If you haven't noticed, Sony's been awfully busy with product announcements this week. The Sony BRAVIA KDL-46V3000 LCD HDTV ($TBA; Summer 2007) delivers a full HD 1080p picture, and features high-end tech like Live Color Creation with a WCG-CCFL backlight, BRAVIA Engine EX, BRAVIA Theatre Sync, and HDMI, PC and component inputs. You can expand its features even further with the BRAVIA Internet Video Link ($300; July), which provides access to such content as Internet video, music videos, movie trailers, user generated videos and RSS feeds.
All of you Sony Grand WEGA fans out there, take note: BRAVIA branding will replace the Grand WEGA rear-projection TV line, which has retained leading market share in the micro-display category for the last five years. The first of the new BRAVIA line will be the 50-inch Sony KDF-50E3000 ($TBA; July) and the 46-inch KDF-46E3000 ($TBA; July), which pack 1080p resolution, slimmer bodies than their Grand WEGA ancestors, 3-LCDs, BRAVIA Engine EX technology, two HDMI inputs, three component inputs, and Sony BRAVIA Theater Sync. If those are just a little too big for your tastes, check out the 37-inch KDF-37H1000 ($1300; May), which features 720p resolution, along with the other features of its bigger brothers.
It's certainly not a product we'd call "affordable," but we're lusting over the Sony Bravia KDL-70XBR3 LCD HDTV ($33,000; Feb. 2007) anyway. It boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution, Triluminos LED backlighting, a 7000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, MotionFlow 120Hz fast-frame rate, and is the world's first LCD with x.v.Color, which is Sony's name for xvYCC, a new international standard in color technology. If you have the money, this is the TV to buy.
If you've been looking for a simple device to let you watch stupid YouTube videos on your big-screen, then check out the SlingCatcher ($200; Q2). It's like a reverse Slingbox — instead of sending your TV programming to your laptop or mobile phone, the SlingCatcher brings the web and other PC audio/video content to your TV. The SlingCatcher includes both standard definition and high definition AV outputs to connect to a TV. For network connectivity, the SlingCatcher has both Wi-Fi and a standard Ethernet jack.
This is a player we've been wishing for since we heard of the idea: the LG Super Multi Blue Player ($1200; Q1 2007). This bad boy takes care of the format war for you, playing both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, as well as offering HDMI, component, and composite video outputs, as well as optical, coaxial, and discrete 5.1 audio outputs. It might be expensive, but it's also a do-everything video player that would make a great addition to your home theater.