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Monday, 10 January 2011 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Samsung Roundtable – CES 2011
CES isn’t all massive booths and packed show floors – there are plenty of meetings going on behind-the-scenes.  I was lucky enough to get an invite to a roundtable conversation with a few Samsung VPs and a select group of press members. The panelists included bigwigs from across Samsung’s operation, as well as a moderator and a translator to help out with some of the trickier questions. Kevin Lee – Vice President, Smart TV PartnershipsBong-Ku Kang – Senior Vice President, Product Marketing GroupHyo-Gun Lee – Vice President Software Group R&D TeamJohn Revie – Senior Vice President Home EntertainmentThere was a good deal of traffic and nearly everyone was delayed in getting to the panel, so rather than bother with lengthy introductions, things got rolling with questions right off the bat.Q: Samsung has been using a new technology called PLS in ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Sony BRAVIA KDL-55HX800 3D HDTV Preview
Sony's BRAVIA KDL-55HX800 is biggest in their HX800 line of Dynamic Edge LED backlit LCD 3D TVs .  This 54.6-inch HDTV features a native 1080p resolution and full 3D (both eyes) playback, Motionflow PRO 240Hz refresh rate, optional WiFi Internet connectivity, and DLNA certification.This nearly fifty-five inch BRAVIA television offers viewers a full 1080p picture at 240 frames a second, though it can take any input signal from 480i to 1080p via one of its four HDMI inputs (version 1.4a), or 480i to 1080i via the component input.  The television includes the BRAVIA Engine 3 video processor to enhance color and detail while reducing visual noise for all sources and resolutions.The big selling feature for the KDL-55HX800 is of course 3D playback. With its many HDMI 1.4a inputs, the KDL-55HX800 works with both 3D Blu-ray and broadcast content.  The 3D ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Sony HT-CT350 40
For those who don't want to deal with running wires for monetary or decorative reasons, but still crave a fuller sound experience than the one provided by your flat screen (answer: yes you do), Sony may have an inexpensive Sound Bar System for you.Sound bars may not be acceptable to home theater enthusiasts, but they're great for back up viewing locations such as bedrooms.  Sony's HT-CT350 is a full package that includes a powered subwoofer module (the subwoofer's amplifier powers the sound bar and features all the video and audio ins and outs) as well as a soundbar speaker equipped with two full-range 1-5/8" x 2-7/8" cone-type drivers and two 1-5/8" cone-type drivers in a bass reflex enclosure.  This translates to a fully discrete 3.1 system that emulates a 5.1 system.The HTC-CT350's subwoofer module features a small 5-1/8" cone type ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Sharp Aquos LC-52LE925UN 3D HDTV Preview
Sharp's new 52-inch Aquos television (the LC-52LE925UN) is one of two in their LE925UN series of 3D TVs and features an UltraBrilliant Edge-Lit LED Backlight System, an X-Gen LCD Panel, Quattron Quad Pixel Technology, AquoMotion 240, and of course full 3D output at a native resolution of 1920 x 1080p (60Hz or 24Hz).The LC-52LE925UN from Sharp is built with a Full HD 1080p X-Gen LCD panel which includes a 10-bit video processor and advanced pixel control to minimize light leakage.  The proprietary UltraBrilliant Edge-Lit LED Backlight System makes for a thin display with a "double-dome" light amplifier lens and multi-fluorescents that boast brightness and pure colors, but not hefty energy bills.Sharp's Quattron Quad Pixel Plus Technology is also proprietary and allows for individual control of all 8-million sub-pixels on the screen while adding yellow to the traditional primary colors to ...
Sunday, 05 December 2010 ,  Written by Dick Ward
You can have the best TV, the most feature packed Blu-ray player and the highest quality receiver on the market, but to get the full effect you'll need to get your hands on some great speakers.  What makes a great speaker depends entirely on your tastes and needs, so we've crafted a list that should satisfy a wide range of needs.Entry Level When it comes to the entry level, we're looking at speakers for folks that are stepping up from their TV's built-in audio or from home theater-in-a-box type setups.  Whether sold as a pair or as a full 5.1 setup, these range under $1,000 and are some of the best you can get at the entry level.Energy 5.1 Take ClassicAudio enthusiasts can't agree on much, but what seems to be unanimous is the suggestion of Energy speakers.  If you're ...
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