January 07, 2011 by Grant Clauser
At Toshiba’s CES booth, most attendees were lining up to get a look at the autostereoscopic TV we wrote about earlier this week, but the company also is introducing a whole new TV line including two premium LED LCD 3D smart TV (say that three times fast) series.
The UL610 series, available in 46-, 55- and 65-inch models all run on a 480 Hz refresh rate, which will go a long way to reducing the crosstalk sometimes associated with 3D LED displays. These edge-lit LED sets use a version of local dimming Toshiba calls Fine Edge that features more zones of dimming than other edge-lit models. The new Quantum Black Panel improves contrast. The CEVO processor, a derivative of Toshiba’s Cell processor, allows for 2D to 3D content conversion. Audessy processing is onboard to improve the TVs sound performance. The Toshiba representative also noted that this series includes voice control, but didn’t elaborate on how that worked.
The UL610 TVs are Wi-Fi-ready smart TVs with Toshiba’s Net TV service (including the usual roster of audio and video apps) plus Yahoo! Widgets. These models will begin to ship in April.
The TL515 line uses a passive polarized 3D system, which Toshiba calls Natural 3D. They will be priced below the UL610 line and include less expensive 3D glasses (under $20). This line is based on a CineSpeed Plus edge-lit LED panel with local dimming, but not the Fine Edge dimming of the UL610 series. They’ll run on a 240Hz refresh rate and include the same smart TV internet features as the UL610 TVs. The TL515 series, in sizes 32- to 65-inches, will begin shipping in March.
The company also showed three new Blu-ray players, two of them will play 3D Blu-ray discs (models BDX4700 and BDX5200). Both will have a selection of online apps, and the BDX5200 will include built-in Wi-Fi.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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