Display MonitorsLarger screens and shrinking prices have kept the market for display monitors very active and the wide range of video formats and features expected by users still pose a challenge to manufacturers. 1/01/2013 9:26 AM Eastern
Jan 1, 2013 2:26 PM, By Bennett Liles
Larger screens and shrinking prices have kept the market for display monitors very active and the wide range of video formats and features expected by users still pose a challenge to manufacturers. Wayfinding, digital signage, and videoconferencing broaden the range of applications for the latest models. Those included in this survey are typical of the expanding capabilities and reliability in the display monitor market.
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ications, the new 55in. and 70in. SE70 and the SEL55 show wide 3G, HD, and SD SDI digital along with HD HDMI and DVI at 1080p, 720p, 576p, and 480p (SMPTE 259M/ 292/296) input. Analog inputs include composite and PC HD VGA. Both models feature 12-bit digital processing, as well as features, such as picture-in-picture (inserting a variable position video source over a PC or HD image with an adjustable window). Both can also produce separate pictures side by side with brightness up to 600 cd/m² and true contrast ratios up to 2,000:1. Remote control includes IR, bi-directional RS-232, and TCP/IP. Color-match fluorescent lamps are the light source for the SE70, whereas white LEDs illuminate the SEL55. Both models offer five variable color temperature adjustment menus and a more than 50,000-hour lamp life. Recent customers include both Sony Pictures Editorial and Disney.
HP intended the 47in. LD4730G digital signage display to immediately attract attention particularly when integrated into a video wall with up to 12 units associated with a media player. Equipped with protective 2mm-thick Corning Gorilla Glass, the screen has a native resolution of 1366x768 and a horizontal and vertical viewing angle of 178 degrees. In addition to HP’s exclusive VOE (Video Over Ethernet) capability, the LD4730G features VGA I/O and DisplayPort I/O while remote command and control can be connected through RS-232 I/O, IR I/O, and LAN. Audio connections include an audio line input jack and external speaker terminals. Along with auto-sensing power, the monitor provides a wide assortment of user controls including energy savings, local dimming, scheduling, key lock, and diagnostics. The HP Network Sign Manager software allows control of the monitor and the message with command and settings changes.
The D825MLI 82in. digital signage monitor from Hyundai combines high up-time capacity with 1920x1080 screen resolution, 178-degree viewing angle, and 600 cd/m² brightness. Video signal inputs include HDMI along with VGA, component, and composite loop-through. For remote control and maintenance there is also a serial RS-232 port that is looped through to an output for monitor wall applications. The 1920x1080 screen resolution and 600 cd/m² brightness is complemented by the unit’s black powder-coated metal finish. Options include tempered glass and anti-reflection coating. For interactive applications, the monitor can be equipped with touchscreen capability based on infrared ray matrix technology and it can be operated in either portrait or landscape mode. The unit uses 1,000W power and includes an automatic cooling system and dual 600x600 VESA wall-mounting pattern.
Ikegami offers the HLM-2450WB 24in. multi-format LCD monitor for control rooms, OB vans, and as part of a monitor wall with its full HD 1910x1200 screen resolution, 178-degree viewing angle, and fast response time. Standard video inputs include HD-SDI/SD-SDI(4:2:2), VBS (Composite Video -NTSC/PAL), and DVI-D. Component and analog PC inputs are available as an option. Among the monitor’s features are built-in test patterns, VITC display, WFM, vectorscope, split screen, and dot-by-dot display. Audio monitoring is available through the unit’s built-in speakers and there is parallel and serial wireless remote control.
Leading the new E-Series line of professional LED backlit LCD monitors from JVC, the DT-E21L4 provides greater power efficiency than conventional CCFL-driven models and it ships with a DC power input connector for field use. The unit features a 1920x1080 TN panel with 10-bit color processing and inputs include HDMI, analog RGB, component, and composite along with HD/SDI. It also has 16-channel embedded audio with a level indicator and built-in speakers. The DT-E21L4 offers LTC and VITC time code support, and its nonglare screen has display area, center and safety markers for professional evaluation, and measurements.
