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LG's 240 Hz LH55 LCD line shipping in the United States today

lglh55-lg.jpgLG has started shipping its LH55 LCD HDTV line to the United States today. First debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the LH55 line features 1080p resolution, 80000:1 contrast ratio, ambient light sensors that adjust screen brightness depending on room lighting, and 4 HDMI-CEC connections. LG seems to be leaning on the 240 Hz refresh rate as a selling point. While it's technically twice as fast as the best 120 Hz sets on the market last year--and this year--there is some doubt that the human eye can really notice the improvement. So price comparisons would be wise. Available in 37-, 42-, 47-, and 55-inch varieties, the LH55 line is priced between $1400 and $2100 for the three smallest models, while the 55-incher's price is unavailable.

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May 22, 2009

Sharp outs 20-inch LC-20DX1 with built-in Blu-ray burner

sharpdx20w.jpgSharp has introduced the world's first 20-inch LCD HDTV with a built-in Blu-ray burner. The AQUOS DX or LC-20DX1 enables users to record digital TV onto BD-R/R DL and BD-RE/RE DL Blu-ray discs, and while it won't write DVDs, it will play them back with support for H.264 and MPEG-4 video. Sporting 720p resolution, the 20-inch AQUOS DX has 1500:1 contrast ratio, 450cd/m2 brightness, a pair of 5 Watt stereo speakers and a pair of HDMI slots. Other connections include a VGA, S-video, D4 or component, RCA, Ethernet and both audio and optical outputs. Shipping in Japan on June 20, the Sharp AQUOS DX will cost the equivalent of US$1590.

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Are LED-backlit LCD HDTVs worth the extra money?

samsung-series-7-7000-led-hdtvs-right.jpgWould you pay a premium price for an LED-backlit LCD TV? That seems to be the belief of certain HDTV manufacturers and the doubt of others. While LED TVs are expected to account for 2 million of the 120 million LCD TVs sold this year, and grow from a $163 million market in 2009 to a $1.4 billion market in 2012, not all manufacturers are pinning their hopes on LED backlights.

LG, for one, is entering the market cautiously, worried that consumers won't be willing to pay the price premiums. You see, while cold cathode fluorescent lamp or CCFL-lit LCD TVs continue to drastically drop in price, LED-based models are often between $200 and $700 more for same-sized models. But Samsung, the world's number HDTV maker and an aggressive pursuant of LED TVs, says consumers will pay for quality. And that's what LEDs promise. Typically LED TVs are roughly a third thinner than CCFL models, offer more picture contrast and color range, last longer and consume up to 40% less energy.

But is this enough? Would you pay an extra $500 for these advances?

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May 19, 2009

LG claims world's thinnest LCD HDTVs

lgthinnest.jpgLG Display has laid claim to the world's "thinnest" 42- and 47-inch LCD TV panels. The company says that both panels are only 5.9 millimeters think thanks to proprietary light guide sheet technology which cuts the thickness of the light guide plate in half. The light guide plate is what changes the direction of the LED backlights used in both displays. Amazingly, the 42- and 47-inch LCD TV's weigh in at 6.1 and 7.3 kilograms, respectively, and boast 1080p resolution, 80%(NTSC) color saturation, 120 Hz technology to reduce motion blur and an 8 millisecond motion picture response time.

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CLAiR Pink Ribbon LCD HDTV is the young girl's intro to home theater

CLAiR_Pink_Ribbon.jpgThe CLAiR Pink Ribbon LCD HDTV could be the perfect introduction for a young daughter to the world of fancy home theaters. The 13.3-inch set has a bright pink bezel, 1280 x 800 resolution, 600:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m2 brightness, and, while, a bit of an expensive price tag. Shipping in Japan it costs 34800 yen or roughly US$362.

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May 12, 2009

NEC introduces bright MultiSync X461HB digital signage display

X461HB_Rt_NoStand_RGB_300.jpgNEC has introduced the 46-inch MultiSync X461HB, a professional display intended to be used for digital signage. The display features a brightness rating of 1500cd/m2, 110% brighter than previous NEC displays, and a contrast ratio of 3500:1 making it a good fit for bright environments. The 1360 x 768 WXGA X461HB also features 16:9 contrast ratio, an expansion slot third-party accessories, a carbon footprint meter, ambient light sensor, Ethernet connectivity and a wide range of inputs. Shipping in July with a 3-year parts and labor warranty, the NEC MultiSync X461HB will cost $3899.

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May 8, 2009

Vizio reclaims top LCD HDTV brand in North America for Q1 2009

vizio_eco_tv(2).jpgVizio has once again retained the honor of being the number one LCD brand in North America after surpassing Samsung in the first quarter of 2009. The new numbers, from research firm iSuppli, reveal that consumers have flocked to cheaper Vizio sets in the first quarter thanks to a weak economy. However, former number one Samsung and number two Sony weren't far behind. Vizio finished the first quarter with a 21.6% market share, while Samsung and Sony took the number two and three spots with 20.6% and 17.5%, respectively.

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Philips kicks 2009 HDTV and home theater products to the United States

philips-42pfl6704d.jpgPhilips continues to struggle along in the United States home theater market despite being fairly popular in Europe. Will it pick up in the pace in the US this year? Who knows. But by announcing pricing and availability this week we know the company is still trying.

First up is the Philips 6000 and Philips 7000 Series'. The 6000 Series will come in 32-, 42- and 47-inch LCD display sizes priced at $799, $1399 and $1699, respectively. All of these models are currently available, while the 42-, 47- and 52-inch variations of the 7000 Series will be available in July. The 7000 trio will cost $1499, $1799 and $2499, respectively.

There isn't too much differentiating these displays from Philips' 2008 family other than they are thinner and more energy-efficient--something every manufacturer on the face of the earth can claim.

Philips is also launching a Blu-ray home theater system and stand-alone Blu-ray player for the US market. The home theater, dubbed HTS5100B, will be available in June for $599.99 but is only Profile 1.1 compatible. For the full BD Live experience, you'll be forced to upgrade to the new stand-alone BDP7310 Blu-ray player which will be available this month for $299.99.

Check out the full press release after the cut.

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May 7, 2009

LG rolls out wireless LH80 LCD HDTV line in Korea

LG_XCANVAS_LH80.jpgOnly a couple of weeks ago LG started shipping its 240 Hz LH90 family of LED HDTVs in Korea. Today the HDTV maker has announced its also shipping its LH80 family. Available in 42-, 47- and 55-inch display sizes, the LH80 line is LG's first fully wireless HD LCD flat panel family. This eliminates wire clutter and makes the LH80 perfect for wall mounting. All the guts of the TV including the tuner and connection ports are placed within the included external Media Box. For now we only know the 55-inch price which is roughly US$4000, so expect the US-branded LH85 family to be fairly pricy when it begins shipping in the United States later this year.

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Samsung outs trio of Touch of Color LCD monitors

samsung-p2370.jpgSamsung has introduced a trio of Touch of Color LCD monitors today--the P2070, the P2370 and the P2370HD. All three displays are quite thin. The first two displays are only 30 millimeters thin while the P2370HD is a bit thicker at 65.5 millimeters. However, the P2370HD also has a few extra features including the addition of an HDTV tuner to the 1080p resolution of the P2370. The P2070 has 1600 x 900 resolution. All three have 50000:1 contrast ratio and 2 millisecond response time with the exception of the P2370HD which has 5 millisecond response time. The P2370HD also includes SRS TruSurround, a remote control, and both an additional HDMI and component port. Samsung also claims that a suite of eco-features reduces the energy consumption by a third in comparison other similar sized monitors.

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