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Toshiba Unveils XE2 HDTVs

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Toshiba is looking to release two new LED HDTVs into the market very soon. The new models are part of the XE2 series and include a 55” and a 46” display. Unfortunately, the exact names are not given at this time. The displays will be able to give 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and they will be some of the first 3DTVs to come from Toshiba. Other features will include a 2D-to-3D conversion and a 240Hz frame rate. Toshiba has also included a 3TB hard drive in order to record your favorite shows. The TVs use the active shutter 3D technology, but the company did not say if glasses will be included. The 55” and 46” displays will be released soon in Japan and hopefully worldwide afterwards. The retail prices will be about $11000 and $8000, respectively.

[via 3D Display Info]

Samsung LE32C580 HDTV Review

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Trusted Reviews released their experience with the Samsung LE32C580 HDTV today. This model features 3D Ready technology and a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The first thing that the writers highlight is the pretty design. The Rose Black color scheme makes the TV look incredibly stylish and classy. One feature that they liked was the Ethernet connection with an optional Wi-Fi dongle. The writers liked that the TV can let users check their email or online status with out having to move to their computer. The overall picture quality was good, but there was a decline in sharpness during motion scenes. They also thought that the black levels could have been a lot better and were ultimately a disappointment. The final verdict was, “Looked at purely within the context of sub-£400 32in LCD TVs, the LE32C580 is a pretty good effort, with some decent multimedia features, fair-to-middling picture quality and tolerable sound. But it doesn’t stand out from the crowd as much as we’d hoped, making us suspect you might be well advised to save up longer for Samsung’s step up C650 series, which carry Internet@TV support, superior LCD panel design, and 200Hz processing – and which we will hopefully be reviewing soon.”

[via Trusted Review]

HD Nation Reviews Panasonic TC-P54VT25 HDTV

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Two weeks ago the hosts of HD Nation received the Panasonic received the Panasonic TC-P54VT25 3DTV to review. The hosts actually talk about their review on this weeks show, but not before some key news facts. The first is that the 3D feature has now officially become a “Check Box” feature, which means that everyone is going to build TVs with this feature, even if you never have any intention of using the 3D feature. With that said the hosts take a look at the TV and break it between 2D and 3D viewing. With the 2D content, the hosts state that the display is one of the best plasma TVs that they have ever seen. One of the best features was the motion handling. Part of this is due to the fact that Panasonic used a new plasma formula that creates darker black levels. They also liked the connection options as well as the internet capabilities. The hosts only wish that they could have compared the TV to the leading competitor’s 3DTVs.

[via Revision 3]

Sony KDL-55HX800 HDTV Review

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

One of the new Sony 3DTVs is the KDL-55HX800. This 55” LCD display features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and Sony’s BRAVIA Engine 3 processor. Today, the writers from PC Magazine released their review. One of the first things that the writers mention is that the 55HX800 is the cheapest 3DTV that Sony has to offer. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that the TV is still too expensive for most consumers. To make the cost worse is the fact that Sony requires customers to purchase 3D glasses separately. After a quick and easy setup, the writers were happy to see that the price of the TV was not in vain. They noted that the image quality for both the 2D and 3D content was very impressive. The only problems they had though was some crosstalk and ghosting while watching the 3D content. The bottom line that they stated was, “The 55-inch LED-backlit Bravia KDL-55HX800 delivers solid 3D imagery, and an even-better 2D picture. Features are plentiful, but you’ll pay dearly for this cutting-edge HDTV.”

[via PC Magazine]

LG Unveils PX950 HDTV Series

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

LG is proud to announce today, the release of their two new 3D plasma displays, the 50PX950 and the 60PX950. Both display can display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and up to a 5000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Right now plasma technology is immerging to be the preferred display technology for 3D content. LG has also included internet connectivity and the TV can also use a wide array of online widgets like Yahoo, Netflix, Vudu, Youtube, Picasa and NetCast. The connection panel includes three HDMI ports as well as the normal composite, component, VGA, and antenna connection. There is also two USB ports for memory sticks and to connect the IR sensor for 3D. LG plans to display both displays at the IFA fair in Berlin, but they will be on the retail market relatively soon. The 50PX950 and 60PX950 are expected to retail for $2500 and $4200.

[via Flatpanel HD Panels]

Amimon Transmits 3D Content Wirelessly

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Do you remember when the Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) was announced? It was suppose to bring products that would allow a household to link all their electronics together using a wireless HD network. Today, Israe’s Amimon has announced that they have used the WHDI to transmit 3D full-HD content. For their demonstration, the developers used a Samsung 3D Blu-ray player and HDTV. The player is connected to the WHDI transmitter with an HDMI cable and transmits to a receiver connected to a receiver. Right now, Amimon has a reference design available and they are looking for Japanese device makers who are willing to commercialize their design.

[via 3D Display Info]

Asus Releases VG236H HD Monitor

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Asus unveiled today their latest HD monitor, the VG236H. This 23” display features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 100000:1 contrast ratio, and it is 3D ready. Unfortunately though, the display requires the NVIDIA 3D system in order to deliver the 3D effect. The VG236H comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, which is about the slowest possible speed in order to display 3D content. The monitor is specifically designed for PC gamers and comes with only a 2MS response time. This ensures that the gamer and the display are in sync and able to see events in real time. The VG236H is available for shipping through certified retailers. The retail price has not been announced yet.

[via Flatpanel HD]

UC San Diego Creates Superior Virtual Reality System with 3DTV

Monday, July 26th, 2010

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High-end virtual reality systems have been used by companies for several years. However, the problem with these systems is that they can be very expensive. That is why the researchers at UC San Diego have decided to go in a different direction. The researchers purchased a Samsung 3DTV for only $2300 and then mounted it above a half-silvered mirror. To give the user a sense of feeling, they have added a touch-feedback controller. The end result is a virtual reality display that the researchers say outperforms their PARIS HUVR system. The HUVR system retails for $100000, but the new HDTV system only totals $7000.

[via Engadget]

Acer Unveils S201HL, S211HL, and S231HL HD Monitors

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Acer announced today a new line of LED HD monitors. The new S1 series includes three models, the S201HL, S211HL, and S231HL. All three models feature the latest in LED backlight technology and can display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and an estimated 12000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The series measure 20”, 21.5”, and 23”, measured diagonally. The S211HL and S231HL both feature an HDMI connection, while all three include a RGB and a DVI connection. Another major feature that Acer is highlighting is that all three monitors meet the Energy Star 5.0 specifications. This means that the devices consume a considerably low amount of energy, which will ultimately reduce the user’s energy bills. The S201HL, S211HL and S231HL are available now and will retail for $170, $220, and $270, respectively.

[via Acer]

AU Optronics Buys AFPD

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

AU Optronics is proud to announce that they have completed their acquisition of Toshiba Mobile Display’s subsidiary, AFPD. This is part of the company’s move to producing more OLED displays. AFPD already have an OLED plant in operation and AUO plans to use the plant to produce screens ranging in size, but mostly for OLED TVs. Unfortunately there isn’t any additional information about this event at this time. A follow up report will be released when more information is released.

[via OLED Info]

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