Panasonic Canada continues to break HDTV barriers with three new 16:9 projection TVs
Panasonic Canada introduces
three new widescreen, HDTV projection televisions with
manufacturerís suggested retail prices that are as attractive as the
pictures they deliver.
At under $4,000 for the largest 56-inch model,
Panasonic is helping bring down the barriers to owning a widescreen HDTV.
Models PT-56WX53 (56-inch screen), PT-53WX53 (53-inch screen) and PT-47WX53
(47-inch screen) are fully HDTV compatible (1080i/480p) and come with
standard protective glass screen covers.
"These new models clearly demonstrate Panasonicís
commitment to marketing high quality, cutting-edge electronics that are
accessible to a wide audience," said Barry Murray, Director of
The projection setsí 16:9 screens are the standard for
HDTV broadcasts, as well as widescreen DVD movies, and allow for a variety
of Picture-in-Picture and split-screen options. Able to brilliantly
display 480p, 480i and High Definition 1080i signals (with a DTV-certified
digital receiver), the cinema-like screens make these the ultimate TVs for
any home theatre.
Features like 10-bit A/D image processing and a
progressive scan converter allow these TVs to deliver high-definition
broadcasts as well as digital sources such as DVDs to their fullest
potential. Ten-bit A/D image processing boosts conventional grayscale
gradations by a factor of four, producing four times as many shades of black
and white. This results in a much brighter picture that more closely
resembles the original analog source material. A progressive scan converter
renders horizontal scan lines virtually invisible, resulting in a moving
picture thatís close in quality to a still image.
Even movie sources get their due, with a 3:2 pulldown
feature called Progressive Cinema Scan. This enhancement compensates for
motion artifacts that sometimes result from the telecine process thatís
used to convert filmís 24 frames-per-second to an NTSC-friendly 60
frames-per-second. This results in clear, smooth-flowing images like those
experienced in the theatre.
Other picture-enhancing features include a
motion-adaptive 3D Y/C digital comb filter that eliminates "hanging
dots" and the colour rainbow effect in closely spaced patterns, and
horizontal and vertical edge correction.
The projection setsí wide, 16:9 screens are well suited
for P-I-P applications, so Panasonic gives this popular feature a makeover
in 2003. First, the P-I-P picture benefits from 8-bit processing, so the
inset is nearly as crisp as the main picture. The inset picture is scalable
in size, from 1/16 all the way to 1/4 the screen size. Thereís also a
Multi-Format Display mode, which delivers a split screen using the setsí
As any home theatre centerpiece should, these three new
projection sets have well-appointed jack sets. Each model has four A/V
inputs, including one in front; three S-Video inputs, including one in front
and two sets of component inputs. Additionally, each TV is equipped with a
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) with HDCP copy protection technology.
Other features of the new projection sets include
Artificial Intelligence picture control, 9-point user convergence
capability, and an eye-catching 3-D on-screen menu system. The sets also
deliver great audio with built-in 30W speakers and a BBE High
Definition Sound System.
All three models include universal A/V remote controls
and a screen shield, which protects the screen from nicks, scratches,
fingerprints, etc. and is very easy to clean.
Wes Sims contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.projectors-projectors.com.
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