LG Electronics Demos New LED LCD TV Lines

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CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - LG Electronics used CEDIA Expo to introduce a new thin-design LED-backlit LCD TV with local dimming technology, wireless connectivity and a network-attached storage (NAS) option for home-theater systems. It will also display recently announced ultra-slim technologies in its LCD TV line.

The company will demonstrate its LED-technology from a couple of approaches, including the 55-inch 55LHX FullHD 1080p LCD TV that uses LED backlighting for an ultra-slim (less than 1 inch) depth along with LG's local dimming techniques to control black levels and color saturation while achieving a 240Hz smooth-motion effect. The set will also include wireless connectivity to source components.


Also on display will be an edge-lit LED LCD TV configuration that was recently introduced in the slim SL90 series.

In addition, the company will also show the SL80 LCD TV series using a new ultra-thin CCFL backlighting system to achieve a 1.8-inch panel depth, and the LH80 series of CCFL-based LCD TVs with wireless connectivity.

Meanwhile, LG's NAS module, N2R1 (shipping in the early fall at a $299 suggested retail for 1TB or $399 for 2TB), offers consumers the ability to protect their multimedia entertainment files, using a system of multiple hard drives to share and replicate data to prevent possible damage or loss.

Called RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Discs), the system automatically backs up and restores files for added security in the event of a hardware failure.

The N2R1 will hold up to 2TB of storage capacity, to build large entertainment media libraries.

A DVD rewriter and playback feature for additional back up or file-sharing options is also included.

The N2R1 has integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi connectivity and a MyMedia feature allowing access to videos, photos and music through a DLNA-certified media player.

Connectivity to iTunes is included for a networked music option.

The NAS is compatible with a variety of operating systems, such as Windows, Linux and Mac, and remote support, allowing for installation in any home entertainment environment.

In LCD displays, the 55-inch 55LHX FullHD 1080p LCD TV uses LED backlighting for an ultra-slim depth. The LED system is said to use LG's local dimming techniques to control black levels and color saturation while achieving a 240Hz smooth-motion effect.

The dynamic contrast ratio is listed at 2,000,000:1.

Cosmetics include an invisible speaker design and with a smoky black finish.

The 55LHX (shipping now at a $4,799 suggested retail) uses an external media box for source connections that transmits uncompressed 1080p signals wirelessly to the panel. It also includes a USB port supporting JPEG, MP3 and HD DivX files.

An Intelligent Sensor automatically calibrates and optimizes brightness, contrast, white balance and color based on the brightness and color temperature of lighting in the room.

LG used the show to demonstrate the recently introduced SL90 series of edge-lit LED-based LCD TVs offering a panel cabinet depth of 1.15 inches.

The SL90 sets, which are due to ship later in the fall, include the 47- ($2,599 suggested retail) and 42-inch ($2,099) screen sizes, both featuring a single-layer design and narrow bezel.

LG said the system uses a special film-lamination technology for better color tuning, gradation and reduction of glare. The design is said to virtually eliminate the visible line between the screen and the bezel when the set is turned off.

The SL90 models are said to have high dynamic contrast ratios of 3,000,000:1 and TruMotion 120Hz technology to reduce motion blur.

The sets also incorporate advanced display and calibration options.

The SL80 LCD TV series features the single-layer design but incorporate a new thin-CCFL backlighting system to achieve a 1.8-inch panel cabinet depth.

Shipping now, the SL80 series models include the 42- ($1,599), 47- ($1,899) and 55-inch ($2,799) screen sizes, and all include 1080p resolution and TruMotion 240Hz technology for improved smooth-motion image performance.

The dynamic contrast ratio is listed at 150,000:1.

LG's will also showcase its new LH85 LCD TV series featuring 1080p HD resolution, LG's 24p Real Cinema technology, CCFL backlighting and wireless connectivity.

Screen sizes in the LH85 series cover models in the 55- ($3,199 suggested retail) the 47-inch ($2,399) sizes, both of which will be available later in the fall.

The series delivers an 80,000:1 contrast ratio, and the 24p Real Cinema technology is said to present a true cinematic experience at home.

In other news, LG said it is adding Vudu's high-definition streaming movie service to the LG Wireless Network Blu-ray Player (model BD390).

The software enhancement, which will arrive at the end of the month via a free software upgrade, will enable instant playback of purchased or rented standard and high-def movies and TV titles.

The BD390 ($399 suggested retail) joins LG's LH50 1080p LCD TV series and PS80 1080p plasma TVs in getting access to Vudu streaming services through LG's NetCast Entertainment Access system, which also offers access Netflix, Roxio CinemaNow and YouTube streaming content.


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