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Samsung UN46D8000 HDTV Reviewed on HD Nation

Friday, July 29th, 2011

HD Nation discusses the latest news about HD content and products. Today, the show opens up with the announcement that Walmart has bought VuDu and that customers will be able to purchase the services and the devices from their store. The major article of today’s show is the review of the Samsung UN46D8000 HDTV, which is a 46 inch LED HDTV that features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and an estimated 25000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The hosts love how thin the TV is, thanks to LED edge light technology and the included QWERTY keyboard remote control. The TV is loaded with features and one of the best is the TV’s movie mode. The hosts state that this is one of the best image qualities that they have seen. The only problem that the hosts had with the TV was a few uniformity problems that showed some cross bars throughout the image. The hosts conclude this week’s show by answering a viewer’s question about playing DVDs. The question was is it possible to play DVDs smoothly at 23.976 fps if you have a TV that supports 1080p24? The hosts state that Panasonic is one of the only DVD players that can convert DVDs but the feature needs to be physically activated every time.

[via Revision 3]

Hannspree SV42LMNB HDTV Review

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The latest HDTV to come from Hannspree is the SV42LMNB. This 42 inch LCD screen is capable of displaying full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from PC Advisor released their review of this model. The writers open up their review by stating that consumers shouldn’t expect much from the SV42LMNB. In their image quality tests, the display was one of the worst out of the several that they reviewed. One of the biggest problems was severe motion judder, which proved to be very distracting. Another downside was that the TV doesn’t have internet features. This puts the TV at a huge disadvantage, especially since most HDTVs on the market have this ability. Overall, the writers were not impressed with the SV42LMNB’s performance and concluded by stating, “You don’t get more than you pay for with the Hannspree SV42LMNB, an unexceptional television with no internet access but very good sound.”

[via PC Advisor]

AUO Thinks OLED HDTVs Won’t Become Competitive Until 2014

Friday, July 29th, 2011

One of the main reasons why OLED HDTVs have not been released in mass quantities is because of their high retail prices. This is due to the fact that the manufacturer cost to produce the screens is equally expensive. According to Paul Peng, AUO’s executive VP, OLEDs will not be able to retail at competitive prices until at least 2014. However, it should also be mentioned that AUO has always been in the back of the OLED manufacturing pack. LG and Samsung has already announced large screen OLED HDTVs for next year.

[via OLED Info]

Samsung UE40D5520 HDTV Review

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The latest LED HDTV to come from Samsung is the UE40D5520. This screen measures 40 inches, diagonally and can display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their experience with this device. Right off the bat, the writers are impressed with the TV’s low retail price. They are a little weary though because low retail prices typically mean poor build quality. Fortunately though, this is not the case with the UE40D5520. The writers note that the overall picture quality is fairly good and the design is also easy to look at. There were a few problems with the audio system, but only when the system was pushed to its limits. The writers would have liked to see some more internet features like Skype and/or a web browser. The final verdict though was, “While there are plenty of other perfectly decent affordable 40in TVs out there this year, the UE40D5520 is clearly the best of the bunch we’ve seen to date – despite being also one of the most affordable.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Toshiba 55SL412U HDTV Review

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The latest big screen to come from Toshiba is the 55SL412U. This screen measures 55 inches, diagonally and can display full HD (1920 x 1080) with the help of LED backlighting. Today, the writers from PC World released their review of the 55SL412U. The first thing the writers liked was the LED capabilities. This allows the TV to feature an ultra-thin screen. It also ensures a low energy consumption. The overall image quality was fairly good, but required some reasonable tweaking and calibrating in order to create an optimal picture quality. One thing the writers didn’t like was the connection panel, which had a limited selection. Also, the fact that this TV didn’t include 3D or internet capabilities made this TV not as desirable as some of its leading competitors. The final comment the writers made was, “The Toshiba 55SL412U delivers decent image quality on a large, energy-efficient, LED-backlit LCD screen at a reasonable price. It’s a good choice–if you can live without connected-TV features, 3D support, good audio, and other amenities.”

