65-inch LCD TV Available to More Consumers; 60-inch Represents New Screen Size

Sharp offers two competitively-priced AQUOS LCD TVs that make large-screen units with advanced performance attainable for more consumers. The 65-inch LC-65E77UM (64-33/64″ Diagonal) and 60-inch LC-60E77UN (60-1/32″ Diagonal) AQUOS LCD TVs join the acclaimed E77 series, filling out a lineup of Full-HD 1080p models that bring enhanced picture quality to the forefront. Additionally, the LC-60E77UN is the first 60-inch LCD TV on the market, meeting the need for a highly sought-after screen class size.

“With the increasing adoption of flat-panel display TVs, consumers expect larger screen sizes with advanced performance at a good value,” said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “The addition of the 65-inch class E77 series LCD TV and introduction of a new screen size class at 60 inches enables more consumers to bring home large-screen TVs.”

The LC-65E77UM and LC-60E77UN employ Sharp’s Advanced Super View (ASV) Superlucent Panel for a dramatically bright and crisp picture with reduced haze and reflectivity. They also feature Sharp’s Fine Motion Enhanced technology for 120Hz Frame Rate Conversion and a fast pixel response time of 4ms, providing the ultimate medium for high-definition viewing of fast-action imagery.

The ASV Superlucent panel applies an ultra-smooth finish that minimizes haze while intensifying panel brightness and contrast. The ASV Superlucent panel with Spectral Contrast Engine XD provides high contrast, enabling deep blacks and vibrant colors, and a special dejudder feature results in the smooth reproduction of film content.

Two components of the Spectral Contrast Engine, Optical Picture Control (OPC), which automatically adjusts luminance to room brightness and lighting conditions, and Brightness Preservation picture processing, also make these models very energy-efficient. In fact, all models in the E77 series exceed the EPA’s Energy Star criteria. An advanced Power Savings mode is easily accessed through a dedicated remote control button.

The large-screen E77 series provides a stunning picture and a new design sure to complement any décor. The black cabinet blends elegantly into a soft champagne gold hue that accents the bottom of the frame, befitting both modern and traditional design schemes. These AQUOS models also come equipped with a full array of connectivity options, including four HDMIT and two component video inputs, all of which are 1080p compatible, accepting signals from Blu-ray DiscT players and advanced gaming devices.  A dedicated PC input and RS-232 port for custom installations add to the feature set.

The complete E Series includes models in 65- (64 33/64″ Diagonal), 60- (60-1/32″ diagonal), 52- (52-1/32″ diagonal), 46- (45-63/64″ diagonal) and 40-inch (40″ diagonal) screen class sizes (LC-65E77UM, LC-60E77UN, LC-52E77UN, LC-46E77UN and LC-40E77UN respectively), as well as the 40-inch class LC-40E67UN (40″ diagonal).

Pricing and availability

  • The LC-65E77UM is available now for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $4,499.99
  • The LC-60E77UN is available nowr for a MSRP of $3,499.99

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Consumer Reports: Best TVs for the Buck

March report includes ratings of over 130 TVs; Buying advice – features to consider and which to skip

Believe it or not, TV prices continue to fall, and special Super Bowl and Winter Olympics promotions are likely to result in even better deals. Consumers may find larger sets with screen sizes from 46- to 50-inches as low as $600. The March issue of Consumer Reports includes Ratings of over 130 LCD and plasma TVs and advice on what features are worth the price.

“Whether you’re a first time buyer or you want to upgrade your existing flat-panel, TV prices have never been better and they continue to fall,” says Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor of Consumer Reports. “It’s not always best to go for the least-expensive model; we’ve found that some features are worth the extra-cost.”

Things to Consider

  • Resolution: 1080p vs. 720p. 1080p resolution, called full HD, is now very common, but some 50-inch and smaller TVs still have 720p resolution. Salespeople may suggest that 1080p sets have better picture quality overall, but it’s not always the case; however, a 1080p set does have the potential to display finer detail than a 720p TV because the screen has more pixels – the elements making up an image. The price premium for 1080p has shrunk but still runs $100 to $200. Consumer Reports recommends buying a 1080p set if the TV is 50 inches or larger, and price isn’t an issue.
  • Less Blur: 120Hz & 240Hz. Ads make a big deal of 120Hz and 240Hz technologies, which promise to reduce blurring and the loss of detail that can occur when LCD TVs display fast-moving images. 120Hz technology doubles an LCD TV’s usual 60Hz frame rate, and 240Hz quadruples it. (Some models combine a 120Hz frame rate with a scanning, or flashing, backlight, to create a 240Hz effect.) Purchasing a TV with anti-blur technology can cost an extra $200 or more, and results varied in Consumer Reports lab tests. A 60Hz set should satisfy most casual viewers, but it’s worth considering a 120Hz TV now that the feature is available on lower-priced sets.
  • Screen Size. Consumers in the market for a TV may opt for a smaller screen size to keep costs down. Consumer Reports suggests that consumers purchase the biggest screen their budget and space allow, rather than a smaller model with extra features that will be rarely used.
  • High-priced HDMI cables. Retailers will try to talk consumers into spending $50 or more for an HDMI cable to use with a new HDTV. Consumer Reports recommends buying decent-quality cables with sturdy connectors, but not expensive ones. A 6-foot HDMI cable should cost $10 or so. Even so-called high-speed cables designed for 1080p throughput shouldn’t cost more than $20 for a 3- to 6- foot cable. If low-priced HDMI cables aren’t available at the store, look online.

