This just in...
Toshiba just announced a new comprehensive line of LCD TVs under the "REGZA" name:
We should start gathering all our infos regarding the new Toshiba REGZAs.
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. ("Toshiba") showcased its new flat panel line at its annual dealer line show, highlighting the new REGZA sub brand, including its REGZA XHD(TM) 1080p sets. A global brand for Toshiba LCD TV, the REGZA line features state-of-the-art technology and new cosmetic designs. Utilizing Toshiba's own PixelPure Hi-Bit(TM) 12-bit Digital Video Processing and fast CineSpeed(TM) LCD Panel technologies, the REGZA line will deliver stunning lifelike images unlike anything Toshiba has offered before.
For 2006, Toshiba will offer an extensive line-up of 12 REGZA LCD TV models in home theater screen sizes ranging from 26" diagonally measured to 47" diagonally measured. REGZA series will include REGZA, REGZA LCDVD with built-in DVD player, REGZA XHD(TM) with 1080p display resolution, Cinema Series(R) REGZA, and Cinema Series REGZA XHD.
"REGZA will set the new standard for premium LCD TV," said Scott Ramirez, Vice President of Marketing, Toshiba America Consumer Products TV Group. "By combining our new CineSpeed LCD panel with 33 percent faster response speed, and our new PixelPure Hi-Bit digital video processing with up to 50 percent improvement in bit rate, we have created picture quality that is truly spectacular. With 4,096 levels of gradation, our new 12-bit processing provides 16 times the gradation levels of competitors' 8 bit systems, for smoother, more natural images. As it is the variations in processing quality that create the differences between brands, we are confident that the REGZA Engine will become the clear choice for anyone who wants the best possible picture quality.
REGZA LCDVD models include a built-in DVD player for ultimate convenience. These models also feature Toshiba's innovative THINC(TM) RJ-45 network capability, allowing consumers to connect the TV to a PC and view their JPEG picture files, or listen to their MP3 audio files, using only the TV remote.
All REGZA models feature a new CineSpeed LCD panel with a fast response speed of 8ms or less, and a wide 176 degree viewing angle. These models also come equipped with ATSC/QAM digital tuning, which enables the sets to receive both digital terrestrial and digital cable-in-the-clear broadcasts. In addition, REGZA models offer complete jack packs that include a PC Input and HDMI for a direct digital connection to an A/V source device such as a digital cable box or satellite receiver. To ensure form meets function, all REGZA models feature new sleek cabinetry in black and silver.
REGZA XHD models provide 1080p full HD resolution. These models also include a CableCARD(TM) slot, and TV Guide On Screen(R), for digital cable ready (DCR) capability. XHD models also offer dual HDMI, HD Window POP, and Toshiba's new Native Mode providing clean 1080p pixel-for-pixel display without scaling or overscanning. Toshiba displayed its new 42" diagonally measured and 47" diagonally measured REGZA XHD 1080p models. XHD LCD will be available in the REGZA and Cinema Series REGZA lines, creating the perfect step-up from the 720p HD Plasma models.
Cinema Series REGZA models are wrapped in distinctive Cinema Series cabinetry, with a beautiful high-gloss black finish. This design features Toshiba's innovative SoundStrip(TM) speaker technology, enabling compact cabinetry without sacrificing big home theater sound. Cinema Series models also include Toshiba's new ColorMaster(TM) color management system which provides hue, saturation and brightness control of six individual colors. ColorMaster creates deep natural colors for increased depth and more realistic images. These models also include a new 6-item home theater remote control.
Toshiba has also reallocated final assembly sites to create increased efficiency and availability. This year, one facility will concentrate on LCD TV, and another (Orion) will concentrate on Plasma TV. This new production system will help ensure smooth availability in these key TV product categories.
LCD TV is a fast growing category, and demand for REGZA is expected to be strong. In order to ensure adequate supply, Toshiba has dedicated its TMX (Toshiba Mexico) production facility to LCD TV only, and increased LCD final assembly lines there by 200 percent.
The REGZA brand will come to life with a specially designed logo, and will be heavily promoted in a national campaign that includes print ads, literature, point-of-purchase materials, on-line and more.
Models, Expected Pricing and Expected Availability
REGZA LCD TV
26HL66 ($1,199.99, Available Now)
32HL66 ($1,599.99, Available Now)
37HL66 ($2,199.99, August 2006)
26HLV66 ($1,299.99, June 2006)
32HLV66 ($1,699.99, June 2006)
37HLV66 ($2,299.99, July 2006)
42HL196 ($2,999.99, July 2006)
Cinema Series REGZA
37LX96 ($2,599.99, July 2006)
Cinema Series REGZA XHD
42LX196 ($3,299.99, July 2006)
47LX196 ($4,499.99, August 2006)
* Release of Additional REGZA Models to Follow
16:9 HD LCD TV
20HL86 ($699.99, July 2006)
16:9 HD LCD RealSteel TV
20HLK86 ($799.99, July 2006)
16:9 HD LCDVD TV
23HLV86 ($899.99, June 2006)
Custom Series HD LCD True Monitors (No Tuners)
26HLC56 ($1,099.99, August 2006)
32HLC56 ($1,399.99, July 2006)
37HLC56 ($1,999.99, July 2006)