Haier, a Chinese brand that sounds European, unveiled a 46″ LCD TV at the Korean Electronics Show. The 46″ unit has 1920 x 1080 resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio and 178-degree viewing angles. There isn’t too much information, but FYI only Samsung (or should I say S-LCD) makes 46″ LCD panels and so I would think Haier got the panel from Samsung. And if that’s the case the underlying technology would be PVA, which, IMO, isn’t all that great. Contrast ratios fall off the cliff as soon as you move away from exactly center. And if you’re okay with 10:1 contrast ratios at the 178 degree limit, that’s fine by me. That viewing angle specification really doesn’t do anything for me. Haier, what a name. Got to give it those Chinese!
One last thing: I don’t like integrated stuff in TVs. So, what do you do when your PVR breaks? Take the whole TV in? Or if it can’t be fixed get a whole new TV? No thanks. I’ll take my components ala carte.
Sanyo’s PLV-Z5 is a LCD-based front projector with an impressive 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Improved gradation is achieved with a twin-iris system that integrates a lens aperture and lamp aperture. Pictures are sharpened by the company’s new TopazReal Technology that blends brightness levels of the lamp and LCD panels. There are two HDMI ports, a VGA port for connectivity to computers, and others. At just 9.8 feet you can display a 100″ screen with the PLV-Z5. Other details can be found here. A MAP price of $1695.00, 3-year warranty and you can get it now. No word on the resolution in the press release.
Ah, 1280 x 720. Found it here. You wouldn’t want a 100″ filled with only 1280 x 720 pixels. You wouldn’t like it. Although the 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 12-bit processing is impressive, if you want 100″ you’ll need to wait for a 1920 x 1080 version. Even at that improved resolution, you’d want to sit back a little if you don’t want to see the actual pixels.
Sony’s SRX-R220 is a front projector that has a brightness of 18,000 lumens and a resolution of 4096 x 2160. The ultra-bright unit uses a 4Kw lamp and is one of the brightest front projectors around and that brightness is more or less required for its intended purpose: digital theaters. It is based on Sony’s LCoS implementation, the SXRD chip. Price? Better just pony up $10 at the theater to watch the SRX-R220 in action.
Source: Sony, Engadget
LG’s Flatron (the sub-brand used in Korea and other Asian countries) M4200D has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, 500 cd/m2 of brightness, a 8ms response time, and a 1600:1 contrast ratio. All very good specifications. The 3D comes from using an auto-stereoscopic image and does not require the use of nerdy 3D glasses. You will have to stand/sit back about 3-7m (meters!) to properly see the 3D effect. I personally don’t like 3D displays because they are just not up to snuff, in my opinion. Give me a really nice 2D and I will figure out the 3D portions of it.
NEC’s 1940WCXM is a 19″ wide LCD monitor with 1440 x 900 resolution, 700:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 of brightness. It has a VGA port and DVI inputs. The response time is a respectable 5ms. 1-watt integrated speakers come with the monitor. Nothing very interesting about this monitor, though the price is okay at $269.99. Dell’s new 20″ wide at just a few more dollars would be the better choice as it comes with 1680 x 1050 resolution. In my book, the more resolution you have, the better it is. Can we get a 19″ wide with 1680 x 1050 resolution? Source: NEC
NEC’s LCD3735WXM is a 37″ LCD TV with 1366 x 768 resolution, 1600:1 contrast ratio, and 9ms response time. The LCD3735WXM (what an interesting model name!) sports an ATSC tuner (that means you can get HD from your antenna right out of the box), VGA (for your computer), DVI+HDCP (so you don’t copy stuff) and S-Video input (for your future iTV from Apple, I guess). The price is a bit much, in my opinion, at $2300. Because of the 1366 x 768 resolution, every single HD source, whether it is 720p or 1080i will need to be scaled. I hope this has a good scaler chip because it’ll be used all the time. $2300 is a bit too much for a 1366 x 768 box at 37″. Wait for 1920 x 1080 at 37″ for sub-$1500 pricing by major brands later this year.Â
The external design looks fairly nice, but I would get rid of that white outline. I have no doubt that white line will be a distraction. There is a reason why most designs are all black just around the screen. Also, what are those ugly flaps? Integrate the speakers: I like listening to sound, but have no intention of looking at them. One last thing: Where’s the HDMI port?
CPT is using Clairvoyante’s PenTile RGBW technology to manufacture 4.0″ and 7.0″ TFT LCDs that have a pixel format of 800 x 480 (typically called WVGA). The two panels are geared for UMPC-type devices that would do good with high resolutions, wide aspect ratios and low power consumption.
With the PenTile RGBW, there are 1600 source drivers compared to 2400 if a typical RGB Stripe display technology was used. Gate drivers remain the same at 480 for both. Transmittance is upped to 10.0% from a typical 5.5%. CPT is using 7 LEDs (420mW) to generate 400 cd/m2. The RGB stripe technology using the same 7 LEDs will generate much less brightness at only 220 cd/m2. Color gamut does not improve but is at a respectable 60% NTSC.
I’m not going to pretend I know what a “pixel-integrated RAM” is and what good it does a LCD, but Sanyo Epson has developed one. The main benefit of having RAM (SRAM to be exact) is that power consumption is reduced. This 2.8″ transflective (this is not a real word and is just a combination of transmissive + reflective that should have resulted in trans-reflective) LTPS LCD has two states: active and sleep. In active state, it generates 256K colors. In sleep, the colors go down to 8 colors (yes, that’s right, just eight) but uses very little power. Sanyo Epson’s HCL-S strategy is at work. HCL-S stands for High quality, Compact design, Low power consumption, System solutions.
Wow. Now incorporate this into a UMPC design. Quick! It is amazing what Sanyo did squishing 1920 x 1080 pixels into just 7.1″. 1080p content on something like this will look remarkable.
If Sanyo can put 1920 x 1080 on a 7.1″ sized LCD, I’m guessing they can do it on 13.3? How about 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 13.3″ MacBook? Prior to Sanyo’s announcement, the smallest LCD size that sported a resolution that could display 1920 x 1080 resolution on the IT side was 15.4″ (1920 x 1200).
Sanyo Epson has a strategy and it is called HCL-S. It stands for High quality, Compact design, Low power consumption and System solutions. True to that strategy, Sanyo Epson developed a 2.2″ TFT LCD that is only 1.1mm thick. Brightness is 350 cd/m2 and pixel format is 320 x 240. Ultra-thin components such as the backlight, polarizers, glass substrates, etc. were used.
A RAZR half as thin. Sounds good to me, but with one caveat: Is it durable?