Consumer Reports Best Buys: HDTVs

Most of the TVs featured in Consumer Reports latest Ratings have excellent or very good picture quality, so there are many fine choices. Below is a list of CR Best Buys which are mainstream values. (Sets are listed from largest to smallest screen size).

— Vizio VF550M, $1,400
— Toshiba Regza Cinema Series 52XV648U, $1,400
— Toshiba Regza 46XV645U, $1,000
— Insignia NS-L42Q-10A, $650
— LG 42LF11, $700
— Sanyo DP42849, $630
— Vizio VO320E (720p), $390
— Sanyo DP26649 (720p), $300

Plasma TVs
— LG 50PQ30, $800
— Insignia NS-P501Q-10A (720p), $650
— Panasonic Viera TC-42PX14 (720p), $550
— LG 42PQ30

The complete report, “Best TVs for the buck,” is available in the March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports available wherever magazines are sold. The report includes buying advice, Ratings of over 130 LCD and plasma TVs, best and worst brands, and 6 easy steps to get high-definition TV programming. Portions of the story are available for free online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

VIZIO launches arsenal of LED Backlit LCD HDTVs in 2010

VIZIO, America’s #1 LCD HDTV Company, announced its most comprehensive lineup of LED LCD HDTVs yet, with 37 models in the XVT Pro Series, XVT Series and M Series, spanning screen sizes from 16″ to 72″.

Demonstrating VIZIO’s leadership ability at any price point, their XVT Pro series with TruLED(TM) incorporates VIZIO’s most advanced HDTV technologies, including 480Hz SPS with Smooth Motion(TM) and Smart Dimming(TM). In addition, most of their Razor LED(TM) sets combine Smart Dimming for precise black levels and optimized picture quality, and all sets are designed with slim, stylish features matched with high performance.

Many sets offer VIZIO Internet Apps(TM) (VIA), built-in high definition wireless (802.11n dual-band) or wired networking to enable on demand movies, TV episodes, music and other online content. VIZIO is also offering audio quality through SRS audio processing. VIZIO’s LED LCD HDTV designs ensure high-energy efficiency and Energy Star 4.0 qualification for all sets.

“We believe consumers deserve an opportunity to purchase the latest technology at an incredible value and LED backlit HDTVs are no exception,” said Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder and VP Sales and Marketing Communications. “VIZIO customers will soon be able to choose their favorite LED backlit set in sizes ranging from 72″ with TruLED backlighting to as small as 16″ with Razor thin designs and enjoy excellent picture quality and function.”

“With their new product line, most of VIZIO’s new TVs will use roughly 50% less power than their prior models,” said Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council. “Much of this remarkable progress is made through the use of state of the art light emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the TV screen. What’s particularly encouraging about their announcement is that VIZIO is making these energy saving improvements across the board. Whether it is simply a smaller 19″ TV for the kitchen or a 55″ big screen TV for the family room, their customers can be assured that they are buying an energy efficient one.”

XVT Pro Series TruLED 1080p FHD 480Hz SPS with Smooth Motion and Smart Dimming

Defining state of the art performance, VIZIO’s 72″, 55″ and 47″ Full HD3D(TM) TVs advance refresh rates to 480Hz SPS with VIZIO’s Smooth Motion technology. The TruLED Full HD3D HDTVs incorporate the very latest in advanced HDTV technology with 480Hz SPS, TruLED brilliant LEDs pervade the entire screen, Smart Dimming circuitry controls hundreds of zones of LEDs per screen to the precise light level per picture frame, Full HD3D delivers stunning 3D images in Full HD 1080P resolution, with advanced features like VIZIO INTERNET APPS(TM) (VIA) built-in high definition wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking, a Bluetooth universal remote control with sliding QWERTY keyboard, and Wireless HDMI which allows the TV to receive HD video and audio from sources without an HDMI cable.

XVT Series TruLED 1080p FHD 240Hz SPS with Smooth Motion and Smart Dimming

VIZIO XVT HDTVs offer 240Hz SPS (Scenes Per Second) refresh rates with Smooth Motion technology to enable extraordinary picture quality thanks to their TruLED backlighting technology (Direct Type LED) these sets are designed under 3″, with over 120 zones of Smart Dimming and deliver an incredible 10 million to 1 dynamic contrast ratio. Brightness is 500 nits, and each display is capable of displaying 1.06 billion colors through the use of 10-bit data input panels. Ambient light sensing technology also helps ensure colors stay true with deeper blacks even in brighter environments. VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA), with 802.11n dual-band wireless networking provides access to on demand movies, TV episodes, music and other online content — all controlled from the included Bluetooth universal remote control.

XVT Series Razor LED 1080p FHD Sets with 120Hz Smooth Motion and Smart Dimming

Featuring VIZIO’s first Razor LED edge-type 37″ and 32″ sets with 16 zones of Smart Dimming, these Full HD 120Hz sets with Smooth Motion technology have a less than two-inch (2″) thin profile and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Brightness is 450 nits, and 1.06 billion colors can be reproduced. Both sets include VIA with built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking and Bluetooth universal remote control. Ambient light sensing technology also helps ensure colors stay true with deeper blacks even in brighter environments. Both sets are Energy Star 4.0 rated.

XVT Series Razor LEDs in Small Screen Sizes

VIZIO’s Razor LED design makes these 23″ and 19″ HDTVs visually striking. Ultra thin design of 1.7 inches, an edge-to-edge glass screen and chrome edging, these sets have an appearance as appealing as their picture quality. Using Edge-type LED backlights, they achieve a brightness of 300 nits, with a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. An integrated USB port enables digital photo frame functionality. With ambient light sensing technology for additional energy efficiency, these eco-friendly sets are Energy Star 4.0 compliant.

M Series TruLED 1080p FHD 120Hz Sets with Smooth Motion

These M Series 120Hz LED sets are available in 55″, 47″ and 42″ sizes, using Edge-type LED backlighting that allows a two-inch (2″) profile with up to 16 zones of Smart Dimming, for dynamic contrast ratios of 1,000,000:1 in the 47″ and 55″ models and 100,000:1 in the 42″ models, with brightness of 450 nits. Reproducing 1.06 billion colors with 10-bit data input panels, they feature VIZIO’s Ambient Light Sensor for improved contrast and deeper blacks, especially in brighter environments. The 55″ and one 47″ set includes VIA with built-in wireless (802.11n dual-band) and wired networking and Bluetooth universal remote control. Each set is Energy Star 4.0 rated.

M Series Razor LED 1080p FHD Sets in 37″ and 32″ Screen Sizes

These slim design mid-size HDTVs offer either 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rates, with dynamic contrast ratios of up to 100,000:1. All models are Energy Star 4.0 qualified.

M Series Razor LED LCD HDTVs in Small Screen Sizes

With screen sizes starting at 16″, up to 26″, these sleek and slim Razor design HDTVs have 60Hz refresh rates with either 1080p or 720p resolution. The M261VP and the M220NV are the smallest available screen sizes with VIA and wireless (802.11n) and wired networking. Each set has earned Energy Star 4.0 certification.

Source: VIZIO, Inc.

Apple® updated its popular MacBook® with a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design featuring a brilliant LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch(TM) trackpad and Apple’s innovative built-in battery for up to seven hours of battery life. Inheriting technology and design features from the MacBook Pro line, the new MacBook is an ideal consumer notebook for students and new Mac® users, and is available for $999.

“The new MacBook includes many of the great features found on the innovative MacBook Pro, such as an LED-backlit display, glass Multi-Touch trackpad and built-in long-life battery,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the only lineup of notebooks all featuring unibody enclosures, LED-backlit displays and long-life battery technology, there’s never been a better time to switch to a Mac.”

The new MacBook features a unibody, polycarbonate enclosure that makes it lighter and more durable. The new design includes a unique non-skid bottom surface and at just 4.7 pounds, the sleek MacBook slides easily into a backpack or briefcase. MacBook comes standard with a bright, LED-backlit display with the same wide-angle viewing technology used in the MacBook Pro line. The new MacBook has a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics.

The new MacBook includes Apple’s innovative built-in notebook battery for up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge, and up to 1,000 recharges.* At nearly three times the lifespan of conventional notebook batteries, Apple’s built-in battery results in fewer depleted batteries and less waste. Depleted batteries can be replaced for $129, which includes installation and environmentally responsible disposal of your old battery.

The energy-efficient MacBook joins the industry’s greenest lineup of notebooks, with every Mac notebook achieving EPEAT Gold** status and meeting Energy Star 5.0 requirements. The entire Mac notebook line now comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, use internal cables and components that are PVC-free and are constructed of recyclable materials.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto®, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Pricing & Availability

The new MacBook is available immediately through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new MacBook, for a suggested retail price of $999 (US), includes:
— 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
— 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
— 1066 MHz front-side bus;
— 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
— NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
— 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
— a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD+ / -R DL/DVD+ / -RW/CD-RW);
— Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
— built-in AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
— Gigabit Ethernet port;
— built-in iSight® video camera;
— two USB 2.0 ports;
— one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out;
— glass Multi-Touch trackpad;
— built-in, 60WHr lithium polymer battery; and
— 60 Watt MagSafe® Power Adapter.

Build-to-order options for the MacBook include the ability to upgrade to 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, or 320GB 5400 rpm, 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple MagSafe Airline Adapter and the AppleCare Protection Plan.

*A properly maintained MacBook battery is designed to retain 80 percent or more of its original capacity during a lifespan of up to 1,000 recharge cycles. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbook/features.html

**EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net.

Source: Apple

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