Archive for: flat screen

Dupont breakthrough promises 50″ OLED for the price of 52″ LCD!

  • May 24, 2010 10:47 am

Any type of HD guru will tell you that OLED is the promising future. Granted, OLED still has some issues with direct light. But in a nice dark theater room, an OLED truly sings. The only limiting factor so far has been a sort of “chicken or the egg” conundrum.

For example, Sony’s 11″ OLED TV costs consumers $3,499. Who’s going to spend that much on such a small TV? And Sony likewise can’t lower the price simple because of the lack of mass production. So what do you do?

A recent breakthrough at Dupont appears to have paved the way for much cheaper and large OLED production…

Phillips brings 3rd dimension viewing to 21:9 uber wide TV.

  • February 23, 2010 1:52 pm

If you’re like most consumers balancing on the edge of merely understanding technology, specifically TV/LCD technology, simple terms such as “3D” and “HDTV” probably contain the vast cope of your knowledge. On that note, all 3D and HDTV’s sold in stores are some form of 16:9 or 16:10 with a few 4:3′s still hanging on for a tiny shred of attention. That’s all groovy and all if you’re into “normal” movie watching. For video junkies who really want a piece of the theater inside their house, the Phillips 21:9 uber wide (cinema edition) LCD is the only answer. We looked at this particular TV several months back and are still just as enamored with it’s shear size and length as were were back then.

Even with an aspect ratio that’s almost longer than life itself, the 21:9 beauty couldn’t milk that feature forever. So how exactly do you improve a 21:9 uber TV? Add 3D of course! For naysayers bringing up the valid point that movies aren’t released as 21:9 titles, take note. The TV actively resizes the picture to fit on the extra long screen. And from the videos I’ve seen of it in action, does a fairly damn good job.

Unfortunately, an anemic wallet as well as utter lack of any easy way to pick one up in the states means that for now, the Phillips 21:9 3D TV will still remain an object of desire.

Price? Don’t expect anything remotely affordable…


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Panasonic plasmas loosing too much of their black levels over time?

  • February 4, 2010 11:43 pm

The topic here tonight is simple: Is Panasonic manufacturing faulty, prematurely aging plasma TV’s whose black levels are decreasing too quickly over time?

You see, like all good things in live, black levels in TV’s — especially plasmas — come to an end at some point. The only problem with this instance anyway is that people are paying pretty large sums of money for Panasonic’s highly revered TV’s because of their downright amazing black levels. Having said levels decrease as the TV’s age is common to all plasma TV brands across the spectrum.

For Panasonic anyway, mounting user problems in AVS Forum could spell trouble later on down the road if it turns out that they were being less than truthful.

Anyone with a Panasonic plasma purchased in the last couple of years seeing any reduced black level performance? In the spirit of friendliness, let’s not single anyone out. I’m extending this question to any plasma owners. Are your plasmas still dark as dark can be?


Microwave + TV = visual munchies

  • December 8, 2009 11:02 am


Microwave’s at one point were technologically amazing. TV’s have gone from massive cabinets of timber to mere shadows of plastic. The TV still has many ways to evolve. The Microwave — not so much. You can only do so much with a microwave. Increase the wattage, add a few extra buttons and you’re done. Much like many other kitchen appliances, the microwave has finally succumb to the flat screen age.

Admittedly not the first Microwave to implore the whole motion picture scene, it is by far the smallest, and best looking implementation of said mashup. Just think, buying a microwave in 2020 at BestBuy only to find yourself comparing input ports, display resolution, and deciding between 5.1 or 7.1 — on your new microwave.

Of course, the average microwave meal is in the 2-3 minute range so after commercials are filtered out, you’re meal is already done. With a wide array of input and output options however, maybe hooking up to or streaming content from your Boxee Box will sweeten the deal. Whataya say? Visual microwaving for the 21st century have you geeked?


