Press for new lineup announcements is always a fun thing for us, as we marvel at companies and all of their evolutionary advances, and such is the case for Toshiba’s HDTV advances announced recently via reports on blogs and tech publications. Engadget HD has a nice little roundup of the line coming soon to a store near you:
Toshiba’s focus at CES was glasses free 3D displays, but it highlighted more conventional HDTVs today at an event in Rome. Its new TVs and laptops all tie in to Toshiba Places, which sorts out access to different types of apps for video, social networking, music and other areas and is ready to launch this month. Separating Toshiba from the competition is a slew of new technology and the top of the line 55ZL1 model checks all the boxes: Seven core CEVO CPU for image processing, a Pro-LED512 panel that is the world’s first with 512 zones of dimming among 3,072 LEDs, Personal-TV facial recognition that picks up on which user is watching then personalizes to their preferred settings and active shutter 3D glasses. The edge lit LED VL863 series will come in 47- and 42-inch versions featuring LG’s FPR passive glasses 3D and four pairs of glasses, while the 32- through 46-inch UL863 drops 3D for built-in WiFi and Personal-TV. The SL863 series is the final step down, nixing built-in WiFi.
Prices? Nope, not part of the story here, but we expect fairly competitive prices considering Toshiba isn’t usually any higher than most of the comparable technologies from other companies. The Pro-LED512 panel in particular excites us as leading edge LED technology that should bleed into other designs in the future.
Amazon has, for example, a really cool deal on a 40″ 1080p Toshiba HDTV with a USB connection and loads of good features, well-rated on the site as well: $440, brand new? Pretty amazing indeed, as our predictions of pricing sliding downwards is coming true pretty rapidly. We only hope this spurs slightly lagging sales into the new 2011 model year, as technology and TVs are looking better overall than they ever have.
It’ll be curious how many more deals like this will pop up as vendors seek to clear inventories following the big Super Bowl push.
We’ve spouted about 3D and possible limited future in the limelight, but one thing that may change the equation is the rise of glasses-free 3D viewing, such as the soon to be announced Toshiba GL1. More here:
The panacea of glasses-free 3D displays (or content) might not yet be upon us, but Toshiba’s doing its best by putting the two models in its Regza GL1 family up for sale in Japan. Tomorrow marks the debut of the smaller 12GL1, spanning a 12-inch diagonal and offering the unconventional resolution of 466 x 350. That’s expected to be priced at ¥120,000 ($1,431), exactly half of the ¥240,000 ($2,863) asking price of the 20GL1, which will follow it swiftly with retail availability on December 25th. The latter display has the decency to come equipped with a more civilized 720p resolution and 550:1 contrast ratio, although, as you can see above, neither panel can be accused of being unnecessarily thin or space-efficient. Still, this parallax barrier stuff is the best we’ve got for the moment — and as usual the best we’ve got resides in Japan only.
While not cheap, this could be where the future of 3D HDTV rests. We’ll keep an eye on it of course.
It seems the world of big screen LED HDTV has merged with the world of built-in batteries in a very nice marriage indeed, according to Toshiba. A 32″ LED HDTV running on a battery? Yes indeed. Read on:
Toshiba just announced its new Power TV family of battery-powered LED TVs. Mind you, these aren’t tiny portables. Toshiba’s PC 1 sets are pushing 32- or 24-inches and are the world’s first (according to Toshiba) to integrate a rechargeable battery good for about two hours of power. Why? Because even people lacking clean, consistent power desire the mind-numbing escape afforded by a large televised football match. The sets feature “auto signal booster” tech to enhance viewing in areas with weak signal coverage and “auto view” to optimize the picture based on ambient lighting conditions.
Now these have many uses, including areas with spotty electric service, or even to take along on a very modern camping trip of some sort.
Just as we expected, Toshiba has come out with the US variants of its well-regarded LED-based Cinema Series, with the big-time WX800 models (46- and 55-inches) getting 3D Resolution+ technology, 240Hz processor, 802.11b/g/n WiFi included, the company’s own Enhanced NET TV service with the always fun Yahoo! widgets and a native 1080p panel too. We’re out of breath from all that, and you may be too when you get this in your living room.
The lower end VX700 models (again, 46- and 55-inches) is meant for those ok with 2D (read: most of us right now), but are fairly similar aside from that.
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.
Walmart – Plasma is always a nice option, and here is the Panasonic Viera TC-P50S2 50″ 1080p S2 Series Plasma HDTV for $899, and with free shipping. WalMart is tough to beat for these mid-range deals, and this is just such a case. This HDTV would have been $2,000+ 2-3 years ago.