Jan 1, 2013 2:26 PM, By Bennett Liles
LG Electronics has equipped the new 72WS70 72in. LED monitor with local dimming, auto brightness sensor, and smart energy features to tailor the brightness for the environment and reduce cost of operation. The unit provides a screen resolution of 1920x1080, 700 nits brightness, and a viewing angle of 178x178. Digital inputs include HDMI, DVI-D, and DisplayPort with HDCP while analog connections accommodate component, composite, and RGB on D-sub terminals. The 72WS70 can play video directly from USB and it has the capability to attach an external media player. For external control, there are RS-232 and RJ-45 ports. Outputs include the same format selections as the inputs along with an external speaker terminal. The display can be operated in tile mode for up to 5x5 images and it can be mounted on its VESA 600x400mm bolt pattern.
The new 70in. MDT701S edge-lit LED monitor from Mitsubishi was unveiled at InfoComm 2012 with its Intel OPS (Open Pluggable Standard) card slot for easy installation and maintenance and its bottom-mounted internal speakers. Equipped with a built-in plug-and-play USB hub, the unit can be connected to videoconference cameras and other peripherals including direct connection of a mouse and keyboard. Five additional USB hubs can be cascaded onto the system. The monitor is designed to connect with Crestron’s RoomView system for networked operation and it can be monitored and controlled with Fusion RV as well. There are also front- and rear-mounted ambient light sensors to provide automatic adjustment of brightness level. Using Mitsubishi’s proprietary algorithms, the new model creates super resolution taking a standard definition image and converting it to HD.
Designed with DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D I/O, VGA, and composite video connections, the NEC MultiSync X401S 40in. LED backlit display monitor also features RS-232 I/O and LAN terminals for remote control. The Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) slot simplifies digital signage installations and the TileMatrix software allows creation of video walls up to 10x10. There are DisplayPort and HDMI inputs and the onboard clock allows the display to be set for pre-scheduled on and off times. The 1.7in. thickness and 1.7in. bezel width add versatility in options for installation and the unit’s inputs include DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and composite. The DVI video may be looped through and daisy chained along multiple monitors. There are also audio I/O mini jacks and switchable external speaker terminals.
At 70in. and 80in., the LF50 series represents the largest LED LCD monitors Panasonic has ever offered. The 700 cd/m² displays are offered as a digital signage solution and are supported under the Panasonic Concierge Service Program. The service provides a toll-free hotline and 24-hour priority scheduling of on-site service if the display is in need of service or repair. With SLOT 2.0 architecture, the LF50 offers the expandability to run even the most robust software to meet diverse customer needs in such applications as showrooms, retail, transportation terminals, and auditoriums. The LF50 Series can be used in portrait and landscape orientations, and it features a space-saving design with a thinner depth than previous LF Series models. It is also ADA compliant.
The new Helium PCT2785 27in. widescreen multi-touch monitor from Planar Systems provides interactivity in a very slim package with a typical viewing angle of 178 degrees and a brightness figure of 264 cd/m². With a profile less than 2in. deep, the screen offers a 16:9 aspect ratio and provides up to 20 touch points. The unit can be tilted on its desk stand within a range of 15 to 70 degrees for its zero bezel all-glass surface and it can be wall mounted with its VESA 100mm rear bolt pattern. The device features analog, HDMI, and DisplayPort inputs, and it includes a built-in HD webcam and microphone. The PCT2785 can recognize input from a finger, gloved hand, or a conductive stylus using the Windows 7 or 8 operating systems. The 43W power consumption drops to .5W in standby mode.
Prysm has taken HD video to a new level with the 120in. Digital Widescreen using 20in. square LPD (Laser Phosphor Display) tiles in a 6x4 arrangement. The LPD devices consist of a laser engine, a laser processor, and a phosphor panel. The Digital Widescreen is designed for 24/7 operation with a 178-degree viewing angle, 14-bit color processing, IP-50 environmental rating, and genlock capability. Inputs include VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI along with analog component. Remote control may be connected via RS-232 or LAN terminals and control options include front panel and web browser. The LPD tiles allow for virtually seamless displays that can be custom designed in a wide range of configurations. Each display from Prysm comes with a set of LPD tiles, a backing frame, an enclosure, image processor, computer, and 110V power connection.
