Remember the first time you laid your eyes on an HDTV and saw every little pore on Johnny Depp's face? Yeah, I do too. If you thought it couldn't get any clearer than that, think again.
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.
Right now, the world's largest HD screen is currently sitting in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. But it's not going to hold on to that title for long: Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina is planning to take the throne with a gigantic 200 x 80-foot screen, arriving next May.
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.
It seems like there's a new buzzword coming from the TV industry every year, each designed to make you think the TV you bought last year just won't cut it anymore: LCD, LED, 240Hz, 3D. The latest? NANO lighting technology.
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.
Adding to the list of why 3D TVs are annoying: glasses that work with, say, a Panasonic TV won't work with a Samsung TV and vice versa. Monster's new Vision Max 3D glasses aim to fix that by working with any manufacturer's 3D TV.
The current crop of 3D TVs are pretty neat, I guess, but they all share a common dealbreaker: those stupid glasses. Nobody wants to pay for them and nobody wants to wear them. Can 3D survive them?
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.