updated 01:25 pm EST, Thu January 4, 2007
HANNspree Style LCDs
Image-conscious TV designer HANNspree this afternoon debuted its Style line of LCD TVs in the UK. Each model is built to break away from the all too orthodox shapes of most other companies' sets, HANNspree says. The most conspicuous model is the HANNSvibe (pictured), a 32-inch set with a dual-color design meant to recall pop art. The shape is more than cosmetic, according to the company: the two speakers in the display stand can detach and sit as far as 6.5 feet away from the TV for added stereo separation.
Extra models announced by the company include the HANNSlounge, a model ranging between 26 and 37 inches that recalls the wood-paneled looks of classic TVs; the HANNSnara, a more conventional 37-inch widescreen with side-mounted flat speakers; and the HANNSwing, a compact 32-inch set with large speaker nets and a distinctive curved shape. Every edition is capable of 720p, HDMI input for digital video, and at least an 8ms pixel response time. Prices begin at £679 ($1,320) after tax for the 26-inch HANNSlounge and scale up to £889 ($1,730) for the HANNSnara. The sets are also available in the US, though prices are currently unavailable.