Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Biggest, brightest, and best HDTVs at CES 2013

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HDTVs take center stage at CES 2013

The stars this year at CES 2013 are big, beautiful HDTVs. All the big names have gotten into the mix, displaying updates to their current lines as well as showing drool-worthy prototypes featuring hot technology not yet released to consumers.

The sets range from B&O Play’s sexy looking—and sounding—BeoVision 11 HDTV, to numerous 4K Ultra-HD offerings that feature four times the pixels of standard HD sets. Here are some of our favorites from the show.

New Sony 4K Bravia HDTVs

Sony has been all about 4K at this year’s CES, promoting a number of new ultra-high resolution HDTVs. While Sony’s current OLED 4K offering, a massive 84-inch beast, will run you around $25,000, the newly announced 65-inch 4K Bravia XBR-65X900A and 55-inch Bravia XBR-55X900A should offer (slightly) lower price tags.

But what good is a 4K TV if you can’t get 4K content for it? Sony seems to have caught on to this sentiment, teasing a 4K World UltraHD video-distribution service that promises to give viewers access to 4K content from Sony Pictures and other studios.

B&O Play - BeoVision 11

Products from B&O Play are known for being attractive and great sounding—as well as expensive—and the new BeoVision 11 HDTV does not stray from that mold.

The BeoVision 11’s 240Hz LED-based LCD screen can handle both 2D and 3D content. A nifty 360-degree Automatic Picture Control feature detects ambient light in the room to adjust the TV’s brightness and contrast.

Media streamers can delight too, as the BeoVision 11 supports DLNA media streaming and the new Send to TV feature from YouTube. There’s even a dedicated cupboard behind the set for storing an Apple TV box. To top it all off, you’ll be able to enjoy all that content on dual 3-way speakers, powered by six amplifiers.

The BeoVision 11 is available now in 40, 46, and 55-inch sizes.

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