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Sharp HDTVs go wireless, wires are sad

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2008

Sharp HDTVs go wireless, wires are sad
Sharp has now announced a wireless option to its super-thin X-series LCD displays today. Sharp will incorporate Amimon WHDI (Wireless High Definition Interface) 1080p wireless tech into their thinnest flat panels. This means that you won’t have to connect any cables to your TV, aside from the power cord. All the connectors and tuning paraphernaila are in the set-top box you see in the pic. Wires will be officially out of a job, making your life easier, but making them sad like little emo children.

It’s hitting Japan first and will follow in the U.S. It works at distances of up to 100 feet and can even go through several walls. The only bad part is the cost. The wireless capability will add about $800 to an already-expensive $4,000+ 46-inch Sharp X-Series HDTV. But if you are already dishing out that kind of money, I don’t think it will be a problem.

Samsung goes artsy with Series 6, 7 LCD HDTVs

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on April 23rd, 2008

Samsung Series 7 LCD HDTV

Samsung today put word out through the lands of tech about the availability of its Series 6 and Series 7 LCD HDTVs. These displays range in size from 19- to 52-inches and pricing from around $480 to $3,500.

The Series 6 displays should mostly be available now, with the Series 7 units come out in May. Samsung’s most touted design features with these displays is its “Touch of Color” which draws from “several artistic inspirations” and features “a hint of red color naturally blended into a semi-transparent piano black bezel.” Excuse us while we go wipe the marketing barf off of ourselves – you can read the rest of the Samsung love fest after the jump.

IOGEAR DVI Extender goes 100 feet with one cable

Posted in HDTV by Darrin Olson on April 15th, 2008

IOGEAR DVI Extender kit sends signal 100 feet for under $500The new DVI Extender Kit from IOGear packs some serious high-def distance into a relatively affordable package. The DVI extender has the ability to send both a video and audio signal up to 100 feet away through a single CAT 5e/6 cable connection, and can be yours for just shy of $500.

Granted, $500 is getting close to the price of some decent high-def displays but if you have a nice system that you would like to keep away from high traffic areas or just out of the way this is a pretty sweet solution and is way better than trying to use a 100-foot DVI cable. The kit includes two boxes, the local and remote DVI extenders with the remote extender having a 3.5mm jack for connecting your stereo speakers at the other end.

Mitsubishi breaks down 2008 HDTV plans

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on April 10th, 2008

Mitsubishi HDTV line for 2008

Mitsubishi earlier this week rolled out the carpet on a variety of new HDTVs for release this year. These new models come in a variety of screen sizes and body configurations and should all begin being available this month in staggered releases.

General details of these new models include what Mitsubishi says is thinner frame and brighter DLP models as well as “ultra thin frame” LCD HDTVs with better sound. There’s also upcoming the first ever laser powered television. If you are curious to learn more, check out the entire press release after the jump.

Panteal releases “weatherproof” HDTVs for outdoors

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on March 27th, 2008

pantel.jpgPantel seeks to bring the fun of HDTV to the outdoors with its new LCD panels. These models are known as the 42-inch PAN420 and 32-inch PAN320 and they price at $4,450 and $3,950 respectively.

Pantel has built its HDTVs to be weatherproof, operating in conditions the company says can reach -40 or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The panels sport over 1,000 nits of brightness, reportedly make them bright enough to see outdoors. Resolution is set at 1366 x 768.

NuVision shipping new HDTVs

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on March 25th, 2008

nuvision-65.jpgConsumer electronics company NuVision, which specializes in HDTVs, is out with a line up of 10 new models centered around its Lucidium line of HDTVs. Screen sizes range from 22- to 65-inches, according to Dealerscope, and pricing tops out at around $12,000.

The NuVision Lucidium line are all 1080p compatible. Depending upon the model, features possible across these models include Silicon Optix Realta HQV image processing, dual ATSC tuners, up to four HDMI 1.3 inputs and a new cabinet design.

GalleryPlayer brings HD images to Mitsubishi HDTVs

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on March 24th, 2008

gp-mit.jpgGalleryPlayer, a self-described pioneer in lifestyle imagery, is adding Mitsubishi to its grouping of CE manufacturers whose HDTVs you can use to show off “full HD 1080p fine art and photographic images.” Panasonic is among the others already doing this.

GalleryPlayer said its technology will be embedded into 2008 Mitsubishi HDTV models launching this spring. This technology will allow for the playback of GalleryPlayer’s “rights-protected HD images.” The technology company and Mitsubishi are also developing a co-branded Web site which wil let Mitsubishi HDTV owners “access the GalleryPlayer online store and easily download, manage, and export images from such top partners as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Geographic.”

