Headed for a launch on October 1, 2006, the Sharp’s new DLP projector, XV-Z21000 will offer you the preeminent Home theater environment. The XV-Z21000 projects a full resolution of 1,920×1,080 and its Dual Iris mechanism provides native contrast improvement with a contrast ratio of 12:000:1. It also features the BrilliantColor technology that manages the color depth and the quality of picture. It also integrates HDMIx2 ports, RS-232C, HD and DD connectivity that give you plenty of options. With a weight of 9.5kg, the XV-Z21000 has around 3000 hours of lamp life. Well, it is going to pick on your pockets as the XV-Z21000 comes with a hefty price tag of $10,870 attached to it.
Sharp has done a spectacular job by introducing the new 57-inch AQUOS LC-57D90U LCD HDTV but I think it failed to justify the hefty price tag of $16,000 around its neck. For your kind info, the so-called 1080p LCD doesn’t even allows 1080p over HDMI and even if compared with other LCD HDTVs, the LC-57D90U takes long 10 seconds to lock up to a 3:2 sequence. Except for its comparatively larger screen, it doesn’t boast anything that counts for the $16,000 tag. On the other hand, I will give full points to its scaler, 4ms response time and impressive video deinterlacing. But, if you are going to buy the AQUOS LC-57D90U LCD HDTV, I won’t advice you to do so. The much better option is to buy two or three smaller sized LCDs for your different rooms.
Another 1080p LCD from the house of Samsung is going to make its debut in the month of September. More and more LCDs, HDTVs and Plasmas are hitting the stores like cell phones and laptops. The new 52-inch LN-S5296D LCD comes with 6000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, over two million pixel resolution, Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp, S-PVA Panel, and 10-bit processor with 12.8 billion colors. Two HDMI units, two components, two RF and a USB port enhance the connectivity. You would experience the high quality sound owing to the SRS TruSurround XT™ sound. You could afford the feature packed Samsung LN-S5296D LCD for less than $5000. Everything seems perfect to me if we compare specifications and pricing.
It seems like Bang & Olufsen laid all its emphasis on the stylish make of their new LCD that comes integrated with a DAB radio tuner. But, how could they forget to bestow it with some vital HD features like HDMI? The BeoCenter features a 23-inch screen (very small as compared to the other LCDs present in the market). Anyway, if you are looking for a sexy and chic LCD, you can stop your hunt with the new BeoCenter. It features the DVI plug and a horde of video ports. The best part is that the BeoCenter comes in vibrant colors including silver, black, grey, red, blue and yellow. The modish 23-inch BeoCenter is priced heftily (if compared with specs) at $5199.
The time is about to come soon when you will say goodbye to the connector cables between your media devices. Tzero Technologies and Analog Devices have joined the hands to introduce the first standards-based wireless High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). It features a UWB transmitter that compresses the HDMI data and from a video device and a receiver transforms it again to HDMI to project on a display. The most startling feature of the wireless HDMI is that it would cut down those annoying cumbersome cables. Now. What could be more enthralling than streaming your TiVo, DVD player or Xbox to other TVs at your home that are 10 meters away.
Blackmagic Design comes with its two brand new products dubbed Decklink HD Studio and Intensity holding HDMI that are compatible to your Mac and PCs. Blackmagic’s Intensity is mainly designed focusing the customers who want video cameras having HDMI costing $249 (around £130), while Decklink HD Studio is meant for processing companies and professionals who need HDMI video capture and playback. DeckLink HD Studio is a PCI Express-based card having both HDMI and analog component video Providing HDMI and analog playback it automatically switches between HD and SD video. In addition, it embraces stereo balanced XLR analog audio in/out, two channels of AES/EBU unbalanced audio in.out, RS-422 remote deck control and genlock HD/Tri-sync reference input. It will cost $995(around £530). Both the devices work in 1080i, 720p and NTSC/PAL video formats. The devices will roll out in October.
At the WXGA resolutions of 1366 x 768, the new 42-inch VA421 LCD TV from BenQ has been officially announced and is available in the market. The key specs of the VA421 are 10-bit color processing, HDTV compatibility (1080i, 720p), an effective contrast ratio of 1000:1 and 8ms response time. HDMI support is there to let you enjoy the high-definition video.
What about a projector that produces 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 1000 lumens, 6000:1 contrast ration and 1080p chips? I know your answer. Well, we are talking about the new HD900 LCoS Projector developed by Cinetron that projects high quality pictures on your screen. The specs of the new HD900 LCoS Projector are catchy except the fact that it lacks the HDMI connectivity. Don’t be disheartened as it boasts DVI connectivity option. The device is powered by a Realta HQV processor. The Cinetron’s HD900 LCoS Projector will make its move into the market this October with a fully justified price tag of $6000.
Boasting the award-winning Brilliant UltraContrast LCoS(TM) Light Engine Technology with true 1920-1080p resolution and Pixelworks DNX video processing, the new Olevia 5 series model 565H comes preconfigured for home theater installation. The 65-inch HDTV supports resolution ranging from 480i to 1080i through the HDMI and DVI inpute. I doubt why they mentioned 480i to 1080i, not the 1080i? Anyway, the 565H offers a contrast ratio of 4000:1 and a swift 4ms response time. It features a built-in RS-232 control to connect it to a home entertainment system. The Olevia 565H HDTV will be out for sale next month with a suggested price of $4299.
While the size of high definition TVs is getting larger and larger, the size of the supporting devices tends to follow the ‘smaller is better’ trend. Well, the manufacturer of small CE devices, Accella has introduced the HDMI-mini cable. The HDMI-mini is designed for the small CE devices such as mobile phones and cameras that find it hard to connect to a normal sized HDMI cable.