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CEDIA - 2007

Denver, Colorado - September 5-9, 2007

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Page 19

 

Integra debuted their new HD DVD player with DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream support.

 

Samsung is all about the new HD formats. They displayed two new Blu-ray players along with their new combo player with full support of both the Blu-ray and HD DVD format.

 

Denon is delving into the video processor market with their new HD video processor with Silicon Optix’s Realta HQV processing.

 

Boston Acoustics was showing off their new line of “Make it your own” Speakers. The best way I could describe these are the Swatch of speakers. While the look quite stylish on their own the grills can be replace by several different colors. While I personally like the black box version of the speaker cabinet I think I could easily see my wife matching these speakers to the curtains in the living room.

 

Sharp had several interesting things on display. It does appear their designers spend a lot of time thinking out how to make LCD panels easier to place in our home. This small 19” (LC-19D44U) panel available in either black or white is designed to be placed in the kitchen. The magnetic remote has 3 IR transmitters so it works when mounted on the wall as well as when it is attached to the base. The best part of the remote is it includes a clock and a countdown timer so you don’t burn the cookies while watching the latest episode of Days of Our Lives. It also supports a number of inputs and tuners so you don’t have to have a cable box installed in the kitchen to use it. That said it will depend a lot on your cable provider.

 

Sharp BD-HP20U.

We saw several Blu-ray players on the floor, such as this one from Sharp,  and they support 1080p24 and decoding for Dolby TrueHD.

 

A rep at Samsung shows off the new full featured combo HD DVD/Blu-ray player to a potential prospect. This is a very interesting player as it doesn’t have the limitation of the earlier combo players and basically supports all features of both formats. It will also list for around $999 making it one of the more promising players we saw at the show.

 

Samsung LED based LCD TV (LN-T4681F).

This is a very interesting technology. Samsung has basically placed a number of banks of LED lights behind the LCD panel allowing them to vary the light output at various points of the screen. This claims to give them a 500,000:1 contrast ratio. While I am sure there is some form of compromise it looked amazing with pitch black areas and brilliant colors in the same frame. Even if it only achieves 10% of the claimed dynamic contrast ratio I would be happy. Of course the display is 1080p as well.

 

Samsung all in one system with Blu-ray player HT-BD2.

This is a nice all in one system that has a Blu-ray player, 1080p out and over 1000 watts of power. It support all the latest in audio formats including TrueHD and DTS-HD while still allowing you to play you old DVDs.

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