LCD Lobby Displays
Dec 2, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney
The latest LCD options incorporate robust and interactive feature sets.
Panasonic has a new 32in. LCD hotel lobby display, the TH-32LR11UK, that combines impressive image quality with a sleek black cabinet design and the flexibility of three terminal board slots concealed in the back of the display panel. It has up to 4000:1 contrast ratio, 1366x768 native resolution, and a specially designed, multifunction connection slot concealed in the back of the display that supports multiple in-hotel TV/PC/video-on-demand systems. The included pedestal stand rotates a full 20 degrees to accommodate the many possible viewing angles required in guest rooms. For convenience, it also offers an Initial Input setting that allows you to display a certain source each time the power is turned on.
Last June, Planar introduced its Clarity Matrix LCD videowall system by combining streamlined, narrow-bezel LCD panels, a unique mounting system, centralized outboard electronics, and simplified configuration and management software. The Clarity Matrix videowall incorporates 46in. commercial grade 700-nit LCD panels that tile together with a 7.3mm image-to-image gap and a unique LCD blade module that weighs less, generates less heat, aligns precisely, services easily, and is less susceptible to in-wall failures compared to traditional LCD displays. It incorporates Clarity Big Picture Plus built-in processing, which allows single sources to scale proportionally across all or a portion of the displays in the videowall.
In November, Samsung announced that it had developed a 70in. diagonal, 2000-nit LCD digital signage panel that is the brightest panel in the world to be mass produced. The new Samsung super-bright Digital Information Display (DID) panel generates four times the brightness of a typical LCD TV today, and it comes with a unique brightness control feature that allows outdoor advertisers to lower the brightness level at night to the level of a conventional HDTV. Using local dimming LED technology, Samsung’s DID LCD panel mitigates its added power consumption by continually adjusting picture brightness in precise localized increments.
Samsung has also begun producing an economical line of digital information displays for indoor applications intended to be installed where round-the-clock use isn’t needed. The new Samsung line is available in 32in., 40in., 46in., and 52in. sizes and comes with an 18-month warranty. Samsung’s new high-quality, low-end LCD line is cost-competitive with consumer televisions, yet features a design specifically suited for commercial applications.
If you need to deal with tough weather conditions in an outdoor entry way or atrium, Sanyo would recommend its new 52in. CE52SR1, the company’s second-generation LCD waterproof monitor integrating Sanyo’s revolutionary sun-readable LCD panel, marine-grade construction, and Ingress Protection 66 rating. Sanyo’s CE52SR1’s frame and cabinet are constructed from anodized aluminum and were designed with a “no holes” ventilation system so the LCD monitor stays cool while being protected from dust and weather conditions. With 1920x1080 resolution and a 176-degree viewing angle (vertical/horizontal), the CE52SR1 offers the ability to combine up to 25 units (maximum 5x5 configuration) from a single input signal, making it even more suitable for public displays. In addition, the CE52SR1 can be fitted with Sanyo’s PJ-Net Organizer (POA-LN01) so that this large, outdoor monitor can be controlled via a web browser.
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