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Panasonic Viera 2013 LED/LCD HDTV Lineup

Panasonic Viera 2013 LED/LCD HDTV Lineup

Panasonic unveiled its new 2013 lineup of Viera LED/LCD HDTVs at CES. For all 2013 models, all of the Panasonic Viera LCD models are now using LED backlight technology. Additionally, they feature "My Home Screen", a personalization function that allows multiple users in the home to create their own personal home screen giving them quick access to their favorite content. This is present in the 2013 Viera WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series televisions.

Panasonic unveiled its new 2013 lineup of Viera LED/LCD HDTVs at CES. For all 2013 models, all of the Panasonic Viera LCD models are now using LED backlight technology.

— January 08, 2013 00:15 in HDTV Reviews

Pioneer Jumps on Board and Joins HDBaseT Alliance

Pioneer Jumps on Board and Joins HDBaseT Alliance

Pioneer Electronics announced that it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance. This is a HUGE deal and will allow Pioneer to incorporate HDBaseT technology into its Blu-ray players, televisions and AV receivers (we don't yet know which products will see the technology, but AV receivers would be a great start). HDBaseT technology enables the delivery of uncompressed high definition video, audio, Internet, controls and power over a single cat5e/6 cable.

Pioneer Electronics announced that it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance. This is a HUGE deal and allows Pioneer to incorporate HDBaseT technology into its Blu-ray players, televisions and AV receivers.

— January 07, 2013 23:15 in HDTV Reviews

Vizio M-Series Razer and Ultra HD Smart LED TVs

Vizio M-Series Razer and Ultra HD Smart LED TVs

Vizio revealed its expanded 2013 HDTV collection today, but we were particularly impressed by the all-new line of M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs. These have an elegant, modern ultra-slim bezel and razor-thin profile. Vizio showed its first Ultra High Definition TV (4K2K), as part of the brand’s flagship XVT-Series, as well as the all-new, all-LED2 E-Series line which features a sleek, slim-frame design and advanced Smart TV features and Theater 3D. Vizio's models now span sizes from 22” to 80”.

Vizio revealed its expanded 2013 HDTV collection today, but we were particularly impressed by the all-new line of M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs. These have an elegant, modern ultra-slim bezel.

— January 07, 2013 23:00 in HDTV Reviews

Hisense XT 880 UHD and XT900 Series U-LED Televisions Preview

Hisense XT 880 UHD and XT900 Series U-LED Televisions Preview

Hisense boasts that it is the world’s fifth-largest LCD television manufacturer. That's actually pretty good, in the global market, even though most consumers have never heard of the brand here in the US. Today the company tried to turn that around by unveiling its new flagship television range, the Ultra-LED (or U-LED) XT900. The TVs are available in 65", 84" and an eye-popping 110" sizes and offer the ultimate in picture quality with pixel-busting 3840 x 2160 resolution panels. That's true 4K and four times the resolution of standard HDTV. The TVs also don't lack in the rest of the expected features you'd want in a top-of-the-line television, including WiFi-enabled Smart TV features, active shutter 3D technology, 120Hz panels, and precise local dimming.

Hisense unveiled its new flagship television range, the Ultra-LED (U-LED) XT900. The TVs come in 65", 84" and an eye-popping 110" sizes and offer the ultimate in picture quality with 4K resolution.

— January 07, 2013 21:31 in HDTV Reviews

ISF Gives Away 4K Test Patterns to Calibrators

ISF Gives Away 4K Test Patterns to Calibrators

The Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) has released some free 4K test patterns for B&W levels and geometry/resolution. This is just in time to meet up with the new 4K displays hitting the market (in volume) this year. ISF calibrators found that they needed these patterns for CES product evaluations, and, since they didn't see a large market developing in which to sell them anytime soon, they decided to gift them out to their certified calibrators.

The Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) has released some free 4K test patterns for B&W levels and geometry/resolution. This is just in time to meet up with the new 4K displays hitting the market.

