Here They Come: Chunk of LG and Sony 3D HDTV units get prices

March 28, 2011 by  
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This is the typical time of year when activity with new unit releases start to pick up greatly, and this year is no exception it appears. Sony and LG have jumped into the arena with lots of upcoming release news, and they mostly involve new 3D HDTV units, something we have mixed feelings about, but their basic specs sound pretty good too.

CES’s premium 3DTV crop is preparing to ship out, with Sony’s HX929, HX820 and HX720 series of LED LCD screens and LG’s Infinia PZ750 plasmas now priced at Amazon for pre-order and they look really good.

3D-Display-info.com reports that Sony’s local dimming Bravia TVs start at $2,099 for a 46-inch HX720 with the famous Gorilla Glass we’ve written about, all the way up to $3,799 for the monster 55″ XBR-55HX929 with a LED backlight. Quite drool-worthy.

Meanwhile, the 50″ LG PZ750 with built-in Smart TV tech starts out at a decent $1,599, while a gigantor 60″ version of the same set will go for $2,100 or so (also reasonable). Watch for these to appear for purchase quite soon.

Best Seller this week: LG 32″ 32LD350 HDTV

March 4, 2011 by  
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LG has a sterling reputation with us at SS, and now comes a major sales courtesy of Amazon on a very nice 32″ unit perfect for any bedroom or spare room in the house: how’s a nice 32″ unit for $309? That’s 31% off the normal list price, and its currently the number 1 HDTV seller on the site for a very good reason.

We’ve seen some interesting patterns among the top sellers of late. Mostly LG and Samsung (the former title holder for Amazon top seller) have jockeyed for the top position on the popular merchant destination on the web, and its only this week that finally LG has claimed the crown for top seller.

Here’s the link to the site to check out the sale, grab it while its hot!

3D Gamble: LG betting big time on 3D HDTV with new units

February 16, 2011 by  
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LG is taking a huge gambit: betting that 3D HDTV will hit it big as the experience evolves and prices go down. We’re usually big LG fans, but this move we aren’t too sure of really in the long run.

The flat-panel company announced at the most recent CES that it was separating from other TV makers to implement its own FPR technology for 3DTVs and now they’ve started shipping in Korea, starting with the LW5700 pictured here. Here’s a quick breakdown of the technology, and it could mean a bit of a new approach for the 3D medium at home.

Their new approach involves putting a special film over the LCD screen (sorry, no plasmas, Panny fans) which allows users to grab up their cheap “flicker free” passive 3D glasses and not the much more expensive active shutter 3D glasses. This could cut the cost of owning a 3D TV quite a bit.

LG’s gambit will migrate to the US in mid-March or so, and we’ll see how well it does. No prices or details released as of yet.

Lawsuit Settled: Vizio vs. LG

January 20, 2011 by  
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After several years and lots of legal wrangling, the ITC was just about to rule on the lawsuit between Vizio and LG when they suddenly announced a settlement between the two parties of their own accord. Settling usually ends up being the least expensive and tenuous option, and it’s good to see to two HDTV giants getting back to business as usual.

The agreement was apparently a (as of now undisclosed) cross licensing agreement of some sort, and both parties are saying they’re happy with the results. This isn’t even the first patent related lawsuit with Vizio and another party, and may not be the last either, if reports are accurate.

LG and Vizio fall on the same side of the fence when it comes to glasses-free vs. traditional 3D, so perhaps it isn’t a huge shock it turned out the way it did.

More LG Goodness: Really Big HDTV, 3D style to debut at CES

December 30, 2010 by  
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To continue our LG theme, here’s yet another nugget about a really BIG 3D HDTV to debut for a peek at CES 2011, how’s 72″ grab you? Read on:

LG swore up and down that it would be bumping its smart TV investment to kick-start 2011, and lo and behold, it looks as if this is one New Year’s resolution that’ll be kept. The aforesaid company has just revealed that it’ll be bringing the planet’s largest LED-backlit 3D LCD HDTV to CES 2011 next week, with the LZ9700 handling both 2D and 3D content and offering TruMotion 400Hz to smooth out Cam Newton’s faster-than-fast evasion techniques. As you’d expect, this set is also outfitted with the company’s Smart TV functions, giving owners access to TV apps, games, language classes, etc. The company’s also talking up its Magic Motion Remote Control — a diddy we’ll definitely be anxious to put to the test once we land in Vegas. There’s no mention of an expected price, but it’ll be available starting in “early 2011″ for those who passed on HDI’s 100-incher.

