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Toshiba announces slew of LCDs for 2008: hands-on and video

Darren Murph

As you've surely saw in our liveblog of the Toshiba press conference, the firm went wild with new LCD releases for 2008. The overriding theme was thinness and early release dates, with essentially every set listed shipping by April. We'll get down to the dirt: two new 720p sets were introduced -- the AV500 and REGZA CV510 -- the first of which will be available in sizes ranging from 19- to 42-inches and feature DynaLight, HDMI and a PC input, while the latter will only be available in 32- / 37-inch sizes and sport PixelPure4G 14-bit internal processing, a 1.5-inc ThinLine Bezel design and a trio of HDMI 1.3 ports. For more on the outpouring of 1080p sets, click on through.

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The REGZA RV530 will be available in sizes ranging from 32- to 52-inches and feature a 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 1080p resolution, four HDMI inputs and a "high-res PC input." As for the REGZA XV540 series, you'll find 42-, 46- and 52-inch versions that sport ClearFrame 120Hz technology, 14-bit PurePixel4G processing, ColorBurst (displays 108-percent of the NTSC color gamut) and four HDMI 1.3 input with x.v. Color and Deep Color. Finishing things off is the flagship Cinema Series REGZA XF550 (available in 40-, 46- and 52-inches), which mimics the aforementioned RV540 in most ways, but ups the ante with DynaLight SuperContrast that can purportedly turn LEDs on / off depending on the image.

Oh, and if you're curious about prices:
AV500 series: between $429.99 and $799.99
REGZA CV510 series: $899.99 / 1,099.99
REGZA RV530 series: between $1,099.99 and $2,699.99
REGZA XV540 series: between $1,699.99 and $2,899.99
Cinema Series REGZA XF550: between $1,999.99 and $3,199.99

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