Sony banks on LCD for hi-def

After several years of hedging its bets by pushing both LCD and plasma, Sony's finally shown its colours and come out in favour of LCD. At the end of

After several years of hedging its bets by pushing both LCD and plasma, Sony's finally shown its colours and come out in favour of LCD. At the end of last week, the Japanese giant launched ten new flat TVs - the S, V and W series - and only the 50 inch top end model uses a plasma panel. The S series is the budget choice. It comes in the widest range of sizes - 19, 23, 26, 32 and 40 inches - and all the sets are LCD and have digital tuners for the joys of Freeview. The 32 and 40 inchers are also hi-def and HDMI, so you'll be able to plug your Sky HD box in when it goes on sale next year. Splash a bit more cash and you get the more handsome V series, whose 26, 32 and 40 inch efforts are all LCD, all hi-def capable and all Freeviewed-up. The lux option is the two W tellies - a 40 inch LCD and 50 inch plasma - that hark back to Sony's old 'floating' glass design. This time there's some crazy mottled thing going on with the glass, though the tellies are lovingly specced with Freeview tuners, hi-def res and built-in 100 watt digital amps. The whole caboodle is on sale now; we're confirming prices with Sony and will have an update for you shortly. Update: