JVC will be rolling out three new flat-panel LCD HDTVs this fall, each featuring 120Hz refresh rate and JVC's new Clear Motion Drive II (CMD II) technology. Both the high refresh rate and the CMD II technology are supposed to reduce the blurring that sometimes occurs on lesser LCD panels during fast-motion scenes, although we have to admit we haven't seen much of that on newer LCDs. The CMD II technology also claims to do some motion interpolation--in other words, taking two frames of a movie and averaging them together to make a "new" frame in … Read more
Leave it to Haier--a brand better known for its refrigerators--to design a TV with a feature we've always wanted: a printer port.
If this yet-to-be-released HDTV does what SlashGear says, the 47-inch L47A18 model will be able to grab screenshots of your favorite Battlestar Galactica scenes and print them out. It also has two USB ports and a memory card reader, so you can display photos and play your own movies and music on the set.
The downside, of course, is the price: $2,742. Even though it has full 1080p resolution, Haier isn't exactly known for its … Read more
How does a truckload of brand-new plasmas and LCDs sound? We're not talking off-brands either, but the likes of Sony, Pioneer, Panasonic and Samsung, with most screens ranging from 42 to 60 inches. That's right, 50 HDTVs in all, worth more than $100,000, selling for $9,999 on eBay.
The catch? They're busted. And though some of the damage could be minor dents and scratches, the auction's description says broken screens are the "most common." That, frugral friends, would present a formidable challenge even to the most determined DIYer. We don't know … Read more
Andy and Tina Szeto take TV very seriously--so much so that their wedding this past Saturday not only celebrated their new life together, but also their favorite television gadget: TiVo. The San Jose, Calif., couple decided on a television-themed reception, which was held at a San Francisco hotel. "TiVo rules our TV world," bride Tina, 37, said in an interview with CNET News.com. "We describe ourselves as a little bit crazy, a little bit weird."
"Our lives are all around TV, really. All our friends know we enjoy TV. It was only fitting we … Read more
Mitsubishi announced three new lines of 1080p DLP HDTVs today, including the flagship Diamond series.
We've got the full details below, but here's the short story. All of the DLP (digital light processing) HDTVs have at least three HDMI 1.3 inputs, along with support for x.v.Color (also known as xvYCC)--a new color space that offers 80 percent more color than standard ATSC color space.
These are the first displays we're aware of that have x.v.Color support, but for right now it's more marketing hype than a useful feature. The problem … Read more
Mitsubishi rolled four new lines of flat-panel 1080p LCDs today, with a total of eight new LCDs.
We've got the full details below, but here's the short story. All of the LCDs have at least three HDMI 1.3 inputs, along with support for x.v.Color (also known as xvYCC)--a new color space that offers 80 percent more color than standard ATSC color space. These are some of the first displays we're aware of with x.v.Color support, but for right now it's more marketing hype than a useful feature. The problem is … Read more
Gizmodo's got the early scoop on the new Pioneer plasmas. Early prototypes of these eighth-generation panels turned heads when they were originally on display at January's Consumer Electronics Show, and the company has finally supplied the pricing and availability details for the entire line:
Pioneer PDP-4280HD (42-inch, $2,700, June) Pioneer PDP-5080HD (50-inch, $3,500, June) Pioneer Elite PRO-950HD (42-inch, $3,200, July) Pioneer Elite PRO-1150HD (50-inch, $4,500, July)
1080p models: Pioneer PDP-5010FD (50-inch, $5,000, September) Pioneer PDP-6010FD (60-inch, $6,500, September) Pioneer Elite PRO-110FD (50-inch, $6,000, September) Pioneer Elite PRO-150FD (60-inch, $7,500, September) … Read more
Sure, Pioneer is coming out with all kinds of fancy new plasmas today, but tell us this: Can they be dunked under water? And still work, that is.
Water-loving TVs are hardly new, as we've seen those that enjoy an occasional splash by the pool or even a long hot shower. But the "Weatherproof Monitor" from Florida-based Iizell is an LCD that can be submerged a full meter deep, according to Gadgetell. Why one would need to do this is unclear, but we suspect an underwater bar is involved. Or maybe David Letterman will try to see … Read more
We have a love-hate relationship with that ultimate object of masculine obsession, the remote control. On one hand, it's risen to a deified status; on the other, we're sick and tired of having so many of them hiding under every cushion in the house.
Yes, we've tried all kinds of universal models, including the very first version of that brick-like Sony remote whose size was matched only by its price. The best part, of course, is that it was so complicated we never learned how to use it. So as tempting as they may sound, we can'… Read more
If you want a new television and have some money left over after the government has finished taxing you, may we suggest a shiny new model from Samsung? The LE46M87 is from a range it ambiguously calls "Bordeaux." We've licked it, and it doesn't taste anything like wine. If anything, it was a little salty.
The M87 TVs are really rather lovely. Finished in the usual Samsung piano-black finish and some fancy rounded edges, it will call you to touch it--something you should resist, because you'll leave nasty fingerprints all over it.
We're also … Read more