Pioneer Kuro 2008 First Impressions: New Thin Plasma and Projector Beat…

Today we took a look at the Kuro 2G plasma compared to the 1G and others. We also had a look at the JVC-made projector that Pioneer is branding Kuro Elite. The hype—if not the price—seems totally worth it. But instead of trying to tell you how much I enjoyed the display of in-yer-face contrast comparison, take a look… » 5/07/08 12:29pm 5/07/08 12:29pm

Pioneer's 2008 Kuro Line: Thinner Blacker Plasmas and an LCOS Projector…

Today Pioneer is revealing its official 2008 Kuro TV lineup for the US. As we expected from European announcements, it includes second-generation Kuro plasmas—thinner, with five-times-deeper black levels than the first critically acclaimed Kuro plasma—and a Kuro-branded LCOS projector originally developed by JVC.… » 5/07/08 9:00am 5/07/08 9:00am

JVC Makes First Super Hi-Vision Display, 16 Times Full HD Resolution

JVC's new Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier for projectors has a staggering 8192 x 4320 resolution—that's 35 megapixels, or around 16 times more than full HD. In fact, JVC is saying the little single-device reflective liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) imager has the highest resolution in the world, and the first to… » 5/02/08 4:22am 5/02/08 4:22am

Meridian's Latest 1080p Projector Is One Bad MF10

How much contrast does one man need? Meridian's MF10 1080p projector is said to deliver 30,000:1, and for the low-end-automobile sticker price of $15,000. (Too bad it's not scalable: I'll settle for 10,000:1 for $5,000—or hell, a 30:1 for $15.) This projector doesn't use the more common lower-end engine based on TI's… » 3/14/08 1:00pm 3/14/08 1:00pm

Sony VPL-VW40 Projector Brings Sony 1080p Down to Sub-$3K

Sony's putting some great tech into its 1080p VPL-VW40 projector, but the big story here is the price: One penny under $3000 takes it home. Sony just couldn't sit still while Epson and Panasonic break the $3000 barrier for erstwhile crazy-expensive 1080p projectors, with both competitors already cranking out their… » 12/27/07 9:58am 12/27/07 9:58am

Qingbar GP300, World's First Wireless Video Glasses

Video glasses have had a hard time catching on, but maybe it's because of all the wires involved. Then along comes the Qingbar GP300, billed as the world's first wireless video glasses with a built-in media player. Right out of the gate, you can pack plenty of DivX videos onto a mini SD card, great for video pirates… » 11/26/07 9:27am 11/26/07 9:27am

The Trouble With LCD TVs: Motion Blur and the 120Hz Solution

When I first saw LCD TVs in stores and at exhibitions years ago, I was like, WTF? Why would anyone buy these? They were blurry as hell—couldn't everyone see that? Over time, the blur problem has subsided thanks to improved refresh rates of 8ms and less. But motion blur is not only caused by refresh rate, it's a… » 8/16/07 2:00pm 8/16/07 2:00pm

DreamVision's DreamBee HD Projectors Clobber Previous Contrast Ratios

The DreamBee is a 3-chip 1080p LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) projector that is capable of a whopping 15,000:1 contrast ratio. That's a massive jump over most HD projectors, which hover around the 12,000:1 range. Undeniably awesome, but the DreamBee has got a hard fight ahead of it with cheaper, though still… » 7/13/07 4:35pm 7/13/07 4:35pm

Liquid Fidelity TVs: Giant Screens, Less Cash

MicroDisplay is hoping you don't mind a little junk in your trunk when it comes to TVs. This summer they're debuting a new breed of rear projection TVs based on their LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) chip dubbed liquid fidelity. The chip was originally meant for use with virtual-reality goggles, but since that didn't… » 4/10/07 3:20pm 4/10/07 3:20pm

Westinghouse Declares LCD the Winner: Is It Right?

In a rather candid interview with CNET, Douglas Woo, the president of Westinghouse Digital, said that LCD (as opposed to plasma, DLP, etc.) is "probably unstoppable." And obvious move from who's livelyhood comes from shilling LCDs. His reasons are somewhat fresh, though. The main reason for LCD's success, he contends,… » 1/23/07 10:25am 1/23/07 10:25am