CEDIA officially opened today at the Denver Convention Center. Toshiba added two new 1080p
models in the 42-inch and 47-inch screen sizes, and created a whole new sub-category
called Cinema Series Pro. These models are an off-shoot of
their Cinema Series line, which feature striking piano black cabinetry. Toshiba also announced that they had sold approximately 30,000
HD DVD players so far this year, and were outselling Samsung’s Blu-ray disc
player by 3-to-1. Not resting
on its HD DVD laurels, it will be launching two additional models in the Fall
timeframe. While one model will still output 1080i, the HD-XA2 will feature
HDMI 1.3 and output 1080p. It will pass multi-channel DTS-HD, Dolby Digital
Plus, Dolby True HD; and retail for USD$ 999. This model will be available in
December.

Runco introduced 14 new
models including LCD, plasma and front projection displays. Runco will be offering
a new 50-inch 1080p plasma display for USD$ 9,999. All of their front projectors
will be capable of displaying images in a true widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio
(without black bars) vs. 16:9 of standard widescreen projectors. Mitsubishi held a short press conference noting that sales
of MicroDisplay HDTVs were up 46% so far this year over last, and growing.

CEDIA officially opened today at the Denver Convention Center.
The first press conference of note was Toshiba’s. Toshiba added two new 1080p
models in the 42-inch and 47-inch screen sizes, and created a whole new sub-category
called Cinema Series Pro. These models are an off-shoot of
their Cinema Series line, which feature striking piano black cabinetry. As we
all know, LCD TVs are truly a “hot” product category with an estimated
10.0 million units projected to be sold this year. Clearly, every manufacturer
wants to have as many of these flat-panel displays in their lines this year.

Toshiba also announced that they had sold approximately 30,000
HD DVD players so far this year, and were outselling Samsung’s Blu-ray disc
player by 3-to-1. Toshiba also noted that their HD DVD players are now in 3,500
retail outlets across the U.S. Of course, this could all change next month as
Sony, Panasonic and Pioneer BD players come to market. Toshiba is not resting
on its HD DVD laurels as it will be launching two additional models in the Fall
timeframe. While one model will still output 1080i, the HD-XA2 will feature
HDMI 1.3 and output 1080p. It will pass multi-channel DTS-HD, Dolby Digital
Plus, Dolby True HD; and retail for USD$ 999. This model will be available in
December. It will even have a leg up on all incoming BD players, which will
only include HDMI 1.2, and will not have the capability to pass next-generation
multi-channel DTS and Dolby audio codecs.

In other news from the show floor, Runco introduced 14 new
models including LCD, plasma and front projection displays. Runco will be offering
a new 50-inch 1080p plasma display for USD$ 9,999. All of their front projectors
will be capable of displaying images in a true widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio
(without black bars) vs. 16:9 of standard widescreen projectors. This is a trend
in front projector models to offer this capability this year along with an optional
anamorphic lens. All of the front projectors from Runco’s sister company Vidikron,
will also have this 2.35:1 mode with optional anamorphic lens.

Mitsubishi held a short press conference noting that sales
of MicroDisplay HDTVs were up 46% so far this year over last, and growing. While
the company made no new product announcements for CEDIA, it did promise that
it would be bringing its laser-based rear projection 1080p DLP to CES 2007 to
unveil to the public. Laser-based DLP is being jointly developed by Mitsubishi
and Texas Instruments.