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Samsung TA950 HD Monitor Review

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

One of the latest HD monitors to come from Samsung is the TA950. This device measures 27 inches and can deliver HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 3D content. Today, the writers from Trusted Review released their experience with this display. The first thing they mention is that the company states that this screen is a hybrid between an HD monitor and a 3DTV. It has the high resolution and image quality of a monitor, but has all the Smart TV features that are typically found with Samsung’s high-end HDTVs. The writers were content with the connection panel as well as the overall design of the TV. They would have liked to see though a better viewing angle and possibly a screen that could swivel or tilt better. The biggest complaint however was the retail price, which makes this screen almost unattainable for the normal consumer. The final verdict the writers made was, “Samsung’s 27in Series 9 TA950 is the slimmest and most attractive TV monitor hybrid available. It’s stuffed with all the connectivity, features and extras you could want. It’s an accomplished media player, offers Apps for social networking and video content, includes a wireless dongle, backlit remote and active 3D glasses, and its audio talents are sufficient to convince. However, for all its assets and picture quality strengths, there are a few caveats you wouldn’t expect from a product in its price class. This is largely due to Samsung’s use of a TN panel, so if you’re not tight on space, a ‘straight’ PVA-based 32in 3D TV is a more compelling alternative.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

LG Debuts DM50D HD Monitor

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

LG is looking to upgrade their HD monitor lineup. Today, the company unveiled their latest design, the DM50D HD monitor. The specifications about this device are few, but the biggest aspect is that the monitor is being fitted with the same 3D technology that is used in the company’s CINEMA 3D HDTVs. This 3D technology uses the polarized method, which ensures flicker free 3D images. It was also given the “Flicker Free” certification from the European quality assurance TÃœV and Intertek. “Our consumer research showed that while interest in 3D monitors was high, there were certain misgivings about the cumbersome glasses, reported health concerns and lack of 3D content,” said Si-hwan Park, vice president of the monitor division at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “Through CINEMA 3D technology, the DM50D addresses all of these concerns, leaving users free to be completely immersed in the best quality 3D content and gaming on any monitor on the market today.” LG is looking to release the DM50D sometime in July, but only in Europe at first. The worldwide release will take place sometime after that.

[via Engadget]

Yahoo Announces Yahoo! Connected TV Coming Soon to Sony and Toshiba

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Very soon, TVs will begin having a more important role in our lives. Today, Yahoo has announced that their Yahoo! Connected TV service is being integrated into select HDTVs from both Sony and Toshiba. The service has two major features in order to create a complete home theater system. The first is that tablets and smart phones will be able to be used as remote controls to control the HDTVs. The second feature is the TV’s ability to access online video and audio content. In addition to the service, Yahoo is also talking about opening their own HDTV app store sometime in the future.

[via Engadget]

Samsung Sells Over 2 Million Smart HDTVs

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Samsung is proud to announce today that they have achieved a new high in the TV industry. They announced that they have sold 2 million Smart TVs within the first 3 of their release. Smart TVs are HDTVs that can connect to the internet through an Ethernet connection, in order to provide access to online video, audio, games, social websites and more. This announcement shows how popular the Smart TVs are over 3DTV because last year when 3DTVs got introduced, the company only managed to sell 500000 TVs in the same 3 month period. Part of the success for Samsung could be that Samsung is the first company to offer an online app stores that’s specifically for their HDTVs. This allows customers to keep the apps they like and not have programs that the user will never use.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Vizo Announces XVT3D580CM and XVT3D500CM HDTVs Coming Soon

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Back during CES, Vizio announced that they would be releasing their first HDTVs to feature a 21:9 aspect ratio this year. The company decided to announce the two models that will be releasing later in October, the XVT3D580CM and the XVT3D500CM. These screens measure 58 and 50 inches, respectively, and they both display a 2K HD (2560 x 1080) resolution. The extra wide resolution allows movies to be displayed in their true format while ensuring that the entire screen is used at all times. Essentially it means that viewers won’t have to see those annoying black bars above and below the screen. In addition, Vizio has also stated that these TVs will display the latest in 3D passive technology and use LED edge lighting. To finish the package, Vizio will equip these TVs with an SRS StudioSound HD sound system. Unfortunately, retail prices still have not been released.

