HDTVs now in over half of American homes

Posted in Home by Shane McGlaun on August 5th, 2009

samsung50plasma-sbIf you are like me, you have probably been rocking the HDTV for several years now. Many consumers still haven’t moved to the HD world. I feel like I am walking into the 60′s when I go to my in-laws and see their massive 27-inch CRT TV sitting on the entertainment center.

According to a new report from CTAM, HDTVs have gained significantly in reach in American homes. The report claims that 53% of America homes now have HDTVs in use. That number is up 18% over 2008. The report also says that of that 53% owning HDTVs, 59% own sets with screens 32-inches or larger.

Toshiba Stainless Style 720p HDTV

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2009

Toshiba Stainless Style 720p HDTV Toshiba has just unveiled a truly kitchen-friendly TV with the 19LV612U. The 18.5-inch set features a built-in slot-loading DVD player, integrated ATSC / NTSC / QAM TV tuner and a 1,366 x 768 native resolution. And just look at that stainless steel coating, which will match your other modern appliances.

Some other specs include a brightness of 300, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, HDMI / VGA inputs, a headphone jack and VESA mount support. It will distract you from preparing and eating meals this September for a price of $349.99. I wonder if it cleans up easy.

Seura The One HDTV Mirror

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

Seura The One HDTV MirrorSeura has released a questionable new 2-in-1 gadget called the One. It’s a 19-inch high definition LCD TV and a mirror all in one package. This unique television is geared toward the rich has a mirror embedded in it.

It supports a native resolution of 1080p and features 16:9 widescreen ratio, HDMI input, PC input, a ATSC/NTSC tuner and a waterproof remote control. If you can actually afford it, The One will set you back $3,500.

Hannspree intros 25-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2009

Hannspree intros 25-Inch 1080p LCD HDTVHannspree just released its new 25-inch LCD HDTV for the US market. The ‘ST251MKB’ is a budget-friendly TV that supports 1080p resolution and features a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 2ms response time, 300cd/m2 brightness, dynamic 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 160-degree vertical viewing angle and a 170-degree horizontal viewing angle.

It also comes with several handy connectivity ports which include a VGA port, two HDMI ports, an S-Video port, headphone output and a PC audio jack. The ST251MKB is available now at Costco for $400.

Cello intros HDTV that records to SD cards

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on June 24th, 2009

Cello intros HDTV that records to SD cardsSo sorry Asia, North America, but this set is only headed for the European market. At least for now. But at least it’s on it’s way somewhere thanks to Cello Electronics, who has issued the first HDTV that records OTA (Freeview) content directly to an SD card. That should make it much easier for users to shuffle around their recorded content to portable players.

The set features twin TV tuners, a built-in EPG, split-screen functionality and an integrated DVD player. It come in 22-, 26- and 32-inch varieties. It delivers just 1,440 x 900 pixels and no HDMI socket and is available starting next month for £399.99 ($661) or £469.99 ($777).

Vizio announces new XVT HDTVs

Posted in Home Theater by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2009

vizio-xvt-hdtv-sbVizio has upset the status quo in the HDTV market in America. The company came in, displaced some of the most established names in HDTVs in America and stole the top sales spot. The reason the company was able to do this was that its products are low cost and perform well.

Vizio has announced a new line of HDTVs that will be coming to market over the next several months. The line includes the XVT HDTV series with up to 240Hz refresh rates and TruLED with Smart Dimming technology.

Toshiba Regza HDTVs now shipping

Posted in Toshiba by Conner Flynn on June 10th, 2009

Toshiba Regza HDTVs now shippingToshiba has already begun shipping their Regza HDTVs, which were initially shown off at CES earlier this year. They even added another series to the line up today, called the XV648. First, the SV670 features an LED backlight, a 240Hz panel, 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 14-bit color processing and more. It comes in 46-inch and a 55-inch versions that will cost you $2,300 and $3,000.

The ZV650 features a CCFL backlight rather than LED and has a 240Hz panel and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. It comes in sizes ranging from 42-inches to 55-inches and costs from $1,300 to $2,400. Then there’s the XV648, which is new to the Regzas line and features a CCFL display, a 120Hz panel and a CrystalCoat display for better contrast.

Hitachi intros new LCD HDTVs

Posted in Hitachi by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

Hitachi intros new LCD HDTVsHitachi is back with some new LCD HDTV product lines in the form of the UltraVision and Alpha series. Ultravision features the best picture quality, the latest 1080p technology, support for up to 8 High Definition inputs, with five HDMI pure digital inputs. It also boasts a trim and light design that is easy to swivel for any viewing position you need, as well as an ENERGY STAR qualification. A built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuner lets users access their HD channels easily.

