Report on TVs from the 2008 CES show

The Sony XEL-1 OLEDI attend the CES convention every year in Las Vegas to get a sneak peek at the prototypes and new technology on the horizon. This year, the big story was focused on thin TVs. And I mean really thin, beginning with the Pioneer Project Kuro Concept TV. We’ve had phenomenal success with the Pioneer Kuro at Gramophone. It’s easily the best-looking and best-performing TV we’ve seen. At the CES show, I got to take a look at the new Pioneer Concept Kuro, and it truly blew me away. This amazing television is only 9mm thick. For those of you who need a conversion, that’s about 3/10” inches. And I haven’t even mentioned that it contains technology that eliminates all measurable light from the screen, meaning the pictures are the richest and most detailed ever seen.

A few others exciting televisions on the horizon:

  • Sony showed the XEL-1 OLED. This 11” television is incredibly only 3mm thick. It’s the first Organic Light Emitting Diode television to debut in the U.S. This new technology boasts incredible contrast and brightness – a quality level Sony promises will become the standard against which all TVs are measured.
  • Hitachi also showed a line of 32”, 37” and 42” televisions that are just 1.5” thick.
  • Sharp unveiled a prototype model for a massive 108” diagonal LCD TV, the first two of which are reportedly scheduled for delivery to the White House. Needless to say, a 108” TV is a pretty amazing spectacle that drew a lot of attention at CES.