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Researchers Expect Plasma To Rule 3D Technology by 2013

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

There is no doubt that when it comes to home 3D technology that plasma is the preferred display technology. Today, Market Research firm Displaybank announced that they predict over 86% of the 3DTVs in 2013 will use plasma technology. This prediction is mainly based on comparison reviews and sales trends. Right now only a few manufacturers make plasma 3DTVs and one of the key elements that is holding 3D technology back are the retail prices. If 3D technology survives to 2013 it will be interesting to see if the researchers are correct.

[via I4U]

Hitachi Announces New HDTV Lineup

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Hitachi is proud to announce today their new 2010 HDTV lineup. The new models are part of Hitachi’s UltraVision UltraThin LED series. This series uses LEDs to create an ultrathin design as well as high quality HD images. The series includes 7 new TVs ranging in size from 32” to 55”. With the exception of one, all these displays feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The only TVs that significant information at this time is the LE46S704 and LE42S704. These models includes feature like a CONEQ surround sound system, a USB port, and four HDMI ports. These two models use LED edge light technology, while the others use backlight technology. The other models in the series include the L55S604, L46S604, L42S504, L32S504, and the L32A404. Retail prices range from $450 to $1700.

[via Hitachi]

This is HD Nation

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Who doesn’t like high definition? The hosts of HD Nation bring to best of HD news to show today. The first subject they talk about today is that VLC has released their 1.1.0 digital media player. This is considered be one of the best free media players available on the internet. The hosts actually call the VLC the Swiss army knife of media players. Another announcement that they make is that NASCAR will be filming at least one race in 3D. The race is the Coke Zero 400 and there will be filmed by Turner Sports. One of the viewer’s questions today asked about buying Blu-ray versions of the old movies. The hosts state that any movie that was shot with the cinema was shot in HD. However they do not all have the widescreen format that modern movies have. The reason why most people think that old movies can’t or shouldn’t be turned into Blu-ray is because they believe that because of the quality and time period of the movie that they weren’t shot in HD. However when cleaners do a good job fixing the films and remove all little defects, the film can then look just as good if not better than when it first debuted. One of the more exciting portions of the show this week was the top five list, which features the top five iconic 80s movies in HD. The list includes favorites like St. Elmo’s Fire, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Heathers, Ghost Busters, Trading Places, RoboCop, Top Gun, and Friday the 13th.

[via Revision 3]

Viore Releases LC22VH56PB HDTV

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Viore is announcing today the release of a new LCD HDTV, the LC22VH56PB. This 22” display feature WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution and a 10000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. This TV would be ideal for the bedroom, kitchen, or one of the areas where viewing is not the purpose of the room. Viore has given the TV composite, component, VGA, an antenna, and HDMI connections. There is even a small speaker system to ensure that you don’t have to connect external speakers. This TV is on sale now through select retailers and is priced at $169.

[via CNET]

3D Technology More Dangerous Than Thought

Monday, June 28th, 2010

We have heard that some companies have a laundry list of warnings in regards to the new 3D technology. Today, it has been revealed that some of those warnings are for good reasons. As it turns out there is a big possibility that 3D technology can be hazardous to your health. The main health problem is called strabismus and it affects kids who are still in the development stages. Also called lazy eye, the problem means that the eyes can not focus on the same item. This causes the person’s sense of depth to be thrown incredibly out of proportion. The reason why this symptom is a problem is because a majority of 3D content is being directed toward young children. Also if 3D technology excels, more children will be watching 3D content at an age when strabismus can easily develop.

[via Audioholics]

Monster Vision Max 3D Glasses Review

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Last week Monster unveiled their Vision Max 3D glasses, which they claim are the first pair of universal glasses. Today, the writers from HDGuru got to see if they actually work or not. The glasses use their own radio transmitter and can be used between different manufacturers, which before now were not possible. The main difference is that manufactures use an IR emitter to keep the glasses in sync while the Vision Max uses a radio transmitter. The transmitter sits in front of the manufacturer’s IR emitter in order to sync the monster glasses. The writers were happy to see that the TVs did not suffer from crosstalk or other problems that are associated with 3D technology. They writers did notice that the glasses are very large compared to other 3D glasses. This might be a problem for people with smaller heads, especially children. One thing that they liked was the rechargeable battery that is able to run for up to 80 hours before needing recharged. The last thing that the writers liked was that the glasses less expensive than the company glasses. Normally, 3D glasses retail for about $200 or more, but the Vision Max glasses retail for about $170.

[via HDGuru]

BenQ Announces New HD Monitors

Monday, June 28th, 2010

BenQ is an internationally renowned provider of digital monitors. Today, the company announced the first three vertically alignment (VA) LED monitors, the EW2420, VW2420, and the VW2220. These displays feature either a 22- or a 24-inch display and a native 3000:1 contrast ratio. They also all feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. BenQ will also include their Senseye human vision technology. This feature uses sensors that match what a human can see, and is able to judge the quality of the display and adjust were necessary. BenQ is not looking the release these monitors until August and November. Retail prices have not been released yet.

[via BenQ]

Pioneer Releases VSX-30 and VSX-31 A/V Receivers

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Products from Pioneer have always been high quality and also high in price. However with the release of their new Elite A/V receivers, the company is now trying to create more affordable products. The new receivers are the VSX-30 and the VSX-31. Their main features include an iPhone/iPod control, HDMI and 3D support, THX Select2 Plus audio, and an Ethernet port for accessing Sirius XM, Rhapsody, and other files off your home network. The VSX-30 retails for $550, while the VSX-31 will cost $650.

[via Engadget]

3D Content Can Be Recorded

Friday, June 25th, 2010

In case you haven’t heard yet, the World Cup is well under way and it has been reported as one of the first major sporting events to be filmed in 3D. Several of the matches were available to watch in 3D for anyone at home who has the proper equipment. Recently the question was asked, “Could someone record the 3D games and then play them back in 3D?” After some research it was found that yes 3D content can be recorded on your DVR or media box and then be played back in 3D as if the game was happening then and there. Each frame in the signal has side by side images.

[via Electronic House]

Blu-Ray Disc Association Develops 128GB Disc

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Do you remember when 2GB of memory was a lot of space? Today, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced that they have approved specifications for BDXL the latest Blu-ray writable disk. This disk will be able to hold 128 GB of storage thanks to a triple-layer design. They are also developing a rewritable version using a quadruple layer disc. While this sound like it would be a big help to home theater enthusiasts, sadly the discs are only being developed for business applications at this time. But to hear that that kind of storage is being developed shows hope for the future of commercial storage.

[via Electronic House]



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