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LG's Remote Works Its Magic Using Nuance Dragon Voice Software

LG's Remote Works Its Magic Using Nuance Dragon Voice Software

What if you talked to your TV? OK, so many of you do, particularly during political debates and football season... But what if you spoke to your TV and it did what you told it? And while I don't think it will command a beer to materialize out of thin air and find its way to your hand - let's at least admit that changing the channel and adjusting the volume would be a good start. Nuance Communications, the parent company behind Dragon Naturally Speaking, has officially spilled the beans that it is the brains behind LG's new voice recognition features contained within the company's Magic Remote. This is the new remote control we already disclosed in our coverage of their new LG CINEMA 3D Smart TVs.

Nuance Communications, the parent company behind Dragon Naturally Speaking, has officially spilled the beans that it is the brains behind LG's new Smart Remote voice recognition features.

— February 16, 2012 21:10 in HDTV Reviews

Toshiba Revamps LED TV Lineup, Announces 4K, Glasses-Free TV

Toshiba Revamps LED TV Lineup, Announces 4K, Glasses-Free TV

While the 55", 4k, glasses-free 3d, back lit LED display stole the show, Toshiba is looking to catch the attention of those without $10,000 burning a hole in their pocket with their new LED lineup. The edge lit displays should impress with their thin profile, the back lit LED with its deep blacks, and the new Aero Family aesthetics and Audyssey Sound Enhancement features should give consumers reason enough to give Toshiba another look. While none of the features of the LED line up are all that spectacular (120Hz, no 3d, etc.), if the prices are right, they may be big sellers. We'll have a wait a few months to find out.

Toshiba announced a 55" LED backlit 4k display that will provide a glasses-free 3d experience shipping soon for $10k. Oh, and they updated the rest of their LED line too.

— February 01, 2012 04:45 in HDTV Reviews

LG Adopts Google TV for Smart TV Models

LG Adopts Google TV for Smart TV Models

LG finally jumped into the Google TV bandwagon at CES 2012, bringing the familiarity of Google's Android OS to the convenience and tiled interface of its 3D and Smart TVs. Together, the combination offers consumers a new and attractive home entertainment option, not to mention a ton of streaming media and online content options. Possibly the nicest aspect of LG's implementation of Google TV is the mixing of its Android-based user interface with the Magic Remote Qwerty. LG's Google TV user interface and main screen have been designed for convenient browsing and content selection and the latest iteration allows for multitasking, so search, social networking and TV functions can be run simultaneously. The user interface can be directly accessed using the Magic Remote Qwerty which, as the name implies, combines the user-friendly benefits of LG’s Magic Remote with a QWERTY keyboard.

LG finally jumped into the Google TV bandwagon at CES 2012, bringing the familiarity of Google's Android OS to the convenience and tiled interface of its 3D and Smart TVs.

— January 11, 2012 13:46 in HDTV Reviews

LG 1mm Thin Cinema Screen Television Bezels

LG 1mm Thin Cinema Screen Television Bezels

LG Electronics is touting its new Cinema Screen design at the 2012 CES and it is, in a word: fabulous. I don't think I've ever used that word in a sentence before, but I don't know how else to describe a 1mm thin bezel that truly gives a flat panel LED backlit TV the appearance of a true edge-to-edge display. This is something really new and it's got people all riled up and really interested. What's really exciting is that several of LG's high end 2012 Cinema Screen Smart TV models are going to look like this. In fact, so far there are three models that include the 1mm thin bezel, but more are certain to come. All of these TVs are 3D and the company has also released new Cinema 3D glasses for 2012. There are three models and they are 20 percent lighter than previous Iterations. Now if only they could "lighten" the obligatory 3D headaches...

LG is touting its new 1mm thin Cinema Screen bezel at the 2012 CES and it is, in a word: fabulous. I don't think I've ever used that word in a sentence before, but I don't know how else to describe it

— January 11, 2012 09:10 in HDTV Reviews

LG 55EM9600 55" OLED Cinema 3D Smart TV Preview

LG 55EM9600 55" OLED Cinema 3D Smart TV Preview

LG Electronics unveiled "the future of home entertainment" - and you know what, we'd have to agree. I know, OLED has been rearing its head for years, but both LG and Samsung have all but promised large-format models that will come out this year. The 2012 CES was where LG chose to reveal (literally at the very end of their press event) their new 55EM9600 55-inch OLED HDTV. The new TV is incredibly thin - just 4mm, in fact and is powered by LG’s TRIPLE XD Engine. Picture quality has been pretty advanced with LED backlit TVs - and it's only been getting better, but OLED ups the ante, with self-lighted organic pixels. This means that OLED TVs can exhibit precise color, absolute contrast and blazing clarity. LG gives the 55EM9600 OLED TV a contrast ratio of over 100,000,000:1, claiming it is fifty times greater than that of LED/LCD display panels. Honestly, the point is that the pixels, when of are, well... OFF. So the contrast ration is actually infinite - in which case they might as say the ratio is a google-to-one (I mean, why not?)

