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Sony Bravia XBR8-Series HDTVs

Sony Bravia XBR8-Series HDTVs

Sony has rolled out its new top of the line Bravia XBR8-Series HDTVs ($TBA; Fall 2008). Consisting of two models — the full HD 1080p 55-inch KDL-55XBR8 and 46-inch KDL-46XBR8 — the sets feature a plethora of tech to produce Sony's best picture quality and deepest black levels yet. They incorporate Sony’s Triluminos three-color LED backlight technology with local dimming, Advanced Contrast Enhancer Pro (ACE Pro) technology, Bravia Engine 2 PRO, x.v.Color compatibility and the company’s Motionflow 120Hz high frame rate technology. See, told you it was a lot. The XBR8 models also feature Sony's Digital Media Extender (DMeX) for connecting optional expansion modules such as the Bravia DVD Link, as well as the Digital Media Port (DMP), which lets you hook up iPods and other devices. You'll also find four 1080/60p 24p HDMI connections (HDCP) and two 1080/60p HD component inputs.

  • Pioneer Elite Kuro Projector

    Pioneer is bringing its award-winning Kuro black levels and pristine 1080p picture to the high-end home cinema market with the new Elite Kuro Projector ($9,000). Based on the JVC DLA-RS2 projector ($8,000), the Kuro projector features LCoS 1080p technology which "produces one of the highest native contrast ratio and superlative picture performance with attributes that include deep blacks, rich colors and the unmistakable look of film." It also features a wide lens shift capacity, dual HDMI 1.3 support, and advanced calibration.

  • Pioneer Kuro Plasma Displays

    The king of plasma is back — and he's got an even darker outlook on things. Pioneer just announced its 2008 line of Kuro Plasma HDTVs, which feature black levels five times deeper than the award-winning 2007 models. The 1080p displays, which now measure only 3.7-inches thick, come in two standard models — the 50-inch PDP-5020FD ($4,000) and 60-inch PDP-6020FD ($5,500). Pioneer is also selling two Kuro Elite models — the 50-inch PRO-111FD ($5,000) and 60-inch PRO-151FD ($6,500). The Elite TVs feature an enhanced "Optimum mode," which "seamlessly examines the sound, picture and room light conditions at the same time and adjusts the audio and video settings by the slightest variation to deliver a near flawless viewing experience."