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July 14, 2009

ASUS enters the HDTV market with the TV Monitor T1 Series (Europe only)

asus-t1.jpgASUS seems to have a foot in every consumer electronics market these days--including televisions. The company announced the TV Monitor T1 Series yesterday, a line of 1080p HDTVs/computer monitors available in 22- (22T1E), 24- (24T1E) and 27-inch (27T1E) display sizes. Specs include a 20, 000:1 contrast ratio, 5 millisecond response time, 300 nits of brightness, dual 7-Watt speakers, and a built-in digital TV tuner (DVB-T for Europe). Ports include a pair of HDMI, composite, component, VGA, S-video and a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack. As for pricing and a release date, ASUS hasn't spilled the beans yet, nor has the company said if an NTSC version will hit North America in the near future.


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July 13, 2009

LCD specifications are a load of crap, says study

bad-viewing-angle.jpgDisplayMate Technologies, in collaboration with Insight Media, have just released the results of a new study revealing that LCD specifications are nothing but a load of crap. Really.

The study pitted top 2008 Sony, Samsung and Sharp LCD HDTVs against a Panasonic plasma, and not surprisingly the plasma set outperformed all LCDs. This is notable because plasma is looking to be on the way out. Most new HDTV buyers are opting for lower-cost LCD sets.

A couple of the most interesting test results have to do with viewing angles and contrast ratio. Pretty well all new HDTVs these days come with manufacturers claiming a 176 viewing angle. But the test results revealed that picture quality on LCD sets deteriorates at 10 degrees (roughly the width of a person from center) and falls all the way to 50% for a person sitting at a 45 degree angle. In essence, everyone watching the same LCD TV is seeing a very different picture. The Panasonic plasma, on the other hand, didn't have a distinguishable decrease in picture quality until a 45 degree viewing angle was reached.

The same goes for contrast ratios. These days we see incredible dynamic contrast ratios of 1, 000, 000:1 and even 2, 000, 000:1. The study revealed static contrast ratios of 1000:1 and 2000:1 for all of the tested LCD HDTVs. The plasma set reached 3842:1.

This is just one study of course. But it just goes to show that specs don't mean everything and despite its cost, plasma appears to still be the superior technology--unless you're watching TV in direct sunlight. LCD's higher brightness helps in that regard!


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July 11, 2009

LG's 47-inch LH90 LED HDTV reviewed: LG's best ever, one of the best HDTVs on the market

lg47lh90.jpgCNET's latest HDTV review concerns the 47-inch LG LH90 LCD TV and not only is the set dubbed LG's best ever, but it's also honored as being one of the top performing LCD TV's on the market today. The depth of its black levels and its shadow detail rival most plasma sets around, something we don't see from an LCD TV very often. Furthermore, CNET says that the 47LH90 boasts excellent color accuracy thanks to tons of picture controls, excellent performance in bright light due to a matte finish screen, not to mention 4 HDMI slots.

On the downside are the sets lack of interactive features, a missing S-video slot, some overlap between anti-blur and dejudder processing, and of course the lack of discernible performance difference between its 240 Hz frame rate and those sets with a 120 Hz speed.

Overall, CNET gave the 47LH90 a 4 out of 5, honored it with a power saver award, and said that "despite a few flaws it's a worthy member of the flat-panel elite." LG's other LH90 models come in 42- and 55-inch display sizes and would perform identically. Moreover, LG's LH55 series shares many features with the LH90 line ensuring those sets would perform similarly.

LG 47-inch LH90 LCD HDTV

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July 9, 2009

Sony BRAVIA HDTVs the latest to get Netflix streaming

netflix_logo.gifNetflix this morning announced that Sony is its latest partner in the instant movie streaming business. As of this fall, Sony BRAVIA internet-connected HDTVs and older BRAVIAs compatible with the Sony Internet video link will be able to access over 12, 000 Netflix flicks directly from their high-def TVs. As Engadget points out though, it's disappointing that the Playstation 3 isn't included in this deal. In the future maybe?

The Netflix-Sony partnership is the latest in a line of recent partnerships with electronics companies. Other Netflix partners include Microsoft, Roku, LG, TiVo, Samsung and Vizio.


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July 8, 2009

Sharp intros AQUOS LE700 LED series

sharp-52.jpgSharp has announced its latest AQUOS LCD HDTVs for the United States--the 52-inch LC-52LE700UN, the 46-inch LC-46LE700UN, the 40-inch LC-40E700UN and the 32-inch LC-32LE700UN. Strangely, Sharp opted out of using local-dimming LEDs for these models. The key features of the LE700 AQUOS LED series include:

  • 10-bit 1080p X-Gen LCD panel
  • UltraBrilliant LED backlighting
  • 2, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • dejudder on the 46- and 52-inch models
  • 120 Hz frame rate
  • 4 millisecond response time
  • 176 degree viewing angle
  • AQUOS Net internet connectivity
  • 4 x HDMI v1.3 with Deep Color
  • 2 x component inputs
  • 1 x RS232C
  • 1 x USB
  • AQUOS Link (one remote HDMI synchronization)
  • Energy Star 3.0 certified

The four LE700 AQUOS models are available this month, from largest to smallest priced at $2799.99, $2199.99, $1699.99 and $1099.99, respectively.


