Archive for: HD

$36,000 Display Packs Quad-HD Resolution Into 36″ Frame.

  • June 20, 2011 10:29 am

Display manufacturers constantly trade insults with one another who has the biggest, clearest, brightest display. Though we’re pretty sure the 36″ Eizo Nanao DuraVision FDH3601 has one thing all other competitors can’t claim — quad-HD resolution (4,096×2,160).

Other notable mentions include an LED backlight, 700cd/m2 brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, two DVI-D ports and DisplayPorts (HDCP) (each), and an “EcoView Sense sensor” that turns the display off after a set time in which the display detects no one sitting in front of it.

While all features are bullet point worthy, the $36,000 price tag will sadly keep this a rare and expensive novelty for the time being. But if you’ve got the cash, mark September 7th on your calendar.

Sharp’s 7,680 x 4,320 Super Hi-Vision TV Turns Us Into Deers.

  • May 19, 2011 10:15 am

1080p still looks good on a decent TV. But after seeing several 4K “quad-HD” resolution panels at CES the last couple of years, 1080p has lost its luster. And if you thought quad-HD was insane, wait until you see Sharp’s (in conjunction with Japanese broadcaster NHK) new 85-inch 7,680 x 4,320 pixel display touting 103 pixels per per inch, a 60Hz refresh rate and 300cd/m2 brightness. Backlighting is provided by an RGB LED. Even today’s hd physical standard, Blu-ray, looks like garbage on this gigantor display.

The technology is still in development stages with both involved parties stating that we shouldn’t expect to see any public deployment until 2020 — the year in which NHK says they will begin these Ultra HD broadcasts. Looks like we need to move to Japan…

Vizio Unveils 21:9 Cinema TV.

  • January 4, 2011 9:04 am

Movie buffs in attendance at CES 2011 will want to make a special stop by Vizio’s booth. It is there you will be able to get an eyes-on experience with the company’s new 21:9 Cinema TV. The resolution on the 50-inch and 58-inch models will come in at 2560 x 1080, making it quite a bit more immersive than the current crop of widescreen TVs.

If you recall, Phillips jumped on this waggon earlier in the year with their own 21:9 TV. So far, market penetration hasn’t been all that stellar. Though that is in part to few retailers actually picking it up as well as a rather high price tag. But now that Vizio has entered the fold, perhaps we’ll see 21:9 take off in 2011. In our opinion, the 21:9 experiences are much more enticing and enveloping than the current 3D gimmick that is ravaging the tech world. With that said, check back later this week as we’ll be sure to hit up Vizio’s booth at CES!

UK’s Sky launches 3D channel. Virgin follows with 3D VOD service.

  • October 1, 2010 8:04 am

It’s a great day to be a UK resident and 3D aficionado. Today, UK broadcaster, Sky, has launched the countries first all 3D channel. For 14 hours everyday, those across the pond will be able to tune in to TV complete with the third dimension. For now, that 14-hour broadcasting window starts at 9am. But as time progresses and uptake of 3D notches upwards, expect programming to expand and also grow in programming choices.

If you want to experience the 3D goodness “a-la-carte”, prepare to dish out £61/month. However, if you subscribe to Sky’s Top World HD Package you can have the 3D channel “on the house”.

Also worth noting — Virgin UK has officially launched their first 3D Movies On Demand service today. All you need is a 3D-capable TV, 3D glasses, and a Virgin HD Plus set top box.

It’s pretty cool to see 3D options finally appearing, even if I can’t test them out myself (living in the US and all). What do the guys and gals of GS-land think? Any UK readers care to weigh in?

1080p will look like a big bag of suck next to this: Japanese pushing Super HI-Visoin — 7680 x 4320 of awesomeness.

  • September 30, 2010 9:16 am

We’re just getting to the point now here in the US where 1080p is getting pretty ubiquitous. Granted, millions of people still don’t have any type of HD device or signal coming into their house. But millions in the grander scheme of things — hundreds of millions — is rather tiny. But just as we catch up, the Japanese are off on the next venture already where our standard 1080p HD has been around for years…well before us.

The new standard: Super HI-Vision. What makes this so “super” is the pixel count — 16 times that of 1080p — 7680 x 4320! Transferring that massive amount of pixels consumers 24Gb/s! That’s insane! Japanese public broadcaster NHK is aiming to have Super HI-Vision broadcasts enter homes by 2020. More near-term goals, however, are a bit more within reach. Specifically, NHK wants to have the 2012 Olympics outfitted with Super HI-Vision broadcasts and equipment. But they’ve got a long way to go before then. To give you an idea of the challenges: There are only three cameras in the world that can record at 7680 x 4320 resolution. On top of that, NHK had to have custom made 103″ plasma TV’s built just to demo the technology.

