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2009 saw the introduction of Internet-capable
HDTVs and also Internet-capable
Blu-ray Players with Wi-Fi.
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Top HDTVs -
brands and prices
Highest recommended HDTVs for the budget minded.
HDTVs for under $1,000 for 2012
UN40EH6000 40-Inch 1080p 120
Hz LED HDTV
1080p video and 120Hz refresh rate with LED backlight and large 40 inch
screen. This TV weighs only 20 lbs. and uses less power than a Plasma
TV. For around $700, this TV does not have all the features of
top-of-the-line LED HDTVs but the basics are there. The two HDMI ports
are less than desirable. Most TVs today have four HDMI inputs. No 3-D
and no Wi-Fi built-in but to some this may not be a drawback. Great
picture and super thin screen makes this TV
UN40ES6100 40-Inch 1080p 120
Hz Slim LED HDTV
Built-in Wi-Fi (web browser) and 120Hz refresh rate plus 40 inch super
thin screen and 1080p all for less than $1,000 makes this Samsung TV a
Three HDMI, three USB and DLNA makes this TV capable of multiple
inputs, video, audio, music from your external sources. Highly
42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV
42 inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV with DLNA, Wi-Fi built-in for $799.00.
today's HDTV trends and What's ahead for HDTV.
LCD HDTVs problem of motion blur during fast action - Many
manufacturers introduced systems that upped frame refresh rates from
60Hz to 120Hz in 2008, and in 2009 many manufacturers are doubling
those rates again to 240Hz (at least for top-tier models). Only the
lower tier manufacturers, like RCA and Polaroid, said they were still
looking at 120Hz as a step up. Of Sharp's models, for example, all new
TV's introduced at 40-inches and up now use 120Hz technology. Only one
line in Sony's Bravia HDTVs lacks 120Hz technology--the Bravia
S5100-series. The use of higher refresh rates only helps to close the
performance gap between LCD and plasma televisions, but there are
diminishing returns at higher refresh rates.
LED backlighting systems with local dimming are the hottest 2009 trend.
To help give LCD sets the kind of black and deep gray performance that
today’s best plasma sets already enjoy, LCD TV makers are
turning to LED backlighting with local zone dimming. Yes, LED backlit
displays can consume less energy. Yes, the images can look brilliant,
with better dynamic contrast. But not all manufacturers are pushing
LED. Samsung certainly is with its new series dedicated strictly to LED
displays. But Sharp continues to limit LED technology. Sony has not
added any new LED LCD HDTVs of late. This technology still carries a
price premium over traditional CCFL-based LCDs. Meanwhile,
manufacturers are forging ahead to improve traditional CCFL technology.
2009 was the breakout year of the Internet-connected TV. Vizio,
Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG all touted Internet-TVs, with many of
those using the Yahoo Connected TV widgets system. But connectivity
isn't just about widgets; nor is it just about connecting your TV to
your home network to stream content to your PC. It's about accessing
Internet-based services, too, such as Netflix for video streaming, or
Pandora for audio streaming.
More and more sets (both LCD and plasma) are coming with built-in
wired, and sometimes wireless, Internet connectivity. The reason:
almost all manufacturers offer internet content access services and
plainly expect us to start using our TVs as “media access
IP TV access services and DLNA compliance are becoming the norms.
Most manufacturers have announced IP TV content access services, most
of which incorporate Yahoo! TV Widgets (stock quotes, weather, news,
Flickr, etc.), some access to free content (e.g., YouTube, etc.),
and—in many though not all cases—access to paid
online movie download content partners (e.g., NetFlix, Amazon
HD-On-Demand, etc.). Another element in the content delivery/access
puzzle is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliance, which
enables TV to access video (or audio) content stored on PCs in the home
or other DLNA-compliant servers.
Connectivity will be the critical first step in bringing content to
HDTVs. Devices, such as DVRs, Blu-ray players, and media servers, will
need to connect to HDTVs faster and in more convenient robust way.
Numerous standards and companies are working on this, like the Wireless
HD consortium (WiHD).
The wireless HD standard has the backing of top TV brands. LG claims it
has the first TVs in the U.S. that support wireless HDMI. LG's LHX LCD,
is a 55-inch HDTV that sports a separate "media box" where you plug
your cable boxes and Blu-ray player into. Right now Internet or
networked TV's are very limited in the breadth of content they can
display precisely because there isn't an easy way to stream bandwidth
intensive content to the TV. Consumers have a lot of pent-up desire for
a wire-free home entertainment center, never mind HDTV.
