Toshiba Unveils 3D LED LCD TV Models

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— Toshiba will present a range of new TV and digital A/V products slated for the second half, including the company’s first 3D TV offerings in the elite Cinema series.

Other products announced last week include VX700 Cinema- series 1080p LED LCD TVs featuring most of the features of the new 3D-ready WX800 models, minus the 3D capability; the UL605 edge-lit LED LCD TV series featuring a 1.4-inch panel depth, and new design-focused frame; the SL400 720p edge-lit LCD TV series; and the BDX3000 3D Blu-ray Disc player.

Timely for CEDIA, the models are highlighted by the WX800 series carrying the company’s first two 3DTVs for the U.S. market.

Shipping in September in the 46- ($2,600 suggested retail) and 55-inch ($3,300) screen sizes, the WX800 models include LED edge lighting, 1080p resolution, Clear- Frame 240Hz motion processing, a single panel of glass and flush-front floating bezel design, and an ultra-thin (less than 1.2 inches) profile.

The LED edge-lighting has an ultrahigh contrast (7M:1) picture, with minimal motion blur using the ClearFrame 240Hz technology. Both sets include built-in Wi- Fi connectivity to wirelessly access the built-in Toshiba Net TV system with Yahoo! Widgets, featuring access to Vudu movies, Pandora music, YouTube videos, news from The New York Times and others.

Other widgets include Blockbuster OnDemand, CBS TV shows, content from Showtime, access to eBay auctions, Facebook, Twitter and others.

To support the sets with 3D content, Toshiba introduced the BDX3000 3D Blu-ray Disc player (shipping in September at a $300 suggested retail) with full 1080p/24fps output; DVD with up-conversion to near-HD 1080p quality; built-in Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g/n) with instant access to Toshiba’s Net TV partner services; Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential support; 7.1-channel analog outputs; a USB port; and SD/ SDHC card slot to play AVCHD video, JPEG photos and MP3/WMA audio files.

Toshiba said it is currently working on bundling promotions offering two pairs of active-shutter glasses for the purchase of a WX800 set and the BDX3000 Blu-ray players. Exact details will be announced later.

The VX700 Cinema series, which is available now, is similar to the WX800 in many respects, except it omits 3D capability. Features include LED edge lighting, a 5M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, ClearFrame 120Hz technology, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to access NET TV widgets.

Screen sizes include 46- ($2,300) and 55-inches ($3,000).

Stepping down, the UL605 LED LCD TV series was designed to build upon the current UX600 series by adding extra features and a thin panel profile measuring just 1.4 inches. Included in the sets are ClearFrame 120Hz technology and the ability to access the Net TV system for streaming content with the addition of a Wi- Fi adapter or wired broadband Ethernet connection.

Models are available now in the 40- ($1,599), 46- ($1,899) and 55-inch ($2,699) screen sizes.

In time to meet value-conscious holiday shoppers’ demands, Toshiba introduced the SL400-series 720p edge-lit LED LCD TV series. Models feature dual HDMI-CEC outputs, and a USB port for sharing photos and music.

Screen sizes for the SL400 models include 32 inches ($699), 26 inches ($499), 22 inches ($399) and 19 inches. All are available now.


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