|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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Wandering around the show room floor at the 20th Anniversary 2009 CEDIA Expo offers a daunting experience, as turning your head 180 degrees will likely reveal no less than two new flat-panel televisions, a psychedelic set of speakers, and a super-secret enclosure available only for the elite (or, more like the patient). New technology is spilling from the seams in brightly-light, ultra-colorful displays aiming to grab your attention in any way possible. Underneath the glitz and glamour behind brand-spanking new electronics from major and minor labels alike, however, this expo also showcases many items that are just about to hit the market. It is, after all, an event largely constructed to entice dealers with new retail “stuff” to offer consumers. Let’s take a look at some of the enticing (and eyebrow-raising) flat-panel displays and Blu-ray players found on the CEDIA show floor, as well as a few exhibits that were just smashingly gawk-worthy.
LG LH85 Series Wireless 120hz and LH55 240hz TrueMotion Displays
One of my favorite low-key presentations from the show was LG’s setup of their LH85 series of wireless televisions, integrated with an XBOX 360 and LG BDP-90. The front sensor contains inputs, much like home audio/video receivers, then communicates to the sensor in (seemingly) distortion-free fashion. In the 360, LG didn’t have Call of Duty, Halo, or any other shooter; instead, they were running Mini Ninjas, a Legend of Zelda style of platform action game. It was impressive to see how smooth the motion was on LG’s television, and a lot of fun to see LG’s playfulness in mind with their game choice. 47” and 55” varietals are available with the wireless technology. It’s certainly tempting to rid of the clutter.
Along with their wireless displays, LG also had their LH55 TrueMotion 240hz television ripe for the viewing. On it, they had the CG-animation Ice Age to showcase its ability to handle compelling motion – and the results were convincing. The smoothness was a difficult adjustment, but worked well with the animation. LG’s 240hz models are available in 37”, 42”, 46”, and 55” classes, coming with 80,000:1 contrast ratio, Deep Color HDMI support through its 4 ports, and USB 2.0 connectivity. Their largest model sits in the neighborhood of $2,600 list.
Mitsubishi’s Beautiful 82” DLP HDTV / Link
Though talk of LCD, foremost, and plasma television filled the halls through lectures and chatter, it goes without saying that DLP-warrior Mitsubishi still has the goods when it comes to the original large-screen television. Though they front some prowess with their 65” DLP in 3D, discussed later, their footage of Disney’s Princess and the Frog was a delight to watch on their striking 82” WD-82837 Home Theater set. Featuring Deep Color over HDMI, a rich 12-bit video processor, Smooth120, and a slew of upgrades to their DeepField, Sharp Edge and Noise Reduction functions, it also showcases a brand new size for Mitsubishi. Of course, the size will come to the tune of $4999, but the breadth of its room-filling prowess really impresses.
Panasonic’s 65” Stalwart Plasma sets
Stepping into Panasonic’s booth tapped into internal fandom for their products, as I’ve owned several of their home theater electronics at one time or another for several years now. Moreover, attention naturally gravitated towards their giant Wall-o-Plasmas, including a set of staggering 65” displays. One of the leaders in plasma technology, they continue to soldier on with the technology through their newest large-screen displays – displayed at CEDIA in both TC-P65S1 and TC-P65v10 varieties.