NEC MultiSync LCD4610 – 46in Public Display Review - NEC MultiSync LCD4610 Review


Now of course, connectivity is going to be a big issue for a display that has to cater for a wide range of requirements. In this respect the LCD4610 shouldn’t disappoint. As you can see from the pictures below it has an impressive array of ports – everything from the common D-SUB and DVI-D ports, right up to the component video BNC connectors that will accept a progressive scan signal from say, a compatible DVD player. To take advantage of this you’ll need to purchase some BNC to RCA adapters and of course the component cable in order to plug them into the DVD player. The reason NEC has used this type of bayonet connector is to ensure that the typically heavier cables will not slip out of the ports, especially when you’re trailing long cables from the source to the display. It’s also worth noting that all the connectors face downwards, so fitting the LCD4610 flush against a wall shouldn’t be a problem.

The rest of the ports and their descriptions are shown above. These include S-Video, composite video, an audio line-in jack, and RCA left and right audio ports, with pass through options for video and audio if you want to add a second display or pass the audio to an amplifier. There’s also a set of external speaker terminals if you opt for the 7W stereo speakers that can be attached to the sides of the chassis. The only thing missing is a TV-tuner, but NEC would argue that this isn’t really an LCD TV.

The RS-232C connectors mounted on the left side let you daisy chain a number of these displays (including the company’s 40in LCD4010) so that the same content from a single source can be delivered across all of the units. Not only that, these connectors can also carry self diagnostic information such as faults in the backlight and whether the temperature has been exceeded. If this happens the affected display can be individually addressed and either adjusted or turned off remotely over said connectors. And what would an NEC monitor be without NaViSet? The LCD4610 is of course compatible with this and if the Administrator version is employed, further display adjustments can be made over a network.

The features don’t quit there. For sprawling display networks, a function known as CableComp is employed to counteract signal degradation over long cables up to 100 metres in length. It does this by using a digitised circuit to automatically compensate for each red, green and blue cable’s signal delay, while also boosting the VGA signal to prevent blurred images all without the need for repeaters. CableComp can also equalise the video signal to eliminate colour halos.

And don’t forget TileMatrix for organising a tiled monitor wall with up to 25 (5×5) units, and TileComp that realigns the unified picture as if each monitor’s bezel was not there. Clever stuff that can all be accessed from within the comprehensive OSD.

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