updated 04:55 pm EDT, Fri July 24, 2009
Toshiba shows kitchen HDTV
Toshiba recently announced it will soon offer an LCD HDTV meant to fit into a kitchen environment with the first product in its Stainless Steel series, the 18.5-inch 19LV612U (PDF). The 720p set sports a built-in, side-slot DVD player and ATSC/NTSC/QAM TV tuner. The DVD player is compatible with DiVX formats as well as MP3 and WMA playback. Users can connect their PCs or other outside sources thanks to an HDMI or VGA input.
The finer specs include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m2 brightness and 5ms response time. The viewing angle is set at 170 degrees off horizontal and 160 degrees off vertical. A VESA wall mount further helps with the kitchen focus.
The 19LV612U will ship in September, priced at $350.