After having seen Panasonic’s 103in plasma in the morning, later on in the day I headed over to join NEC, who was showing off it’s more modest but still impressive 57in LCD panel and a 26in LCD monitor.
The NEC Multisync LCD5710 is has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 and is capable of accepting a 1080p signal. It’s aimed at the digital signage market but does have HDCP support so it could find its way into the homes of the well heeled home cinema enthusiast.
The 178 degree viewing angle, 450 cdm² brightness and a contrast ratio of 900:1, ensuring that it’s visible in a wide range of environments, from dark suites to bright showrooms.
NEC is big on the old digital signage front and as such the LCD5710 naturally supports features such as TileMatrix, enabling it to be placed in a wall of 5 x 5 LCDs – of the sort you see down Oxford Street. This can be set up and arranged via NECs NaviSet administrator software.
Meanwhile CableComp means that the source material can be located up to 100 metres away, without signal loss.
If that floats your boat you need to lay down £6,999 green back plus VAT and you’ll be able to get one in November.
The MultiSync LCD2690WUXi could be a more likely realistic large screen to aspire towards owning. The 26in display has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, with the extra 2in giving it a something to crow about over the competition. At this size you’ll be able to see two A4 pages side by side at actual size. NEC claims that at 26in the pixel size is the same as that in a 19in display, which according to its research is the most ergonomic and visually appealing for users (It Says Here).
The screen uses IPS technology for the best colours and viewing angle and is fully height adjustable up to 150mm and can be rotated it into portrait mode. Power consumption is an important issue and NEC can help reduce it to a minimum with a PowerOff Timer and Real Time Clock Scheduler. The 26in will be available from November and while a price wasn’t quoted it will be backed by a three year warranty. Expect to see a full review in TrustedReviews in due course.
At the briefing Presenter Pete Gamby of the independent display research company www.meko.co.uk made some interesting points. He claimed that LCD’s future was bright compared to an established competitor such as plasma and potential future rivals such as SED. He claimed that current LCD technology was a good match for plasma and had eroded the latter’s traditional advantages in areas such as brightness, colour range and contrast. He also believed that in the next couple of years LCD would then overtake plasma in these areas as advances such as LED backlights begin to make an impact.
He stated that OLED had nowhere to go due to the practicality and affordability of LCD at a range of sizes and he also dismissed SED as a technology that had “missed the boat” – a bold claim considering Gordon’s enthusiastic response to seeing the Toshiba/Canon backed technology it at IFA back in late August.
In fact he states that the amount of investment that has been made worldwide in LCD was such that he could not foresee it being replaced any time soon could replicate the feat of CRT and be dominate for 100 years!
Will we still be watching LCD TV, in the year 2100? Why not make you opinion heard in the forum?