Monday, January 30, 2006

Review: LG Flatron M1910A - LCD TV/Monitor

If I were to judge the LG Flatron M1910A solely on its appearance, then it would make it onto our list of favourite flat panel displays. The design is certainly one of the more unique in the 19in class and a number of friends have already commented on how good it will look in their homes. Sadly I had to explain it was mine during the testing period and will be returned to LG once the review is completed.

What makes the M1910A really stand out is the two-tone black and white finish, the chrome stand, and the curvaceous chassis. The black bezel, although not the narrowest, is attractively raised from the white chassis giving it an almost "floating" look. Below this the chassis extends downwards into a sweeping curve and it's here you'll find one of the M1910A's strengths - its speakers.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Second-tier LCD TV maker Top Powersonic plans capacity expansion

Benefiting from strong demand for LCD TVs, Top Powersonic’s LCD TV production line reached full capacity this month, according to a report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN).

The Taiwan-based home appliance maker expects to expand its monthly capacity to 12,000 units by July, up from 5,000 units at present, to meet surging demand.The second-tier maker aims to ship 120,000 LCD TVs globally this year the paper cited the company as saying.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sharp Introduces 10 New Models of the AQUOS LCD TV B Series

Sharp Corporation announces the introduction into the Japanese market of 10 new models of the AQUOS B Series sporting LCD panels made at Sharp’s state-of-the-art Kameyama Plant. Available in sizes of 45V, 37V, 32V, and 26V inches*1, the new AQUOS include four full-spec high-definition models that give beautiful reproduction of high-definition programs exactly as broadcast.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Sony Bravia KDLS40A12U 40in LCD TV Review

There’s no doubt that 2006 will be the year of High Definition television. With Sky set to release its HD digital satellite service and Blu-ray and HD-DVD launches imminent, anyone even thinking about a new TV had better make sure that it’s HD ready. High definition television represents a massive step forward in picture quality due to a significant increase in resolution.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Taiwan to Command 31.1% of Global LCD TV Supply in 2006

The global share of Taiwan-made liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs-including those produced on both an own-brand and on an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) basis-is expected to further grow to 31% this year, making the island a global production base for the products, according to the Market Intelligence Center (MIC) of the Institute for Information Industry.

In conjunction with the expanding orders from major Japanese brands such as Sony, Sharp, and Matsushita (Panasonic) for LCD TVs with local contract suppliers, MIC said, the demand for LCD TV panels is also expected to bring lucrative business opportunities to local large-sized thin film transistor (TFT)-LCD panel manufacturers.

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Monday, January 23, 2006

North America market: 40-inch LCD TV segment making more of a mark than 37-inch segment

Sales of 40-inch LCD TVs in North America were better than expected during the year-end holiday season, with related shipments beating out those for the 37-inch segment, according to a survey conducted by DisplaySearch.

Sony's 40-inch Bravia LCD TV (KDLV40XBR1) was the fourth best selling LCD TV model on the market in terms of sales volume, while one of Samsung Electronics' 40-inch models ranked sixteenth at the end of 2005 (the 47th-51st week of 2005), the research firm pointed out.

The Bravia LCD TV hit the market in late September, and in October was the top-selling model in the US market, according to Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Samsung Electronics and Sony are the only two panel makers able to currently supply 40-inch panels and they have been pushing the 40-inch panel segment by aggressively expanding capacity and reducing prices. The two companies aim to set the 40-inch segment as the mainstream standard, compared with the 42-inch segment.

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New Schaub Lorenz 42 inch LCD television challenges plasma head on

The release of the Schaub Lorenz VMD 4200P LCD television signals a watershed period in the evolution of Australia’s flat panel TV market. For some years now, plasma has had a virtual monopoly on this particular screen size and in that time the 42 inch screen size has become so popular that it is now where many people start when considering the purchase of a flat panel TV.