2880 x 900 curved display by Ostendo beckons your visual cortex

  • November 24, 2009 10:18 am


Anyone thinking their multi-monitor setup is “the king” needs to get familiar with the 2880 x 900 43″ monster from Ostendo. As you can see above, (careful, close your mouths…) the screen is very large, curved, and all around a technological beautiful thing to look at. I mean I wouldn’t mind staring at it’s clean glass surface for hours on end. To put the sheer width of the 32:10 screen in perspective:

  • 180% wider than 16:9
  • 240% wider than 4:3

Those thinking that Ostendo is playing on this whole “curved display” fad without any real specs must know that it makes use of the latest LED technology as well as featuring a lightning quick .02 millisecond refresh rate. Of course, the fact that it pumps out pixels at 2880 x 900 doesn’t hurt either. The only painful thing is the amount at which it costs to join this club — $6499. Ya, that halted your part bus didn’t it?


Philips and the “LED Pro” TV

  • November 20, 2009 12:53 pm


Being a tech guru isn’t for the faint of heart. Many will call us lazy, good for nothing, society sapping individuals because all we care about is personal gratification. To some extent, they’re true. But we lovers of the gadget are so much deeper than that. I mean, we’re not dumb by any stretch. A perfect example is captured in all of the cryptic phrases and labels manufacturers conjur up. Things such as 1080p, WUXGA, HDMI, etc. mean absolutely nothing to the normal human. But as technology progresses these terms and analogies will only grow. The latest on the list of things to write a mental sticky-note for comes by way of Phillips and their “LED Pro” TVs.

LED Pro 9704 TV sets to be exact. The reason for lustful thoughts for these bad boys centers around the whole idea of independent lighting of the LED’s thanks to 224 individual LED segments. Those 224 segments allow the 9704′s to get all contrasty — up to 5,000,000 : 1. Pretty damn good for an LCD don’t you think? Of course, with the LCD/LED duo, power consumption is down 50% over traditional LCD’s without the LED goodness. Rounding out the feature set is the 200Hz “Clear LCD Technology”, Ambilight Spectra 3, 1ms response time, and two 15W audio channels split across 4 speakers.

Pricing isn’t too bad with the 40″ and 46″ sets going for $1,799 and $2,499 respectively. Anyone looking to splurge on their Christmas gift a little early…?


Cell toting 55″ REGZA LED TV is a beast. Displays 8 channels at once!

  • October 5, 2009 6:42 am

Think you have the biggest, baddest TV in town? Sit down because you don’t have anything against Toshiba’s latest beast waiting in the wings. The REGZA 55X1 LED TV has a host of specs that will make any videophile and sports junkie drool. So what about these specs?

  • 240 Hz
  • LED backlight
  • Cell processor (same as PS3)
  • 5,000,000 : 1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 1250cd/m²
  • 7-speaker sound bar
  • Opera-based HD web browser
  • external 3TB hard drive for time-shifting up to 26 hours of TV from 8 different channels

Remember…this is a TV folks. I can’t really single out any one feature as being “the coolest” as it is all might fine by my standards. It’s worth mentioning the 3TB hard drive and Cell processor are stored in a separate box outside of the TV enclosure that is roughly the size of a first gen Blue-ray player. Even though a second box may put of some, the specs should quickly win them back. After looking further, I guess one certain feature does stand out. With that Cell processor understandably comes some muscle. Muscle that is capable of displaying 8 HD channels at the same time. Sports junkies, this is where you pick up your jaw. Now you can have the coolest party. 8 simultaneous channels at one time is insane. Come on folks, this TV is a beast.

The REGZA is set to go on sale in homeland Japan late this year with hopes of at least 1,000 sales before migrating across the deep blue to the land of the free. One particular “feature” I’m sure you’re all wondering about — the price. Such oozing of technological awesomeness doesn’t come cheap. The privilege for owning the coolest TV comes in at 1 Million Yen (~ $11,115 USD). Ouch. Yes it’s expensive. But, for many, they won’t even blink.

This isn’t Toshiba’s only experiment with injecting Cell processors into TV’s. Sources say a Cell powered 3D TV and even a “Super HD” 4k x 2k model that upconverts 1080p to 2160p (3840 x 2160). All I can say is Toshiba, bring it. Who’s feet are completely covered in drool? Anyone…anyone?

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