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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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Planar Systems M70L

Planar Systems M70L

Although Planar Systems' displays are usually too upscale for most houses of worship, the company would be glad to offer its m70L, its first full-featured commercial-grade, 70in. high-definition LCD monitor. The Planar m70L includes high-end professional features such as built-in power management and automation, a 178-degree viewing angle, and broad video-source compatibility. The m70L — which has full HD 1080p resolution, extra-large screen size, and high brightness (600 nits) — comes with built-in tiling (Planar's Big Picture) and mullion compensation for applications requiring videowall configurations.

If you want to give the community area of your house of worship some truly unique interactive capabilities, Samsung offers its 820TSn, an 82in. infrared touchscreen LCD panel the company introduced at June's InfoComm and is ready to go right out of the box. It's fully equipped with a 3mm protective LCD glass panel so the touchscreen display will deliver information for years to come, and scheduling and controlling content are simplified with a built-in PC and Samsung's proprietary MagicInfo Pro software.

Four types of anti-image retention can be set to be activated automatically throughout the day on the 820TSn, contributing to longer panel life and greater reliability. If you want a videowall configuration, the Samsung 460Un-M 46in. LCD display is compatible with the Samsung MID46 Interlocking Display (ID) kit, which lets a congregation assemble even multisided videowalls themselves and then control all the panels over a single PC.

Not all worship sessions are under a roof, so if you want to extend the experience to the great outdoors, Sanyo has introduced its second-generation waterproof LCD monitor, the CE52SR1, which integrates Sanyo's revolutionary sun-readable LCD panel with marine-grade construction. The CE52SR1 offers full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. The CE52SR1's sun-readable feature makes it ideal for viewing in broad sunlight with 1500cd/m2 onscreen brightness. The CE52SR1 is also highly resistant to typical weather conditions due to its impressive IP-66 (Ingress Protection) rating. Its frame and cabinet are constructed from a marine-grade anodized aluminum and were designed with a “no holes” ventilation system so its LCD monitor stays cool while being protected from dust and other weather conditions.

The PN-S525U 52in. LCD monitor from Sharp is designed for the most sophisticated display applications in both landscape and portrait modes with virtually no concern for image retention. This 2-megapixel high-definition display uses Sharp's Advanced Super View (AVS)/Black TFT panel for unparalleled image quality with a contrast ratio of 1800:1 and a pixel response time of 6 milliseconds. Sharp also recommends its larger brother, the 65in. PN-S655P. To show multiple types of content sources in HD, both monitors use Dual Fine Engine (DFE) technology, which improves the display of both digital and analog sources.

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