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Panasonic TX-P42G20B HDTV Review

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The Panasonic TX-P42G20B is one of the company’s newer HDTVs. It features HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, plasma technology and a 5000000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their review of the P42G20B. The writers begin by stating how boring the TV looks. The glossy black bezel leaves nothing to the imagination. However, the design has some hope with the connection panel. There is a new 1.4 HDMI port for the new 3D signals and there is an Ethernet port, which are the two major ports. The others include three more HDMI ports, a composite, component, RGB, and an antenna port. The image quality was as good as expected, especially the black levels. The writers were happy to state that the black levels were uniform through out the entire screen. The final verdict that was made was, “The P42G20B may lack the glamor and panache of many of today’s LCD glory boys, and its realistic approach to pictures might struggle to make its presence felt in a crowded electrical superstore. But don’t let this deceive you. For underneath its uninspiring exterior beats a heart of home cinema gold and a stubborn focus on good, old-fashioned picture accuracy and quality, all for a decent price.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Rumors Spread of Samsung Making an Android HDTV

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

At the beginning of the month, Samsung was one of the companies who stated that they didn’t want to incorporate Android into their HDTVs. Today, it was reported that Samsung has changed their minds and is considering making an Android-powered Google TV. The reason why Samsung originally said no to Android is because the company wanted to focus on their own internet applications before turning elsewhere. As of right now this announcement is only a rumor but as soon as Samsung makes an official announcement there will be a follow up report.

[via Engadget HD]

Samsung Releases UN55C9000 and UN46C9000 3DTVs

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Samsung is back with a pair of new 3DTVs, the UN55C9000 and UN46C9000. Both models feature LED backlit technology and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The measure 55” and 46”, respectively, and come with a 240 Hz refresh rate, which is the minimum for a quality 3D image. Samsung has also included a wide variety of internet apps and Wi-Fi capabilities. Unfortunately though, the company has not released any information about the connection panel or the contrast ratio. Both 3DTVs are available now through Amazon. The UN55C9000 retails for just under $6300, while the UN46C9000 is priced at $5400.

[via 3D Display Info]

AVerMedia Technologies Releases AVerLife Cinema Media Player

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

AVerMedia Technologies is a leading provider of digital multimedia technology. Today, the company announced the release of their new AVerLife Cinema media player. This device allows users to combine all of their media files from their computer to one device so that they can be played onto a TV. The player uses a USB port to connect to computer, but it also has an SD card slot for added convenience. AverMedia has included an easy to use interface and a remote control to help simplify everything. “Reviewing photos and watching videos on a small computer monitor is never as enjoyable as doing so on a big screen TV,” said Stephen Dix, vice president of sales, Multimedia Division at AVerMedia Technologies. “The AVerLife Cinema offers a much more entertaining and easier way to view your media files.” The media player is able to support up to 720p HD (1280 x 720) resolution and can connect to the TV via HDMI, composite, or a component connection. The AVerLife Cinema is available now and retails for just under $70.

[via Engadget]

HD Nation Recommends Cheap HDTVs

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Once a week the hosts of HD Nation bring the best of HD news and content to the show. This week one of the first questions they tackle comes from a viewer asking if there are any decent HDTVs that can be found for under $850. The first model that the hosts recommend is the Sony KDL-40EX500, which retails for about $820. They also recommend another 40” display with the Toshiba 40G300U, which retails for just under $900, but it can probably be found through second hand retailers for less. A bigger model is the LG 42LD520. This model is also slightly above the budget asked, but it is not a big increase. Another question that they answer asks if CRT is better than LCD HDTVs. The bottom line is that CRTs are dead and practically no one even makes them anymore. The main reason is that the TVs are manufactured overseas, and where a company might be able to fit 10 CRT screens in a shipping crate, they will be able to fit 50 LCD TVs in the same space. Also with the advancement of technology there isn’t anything that a CRT provides that a modern LCD or plasma doesn’t have.

