LG announced two new series of LCD HDTVs last night, expanding its already diverse LCD offerings with a new 240Hz LCD line, SL80 series, and a new LED-backlit LCD line, SL90 series. Both lines have a striking completely flat bezel, and the SL80 series measures just 1.8 inches thick at its thinnest point. The SL90 series will be of particular interest to videophiles, considering that LG's other LED-backlit LCDs, the LH90 series, scored well in our recent review. Full details haven't been released yet for the SL90 series, but here are the specs we have so far:… Read more
We've reviewed a few edge-lit LED-backlit LCDs from Samsung this year, but what home theater fans have really been waiting for is an update to last year's Samsung LN46A950, which uses local-dimming LED technology. The wait is over: Samsung announced on Thursday its flagship line of LED-backlit LCDs, the UNB8500 series, which uses local-dimming like last year's 950 series. Considering that we wrote last year's 950 series was "the peak of flat-panel LCD TV performance and picture quality," these will be highly anticipated TVs--but you'll pay a pretty penny for their state of the art, with prices starting at $3,600 for the 46-inch model. Let's check out the specs.… Read more
The Samsung UN32B6000 LED-backlit LCD HDTV was introduced in June 2009.
CNET did not review this model, but we did review a larger model in the same series, the Samsung UN46B6000, and we expect picture quality to be very similar. For more information, refer to the full review of the Samsung UN46B6000.
With every new technology release, LCD tries to catch up to plasma in the picture quality race, but never seems to succeed. The biggest potential equalizer attached to LCD's engine is LED backlighting with local dimming, a technology first marketed widely by Samsung two years ago that's slowly spread to other brands' flagship LCD TVs since.
LG's 2009 entrant is the LH90 series, and it closes the gap considerably compared with the best plasma displays. The LH90 models evinced superb black level performance and LG's characteristically accurate color--helped in large measure by the company's best-in-class … Read more
Earlier this week, Sharp announced that it's bringing a new line of LED-backlit LCDs to the market.
I had the opportunity to discuss the announcements and Sharp's views on the future with the company's senior vice president of marketing, Bob Scaglione, recently. He believes that while the advancements made in this line show Sharp is making a more concerted effort to take the lead in the market, the only way to solidify its position is to fully invest in LED-backlit liquid crystal displays.
"We believe LED is the future," Scaglione said. "We have very aggressive plans to integrate LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in our entire HDTV product line. Sharp plans to be 100 percent LED. By 2011, the entire Sharp product line will feature LED-backlit displays."
It's a bold plan. While LED-backlit displays are widely considered the future in the HDTV market, so far, they're more expensive than LCD high-definition TVs that don't feature LED technology. And in today's economy, price matters.
But it seems Sharp isn't too concerned. The biggest risk it could take, Scaglione asserts, is investing in plasma. To Sharp, investing in LED-backlit displays makes sense--it's the next big thing. But plasma, on the other hand, is on its way out.… Read more
Sharp's first line of LED-based LCD displays is called the LC-LE700UN series, and it's available in four screen sizes. Here's a quick look:
Models (availability, suggested retail price)LC-32LE700UN (July, $1,100) LC-40LE700UN (July, $1,700) LC-46LE700UN (July, $2,200) LC-52LE700UN (July, $2,800)
Key features of the Sharp LC-LE700 series1080p native resolution LED backlight 120Hz refresh rate and dejudder processing EnergyStar compliant Four HDMI inputs The LE700 series, except for the 32-inch model, also features Aquos Net, Sharp's Internet-based service that features access to weather, stocks, and games, among others. The service, which was … Read more
Updated at 2:40 p.m., July 9, with correct name of inventor, Adam Harvey.
If I were a popular Hollywood celebrity, chances are the paparazzi would be staking out my house and jotting down notes on what I had for lunch. Alas for commoners like me, Adam Harvey's invention won't do much.
Harvey, a New York University graduate, conceived a fashion clutch (no, not the pedal you step on for manual transmission Read more) that can help scandal-stricken stars steer clear of the spotlight. His Anti-Paparazzi Clutch Bag includes a small microcontroller, LED lights, and a sensor that …
Rainy days are good for only one activity: sleeping in.
Unfortunately for those who still have to earn their keep, there's the weather to deal with. Which is why we're big fans of high-tech brollies here at Crave. They keep us (relatively) dry and make the journey less of a sodden trudge.
Two versions of the Twilight Umbrellas are available: the Starlight with sparkling white lights and the Spectrum with phasing multicolored lights. These attention-seeking LEDs require three AAA batteries and can be turned off. The inner lining is silver, but black on the outside. The umbrellas are … Read more
Sanyo is turning to LED light technology, a hot new area for experimentation, to squeeze three uses out of a single lamp. The company's new Eneloop Lamp is a desk light that can also work as an emergency flashlight and even send some healing energy your way--or so the company says.
Operating on rechargable AA "eneloop" batteries, Sanyo's new Eneloop Lamp based on high-luminance LED technology can be situated anywhere in the room since no cords constrain the placement.
It also uses a contactless charging system and has no metallic contact on the product body interrupting … Read more
Speaking at a press conference in Los Angeles on June 19, the two guitarists said "they don't believe video games are an ideal way for people to be exposed to music or learn to play instruments."
As much as I enjoyed Guitar Hero, I have to agree that it's annoying that the game doesn't teach you to play an instrument and depressing that game buyers aren't really interested in the music itself--just how hard the game makes it to play the songs. The silver lining is that bands such as Dragon Force would be even more obscure if it weren't for the game.
"It's depressing to have a label come and tell you that Guitar Hero is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music," White said. He added that although he doesn't try to dictate "which format people should get their music in...if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that's a little sad."
Page added that he can't imagine that people are really learning anything significant about playing instruments by playing video games.
"You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin's first track on the first album, Good Times Bad Times," he said. "How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?"