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January 21, 2009

LG's Xcanvas bobos PQ series takes contrast ratio to the next level

lgbobos(2).jpgLG has just announced the arrival of a duo of new HDTV's for the Korean market. The Xcanvas bobos 42PQ60D and 50PQ60D are 42- and 50-inch sets respectively and were not on display at CES. The 42PQ60D sports a wild 600 Hz refresh rate, according to LG, so likely motion blur is barely noticeable in this model, while the 50PQ60D sports a one billion to one (yep, 9 zeros, 1, 000, 000, 000) contrast ratio.

Both models are a little over 3 inches thick, have a USB port for hard drive or external flash storage and WMV and DivX support, and built-in speakers. Each model also has an ambient light sensor to dim the backlight should the external brightness dictate, which LG says reduces the energy use by 60% compared to normal plasma HDTV's. But perhaps most remarkable is the price of the Xcanvas bobos plasmas.

The 42-inch and 50-inch models will be priced at the US equivalent of $1022 and $1460 respectively when they arrive in Korea mid-February. LG hasn't said if the PQ series will be available outside of Korean borders.

Via Electronista

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January 10, 2009

Panasonic finally makes Viera PZ850 line official, coming soon?

panasonic-viera-pz850(2).jpgPanasonic's Viera PZ850 plasma line has 4 new additions this year, all IP-enabled so they can stream Viera Cast internet content. The 46-inch TH-46PZ850, the 50-inch TH-50PZ850, the 58-inch TH-58PZ850 and the 65-inch TH-65PZ850 all feature 1080p resolution, a 1, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 24p picture reproduction, Game Mode, and a variety of connection options including 4 HDMI slots, a PC input, and an SD card slot with H.264 video support. It's funny because we were supposed to be able to get our hands on these a long time ago, but now that they're official let's hope they hit shelves soon.

Via iTechNews

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January 9, 2009

LG's LH50 LCD line, PS80 plasma lines both get broadband streaming

We're already well aware of LG's intent to add internet video streaming directly into its TV's. The LG50 LCD series does exactly that. The 47-inch 47LH50 and the 42-inch 42LH50 will both be able to stream Netflix, YouTube, Yahoo Widgets, and a plethora of other broadband content through Ethernet or possibly a third-party wireless hub.
Both models feature a 120 Hz refresh rate with dejudder processing, a room lighting sensor, extensive picture controls, picture wizard, and 4 HDMI inputs. Shipping in late spring, prices haven't been announced.
LG's PS80 plasma series will consist of the 50-inch 50PS80 and the 60-inch 60PS80 and both will also feature the same streaming capabilities of the LH50 series. In addition both sets can connect to a computer or USB drive to display photos and play music. The sets are also THX certified like Panasonic's G10 series which should improve color accuracy. The PS80 series has all the pictures control and picture wizard found on most of its 2009 models. Slated to hit stores in June, we're still waiting on prices.

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January 8, 2009

Panasonic adds NeoPDP TC-P54Z1 54-inch plasma to its Z1 line

panasonicz1.jpgPanasonic's NeoPDP TC-P54Z1 is nothing less than impressive with its 1-inch thin display, 1080p resolution, 40, 000:1 contrast ratio, THX-certification, VieraCast, 600 Hz sub-field drive, SD card slot, and Viera Link. The Z1 line-up is Panasonic's second of 2009. The NeoPDP G10 line also features THX as well as VieraCast internet connectivity. The 54-inch plasma will be the first Z1 to roll out this summer, likely with further display sizes in the future.

Via CEPro

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Panasonic's G10 plasma line is THX-certified

TC-P42G10(2).jpgPanasonic's new G10 line--the 42-inch TC-P42G10, the 46-inch TC-P46G10, the 50-inch TC-P50G10, and the 54-inch TC-54G10--boasts THX-certification. While THX doesn't actually divulge what the certification requires, THX-certified sets typically sport better color accuracy than those that don't. All of the sets have VieraCast internet video streaming now including Amazon VOD, Panasonic's new NeoPDP displays with 1080p resolution, and a 600 Hz sub-field drive improving motion control . While prices haven't been announced, the 42- to 50-inch plasmas will ship in March while 54-inch display will ship in May.

