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June 15, 2008

Hitachi's 2008 Plasma Line Availability And Pricing Schedule

hitachi-ultrathin-15-inch-plasma-hdtvs.jpgIf Hitachi's UltraThin LCD TV's don't appeal to you, maybe their 2008 plasma line will. Fully making their way onto US shelves by August, Hitachi's plasma line come in Japan black and crystal frames with the option of manual or remote controlled swivel stands. Available in 42- and 50-inch screen sizes, the plasma line makes use of a bunch of proprietary Hitachi technologies--UltraBlack Panels use a boxed cell structure to produce deeper blacks, improved phospor formulations produce richer colors, a PictureMaster VI digital video processor and Reel60Hz result in a smooth picture, and Cinema48, which works with 24p HDMI inputs to produce the same visual timing as films would playback in a movie theater. All of Hitachi's 2008 plasmas are Energy Star-certified, have an ambient light sensor, deep black stripe filters, an anti-reflective panel, game mode, and a TV Guide On Screen interactive program guide. Check out the pricing and availability below:

  • 42-inch A-Series (model P42A402): $1,399 in July

  • 50-inch A-Series (model P50A202): $1,799 currently available

  • 50-inch A-Series (model P50A402): $1,899 currently available

  • 50-inch S-Series (model P50S602): $2,699 currently available

  • 50-inch V-Series (model P50V702): $3,199 in August

  • 50-inch X-Series (model P50X902): $3,699 in August

Via Hitachi

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June 14, 2008

LG's 50PG60 THX-Certified Plasma Set Gets Reviewed

31OtPnkZ1xL._SL500_AA280_(2).jpgThe prolific CNET reviewers are at it again, this time taking a look at the LG 50PG60 plasma TV. The 50-inch plasma set is a 1080p, 33000:1 contrast ratio beauty that's THX-certified. However that certification lies at the root of all of the sets drawbacks. While the THX mode does result in highly accurate primary color reproduction, it actually reduces the accuracy of color decoding and grayscale when compared to using the set without the THX enabled. The one thing everything looks for in plasmas as a measure of quality is the black level, and the 50PG60 doesn't quite measure up, projecting lighter blacks than the best plasmas on the market. It does, however, feature some solid video processing, tons of opportunities to tweek the picture, 4 HDMI slots, and a sweet design. So, while the THX certification actually takes away from the review, the LG 50PG60 is actually a decent buy with a good picture and an overall 7.6 out of 10 score from CNET.

The LG 50PG60 is available from Amazon, with several special offers.


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June 11, 2008

Pioneer's KRP-600M 60-Inch KURO Plasma Hits Japan This Month

KRP-600M(2).jpgPioneer's 60-inch KRP-600M 9th generation KURO plasma TV is set for a Japanese release this month. With a 64 mm thin body and sleek black design, the KRP-600M only gets more impressive once you look inside. The KRP-600M KURO plasma features 1080p resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, a variety of inputs including a couple of HDMI, one component, on PC, and an ethernet slot, noise reduction features, a built-in ambient light sensor, and KURO Link. You'll pay dearly for this KURO though: when it goes on sale later this month it'll cost 850, 000 Yen, the equivalent of $8500 US. Pioneer also plans on releasing a 50-inch KRP-500M KURO model later this year.

Via Pioneer Japan

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May 24, 2008

Panasonic TH-50PZ800U Plasma May's Top TV According To CNET

32886472-2-300-OVR-1.gifPanasonic's TH-50PZ800U plasma TV has received CNET's Editor's Choice Award for May. Officially released May 1, the TH-50PZ800U sports a 50-inch display and with a mighty 1000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, displays black levels that near those of Pioneer's popular PDP-5080HD. Compared to the previous generation Panasonic plasmas, color and video processing is much improved with the added THX Mode, although this is the main reason behind the added dollars you'll pay. The TH-50PZ800U is a "worthy competitor to the Kuro, and in many ways, it performs even better" according to David Katzmaier, the reviewer. Quite the compliment. Head over to CNET for the full review.

The Panasonic TH-50PZ800U 50-inch plasma is available from Amazon.

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May 20, 2008

Panasonic's PZ850 Viera Cast Internet-Enabled Plasma Line Hitting North America Mid-June

Panasonic 50pz850(2).jpgPanasonic's Viera Cast PZ850 Plasma Series, first announced for the North American market at the end of March will officially be hitting shelves mid-June. Panasonic's proprietary Viera Cast technology provides access to all kinds of popular web content including YouTube, Google's Picasa photo platform and Bloomberg News, all viewable directly on the plasma screen.

The Viera PZ850 line will feature 4 new models-the 46-inch TH-46PZ850, 50-inch TH-50PZ850, 58-inch 58PZ850, and the 65-inch TH-65PZ850. All four models features 1080p resolution in 16:9 widescreen format, 30000:1 native contrast ratio/1000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 24p native reproduction and a whack of connections include 4 HDMI slots, a PC-input and an SD card slot on-screen picture viewing.