[via PC World]

LG and Alain Miklis Unveil 3D Sunglasses

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Earlier this year, LG unveiled their new Cinema 3D TVs that use the polarized method to deliver 3D content to the home. Today, the company announced that they have teamed up with Alain Mikli to help design a pair of 3D glasses that can double as sunglasses. The glasses feature a stylish frame and could easily fool people to think they are normal sunglasses. The lenses are not only polarized, but also include a built-in UV filter that will block sun when the wearer is outside. The glasses are compatible with most LG HDTVs that include the Cinema 3D technology. LG stated that the glasses will be sold separately and will be available for $350. Included will be one pair of sunglasses/3D glasses as well as a second pair of normal sunglasses.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Panasonic TC-P50ST30 HDTV Review

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

One of this year’s new HDTVs from Panasonic is the TC-P50ST30. This 3DTV features plasma display technology and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Recently, the writers from PC World released their review of this particular model. The review starts off well enough as the writers state that the TV was very easy to setup, use and calibrate. They were also impressed with the list of features. Some of the features they highlighted include 3D capabilities, Wi-Fi, and a USB and SD card port. Unfortunately though, things turned ugly when the writers turned the TV on. They stated that the image quality was rather poor. The TV suffered with numerous color and contrast problems that made the image skin tones looked sunburned at best. Another big problem was the image quality, which was noted as being worse than the image quality. When the volume was turned up, it became horribly distorted. It was also apparent that the speakers could handle some of the higher pitched sounds and strained to play them. The final conclusion the writers made was, “The $1400 Panasonic TC-P50ST30 seems like a good deal for a 50-inch 3D HDTV, but the audio and video quality are both lacking, and the set doesn’t come with 3D glasses.”

[via PC World]

LG 42LV550T HDTV Review

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The latest HDTV to come from LG is the 42LV550T. This 42 inch LED screen can display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 5000000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their experience with the 42LV550T. The first thing they mention is the low retail price, which is good to see for such a large TV. The features were well designed and helped the writers immensely. The picture quality was decent, but they did have a few problems with the black levels. They also thought that the sound quality was rather one dimensional. The writers’ final conclusion was, “The 42LV550T is another edge-lit LED TV that hasn’t got the black level response chops to totally satisfy our inner movie geek. But that’s not to say it’s not still a good TV for its money, especially once you’ve taken into account its considerable multimedia skills and attractive pictures when watching normal TV fare in typical ambient light levels.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Panasonic and Viewster Team Up to Releases Video-On-Demand

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Panasonic announced today that they are bringing their video-on-demand service to their Viera Connect TVs. The Swiss-based Viewster has already announced that they are ready to launch their VOD service that will bring movie and TV shows to customers from 90 countries worldwide. Panasonic’s VOD service has been reveared as one of the major features that help push TVs towards the Smart TV era. The service allows internet connected TVs to stream video content. This service allows the users to select their favorite shows without having to go to their computer or even leave the house. The partnership between Panasonic and Viewster will provide video-on-demand to over 90 countries, including Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and other countries throughout Europe and Asia. Viewster also plans to include countries in North America as well at a later date.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Panasonic TC-L42D30 HDTV Review

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The Panasonic TC-L42D30 is one of this year’s many new HDTVs. This display features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, LED technology, and a 42 inch screen. Today, the writers from PC World released their review of this TV. Probably the best feature about this TV is the connection panel, which provides a wide array of options. It includes four HDMI ports, a composite, component, VGA, antenna, Ethernet, and 3 USB ports. There is also an SD card slot for in order to instantly view photos, video, and more. The writers didn’t have a lot of negative things to say about this display. They only real complaint was that the on-screen menu was sometimes difficult to navigate. But the writers concluded by stating, “The Panasonic TC-L42D30 offers impressive sound and engaging photo slideshows, but its image quality is unexceptional, and it has some rough edges.”

[via PC World]



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