New HDTV Makers Enter The US Market With LCD Flat Panels Up to 82″ Part I-HD Guru Exclusive
Honeywell’s 82″ LCD HDTV (Outside Dimensions 52.9″ H x 79.6″ W)
Plagued by low profits (or outright losses), sagging sales, and enormous competition, one would think in these bad economic times new TV makers would not want to enter the U.S. market..Ã‚Â However, that is exactly what GE and Honeywell are doing this year!
The GE name is going to appear on televisions created by a 49%/51% joint venture of GE and Tatung, a Taiwanese builder ofÃ‚Â HDTVs, computer monitors and appliances.Ã‚Â The new company is known as GDT for General Displays and Technologies. The GE line is set to launch in late April.
Honeywell has authorized another Taiwanese company; SOYO to design, sell and market Honeywell branded HDTVs. Honeywell will produce a line of LCD HDTVs from 19Ã¢â‚¬Â to 82Ã¢â‚¬Â screen sizes.Ã‚Â Yes, that right, an 82Ã¢â‚¬Â LCD Full HD TV.
In an interview with Ed OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien, HoneywellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s director of marketing, details regarding its entry into HDTV business were revealed to the HD Guru and appear below.Ã‚Â In Part II, we will publish our exclusive interview with Peter Weedfald, President of GDT North America
Honeywell will have four distinct lines of HDTVs. The top of the line LE series will be offered in five screen sizes, which consist of 47Ã¢â‚¬Â, 57Ã¢â‚¬Â, 65Ã¢â‚¬Â, 70Ã¢â‚¬Â, and 82Ã¢â‚¬Â screens.Ã‚Â All LE model specifications include a 120Hz refresh rate, Full 1080p HD, 178 degree viewing angle, 3 HDMI inputs, 2 Component video inputs, a VGA input, and one composite and S-Video jack.Ã‚Â Features include Picture in Picture (POP)/POP, SRS audio with 2 x 10 watts amplifier and stereo speakers. The bezel is finished glossy black.
The 82Ã¢â‚¬Â MT-HWGWT8218AM (photo above) has a rated brightness of 600 cd/mÃ‚Â², 16.7 million display colors, 120,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and weighs in at a massive 303 lbs. Complete specs and photos for the entire LE line can be found at LINK.Ã‚Â Pricing and availability for the LE models are to be announced.
The MLX series currently has a 42Ã¢â‚¬Â model.Ã‚Â Its features include 120Hz refresh rate, 10 bit panel with 1.06 billion colors, 2 HDMI inputs, 2 component video inputs, a VGA input as well as composite and S-Video and includes a 6 ft. HDMI cable.Ã‚Â The HWJCT42B2AB retails for $1199.99 and is now available at LINK
The ML series currently offers two screen sizes 32Ã¢â‚¬Â and 42Ã¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â The 42Ã¢â‚¬Â MT-HWJCT42B3AB is a 60 Hz Full HD 1080p LCD with 50,000:1 contrast ratio, 8-bit color, 5 HDMI inputs as well as VGA, 2-component video inputs, a composite video and S-video jack.Ã‚Â The 32Ã¢â‚¬Â MT-HWJCT32B4AB has a 1365 x 768,Ã‚Â 8-bit color panel and all the inputs of the 42Ã¢â‚¬Â model, except with 2 HDMI jacks instead of 5.Ã‚Â A 6 ft. HDMI cable is included, as it is with every Honeywell HDTV.Ã‚Â The 32Ã¢â‚¬Â and 42Ã¢â‚¬Â were offered by Home Shopping Network (HSN), but quickly sold out.Ã‚Â Selling prices were $499.99 and $799.99 respectively and Honeywell plans to restock HSN within about 10 weeks. Complete specs can be found at http://www.honeywellce.com/#Products/LCD-TV/ML-Series/42inch
The SF line consists of a 22Ã¢â‚¬Â HDTV with 1680 x 1050 resolution 16:10 panel.Ã‚Â It has 3 HDMI inputs, 2 component video inputs, and VGA a composite video jack.Ã‚Â Price and availability have not yet been revealed.
HoneywellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien told HD Guru he plans to compete against the Vizios, and other recent market entries with better designs, engineering, higher quality control and a 5 year warranty. Its warranty is far longer than any other competing brand (most are one year parts and labor while some others only cover labor for 90 days). Read it here honeywell_5-year_warranty-1.pdf
The warranty is for the entire HDTV for one year and provides in-home service for screens 40Ã¢â‚¬Â and larger.Ã‚Â Years two and three cover all parts and labor excluding the LCD panel and year four and five cover Ã¢â‚¬Å“parts onlyÃ¢â‚¬Â(excluding the panel).Ã‚Â Honeywell has set up a network of independent servicers to provide warranty repairs.
Unlike other new brands like Vizio, Honeywell will supply a shipping carton (if needed) at no charge and if the HDTV needs to be shipped to HoneywellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Calf.Ã‚Â facility in year 4 or 5, it will charge a flat labor rate of just $65 regardless of screen size!
OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien added Honeywell plans to sell its HDTVs soon in warehouse clubs, national and regional dealers as was as mass merchandisers like Target.
The HD Guru plans to review Honeywell HDTVs as soon as samples become available.
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