Aside from the exciting Viera Cast technology, the PZ850 series has a bunch of other cool features including:

  • H.264 codec compatibility allows HD camcorder video to be viewed on the plasma set using an SD card
  • a Pro Setting Menu, providing access to all the tools needed to calibrate the set to its optimum picture quality
  • Digital Cinema Color Remastering for accurate movie color reproduction
  • Studio Reference Mode which displays the most subtle colors intended by the film makers
  • a Game Mode which reduces screen time lag during play
  • Viera Link providing multiple home theater device control using one remote

Like the entire Panasonic Viera line, the PZ850 series panels contain no lead or mercury and boast a half-life of 100000 hours. Don't expect to get this kind of TV technology for cheap though. When the line-up hits shelves in June, you'll pay $3099.95, $3499.95, $4299.95, and $7999.95 for the 46-, 50-, 58-, and 65-inch models respectively.

Via press release

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Panasonic 150-Inch Monster Plasma Could Hit Stores As Early As June 2009

150pan(2).jpgRemember back to CES 2008 back in January and you're sure to have a particular 150-inch Panasonic plasma monster somewhere in the forefront of your memories. Panasonic has completed a test run of the Neo Plasma at its P5 plant currently being built in Amagasaki, Japan and is rumored to be hitting shelves as early June 2009. Of course by shelves, we mean ones in Japan.

The Panasonic Neo plasma features 4096x2160 resolution, four times that of 1080p, and FX/Double Efficiency which uses half the energy to maintain the same level of brightness available on current plasma models. The Neo line also includes a tiny sibling (by comparison of course), a 50-inch, 24.7 mm thin plasma model.
Via Crave Asia

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May 19, 2008

Shinodo Plasma Producing 150-Inch Curved Plasma Displays This Fall

shinoda_plasma(2).jpgIf you happen to be in the Las Vegas area in June, drop by the InfoComm 2008 conference and check out Shinoda Plasma's 125-inch curved plasma display. Flexible and only 1 mm thin, the Shinoda plasma tube array display consists of 3 integrated 1x1 meter squares, features a resolution of 960x360 pixels and only weighs 8 pounds. Built for digital signage and advertising applications, the 125-inch prototype is just a preview of the 150-inch curved displays Shinoda Plasma expects to begin producing on a small-scale this fall.

Via Pink Tentacle

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May 16, 2008

Philips Dropping Plasmas In 2009

images(3).jpgWith all of the restructuring happening in the plasma TV industry lately, from Pioneer right down to Philips now, we're wondering again if 2008 really is the beginning of the end of plasma. Last year Philips started to cut down on its plasma TV shipments and moved out of China altogether, and with plasmas shipping roughly 10% the volume of LCD TV shipments this year, Funai, the company behind the Philips brand has stated no new models will be released post-2008. Although they'll still ship about 500, 000 sets this year, no new models next year is a pretty good indication that Philips will pack it in and quit entirely.

Via Digitimes

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LG's PG7000 Plasma Set For July Release, Features Infinite Blacks (The Latest HDTV Buzzword?)

5-13-08-lg-plasma.jpgIf you've been looking for an "infinite contrast" HDTV lately, your choices have been limited to Pioneer and Dolby, both still working with prototype models. But LG is the latest TV maker to jump on the infinite black bandwagon with their upcoming July release--the LG7000 plasma HDTV. Infinite blacks have been tough to achieve as plasma cells tend to emit light even when they're not in use. Any leaked light and so much for your perfect black. But at CES earlier this year, Pioneer showed off a prototype plasma that leaked no light at all. Now it seems "infinite contrast ratio" will be the next big TV buzzword, and we're guessing by next year all the big manufacturers will have infinite contrast HDTV's on the market. Whether or not LG uses the same technology as Pioneer isn't known, but irregardless we're looking forward to this model's release.

Via EngadgetHD

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May 13, 2008

Pioneer Closing Two Plasma TV Plants In Plasma Biz Restructure, Posts Loss For 2007

uP3z4C.jpgPioneer has announced that two plasma TV plants will close in Japan in a bid to restructure the company's struggling plasma business. Whether or not this means 2000 jobs will be lost remains to be seen, but the plants located in Yamanashi and Kagoshima will close, while Pioneer's third domestic plant Shizuoka plant will remain open as the company's plasma TV production hub. Pioneer also announced that they'll be partnering with Sharp in the European market to produce LCD TV's; it looks like Sharp will be supplying the LCD panels and Pioneer looks to re-enter the LCD biz in August of this year. Details are a little vague at the moment, but this confirms that Pioneer will be cutting jobs in order to restructure their plasma biz, a rumor we first heard about last night.

The company also announced their 2007 fiscal year earnings this morning, posting a 17.9 billion Yen loss, mainly thanks to the steep cost of the plasma restructuring. The total cost to restructure Pioneer's plasma biz will be about 230 billion Yen by its completion March 2010, with 150 billion Yen to be spent in the next fiscal year ending March 2009.

Via Impress

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