LG announces new Scarlet LG80 TV, may come to UK eventually

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lg_lg80_lcd_tv_scarlet.jpgLG has announced the latest in its line of Scarlet high definition LCD TVs, so named because the sets feature a deep red back and surround.

The LG80 features carefully tuned speakers that automatically slide out from the side of the set when it’s turned on. Apparently this “adds a bit more excitement”, but more importantly it improves sound quality. LG has created a 3.1-channel virtual surround sound system, meaning that those without the space or cash for external speakers can still enjoy decent sound. The speakers push out 50 watts each.

Guess who tuned the speakers? Yes, Mr Mark Levinson, who has been quite in demand at LG recently, also working on the FA163DAB iDock and its other LCD and plasma TVs.

Other specs include 30,000:1 contrast ratio, full 1080p high definition display, three AV modes (movies, games, sports), USB 2.0 connection, and two HDMI ports.

The LG80 will be rolled out this month across all markets except North America and Europe. No word on whether LG will be launching the LG80 (or an equivalent model) in the UK, though we are a key market for the company so I wouldn’t be surprised.

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Andy Merrett