CeBIT 2006: Displays – Part One

When in doubt where to begin, start BIG...

So here we go. We’ve walked and walked and – as predicted – grown frustrated with air hangers, Hannover, Germans, non alcoholic press beer (!?!) and our feet are swelling nicely in our shoes as we speak.


Day one began with blizzards, sub zero temperatures and being dropped off at the very furthest possible entrance from where I needed to be. Still, once inside the devices began to flow. We said High Definition would be ”the” technology to dominate CeBIT and didn’t it just…


Dealing with the sets first, my primary stop was at current industry golden boy Samsung which maintained its swot-like status with a staggering array of HD related world firsts. Of them all, and for sheer spectacle, the 102in Plasma TV has got to take the crown. Standing in front of it is jaw dropping and watching it run a full 1920 x 1080 resolution HD picture is mind blowing.

A 2000:1 contrast ratio and 1000 cd/m2 brightness truly does this monumental experimentation full justice and with SRS TruSurround XT, HDMI and PC input connectivity along with three component video and two S-video ports it would cut the most impressive of figures should it one day escape the laboratory.


Almost as impressive from a technological point of view was a set on the opposite side of the wall: the World’s Largest LCD TV with LED backlight. Though my photography came out far better than I expected it still doesn’t give a true impression of the phenomenal screen quality on show here. Fuelled by a DNIe (Digital Natural Image Engine), 1080 progressive scanning and incredible 10,000:1 contrast ratio this was possibly the most stunning picture quality of the day.

Naturally it is running in full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with SRS TruSurround XT, HDMI and PC Input and when it eventually makes it way to the consumer market I may be prepared to sell your essential and non-essential organs to get one.


For those who prefer to deal with attainable products, however, the come down was not too hard. Today Samsung showed off the World’s largest plasma and LCD commercialised sets and at 80in and 57in respectively and sporting identical specs to their equivalent gigantic brethren we know what we want for this World Cup year. Both will hit the market in the next two months though scary RRPs have yet to be set.

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