Wired Magazine conducted a test of the 47" Olevia 747i LCD TV and determined it may be worth trading your child in for one. The TV's video-processing chip fixed up the worst videos tested on it, the design is killer, and the functionality from a user's point of view is a piece of cake. This is an HDTV that's actually pretty simple to figure out. A sheet of glass covers the LCD panel protecting it, the sound was deemed to be excellent and the remote can control up to 7 different aspects of your home theater system from your DVD player to your set-top box. This baby sells for $2499 and Wired gave it a final score of 9 out of 10!
Continuing the "thin is in" trend, Hitachi has announced the Wooo UT Series LCD TV's, that at 35 mm thin are the thinnest LCD's currently in production. One of the reasons Hitachi was ability to achieve such a remarkable level of thinness is externalizing the tuner. It accompanies the TV, but is located outside of the box. The external tuner features 3 HDMI inputs, an iVDR recorder, an Ethernet slot and an SD/MMC slot. The television itself has one HDMI input, two built-in 6 watt speakers, and a wide-viewing angle making for a pleasureful viewing experience. The series will come in three sizes of 32", 37" and 42". Costing $2011, $2886, and $3760 respectively, the 37" and 42" models feature full 1080p HD resolution and the 32" model features a pixel resolution of 1366 x 768. How thin will we go!? Maybe something like this...
Unfortunately, the model will only be released in Japan at the moment, but should hit the US next year. No word yet if the above prices will carry-over to the States, but we doubt it! Oh, and one more thing, the girl in the picture above is NOT included with the TV!
AU Optronics has announced a trio of advanced commercialized LCD TV technologies to be showcased at FPD International 2007, from October 24 to October 26, in Yokohama Japan. The company will be showcasing its third generation of AMVA technology, a 20 mm TV module, and eco-TV LCD technology that reduces power consumption by up to 50%.
The AMVA technology uses new "bump-less" pixel design to bring a 5000:1 ultra-high static contrast ratio to the screen. Although the technology uses a CCFL backlight, rather than LED, by integrating optimized color resist and integrated backlight structure and optical film, dimmer performance will be enhanced.
Also, in keeping with the "thin is in" trend in HDTV, AUO has developed a new film combination design that keeps the original brightness while thinning the screen to 20 mm and maintaining the brightness of the backlight. The company plans to begin producing the ultra-thin panels beginning early in 2008.
Finally, showing a remarkable amount of corporate responsibility that will hopefully set a trend for other HDTV manufacturers, AUO has improved the CCFL backlight design to reduce power consumption by up to 50% while maintaining brightness and contrast ratio. The eco-LCD technology will start being mass produced early in 2008.
The Sony Bravia line of LCD TV's is extremely popular, but I wonder how many Bravia owners actually know how their TV works. Take a look at this video by Semiconductor Insights as they tear apart a $2700 Bravia and show you how it comes up with that amazing picture.
This one is definitely geared towards all the guys out there. Especially the ones that spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Introducing the Techvision W104, a 10.4 " LCD TV with built-in stereo sound that you can mount in your bathroom on a VESA bracket or directly on the wall. Not only is the TV waterproof but so is the remote, meaning you can lounge in the bathtub with a beer and cigar while watching the football game and have nothing to worry about. You don't have to worry about dropping the remote in the toilet either if that is where you prefer to do the majority of your viewing.
Motion blur has been an issue with LCD TV's since their inception into the marketplace. Over time though the problem has improved considerably as manufacturers have gradually developed a variety of solutions.
LCD TV's originally had a 60hz signal. In a nutshell, this means that they flipped through 60 still frames per second or one every 16.67 milliseconds. Because LCD's hold the frame for the full 16.67 milliseconds and have very little time to flip frames in between, your eye interprets this as blur, especially in fast moving scenes such as those you'd see in sports broadcasts or action-packed movies.
The first solution to this problem was introduced by Philips. Philips introduced a backlight technology that flashes off when the frame is flipped and then back on again for a split second, and then back off. By flashing the screen for only a moment and then having black in between frames, this fools your brain into interpreting the action as steady motion, thus solving the "sample-and-hold" problem described above. This is an oversimplistic explanation to be sure, but reasonable enough to illustrate the point. Philips' 42" ClearLCD models utilize this technology.
(Credit: Hitachi) Alternating Dark Frames
The next step on the part of manufacturers was to increase the refresh rate to 120hz or 120 frame-flips per second. The first method utilizing the 120hz refresh rate is to insert a black frame between every picture frame. This will reduce blurring in a similar fashion as the backlight as each frame is on the screen for less time.
(Credit: Sharp) Interpolated Frames
The next step was to outfit LCD models with processors that were able to interpolate a made-up frame between each 2 actual frames. This is a work-in-progress for most of the major manufacturers. Example of models using this method on the market right now are JVC's Clear Motion Drive series and Sharp's Fine Motion Advanced series.
JVC Compares 120hz And 180hz Refresh Rates
Now for the latest step. JVC introduced a 180hz LCD TV at the CEATEC conference in Japan. There hasn't been much in the way of information released about the model; just that it is a 768 line, 720p set and the "LCD panel predicts, produces and inserts 2 additional frames of images every second in a standard video stream at 60 fps".
We'll be watching for updates regarding this breakthrough for sure!
Thin is in for television display panels at the CEATEC 2007 conference in Chiba, Japan. Hitachi revealed the prototype of their New Style TV, a 32" LCD display that is a wafer-thin 0.75 inches thick, and will be ready to hit stores sometime in 2009.
Sony also debuted the XEL-1, a 3 mm thick OLED television, to bring in a new trend: thin is in!
Our recommendation is - don't. Buy a nice low table to put it on. But in the past we were totally into mounting our LCD TV flat on the wall. How to: Wall mounting a LCD or Plasma provides a pretty in depth analysis and experience with just how tough it is to mount an LCD TV. Remember - mounting something that weighs 50lbs on the wall is not trivial, but it can be done.
Before you tackle wall mounting a LCD or plasma, you need to ask yourself one question. Is this something best left to a professional installer? If you’re not sure then the answer is yes. I’m not implying that self installation is for everyone. If you doubt your abilities then by all means it’s worth hiring a professional. However if your reasonably competent with minor home improvement tasks and follow my instructions carefully, this shouldn’t offer you much trouble at all.
Fall football and TV viewing is upon us and so is the higher cost of electricity. Want to find out how 54 LCD TVs' compared to each other with power consumption, and help reduce your power bill and go a bit green? CNET has a very interesting set of charts showing you the cost of owning and operating an LCD TV. We really liked the "Basics of TV Power" article as well.