The Alpha series will give you four HDMI pure digital inputs, three HD inputs, a similar ENERGY STAR qualification, RGB input and a swivel stand.

LG LH55 series ships

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

LG LH55 series shipsLG’s latest is the LH55 series of LCD HDTVs, and they’ve started to ship after making a debut at CES earlier in the year. This new line uses the advanced 240Hz technology. The series features TruMotion 240Hz which increases response time, making your experience smoother and giving you a more natural picture.

Some other features in the line include a 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ambient light sensors and four HDMI inputs. You can pick up the LH55 series in 37″, 42″, 47″ and 55″ models, which will cost you $1,399.95, $1,799.95, $2,099.95 and $3,899.95.

Samsung LN55B650 LCD HDTV

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2009

Samsung LN55B650 LCD HDTVSamsung’s latest 55″ LN55B650 LCD HDTV is no slouch, boasting a 100,000:1 contrast ratio along with full HD resolution (1080p) for the crispest images possible. We’re talking 120Hz and support for Medi@2.0, which allows viewers to receive content over Yahoo! and Flickr directly on the screen.

It’s also DLNA-certified, so you’ll be able to connect to your computer’s personal media collection remotely and watch it on a huge screen. What would it be without a USB 2.0 port? You’ll get one so you can share images with others in the living room and bore them senseless.

Loewe Art SL HDTV claims to be the greenest of them all

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

Loewe Art SL HDTVIf you are the environmentally friendly type, the Loewe Art SL HDTV has just been introduced and you’ll want to check it out. It’s touted as the greenest HDTV from the company to date. And it doesn’t sacrifice specs and design.

This 1080p LCD display comes with an Eco Mode that lets you control how much power it uses and the automatic light dimming uses up to 20% less than when it runs normally. In standby mode, the Loewe Art SL sucks just 0.7 watts. As you might expect, these power saving features don’t come cheap.

Sony debuts connected BRAVIA Z5500 LCD HDTV line

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2009

Sony debuts connected BRAVIA Z5500 LCD HDTV lineSony introduced the Z5500 line. A trio consisting of 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch models, the set boasts Motionflow 200Hz technology, DLNA certification, the outfit’s BRAVIA Engine 3, its own ‘draw the LINE’ design concept, a 1080p panel and a CI Plus interface.

You’ll also get an integrated MPEG-4/AVC HD tuner, BRAVIA Sync (HDMI-CEC), an auto shut-off function, a dedicated ‘Energy Saving Switch’ and AppliCast, which lets users access a range of online services (RSS feeds and all sorts of other widgets) via the built-in Ethernet jack.

Samsung intros 46, 55-inch B9000 HDTVs with wireless external media box

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Samsung intros 46, 55-inch B9000 HDTVsSamsung has announced the 46 and 55 inch B9000 HDTVs which are apparently the follow-up to the A950 models of last year.

The latest additions feature LED backlights with localized dimming, Medi@2.0 with YouTube/Yahoo! Widgets, built-in USB port, DLNA functionality and a wireless connection to the external media box similar to Sony ZX1. As usual, nothing on pricing or availability just yet. Stay tuned, we will likely get an update very soon.

Bang & Olufsen announce 40-inch BeoVision 8 LCD HDTV

Posted in Bang & Olufsen by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Bang & Olufsen announce 40-inch BeoVision 8 LCD HDTVThe BeoVision 8 is entering big screen territory. Bang & Olufsen’s latest is known as the BV8-40, and stretches the LCD TV to a full 40-inches diagonally and features a nice 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution.

Some other specs include 500 cd/m2 brightness, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, six-millisecond response time, a digital TV tuner (In DVB regions) and some nice internal speakers that have been tuned for the “reproduction of human speech”. All we know about pricing is that the MSRP is touted as affordable.

Guy turns HDTV into awesome digital pinball machine

Posted in HDTV by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

You may have noticed that it’s difficult to find arcades these days, no matter how many hours you drive around blasting some Loverboy or Huey Lewis and the News. It ain’t the 80s. What’s a Pinball enthusiast to do? You make some killer pinball games yourself, that’s what!

Take one BadBoyBill, who happens to be the admin of the HyperSpin forums. He used an HDTV, an LCD monitor and a 3D pinball program to build his own 1080p pinball machine. Oh yeah. Now you’re drooling and thinking back to those days at the arcade. The cabinet he created recreates the whole pinball experience and he can play any game he wants on the same machine. That is genius. Absolute genius.