|CEDIA 2009 Show Floor Impressions|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Best Of & Top 100 Lists|
|Written by Thomas Spurlin|
|Thursday, 17 September 2009|
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Samsung Maintains Reputation in Large-Scale LCD Battle
Probably the most impressive of the 65” flat-panels on display was Samsung’s 65” LN65B650 , a staggeringly gorgeous set. They’ve integrated DLNA connectivity, a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and 120hz motion with Samsung’s nifty Touch of Color aesthetic, it fit in splendid in a comfy, living-room style layout with other Samsung products surrounding – including a Crestron touch-screen device and slick slim-design speakers. Though impressive, sticker shock might set in at the panel’s $6k tag.
Though CEDIA offers a lot of stunning larger-screen items, it was really hard for me to take my eyes off of Sharp’s 52” Aquos set, the LC-52E77UN. Sure, it’s smaller in comparison and it’s been around for a spell; however, the overall value behind this set is impeccable, and the picture quality was truly jaw-dropping with the material displayed. Along with 120hz motion, a 4ms response time, its ASV anti-glare panel, pitch-dark blacks, and both a PC jack and plenty of HDMI ports, it’s a steal at under $1900.
Sharp, however, has also taken their LCD-panels a step further with their D85UN series. It carries a 10-Bit ASV display, as well as the Spectral Contrast Engine for extra-dark blacks and Optical Picture control. Their prowess was on display linked up to a watt meter head-to-head with another of Sharp’s models, easily bested by the D85UN’s crispness and color replication.
Far be it for sharp to let the pack run away with all the attention in the 65” display department. They also gave quite an ample show with their LC-65E77UM display, which carries over many of the great things from Aquos’ 52”-inch set for a larger display. At $4500, it’s certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with in this new patch of larger flat-panel displays, especially when in direct competition with the pricier yet heavily impressive Samsung model.
Sony’s BRAVIA XBR10 – A Kitchen Sink
Many technologies were brought to the forefront at CEDIA, but Sony’s 52” XBR10 throws them all together with dramatic appeal – and, interesting, right at the front of the expo’s show’s floor. Featuring edge-lit LED optic lighting effect and an extremely thin base, its attractiveness almost marries perfectly with its prowess as a flat-panel display. It’s in the 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 240hz Motionflow movement enhancement, and the fact that it’s all transmitted wirelessly to a 1080p set that makes it all somewhat daunting as a home theater device. Bear in mind that this hearty panel will also take a hearty chunk out of your wallet, as this Swiss Army style of LCD will run you $4999.99. Ouch, but wow.
Toshiba REGZA in 240hz Motion
The crispness of 240hz technology was almost as strong as a buzz topic as the 3D gimmick at CEDIA, but on a more practical level. Though other setups were more on the creative side, Toshiba’s REGZA ZV650 really stood out with fluid motion in practical application. Coming in tow with their ClearScan 240 functionality and DeepLagoon, Their models are available in smaller diagonal screen sizes currently, from 42” to the newly-fangled 54” display.