The arrival of the VMD 4200P, along with similarly affordable 42 inch/106cm LCD televisions, heralds the beginning of a new era. From now on, consumers at this screen size will be faced with a choice of technologies. At the low end of the scale will be 480 line plasma screens, offering lower prices but also a lower resolution specification less than ideal for the demands of tomorrow’s media. At the top end of the scale will be high definition capable LCD and comparably priced plasma.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Beko to integrate wireless with LCD TVs

Turkey's Beko Elektronic has joined forces with US wireless multimedia processor startup Adimos Wireless Multimedia to integrate wireless technology into LCD TVs and other displays. Beko plans to integrate into its next-generation LCD and PDP TVs, Adimos's ADM 200 multimedia processor, which provides wireless multimedia streaming in the home and a wireless connection between multimedia devices to display devices like LCD TVs. Plans to integrate the ADM 200 with transmitter boxes connected to home video players are also in the pipeline.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

LG.Philips Top LCD Maker Over Samsung

LG.Philips LCD leapfrogged close rival Samsung Electronics Co. to become the world's leading manufacturer of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) last year, market researcher iSuppli Corp. said Thursday.

LG.Philips clinched 21.4 percent of the global LCD market in terms of shipments, compared with Samsung Electronics 20.9 percent, the U.S.-based researcher said in a statement.

The company specializes in producing flat panels and is a joint venture between South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. and Royal Philips Electronics NV of the Netherlands.

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Strong demand for LCD TVs pressures Sharp to boost ops

THE growing preference by Malaysians for liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions over plasma TVs has put Sharp-Roxy Sales & Service Co (M) Sdn Bhd under pressure to boost its supply.

The strong demand for the company's LCD TVs has created a strain on Sharp-Roxy's capability to supply the high-definition display units.

Managing director Fumihiro Irie yesterday apologised for the discomfort and said Sharp Corp Japan is beefing up its output to overcome the problem.

He said the company had anticipated world demand for LCD sets to stand at 15 million units in 2005, but the appetite for such sets worked out to be 20 million units.

"We are expanding our production. We expect supply to catch up with demand in February," he told reporters after the launch of Sharp's largest LCD TV set, the 65-inch Sharp AQUOS.

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Global LCD TV 2005 market growth 116 pct - Analysys

The global market for TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid crystal display) televisions, in terms of units shipped, is estimated to have grown 116 pct last year to 15.05 mln sets, Beijing research house Analysys International said.

This compares to global growth of 120 pct in 2004, it said in a statement.
It said China still lags competitors South Korea and Taiwan in panel production.

'China is only at the initial phase of large size TFT-LCD panel production,' said analyst Zhao Yazhou, adding that it needs to focus on technology innovation in order to make greater inroads in the global market.

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Proton Introduces Elegant 37-Inch Puriti™ High-Definition LCD TV

New Premium Flat-Panel System Delivers Unique Viewing Experience with Superb Picture Quality, Built-In HDTV and Image-Enhancing Technologies

CES '06, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2006 — Proton Electronic Industrial Co., a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of high-quality, superbly engineered digital TVs, LCD TVs and HDTV products, introduces its elegant new 37-inch Puriti High-Definition LCD Television at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Sleekly styled and ideal for almost any room in a house, from bedroom to home office, the Puriti LX-37A6C2(B) LCD TV is a key element in Proton’s re-entry into the North American market. Like the LX-37A6C2(B), Proton’s new premium displays offer dealers and consumers alike the benefits of a unique high-quality viewing experience, not the least of which is a level of visceral, visual entertainment that stands above the rest.

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European L.C.D. Tv Market: Vestel Has 18 Percent Share

Vestel R & D Department Director Ihsan Alkim has indicated that Vestel actually has 18 percent share in European 'LCD screen TV' market.

Alkim told the A.A correspondent on Monday that Vestel (a leading Turkish company in consumer electronics) aimed to become one of the leading TV trademarks in the world. He noted that research-development budget of the Vestel Group is now 100 million USD, up from 80 million USD.

"Philips has a share of 20 percent while Vestel has a share of 18 percent in European LCD TV market. We aim to be one of the leading companies in high-tech TV sector in the world," Alkim underlined.

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