[via Big Picture Big Sound]

Vizio Takes Top HDTV Retailer Spot for Second Quarter

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Vizio is America’s #1 LCD HDTV company. Today, they were happy to announce that they have outperformed the industry for the second quarter in a row. Ever since the company took several awards at the 2011 CES the company has seen a huge increase in demand for their TVs. What is even more sweet about this victory is that the company out sold the second runner up, Samsung, by over 10%. This gives Vizio a 21.4% market share going into the third quarter of the year and a good position to keep their top spot. “Meeting VIZIO’s brand promise of providing ‘Entertainment Freedom For All’ is the driving force behind all of our sales successes. The spread of our Theater 3D models now goes well beyond early adopters and has made 3D a feature that friends and family can finally enjoy watching together,” stated Randy Waynick, Chief Sales Officer, VIZIO. “And it’s not only Theater 3D TVs that are flying off the shelves, it’s our connected TVs with VIZIO Internet Apps and our lineup of Sound Bars and Blu-ray players. Consumers want connectivity, energy efficiency, value, and the best technology — VIZIO delivers on every single one of these.”

[via PR Newswire]

Panasonic TX-L37DT30 HDTV Review

Friday, June 24th, 2011

One of the new HDTVs from Panasonic is the TX-L37DT30. This display has a 37 inch screen, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, Trusted Reviews released their review of the L37DT30. One feature that the writers wanted to look at was its 3D capabilities. There has been a lot of debate on whether LCD technology can display 3D content with the same quality as plasma HDTVs. The writers were happy to state that this TV is probably the best LCD 3D picture quality they have ever seen. This image quality was also almost as good with 2D content, but they did note that the screen had some contrast problems at times. The writers also thought that the TV was a little overpriced and thought that it could be cheaper in order to be a better value to customers. But in the end, the writers’ verdict was, “If you’re looking for what’s currently last word in smallish 3D TV performance, Panasonic’s L37DT30 is it. Especially as the wearing of active shutter glasses ‘dims away’ the contrast flaws noted with 2D viewing. However, these contrast concerns do undermine the set’s 2D performance enough to stop us from being able to raise the L37DT30 to the 9 overall score level we’d hoped for.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Eizo Announces FDH3601 HD Monitor Coming Soon

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Eizo is proud to unveil today a new monitor, the FDH3601. This screen measures 36 inches, diagonally, and can display a 1000:1 contrast ratio and an impressive 4K HD (4096 x 2160) resolution. This screen is mainly intended for medical personel and anyone who is involved in the video or photography industry. The screen is powered by an LED backlight system, which means the monitor is eco-friendly and uses less energy than standard LCD screens. Other features include a 700 cd/m2 brightness level, 176 degree viewing angle, and the ability to support 1073.74 million colors. The company says that the FDH3601 is expected to retail for about $36000, but the release date was not announced.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Sharp LC-46LE831E HDTV Review

Friday, June 24th, 2011

One of the latest HDTVs to come from Sharp is the LC-46LE831E. This screen measures 46 inches and display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 3D content. Recently, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their experience with this TV. The main feature about this TV is the Quattron technology that uses the fourth yellow LED in order to increase the color quality. There has been much debate on whether this addition actually does anything to the image quality. The writers did note that this TV provided excellent 2D quality and even surprised the writers with how well the 3D performance was. The only notable problem was that the yellows did look over saturated at times, but that could be tweaked. The writers would have liked to see some improvements to the OS and the online features. But other than that, the writers concluded by stating, “Sharp has struggled recently to make a big impact on the UK TV scene, but the 46LE831E really deserves to change this. It’s a bit clumsy in places, and its online features need expanding. But when push comes to shove it delivers some of the best 2D and especially 3D pictures we’ve ever seen at a price that’s much more reasonable than expected.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Samsung PS64D8000 HDTV Review

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

One of the new HDTVs to come from Samsung is the PS64D8000. This TV features a 64 inch screen, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and 3D technology. Recently, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their experience with this model. The writers were very happy with the overall value of the TV. It was reasonably affordable and provided an impressive image quality. The design of the chassis was also highlighted because it made the TV look like a high-end model. Unfortunately though, every TV has their problems. The writers noted that the 3D quality did have some crosstalk problems, especially during darker scenes. They also noticed a few color issues, but this wasn’t a major problem. The writers would have liked to see the TV come with more than one pair of 3D glasses though. In the end, the writers concluded, “With its glamour-puss looks, cutting-edge online functionality and above all generally high performance standards, Samsung’s PS64D8000 is a brilliantly affordable big-screen option for people unable or unwilling to pay for the extra qualities – especially with 3D – delivered by Panasonic’s latest plasma screens.”

[via Trusted Reviews]



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