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World’s Largest LED HDTV Nears Completion

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Up until recently, the largest HDTV in the world belonged to Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. That title has been stripped however and given to the Charlotte Motor Speedway, in North Carolina. The screen is expected to stand a whooping 80 feet tall and measure 200 feet wide. The TV is made up of over 158 individual TV panels placed together. It will use over 9 million LED lamps and weigh close to 650000 pounds. The screen is expected to installed before May.

[via NBC DFW]

ViewSonic VT4210LED HDTV Review

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The ViewSonic VT4210LED is one of the company’s new LED HDTVs. It measures 42 inches, diagonally, and comes with HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 6000:1 contrast ratio. Today, Mac World released their review of the VT4210LED. One of the qualities that stood out was the thin design, which is due to the use of LED lamps. LEDs are more economical and consume less energy, which makes them ideal to use. The writers note that this TV is very basic in that there are not a lot of extra features. It doesn’t have 3D technology or the ability to access the web. This does however make the TV very simplistic and easy to use. The writers thought that the TV was fairly average with its tests, but they thought that the sound system was subpar at best. The final comment they made was, “ViewSonic’s VT4210 is not for everyone. At about $800, it’s more expensive than other average-performance, average-quality 42-inch HDTVs on the market. The design is something to note, however.”

[via Mac World]

Samsung Begins Mass-Producing 22 Inch Transparent HDTVs

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

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Earlier this month you may have read about Samsung’s concept of a transparent LCD screen. Today, the company has announced that they have begun mass producing a 22 inch version of the screen for consumer use. The screen will be able to display a 1680 x 1050 resolution and a 500:1 contrast ratio. Even the images on the screen have some transparency, but it is a big improvement over previous versions. The company has many possible uses for the screens including advertising tools and interactive communication devices for schools. Younghwan Park, a senior vice president of Samsung Electronics LCD Business, said, “Transparent displays will have a wide range of use in all industry areas as an efficient tool for delivering information and communication. With the world’s first mass production of the transparent LCD panel, Samsung Electronics plans to lead the global transparent LCD market by developing various applications.” As of right now there is no date or price for the screens.

[via Engadget]

Sharp LC-60LE835U HDTV Review

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

One of the new HDTVs to be released by Sharp is the LC-60LE835U. This TV features Quattron Quad technology and displays full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and an 8000000:1 contrast ratio on a 60 inch screen. Today, the writers from PC Magazine released their review of this particular TV. The writers were very happy with the TV’s overall design and its energy efficient performance. They did notice that the stand was a little wobbly though and thought that could use improvement. The writers complimented the 3D performance was also to see the wide color gamut, which is due to the Quattron technology. Another disappointment however was the lack of internet access and the limited web apps that were available. The final comment the writers made was, “At $2,800, Sharp’s 60-inch LC-60LE835U LED HDTV isn’t cheap, but between its green power-saving mode, its wide color range, and strong 2D- and 3D-picture performance, it’s a solid choice for a large-screen 3D HDTV.”

[via PC Magazine]

Samsung 3D Glasses and Wireless Charger Review

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

One of the big problems with active shutter glasses is that they have to be recharged or have their batteries changed often. That is why Samsung designed their SSG-3700CR 3D glasses and the SWC1000AC wireless charger. Recently, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their review of these two products. The glasses feature Samsung’s new design that is supposed to be lighter and more comfortable to wear. The charging station provides a nice little stand for the glasses to sit while they charge their batteries via wireless connection. The writers like the design of both products and even compliment the comfortable headband that the glasses use. The only real problem that the writers had with the glasses was that the lens’ frames were too small. There were also some issues with the flicker effect, which is common with active shutter glasses. The final comment made was, “The SSG-3700CRs succeed startlingly well in making it clear that active shutter glasses can be pretty much as lightweight, comfortable and ‘cool’ as passive ones. In fact, their already high cool factor goes off the scale when they’re used in conjunction with Samsung’s genuinely ingenious SWC1000A wireless charger. Samsung’s hip new 3700CRs, then, definitely get round some, even many of the usual glasses-based objections raised by active 3D bashers. One problem remains, however: they still cost at best £99 each, representing a significant extra investment for anyone with a family of four or more – especially if you also factor in the irresistible wireless charger. In other words, while the SSG-3700CR glasses and SWC1000A charger are well conceived, superbly constructed, highly functional and a great salvo in this year’s bitter 3D fight, their price prevents them from delivering a knockout punch.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Samsung Unveils Three New HD Monitor Series

