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Technology Showcase: LCDs for Houses of Worship

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney

LCD flatpanels have varied responsibilities in worship facilities.

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A useful monitor for conveying interactive information to the faithful is the ER 17, the latest addition to CyberTouch's line of touchscreen LCD monitors. As a 17in. integrated, resistive touch-surface LCD monitor, the ER 17 has a widescreen aspect ratio that allows the display of more information while reducing the number of screens and increasing interactive efficiency. The touchscreen's communication to the CPU is via RS-0232, USB, or Pioneer DVD-V8000.

If the house of worship has installed production videocameras or has moved into its own broadcasting, it is going to need engineering-critical screens such as JVC's DT-V24L3DU 24in. broadcast studio monitor. As part of the company's professional Vérité line, the DT-V24L3DU is a true native pixel-to-pixel 1080p image display with additional screen area for status indications, waveform, and audio monitoring. Its 1920×1200 LCD panel provides uncompromised resolution, high contrast ratio with deep blacks and rich color, along with new low-latency circuits (<1 frame) and HD-SDI/SDI auto-sensing inputs with SMPTE timecode display. Since sound is as important as image, the DT-V24L3DU also has embedded audio with up to 12-channel audio-level display. JVC's DT-V24L3DU even accepts 1080/24PsF signals to support the most sophisticated HD video production techniques.

The 32in. 32LG30DC from LG Electronics has a handy feature called “USB cloning” that lets an integrator apply specific settings to multiple screens by transporting them on a USB memory stick. It also boasts LG's new Invisible Speaker system — tuned by renowned audio expert Mark Levinson — that incorporates the loudspeakers into the bezel surrounding the screen, thereby hiding unsightly loudspeaker grilles. This feature also allows a house of worship to easily wall-mount or place these TVs into smaller armoires because the integrated audio system requires less room than typical side-mounted loudspeakers. Electricity consumption on the 32LG30DC can be regulated through its various Dynamic Power Saving modes to set optimal picture settings for different environments. LG would also recommend its 32LC50, which comes with MPEG-2/MPEG-4 H.264 decoding, a 12,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and autosensing Remote Jack Pack (RJP), and can present customizable closed captions.

NEC Display Solutions has announced its largest LCD yet, the 82in. NEC MultiSync LCD8205. Describing it as “expansive,” NEC's LCD8205 was unveiled at September 2008's Digital Signage Expo East. This giant can be installed in either portrait or landscape orientation and even tiled together using its TileMatrix feature for a videowall up to four displays high and four displays wide to create a massive video canvas with a 328in. diagonal viewable area. NEC's new display also performs with 600cd/m2 high brightness for easy viewing in bright rooms, a significant 5000:1 contrast, and full high-definition 1080p resolution (1920×1080) for optimum clarity. For facilities on a more modest budget, NEC also offers its 32in. MultiSync LCD3215 and 42in. LCD4215 displays, each with 1366×768 resolution, 500cd/m2 brightness, and 800:1 contrast ratio.

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