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Is it Time for a 200Hz HDTV?

Friday, September 25th, 2009


Have you had problems with fast motion scenes on your HDTV? If so then it might be time to upgrade to one of the new 200 Hz display panels. This technology is fairly new and is just now starting to rise in popularity. The 200Hz refresh rate is twice as fast as the common 100Hz models and is able to display a much smoother and judder free image. One of the major problems with HDTVs is that they are not able to display HD content at the same speed that it is recorded. The result is a judder or hiccup in the displayed content. To try and fix this problem, the refresh rate of the TVs has been increased be integrating technology that uses computer algorithms to synthesize extra image frames that are added to the frame line up. The end result is the smooth display that doesn’t go blurry when fast motion scenes appear. Many manufacturing companies like Samsung, Sony, LG and Philips have already released some HDTVs with at least a 200Hz rate. In order to find the best one for you, manufactures insist that you look at the displays first hand and see which one looks best for you.

[via CNet]

Emo Labs Announces Edge Motion Technology for HDTVs

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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Do you like your ultra-thin HDTV, but don’t like using external speakers? Well the developers from Emo Labs might have a solution for you. Their new concept called Edge Motion is a think membrane that attaches to the front of your HD screen. They connect to actuators in the frame and can be programmed to deliver both right and left speakers for stereo sound. The membranes then micro-flex in order to produce sound waves that come off the screen. The Edge Motion does not inhibit the display in anyway and allows a viewer to enjoy both high quality video and audio. The company has also announced that the Edge Motion technology can also be integrated into other displays like cell phones, laptops, GPS systems, and many more options.

[via Gizmodo]

Engadget Show Discusses HD Displays in Time Square

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The display signs in New York’s Time Square are some of the most complicated HDTVs used today. The host of the Engadget Show got to talk with the designer, Meric Adriansen, who made all the signs in the square. Every display has its own resolution and several key features that allow them to play 24/7 in any weather condition. One of the more interesting signs like the ABC curved scroll signs is actually comprised of several ultra-thin HDTVs that are only 2.3 inches wide by 40 inches tall. By angling the panels just right, the curve is easily made, this joining of TVs is used in all the curved displays through out time square. Another amazing display that Meric showed was with the famous Walgreens signs that basically take up opposing sides of a sky scrapper. Not only are the signs huge, but they are also slanted, instead of the traditional box style. What makes the Walgreens signs so interesting is that each of them are comprised of 27 different HDTV panels and they are positioned so that the high resolution panels are on the bottom, while the low resolution panels are on top. This technique allows the sign to have incredible detail where it is close to the viewers.

[via Engadget]

Hollandia Sphere Bed

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


Have you ever wanted a bed that you could enjoy? Well Hollandia International has recently announced their Sphere Bed. Although nothing about this bed is spherical, the bed does come with some amazing features like adjustable mattresses, built-in massager, and a covered LED canopy. The more interesting aspect however is the 32-inch HDTV that is mounted into the foot panel of the bed. The entire frame is covered in red velvet and even has cut out holes on each side to hold either a glass or a bucket of ice for when you want to have a little romantic toast in bed. In addition to the 32-inch TV, the company also has an optional theater system that can be included for an added fee. Hollandia International is currently selling the Sphere Bed in Moscow, but there is no information on price at this time.

[via Gizmodo]

Best Buy Announces $600 Insignia HDTV with Blu-ray Player Coming Soon

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


It looks like the race for Christmas shopping is starting early this year as Best Buy recently announced on their website that they will be selling soon a 32” Insignia HDTV with a built-in Blu-ray player for only $599. Also if the Blu-ray player doesn’t appeal to you, then you can by the TV standard for only $499. Best Buy has not announced the name of the TV, but they did mention that it will feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 20000:1 contrast ratio, and a 120Hz motion processor. This display is not going to have all the fancy feature that some other HDTVs with Blu-ray players have, but for only $600 it makes an ideal gift or for bedrooms or college dorms. More information as it becomes available.

