Looks like Olevia has some pretty awesome LCD TVs coming out. According to their press release:
Syntax-Brillian Corp. (Nasdaq: BRLC), a manufacturer and marketer of LCD and LCoS(TM) HDTVs and digital entertainment products, today announced the launch of a new line of cutting-edge LCD TVs under the company's award-winning Olevia brand.
The impressive new collection of Olevia LCD TVs -- consisting of the "3 Series," "5 Series" and "7 Series" -- features world-class technology, state-of-the-art image processing and video quality that far surpasses any comparably priced product in the market, and has been designed and engineered to elevate the Olevia brand to top-tier status among its peers. Led into the market by the Olevia 5 Series, Syntax-Brillian's latest line of TVs is the company's first complete product offering since the completion of its merger in late 2005.
"The new Olevia 3, 5 and 7 Series TVs feature the latest in video-processing technology and handpicked, state-of-the art components from world-class suppliers," said Vincent Sollitto, CEO of Syntax-Brillian. "Syntax-Brillian's expertise in TV technology, supply relationships and focus on quality in design and production have combined to create new Olevia LCD TVs that stand out as among the best in their class in the world."
What a deal. LCD TV prices keep getting lower and lower. If you would have told me a year ago that a 40" would be under 2500 bucks - I would have laughed in your face.
The sleekly styled, silver 40-inch Sony Bravia KDL40S2000 is packed with the latest high-performance video features, including a wide viewing angle, blazing fast 8ms response time (great for sports and action movies), and a wide color gamut backlight that provides more natural skin tones and highly accurate overall color reproduction. It also offers integrated HDTV capabilities (with an integrated ATSC tuner), digital HDMI video connectivity, and a bottom speaker design that helps save space. The thin profile of this Bravia TV accommodates VESA compliant mounting systems (separately available). The removable pedestal swivels 30 degrees left and right and also tilts forward 3 degrees and backward 8 degrees for additional placement flexibility.
While this is just a working concept right now, this is pretty cool:
Intel Monday revealed a laptop PC concept design in which the machine folds up with the screen facing away from the keypad and then slips into a docking station for use as a liquid crystal display (LCD) TV.
The docking station looks like a stand for an LCD TV and includes speakers on either side of the screen. Once the laptop is put in place, it transforms from a laptop PC into a television. Officials at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei said the design is not currently being developed as a product, as it’s only a concept aimed at generating new ideas.
Pretty cool idea. Imagine being able to take your TV with you wherever you go. We'll see if we can find some images of the laptop / LCD TV concept.
I guess the big downside is if you misplace it or it gets stolen, you lose both a laptop and TV all in one shot. What a bummer!
We know that the "who's got the biggest" war continues to go on with TV manufacturers, but here's a twist. Not only is Samsung showing an 82" LCD TV at CEBIT, but this baby has a built-in LED backlight. Now for those of you have ever watched an LCD know that TV watching angles can be an issue, especially in large rooms. Here's a brief clip of the press release:
Hanover, Germany - 9 March 2006 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leading producer of televisions worldwide, today unveils an 82” LCD TV with LED backlight - the world’s largest of its kind –at CeBIT 2006. This new model offers dramatically improved performance and viewing angle while decreasing thickness and power usage.
The 82” LCD TV with LED enlarges the color reproduction area by more than 33 percent compared to conventional LCD TVs. Dynamic Contrast technology, Samsung’s proprietary contrast enhancement technology, allows for a high contrast ratio of 7000:1. In addition, this 82” LCD TV with LED is a next-generation, environment-friendly product that does not use mercury.
This new model provides TV viewers with a clear view from virtually every viewing angle, solving a long-running problem with LCD screens. At the same time, it is thinner and consumes less power than other comparably-sized LCD TVs with an LED backlight. Moreover, Samsung’s exclusive LCD TV circuit technology eliminates the need for a cooling fan, which can pull dust into the TV and create noise.
No price on this, but if you got a room big enough for this monster, you probably have the money ability to get a second mortgage for this (don't you love when people make assumptions?).
At Samsung Press Center (Click the CEBIT 2006 button in the left sidebar)
Compare Prices:SamsungCompare Prices:HDTVImage Copyright Samsung
With all of the choices and new technologies, it's getting a lot harder to decide what type of TV to buy these days. That's why we try to offer you as buying advice and tips as we do. We recently ran across a really nice TV Buying Guide from Consumer Reports that starts out:
A lot has changed in the past few years, and you have more choices than ever. Our step-by-step guide contains the essential information you need to find the TV that best suits your preferences and your budget.
The tutorial covers these topics:
If you're in the market for a new TV, we highly recommend starting with this article at Consumer Reports.
It's just amazing how the prices on LCD TVs keep dropping. But before you run out and spend your hard earned money on a new LCD, you'll want to check out this article at LCD TV Buying Guide that breaks down LCDs for us:
Step 1: What exactly is a LCD TV?.
Step 2: How do LCD Televisions work?
Step 3: What are the advantages of LCD Televisions?
Step 4: What do you need to consider before you buy your LCD TV?
We mentioned the Sunbrite TV, the all-weather LCD TV before. We just wanted show you an image from SunbriteTV.com of the TV being doused with water. For $2700, I'll probably just cover my RCA in saran wrap. Should be fine right?
Sharp is once again announcing a bunch of LCD TVs in new giant - never seen before sizes. The new 57 inch Aquos HDTV with 1920x1080 pixel resolution is officially called the Sharp Aquos LC-57GE2. The Sharp Aquos LC-57GE2 features 1500:1 contrast ratio, 4ms response time and a 176 degrees view angle. Sharp will launch the Sharp Aquos LC-57GE2 on December 1st in Japan for 1,450,000 Yen (~$13,000). Not sure of the details here stateside, but it's only a matter of time before this beast swims over to our shores.