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February 22, 2008

Sony Will Buy LCD Panels From Sharp To Keep Up With Bravia Demand

www.reuters.com.jpgDemand for LCD TV's is expected to at least double by 2012 to 155 million units, and in anticipation the major display manufacturers are working hard at ramping up production. A source with knowledge of the flat-panel industry has said that Sony will be buying 40 inch LCD panels from Sharp Electronics in order to meet demand for their Bravia sets without making any huge investments in building new manufacturing plants. Sony is expected to begin purchasing from Sharp as early as the beginning of their new fiscal year, coming up in April with first year purchasing projections in the amount of 3-5 million units.

Sharp is currently building the world's largest LCD manufacturing plant, with a projected cost of $3.55 billion, and slated to be fully operational by March 2010.

Via Reuters

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Sony's Bravia F Series Features No-Hassle Installation, Great Features

sony1_2.jpgsony1_4.gifCheck out Sony's 27 mm-thin "wall-style" Bravia F series and easy-to-use remote, due out in Japan on March 25. The series features 3 models: the 32-inch KDL-32F1, the 40-inch KDL-40F1, and the 46-inch KDL-46F1. The two largest models feature full HD 1080p and the smallest 720p. All three models feature a 3000:1 contrast ratio, a 24p Cinema mode and a 120 Hz frame rate for true Bravia picture quality. All of the usual inputs are present including 3 HDMI, an ethernet port, phone jack, and a PC input. As with any digital TV, both analog and digital tuners are built into the sets.

As is the the trend in the newest HDTV's, an internet browser can be opened on the side of the screen while you watch TV, allowing you to check the weather, latest news, and even the latest deals on Yahoo! Auctions or Amazon Japan.

sony1_1.gifPerhaps the most interesting feature of the Bravia F series is the "wall-style" stand (SU-FL71M) sold separately, but created specifically for the inch thick displays. Japanese architecture makes wall installation of an LCD TV a real hassle, so Sony came up with the thin Bravia F series and wall stand as a way to make the television look as if it is built right into the wall, without the hassle of mounting or installation.

The Sony Bravia F series comes in two colors, either Black Sapphire or Silver, and will initially be released in Japan priced at the equivalent of US$1850 for the KDL-32F1, $2700 for the KDL-40F1, and $3700 for the KDL-46F1.

Via AV Watch

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February 17, 2008

LG's Xcanvas Scarlett LCD TV Series Reduces Energy Consumption By 60%, Costs An Arm And Two Legs

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A new line of LCD TV's from LG Electronics is impressive. The Xcanvas "Scarlett" series features 5 new models ranging from 32 to 52 inches, colored black with (not entirely surprisingly) scarlet highlights. All of the models feature full 1080p resolution with the exception of the smallest model, 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 4ms response time, a 4 HDMI 1.3 ports. Making sure they're squarely on the green bandwagon, LG has also implemented an energy saving Green EYEQ feature that reduces power consumption by up to 60%. While you can pat yourself on the back for doing your part to save energy with the Scarlett series and undoubtedly would see savings on your electric bill, you can bet the prices of the 5 new models will offset any savings. The 32 inch 32LG60D rings in at the equivalent of US$1534, the 37 inch 37LG60FD at US$2010, the 42 inch 42LG60FD at US$2540, the 47 inch 47LG60FD at US$4233, and the 52 inch 52LG60FD at a whopping US$5291! Don't expect to pay this much anytime soon in the United States though; the Scarlett series is a Korea-only release for the time being.

Via LG Electronics Korea

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February 7, 2008

Sony's XDV-D500 And XDV-G200 Bravia TV's: The Truly Portable Bravia's

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Now for a truly portable Sony Bravia. Of course the truly portable will only be released in Japan, but these miniature Bravia's are just too cool to not tell you about. The XDV-D500 is a 3-inch (yes we mean the screen's diagonal measurement, not its thickness), 432x300 pixel Sony Bravia featuring a 500:1 contrast ratio, 160 degree viewing angle, 2 GB of internal storage equating to about 10 hours of recorded TV programming and an 8 hour battery life. The XDV-D500 will cost the equivalent of about $355 US, a large chunk of change for a 3-inch TV. But wait, they get smaller yet. The XDV-G200 features a 2-inch screen and identical features to the XDV-D500 minus the EPG and recording function, but adds an AM/FM radio. I don't think these mini Bravia's will be hopping the pond and entering the US market anytime soon, but one thing is for sure: with my history of losing cell phones, I don't think I'd be carrying around a 3-inch Sony Bravia in my pocket!

