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October 30, 2007

Happen To Be Looking For a 142 Inch Plasma TV?

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Think 32 Inches Bigger!

JVC recently wowed the world with their 110 inch LCD set at the IFA in Berlin, but they just keep getting bigger. The Japanese company Shinoda announced at a press conference in Kobe, Japan on Friday that by the end of 2008 they will release a 142 plasma panel using "plasma tube array" technology. Manufacturers will have to install the display panels into their own sets and as of yet there are no customers, but just imagine a screen measuring 12 feet from corner to corner sitting in your living room! Not many details yet and no pictures, but the display will feature a high-def resolution of 720p, a contrast ratio of 10000:1 and most likely be priced in the six figures!

Via Cnet News

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October 14, 2007

NEC's PlasmaSync Professional Series

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(Credit: NEC)

NEC has recently announced a new line of plasma displays, the PlasmaSync Professional Series XP10 line, to replace its current XM line. The new series is to be used mainly in government and educational institutions.

The line features 3 models: the 42" 42XP10, the 50" 50XP10, and the 60" 60XP10. Pretty self-explanatory naming I would have to say. Pricing is set at $2499.99, $2699.99, and $5999.99 respectively. Interestingly the 50" model is only $200 more than the 42", but $3300 less than the 60". Why that is I'm not sure, but it seems the 50" model would have the best value per dollar spent.

The plasma displays offer a 16:9 aspect ratio and have a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768. They also offer 180 degree viewing angle, split-screening, tiling and size-adjustable picture-in-picture functionality. Each model also has both DVI and HDCP inputs and RS-232 input/outputs for control systems.

Compared to the XM line, the half-life of the display has fallen to 50000 hours from 60000, is a full 22 pounds heavier, but has a similar power usage of 440W.

Via ars technica

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October 5, 2007

TV's Just Keep Getting Thinner: 1 mm Thin Plasma Display

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Another thin-panel display debuted at the CEATEC conference in Japan. Shinoda Plasma Corp. unveiled a 100 x 50 cm display equivalent to a 43-inch panel only 1 mm thick and weighing only 800 grams. Company founder Tsutae Shinoda says that due to the displays thinness, light weight, and flexibility it could be used for displays where typical LCDs and plasmas would not work. For instance, "making an entire tunnel wall into a display or bonding a display to a ceiling". Shinoda also stated that compared to other existing displays, the plasma prototype is far superior in manufacturing cost competitiveness. "Since it doesn't need the clean room required to manufacture existing displays, it is possible to lower manufacturing costs and make manufacturing plants very small," Shinoda said.

Via Tech On

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September 28, 2007

How to: Wall Mounting a LCD or Plasma TV

Panaonwall 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.

At How to: Wall mounting a LCD or Plasma

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June 20, 2007

Review: Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42-inch Plasma TV

Are you ready to step up to the world of 1080p HDTV? If so, you'll want to check out this review of the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42-inch Plasma TV from CNET.com. The review starts out:

The Panasonic TH-42PZ700U is one of the most expensive 42-inch plasmas on the market, but it's also the best-performing flat panel of its size we've ever tested. The high price can be blamed squarely on its native resolution--it's the first and only 42-inch 1080p plasma--but the picture quality has little to do with all those pixels. Instead, we noted its deep black levels and realistic shadow detail along with a commendably clean image. Of course, we could complain about other aspects of its performance, namely its color accuracy, but that's not enough to spoil an excellent picture. If you have the cash to burn but don't have the space to go bigger, the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U fits the bill perfectly.

Overall, the bottom line from CNET:

The bottom line: For those who can spare no expense, the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U plasma offers the best picture quality in its size class.

So if you're looking for a high quality Plasma, be sure to check out the full review.

At CNET.com

Compare Prices: Panasonic TH-42PZ700U 42-inch Plasma TV

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December 21, 2006

Big Lots Offering Sylvania 42" Flat-Panel EDTV Plasma TV for $799

Heres a okay deal going on at Big Lots. They've got a Sylvania 42" Flat-Panel EDTV Plasma TV in their stores for $799. You might want to hurry though because the fine print:

Even though it says "minimum" of 3 per store, we're guessing that really means "maximum". The important thing to note is that the TV is an EDTV and not an HDTV. Still, if you're looking for a large screen Plasma for a decent price you might want to rush over to your local Big Lots.