Samsung brings 3D plasmas for gamers

Posted in HDTV by Reuben Drake on February 28th, 2008

Samsung launches new 3D plasma TVs targeting gamingSamsung launched some new plasma TV’s in Korea build in collaboration with Electronic Arts to provide a superior “3D” gaming experience. The company released two new PAVV HDTV’s, one measuring 42 inches and the other 50 inches, equipped with USB 2.0, HDMI, HD resolution, the Samsung DNIe+ (Digital Natural Image engine+) anda 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

NEC goes 52-inches on professional grade LCD panel

Posted in HDTV by Nino Marchetti on February 27th, 2008

NEC MultiSync LCD5220Nothing quite says my boardroom is state of the art like a snazzy flat panel display mounted on the wall. NEC is one of the latest to showcase a display for this capacity, announcing today the NEC MultiSync LCD5220. It is priced at around $8,150.

The NEC MultiSync LCD5220 is a 52-inch display NEC says is the first of its type “based on a professional-grade panel.” It’s got a very thin bezel and can be used standalone or as part of multiple-display, video-wall implementations. It supports 1080p and comes with a color calibration kit for self-described “color uniformity and fidelity.”

CES 2008

VIZIO wants to make you have “Envy”

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,VIZIO by Nino Marchetti on January 14th, 2008

vizio-envy.jpgAmongst the other LCD HDTVs VIZIO was showing off last week at CES, one line which is being called “contemporary styled” is the new VU “Envy” series. It is set to be available sometime this year, though plans are finalized as of yet.

VIZIO said the VU series, which consists of 32-, 37- and 42-inch displays, offers up a side “HD Game Port” for easy connectivity to HDMI enabled devices. VIZIO said these models offer “exceptional video performance with reduced pixel noise and color equalization.”

Get more details on the new VIZIO VU series after the jump.

CES 2008

New Samsung displays offer external connectivity

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,Samsung by Nino Marchetti on January 14th, 2008

samsung-series67.jpgSamsung was showing off at CES last week its new LCD HDTV Series 6 and 7 displays. Besides the nice style touches these LCDs are noted for their networking and easy connection capability. The Series 6 models are due out in March and the Series 7 units will debut in May.

These new Samsung displays come in 40-, 46- and 52-inch screen sizes. The Series 6 will let you connect multimedia devices and access their content on-screen. The Series 7 takes it a step further by letting devices be connected to a USB slot as well as offering internal flash memory preloaded with content.

Get more details on these Samsung displays after the jump.

CES 2008

Toshiba debuts lots of new flat panels

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,LCD,Toshiba by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Toshiba Cinema Series REGZA XF550 SeriesToshiba came to CES loaded down with new flat panels to display. The company is showcasing 20 new LCD TV models across five different model families.

Toshiba was specifically displaying models which totaled include “five new series, four new cosmetic designs, three new dimensions of picture quality and two new gaming features.” They run from the top line Cinema Series REGZA XF550 Series (around $3,200 max price) to the lower end AV500 (lowest price around $430). Availability for all models is spread out between February and May.

Get all the details on Toshiba’s 2008 LCD TV line up after the jump.

CES 2008

VIZIO dress up at CES with “Black Tie” displays

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,VIZIO by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

VIZIO SV47LFVIZIO, that upstart HDTV brand you see for sale at Costco-like places, is dropping the LCD hammer big time at CES as it reveals lots of new HDTVs. One new line up of flat panel displays is the “Black Tie” series.

The VIZIO “Black Tie” series includes 42 and 47-inch displays. It is noted by VIZIO for having “120Hz processing with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation), a side access HD game port and full 1080p resolution.”

Get the whole story on these new VIZIO displays after the jump.

CES 2008

Soyo taps Honeywell name for new LCD TVs

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,Soyo,Television by Nino Marchetti on January 8th, 2008

Honeywell Altura LCD HDTVsSoyo, a developer of consumer electronics products, is showcasing at CES a new line of televisions being branded under the venerable Honeywell label. These televisions are known as the Altura LCD HDTVs and will come in a variety of sizes ranging from 42 to 82-inches (damm!).

The Honeywell Altura LCD HDTVs share a variety of features in common, including full HD 1080p, SRS TruBass and TruSurround, Dolby Digital ProLogicII Sound and MTS/SAP, a/v stereo and a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1. You can read more about this line up of Honeywell televisions via the full press release after the jump.

Runco flat panel offers outdoor viewing year round

Posted in HDTV,Runco by Nino Marchetti on October 23rd, 2007

Runco WP-42HDPlanar Systems, through its Runco custom home theater brand, unveiled today a flat-panel LCD display designed for outdoor enjoyment. The new Runco WP-42HD is priced at around $8,995.

The Runco WP-42HD is a 42-inch flat panel which uses “glass with special element-proof bonding” a sealed custom aluminum cabinet and an internal ventilation system to provide cooling. This television is thus reportedly able to deliver “protection from adverse environmental conditions including temperature, exposure to moisture, dust, oils and intermittent direct water spray.” It features a 1366 x 768 resolution and special internal video processing chip.