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Samsung announced recently that three new HD monitor series will be releasing soon. The series include the SA300, SA350, and the SA550 and together there are 10 new screens. The screens range in size from 20 to 27 inches and they all use the new TN display panels and LED edge lighting. The SA300 includes 4 models that include the S20A300B, S22A300B, S23A300B, and the S24A300B. The SA350 series also includes four models that are named, S20A350B, S22A350H, S23A350H, and the S24A350H. The SA550 series only includes two models, the S23A550H and the largest display in the group, the S27A550H. With the exception of the S27A550H, which is only available for pre-ordering at this time, all of these displays are available for shipping. Retail prices were now unveiled.

[via Flatpanels HD]

This Week on HD Nation

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This week on HD Nation, the hosts first talk about the new HDMI adapter for Apple products. This device can connect to all of Apple’s iproducts like iPhone, iPod, iPad, and so on. It is designed to allow the product to stream HD content directly to your TV and even allow mirroring, but that feature is only available with the iPad 2. The iPad 2 is also the only Apple product that can display 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, while the other products can only display 720p HD (1280 x 720) resolution. The hosts also reviewed a new home theater projector from Optoma and announced the latest Blu-ray releases for this week.

[via Revision 3]

Star Wars Blu-ray Collection Receives Closer Release Date

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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At the beginning of the year, Lucas Films announced the long awaited announcement that the entire Star Wars collection will be released on Blu-ray on September 27th. Today, it has been revealed that the release date has been pushed forward to September 16th, which is just over a week closer. This also puts the release on a Friday, which allows fans to enjoy a weekend of Star Wars. All six movies are being released as a complete saga collection with over 30 hours of special features. The collection is expected to release for about $90.

[via Engadget]

Samsung Releases D6500 Series HDTVs

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Samsung is proud to announce that their new D6500 3DTVs are now available for shipping. The series includes four models that all use LED technology to display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The displays include the UN40D6500, UN46D6500, UN55D6500, and the UN60D6500, which measure 40, 46, 55, and 60 inches, diagonally. In addition to 3D technology, each TV will also include Samsung’s new Smart TV platform, which allows the user to browse content from their service provider, personal library, or online. Retail prices for these TVs range between $1350 and $3300.

[via 3D Display Info]

Panasonic and XpanD Unveil M-3DI Standard

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Panasonic has announced that they have teamed up with XpanD 3D in order to create the M-3DI, a new standard for 3D active-shutter eyewear. The effort is to produce a standard that all active shutter 3D products can use so that consumers can pick and choose which products they wish to use for their 3D home theater system. Last year it was common knowledge in the 3DTV industry that the only compatible products are the ones that were designed by the same manufacturer. This means that consumers had to purchase all their 3D components from one company. “Panasonic has led in Full HD 3D innovation through the development of technologies that enable consumers to have a truly immersive experience with our 3D VIERA HDTV’s and Blu-ray 3D players,” said Hirotoshi Uehara, director of the Television Business Unit, Visual Products and Display Devices Business Group of Panasonic’s AVC Networks Company. “Now, we are excited to be joining XPAND 3D and the other participants of the M-3DI initiative to make Full HD 3D TV even more widely accessible. Joining forces with other 3D product manufacturers to standardize active-shutter 3D eyewear will help ensure that consumers have a superlative 3D experience at home and in the movie theater. This is a major step toward creating truly universal 3D eyewear.”

[via Businesswire]

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