Vizio isn't known for high-end HDTVs. The by-now-ubiquitous flat-panel HDTV name made its hay selling cut-rate LCDs and plasmas at Costco and then Wal-Mart, avoiding the big-box electronics specialty chains like Best Buy to focus on reaching out the the bargain-hunting masses. The strategy paid off with sales strong enough to challenge heavyweights like Samsung and Sony.
It appears the TV industry's self-prescribed medicine of pushing smaller flat-panel sets is working.
The second-quarter check-up is in, and the industry is in far better health than a year ago. DisplaySearch's Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report was released Thursday, and worldwide TV shipments increased 11 percent from the same period in 2007, but just 3 percent from first quarter of 2008.
Still, the news is encouraging to an industry that was wringing its hands back in March over running out of places to sell its rapidly maturing, but still-pricey sets.
Around that same time, some … Read more
Wireless chipmaker Amimon is set to announce Thursday that Mitsubishi will use its technology to send high-definition TV signals to its latest LCD TV without wires. It will come in 40-inch and 46-inch sizes. The 40-inch model will cost 300,000 yen (or $2,731), and the 46-inch model will sell for 400,000 yen ($3,642).
Mitsubishi's TV will have the chips embedded in the TV, and will come with a separate receiver unit that can send and receive uncompressed … Read more
Hey, remember the KWorld PlusTV ATSC 340U? (With a name like that, how could you forget?) It's a TV tuner that plugs into a USB port and pulls down over-the-air HD signals or unencrypted QAM signals (which are delivered via cable). The last time I posted it, Newegg was selling it for $14.99 after rebate, plus six bucks for shipping. Well, now you can get it for $14.99 after rebate, plus zero bucks for shipping!
This would make a killer second tuner for anyone already running, say, Windows Media Center with an analog tuner. The PlusTV is … Read more
Before the Vizio VP322 came along, we always said that plasma-screen HDTVs basically started at 42 inches and went up from there. One exception was Panasonic's 37-inch size, which is still available in the form of models like the TH37PH10UK professional model, but now that Panasonic is into LCD at that size, it no longer markets a 37-inch plasma to consumers.
Vizio, one of the few budget companies that bothers with both plasma and LCD, has taken another tack in introducing the smallest plasma yet. The 32-inch VP322 is the same size as the company's popular VO32L, an LCD model, and it has the same list price. But a few items on the spec sheet are different, including native resolution, contrast ratio, or course, response time. So do those specs translate to visible differences between the Vizio and other budget LCDs?
The line between HDTV's and computer displays is continually blurring. The latest case (or cases) in point are three new computer displays from Samsung.
In late July Samsung released three new computer displays that might as well be HDTV's. The 25.5" T260HD, the 24" T240HD and the 22" T220HD. All three displays have the same basic design with the only difference in appearance between them being their relative size. The T220HD does not have a screen swiveling mechanism built in, though this is included in the other two. All three models inherit Samsung's … Read more
Prices continue to fall among pretty much all types of HDTVs, but competition in the budget LCD market is particularly fierce, with companies like Samsung, Toshiba, and Vizio continually cutting prices. Sharp's new SB series of LCD HDTVs--the 42-inch LC-42SB45U, 46-inch LC-46SB54U and 52-inch LC-52SB55U--are aimed at the budget crowd, but in reality the sets are a bit more expensive than comparable sets from Vizio and Toshiba. Let's take a look at the specs released so far:
Key features of the LC-42SB45U:1920 x 1080 ( 1080p) native resolution Three HDMI inputs Two component video inputs VGA-style … Read more
Like most HDTV manufacturers, LG has chosen the fall to introduce the higher-end models in its HDTV lineup. Three models of more-expensive LG LCD TVs were announced Thursday, including two ultrathin screens and a model with an LED backlight. … Read more