Jan 3, 2014 3:20 PM, By Christopher Maione
Brightness is a defining characteristic of Panasonic’s 80in. offering, the TH-80LF50U. This LED set illuminates 700cd/m2, with a 5000:1 contrast ratio, across broad 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. It has a 1920x1080 full HD resolution and can be oriented in portrait or landscape. The TH-80LF50U contains a single HDMI input, DVI-D in and output ports, a 15-pin RGB, mini stereo audio input, composite and component BNC connectors for video, and RCA connections for audio in and out. The unit measures just 3.6in. deep and is designed for 24/7 use applications.
Planar has both a 70in. and 80in. display in its UltraLux line, the LUX70 and LUX80. Both models have an ultra-thin profile (less than 3in.) and are designed for 24x7 operation using efficient LED backlight and power management. Redundant power supplies are standard in both models. Both models have an optional interactive six-point touch interface. Other interesting (optional) features include Extended Ruggedness and Optics (ERO), an optically bonded glass that provides a glass surface that protects the LCD from damage caused by passersby in high traffic or public environments. ERO also improves perceived contrast by more than 300 percent, giving viewers the highest quality visual experience and making it more readable and impactful even in bright public venues.
Samsung bundles modern display and connectivity technologies together in the ME75C for an enhanced user experience and simplified asset management. The edge-lit panel has a native 1920x1080 screen resolution, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a 178-degree viewing angle. It offers the full range of inputs: HDMI (two), DisplayPort input and output, DVI, VGA, a component AV input, IR, RS-232 in and outputs, audio in and out via stereo-mini connections, Ethernet, and USB. The panel can be networked wirelessly via embedded Wi-Fi. It has built in Wi-Di, which enables users to stream media from an appropriately enabled computer without the need for a hard connection. The entire package is wrapped in an ultra-thin 17.2mm bezel at its slightest point, and the screen measures a mere 1.9in deep. Digital signage deployments are made easier with the ME75C due to Samsung’s embedded SMART Signage Platform.
The Sharp PN-E802 couples superior image specifications and modularity to produce a display that eloquently balances value, performance, and utility. At 80in., the 802 is directly backlit and has a native screen resolution of 1920x1080. The set uses Sharp’s UV2A, a liquid crystal alignment technology that allows for improved video performance and image quality with a deeper contrast ratio. Out of the box, the 802 offers a single HDMI input, 15-pin RGB video input, 3.5mm audio input, RCA audio output connections, and RS-232 control connections. Expanded with the optional Sharp PN-ZB01, the Sharp adopts DVI-D input and output ports, a LAN port, external speaker connectors, BNC connectors for analog RGB, component, composite, and S-Video signals. The 802 measures more than 4in. deep and has a 176-degree viewing angle.
Sony’s professional-grade LED panel is the 84in. FWD84X900. It is the brand’s first 4K offering, and one of the earliest of its kind to market. It has a 3840x2160 screen resolution. It is edge-lit with local dimming to create deeper blacks. It has four HDMI inputs and can be controlled over RS-232 or Ethernet.
Christopher Maione is a recognized leader and expert in the AV industry with more than 28 years of audiovisual expertise. He is the founder and managing partner of one of world’s leading AV consulting firms and serves as an Adjunct InfoComm Faculty Member and CTS-D/CTS-I provider. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org and www.chrismaione.com.
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