It wasn’t all grim at LG however, admittedly. There was a bit of a ‘sleb cameo (for audiophiles, anyway), with Mark Levinson (pictured), founder of Mark Levinson Audio Systems, who specialise in ultra high-end digital audio processors, amps and sources.
Plus, as you’d expect with any consumer tech show, they announced a bunch of new LCD and Plasma TVs, with all 1080p flat panel screens being ISF-ready, and most being THX certified.
There’ll be four new product series and eight new models in terms of Plasmas alone, with six of the models walloping us with full 1080p viewing. Beautiful.
The PG 70 series will be this year’s flagship series, with full HD and free of wires. The PG 60 will apparently have a ‘vanishing edge’ design (whatever that means), full HD, plus invisible speakers.
LCD lovers haven’t been cast aside this year, with eight product series, and 17 1080p models. The 42″ LGX series will be just 1.27″ thick, whilst the LG 70 series will also be fully wireless, with a new LED flat panel to boot.
Philips had better watch out, as they’re not stopping at providing for your lounge room anymore – they’ve catered for the bedroom too, with their ingeniously named Bedroom TV. Looking slightly like the Design Art series, it will have red accents and be very pleasing to the eye.
It was rather interesting to hear how “2007 was a big year for electronics”, according to President and CEO, Michael Ahn. The company’s sales targets for 2008 is $14 billion, and they’re striving towards becoming one of the top three players in the flat panel market.
As aforementioned, they wheeled out Mark Levinson to say approximately 25 words to the assembled press, which consisted of how pleased he was to partner with LG in helping them develop high end audio products.
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