Via Crave

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January 7, 2009

Samsung Series 6, Series 8 Plasma Connected And Green

P850_pers.pngAnd now for Samsung's 2009 plasma line. Two lines actually--Series 6 and Series 8. The Series 6 has a rose black hue within its semi-transparent frame. The edges of the frame are completely transparent which makes the Series 6 plasmas look like they're floating. The Series 8 sets are an inch thick, which Samsung claims is the thinnest plasma with a built-in ATSC tuner.

In terms of features the Series 6 and Series 8 are similar. All the sets have a high dynamic contrast ratio paired with Ultra Filter Bright Plus technology reducing luminance in blacks by 50%. All the sets have Wide Color Enhancer 3 technology as well which maps SD and HD signals to the panel's native color space resulting in excellent color reproduction.

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The Series 6 and Series 8 plasmas will be equipped with Internet@TV--Connect Service to receive widgetized internet content, are DLNA compliant, and can play back multimedia from a USB drive plugged into the set's USB 2.0 port. Codecs supported include MKV, 3GPP, WMV9, and DivX.

Like the rest of Samsung's products this year, both plasma lines will be Energy Star 3.0 compliant. I'm still waiting on sizes, prices and release dates but I'll update once I find out more.

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December 17, 2008

Samsung's PN50A760 Red Touch Of Color Plasma HDTV Gets Reviewed, Passes With Flying Colors

pn50a760(2).jpgThe folks from Audioholics took Samsung's PN50A760 for a test drive finding it very similar to its LCD counterpart, and the previous 750 generation. It has the same stylish Red Touch of Color border, swivel-mount, side and back HDMI inputs (totaling 4), and variety of other features. The only real downside to the PN50A760 is its roughly 100-pound mass which could cause a bit of a struggle if you're planning on wall-mounting the display. A couple minor issues include a bit of image reflection from the border and sluggish response to the remote control.

If you're looking for an easy-to-use out of the box solution, the PN50A760 looks to be a good one. With proper interlacing and scaling, plenty of calibration options, and great overall performance it's a plasma to be considered.

Samsung's PN50A760 50-inch plasma is available from Amazon.

Via Audioholics

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November 10, 2008

LG's Bluetooth-Enabled 7000 Series Beams Audio And Images Wire Free

If you have a significant other that likes to watch TV late into the night, while all you want to do is sleep (or vice versa), feast your eyes on LG's upcoming Bluetooth-enabled 7000-series HDTV. It can pair with Bluetooth-compatible headphones, so the late night TV viewer, can enjoy their show in silence. Additionally, the 7000-series can apparently transfer images to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. Wow! Too bad they're only slated for release in Europe for now.

via aving

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November 3, 2008

Samsung's 63-Inch PN63A760 Gets Reviewed

sam650.jpgIt's big and it's expensive, but Samsung's 63-inch PN63A769 is stylish and has tons of features. It effectively reproduces primary colors and has a smooth dejudder mode, plus sports networking specs including interactive news, stock tickers, and even weather feeds. Unfortunately it falls short with its relatively light black levels, inaccurate grayscale, and a smooth mode that results in artifacts and doesn't work with 1080p sources. But despite it's flaws it still earned a 3.5/5 from the tough as nails reviewers over at CNET.


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October 31, 2008

Samsung Creates 4096 x 2160 Pixel Plasma

1A(2).jpg1080p. What's that? So said Samsung with the unveiling of the 63-inch 4096 x 2160 pixel plasma panel they've been showing off at FDP International. They managed to create the mega-resolution panel by halving the typical pixel size found on a 1920 x 1080 pixel display. One pixel on the Samsung prototype measures 0.339 x 0.363mm while one side of a pixel on a 1080p display measures 0.726mm.

Of course halving a pixel size isn't so simple in reality. To achieve the tiny pixels, Samsung had to cut down the barrier rib structure, and revamp the cell structure, transparent and bus electrodes. Unfortunately though, there's no plan for commercial production at this point.

Via Nikkei

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