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March 24, 2009

Pioneer releases last Kuro plasma TV's ever

last-pioneer-ever.jpgPioneer has announced its final four Kuro plasma TV's ever today, along with an exit strategy that will include ongoing customer support. The KRP-500A and KRP-600A, 50- and 60-inches respectively both feature 1080p resolution and external tuners, while the same-sized KRP-500M and KRP-600M keep the tuner inside the frame and offer identical features. Pioneer didn't disclose contrast ratios, though I'm sure they're ample, but all four models include deep color support, four HDMI inputs, USB, component, and VGA slots. The final four will ship April 1 with open pricing in Japan, but I'm guessing they won't be available anywhere else.

As part of its previously announced exit strategy, Pioneer will cease TV manufacturing in May and clear out its remaining stock after that. However the company said it will continue to provide customer support and repairs for 8 years and continue to offer replacement parts as long as supplies last.

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March 19, 2009

Bang & Olufsen intro BeoVision 4-103 103-inch plasma

beovision4-103-plasma.jpgWhile the plasma industry now seems to be in the death throes, roughly a year after I predicted it would, Bang & Olufsen seem to be staring death in the face. Not only is the company releasing a new plasma HDTV, but an 1100 pound, 103-inch monster.

Announced today, the BeoVision 4-103 includes a motorized stand that can be used to adjust the viewing angle and rotate the display. The stand itself conceals a motorized center channel speaker which can move up and down in order to be concealed when the set isn't in use. All of these functions can be accomplished using the BeoVision's included remote control. The 103-inch plasma panel is actually made by Panasonic, one of the few big names left in the plasma world, and one which has launched its fair share of giant plasma sets as well. Other B & O technologies inherent in the set include the BeoSystem 3 Stage Manager and VisionColor, used to automatically adjust the brightness and color levels every 120 hours.

Available for pre-order now, and shipping this July in Europe, the BeoVision 4-103 boasts an uneconomical price tag of $137000. However--not that this makes it any more affordable--the package includes the BeoSound 5 home theater system, which alone normally costs $5377.

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March 12, 2009

Panasonic 2009 Viera HDTV, Blu-ray lines get prices and release dates

panasonic_z1_plasma_270x261.jpgThe HD Guru has always been high on our list of credible sources for HDTV-related info leaks, and he just moved up another rung on the credibility ladder with the official Panasonic HDTV price information being released yesterday. His information and the official press release match up quite nicely, even including the widely priced $5999 Z1.

Panasonic has also released prices for its trio of 2009 Viera Cast Blu-ray players. All three have access to tons on online video content including Amazon video-on-demand, Youtube, weather channels and more. The energy-efficient DMP-BD60 will set you back $299, while the DMP-BD80 with 7.1 analog outputs will cost $399. The DMP-BD70V also costs $399, but strangely swaps out the analog ports for a built-in VHS player! All three Blu-ray players will ship in April.

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March 9, 2009

Samsung goes plasma with Fabrizio PAVV 450 HDTV pair

fabrizio-pavv-450.jpgMere days after Samsung announced its fancy-named Bordeaux LCD HDTV line, the company has debuted the Fabrizio PAVV 450 plasma pair in South Korea. Consisting of 42- and 50-inch display sizes, the PAVV 450 plasmas sport Samsung's Crystal Engine, 0.001 millisecond response time, "Mega Contrast" contrast ratio and a trio of HDMI ports. So far Samsung hasn't outed any prices or shipping date, so we can only hope for a chance to buy them in North America.

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March 5, 2009

Panasonic Z1 gets a hefty price tag

panasonic_z1_plasma_270x261.jpgThe other day we got to see a roundup of pricing and release dates for Panasonic's 2009 HDTV line. Unfortunately the 1-inch thin Z1 or TC-P54Z1 was left out of the mix. Well, pricing for the 54-inch plasma has arrived and in today's economy I got to say $6000 seems a little much. I mean, most of us would still drool over the thing but when the 54-inch TC-P5410 sports the majority of the same features for a price of $2700, which one is really more viable? The step-down model is 2-inches thin though. As if you couldn't handle it.

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February 26, 2009

LG considering leaving the plasma industry?

lg_plasma102_01_400.jpgThe plasma death watch is on. Not only has Pioneer and Vizio cut out of plasma production, but LG's vice president Lee Gyu-hong has apparently stated his company is also considering its future in plasma--or lack thereof. It seems unlikely LG would turn back on a public statement like this, so given it's likely that'll be it for LG plasma's, that leave Panasonic and Hitachi as the only major players left in said market. How much longer do you give the plasma HDTV?

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February 12, 2009

Plasma deathwatch: Vizio pulls plasma TV's from its product line

vizioplasma.190.jpgIn another deathblow to the plasma HDTV industry, Vizio has pulled out of the plasma business and will focus solely on LCD TV's going forward. A Vizio spokesperson said in speaking to the New York Times that plasma sets don't show as well in big-box retailers which typically use very bright lighting and it wanted to use its shelf space to stock the products that sell the fastest, or in other words, LCD TV's. Just days ago we heard that Pioneer, maker of the world's finest plasma TV's, would be pulling out of the TV business altogether.

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February 7, 2009

Rumor: Pioneer ditching TV business altogether

0,1425,i=220381,00.jpgRumor has it that Pioneer may be exiting the TV business. Producer of arguably the world's best plasma high-def TV's, Pioneer has been evaluating and restructuring its business since last spring, and with the economy in turmoil, the company is undoubtedly having trouble moving its plasma inventory. At the beginning of 2008 I thought plasma was in trouble as more manufacturers and consumers were moving to cheaper LCD's. If Pioneer leaves, the plasma market will belong to Samsung and Panasonic, and maybe, just maybe, 2009 will be the year plasma dies.

via zdnet

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February 5, 2009

Complete 2009 Panasonic Viera line gets price tags

pana1_04(2).jpgAll 13 Panasonic Viera plasma and LCD TV's debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show now have release dates and prices...for the Japanese market. We'll have to wait this side of the pond, but at least we know they're coming. All five G1 Viera's, the 32 and 37 inch LCD's, and 42 to 50 inch plasma's will launch March 1 along with the 42 to 50 inch V1 plasmas. The 32 and 37 inch V1 LCD's will pop April 15 and the entire Z1 series will launch April 20. Hit the read link for pricing info...in Yen of course.

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February 4, 2009

Panasonic WirelessHD Z1 series gets priced

pana-z1.pngLikely we won't see the Panasonic Viera WirelessHD Z1 series hit American shores until summer at the earliest, but folks in Japan have a much earlier April 20 release date to look forward too. The 46-, 50-, and 54-inch plasma displays have a digital tuner separately housed from the display, enabling the sets to be under 1-inch thick. Sans wires, they're super simple to mount pretty well anywhere and with 1080p resolution, 40000:1 contrast, VieraCast, DLNA support and a mess of other features, the WirelessHD Z1 series is sure to be a popular choice in 2009. From 46 to 54 inches, the Z1 series is tagged at 550, 000 yen ($6,156), 600, 000 yen ($6,715), and 700, 000 yen ($7,835) respectively.

Via AV Watch

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