Now this looks like it could pretty neat news for those of us who like our HD experience really large.

LG Goodness: Maker to release flicker-free HD 3D set at CES?

December 30, 2010 by  
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We’ve always touted the goodness that is LG in terms of quality and being ahead of the pack much of the time, and this is just another example of this at work: It seems they’re going to be making a big 3D HDTV splash at the upcoming CES 2011 with a major development in 3D hi-def. We’ll let Engadget fill us in:

Oh LG, you infernal tease. Instead of politely revealing its full set of plans for CES 2011, the Korean company keeps gently peeling away the layers of ignorance, with today marking its pre-announcement of a new Cinema 3D TV set. The LW6500 opts for passive 3D glasses, in place of the currently popular active shutter goggles, which has garnered it a couple of industry certifications to say that its 3D is guaranteed, definitely, totally flicker-free. Aside from that, you get a neat brightness booster to ensure that switching on the third dimension doesn’t dim the picture unduly, while the rest of the specs and extras on this 200Hz panel seem mostly unremarkable. We’ll be casting our eyeballs over it at CES next week, which will be followed, we’re told, by a rollout in select markets shortly thereafter.

We like the news, mainly because one of the major issues with some sets has been flicker or inconsistent image performance with 3D stuff.

Thinnest Ever (Again): LG grabs thinnest bezel title with new 37″ unit

November 3, 2010 by  
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LG seems to be on a ‘thinnest ever’ LCD HDTV title quest lately, we’ve noticed, and they’re at it again with their latest announced release.

Samsung grabbed the title last month with its 55-inch Display, but today LG is moving ahead of Sammy with a nearly nonexistent frame around its new 37-inch LCD unit that’s guaranteed to turn a few heads, especially as it migrates to larger screens in their line.

Here’s the stats: There’s 2.5mm of bezel on the bottom and right side of the screen, and 1.5mm on the top and left sides, resulting in a microscopic 4mm (0.16 inches) of separation, which is about as small as it can get and still actually have a bezel present.

We appreciate the race to slickness, but now its getting a little silly in our opinion. Thinner doesn’t always equal better, with people or HDTVs.

Speaking of 3D… LG goes BIG

October 13, 2010 by  
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Yes, it seems LG is going big time into the 3D HDTV world, if announcements are to be believed. News of an 72″ 3D HDTV behemoth are emerging from their headquarters, and the TV was put on display as well. We bring you more details:

If you’re going to make the jump to 3D then don’t pussyfoot around. Not when you can go all in with the world’s largest commercial 3D LED backlit television from LG. The 72LEX9 stretches that 400Hz TruMotion panel to a full 72 inches while bunging NetCast online media streaming, Spot Control pixel dimming, DLNA, and Wireless AV Link into the mix. Look for it to be released in Q2 of 2011.

That makes it the biggest 3D equipped LCD TV in existence, and that’s pretty cool indeed. And you all know we’ve supported and endorsed LG as one of the best LCD brands around.

The Saturday Afternoon HDTV Deals Post

October 9, 2010 by  
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If you get the reference in the title to this post, congratulate yourself and take a look at these great HDTV deals (well, look at them either way):

Crutchfield.com – A nice deal on a primo unit: The Sony BRAVIA KDL-46NX810 46” Full HD 3D 1080p LCD TV for $2298.00 with free shipping too. Lots of great features and a great price make this worth a look.

OneCall.com – We love us some LG, and this is a very good deal, indeed: The LG 37LH55 37” 1080p 240Hz LCD HDTV for $719.77 with free shipping as well tops off this awesome offer.

Thanks for reading and keep on visiting our happy blog for more HDTV fun and news.

THX Jazz: LG announces fancy new Plasma HDTV units

September 12, 2010 by  
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Remember when we said Plasma was almost dead? Well, perhaps its death may have been exaggerated a tad bit, it seems…as LG announced the launch of fancy new Plasma units coming soon – with THX certification. More details below:

LG is touting its plasma PX950 as the first THX-certified 3D HDTV, and while we didn’t run into it at IFA, the company held a press gathering this week in New York to make up for it. So if this set meets THX’s rigorous demands — 400 bench tests and 1,000 data points spread out over 30 test categories — how does it look to the average consumer? Well, LG certainly has done a lot to prevent ghosting — that is, image doubling from sync issues with the glasses — and we were able to enjoy some pretty extreme horizontal viewing angles.