[via Revision 3]

Denon Unveils DBP-1611UD and DBP-2011UDCI 3D Blu-ray Players

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

There are not a lot of 3D Blu-ray players to choose from right now. Fortunately that will quickly change as Denon announced today that two new players will be releasing with in a few months. The DBP-1611UD and DBP-2011UDCI are expected to come out in June and August, respectively. Both models are cable to access the internet and stream Netflix and YouTube videos. They also have up to a 1GB of internal storage to download updates and other features from BD-Live. The only major difference between the two devices is that the DBP-2011UDCI comes with Anchor Bay Technologies’ decoding engine and scalar technology. This makes the 2011UDCI capable of decoding all HD audio formats from Dolby and DTS. The DBP-1611UD and DBP-2011UDCI are expected to retail for $399 and $799, respectively.

[via Gizmodo]

Toshiba Announces Glasses-Free 3DTV

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Toshiba has not yet released a 3DTV in the industry yet. But recently, the company announced a new display that they intend to unveil next month at the SID 2010 International Symposium. Toshiba has not released the name of this TV, but they did say that not only will it display 3D content, but it will do it with out the use of 3D glasses. The screen will only have a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution and measures 21” diagonally, but at least it is a step towards not having to wear the glasses. The seminar will take place May 25 to 27 in Seattle WA. Toshiba will be showcasing the glasses-free TV at booth #631.

[via Toshiba Mobile Display]

Sceptre Releases X270BV-FHD HDTV

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Sceptre is known for manufacturing low cost HDTVs for places like Costco and other retail companies. Today, the company announced their latest HDTV, the X270BV-FHD. This LCD display only measures 27”, diagonally, but comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 100000:1 contrast ratio. The TV does not feature the new 3D technology, but it does come with three HDMI ports as well as the standard composite, component, s-video, and RGB connections. There is also a USB port that is ideal for users who want to view video or photos instantly from their memory sticks. Another key feature is the Energy Star 4.0 compliance. This ensures that the TV is using a minimal amount of energy, which helps save money on your electric bill. The X270BV-FHD is available now through certified retailers and it is priced at $449.

[via Slash Gear]

Panasonic UE55C8000 HDTV Review

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The writers at Trusted Review got a special treat when they got to review the Samsung UE55C8000. This TV is not even released to the consumer market yet. The 55” display uses LED lamps to help display a beautiful 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The main feature about this TV is that it is 3D ready and uses active shutter glasses to create the 3D effect. The writers were very impressed with the design. The TV is only an inch thick and features a silver and metallic finish. The writers also compliment the new HDMI 1.4 port that is able to support the 3D signal. Included in this TV are several new features. One notable one is the LED Motion Plus feature, which was designed to remove lag and create a smooth 3D experience. The only big problem that the writers found was that the UE55C8000’s viewing angle is very low while watching 2D content. However this was only an annoyance at best. The final verdict was, “So my first experience of a fully functioning 3D TV has come to an end – and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. In fact, were it not for the crosstalk issue, I’d be totally convinced that 3D is going to become as big in its own ‘events-based’ way as HD has. Even as it stands, I think it’s got far more legs than I or many of my fellow journalists perhaps expected. It remains to be seen how the UE55C8000’s 3D abilities might compare with other brands of 3D TV. But my gut instinct is that they will actually hold up very well against other LCD and LED TVs, with Panasonic’s imminent 3D plasma models probably likely to provide the toughest challenge. Importantly, though, the UE55C8000 is also a stunningly attractive, feature-heavy star with non-3D footage. So provided you can swallow its price, it’s a seriously impressive TV even if you only decide to use its 3D talents every now and then.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Panasonic TH-65VX100U HDTV is Not Energy Conscience

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Are you looking to save some electricity with your next HDTV purchase? Recently, the writers from DVICE released a small list of some of the most wasteful electronics available today. The first item that they mention from the list is the Panasonic TH-65VX100U. This TV has already been put out of production by Panasonic, but it can still be found on discount retail sites. The TV features a 65” screen size and plasma technology. It also has HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 60000:1 contrast ratio. The downside to this device is that is consumes over 585 watts of energy, while it is being used. While the HDTV was available, it was considered top of the line and it could display excellent pictures.

[via DVICE]



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