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Consumer Electronics Show 2006

At CES, it seemed like there was one TV set for every attendee.
At CES, it seemed like there was one TV set for every attendee.

At CES, the streets are lined with giant TVs. You are never far from a shiny flat-panel display, and you frequently run into tall stacks of them. It was a glimpse into our not-too-distant future.

Most of the TVs are run-of-the-mill big-screen LCDs, plasma displays and DLPs. But there were a few sets that stood out from the crowd.

In the sheer size category, there's the star of the Panasonic TV display, a prototype of a 103-inch, 1080 progressive high definition plasma display.

This is the biggest plasma display to date -- it beats the biggest Samsung plasma by one inch -- and the picture (footage of a lady riding on a motorcycle) looked fantastic.

The set uses Panasonic’s 1080p HD high-speed pixel drive and incorporates a newly developed "rib," the element in a plasma that divides each gas cell, preventing interference between cells to create a clear picture.

At this point, this plasma display is for CES eyes only. Panasonic has not announced a release date.

Samsung just barely lost the plasma competition, but it does have one of the biggest LCD displays in existence, and a 82-inch 1,080 progressive set that will come out at the end of 2006.

On the hunt for interesting technological evolution, we found the HL-S5679W shuffled in with various big-screen sets in the Samsung booth.

This 56-inch set is special because it's a DLP that uses 18 light-emitting-diodes (six red, six blue, six green) as a light source, instead of the conventional light and color wheel set-up. It eliminates the "rainbow effect" distortion seen in DLPs, making for a very clear picture for a rear-projection set. It will also extend bulb life and shorten turn-on time. The set will hit shelves in April of 2006 and will run for $4,199.

Finally, Hannspree wasn't out to win any size or technology contests, but it did show off some of the cutest TVs you've ever seen -- LCD flat screens packaged in unique decorative cabinets.