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Recent LCD innovations include LED backlights with local dimming and sets with 240Hz refresh rates designed to reduce motion blurring even more than 120Hz does; we'll test such sets and report on them soon. Sony's KDL-52XBR7, a $4,000 52-inch set with 240Hz, is available; Samsung showed a 240Hz prototype, not yet available at press time. In rear-projection sets, Mitsubishi has two LaserVue DLP models, the first and only sets to use a laser backlight. Samsung and Mitsubishi have 3D-capable …