J.D. Power: Samsung Leads HDTV Satisfaction Survey as Vizio Falls

July 10th, 2014 · 3D HDTV, News, Plasma, Reference Materials

JD Power 2014HDTV 50-Inches or More580Yesterday,  market research firm J. D. Power published its annual High Definition Television Satisfaction Report surveying customers who recently purchased an HDTV. Samsung won the top spot for both HDTV categories- under 50-inch screens as well 50-inch and larger models. Vizio, which held the overall top spot in 2012 and 2013 (with a 1st place tie in the under 50-inch category) plummeted to 3rd place in the latest under 50-inch survey, being bested by LG (2nd) and Samsung (1st).

Vizio tumbled down to 5th place in the large screen category,  from 4th place in 2013 and 1st place with all screen sizes in 2012.

The details after the break.

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End of an Era: Samsung To Exit Plasma HDTV Production

July 9th, 2014 · Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Plasma

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Samsung’s plasma TV panel making division has decided to pull the plug on its plasma production at the end of November. What are the implications? We give you the details after the break.

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Sony BDP-S3200 Blu-ray Player Review

June 30th, 2014 · Blu-ray Players

HD Guru Sony BDP-S3200 (1 of 3)

As one of driving forces behind the Blu-ray format, Sony may have produced more Blu-ray players than anyone else. Every year we see many new models from them as high-end features trickle down the line, and new features appear. This trickle-down effect leads to every player being a better value than the year before, and to the higher-end players becoming even more niche products.

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Samsung 85-inch Ultra High Definition 4K TV For Under $10K Revealed

June 15th, 2014 · 3D UHDTV, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, News, UHDTV

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Updated 8/16


When LG and Sony launched the first 84-inch UHD 4K TVs in December of 2012, they were priced at an eye popping $25,000. In March of 2013, Samsung countered with its 85-inch UN85S9  UHD 4K TV priced at $40,000. Next month (according to our source), Samsung will be offering its latest 85-inch large screen UHD 4K TV for $9999.

Read all the details after the break.

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Today’s Deal: Save $300 on Sharp’s Quattron + 70-inch HDTVs

June 13th, 2014 · 3D HDTV, Connected TVs, LED LCD Flat Panels, News

Sharp 2014 quattron + 580Sharp and Amazon direct have dropped the price $300 on its top series 70-inch HDTVs. The Sharp LC-70SQ15U Q+  3D 240Hz Smart LED TV HDTV is on sale at $21798.91 down from $2499 The top of the line Sharp LC-70UQ17U Q+ 240Hz 3D Smart LED TV is reduced  from $3000 to $2699.99

These Q+ models are the only HDTVs that accept UHD 4K signals. They are the highest resolution HDTVs on the market with over 16 million sub-pixels, 10 million for than other HDTVs.

Models are available from Amazon direct and include free shipping and 6% future Amazon credit. Sharp is offering also offering a  bundle with $50 off its Soundbar if purchased together. Click the links for details.

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New Lower Priced UHD 4K TVs

June 13th, 2014 · 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, News, UHDTV

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There’s been a lot of buzz in the last two weeks regarding lower priced mid-line and entry level Ultra High Definition 4K TVs. In addition to the new models to be introduced soon by Samsung, we are getting news from Chinese market vendors about new panels and models to compete against the name brand products.

The details appear after the break.

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Samsung UN65HU9000 UHD 4K TV Review

June 9th, 2014 · 3D HDTV, 3D UHDTV, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LED LCD Flat Panels, News

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Samsung’s UN65HU9000, our first 2014 television review, represents a significant improvement over the UHD 4K TVs we looked at last year. In addition to 3840 x 2160 resolution the HU9000 boasts improvements in signal processing, Smart TV functionality, user interface, and remote control.

Most of all, we’re extremely impressed at the level of performance.

Check out our findings after the break

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LG BP540 Blu-ray Player Review

May 29th, 2014 · 3D Blu-ray player, Blu-ray Players, News, Streaming Services

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If I were a betting man, I’d predict that the $100 BP540 will be the most popular Blu-ray player LG releases this year. It isn’t their top of the line, but it has the features most people are after. With Wi-Fi, 3D and a bevy of apps it will fit the needs of almost everyone. LG sets the BP540 apart from its competition with some unique features like “Private Sound Mode.”

But does LG have the playback performance to go along with their rich selection of features?

Click on to find out.

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