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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 22, 2010 0 comments
Stepladders, forklifts, crates, cartons, and loads of loads of gear were flying around on the final day before the show. But the setup was arduous for the people doing it -- in part because the powers that be at the Georgia World Congress Center decided it was not necessary to turn on the air conditioning in the vast exhibit space.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 10, 2010 0 comments
Heard of Sezmi? The company offers what it calls a personalized TV solution that integrates DTV broadcasts with online and on-demand video. Having originated in Los Angeles, it is expanding service to 36 other U.S. television markets in 23 states.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 06, 2009 0 comments
Would you like to get a look at Meridian's 810 Reference Video System and its flagship 9.2 surround rig? You can have that and some hors d'oeuvres if you attend Audio High's event this coming Friday, October 9, 2009.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 02, 2007 0 comments
Who's got the world's smallest Full HD LCD set? That would be Sharp, which unveiled a 22-inch 1080p model recently at a trade show in Japan. Also shown were similarly equipped 26- and 32-inch models.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments
In a possibly momentous move, Sharp acquired a significant stake in Pioneer late last year. Sharp's $358 million investment bought it 14 percent of Pioneer, making it the latter's biggest shareholder. Pioneer also acquired 0.9 percent of Sharp.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 13, 2010 0 comments
Until now, Sharp has been content to let Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony hog the 3D spotlight. But Sharp's first 3D HDTVs will hit Japan this summer, with introductions in the U.S., Europe, and China to follow by December.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 10, 2008 0 comments
Now that energy savings are as prominent on consumer radar screens as flat-panel TVs, a set combining both concerns has become inevitable. This week, at a Japanese trade event, Sharp showed the first solar-powered LCD TV. Nope, no U.S. details yet.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 04, 2011 12 comments
The Pioneer Elite TV brand is becoming Sharp Elite for a new line of LED-backlit LCD TVs. Sharp took the wraps off the first two models, 70 and 60 inches, today at a New York press event. At first glimpse they were dazzling.

Some background: The Pioneer Elite Kuro plasmas were widely regarded as among the best HDTVs ever made. They were a high-end, premium-priced product. But though they wowed critics, they didn't sell enough for the line to survive. Two years ago Pioneer exited the TV business, though it continues to use the Elite brand for its higher-end audio components. Earlier this year Pioneer licensed the Elite name to Sharp for use as a TV brand, a logical move given that Sharp is Pioneer's largest shareholder. And so the LCD phoenix rises from the plasma ashes.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments
Sharp has developed a new five-color LCD that, according to the company, "faithfully reproduces the real surface colors that humans are capable of perceiving."
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 29, 2010 5 comments
Just when I was about to ship my four-year-old Sharp LC-32D4U to my parents, who are still using an analog TV, the 32-inch TV's speakers went silent. According to this guy, the problem is "a design flaw by Sharp in which the silicon grease they used to cool the audio IC tends to break down and melt after a couple years, shorting out the audio." I've spent this week reviewing a JVC sound bar, so at least I didn't have to do without my local 10 o'clock newscast--the TV's analog line output still worked well enough to feed a signal to the bar. But I wanted to fix the TV before it went off to its new home. My parents have been good to me. I didn't want to send them a less than fully functional TV.

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