Bad news if you're hoping this whole 3D fad will hurry up and run its course, it looks like 3D is here to stay. Not only is 3D at the box office showing no signs of slowing down, research shows that revenue generated by 3D flicks nearly doubled in 2010 in North America, which was helped in part by movie theaters upgrading their screens to accommodate 3D motion pictures. In other words, consumers are voting with their wallets, and they're voting 'Yea.'
Now available for pre-sale is Sony's new line of home audio/video receivers with 3D support baked in. New models include the STR-DN1020, STR-DH820, STR-DH720, and STR-DH520. All four will ship this Spring, and none of them will set you back more than $500, with the lowest end model (DH520) carrying an MSRP of $230.
If you were never a fan of Jar Jar Binks to begin with, you probably couldn't care less that he's getting a 3D makeover. Maybe you couldn't care less about 3D, in which case go ahead and move along, this is not the announcement you've been looking for. Love it or hate it, the Star Wars prequel Episode 1: The Phantom Menace has been converted to 3D and is coming to theaters early next year.
When it comes to electronics, we love good old fashioned teardowns just like serial killers can't enough episodes of Dexter. The tech equivalent of Showtime's pathological superstar is iFixIt, the online source for do-it-yourself repair guides and parts. Their latest victim is Nintendo's 3DS handheld console, which they expose not only for our voyeuristic pleasure, but also to learn how easy or difficult it might be for the average Andy to perform in-house repairs.
An NEC representative acknowledged to us that Apple has made a lot of people happy with its 30-inch Cinema display, but said NEC's new 30-inch MultiSync PA301W-BK and PA301W-BK-SV monitors take performance to a whole new level. These are built for graphics professionals and enthusiasts who demand color accuracy, and to help get that, the latter includes NEC's SpectraView calibration software sensor puck.
A strong fourth quarter helped Vizio maintain its lead in the U.S. LCD TV market, which now claims a 27.6 percent market share, according to data released by iSuppli. Vizio shipped 2.9 million LCD TVs in the fourth quarter, up 78.9 percent from 1.6 million in the third quarter, and has been sitting on top for all of 2010. Coming in second place is Samsung, which claims a 20.2 percent share of the market.
AOC recently launched the Aire Black LED, a family of three new displays that fall under the company's existing AireLED Series. The Aire Black LED line ships in 20-inch (e2043Fk), 22-inch (e2243Fwk) and 23-inch (e2343Fk) models, each one sporting a super slim panel measuring a scant 12.7mm. According to AOC, these are some of the slimmest monitors on the market.
Nintendo's 3DS handheld console is a hit, at least in Japan where customers waited in line to purchase the next-generation game player, Bloomberg reports. There were around 2,000 anxious gamers waiting outside Yodobashi Camera Co.'s store in Akihabara, Tokyo, all wanting to get their mitts on the console that had sold-out on preorder and at other electronics stores. Fans had begun lining up 10PM the night before it went on sale.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said it was another record year at the box office, with movie receipts reaching an all-time high of $31.8 billion, up 8 percent from 2009. This is the fourth time in five years that box office revenue has grown, setting records in three of them, according to John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners. Playing a big role in this continued growth is the emergence of 3D.
The hype surrounding OLED technology has somewhat settled down in recent months, instead giving way to LED-backlit LCD displays that are cheaper to produce. Lest you forget completely about OLED, however, Sony this week announced a pair of OLED monitors designed for professionals. The 17-inch and 25-inch monitors are part of Sony's new reference-grade BVM-E series and are supposed to be on par with CRTs in color accuracy. Put your drink down before hitting the jump and taking a peek at the price tags.