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LG Gears Up For CES 2013 With New Product Announcements

By December 26, 2012

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The annual International CES is just around the corner, and companies are starting to tease the press with pre-show product announcements. In this tradition, LG has announced several products of home theater interest.

First up, LG is adding some interesting features to a new 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System product line. Depending on which model you opt for, some of the features will be Private Sound Mode (stream audio from your home theater system to your smart phone or other compatible device for private listening), MiraCast WiFi capability, 4K upscaling, and a full Wed Browser. Also, the top-of-the-line BH9430PW features a 9.1 channel speaker system.

Next on the list are a new crop of five Sound Bars that a feature on-board Dolby Digital/DTS decoding, with two of the models also having the ability to stream content from Bluetooth-enabled devices. One of the Sound Bars (NB3730A300) even has built-in WiFi for convenient internet streaming from services, such as CinemaNow, Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, and vTuner.

Also, LG has announced that it will be expanding its Google TV line-up with the GA7900 and GA6400 series TVs that also incorporate 3D viewing.

However, the most interesting new, and odd, product announcement is LG's new "Hecto Laser TV". This product is actually not a TV, but consists of a laser-light source based DLP short throw video projector, with built-in ATSC/QAM tuner, packaged with a special screen. The Hecto can display a 100-inch size image with a projector-to-screen distance of only 20-inches.

I will be very interested to see this product on display at CES, as right now, my question is: How is the "Hecto Laser TV" really any different than having a large one-piece, self-contained, TV using LaserVue technology that Mitsubishi is in the process of discontinuing, along with the rest of its large screen DLP TV line-up? I guess I will find out...

For more details, read an official announcement posted on Ecoustics, as well as a report from Marketing Daily, and a report on the Hecto from Engadget. Image CEA - Consumer Electronics Association - Used by Permission

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