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July 6, 2009

Samsung XL2370 LED monitor sports 5 million:1 contrast ratio, "finger-slim" design

xl2370.jpgGeez, even Samsung's computer monitors are beginning to rival second-tier manufacturers' full blown HDTVs. The just-announced XL2370, which seems like it should be 23-inches in size, is claimed to have a 5 million: 1 contrast ratio, 2 millisecond response time and 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Furthermore, it has a "finger-slim" design (to what number that equates isn't mentioned in the press release), "Starlight Touch Controls", and the Touch of Color bezel which reflects less light and is also easier to recycle given its lack of harmful constituents. As for price, I'm not entirely sure about that either, though the XL2370 is due to ship in Korea this month, and Europe and other countries in August.


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July 1, 2009

Philips finally prices 56-inch Cinema 21:9 HDTV

philipscinema219.jpgWe mentioned a rumored price for the Philips Cinema 21:9 way back when, but at the time we also heard a supposed June release date. That's come and gone and now a new price has officially been announced. Once converted from euros, the price will equate to roughly US$7400. The set, which will ship in the UK at some point, is the first to feature the 21:9 aspect ratio, enabling it to playback movies shot in widescreen format without those annoying horizontal black bars. Philips also manages to fit 8.3 million pixels on the 56-inch display, as far as I know the most ever for an HDTV. Unfortunately though, there isn't any indication the Cinema will ship to North America.


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June 26, 2009

Cello Electronics HDTV line records Freeview TV OTA to SD cards

cello-pvr-television-records-sd-card.jpgNow that is interesting. A British LCD TV company named Cello Electronics has announced the world's first HDTV that records directly to SD cards. Unfortunately for us in North America, it's only headed for the European market at the moment. The set, available in 22-, 26- and 32-inch screen sizes, records over-the-air Freeview TV to an SD card making it easy to transfer content for viewing on your laptop or netbook. Moreover, the HDTV has dual SD slots and two TV tuners so you can record two channels at once. Known specs are minimal at this time, but it is known that the set has a remote-controlled EPG, 1440 x 900 resolution, but unfortunately no HDMI slots.

Shipping in July under the Soundwave brand, the Cello Electronics HDTV will be priced at TBA, £399.99 and £469.99, in order of size mentioned above.


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June 24, 2009

JVC intros 32-inch LED-backlit LT-32WX50 with a whopping huge price tag

JVC-ledbacklight.jpgOk, so maybe JVC isn't renowned for rolling out the most reliable HDTVs on the market, but personally I think the company is kicking out some pretty cool stuff in 2009. At CEDIA UK this week, JVC announced the LT-32WX50, its 32-inch debut in the LED backlighting market. The new LCD is notable for its minimalist 7 millimeter thickness and 5 kilogram mass. It also sports some half decent specifications including a 1080p panel, 100 Hz frame rate, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 90% Adobe RGB color space, a pair of HDMI ports, a PC port, and both SD and USB slots. JVC has a trick up its sleeve with its target market for the LT-32WX50 though. Because it's aiming the set at the post-production market (and though it has consumer market hopes), JVC can, or at least try to, charge a ridiculously high price. When the set goes on sale in the UK come October or November, it'll cost a big £1,900. In the US that equates to $3147--for a 32-inch television.


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June 23, 2009

Vizio outs fall XVT family with new internet content, 240 Hz SPS

vizio-connected.jpgVizio barely got its spring HDTV line out the factory gates before it announced its fall 2009 line this morning. The internet-connected SV422XVT, SV472XVT and VF552XVT are sized 42-, 47- and 55-inches, respectively. The trio features 1080p resolution panels, 240 Hz SPS (scenes per second) and Smooth Motion technology. The larger two models also feature TruLED backlighting with Smart Dimming, while the two smallest feature 4 HDMI slots and the largest 5 HDMI ports. The Vizio HDTVs also have new content thanks to recent partnerships. Widget functionality over 802.11n LAN or Ethernet now includes Amazon Video On Demand, Blockbuster On Demand, Rhapsody, Vudu, Revision3, Twitter, Faceibook, Netflix, Flickr, Pandora and more. The 42-, 47- and 55-inch Vizio XVT Connected HDTVs will ship in November, October and December priced at $1199.99, $1699.99 and $2199.99, respectively.

Vizio will also be launching a pair of 120 Hz Thin Line XVTs in September, sized 32- and 37-inches. They'll be priced at $749.99 and $849.99, respectively.

Read--New Vizio XVT HDTVs announced
Read--Vizio and Rhapsody partnership announcement
Read--Vizio announces new content partners

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