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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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June 18, 2009

Panasonic 85-inch plasma HDTV to ship in the United States this fall

panasonic_85_inch_plasma.jpgWe've seen some monster HDTVs over the past few years, mainly from Panasonic. The Japanese manufacturer was showing off an 85-inch plasma TV yesterday at InfoComm in Orlando, Florida. That's second in size to its 103-inch plasma. The 85-inch set, equivalent to four 42-inch sets combined, features 1080p resolution, 40,000:1 contrast ratio (2, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio), a 99 millimeter thickness and a 100, 000 battery life. While Panasonic hasn't announced pricing yet, the 85-inch plasma is expected to ship in the United States and Japan in the fall.

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June 10, 2009

Panasonic's 50-inch TC-PV10 plasma HDTV reviewed: one of the best ever

panny-50v10.jpgCNET has had the chance to review the Panasonic 50-inch TC-PV10 plasma HDTV and has nothing but great things to say. While it doesn't quite beat out the discontinued Pioneer PRO-111FD (the best HDTV ever), the TC-PV10 comes close with incredibly deep blacks, great shadow detail, color saturation and flicker-less 1080p/24 video playback. The 50- and 54-inch plasmas which feature identical specs also have a one-sheet-of-glass design bringing the glass over the bezel giving the sets a seamless, sleek look. As with any high quality plasma HDTV, Panasonic's 50-inch TC-PV10 is expensive--one of its few downsides. It's also not quite as energy efficient as LCD displays, though it performs better and is more efficient than the vast majority of same-sized plasmas. In the end, the VieraCast-compatible Panasonic TC-PV10 is so far the best HDTV tested by CNET this year, receiving a 4 out of 5 and an Editor's Choice pick.

Panasonic TC-50PV10--Ships from Amazon for $1880

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May 21, 2009

LG outs enigmatic 50- and 60-inch Time Machine plasma HDTVs

lg-time-machine.jpgLG's pretty quiet at the moment regarding the details of its new Time Machine plasma HDTV line, but here's what we know. Consisting of two models, the 50-inch 50PS70 and the 60-inch 60PS70, the Time Machine line has a built-in DVR by way of an integrated 160 GB hard drive, 600 MHz dejudder processing and additional storage space on external drives connected via USB 2.0. As for all the other details, including pricing and availability, we're in the dark for the time being.

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May 8, 2009

Panasonic slashes price of 103-inch plasma HDTV

panasonic-103-inch-plasma.jpgPanasonic has sliced the price of its giant 103-inch plasma HDTV by $20000. First released in December 2006 for $70000, the giant display now sits at a ever-so-slightly more affordable $50000. In all fairness, Panasonic targets the behemoth plasma at commercial markets rather than the living room so we can't complain about the price tag too much. And the company has sold over 6000 of the sets to places as diverse as New York City's City Hall and NBC's Sunday Night Football studio. In my opinion though, if you have the dough to buy a 103-inch plasma TV, I think it's best to go bigger--like 150-inches.

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May 7, 2009

Shinoda intros a 145-inch curved plasma display

shinoda-145.jpgA couple years ago Shinoda Plasma impressed everyone with a 43-inch curved plasma tube array display. Last year Shinoda blew its original feat away with a 125-inch display and now the company has rolled out a 145-inch display. The latest prototype consists of six plasma tube array panels, each with 960 x 720 pixels, seamed together to form a 2 meter by 3 meter single unit. Amazingly the massive curved display only weighs 7.2 kilograms or just under 16 pounds, but given each panel is only 1 millimeter thin it should be no surprise. Hopefully we'll see one these hit the assembly lines sometime in the near future.

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May 6, 2009

Bang & Olufsen's BeoVision 4 103-inch plasma shipping in the US for cheap...er than Europe

beovision-4-103_small.jpgIn the market for a 103-inch plasma HDTV? Yeah, we know, who is?! But, if you are, Bang & Olufsen's BeoVision 4 103-inch monster is now shipping in the United States. Packed with features, the BeoVision 4 is being paraded across the US as you read this looking for potential suitors. Available via special order, the BeoVision 4 comes in a bunch of color options including black, silver, red, blue and dark grey. The lead time for orders is a month as this isn't exactly a mass production-type HDTV, but if you choose to purchase one get it in the color red. Because even a month down the road, that's where you'll be. The bottom line? $93, 050 on a wall mount or $111, 805 on a motorized floor stand.

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May 4, 2009

Samsung 850 PAVV plasma family appears, about an inch thin

SAMSUNG_PAVV_850_PDP_1.jpgSamsung just keeps cranking out the plasmas with the announcement of the 850 PAVV family yesterday in South Korea. The 50- and 58-inch models are a claimed 40% more efficient that previous generation Samsung PDPs and 20% lighter. The panels run on the company's full HD Crystal Engine, feature DLNA support, USB 2.0 and DivX compatibility. Most impressive is the "Finger Slim" depth of the 850 PAVV plasmas. While we only know the 58-inch model is 50% slimmer than previous generation panels, the 50-inch model is 29 millimeters. That's just over an inch thick!

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April 9, 2009

Hitachi Wooo plasma and LCD HDTVs outed for '09

wooo-ut800.jpgHitachi has unveiled a flurry of Wooo brand LCD and plasma HDTV's in Japan this morning. The "Wooo UT800" LCD series features a 35 millimeter thin design combined with an external tuner unit. Sized in 32-, 37-, 42-, and 47-inch screen sizes, the UT800 line sports 1080p resolution, a 120 Hz frame rate, and an eco-friendly power consumption level. The external tuner packs in a 250 GB hard disk drive, an iVDR-S slot for iV Pocket equipment, and an SD card slot. The 2.6 kilogram Wooo UT800 LCD sets will be available in October.

wooo-03.jpgNext up is the Wooo 03 series which consists of four plasma models and three LCD's. The plasma line consists of one 720p 42-inch model plus 42-, 46-, and 50-inch 1080p models. Other features include a 40000:1 contrast ratio for the 1080p models, a 250 GB hard disk drive, automatic image quality adjustments, and internet access with Yahoo Japan support. The LCD lineup features a 720p 32-inch model and 37- and 42-inch 1080p models with similar specs. The Wooo 03 series will be released starting at the end of April.

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March 27, 2009

2009 Samsung HDTV's priced

LED8000-L55.jpgPrices of Samsung's 2009 LCD and plasma HDTV lines have leaked ahead of an official announcement courtesy of the usually reliable HD Guru. The 3 Series sets, measuring between 19 and 32 inches are expected to price between $300 and $550. The 4 Series, ranging between 22 and 32 inches will price between $400 and $650, while the 32 to 52 inch 5 Series will range in price between $800 and $1800.

Things tend to get pricey from here with the 6 Series, measuring from 19 inches all the way up to 55 inches, priced between $350 and $3000. The top-of-the-line 6000, 7000 and 8000 families are even more expensive. The Samsung 6000 line will price at $1300 for the 32 inch model and increase to $3600 for the 55 inch model. With the 7000 line, you'll pay $2500 for the 40 inch model while the 55 inch set will set you back $3800. The 8000 family features a 46 inch LCD TV for $3300 and 55 inch set for $4000.

If you're looking for a plasma, the 42 and 50 inch Series 4 TV's will run between $800 and $1200, while the 50-, 58-, and 63 inch Series 5 models are tagged at $1800, $2700, and $3500. Wrapping up with the 58 inch Series 6 plasma, Samsung has priced that model at $2900.

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