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Samsung UN40B7000 LED Backlit Television Review

Samsung UN40B7000 LED Backlit Television Review

I find it maddeningly easy to be critical of new products. However, when Samsung sent us their 1.2"-thin LED backlit UN40B7000 HDTV, we set it up and quickly found ourselves struck speechless. Aside from an unresponsive remote control, off-axis black levels, and a few setup quirks, there is not much to dislike about this 40" flat screen television. In fact, it's got a lot of benchmark features we'd like to see in many other sets on the market. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this TV over others if you're not mounting it on your wall, since there is a lot of competition in terms of quality. For a combination of quality and style, however, it's going to be very hard to beat right now and the price you pay goes a long way into the myriad of features this television offers.

I find it maddeningly easy to be critical of new products. However, when Samsung sent us their 1.2"-thin LED backlit UN40B7000, we set it up and quickly found ourselves struck speechless.

— December 10, 2009 02:20 in HDTV Reviews

Toshiba REGZA 46SV670U LED LCD Television Review

Toshiba REGZA 46SV670U LED LCD Television Review

Quite some time ago we predicted to death of plasma technology, albeit a tad early than was comfortable for most of our readers. The large reason behind this prediction was the advances being made in LCD technology. With the introduction of LED backlighting, LCD monitors have overcome one of the final hurdles that sets them apart from their plasma counterparts – black levels. Toshiba's REGZA 46SV670U capitalizes on this equalization of technologies and maximizes the viewing experience, bringing LCD into the realm of plasma and rendering blacks like you've never seen them before.

Toshiba's REGZA 46SV670U capitalizes on LED technology and maximizes the viewing experience, bringing LCD into the realm of plasma and rendering blacks like you've never seen them before.

— October 14, 2009 10:00 in HDTV Reviews

Westinghouse TX-42F970Z LCD First Look

Westinghouse TX-42F970Z LCD First Look

The Westinghouse TX-42F970Z LCD has a lot going for it, 120Hz processing, slimish size, and (most of all) a $750 asking price. Regardless of what you think of Westinghouse's previous offerings, the fact is that $750 for a 42" display is pretty outrageous. Add in dealer discounts and sales and you're looking at the display your parents and friends will be asking you about. At this price, you might even pick up a TX-42F970Z for the bedroom or office.

The Westinghouse TX-42F970Z LCD has a lot going for it, 120Hz processing, slimish size, and (most of all) a $750 asking price. Regardless of what you think of Westinghouse's previous offerings, the

— October 07, 2009 13:30 in HDTV Reviews

Vizio SV471XVT 47-inch LCD TV Review

Vizio SV471XVT 47-inch LCD TV Review

I love progress and Vizio seems to be making it in strides as it seeks to bring value-minded products to consumers with ever-increasing features and capabilities that help it stand out amongst a sea of products. Their latest 47-inch LCD, the SV471XVT, is packed with a 240Hz SPS system with Smooth Motion, a revised LCD panel and a power supply that exceeds Energy Star 3.0 guidelines. Priced at only $1499 ($200 less than where the prior model debuted) this is a television force to be reckoned with.

Vizio's SV471XVT 47-inch LCD is packed with a 240Hz SPS system with Smooth Motion, a revised LCD panel and a power supply that exceeds Energy Star 3.0 guidelines. Priced at only $1499 it's a steal.

— September 25, 2009 09:05 in HDTV Reviews

Sony XBR10 LED LCD Television First Look

Sony XBR10 LED LCD Television First Look

Sony showed off its new ultra-thin BRAVIA LCD HDTV. This new edge-lit LED display comes with two flavors and sizes. Sony claims an exceptional contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1. But here's where it gets interesting. The XBR10 is really thin - largely because it receives full 1080p via wireless transmission from a separate media box. The receiver is embedded in the TV. This means that you can mount the TV out of the way, over a fireplace for example, and not have to run anything but power to it. That's a pretty compelling product, even if the price is a bit astronomical for flat panel technology.

Sony today introduced a new line of ultra-thin BRAVIA LCD HDTVs featuring an advanced edge-lit LED backlight and exceptional contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1.

— September 10, 2009 18:49 in HDTV Reviews

Panasonic Viera TC-37LZ800 LCD TV Review

Panasonic Viera TC-37LZ800 LCD TV Review

Panasonic's use of IPS (In-Plane Switching) in their LCD panels has been a favorite choice of ours for the simple reason that light output remains almost constant from all viewing angles. When you're not the only one watching TV in a room, this can be a big deal. The TC-37LZ800 uses a newer generation of this technology called IPS-Alpha which improves upon earlier designs. Panasonic is the #3 plasma display manufacturer in the world (beat out of the #1 spot just this year), but the company seems to have a very good understanding of what makes a great LCD television.

Panasonic's use of IPS (In-Plane Switching) in their LCD panels has been a favorite choice of ours for the simple reason that light output remains almost constant from all viewing angles. When you're

— February 16, 2009 10:35 in HDTV Reviews

ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm 3D LCD for Under $500?!

ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm 3D LCD for Under $500?!

The ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm is a 22”, 16:10 widescreen monitor capable of operating at 120Hz with a compatible dual-link DVI graphics card, delivering blur-free video for gaming, entertainment and graphic applications. It is also 3D-ready and can deliver stereoscopic 3D images when combined with NVIDIA’s GeForce 3D Vision graphics processors. The 3D capability is compatible with more than 350 existing games for an immersive ultra-realistic gaming experience. 3D glasses are required.

