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Petrifying pocketbooks in the Midwest
In TV News Today
It looks like folks in the dusty Midwest will be the first to receive some shiny new toys from overseas: LG's 55-inch EA9800 OLED televisions went on sale today at a Best Buy in Richfield, Minnesota—for a staggering $14,999.
For years now, LED and plasma televisions have confronted shoppers with a dispiriting dilemma: A plasma TV can deliver dynamite dark levels, but the accompanying peak brightness is often too dim to compete with a sunny room; reversing the matter, an LED TV can easily compete with the sun, but its black levels are frequently shallow and unconvincing. There are many other difficult deciding factors between LED and plasma TVs, but this is a big one.
LG's new panel sports a curved design and an ultra-thin profile, as well as gesture and voice controls, 3D, and LG's Smart TV platform. The TVs have been available in South Korea since April, but this is the first of its kind to hit the American market. In the approaching weeks, TV geeks in LA, NYC, Miami, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and San Antonio will be able to see these TVs at local Best Buys.