Adorama.com – The 40″ ranges are becoming more and more inexpensive we’ve noticed. This Toshiba 40XV645U REGZA 40” LCD HDTV for $599.95 with free shipping is a perfect point to accent this shift in pricing.
Feel free to click the links above. Happy HDTV shopping, and make sure to stop by and read us this weekend.
It seems Toshiba is feeling the heat from competition from various companies, and will soon be upgrading their REGZA line of HDTVs (at least in Japan) to include many new features common to today’s sets, including USB and HDD storage. You can read more about it here:
If you were contemplating a move to Japan (you know, because you’re sick of waiting for all those feature-packed REGZA HDTVs to make it stateside) the idea just got a little more compelling. The new REGZA R1 series (up to 42-inches) and REGZA H1 series (32 and 37-inch displays) sport USB ports for recording and external storage. All but the 32-inch models feature 1080p (the little guys make due with 720p) and the R1 line also feature IPS panels and an enhanced gaming mode. All of the above support DLNA streaming, four HDMI ports, analog inputs, and two 10W speakers. But that’s not all! In addition to USB, the H1 line throws in the 500GB hard drives that are becoming commonplace on other REGZA models lately.
Look for the sets to appear in stores in early to mid June, and estimated street prices will begin at ¥150,000 (about $1,600 USD), while the R1 line is due very soon and will start at ¥130,000 (about $1,400 USD), pretty reasonable prices for sets with this line of features.
It appears Toshiba is in the running as far as feature-packed HDTV sets these days. Hopefully, these will drop in the states sooner or later.
Newegg – Now here is a well-reviewed TV with 1080p for (almost) a song: The Toshiba Regza 40XV648U 40″ 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for $750 – and we even provide you with a $100 off with coupon code “EMCYRZT57” (Expires 4/22), so this bad boy will only run you $650. Who loves you, baby?
ButterflyPhoto – Here’s the best offer on this monster unit we’ve seen: the Samsung PN63B550 63” 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV, and they even throw in a Free 5pc TV Hook Up Kit for $1969.00 with free shipping too? Yep, the price is not a misprint.
Thanks for reading and feel free to check out the offers on the page.
Here’s a new approach to HDTV design : a Windows 7 certified huge 55-inch TV. The actual application of this is up in the air as far as what this will mean for the future of HDTV and widgets and the like, but its probably nothing but good for interactive TV going forward.
Toshiba’s 120Hz UX600 series is not just a huge TV, its the first official Microsoft certified unit, thanks in part to DLNA support over Ethernet or WiFi.
It even features the Win 7 logo on the unit, so there’s no guesswork as far as consumers go, which does much for confidence and streaming media to your TV. We’re hoping Toshiba does very good things with this going forward, but the jury’s out as to what sort of things will be supported by this one.
Toshiba hasn’t always been considered top of the heap in HDTV technology, but they, their new lines might change things a little bit, for the better. They announced a slew of new HDTVs due in stores this month.
The 120Hz UX600 takes top dog status with its edge-lit LEDs and under 2-inch thickness (fairly standard in the biz now for new designs), plus the bonus of a WiFi adapter for access to all the NET TV features with VUDU and DLNA support, included with purchase. Very cool, assuming speed wise it’ll be better than some of HDTV net stuff we’ve seen.
The 40-, 46- and 55-inch versions retail at $1,399, $1,699 and $2,499, respectively, so not cheap, but net functionality and thinness come at a price.
The 120Hz G300 series is available in the same sizes but without the LEDs, WiFi, Net TV and slim “Air Lagoon” styling the price maxes out at $1,599 for the biggest screen, which is fairly wallet friendly.
All of these should be available via online vendors (and stores) by the end of the week or so.
More great HDTV bargains for your reading pleasure:
Circuit City has the new, improved and decently spec’ed RCA Scenium 42” 1080p 120hz LCD HDTV (L42FHD2X48) for $650 with free shipping as well. For a TV with those specs, that is an amazing price, indeed.
CompUSA has a fantastic deal on the Toshiba Regza 47ZV650U 47″ 240Hz 1080p LCD HDTV – how about $900, and with free shipping? It always boggles our minds how low prices have gone these days.
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Walmart.com has some very nice deals on good sized units, including the RCA Scenium 42” 120hz 1080p LCD HDTV for $698.00 – with free shipping too? Yes, indeed. RCA’s quality has improved quite a bit recently, and their prices were always pretty good. Reviews on there are impressive.