Wireless HD connections are increasingly common.
More than a few manufacturers are offering wireless HD connectivity for
their LCD sets, meaning the TVs can function (and connect to home
theater systems) with no signal cables at all. Given the inherent
simplicity of wired HDMI connections, some might question whether
wireless HD is really necessary, but it appears the technology has
struck a chord with consumers. Another reason for going to wireless HD
connections, though, is that we may soon see the advent two-piece TVs,
where the TV consists of a hyper-thin display panel wirelessly
connected to an outboard tuner-I/O-video processor box.
Aesthetically-minded consumers love the “ultra
For LCD TV makers, the ongoing push for slender—in some cases
mind-bendingly thin—TV sets, which if taken to its logical
conclusion, may well lead to a scenario where two-piece TV’s
become commonplace. Essentially, there would be an ultra-thin display
panel (or monitor) that wirelessly connects to an outboard box that
incorporates tuner functions, powerful video processing functions, A/V
inputs and outputs, and network connectivity features. OLED TVs are an
example of ultra-thin displays.
Aesthetically-minded consumers appreciate TV bezels with a touch of
The second styling motif is a trend toward adding touches of color
and/or shading to spice up the look of TV bezels, which have
traditionally been black, silver, or gray. Sharp's BD-series LCD HDTVs
sport a hint of blue. Toshiba Regza's "Deep Lagoon" design gives a 3D
feel. One good example would be the color scheme of Sharp’s
BD-series TVs, where the lower edges of the TVs’ black bezels
morph into deep metallic blue. Other Sharp models use the same visual
technique, and have color shifts from black to champagne gold, or even
from black to a deep metallic copper.
Everybody’s going “Green.” Every
manufacturer, it seems, has a “green” story to
tell, with initiatives taking three forms.
• First, almost all manufacturers are working to build TVs
that consume less power.
• Second, some manufacturers are looking to reduce the amount
of power consumed in manufacturing TV in the first place.
• Third, manufacturers are focusing on recycling, both in
terms of using recyclable material in new products and setting up
recycling centers/systems to process older TVs (and other electronics
components) that are being take out of service.
The bottom line: heightened concern for the environment is on
everyone’s mind. Plasma makers continue to find ways to
reduce energy consumption.
Sony's Bravia VE5-series goes the furthest with its environmentally
friendly features. This line--Bravia KDL-52VE5, the Bravia KDL-46VE5,
and the Bravia KDL-40VE5-- features high-efficiency HCFL backlighting,
which uses reduced-size cathode tubes in order to improve power
efficiency by 40 percent compared with other Sony LCDs. These models
also feature a zero-watt standby power switch, a light sensor with
dynamic backlight control to adjust the screen's brightness down for
use in dim environments, and a presence sensor that turns off the TV if
it doesn't detect motion for a specified period of time. These models
all feature Motionflow 120Hz technology, too.
Clearly, prices will generally continue to push downward--a good thing
given the current economy.
USB Ports, and Blu-ray:
Once an unusual find, USB ports are now near-ubiquitous on HDTVs. Model
after model sport this connector allowing you to easily jack-in a USB
flash drive and access images and other multimedia content. SD Card
slots are also popping up more frequently than before (previously, just
Panasonic had SD Card). Sharp has televisions with integrated Blu-ray
This not-quite-Full-HD high-def resolution will always hit a super-low,
entry-level price for the manufacturers aiming to provide
ultra-affordable 42-inch displays. But many manufacturers are dropping
720p entirely, or limiting them to specific models in the below 30-inch
category. Sony, for example, has just two 720p models left. The 32-inch
Bravia KDL-32L5000, and the 26-inch KDL-26L5000. Of its new models,
Sharp only has 720p in 19-inch and 26-inch televisions.
becomes standard at 32-Inches and Up:
Why down-scale video. Blu-ray movies have 1080p resolution so even a
bedroom HDTV should be compatible.
Resolution 3840 x 2160:
The “Next Big Thing” may be upscaling to 3840 x
2160 resolution levels. Just when you thought “High
Definition” couldn’t get much higher, manufacturers
are beginning to show proof-of-concept technology demos and even
prototype products geared toward upscaling HD content to even higher,
3840 x 2160, resolution levels. 1080p, the current top dog, is 1920 x
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