, 2.6 mm thick LCD HDTV!

LG-worlds-thinnest-lcd-tv-panel.jpgLG Display released an ultra-thin 5.9 millimeter LCD panel back in May of this year, and while that was impressive, it's positively thick compared to the 2.6 millimeter panel it claims it has now created. The panel measures 42-inches, weighs less than 4 kilograms (making it ideal for wall-mounting), sports a 120 Hz refresh rate, and uses an edge-lit LED backlighting system and optical film technology to bring the thickness down. The 1080p panel will be on display at CES 2010 in Las Vegas next month.

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December 5, 2009

32-inch Sharp LC-32D47UT LCD HDTV reviewed

sharp-32d47ut.jpgMost home theater fanatics probably aren't all that interested in a 32-inch HDTV. Not only is the picture resolution, etc. less obviously better or worse on smaller screens, but bigger just tends to be plain ol' better. If you happen to be looking for something smaller, however, whether it be for a bedroom or other secondary viewing area, CNET says the 32-inch Sharp LC-32D47UT should be a possibility on your shopping list. Why? Not because of an extraordinary picture quality. In fact, compared to most entry-level LCD HDTVs, the D47UT could probably use some spicing up. But three HDMI inputs, two component video, and a PC input provide plenty of connectivity, and the black levels and energy efficiency are both worth mentioning as well. Plus, with a price tag of $390 you can't really complain about the dollars you're shelling out either.

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December 3, 2009

LG outs monitor with both 3D and 1080p

lg3d.jpgIt's unlikely the 23-inch LG LM230WF4 computer monitor will be available for sale in North America anytime soon, but it's still worth mentioning because it is the first of its kind to offer both 3D capability and 1080p resolution in the same LCD panel. Using a 3D controller and copper bus line, the LM230WF4 show both 3D and 2D images, has 400 cd/m2 brightness, a 3 millisecond response time, and 1000:1 contrast ratio. As with most 3D technologies in these early days, this LG monitor requires shutter glasses. No word on when and if the LG LM230WF4 will ship, and if so, for how much.

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November 16, 2009

Vizio's 32-inch VO320E LCD HDTV gets reviewed

vizio-32eco.jpgIt's not too often that we see 32-inch HDTVs being reviewed these days, but CNET has a review of the 32-inch Vizio VO320E thanks to its "Eco" tag because it exceeds the Energy Star standard by more than 15 percent. Interestingly, despite the fact the set is fairly energy-efficient, it really doesn't out do other LCDs on the market by much. Where it does shine is its picture quality which you'll get for a low, low price. Just $360 and change. You can read the entire review here.

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November 11, 2009

55-inch BeoVision 7 HDTV with built-in Blu-ray announced

beovision7.jpgBang & Olufsen today launched the largest BeoVision 7 HDTV yet available -- 55 inches large. The set adds in 120 Hz motion refresh and a built-in Blu-ray player with digital surround sound. The new BeoVision 7 also features LED locally dimming backlighting, two three-way bass reflex speakers, six integrated 125W ICEpower amplifiers, a center speaker, and a motorized floor stand. The set can also be mounted. Color options available include natural aluminum, black, blue, dark grey and red and the price tag runs a high $18700.

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November 9, 2009

Sony's eco-friendly 46-inch VE5 LCD HDTV gets reviewed

sony-ve5.jpgWhether or not a company produces a product with any green benefits, spin doctoring the product's respective marketing material to make it seem that way seems to be a must. Though I think many, many consumer electronics products out there today boasting "eco-friendliness" are anything but. Sony's KDL-46VE5 LCD HDTV sports the eco-friendly tag, yet according to CNET, the set is in fact energy efficient and performs well from a quality picture perspective.

The set has a presence sensor which detects a viewer in front of it. When the viewer leaves, the TV set automatically shuts off. Novel, and a reason to up the price, but I'd imagine the feature does save quite a bit of energy. Other positive features according to the reviewers include "relatively deep black levels", solid standard mode dejudder processing, plenty of connectivity options and picture controls. Not so great features include bluish-tinged dark areas, expensive price, and dejudder-dependent antiblur.

CNET ended up giving the 46-inch LCD set a 3.5 out of 5 and a "Good" energy rating.

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October 6, 2009

56-inch quad-HD Sony LCD HDTV announced for Japan

sony-4k.jpgIt's official. Japan gets all the cool stuff folks. Sony Japan announced today the TRIMASTER SRM-L560, a 56-inch quad-HD LCD HDTV. The unit sports 3840 × 2160 resolution via a 10-bit RGB LED backlit panel among many other features worthy of a ridiculously high price tag. It also includes "SRM Manager" software which allows owners to adjust color temperature and other pictures controls using a WIndows-powered PC. Coming to Japan November 1, the Sony TRIMASTER SRM-L560 will cost 6,825,000 yen, the equivalent of US$76583.

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October 5, 2009

Toshiba 55-inch X1 packs a 3 TB hard drive, records 8 channels at once

toshiba-55x1.jpgI hear Toshiba CELL REGZA 55X1 and the first thought that pops into my mind is WOW! The 55-inch LED-backlit set, announced in Japan, utilizes Toshiba's proprietary Cell Platform--a combination of the Cell Broadband Engine and Toshiba's image processing algorithms. Toshiba claims the technology enables the 55X1, which is mounted on a 3 TB hard disk drive, to provide a brightness rating of 1250 cd/m2, a dynamic contrast ratio of 5, 000, 000:1, and the capability to record up to 26 hours of programming from up to 8 channels--simultaneously. The 240 Hz 55X1 is shipping in Japan come the beginning of December, and is expected to reach the Americas in 2010. For a rather extravagant price, of course: $11, 115.

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