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The History of LCD HDTVs



A Trip Down Memory Lane




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Im going to start off with the 45" Sharps from 2004 to 2006.


The 2004 Aquos LC-45D4U, 2006 Aquos LC-45D40U , and the LC-40C45U(Costco version of the 45D40U but with silver accents) 720p sets. The 45D4U had side mounted speakers and the 45D40U had speakers below the main screen.




I remember these had fantastic blacks...but the Vizio GV42L was cheaper and had better video processing. The 45D4U set was the first Flat Panel set that I actually paid more than a passing dreamy glance out, actually considering that I might try to find a 32" or 37" at closeout pricing. The prices dropped significantly the next year with the D40U series.


Sharp dropped the 45" size panel soon afterwards.



2005 Sony Bravia XBR1 & Series clouding issue



Pictured Sony Bravia 46XBR2
 

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2005 2006 2007 Philips with Ambilight





2006 Vizio GV42L & GV46L

2007 Vizio GV42LF & GV47LF & GV52LF

L Series & VW series & VX series & VO & VU & VS series




Pictured: Vizio Galevia Series GV42LF with detachable speakers removed



2005 Westinghouse 32W1, 37W1 , 40W1 & 47W1

2006 Westinghouse 32W2, 37W2, 42W2, & 47W2

2007 Westinghouse 32W3 , 37W3, 42W3, 47W3



Low cost units that got a lot of attention. No tuners on the 1rst year models, monitor only. 1x1 Pixel mapping (no overscan) and low input lag made this a great computer and gaming monitor. Not particularly dark blacks or accurate colors and video processing was subpar for movies and TV, however that subpar video processing is what helps it have good specs/performance for PC and gaming use. For many this was their first ever Flat Panel Television.



Pictured:Westinghouse 37w3
 

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2006 Samsung 720p 4051D/4651D and 1080p 4095D/4695D 4096D/4696D - Samsung gets itself noticed in a big way in 2006.



Pictured Samsung 4095D
 

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2007 Syntax-Brillian Olevia 747i - The now defunct US company Syntax-Brillian's masterpiece. It contained the highly regarded Silicon Optix Realta video processing chip, the best processing ever found in a Flat Panel set to this day. Blacks were not inspiring, and for some reason they put a thick glass pane over the front of the LCD panel....making this a very heavy set, as well as introducing plasma like glare unnecessarily. This set famously went on sale at TigerDirect for $999 to be clearanced.



Pictured: Olevia 747i



2007 Olevia 265TFHD - This set came out later than the 747i in 2007. Using a Sharp panel and the fantastic still to this day Silicon Optix Realta video processing solution, this set opened at retailers before Christmas 07 at just under $4000, quickly reduced to just under $3000 in the early spring of 08, and closed out at Sam's in April at $1750.



Pictured: Olevia 265 with stand and speakers removed.



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2007 LG LB5D series - LG's first LG branded LCD Television of any notoriety. As is the case now, they were noted for their PC and Gaming Savvy, but offered good PQ like the Vizio GV42LF which sported an LG panel.

 

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2007 Sharp D62U, D82U, and D92U series The 2007 D62U line from Sharp, in 32, 42, 46, & 52 inches, was eagerly anticipated, and early on it looked as if though Sharp had kept the edge in black levels and things looked fantastic. Later the infamous banding issue cropped up. This is the beginning of Sharps decline as the benchmark company to beat. Sharp in order to stay price competative started moving assembly of lessor sets out of Japan to Mexico and elsewhere at this time.





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Samsung 4061 4661 & 4065 4665 & 4069 4669 & 4071 4671 & 4081 4681
 

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Vizio XVT Series
 

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2006 Samsung 720p 4051D/4651D and 1080p 4095D/4695D 4096D/4696D - Samsung gets itself noticed in a big way in 2006.


Pictured Samsung 4095D

How did samsung gets itself noticed in a big way? Kinda interesting that they're able to take over the market in only few years.
 

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Samsung sets as a brand name LCD Televisions were considered rivals to the leaders Sharp and Sony in PQ and achieved Tier 1 status in 2006. Samsung Plasmas finally achieved Tier 1 status in the year 2008. Samsung's next's years offerings (4061 4661 & 4065 4665 5265 & 4069 4669 5269 & 4071 4671 5271 & 4081 4681 5281) would seal that status.



Please forgive me, this is a work in progress, as well. Ill be adding commentary to already posted models as well. And any corrections or comments are very welcome. Trying to create a useful short history for newbies and the less informed but interested.
 

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Im probably gonna need help fleshing out the Sony XBR series, as I was never into them because they were out of my price range.
 
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