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VIZIO VF551XVT 55" LCD LED HDTV

vizio-vf55-hdtv-teaserVIZIO has introduced a 55" (diagonal) LCD HDTV (1080p) that uses 960 LEDs in 80 control blocks as the backlighting. The control blocks change their brightness according to the brightness of the part of the scene that they responsible for illuminating. The result is absolute black, where there is supposed to be black. We measured a contrast ratio of nearly 300,000:1. It also has 240 Hz refresh rate (120 Hz plus backlight scanning) which allows for interpolated frames in between actual frames, and this delivers smooth motion during panning or objects moving across the screen. Best of all, it is available (street price) at $1,899 which is not an increase over last year's technology at the same screen size.

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Panasonic 65PY700 65" 1080p Plasma HDTV

Panasonic-65PY700-HDTV-figa-thumb.jpgA typical display will go quite easily into my house. When I call up the local importer, they are usually quite inclined to lend me their displays. The 65PY700 was no exception, but it did require quite a bit of work to verify that it would fit into my test lab area. The hallway and staircase leading up to the second floor are quite tight, and I’ve never actually tried a display larger than 55” in height . . .

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Panasonic TH-50PZ77U 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV

panasonic-th-50pz77u-plasma-tv-figure-1-front-main-teaser.jpgChristmas shopping is over, and this could be just the right time to walk into a store and say, "I want to buy a flat panel TV." Here is one that could end up on your shopping list. Plasma, 50", 1080p. Nice, very nice.

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Toshiba Regza 46RV53OU 46" 1080p LCD HDTV

toshiba-46rv53ou-hdtv-teaser.jpgIf an HDTV like this had been available three years ago, it would have been spectacular. However, this is mid-2008, and there are lots of excellent 1080p units out there. In short, although the contrast ratio on the Toshiba 46RV53OU was exceptional, the overall performance was disappointing.

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VIZIO VP50 50" Plasma HDTV

Plasma TV To say that VIZIO owns the flat panel display market right now would be an understatement. And, the reason is simple: the price.  Only a couple of years ago, to get a 50" plasma HDTV, you would have had to shell out about $5,000, even at Costco.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46X3500 46" 1920x1080p LCD HDTV

sony-46x3500-tv-teaser.jpgWhen the local Sony dealer asked me which model I wanted to check out, I wasn’t sure if I should get the smaller 40” or the larger 46” model. On the one hand, statistics say that the 40” model will be a lot more popular, but they also suggest that the 44-50” segment, particularly in the US, is growing at an amazing rate.

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