LG Electronics unveiled "the future of home entertainment" their new 55EM9600 55-inch OLED HDTV. The new TV is incredibly thin - just 4mm, in fact and is powered by LG’s TRIPLE XD Engine.

— January 10, 2012 14:30 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung Super OLED 55-inch TV Preview

Samsung Super OLED 55-inch TV Preview

OLED is here... well, almost here. Samsung and LG have both released new OLED televisions. Of course, since LG released OLED, Samsung has released/announced "Super OLED". That's super better than plain-old OLED, we suppose. The OLED TV will be produced from a single pane of glass and uses Samsung’s Super OLED technology to deliver the ultimate in picture quality and thinness. And it is super thin - just around 1/4" thin at it's smallest point. In all seriousness, there is an element to the "Super" designation in Super OLED. Samsung's version has apparently eliminated the need for a color filter as the OLED pixel unit comprises self-emitting RGB sub-pixels laid directly on the display panel.

OLED is here... almost. Samsung and LG have both released new OLED televisions. Of course, since LG released OLED, Samsung has released/announced Super OLED 55" HD television. And it's awesome!

— January 10, 2012 13:25 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung PN51D8000 51" Plasma SmartTV Review

Samsung PN51D8000 51" Plasma SmartTV Review

I guess Samsung's new D8000 Series plasma TV seems to have it all. The TV is first and foremost, a plasma - so it's got excellent black levels. But Samsung also figured out a way to make it incredibly thin. The TV is 1-1/2" at its thickest point, but most of the TV is right around 1". For a plasma this is incredibly impressive - it's kinda like a supermodel. For the past few years we've started asking ourselves "What's important in a TV?" Is it the black levels? How thin it is? Color accuracy? Media streaming? Apps? I mean, what is it that people look for in a new flat panel? And more importantly, what should YOU look for? Well, honestly we can't answer the question. Some want one thing over another, but some people want it all.

We do a video review of the Samsung PN51D8000 51" Plasma SmartTV and find it to be a really stellar performer, with deep, rich blacks and a feature set that allows it to be everything all at once.

— January 05, 2012 04:00 in HDTV Reviews

ClearStream Micron XG Indoor Antenna Review

ClearStream Micron XG Indoor Antenna Review

Now, when Antennas Direct claimed to have developed a new Micron XG Clearstream indoor model that was capable of hitting some pretty impressive numbers, well that was rather difficult to imagine. So, with our interest piqued, we grabbed it and hooked it up. Most of the television antenna's we've installed in the past few years have been larger outdoor units, set up specifically to capture all of the available stations in our local area. Where we live, smack dab between two major cities, we don't have the easy access to broadcast towers enjoyed by people who happen to live in the cities where these signals originate.

When Antennas Direct claimed to have developed a new Micron XG Clearstream indoor model that was capable of hitting some pretty impressive numbers, well we wanted to test it out for ourselves.

— September 21, 2011 07:55 in HDTV Reviews

Silicon Image InstaPrevue HDMI Technology Preview

Silicon Image InstaPrevue HDMI Technology Preview

Silicon Image took some time at CEDIA, through manufacturing partner DVDO and others, to show off its latest innovation: InstaPrevue. This technology will be featured in Silicon Image digital TV (DTV) and audio/video receiver (AVR) port processors and provides a real-time picture-in-picture preview of what is happening on every HDMI input connected to a television or A/V receiver. That means that rather than cycling through inputs or scrolling through an ambiguous numbered list of inputs, users can now see what's actually connected to their TVs in real-time. Using this "live preview" they can select the correct input desired, be it a Blu-ray Disc player, set-top box, game console, media player or any other device connected via HDMI.

