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Westinghouse intros LCD HDTV with built-in DVD player

updated 04:30 pm EDT, Fri August 29, 2008

Westinghouse HDTV/DVD

Westinghouse on Thursday broke some new ground with its VK40F580D HDTV, the first from the company to feature a built-in DVD player. Unlike most such combos, the DVDs slide in via a front-mounted drive, and not on a side-mounted and reportedly harder-to-reach slot. The 40-inch LCD HDTV delivers 1080p resolution via its two HDMI inputs, and also sports a USB port for connecting portable or flash memory drives, digital cameras or digital audio players, among other compatible devices.

The built-in DVD player in question will upconvert standard definition movies to 1080p and automatically turn on the TV and set the proper input once it detects a DVD is being inserted. Westinghouse has also included an ATSC/ClearQAM tuner for HD broadcasts but has declined to immediately reveal contrast ratios and other image quality details.

The VK-40F580D is shipping now and sells for about $1,049.












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  1. benzodiazepine

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    Joined: Aug 2008

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    Future to come!

    Another step-up of the LCD HDTV.

    The features below are what makes this set considerable.
    - Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
    - 8ms Response Time

    Cool.

  1. growlf

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    Joined: Jun 2007

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    Future is past?

    I'm not sure about that "step up" ...

    Those specs are well below most current shipping LCD TVs.

  1. growlf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007

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    Future is past?

    I'm not sure about that "step up" ...

    Those specs (2000:1 CR, 8ms) are well below most current shipping LCD TVs.

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