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Planar PD470 47in LCD TV - Planar PD470
One interesting little trick that the PD470 has up its sleeve is its ability to ship out via a digital audio output sound signals received from any of its inputs. This means, in effect, that it can function as an AV switching box in conjunction with an AV receiver.
Making up the PD470's screen, meanwhile, is a pixel count of 1,920 x 1,080, giving it the full HD credentials that any screen costing this much must surely boast. Where the PD470 will hopefully really earn its expensive corn, though, is with its video processing. For so far as we know, the PD470 is the first LCD TV in the UK to carry the Genesis Cortez-Plus LCD TV control chip.
This probably doesn't mean much to you just written out cold like that, but to give you some idea of its import we can tell you that this system is designed to deliver on a single chip the sort of video quality only previously found on mega-bucks, multi-chipset full home theatre systems from award-winning video guru, Faroudja.
Among the many elements that make up the full Cortez-Plus system are: adaptive comb filtering to minimise artefacts caused when converting standard definition sources to full HD definition; Faroudja's TrueLife system for improving detailing and depth perception; and a 10-bit version of Faroudja's DCDi Cinema Video format converter, designed to eliminate jaggedness from contoured edges.
One other cool little feature worth mentioning before finding out if all this Genesis Cortez-Plus stuff really makes a difference is the PD470's picture in picture system. For unusually it's able to support two HD sources simultaneously.
Rather scarily, first impressions of the PD470's picture quality aren't great. The colour tones and black levels just don't seem quite right, and certainly don't stand out from the cheaper crowd like they should.
A little time spent with our DVD Essentials TV calibration signal disc, though, and things couldn't be more different (don't forget that your PD470 should be professionally calibrated by an installer). Suddenly the PD470's pictures burst into life, to the extent that they become quite possibly the single most impressive images we've yet seen on an LCD TV.
This is a bold claim to make, but we promise you we haven't been drinking too much mulled wine at the office party. The PD470's pictures really are very special. The main reason for this is the screen's unprecedented delicacy and subtlety when it comes to fine detail reproduction and, especially, colour blends and tones.