Via Engadget

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Sony Extends Bravia Lineup With New "Portable" Bravias

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Love your Sony Bravia so much you'd like to have a "portable" one? Sony is creating a new line of "portable" Bravia LCD's in the size range of 20 to 26 inches and will feature the famed Bravia engine, a TV tuner and 2 HDMI ports. So far there is no word on pricing or release dates, but we do know the knew Bravia line is slated for European release only at the moment. Really, they're not that special anyway. How portable is a 26 inch HDTV? Can you carry it with you on the bus? No. We'll let you know if it's expected to hit the United States anytime soon.

Via AVguide.com

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February 5, 2008

JVC LT-32LC305 HD-Ready LCD TV A Bore

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The latest HD-ready LCD from JVC's GENESSA lineup can now be had in Japan for 1250 Euros. The 32-inch LT-32LC305 HD-ready LCD TV is the latest release from JVC, featuring a 120 Hz "Twice Velocity GENESSA" panel with 1366x768 pixel resolution, 300cd/m2 brightness, MaxxAudio, an SD and SDHC card reader and 3 HDMI inputs. A rather boring offering we must say.

Via Akihabara News

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February 1, 2008

Sony Enters Digital Signage Market With The 52-Inch GXDL52H1 LCD Display

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Sony is getting its proverbial feet wet in the digital signage market with the announcement of the 52-inch GXDL52H1 Full HD LCD display, intended for use in shopping malls, railway stations, boardrooms, and even hospitals. The GXDL52H1 features full 1920x1080 resolution and is Sony's first full HD LCD display for the digital signage market. The display also has some unique features not typically seen in living room LCD's including heat management based on internal air circulation, which eliminates the need for ventilation holes, protecting the display from dust. The GXDL52H1also has a protective glass screen to protect the display from damage in busy consumer environments, and if need be can be replaced without taking the display off its mounting. Other features include an anti-failure backlight system, built-in and invisible speakers, and HDSDI compatibility.

Via Sony

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January 30, 2008

Asus Unveils 42 Inch Linux-Based LCD Eee TV For $200

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The Asus Eee PC family of low-cost computers will soon have an addition of interest to TV fans. The E-TV is a 42-inch LCD TV that will actually have the Linux operating system on board, allowing users to surf the web and check their email right from their TV. We've seen this before, but not at a price tag of no more than $200. No word on availability dates yet, but other additions are expected to be available by April or May, so it's reasonable to assume we'll see the E-TV in just a few months.

Via The Register

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January 29, 2008

Aquavision's 57-Inch AVF 57-4LCD Waterproof LCD TV Perfect For Lounging In The Bathtub, Swimming Pool

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Aquavision will be unveiling a 57-inch waterproof in-wall LCD television at Integrated Systems Europe 2008 (ISE), suitable for installation in bathrooms, sitting rooms, and even swimming pools. The Aquavision AVF 57-4LCD features full HD 1080p resolution, both analog and digital tuners, and a full supply of inputs including 2 HDMI ports, 1 component video, 1 S-video, and a PC input. The set also has an RS232 control port which enable it to be controlled from a compatible touch panel anywhere in the home. Also, because the AVF 57-4LCD can be seamlessly integrated into any wall, the set has a Mirrorvision finish, which turns the screen into a mirror when the set is turned off. Finally it comes with two remotes, one master and one waterproof in case you want to have it by your side when you're in the bathtub.

Via HiddenWires

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January 28, 2008

LCD TV: JVC Genessa Premium LH905 LCD Series To Hit Japanese Shelves

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JVC has announced the late February release of the Genessa Premium LH905 LCD TV series in Japan. Coming in 37-, 42-, and 47 inch sizes, all models of the LH905 series feature full 1080p resolution, 10-bit processing, and a 120 Hz frame rate resulting in a picture free of motion blur. JVC-specific features include a 32-bit Genessa CPU imaging engine, Real 36-bit RGB processing, a Real Bit Driver, Clear Motion NR-i technology, Real Color Creation, and x.v.Color support. Inputs include 3 HDMI 1.3 ports plus a generous amount of component, composite, D4, and S-video inputs. The three models are expected to be priced at 30 million JPY for the LT-37LH905, 40 million JPY for the LT-42LH905, and 50 million JPY for the LT-47LH905.

Via AV Watch

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