Walmart.com once again raises the bar for affordability and monster size with the Toshiba 46XV640U 46” 1080p LCD HDTV for $898.00 with free shipping as well.
Thanks for reading, and happy high-res shopping.
Engadget HD is reporting that Toshiba has announced a series of new HDTV units with tons of great features, a 480 Hz refresh rate, and built-in Net apps, including Netflix streaming and the like. We love the sound of this so far:
Toshiba claims that it’s packed 143 times the processing power over existing televisions. That processing makes way for Toshiba’s Resolution+ upscaling, a 480Hz frame rate (completely ready for 3D), and some home media server capabilities as well. The centerpiece is the Net TV applications, which include Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow and Pandora, and there’s 802.11n WiFi and 1TB of HDD for streaming and storage….The 55-inch and 65-inch displays use KIRA2 LED-backlit displays with 512 zones of localized dimming, and just in case this was wasn’t enough, the sets have built-in Wireless HD and to connect the Cell-packing set-top box to the display wire-free.
Now the price/availability wasn’t mentioned, though we expect it to go quite high initially as far as the dollar amount goes. The 65″ will probably be around the $4-5K mark, in our estimation. Well worth it also, in our humble estimation.
OneCall.com – You all know how we love our LG HDTVs and this is a steal for their latest and greatest: The LG 42LH55 42” 1080p 240Hz LCD for only $933.77, and free shipping is included. Feel free to check it out!
Newegg has one of the better rated Toshiba models out there for a song (50,000 DCR doesn’t lie): The Regza 40XV645U 40″ 1080p 120Hz LCD for $680, and free shipping. Don’t tell us we don’t find the best deals out there.
Thanks for reading and follow the links to save money on some great HDTV units.
We haven’t featured our HDTV deals in awhile now, so here’s a few to make up for lost time:
TigerDirect.com – Now this is a bundle we can get behind: The well-rated Toshiba 52XV645U 52” 1080p HD LCD TV, with included Blu-Ray Player for $1299.98 – with free shipping. How about that for instant entertainment center goodness?
Best Buy – Want some Plasma in your life? Best Buy is featuring a solid price on the Insignia NS-P502Q-10A 50” 1080p Plasma HDTV for $999.99 and free shipping too. Amazing price and really good customer reviews so far!
Thanks for joining us and see you all tomorrow.
We aim to please here at SS, and here are some great deals on some HDTV units:
Newegg.com – Nice deal on a good sized unit for any room of the house: the Toshiba 46RV525U 46” 1080p LCD HDTV in Piano Black for $899.99 – and free shipping? Yes, don’t thank us….it’s our job.
RadioShack.com has a nice deal on a solid, semi-name brand TV: The Envision L32W961 32” LCD HDTV for $349.99 with free shipping. The Shack is back, and posting some decent deals after a long time out of relevance in the electronics scene.
Thanks for joining us, and see you again tomorrow for more news and deals!
BuyDig.com – Combo TVs are popular, so this one is a no-brainer: The Toshiba 15LV506 15” LCD TV With DVD player built-in for $229.00 – with free shipping. Great price on a nice unit for any room of the house not currently blessed with a flat-panel.
Amazon.com – Sony makes some of the better TVs out there, and this is a steal for the reviews and type of unit this is: the Sony KDL52Z5100 52” Bravia Series LCD HDTV for $1681.98 – with free shipping available. Amazon strikes again with nice HDTV offers!
Thanks for joining us, and keep an eye on this site for more deals in the days to come.
See, we told you the adverb guy would return today, and return he has with a vengeance. Let’s get right to the HDTV deals:
6ave.com has a great price busting deal on the Toshiba 40RV525U 40″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $637 – 5% more off with our coupon code “AFL5” = $605 with free shipping. They guarantee the price, so you can’t go wrong.
Newegg.com offers a nice HDTV for the kitchen or any side room of the house: the Samsung LN19B361 19” 720p LCD HDTV for $221.99 with free shipping as well. Tough to beat that anywhere, and good reviews to boot.
Join us once again tomorrow for more HDTV savings deliciousness!
It’s Tuesday, so the good thing is: Monday is over. Time to celebrate with some fine HDTV deals:
OneCall – Very nice deal on a TV that will perform ably in your home for many years: The LG 32LH30 32″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $499 + free shipping = crazy good deal. 1080p for $499, hard to believe.
Vanns.com has a monster Toshiba 55” 1080p LCD HDTV + Free Wall Mount included for $1749.98 with free shipping as well. Instant massive entertainment system floating on a wall of your choice.
Thanks for joining us and see all of you tomorrow for more exciting offers!