We told you it would be THE big technology this year... Pansonic, Hitachi, Vestel, Acer and LG round us off.
Along with Samsung and Panasonic, LG was probably the company with the largest High Definition stand and it was making incredibly good use of it.
Its own version of just about every product I have covered in my three display reports was featured here: from previews of commercial 1080p sets (above) and enlarged 60in full HD plasmas (below) to 1080i small screens and HD recorders.
The 60in plasma was particularly impressive. Its 1080p resolution and remarkable 1,000 cd/m2 brightness and 5000:1 contrast ratio made it one of the products I would most like to have smuggled home in a (very large) backpack. Even a 2.1 speaker system (10W + 10W) and 30W subwoofer had somehow been integrated into the frame. Just don’t ask about commercial availability. You’ll be lucky to see it this year folks…
Also not ready for the high street but certainly ready to stun was the LED backlight technology LG will be putting into its LCD TVs. We’ve already had a glimpse of this technology in high end monitors such as NEC’s SpectraView Reference 21, Sony’s VGN TX1XP notebook and its successor the TX2XP which Riyad just reviewed yesterday, though it hasn’t yet made it into our televisions. Judging by the colour and contrast ratio improvements in evidence on the LG 47in display model, however, that is something I’d suggest we would like to see changed sooner rather than later.
Another interesting development was LG’s 42PC1RR. This took a 42in HD ready set and integrated an 80GB hard drive enabling time shift and recording capabilities from a single unit. Imagine squeezing a Sky+ box into your next generation slim line TV and this is what you’ll get.
Up to 40 hours of programming can be stored and, impressively, it should hit shops in the next few months. 2,000 euros is the very reasonable predicted price bracket.
The final product I spotted (and made a pig’s ear of photographing) during a very long week was the LG 60PY2R. Taking a slightly different approach to the 42PC1RR it is a 60in HD ready (1366 x 768 res) TV but drops the HDD in favour of a 9-in2 memory card reader. Compact Flash, Memory Stick, xD, MagicStor and Microdrives are all supported along with a wide range of media formats.
Two TV tuners are integrated allowing for PIP support and a 2.1 inbuilt speaker system (2x 15W + 30W sub) should provide high quality sound out of the box. A 1,000 cd/m2 brightness and superb 10,000:1 contrast ratio means picture quality is fantastic, though these days anything that isn’t 1080p compatible just seems a little ”blah”…