— January 07, 2013 21:10 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung UN55ES8000F 55" SmartTV Review

Samsung UN55ES8000F 55" SmartTV Review

This is Samsung's latest Smart TV, the UN55ES8000F. A, B, C, D, and E were killed in a tragic skydiving accident... just kidding! This is a rather large upgrade in terms of both the hardware and software. The last couple iterations of Samsung Smart TVs were impressive, but they were tweaks on what was already a pretty advanced media system. This TV... this one is a pretty big leap forward. The screen is bigger and... well, smaller... Samsung reduced the bezel to around 1/2" in thickness, so the TV seems to float in the air. We remember when TVs attempted to purposefully add black around the screen to make it look bigger. Now the trend is for the screen to be no bigger than the actual viewing area. The ES8000F also integrates a camera and microphone into the top bezel. You see, this TV is "aware". Once configured, it's constantly listening and sensing for motion and voice with its camera and microphone.

This is Samsung's latest Smart TV, the UN55ES8000F. This is a rather large upgrade in terms of both the hardware and software. Samsung reduced the bezel to around 1/2" in thickness and updated the OS.

— November 26, 2012 04:05 in HDTV Reviews

JVC 55" LED 4000 BlackSapphire Preview

JVC 55" LED 4000 BlackSapphire Preview

The TV market is loaded with super thin LED TVs, but almost every TV on the market lacks quality speakers. JVC hopes to tackle that problem with their new JLE55SP4000 55" BlackSapphire 3D LED TV. It sports all of the typical features such as built-in WiFi, Qwerty remote, internet apps, passive 3D, and 120Hz refresh rate. What really sets it apart is a competitive asking price of $1299 and a focus on sound quality. Initially we were pretty excited when we heard about JVC offering a TV with an emphasis on sound, unfortunately it looks like they came up short. Back firing speakers and the lack of an external subwoofer prevent this TV from being able to replace an external sound system, but we are sure it will outperform most TVs in regard to sound quality. We hope that JVC can start to make it back into the flat panel market with the Blacksapphire line and that future generations will continue to improve on sound quality.

JVC is hoping to shake up the LED TV market with the release of the JLE55SP4000. The TV features high quality built-in speakers that are supposed to eliminate the need for external speakers.

— October 25, 2012 09:00 in HDTV Reviews

Vizio Moves to Ultra-Large 55"-70" LED TVs

Vizio Moves to Ultra-Large 55"-70" LED TVs

Vizio is moving into the ultra-large TV market with the launch of six new LED TVs ranging from 55"-70". Every TV in the lineup has at least a 120Hz refresh rate, built-in WiFi, a Qwerty remote, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Two of the new models have passive 3D technology. The real story with each of these sets is the price, ranging from $999 to $1999 (listed in the specs table). Vizio is known for producing TVs that are a great value, and they seem to have done that with these new sets. If you are looking for the absolute best picture quality on the market, look elsewhere, but be prepared to pay more. If you are looking for an ultra-large LED TV with built-in WiFi at a great price, then Vizio might have what you want with one of these new sets. The new TVs are currently for sale at Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Amazon.com, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, ebay.com, VIZIO.com and other retailers.

Vizio just unveiled six new ultra large LED TVs ranging from 55" to 70", poised to be value leaders in the market. Each TV has built-in Wifi and Internet apps.

— October 08, 2012 05:25 in HDTV Reviews

Sony XBR-84X900 84" 4K LED Television Preview

Sony XBR-84X900 84" 4K LED Television Preview

We saw the new Sony XBR-84X900 84" 4K television, which runs on their X-Reality Pro engine. It's got four times the resolution of a regular 1080p high definition television (3,840 x 2,160). The newly-developed XCA8-4K chip upscales HD (or lower resolution) images by analyzing and refining images from all sources and bringing them up to the 4K screen. It's LED backlit and, while I thought my Sharp 60" flat panel back home looked awesome, this television is literally four times that resolution. It comes with 4 pairs of 3D glasses. Two of them are regular passive glasses and two of them are SimulView, which is particularly handy for gaming. The Playstation 3 can utilize a SimulView-compatible game and then two people can play at the same time and view two completely different images. It's not split screen anymore, although with 84" can you really complain? Still, both players get their own 84" display which makes it even that much more appealing.

We saw the new Sony XBR-84X900 84" 4K television, which runs on their X-Reality Pro engine. It's got four times the resolution of a regular 1080p high definition television (3,840 x 2,160).