We heard some rumors about blurring with high-speed images at the showing though, so buyer may need to beware, perhaps. No firm prices announced yet, but we’re expecting a several hundred dollar premium over the normal Plasma HDTV unit.

Try This: Saturday Afternoon HDTV Fever

September 4, 2010 by  
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Well the title isn’t quite as catchy as the famous 70′s dance movie, but hey, we do our best. Once again we present our infamous HDTV deals section for your pleasure:

BuyDig.com – Here’s a Toshiba 55UX600U 55″ 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV with Net TV for $1499 with free shipping. Add to cart to see special price. Great specs and internet goodness too, how can you go wrong?

Best Buy – The LG 55LD520 55″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $1298 with free shipping is a heck of a deal, and here it is. We love us some LG, and this is a great price for a monster size.

Thanks for reading and join us tomorrow for more hi-res hijinks.

Seeing the Light: LG to release a new HDTV with ‘Nano LED’ feature

August 30, 2010 by  
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LG is one of our fav companies out there now in the HDTV world, and now they’re releasing a HDTV model with some cool sounding new tech that should serve to make HDTV more fun and brighter to watch, it seems. Read on to see more details:

Now that LED backlighting has trickled down to nearly every HDTV lineup, it appears the big manufacturers will have to find new ways to differentiate their products, like LG’s upcoming LEX8 television. Set to debut at IFA in Berlin before going on sale in Germany and Korea next month (no word on the US), LG claims that thanks to a ‘thin film of miniscule dots positioned in front of a full array of LEDs’ its Nano Lighting technology — perhaps of the Nanosys variety it licensed earlier this year — makes for a clearer, smoother picture, with the slimmest and narrowest outline of any LED TV, ever, at just .88cm thick with a 1.25cm bezel.

Prices/exact availability hasn’t been released yet, but we aren’t expecting super soon – or super cheap.

Saturday HDTV Super Deals

August 14, 2010 by  
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It’s Saturday, and that means (for most anyway) a day off from work filled with fun, sun and joy, and here anyhow great deals on HDTV models. Feel free to gander:

Dell occasionally has some great prices on top models. For example, this Sony BRAVIA KDL-46EX700 46″ LED Backlit 1080p 120Hz HDTV – price: $1045 with free shipping too. Good stuff – now tell us we aren’t looking out for you!

OneCall.com is a reputable online shop with some nice deals at times. The LG 37LH55 37” 240Hz 1080p LCD HDTV for $789.77 with free shipping too. Good technology and the perfect size for a bedroom or study.

Thanks for reading and have fun!

Monday’s Manic HDTV Deal-O-Mania

July 26, 2010 by  
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Alaska is cold, candy is sweet, and Screen Sleuth always has great HDTV deals every week to present to you for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to peruse these:

Dell Home sometimes has some great deals, including this Vizio VF552XVT 55” 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $2099.99 – $500 off our special coupon code we supply you with “2$K34TRX3TWV0?” (Expires 07/29/10) = $1599.99 with free shipping as well. How’s about that offer for you?

BuyDig.com – And we finish it off with the always reliable LG 32LD450 32” 1080p LCD HDTV for $439.00 (use the See Price In Cart feature) with free shipping too? Yep, we’re serious. Three 5 star reviews already posted.

Thanks for hanging out with us, and see you tomorrow for more world-shaking HDTV news and views.

Bundle Action: LG getting in on the 3D package act

July 12, 2010 by  
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We reported about Sony offering their 3D bundles recently, now according to recent reports LG is getting in on the bundle action as well with their upcoming release.

Announced just today, the “1-2-3D” bundle (as its referred to) applies to all who purchase a LX9500 or LX6500 series Infinia LCD TV and LG Blu-ray 3D unit, and includes two pairs of glasses in the package as well, PLUS an instant $100 rebate and coupon for the IMAX Under the Sea 3D Blu-ray 3D disc to come with the package to round it out. It’s still not cheap, but a lot cheaper than all of these individually.

The bundle pricing is pretty much equivalent to Samsung’s package bundle, so it really comes down to which 3DTV or player you prefer, or even as basic as a question as comparing getting Monsters vs. Aliens or this IMAX film, whichever way your preferences swing.

