09.30.2009 02:00 PM
TVB Tech Alert: Westinghouse 42-inch, 120Hz LCD HDTV for $750
Prices were primo for high-end HDTV sets just a year ago. Now, Westinghouse has
rolled out a 42-inch hi-def LCD, 1080p set for less than a grand. A lot less,
in fact. The TX-42F970Z is shipping to sell at around $750.
The price-point caught
particular attention because the model is said to have a 120 Hz refresh rate,
as in, it rebuilds the picture 120 times a second. The long-held refresh rate
was 60 Hz, though some TVs now have 240 or even 480 Hz refresh rates, and a
prototype laser 3D, hi-def set coming down the pike has a reported refresh rate
of 1080 Hz. The higher the refresh rate, the less jerky the picture.
More on HDTV sets:
September 21, 2009: “HDI Unveils Laser 3DTV”
Silicon Valley start-up HDI has unveiled its laser, hi-def 3DTV. The
company demonstrated its prototype for reporters in the Bay Area last week. The
TV is said to refresh at 1080 Hz.
July 7, 2009: “Mitsubishi
LaserVue Price Drops”
The price of Mitsubishi’s laser-based TV sets is coming down. The company’s
65-inch L65A90 LaserView HDTV sets are now going for $6,499 on Amazon, a $500
discount from the introduction price of around $7,000.
June 30, 2009: “$300 25-inch
1080p TV Bowed”
Southern California company called “Hannspree
North America” is rolling out a 25-inch, 1080p HDTV. The ST251MKB LCD set is
among the company’s first line of “mainstream digital TVs” in what it’s calling
its “ST series,” each sporting a six-foot HDMI cable, analog input and a
June 17, 2009: “LG 15-inch
OLED TV Due in December”
LG’s 15-inch organic light-emitting diode screen
TV prototype was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January in Las
Vegas. OLEDs are especially thin, and capable of flexible and particularly
“Explaining an HDTV’s Refresh Rate,”
by Adrienne Maxwell at HDTV.etc.