CES 2013: Westinghouse

by: Dan -
Westinghouse had several new products this year to show off including their UHDTV (4K) lineup, edge-lit LED TVs and Bluetooth wireless speakers.  The UHDTV sets will come in 50, 55 and 65 inch models; have 3840 x 2160 resolution and 120 Hz and the ability to up-convert to 4K from 1080p.  We spent some time watching a true 4K feed of a Cirque de Sole program on the 50” model that looked really good.  Expect a Q1 release of the models, with the 50” retailing for ~$2,500 and the 65” for ~$4,000.  Last night, I posted about the 110" prototype, which can be checked that out here.

In addition to the UDHTVs, Westinghouse also brought in a full lineup of new edge-lit LED TVs.  The sizes ranged anywhere from 28 – 60 inches and had excellent picture quality.  One item of note is that Westinghouse changed the design of the backs of their sets, to create a smaller contact plate from the stand to the unit, and also create space to allow for better TV speakers.  Too many times, thin TVs mean lack of even adequate speakers, so it was nice to see this, especially for smaller TVs that are more apt to not have surround systems attached to them.

The Bluetooth wireless speakers, dubbed the “UNPLUG” series, were also impressive with a lineup consisting of five speakers in various sizes and shapes.  They all feature built-in microphones so you can use the speakers for hands-free calling.  The units are the AIO ($129.99 MSRP), 300 ($229.99 MSRP), 200 ($179.99 MSRP) and 100 ($99.99 MSRP).  The demo we listened to for the AIO showed it was capable of producing a nice range of audio, including quality bass, due to its passive radiator contained in the tiny box.  The 100 is currently available, while the other three are scheduled for a Q1 2013 release.

Overall, I like the lineup that Westinghouse brought to the show, as their TVs continue to offer some of the best value for your dollar.  The Bluetooth speakers options are also a nice addition and the UDHTV units looked amazing.   Once pricing becomes available and they hit retail, it would be wise to take a look when shopping for your next TV to see if a Westinghouse should be on your list.

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