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