CES 2009: Westinghouse

Westinghouse was kind enough to invite ThinkComputers to its private display at a stunning offsite location this year for its CES presence. Westinghouse showed its newest televisions, computer monitors, and other display-oriented goodies. Come with us as we check out some new LCD monitors, HDTV’s, a wireless HDMI transmitter, and even a LCD monitor that costs $50,000.

Wireless HDMI

One of the neatest things Westinghouse showed off was its new wireless HDMI system. The transmitter connects to a single device, such as Westinghouse’s 47″ LCD HDTV with a built-in receiver. The transmitter has three sets of inputs: two HDMI ports and one set of component+audio ports.

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Westinghouse released three new smaller HDTVs at CES. The new ones are 19″ and 22″ 720p and 21.6″ 1080p. These have 5 ms response time and a full compliment of inputs.

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Westinghouse also showed its similarly-spec’d line of mid-range HDTVs at a variety of sizes.

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On the high end—and certainly eventually trickling down to smaller TVs—Westinghouse introduced a 55″ 120 Hz LCD HDTV. This means that the screen is refreshes 120 times per second; 120 frames per second. A motion compensation system processes input and inserts frames accordingly, so even 24 frames per second content such as Blu-ray discs will look fantastic. Westinghouse also has smaller 42″ and 37″ versions of this TV. The 55″ and 37″ have a 5000:1 contrast ratio and a 6.5ms response time. The 42″ on the other hand has a 4000:1 contrast ratio and a 4ms response time.

Even greater is the price point, and by greater, I mean more affordable than any other manufacturer, to my Westinghouse representative’s knowledge. The 55″ 120 Hz LCD HDTV has an MSRP of $1,500. My Westinghouse representative stated that it is company’s goal to spread high definition televisions to every home. An auscpicious reader will note that Westinghouse is undoubtedly using a low price point on high end units to force other manufacturers to lower their own prices.

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