LG LF7700 – first truly HD ready 1080p TV released with Freesat tuner

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LG and Freesat have put there heads together for the last few months and finally come up with a product for the consumer to get his and hers hands on. The LF7700 LCD range will come in 32″, 37″, 42″ and 47″ panel sizes and is slightly confusingly both 1080p and described as HD Ready.

LG say it’s HD Ready because of the built-in Freesat tuner such that all you need is a satellite dish to receive HD content unlike other TVs that would require a set top box of some sort.

The LF7700 comes with a generous 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, an Ethernet connection and a USB slot as well as speakers tuned by the legendary Mark Levinson. It offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000:1, TruMotion 100Hz frame rates for a smoother picture in the two largest panel sizes and the LG intelligent sensor which allows the backlighting of the LCD to adjust accroding to ambient light and so save the user power consumption and planet its carbon.

They’re available from the end of this month and start from around £570.

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Daniel SungLG LF7700 – first truly HD ready 1080p TV released with Freesat tuner

Samsung stretches out its OLED display technology to a whole 40 inches

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The OLED tech war is raging in the laboratories of companies across the planet right now, and here’s what Samsung’s boffins have managed to come up with – a 40″ OLED TV.

Massively superior to its past OLED test developments, this latest model features a stunning contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 – and manages to pull off the full HD spec 1920×1080 resolution, or 1080p to give it its common name. It’s pretty much a finished OLED telly, although Samsung has not revealed any launch date plans…

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Gary CutlackSamsung stretches out its OLED display technology to a whole 40 inches

Pioneer's two limited edition 50" KURO plasmas – yours in "Pure White" and "Beige Grisé"

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Pure White and Beige Grise are the exciting names of two new colours Pioneer has invented to jazz up its KURO range of HD Ready plasmas a little. Pioneer’s home business product manager Jim Catcheside offered us the following explanation about why white and beige TVs are best…

“With these Limited Edition KURO TVs we want to offer our customers the opportunity to customise their viewing environment even further by harmonising their TV with their interior design. The minimalist White and luxurious Beige Grisé KUROs are an excellent means to express one’s individual taste and style.”

The KRP-500AW and KRP-500ABG both use Pioneer’s media receiver technology…

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Gary CutlackPioneer's two limited edition 50" KURO plasmas – yours in "Pure White" and "Beige Grisé"

Optoma launches two GameTime projectors for massive gaming parties

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Optoma continues to push out consumer projectors with the launch of two GameTime models.

The GT-3000 is an SVGA-resolution DLP projector featuring a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 2,300 lumens brightness, and matching speakers. It’s targeted at Wii users, being finished in an ice white design.

The GT-7000 is an HD-ready projector featuring 4,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,600 lumens brightness, and matching 2.1-channel speakers…

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Andy MerrettOptoma launches two GameTime projectors for massive gaming parties

Digital Camera of the Hour: GE E1050TW with HDMI output for HD Ready lounge synching

Here’s another marginally different image-capturing box to save your brain from having to do any remembering of what things look like. This one’s called an E1050TW. It is not a particularly romantic or evocative name, although maker GE tells us the TW at the end stands for “Touch and Wide” – because there’s a 3″ touchscreen round the back instead of your usual buttons.

Here’s what the front looks like.

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Inside the box there’s a 10.1megapixel sensor, mechanical bits to support a 5x optical zoom and image stabilisation…

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Gary CutlackDigital Camera of the Hour: GE E1050TW with HDMI output for HD Ready lounge synching

HANNSpree launches HT11 19-inch HD ready digital TV

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HANNSpree has announced its HT11 19-inch HD ready digital TV, promoting it as an ideal second telly for the bedroom, kitchen, or study.

The 19-inch screen size coupled with 170 degree viewing angle offers a decent solution when it can be hard to place a TV in a smaller room.

It’s HD ready, and while its 1,280 x 1,024 resolution isn’t going to display full 1080p if connected to a Blu-ray player, at this size that doesn’t really matter…

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Andy MerrettHANNSpree launches HT11 19-inch HD ready digital TV

Men getting into interior design – so their lovely new LCD TVs match the curtains

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The trend of replacing ugly old CRTs with fancy new LCDS has lead to men getting all worried about the insides of their houses.

A survey from fancy LCD maker LG found that 6/10 Brits believe their TV’s design is important to their homes, with an even higher percentage saying that the TV is “an integral part of their interior design decisions.”

Men, in fact, are now so worried about how their growing home cinema setup looks…

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Gary CutlackMen getting into interior design – so their lovely new LCD TVs match the curtains

Up close with the Sony BRAVIA range: Part 1: Vision

sony_bravia_tv_with_picture.jpgOver the past few years, Sony has built a solid brand behind the BRAVIA name, with 45 TVs in the current range.

In this five part series, we’ll be taking a closer look at the technology behind the badge.

Today, we’re up close with vision, looking at how Sony ensures their BRAVIA sets display the best possible picture.

BRAVIA: Fully HD

hd_ready_logo.pngAll of Sony’s current BRAVIA TVs, except for the 15-inch portable set, are HD Ready. That is, they’re able to take and display at least a 720p signal, be that from a broadcast service such as Sky HD or Virgin Media, from a games console such as the PS3, or from a high definition disc such as Blu-ray.

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(Display Name not set)Up close with the Sony BRAVIA range: Part 1: Vision