Jan 1, 2013 2:26 PM, By Bennett Liles
The ME75B edge LED 75in. monitor from Samsung sports a brightness of 550cd/m² with ambient light sensors for auto adjustment and 10-bit color. The unit also has an embedded media player so that through a USB connection, media files can be stored and played easily. Included is Samsung’s MagicInfo Lite software that enables local and network scheduling, content management, internal autoplay, and USB autoplay. It can be positioned for either landscape or portrait mode and there is a wide range of input formats including VGA, DVI-D, DisplayPort, component, and HDMI. Units may be daisy chained and controlled with miniTRS loop-through RS-232 and with a LAN connection. Smart scheduling allows automatic power up/down, volume control, input source, and holiday schedule. The IR receiver can be hidden. When touched, the receiver on the back of the unit causes the control buttons to appear on the display.
With the ability to display images in life-size proportion, Sharp new PN-R903 professional LED display offers 1920x1080 resolution, 700 cd/m² brightness, and a dual display mode. Its 90in. diagonal screen can be used in landscape or portrait format for venues including shopping malls, museums, transportation hubs, and conference centers. In addition, the PN-R903 provides full-array LED backlighting and Local Dimming Technology that allows specific groups of LEDs to be dimmed for greater control of brightness and darkness in different areas of the screen. It also incorporates Sharp’s UV2A photo-alignment technology that ensures uniform alignment of liquid crystal molecules. Designed for 24/7 operation and backed with a limited three-year warranty, this full HD display includes HDMI and 15-pin D-sub inputs along with DisplayPort, DVI-I, and RS-232 I/O. LAN remote is also provided and the PN-R903 has two audio inputs on 3.5mm stereo jacks.
The 55in. FWDS55H2 LED backlit monitor from Sony features full HD 1920x1080 screen resolution, internal 7W speakers, portrait or landscape operation, and control on both RS-232 and RJ-45 ports. The unit includes DVI-D, HDMI, analog HD-15, composite, and component video inputs along with an option slot allowing the monitor to accommodate additional video input formats. The chassis can be wall mounted using its standard VESA 400mm mounting pattern and its multi-display function provides internal processing for extending a progressive video signal across multiple displays up to 4x4 without external hardware. The I/O ports extend the cables sideways to let the display be mounted very close to the backing surface.
ViewSonic has designed the CDE3201 32in. edge lit LED monitor for commercial signage with its user programmable setup menu, IR remote pass-through, USB cloning, and USB media support for JPEG images. The USB cloning allows one monitor setup to be easily copied across an array of the 1920x1080p displays. A versatile set of inputs includes HDMI, DVI, VGA, component video, and the USB multimedia port. Operational scheduling is facilitated through the RS-232 serial control port and the unit is equipped with two internal 5W speakers and a side-mounted headphone jack. The case is VESA 200mm wall-mount compatible weighing only 21lbs. and it features a range of picture adjustments and diagnostics along with 5V detect. The light source is rated for 50,000 hours and the display includes a hard antiglare coating.
The E601i-A3 60in. LED smart TV from Vizio incorporates Vizio Internet Apps with built-in Wi-Fi to meld the Internet and TV experience. The chassis fits four HDMI inputs along with component, composite, RF antenna, two USB ports, PC and Ethernet ports. For audio, there is a stereo input on RCA connectors and a pair of internal 10W speakers included with an RCA analog and digital SPDIF output. The Internet experience is further enhanced through the use of a two-sided smart remote with QWERTY keyboard. The screen delivers a resolution of 1920x1080p with a 176-degree viewing angle while automatically adjusting brightness with an ambient light sensor. For wall mounting, the unit weighs 54.45lbs. and has a VESA 400mm mounting bolt pattern.