At BigLots.com

Compare Prices: Sylvania 42" Flat-Panel EDTV Plasma TV

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December 14, 2006

Review: Panasonic TH-50PH9UK 50-inch Plasma TV

It sure seems like there's a new Panasonic Plasma TV coming out every day. One of the newest entries from Panasonic is the TH-50PH9UK 50-inch Plasma and according to the review from CNET:

Panasonic's latest line of professional plasma panels, the TH-PH9UK series, continues to turn everyday TV shoppers' heads for some very compelling reasons. While designed primarily for professional use, the picture quality of these TVs is better than that of most consumer models, and their prices are extremely competitive. The trade-off? Panasonic's pro plasmas come with just a couple of inputs, no speakers, and no stand, although you can purchase them separately. The HDMI input--a necessity in today's world--will cost you at least an extra $110, the stand (pictured above) around $150, and the speakers, if you choose to add them, about $250. (The full list of accessories can be found here.) If the customization and extra accessories sounds like a chore, then the professional models probably aren't right for you.

Overall the TH-50PH9UK is a decent TV at a decent price and you'll want to be sure to check out the rest of the review.

At CNET.com

Compare Prices: Panasonic TH-50PH9UK 50-inch Plasma TV

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November 17, 2006

Vizio Drops Prices on Plasma & LCD HDTV Models Just in Time for Black Friday

For you professional shoppers out there you already know next Friday is Black Friday, the absolutely craziest day of the year to Christmas shop. So just in time for the Black Friday, Vizio has announced some great pricing on Plasma and LCD HDTVs. According to Vizio's Press release:

The Vizio brand continues to grow in product line, performance reputation and market share. Holiday shoppers aren't only looking for the lowest price -- they want a high quality flat panel high definition TV at the best price. This matches Vizio's theme, "Where Vision Meets Value." Vizio's holiday line-up starting Black Friday includes:
  • VX20LHDTV -- (new) 20" LCD HDTV $399.99 @ Costco (everyday price*)
  • VX32LHDTV -- (new) 32" LCD HDTV $699.99 @ Costco & Sam's (everyday price*)
  • VX37LHDTV -- (new) 37" LCD HDTV $999.99 @ Costco & Sam's & BJ's (everyday price*)
  • VP42HDTV -- (new) 42" Plasma HDTV $999.99 @ Costco (1 day sale price*)
  • L42HDTV -- 42" LCD HDTV $1199.99 @ Sam's (everyday price*)
  • GV42LHDTV -- 42" LCD HDTV $1299.99 @ Costco & BJ's (everyday price*)
  • GV46LHDTV -- (new) 46" LCD HDTV $1649.99 @ Sam's (everyday price*)
  • P50HDTV -- 50" Plasma HDTV $1699.99 @ Sam's & BJ's (everyday price*), $300 off Circuit City (1 day sale*, price to be announced)

* Actual pricing is set by retailers, therefore all pricing is subject to change

So if you're looking for a great deal on TVs while you're in the stores next week, I'd recommend printing this post and taking it with you.

At MarketWatch.com

Compare Prices: Vizio

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October 10, 2006

Plasma TV to be Overtaken by Lasers?

Yep, it's all about the "lasers" (do your best Dr. Evil impersonation here). According to an article at SMH.com, Lasers TVs are going to make Plasma TVs obsolete:

It's being hailed by its developers as the next revolution in visual technology - a laser television that will make plasma screens obsolete.

Soon-to-be-listed Australian company Arasor International and its US partner Novalux unveiled what they claimed to be the world's first laser television in Sydney, with a pitch that it will be half the price, twice as good, and use a quarter of the electricity of conventional plasma and LCD TVs.

Manufacturing company Arasor produces the unique optoelectronic chip central to the laser projection device being developed by Silicon Valley-based Novalux, which is being used by a number of television manufacturers.

The article continues:

With a worldwide launch date scheduled for Christmas 2007, under recognisable brands like Mitsubishi and Samsung, Novalux chief executive Jean-Michel Pelaprat is so bold as to predict the death of plasma.

We'll be sure to keep our eyes on this story and keep you posted as we get more details.

At SMH.com

View Arasor's Website

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September 28, 2006

Plasma TV + TiVo Series 3 = Wonky Remote

Got a new TiVo series 3 box and you're having trouble with the remote? Well according to Engadget, your Plasma TV might be the problem:

As many home theater aficionados know (first-hand, unfortunately), plasma TVs emit a significant amount of EMI and RFI signals from their surfaces that can confuse nearby IR sensors and render them useless, especially if your home theater gear juts out in front of the display. Well this problem has been happening in spades to new Series3 owners, as the box's IR receiver seems especially sensitive to other frequencies, so much so that they often need to press a button 10 to 15 times for a command to actually register.

TiVo seems to be aware of the issue, but has not yet offered a solution, which is why the good folks who frequent the TiVo Community forum have put their heads together and come up with several effective workarounds.

While there's a lot of debate among readers what the real issue is, you'll want to check out some work-arounds at Engadget's site.

At Engadget.com

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