Silicon Image took some time at CEDIA with manufacturing partner DVDO and others, to show off its latest innovation: InstaPrevue. This technology will be featured in Silicon Image-enabled TVs and AVRs

— September 13, 2011 07:37 in HDTV Reviews

Pioneer Elite PRO-X5FD Series LED TVs Preview

Pioneer Elite PRO-X5FD Series LED TVs Preview

Pioneer did an excellent and convincing demo of their new Elite PRO-X5FD series LED backlit TVs in 60" & 70" sizes. Pioneer is (openly) partnering with Sharp and these new TVs make use of the company's 10th generation LCD panels. They were awarded both 2D and 3D THX certification (meaning they paid money to THX and got some tweaks and a logo). The new televisions include Smart TV functionality with Netflix, VUDU, Blockbuster (yeah, they'll be around long!), Skype and more (there was no mention as to the methodology for acquiring a compatible camera). The demo placed a lot of emphasis on black levels and contrast ratio - both of which were designed to specifically take on and surpass the Kuro look, which was the starting point for these TVs. The Kuro was the best TV I'd ever seen. These TVs were very bit as good as I remembered those being.

Pioneer did an excellent and convincing demo of their new Elite PRO-X5FD series LED backlit TVs in 60" & 70" sizes. Pioneer is partnering with Sharp and these new TVs make use of 10th gen LCD panels.

— September 09, 2011 09:50 in HDTV Reviews

Panasonic TH-65VX300U Plasma Display Preview

Panasonic TH-65VX300U Plasma Display Preview

There have been some very impressive displays this year at CEDIA, and one of the great ones was Panasonic's TH-65VX300U HD Professional plasma display. The system does away with any of the "frills" like streaming media and focuses squarely on reference-level quality. The display is 65" and uses "ultra high-speed drive technology" to power both 2D and 3D content accurately. They also boasted that their advanced drive provides a much smoother gradation, actually doubling the smoothness of conventional models. This really shows up during super-dark passages of video and it looks great so far.

Panasonic's TH-65VX300U 65" HD Professional plasma display does away with any of the "frills" like streaming media and focuses squarely on reference-level studio quality 2D and 3D content.

— September 08, 2011 22:17 in HDTV Reviews

Vizio 58" XVT3D580CM Razor LED Cinemawide Display Preview

Vizio 58" XVT3D580CM Razor LED Cinemawide Display Preview

If you are a movie buff or just want to use apps without disrupting your (others) viewing, the Vizio XVT3D580CM Razor LED might be just what you were longing for. Featuring a native 2.35:1 aspect ratio, you won't have to suffer black bars on the top and bottom during your Lord of the Rings marathons. When viewing 16:9 content, Vision will allow you to utilize the extra space to navigate your Visio Internet Apps. Now all we need to know is the price.

If you are a movie buff or just want to use apps without disrupting your (others) viewing, the Visio XVT3D580CM Razor LED might be just what you were longing for.

— June 23, 2011 03:45 in HDTV Reviews

Samsung Smart TV Review with the LED 8000 Series

Samsung Smart TV Review with the LED 8000 Series

The Samsung Smart TVs, and in particular the LED 8000 Series are quite impressive. You know, aside from the transition from standard definition CRT monitors to high-definition flat panels, TVs haven't really changed much over the past several years. They still bring you the same programming from cable or satellite you've been watching since you learned how to point a remote control at the screen and click. But TVs need to change. I mean, I don't know about you, but most of what I watch these days comes from the Internet or a cloud-based source for movies. We're talking about Netflix, Hulu Plus and VUDU, among other sources. But how do you get that content to that expensive flat panel you purchased for Christmas last year? Well you can do what many of us do and connect your laptop to your TV with a dangling cable... Or... and this is cool... you can look for manufacturers who really seem to "get" emerging media and the new content marketplace. Samsung's SmartTV platform is positioned squarely in line with this kind of idea - and it's represented in full by their LED 8000 series televisions.

The Samsung Smart TVs, and in particular the LED 8000 Series are quite impressive. Aside from the transition from CRT monitors to high-definition flat panels, TVs haven't changed much.

— April 20, 2011 10:40 in HDTV Reviews

Sceptre E320PV-FHD 32" LED TV First Look

Sceptre E320PV-FHD 32" LED TV First Look

The Sceptre E320PV-FHD is a 1080p display with a 60Hz refresh rate. It claims a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and over 30,000 hours for the LED backlight. There are three HDMI inputs, a cable/antenna input, a component video input, and a composite video input. There are one each of headphone, SPDIF (coaxial), and analogue audio (RCA) outputs. Lastly there is an USB input for streaming pictures or music directly to the TV. Oh yeah, and it's pink.

The Sceptre E320PV-FHD is a 1080p display with a 60Hz refresh rate. It claims a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and over 30,000 hours for the LED backlight. And it's pink.

— April 15, 2011 03:05 in HDTV Reviews