A body-image crisis for televisions
Think a flat-panel LCD or plasma set is slender? Think again. It’s time to replace your 4-inch-thick porker with a new model measuring under a deuce.
Following on Hitachi, which introduced 1.5-inch panels in the fall, JVC is introducing its own waifs here at CES. JVC also gets down to 1.5 inches (at it’s skinniest part, bulging to 2.9 inches in the center). JVC launched two screen sizes: slim 42 and 46 inches (pricing not set).
Triming the sets involved some radical re-working of their innards, as we describe in an article from our upcoming February issue. But now that it’s been done, expect other companies to follow. (Actually, you can expect another announcement in a few hours.)
Of course all these sets are as big as barns compared to Sony’s 3-milimeter-thick OLED TVs, which the company recently decided to put on sale in the US. But those sets are stuck at a piddling 11-inch diagonal screen size and are unlikely to get much bigger until Sony figures out a whole new way to make OLED panels. —Sean Captain
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