What’s Hot Right Now (2012 Time Capsule)
We often look back at the technologies and prices of years gone by with shock and amazement. Instead of simply trying to remember what things were like “back then” we thought it might make sense to put together a snapshot of the current HDTV landscape we can refer back to in the future.
As we do periodically we’ve decided to take some of the top sellers at Amazon across a variety of categories and get their prices. This will give us a good indication of what is hot right now and also what their prices are.
LG Infinia 55LW5600 55-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD, $1282
The 47” version of essentially the same TV, the LG Infinia 47LW6500 47-Inch Cinema 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED-LCD HDTV, $1077, is a few spots down the list at #12.
Samsung UN55D8000 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV, $2058
We found 34 3D TVs in the top 100 made by LG, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and Sharp. There were 27 Active sets and 7 Passive (LG, Toshiba). They ranged in size from 40” to 70” and ranged in price from $699 to over $3400.
Panasonic VIERA TC-P50S30 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV, $799
Panasonic VIERA TC-P60ST30 60-Inch 1080p 600 Hz 3D Plasma HDTV, $1400
Samsung PN43D450 43-Inch 720p 600 Hz Plasma HDTV, $492
Overall we found 14 plasma TVs in the top 100, not a bad showing. They were mostly made by Panasonic and Samsung, with one LG unit in the list. They ranged in size from 43” to 65” and ranged in price from under $500 to over $2500.
Of course the vast majority of sets in the top 100 list were LCD. Some of the notable sets were:
TCL L40FHDF12TA 40-Inch 1080p 60 Hz LCD HDTV, $319
Sharp LC-70LE732U, $2389
Sharp has a 3D version of this set in the list at #33. The AQUOS LC-70LE735U 70″ 3D LED-LCD TV is $2864 to upgrade to Active 3D.
Samsung UN65D8000 65-Inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED HDTV, $3488
Coby LEDTV2226 22-Inch 1080p HDMI LED TV/Monitor, $179
The smallest set on the list is actually the Samsung UN19D4003 19-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV, $181. It ranks in at #18.
The Internet Apps and Movie Streaming services could shift a bit this year, so we thought we should also snapshot the top 10 media streamers. Roku dominates the top 10 with 4, Sony has 2, followed by Apple, WD, Logitech and TiVo all with 1 each. Yes all you haters, the Logitech Revue with Google TV is still on the list.
1. Roku LT Streaming Player, $49.99
Posted by The HT Guys, January 5, 2012 9:47 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.