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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

Specs and Features

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The big video story at this year’s show is super slim flat panels designs. None of them will be available immediately, but they should start trickling in later in the year. Panasonic showed three samples of its design, including one that angled out to show just how skinny it is.

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With this 150” (diagonal) plasma with 4K resolution, Panasonic was clearly in the running for the biggest TV award. No price yet, but rumor has it that you can only buy one if you agree to put it on your lot and build a new house around it.

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Samsung prototype of a 3840x2160, or 4K LCD, was so crowded I had to grab an image around the crowd as best I could. No plans to offer it as a product, however, at least not in the near future.

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Sony wasn’t the only manufacturer to show OLED displays at the show, but it was the only one actually selling them. Samsung had several 11-inch prototypes at their stand, plus a 30-incher. The 30” model is full 1080p, the 11” 1366x768 (Sony’s 11” design is standard def).

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Samsung’s new model 450 plasma is said to be the first flat panel display that’s 3D-ready. The 3D image was very good, though I’m still not sure I’d want to watch many movies this way. But I suspect 3D has a big future in video games.

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Dolby brought a special guest star to its booth. I passed by several times but it never did turn into a new yellow Camaro.

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New readers won’t recognize the shell-shaped speaker on the right. It’s B&W’s Nautilus, a design that dates back years. It always was more of a tech statement piece than a readily available product, but you can still get it on special order. I think I heard $40,000/pair or so.

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Westinghouse showed a new 1920x1080 47” set (the TXF450S) with 120Hz operation. A split screen showed the same thing we’ve seen on many such sets; when operated in 120Hz using interpolation (which this set clearly does) a film original looks just like it was shot on video. And that’s not necessarily a plus.

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LG’s signage more clearly explained their demos than that of most other manufacturers. The 75 series, with local dimming for improved blacks, was very impressive. It won’t be available until sometime in the second half of 2008. LG also had some of the best-looking demo material.

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This screen shot, as filtered through your computer screen, is just a shadow of the original image on the LG sets, but it still clearly shows the quality of LG’s program material.

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I’ve always said that shots of Antarctica at noon, in summer, made the best program material to demonstrate a flat panel LCD display. LG must be reading <I>UAV</I>.

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TI demonstrated a prototype technology that operates a DLP set at 240Hz and virtually eliminates motion lag. It was very convincing side-by-side with a 120Hz LCD, as you can clearly see from this state of the art photo.

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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

As always, there are manufacturers trying to make a splash in the huge US television market. We wish them luck.

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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 07, 2008 2 comments

And here's another one.

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