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Sony KDL-32EX723 HDTV Review

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

One of the new HDTVs to be released by Sony is the KDL-32EX723. This 32 inch display features LED edgelighting, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a “Mega” dynamic contrast ratio. Today, Trusted Reviews released their review of the KDL-32EX723. The writer really thought that the TV performed nicely in 2D. They stated that it wasn’t the best that they have seen, but it wasn’t the worst either. The writers did compliment the wide array of features. But probably the worst feature was the 3D technology. The writer thought that the 3D quality was filled with blurred images that were very headache inducing. Almost as equally bad was the audio that they writer stated had very little bass and a limited sound range. The final verdict was, “As a 2D TV, the 32EX723 is a perfectly respectable mid-range effort. In fact, if it’s impressive, video-driven online capabilities are up your street, it’s perhaps a bit more than respectable. If you are thinking about buying a 32EX723 for 3D, though, you’re barking up the wrong tree. Here’s hoping other new sets in Sony’s 2011 range prove more able with 3D, otherwise the brand could be in for a rather tough year.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Sony and Sharp Announce Amendments to JV Agreement

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Sharp and Sony have announced today that they have entered into a joint venture to produce and sell large-sized LCD panels and modules. This venture is an extended version of their original JV agreement. The JV Agreement was originally made to have Sony make additional capital injections to SDP, which would result into a maximum of 34% ownership in April 2011. The new joint venture will suspend these injections and allow the two companies to discuss any future contributions until March 2012.

[via Sony]

LG Unveils D41P and D42P HDTV Series

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

LG has been one of the main supports of “flicker free” passive 3D technology. Today, the company has unveiled that they are bringing the technology to two new HD monitor series, the D41P and D42P. The D41P only has one monitor so far, the D2341P, while the D42P has three new screens, the D2242P, D2342P, and the D2542P. The screens range in size for 21.5 to 25 inches and they all feature a 5 ms response time and 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The main difference between the two series is that the D41P only comes with RGB and DVI ports, while the D42P series has both of those and an HDMI port as well. The screens also include 2D-to-3D conversion technology. Unfortunately retail prices have not been unveiled yet. LG plans to release both series in the South Korea soon, with a global release planned for sometime in June.

[via Engadget]

This Week on HD Nation

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This week’s episode of HD Nation was sponsored by Samsung and their Samsung Smart TV Giveaway. The hosts dive right into viewers questions this week as one wrote in asking if a 3D Blu-ray player is compatible with an HDTV that doesn’t play 3D content. The hosts state that they are absolutely compatible because the 3D Blu-ray players have a 2D and a 3D mode. Another question was about how to prolong lamp life for rear projection DLP HDTVs. The hosts recommend that users minimize power cycling, keeping the TV dust free, keeping lamp glass clean, and lastly to avoid no name generic lamps. Often these manufacturers make cheap inferior lamps that do not run as long as the original lamp.

[via Revision 3]

LG 32LD450 HDTV Review

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

One of the new HDTVs from LG Electronics is the 32LD450. This TV features a 32 inch screen, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 100000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Tech Watch released their review of this particular TV. The first thing that they talk about is that the TV has a low retail price, which makes it ideal for consumers with low budgets. The writers also complimented the connection panel, which isn’t bad for its price range. The connection panel includes dual HDMI ports, a composite, s-video, component, VGA, and an antenna port. There is also a USB port for connecting a flash drive. The writers think that the TV’s performance is not as good as it could be. They thought that the black levels performed very poorly, which are strange since LG TVs, are known for creating impressive contrast. The last comment the writers made was, “All in all, as a low end TV, the 32LD450 has a lot of things to like about it. However, its black levels and mediocre high definition images is a bit unnerving for this set to really rock.”

[via Tech Watch]

Philips Announces 2011 HDTV Lineup Will Release as Expected

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Last week Philips announced that they were selling their HDTV division to TPV Technology. This announcement made many wonder if this year’s Philips HDTVs will still hit the retail markets. Today, that worry has been resolved. Philips announced that their 2011 HDTV lineup will still arrive as planned. This is good news since the new 21:9 TV has been greatly anticipated this year. Philips has also announced that the 4000 employees that were part of the HDTV division will be transferred to TPV Technology.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Hanspree ST42DMSB HDTV Preview

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

One of the recently released HDTVs is the Hanspree ST42DMSB. This 42 inch LCD TV features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Today the writers from PC Magazine got the chance to preview this TV. The writers were very impressed with the TV’s fast response time and refresh rate. They also approved of the overall design and chassis. Another compliment was directed towards the TV’s connection panel, which includes four HDMI ports, composite, s-video, component, VGA, and an antenna port. The ST42DMSB is available now for just under $700.

[via PC Magazine]

Panasonic Announces Avatar Movie Included With Blu-ray 3D Players and 3D Home Theater Systems

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Panasonic is a worldwide leader in full HD 3D technology. Today, the company announced that they will be including the 3D version of the movie Avatar as a bonus purchase for customers who purchase Panasonic Blu-ray 3D players, or 3D Home Theater Systems. The movie is known as the movie that helped usher in the new 3D technology. It is also only exclusively sold through Panasonic. Customers who purchase their 3D products will receive a copy of the movie. In addition, anyone who purchased participating products already will be able to receive a voucher for the movie after showing a proof of purchase. “As a leader in Full HD 3D technology, Panasonic is proud to offer this exclusive bonus designed to give consumers the opportunity to bring the immersive world of 3D and AVATAR 3D into their homes,” said Richard Simone, Vice President of Panasonic’s Entertainment Group. “We are confident that a Panasonic Blu-ray 3D Disc player or system is the best possible way to fully appreciate the added dimension of this stunning movie while in the comfort of one’s home.”

[via Panasonic]

Loewe Announces Partnership with John Lewis Stores

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Loewe is known for manufacturing high-end HDTVs. Today, the company announced that they have acquired a retail partnership with John Lewis department stores. The partnership will allow Loewe to sell their HDTVs through the store and have them displayed in the store’s showrooms. The goal of the partnership will allow Loewe to expand their presence in the upmarket display sector. There will be an initial trial phase that will put the Loewe HDTVs into only select John Lewis stores. If the store’s customers show interest then more JL stores will supply Loewe HDTVs.

[via HDTV Test]

LG 46LE5500 HDTV Review

Monday, April 25th, 2011

One of the new HDTVs to come from LG is the 42LE5500. This display features LCD technology, HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 5000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Tech 2 released their experience with this TV. One of the big features about this TV is that it can connect to the internet. The writers were very happy with this feature and thought that it was quick to respond and easy to use. The image quality received good reviews, but they would have liked to see better colors. They also noticed a slight blur to the image. The final verdict was, “The LG 42LE5500 sells at a MRP price of Rs. 87,990, but the market price is expected to be closer to Rs. 70,000. It is more expensive than most standard 42-inch LCD TVs. Considering the kind of features such as the media playback function as well as web services, it does pack in a whole load of features. Normally, you’d expect the price of such as a TV to be closer to the Rs. 1,00,000 mark. If you’re looking for a TV that has a complete media playback solution built into it, you will find few options this good. Apart from the speakers and the backlighting issues, we have few complaints.”

[via Tech 2]

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