JVC's entry is the LT-B300 (click on the image for a closer look), a 42-inch 1080p LCD TV/Blu-ray combo slated to arrive in June at an undisclosed price. Speaking of Blu-ray, the company also showed its first standalone Blu-ray player, the $300 XV-BP1, which arrives in March.
Sharp also did the Blu-ray/TV combo hustle at CES, with a more extensive, five-model lineup. The Aquos BD series (Click on the image below for a closer look) includes TVs ranging in size from 32 to 52 inches, all with slim frames and a new “Aquos Blue” design with subtle blue accents at the bottom of the frames. Models 42 inches and larger have 120Hz technology.
The two companies also expanded their lineups of standalone LCD TVs. JVC unveiled new P300- and P500-series 1080p sets with integrated TeleDock iPod docks; the latter series includes 120Hz technology. Also new is a J series of sleeker-looking 1080p models that have a dynamic backlight for claimed improvements in black-level performance. JVC also showed a new super-thin 1080p LCD monitor that sports a “360-degree” design with a finished back panel so it can be placed anywhere in a room, and a 32-inch ultra-slim prototype LCD with a unique magnetic wall-mounting system. The set, said to weigh just 11 pounds, is less than a third of an inch thick, and uses LED edge lighting and a separate tuner module.
During the show, Sharp rolled out new E67- and E77-series models—all with 120Hz technology—in sizes ranging from 32 to 65 inches. The step-up E77 sets, which have gold-colored accents at the bottom of the cabinet, have 10-bit panels; the E67 models have copper accents at the bottom of their cabinets. Sharp said it will offer an 82-inch behemoth later this year. The model will sit between the company's current 65-inch set and its outrageously large (and expensive) 108-inch model. The company hasn't yet disclosed price or availability.
—James K. Willcox