The latest low-cost AEON’s ZG-0032LD, the home-oriented HDTV, brags 32-inch screen and the Samsung LCD panel. It enjoys 450 nits of brightness, 1200:1 contrast ratio and a pleasing viewing angle of 178 degrees. Let us not forget to mention its 2 HDMI ports, two S-Video, mini stereo input and a headphone jack. Well, there are other high-tech machines in the market with superior image quality, but the AEON ZG-0032LD is indubitably enthralling with a levelheaded price tag of US $1,131. I am sure that you won’t feel sorry for buying the ZG-0032LD as it pays you more than what you pay for it.
Well, Sony has finally dropped the idea of manufacturing Plasmas as expected, the foremost reason being a swift decline in the shipments of plasmas that reduced drastically from 300,000 in 2004 to 100,000 in 2005 and the second reason being the skimpy profits. Sina.com reports that in an attempt to compensate this, Sony plans to increase the shipment ratio of its 40-inch and above LCD TVs to more than 50% by the end of 2006. Sony, in a joint venture with Samsung, is going to construct an eighth-generation (8G) TFT-LCD plant with a monthly capacity of 50,000 glass substrates. Makoto Kogure, Sony’s deputy president of TV & video business said : ‘The company expects to increase its global LCD-TV shipments by 33% to eight million units in fiscal 2007.’
A few days back we were talking about the Xploder’s announcement to introduce the HDTV Movie Player to allow millions of Playstation 2 users to upgrade their PS2 consoles and HDTV Game Player to up-scale PS2 games to 720p and 1080i that will produce high-definition resolutions. The latest word on the street is that Xploder has pooled both the Movie player and the Game player into a single software package and given it the name, HDTV Player for PS2. The announced date of release of HDTV player is September 1, 2006 and it will cost you £29.99.
Headed for a launch on October 1, 2006, the Sharp’s new DLP projector, XV-Z21000 will offer you the preeminent Home theater environment. The XV-Z21000 projects a full resolution of 1,920×1,080 and its Dual Iris mechanism provides native contrast improvement with a contrast ratio of 12:000:1. It also features the BrilliantColor technology that manages the color depth and the quality of picture. It also integrates HDMIx2 ports, RS-232C, HD and DD connectivity that give you plenty of options. With a weight of 9.5kg, the XV-Z21000 has around 3000 hours of lamp life. Well, it is going to pick on your pockets as the XV-Z21000 comes with a hefty price tag of $10,870 attached to it.
I think Hitachi loves to name its products with the surname ‘Woo’. For me, the word ‘Wooo’ sounds stupid. Anyways, Hitachi has unveiled the new Hitachi WOOO W37L-H9000 HDTV uses 37V panel and the ISP alpha technology. It offers a wide viewing angle of 178-degrees and a resolution of 1366×768 pixels with the brightness of 500cd/m2. The built-in HDD offers 250GB capacity for video recording. Its HD translating technology, XCodeHD, has the ability to compress the recording to its half at the very same resolution. The Woo W37L-H9000 is priced at around $3050 and is expected to hit market in September.
Sony, I knew that you would stick to your words. When Sony left the Plasma arena, it planned to concentrate more on its LCDs. Now, Sony Canada has added surprisingly nine new LCD HDTVs to its Bravia series. The Bravia S-series now includes 40-inch KLV-40S200A, the 32-inch KLV-32S200A, the 26-inch KLV-26S200A and the 23-inch KLV-23S200A with 1366 X 768 pixels screen resolution. The Bravia V2500 line would include 40-inch KDL-40V2500 and the 46-inch KDL-46V2500 featuring two HDMI ports and 1080p functionality. The Bravia XBR series will include 46-inch KDL-46XBR2 and 40-inch KDL-40XBR2 boasting a chic design, three HDMI ports and 1920 x 1080 screen resolutions. The price range starts from $1,299 to $5,499 depending on the Bravia model.
Sharp has done a spectacular job by introducing the new 57-inch AQUOS LC-57D90U LCD HDTV but I think it failed to justify the hefty price tag of $16,000 around its neck. For your kind info, the so-called 1080p LCD doesn’t even allows 1080p over HDMI and even if compared with other LCD HDTVs, the LC-57D90U takes long 10 seconds to lock up to a 3:2 sequence. Except for its comparatively larger screen, it doesn’t boast anything that counts for the $16,000 tag. On the other hand, I will give full points to its scaler, 4ms response time and impressive video deinterlacing. But, if you are going to buy the AQUOS LC-57D90U LCD HDTV, I won’t advice you to do so. The much better option is to buy two or three smaller sized LCDs for your different rooms.
In reply to numerous queries by the gamers about the unreadable game text in Xbox’s Dead Rising, the Capcom has, for the time being, requested the SDTVs (standard-definition sets) users not to buy the game unless they sort out a solution for it. It seems like Capcom tested the trial version of the game with HDTV only and overlooked the game preview in standard-definition sets. Well, the owners of the SDTVs would have to wait until Capcom fixes the issue. Until then, you are not left with any option except to focus more on the screen.
The movie MI-3 (Mission Impossible III) is going to set a landmark on October 30 because it will be the very first movie to be released on HD DVD, Blu-Ray and DVD. That means the movie will be viewable in high-definition 1080p resolutions and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround sound. It has been announced that there would be an improved commentary by the director of Mission Impossible III, J.J. Abrams and the lead actor, Tom Cruise. The talk between the two will be displayed at the corner as the movie plays.
For now, we need to sit back a while to watch our latest movie premier on commercial Blu-Ray discs. Nevertheless, Sony has atleast made it possible to do the same with 50GB Blu-Ray discs (50GB BD-R recordable media for usage with Blu-ray burners). The announcement of 50GB Blu-ray discs is unquestionably a benchmark in Blu-ray history with its AccuCORE technology that fends off the risk of the disk being smashed or deformed. Personally, I would love to enjoy my MPEG-2 movies on Sony’s 50 GB BD-R instead of viewing it with HD DVD. Well, the frugal fellows need to think of buying one as the single disc is going to cost you $48. Anyways, I am fervently waiting for the full-fledged Blu-ray movie discs to hit the market so that I can whet my appetite to watch the movie at its best on my big screen.