[via Engadget]

Vizio SV471XVT HDTV Review

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


The Vizio SV471XVT is one of the company’s X-Treme Value Televisions. This 47” LCD display features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 50000:1 contrast ratio. Recently, a writer from Big Picture Big Sound released their review of this TV to see what it can do. Upon powering up the TV, the writer was graced with the amazing HD display. Unfortunately, they were also met with a big glowing logo just under the screen, which could prove distracting at times. Along with the good display, the writer was very happy with the connectivity options as well as the independent volume settings feature. This allowed a user to put in multiple inputs like a game console, DVD player, and a media box and allow the volumes to be controlled individually. This feature prevents users from being startled when they switch from a soft comfortable display to a much louder display. Some of the features that the writers didn’t like however included the Smooth Motion processor, the dull black levels, and poor off-axis performance. The final conclusion the writer made was, “Despite the hard time it had with a few of the HQV torture tests and its relatively narrow viewing angle, the SV471XVT is still a large and attractive display that’s capable of delivering tremendous color and clarity with high definition programming. Feed it HD, sit in the middle of the room and you should be a happy camper. And with its list price of only $1,499 the SV471XVT does offer considerable bang for the buck and warrants your serious consideration.”

[via Big Picture Big Sound]

Philips 42PFL7404 HDTV Review

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


Philips definitely took a step back when they designed the 42PFL7404 HDTV. This 42” LCD model full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and an 80000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Recently, Trusted Reviews got to see how good this model could be. The writers compare the 43PFL7404 with several of its predecessors for a good comparison. For starters, the first good comparison is the dramatically reduced retail price towards other Philips HDTVs. But even though the TV is priced at £770, several competitors with similar size HDTVs are priced considerably lower and have more features. However, even with out the excessive amount of features, the 42PFL7404 does present a clear crisp image with the help of the Pixel Precise HD engine. The writers were very happy with the over all display. They did experience a few imperfections with the display, but they were not enough to be a distracting while they watched their review content. Some of the problems they did mention include the limited viewing angle, problems with high-octane video, and more importantly the invisible speakers. The speakers were probably the worst aspect of the TV due to a high treble sound and a lack of bass. The final verdict that the writers made was, “The 42PFL7404′s aggressive pricing turns things neatly on their head. In fact, the shift engendered by the cheaper price is here so dramatic that it’s persuaded me to give the 42PFL7404 a TrustedReviews Recommended award even though both sets use the same picture engine.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

HD Nation Wraps Up the CEDIA Expo

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Last week on HD Nation, the hosts did part one of how to wall mount a flat panel HDTV. This week, they continued to finish the installation and talk about cable layout, how important it is to find the studs during installation. By finding the studs and securing the mounts to them, the mount has a less chance of being yanked from the wall due to much weight, or someone pushing on the TV. The hosts also took a look back at some of the hottest HD products that were displayed last week at the CEDIA Expo. Some of the products that they talked about were some of the new LED displays as well as much bigger 65” HDTVs that used to be premium products, but are now becoming part of the affordable everyday range. Other hot topics included the dramatic thinning of the LCD and LED display. One key product mentioned was the Samsung B8500 model, which is only 1.6 inches thick when its predecessor was 4 inches thick.

[via Revision 3]

Space Foosball Concept Design

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Have you ever thought that foosball needed an upgrade? Well the developers at the Ewha Woman’s University in Korea have decided to make the game more modern by removing all the bars and carved soccer players and replacing them with an HD display. The Space Foosball table functions very similar to a standard foosball table, and has bars on the sides for controlling the rows of soccer players. However instead of the bars going all the way through the machine, they are only used to activate sensors that tell the program how far to move the digital characters and when to flip them. The system even lets you customize your team by selecting one of the several different 3D soccer characters available. The table was designed by as a project for the developers to display their physic’s engine, which means you probably won’t see this system in the stores any time soon.

[via Gizmodo]

Asus Releases MS246H HD Monitor

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


Asus announced recently the release of their new MS256H HD monitor. This display features a 24” LCD screen, a 50000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The display is ultra-slim, measuring only 0.65 inches thick and has a dual-lamp LCD panel for reduced energy consumption. The display also features Asus’ ring stand, which allows for easy positioning and adjustment. The MS256H comes with not only a RGB connection, but also an HDMI and a DVI connection. Asus is currently selling the MS256H monitor through certified retailers for the suggested price of $249.

[via Gear Log]

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