— September 12, 2012 08:00 in HDTV Reviews

Biscotti TV Phone Review

Biscotti TV Phone Review

Video phones were supposed to be the future. Instead, it's taken until just the past couple of years for a company like Apple to bring us FaceTime. And of course that's not the first videoconferencing system to hit consumers, but it seemed to be one of the first systems designed with ease of use in mind. Now we've got the Biscotti TV Phone. What's different about Biscotti, aside from it being named after an Italian cookie, is that it aims to use your TV as your video phone. By passing HDMI video through the phone, it acts as a sort of overlay so that you can take and receive calls at-will - and on the big screen of your television to boot. We got hold of the Biscotti TV and gave it a run-through to see if it was truly the next evolution of the videophone. Really, we wanted to see if it was revolutionary or just "nifty".

The Biscotti costs around $149. It's a different take on the video phone because it doesn't need a Mac or PC to work. There's no software to install, and it's designed to work with your television set

— April 26, 2012 19:10 in HDTV Reviews

Acer S271HL 27" LED Monitor Review

Acer S271HL 27" LED Monitor Review

This week we're reviewing an Acer S271HL LED Monitor. At Audioholics we've looked at a lot of televisions and projectors, but we're finding that more and more, it's the flat panel monitor that's making it's way into bedrooms and dorms across the country. Given the lightweight nature of these new flat panels, and the ever increasing quality with which they're made, it's no wonder that thousands of consumers are reaching for monitors instead of TVs.

This week we're reviewing an Acer S271HL LED Monitor. We've looked at a lot of televisions and projectors, but we're finding that more and more, it's the flat panel monitor that's showing up in dorms.

— April 22, 2012 17:50 in HDTV Reviews

Sony 46" XBR HX929 LED TV Review

Sony 46" XBR HX929 LED TV Review

Sony's XBR series TVs have always been fascinating to us because they represented the best the company has to offer. Back in the day you simply couldn't find a better TV than an XBR Trinitron. Nowadays Sony has a lot more competition, but the XBR line is still their cream of the crop. There are three things I honestly look at when shopping for TVs: picture quality, features, and the TV's overall look. If you can find a TV that has the features you need, looks good and, well... looks good, then you're really in good shape - of course, you're typically going to have to pay for it as well.

Sony's XBR HX929 is an LED backlit TV with local dimming which supports streaming media services as well as 3D. You're not going to find another TV from Sony that looks better or does more.

— April 19, 2012 00:25 in HDTV Reviews

Acer Ultra Slim LED-backlight Displays Preview

Acer Ultra Slim LED-backlight Displays Preview

Acer has been doing some remarkable things lately in the world of laptops, but this week they announced five new ultra slim LED-backlight displays. While they've been in the display market for some time, these new displays, available in 20-, 23- or 27-inches and with adjustable tilt bases, offer incredibly slim profiles and sleek contemporary designs. They're also packed with top-of-the line features and technologies. Designed with viewing family photos and videos in mind, the displays are perfect for both watching the latest DVDs/movies, as well as for business applications that require excellent resolution, contrast ratios and graphics performance.

Acer has been doing some remarkable things lately in the world of laptops, but this week they announced 5 new ultra slim LED-backlight displays that range in both size (20"-27") and price ($139-$329).

— April 15, 2012 13:35 in HDTV Reviews

Dolby PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor Preview

Dolby PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor Preview

Wanna buy a $40,000 42" LCD display? Dolby's got one for you with their PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor. Now before you get all bent out of shape and assume Dolby just designed a TV with monstrous markups, realize that this is a super-accurate monitor designed for use in reference video houses across the country... not your living room. Dolby uses a patented dual-modulation display technology to produce images of the highest quality possible on this flat-panel monitor. They are so confident in its abilities, in fact, that they are dubbing it as "the first flat panel to surpass the CRT". Dolby is hoping that its Professional Reference Monitor is destined to become the industry-standard reference monitor. Given the lack of competition, it probably will, though there won't be a whole lot of them out on the market.

Wanna buy a $40,000 42" LCD display? Dolby's got one for you with their PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor. Dolby is dubbing this reference display as "the first flat panel to surpass the CRT".

— March 09, 2012 07:40 in HDTV Reviews