It’s interesting to think that once we move on to Super HI-Vision and other higher definition forms of video, physical formats will die out pretty quickly. There’s only so much you can put on a physical object.

By the way, what was this bleeding edge demo? The Charlatans live in concert…

New Zune HD’s to come with Windows Phone 7?

  • September 13, 2010 7:34 pm

If there’s one thing Microsoft has stuck by even in the face of adversity in recent times, it’s the Zune. The sort of ugly step child in Microsoft’s more consumer-focused lineup hasn’t quite caught on in the mass public’s eye. Yet Microsoft keeps trudging along with the occasional Zune update. You’d be a fool to deny that Apple has been knocking things out of the park over the last few quarters. On that note, what (if anything) can Microsoft do to one up the iPod Touch, iPhone, or just Apple in general? So far, they’ve proven that they can’t beat the iPod (and some would argue they aren’t trying to).

What can they possibly do next? How about throwing Windows Phone 7 on it? It’s an intriguing idea and a good start. Though honestly, it needs to be done if Microsoft has any hope of remaining anywhere close to the iPod Touch in terms of relevance. I mean, the iPod Touch is running full blown iOS — a smartphone OS. The current Zune HD is running nothing more than a PMP OS that is quite limited. Seeing as how Windows Phone 7 pretty much packs the Zune interface within the music app, this rumor isn’t such a stretch.

I can see both sides to this story. On one hand, a more complex and versatile OS will really help the Zune branch out if Microsoft does so choose to go that route. At the same time, a simple PMP is what so many people crave and list it as one of the reasons they avoid the iPod Touch in particular. Though in the end, I’d imagine more people would gladly take a more well rounded, robust device instead of a single-use device these days.

What do you prefer: A more single-use PMP-only Zune or an iPod Touch-esque uber device?

Don’t fall into the trap, Overpriced HDMI cables are a load of crap.

  • August 13, 2010 10:39 am

While trying to avoid the beating of the poor horse that’s been beaten one too many times, I stumbled upon an article and felt the need to share it with you. It’s rather short for what it covers — HDMI cables and why you don’t need to spend more than $5-$15 on any cable — but does so in a very clear and precise way.

Check out HD Guru if you’re tired of listening to your poor, technologically retarded old man boast about his new $1500 TV and accompanying $200 3′ HDMI cable. Being the tech junkie you are, it’s the least you could do. The less grossly overpriced cable sold the better.

Another A/V cable standard jumps into the foray. Based off of cat5e/6, actually makes sense.

  • July 1, 2010 6:52 am

If there’s one thing that I can go ahead and claim for the majority of the human race, it’s this: No one wants another A/V cable standard. Such marketing pushes are often filled with plenty of PR fluff promising great new (and cheaper) benefits for customers. All it excels at however is further confusing customers, over-saturating the market with cable mumbo jumbo, and giving retailers a reason to jack prices up. But this new standard actually makes some sense as it is based off of cables many web connected people already make use of — cat5e/6 networking cable.

Dubbed “HDBaseT”, this cat5e/6 cable will allow A/V hardware to hook up to each other with a significantly reduced A/V cable cound, and ultimately resulting in cheaper A/V cable prices for customers, among other A/V equpiment (hopefully). Why manufacturers didn’t pursue this route 5-10 years ago is beyond me. But at least it’s here now.

The initial concept and outlook is promising. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait long at all to get a taste of HDbaseT either. The standard is supposed to be adopted in 2011. Anyone interested? Or do you think wireless is going to kill off any remaining chances of a replacement A/V cable standard? Keep it in the comments…

116-inch 7,680 x 4,320 res plasma — need I say more?

  • June 11, 2010 10:09 am

Recent mumblings of Panasonic’s 4,096 x 2,160 res TV’s may be drool inducing, but as is customary in the tech world, such claims to fame rarely last very long. And so falls my interest in Panasonic’s 4,096 x 2,160 uber TV in favor of NHK’s new 7,680 x 4,320, 116-inch prototype.

In actuality, the 116-inch measurement comes compliments of (4) 58-inch 1920 x 1080 monitors. But the real numbers to the story reside in the 0.33mm pixel shift which make the whole big shebang possible at this size and scale. It of course is a sight to behold too.

Is it cheating? Perhaps. But such things don’t really matter to me once I’m sitting 6′ from a 116-inch, 7,680 x 4,320 display. Video after the jump…