HDTV stories

Okay, that headline is a bit misleading. Bose's new VideoWave system is a 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV that is a complete 5.1-channel surround sound speaker system. No speakers — just the HDTV. The sound comes right from the screen, or at least that's where the sound starts. Sound certainly doesn't sound as if it's coming from the screen; it sounds convincingly like a system with the usual five satellites and a subwoofer.
Sharp last night unveiled its 3D Aquos Quattron HDTVs, each of which comes with not one but two pairs of 3D glasses. But these are not ordinary 3D glasses. If you double-tap the power button, you can watch a 3D program in 2D. And that's a great idea. Here's why.
People have been saying that OLED TVs are the wave of the future, offering up brilliant color and brightness in very thin panels that are very energy efficient. What's not to like? Well, the price, for one, with Sony's first OLED TV, the XEL-1, measured a mere 11 inches and cost over $2,000.
A Californian company called Prysm is showing off what it considers to be the next generation of television, thanks to its low power consumption and ability to display in quad HD. Called a laser phosphor display, or LPD, the sets bounces laser beams off of phosphor pixels embedded in screens made of glass and plastic.
Panasonic is really going for it. Their new TV coming out this fall has the craziest spec list I've ever seen. First off: it's a 152-inch Plasma, which means you'll need to knock a wall down and bring in a forklift to stick it in your living room. Second: it's 4K resolution, which is 4 times that of standard HD. Third: it's 3D, of course.