The ViewSonic FuHzion VX2265wm is a 22”, 16:10 widescreen monitor capable of operating at 120Hz with a compatible dual-link DVI graphics card, delivering blur-free video for gaming, entertainment and

— January 09, 2009 02:15 in HDTV Reviews

Toshiba Revamped REGZA

Toshiba Revamped REGZA

Toshiba is revamping their REGZA line. Across the entire 2009 new REGZA lineup Toshiba is offering consumers upgraded cosmetics, premium picture quality and next generation connectivity. What don't they offer? Thin displays. Some of the new features added to the new REGZA line-up include Resolution+ super resolution technology, 240 Hz, LED backlighting, InstaPort for faster HDMI switching, Dolby Volume, and much more.

Toshiba is revamping their REGZA line. Across the entire 2009 new REGZA lineup Toshiba is offering consumers upgraded cosmetics, premium picture quality and next generation connectivity. What don't

— January 08, 2009 21:15 in HDTV Reviews

Toshiba TV/DVD LCD Combo Displays

Toshiba TV/DVD LCD Combo Displays

At today's press conference, Toshiba announced its 2009 series of LCD televisions with integrated DVD players. The new models are scheduled to ship during the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2009. The slightly translucent bezel design (they dub this "Deep Lagoon") adds an appearance of depth and the speakers are hidden to allow the TV to have a clean edge for better aesthetics (which WE dub "Formover Function"). The 15, 19 and 22-inch sizes are available in both high-gloss black or high-gloss white, offering consumers the ability to better match their decor.

At today's press conference, Toshiba announced its 2009 series of LCD televisions with integrated DVD players. The new models are scheduled to ship during the 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2009. The slightly

— January 08, 2009 21:00 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung LED HDTVs

Samsung LED HDTVs

Samsung has decided to take a huge leap forward with their LCDs with their launch of their new line of LED backlit panels. Generally ranging from 40" to 55", they all feature extreme contrast ratios, ultra slim designs (even with tuners included) and tons of extras. The top of the line 8000 series features 240Hz processing, chrome stylings, built in Ethernet connection and wireless-ready capabilities, and response times matching CRT displays (or so they claim).

Samsung has decided to take a huge leap forward with their LCDs with their launch of their new line of LED backlit panels. Generally ranging from 40" to 55", they all feature extreme contrast ratios,

— January 08, 2009 18:55 in HDTV Reviews

Sharp AQUOS BD Series LCD with Integrated Blu-ray

Sharp AQUOS BD Series LCD with Integrated Blu-ray

Sharp showed an entire line of AQUOS LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray disc players, for a convenient all-in-one home theater solution. The Full-HD 1080p AQUOS BD series, which includes the 52-inch LC-52BD80U, 46-inch LC-46BD80U, 42-inch LC-42BD80U, 37-inch LC-37BD60U and 32-inch LC-32BD60U combines a high definition television with a side-loading multi-slot for Blu-ray, DVD and CD content. The LC-52BD80U and LC-46BD80U will be available in February while the LC-42BD80U, LC-37BD60U, and LC-32BD60U will be available this month.

Sharp showed an entire line of AQUOS LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray disc players, for a convenient all-in-one home theater solution. The Full-HD 1080p AQUOS BD series, which includes the 52-inch

— January 08, 2009 12:57 in HDTV Reviews

Silicon Mountain "Allio" LCDs with Integrated PC and Blu-ray

Silicon Mountain "Allio" LCDs with Integrated PC and Blu-ray

Silicon Mountain Holdings showed off designs for a 32 and 42-inch High Definition LCD-TV with an integrated, full-function PC and Blu-ray/DVD player. The flagship Allio model marries a full-HD 42” LCD display with a combo Blu-ray/DVD player, integrated digital recorder for PVR and a powerful PC, based on the Intel Core2Duo E8400 processor, 4GB of RAM from Silicon Mountain, a 1TB hard drive and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Premium.

Silicon Mountain Holdings showed off designs for a 32 and 42-inch High Definition LCD-TV with an integrated, full-function PC and Blu-ray/DVD player. The flagship Allio model marries a full-HD 42”

— January 08, 2009 09:40 in HDTV Reviews

LG LHX Ultra-Thin Wireless LED LCD TV

LG LHX Ultra-Thin Wireless LED LCD TV

LG had an ultra-thin display on hand at CES the LHX. At only 24mm thick, the set sports white LED backlighting that increases the LED block resolution from 120 to 240. While we've seen thin sets and LED backlighting before, what we haven't seen is the set-top box that comes with it. Labeled the LG Wireless Intelligent AV, it comes standard with the new display. It connects wirelessly to the display through a proprietary LG wireless protocol. It also should make setup a bit easier as you'll only have to run power to the display and not additional video cables.

LG had an ultra-thin display on hand at CES the LHX. At only 24mm thick, the set sports white LED backlighting that increases the LED block resolution from 120 to 240. While we've seen thin sets and

— January 07, 2009 12:33 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung PN50A760 50" Plasma Review

Samsung PN50A760 50" Plasma Review

The Samsung PN50A760 has basically the same feature set as its LCD counterpart (with a few plasma/LCD specific exceptions) and changes only a few styling cues from the 750 generation. As you'd expect, the differences between the two panels (even though they are different technology) are pretty minor. While the Samsung plasma didn't quite do as well as the LCD, it was close enough for me to call it a wash. I feel about the PN50A760 the same as I did about the LN52A750 - I want one. If that isn't a crowning endorsement, I don't know what is.

The Samsung PN50A760 has basically the same feature set as its LCD counterpart (with a few plasma/LCD specific exceptions) and changes only a few styling cues from the 750 generation. As you'd

— December 04, 2008 04:58 in HDTV Reviews