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Sony XEL-1 OLED HDTV  (Source: Sony)
Sony says OLED HDTVs could see America stores this year depending on Japanese demand

Many home theater enthusiasts have high hopes for OLED technology -- hopes that not only will OLED HDTV sets require less power but that they also will be significantly thinner and provide better color reproduction and image quality.

Engadget is reporting that Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow revealed in talks this morning with journalists at the Sony Club in New York that, “OLED could come (to the U.S.) before the end of the year." The catch is that OLED HDTVs coming to America is dependent on the demand in Japan and panel supply. In other words if Sony’s OLED XEL-1 is a big hit in Japan, we won’t be seeing them this year in America.

Sony announced its 3mm thick XEL-1 OLED HDTV almost exactly one month ago to lustful stares from home theater fans around the world. The screen size was small at 11-inches and the price was high at about $1744 USD. The Sony XEL-1 OLED TV left many outside Japan reaching for their wallets only to be told the TV wasn’t available outside Japan.

There have been several other announcements in the OLED arena recently with Toshiba announcing that it would have 30-inch OLED HDTVs on the market by 2009. Toshiba, however, stated that the problem with OLED technology was that the method for producing the OLED panels was immature accounting for the increased cost and longer lead times before panels were available.

Just last week Samsung’s Executive Vice President and CTO, Ho Kyoon Chung, unveiled its roadmap for OLED products. Samsung expects to have 40 to 42-inch OLED panels on the market by 2010.

While Toshiba and Samsung make promises to get OLED HDTVs into the hands of consumers, Sony is actually doing it.

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RE: very cool
By Moishe on 11/2/2007 9:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I think the LED backlit LCDs are really amazing. OLEDs supposedly have some real benefits too, but I've not seen one in person.

OLED will be too expensive for awhile and LCD and Plasmas are getting cheap and cheaper. They'll become the new bargain category. LED backlit is a step up and quite possibly OLED being another step up.

RE: very cool
By SunAngel on 11/2/2007 9:20:45 AM , Rating: 2
True, oh so true.

Have you had a chance to check out Philips Ambilight?

Those sucks give off a tremedous amount heat. Probably the only downfall of LED technology. Otherwise, great lcd tv.

RE: very cool
By ZoZo on 11/2/2007 2:07:22 PM , Rating: 3
Actually LED backlight LCDs are still crap compared to OLED, especially when watching a dark scene in a dark environment. You'll get to notice the difference in a few years.

RE: very cool
By afkrotch on 11/2/2007 5:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
Also LED backlight LCDs suck with response times.

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