Thursday’s HDTV Deals

June 3, 2010 by  
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Here is our list of fine HDTV deals for this equally fine Thursday:

Walmart has a killer deal on the LG 47LD450 47″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV for $788 with free shipping too. Use the ‘Add to cart’ to see the price. For any LG, especially this size, this is a can’t miss deal. It just shows how far prices can still fall on bigger units.

TigerDirect.com – A very nice deal on a highly-regarded Sharp AQUOS LC-32LE700UN 32” 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $599.99 = $594.99 – with free shipping as well? Amazing indeed. This one has got raves for its picture quality.

How can you resist either of those? Both are some of the better deals we’ve ever seen on the web.

LG Goodness: New 3D display with 2K resolution wows

May 26, 2010 by  
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We all know LG likes to bust it out when it comes to big-time advances in HDTV tech, and now they’ve topped themselves with a report of a 2K resolution 3D HDTV screen they’re testing at various venues. More from blogs:

LG has announced an 84-inch 3DTV boasting UHD resolution and a claim to being the world’s biggest of its kind. To be honest, at that size you really can’t get away with old reliable 1080p, so it’s comforting to see LG’s keeping pixel pitch in mind when designing its headline grabbers. In other news coming out of the SID 2010 show, LG is demonstrating a “liquid lens” TV that’ll give you glasses-free 3D, though the details of how that works are a bit scarce, while the company’s also pushing its IPS wares in a big way, with a 47-inch HDTV, a 32-inch pro monitor as well.

Now that’s some serious wares LG is preparing for public release, and we for one can’t wait for these babies to make their way to retail, even if we wish those screens were available in cheaper 2D version, which we would no doubt ‘settle’ for.

Wednesday’s Wacky HDTV Deals

May 19, 2010 by  
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It’s hump day of the week, and that means getting together enough energy to get through the week and keep your sanity. Hopefully, these amazing HDTV offers can help in some small way:

Walmart.com – Here’s a very solid offer: a Proscan 47LED55SA 47” LED LCD 1080p 120Hz HDTV for $849.00 with free shipping. LED HDTV models are really starting to come down in price, and here’s the proof.

PCConnection.com has a very nice deal on the ever-popular LG product line: the 42LH200C 42” 720p LCD TV for $599.95 with free shipping.

Check out these cool deals and join us again tomorrow for more happenings in the world of HDTV.

Cutting Edge: LG set to release 3D network Blu-Ray player soon

May 16, 2010 by  
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LG has always been a fairly cutting edge company, and now they’re asserting that rep with their latest announcement of a pretty cool upcoming product.

LG’s latest creation has it all: HDMI 1.4, internet connectivity, DLNA, 3D and 1080p; the whole lot, pretty much. We like the feature set, and now we have some idea when units will go out for public consumption. Approximately, anyway. The BX580 is on Amazon for $399.99 retail and is LG’s very first network 3D Blu-ray player.

Aside from the obvious ability to handle forthcoming 3D Blu-ray titles, it also ships with NetCast Entertainment Access as well. Amazon states a 1-2 month shipping window, so we’re guessing that timeframe will be pretty accurate when it’ll start showing up in stores. We’re guessing a $350 or so street price, and an early July or so arrival date.

It appears our assessment of 3D HD as a brief trend may have been inaccurate.

Cheap (sort of) 3D: LG released lower cost 3D HDTV models

May 3, 2010 by  
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LG has been one those companies that always surprises us with some interesting decisions, and now a “lower cost” 3D option for HDTV? Yes indeed, and they’ll coming soon for the Japanese market. Engadget has us covered with all the details:

Say hello to LG’s new “low cost” option for a 3D LCD TV, the LX6500 series. The term entry level is being tossed around, but at 5.9 million won ($4,390) for a 55-inch, it’s more of a slightly less expensive alternative to the high end 9500 series that started shipping in March. Altogether that means you’ll see a different LED backlighting system with fewer zones, lower 240Hz refresh rate and 8,000,000:1 claimed contrast ratio compared to the more expensive HDTV models, but it still maintains a slim bezel and NetCast internet features. Along with its 42- and 47-inch cousins, these TVs have already popped up for preorder stateside on Vanns.com for significantly less ($3,299 for the 55LX6500) but we’d probably wait and see how they compare to Samsung’s LED or CCFL lit options, as well as the similar Bravias on the way from Sony before committing any cash to the cause.

Good advice, that last sentence. Odds are the other competing companies will have something to say with this move being made.

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