LG's LX9500 LED-backlit LCD HDTV line, recently released in South Korea, is on its way to the United States in Mayin both 47- and 55-inch screen sizes. LG claims its LX9500 line has some impressive specifications--3D compatibility, 480 Hz refresh rate (what LG calls TruMotion 400 Hz), 10, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and a tiny 0.6 inches thick bezel.
LG also will be supplying active shutter glasses to go with the LX9500 family which flutter at the same speed as the 480 Hz display. Unfortunately though, LG can't seem to compete with either Samsung or Panasonic on price alone. With prices expected to be in line with what is offered in South Korea, expect to pay well above $4000 for the 47-inch model.
Toshiba has announced a whole slew of LED HDTVs today that don't include 3D conversion, but do include all kinds of wireless capabilities and web connectedness. The UX600 line is thin, below a 2-inch depth, and sports 120 Hz refresh, edge-lit LEDs, a Wi-Fi adapter for access to NET TV, DLNA support and access to Twitter and Pandora. The UX600 family will be available in 40, 46- and 55-inch display sizes for $1399, $1699 and $2499, respectively. The step-down G300 series includes all the features of the UX600 family minus the LED lighting, Wi-Fi and web TV, while the E200, C100 and CV100 focus on saving energy and price effectiveness at the expense of high-end features. All of the models will be available in the next couple of weeks. Check out the press release after the cut.
Sharp's quad-color LED HDTVs coming out this spring were out of my mind until I saw this hilarious commercial featuring George Takei. Whether or not the fourth color--yellow--makes any difference to the usual red, blue, green color scheme remains to be seen. And the line's thin form factor isn't really anything new. But this awesome commercial definitely differentiates the Sharp Aquos line from other HDTV families--and the four color format has a new name, Quattron.
If you're still not convinced that an HDTV is an improvement on your ancient tube model--how could you not--just ask a group of TV-watching octopuses. Researchers in Australia recently found that octopuses respond more "vigorously" to high-definition images than to standard-definition TV picture.
The thinking is that the intelligence of the 8 tentacled sea creature is beyond the pixelation of an SD image--fellow sea creatures just don't appear real enough I suppose.
Just imagine, every tank in your local aquarium having an HDTV for the sea creatures!
Google is attempting to invade our living rooms, according to an article today in The New York Times. According to the news site, Google is teaming up with Intel, Sony and Logitech to bring a web-like interface and experience to the TV set. With hardware provided by Sony, computer chips by Intel and peripherals like a remote from Logitech, the Google TV would run on Google's open source Android operating system and somehow utilize its Chrome browser. This all according to the article which wasn't confirmed nor denied (except by Sony) by spokespersons from any of the above mentioned companies. Is there anything Google won't touch?
Don't let the title mislead you. Yes, the James Cameron epic is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this April 22 via 20th Century Fox, but without any 3D features. Just plain old 2D Blu-ray.
But wait. Later this year--in November I hear--another Avatar release will happen. This one supposedly to be a multi-disc special edition with all kinds of new features.
But no 3D.
Yep, Avatar in full 3D won't be coming to Blu-ray or anything else until at least a year or 2 from now. Why? Because none of us have 3D TVs and likely a majority of us--not the readers of this blog of course--are even aware of the 2010 3D video explosion. Maybe there will be a market to support a 3D release in 2012.
Blu-ray has been holding Sony Playstation 3 sales back, according to Microsoft's director of product management Aaron Greenberg. The integration of a physical Blu-ray disc player and other powerful components kept the price of the PS3 up around $399 while the Microsoft Xbox 360 has sold for a much more reasonable $199. Price is likely the reason that the 360 has outsold the PS3 nearly 2 to 1. But is Blu-ray really the problem?
Since the Playstation Slim came around at a $199 price point, sales of the PS3 have jumped more than 30% year-over-year. Consumer psychology at work here? Maybe.
Playstation gaming is set to become a little more complicated in the fall of 2010. Sony announced this week at GDC 2010 in San Francisco, the upcoming release of the Playstation Move controller and sub-controller.
Equipped with advanced motion detectors, the Playstation Move controller is supposed to be more movement accurate, controllable via active buttons and an analog trigger, plus deliver the shock-and-rumble feedback that's been around for ages.
The Move sub-controller is to be used concurrently for the manipulation of in-game objects.
Sony says at least 20 Playstation game titles will be released in 2010 that are to be played with the Move controllers. Check out the demo video below.
Asus has announced what it says is the world's first 5-channel surround soundbar, the Cine5. Built for a typical home PC as opposed to a home theater, the Cine5 uses patented Embracing Sound Theater HD technology to deliver full audio surround with precise sound location.
The Cine5 can create 5-channel audio from any down-mixed 2-channel source. Its integrated speaker drivers and bass reflex port provide 15 dBs more bass than similar sized speakers and its driver configuration reduces the load on each driver by 50% resulting in better high frequency sound.
The black glossy soundbar is simply placed under your computer monitor and you're set to go. Unfortunately there is no word yet regarding US availability or pricing.