LCD and LED MonitorsA selection of LCD and LED monitors by Mike Keadle. 12/14/2011 12:02 PM Eastern
LCD and LED Monitors Tech Showcase
Dec 14, 2011 5:02 PM, by Mike Keadle
One of the fastest growing markets in commercial AV is undoubtedly flatpanel displays—specifically LCD and LED-based displays. The technology in these products has advanced tremendously in the last few years. We see leaps in screen size and drops in pricing regularly from all manufacturers. Along with the larger, less expensive screens, we also see image quality advancements quite routinely. LCD and LED displays are now becoming the go-to product for rooms of all size and use. While there are a number of offerings now available, the displays listed here feature the latest offerings from the leading manufacturers.
JVC has long been recognized for its quality broadcast monitors. The company’s newest model, the DT-V24G11Z, continues that tradition. The DT-V24G11Z is a 24in. LCD panel in a 1920x1200 native resolution. It provides a viewing angle of 178 degrees and features very minimal color variation from different viewing angles. It is 3G/dual-link ready and SMPTE 424M, 425M, and 372M compatible. It features a high-resolution waveform monitor and a vectorscope for checking and adjusting the image. It also contains a built-in digital closed-captioning decoder. Inputs include two HD/ SD SDI, RGB/component, and composite video, DVI-D (with HDCP), and RS-232C and RS-485 control ports. Audio inputs are also included and allow sources to be heard through built-in speakers. Free calibration software is available.
LG’s new 65VS10 is the latest large screen offering from a leader in commercial display manufacturing. It is a 1920x1080 native resolution, 65in. widescreen LCD display. It features high 700cd/m2 brightness, and a typical 5000:1 contrast ratio while providing a 178-degree viewing angle. The 65VS10 can be used in either portrait or landscape mode, and it features a Split Zoom mode for creation of up to a 5x5 videowall. It features RGB, HDMI, component, and composite video inputs with corresponding audio inputs. Powered speaker outputs offer 20W per channel. USB playback support is provided for convenient presentations or easy digital signage applications. The 65VS10 offers three levels of energy saving and is Energy Star-rated.
NEC’s new X462HB is the latest addition to its X series line of commercial displays. It is a 46in. 1080p resolution professional-grade display rated for 24/7 outdoor use. The display features a sealed design and advanced thermal protection. It uses a special polarizing film, which allows viewing through any type of polarized eyewear—a problem that plagues many outdoor displays. It features a brightness of 1200 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 3500:1, making it an ideal choice for outdoor digital signage or drive-thru menus. The X462HB offers DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D connectivity, and an expansion slot for future use. It provides network control for remote management, and it offers a 24/7 time-clock scheduler. Color calibration kits, speakers, single-board computers, tuner cards, an HDSDI card, and a DVI daisy-chain module are available options.
The new NEC MultiSync EA273WM represents the next generation in the company’s successful EA series of monitors. The new model is up to 30 percent thinner and 25 percent lighter than its predecessor and now features a height-adjustable stand. The 27in. 1080p native display is now LED backlit and offers up a power savings of up to 52 percent compared to some earlier EA series models. It features DisplayPort, HDMI, DVID, and VGA inputs; audio inputs; and integrated speakers.
LCD and LED Monitors Tech Showcase
Dec 14, 2011 5:02 PM, by Mike Keadle
Panasonic’s TH-32LRH30U is the company’s latest healthcare- grade LCD. It is designed to meet all UL safety requirements for use in hospital patient rooms, lobbies, and waiting rooms, as well as nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. The TH-32LRH30U features a 32in. native 1366x768-pixel display with a 178-degree viewing angle. Its space-saving chassis is only 3.3in. deep and weighs a mere 21lbs. Built-in speakers as well as a pillow speaker interface are standard features to allow flexibility in audio reproduction. A tri-band tuner and support for LodgeNET HD VOD (and other VOD providers) round out the features. It includes Panasonic’s Concierge warranty program, which provides three years of onsite service and support.
Samsung’s new 650FP-2 LCD display brings a high-quality commercial 65in. display to the Samsung lineup. It features a native 1080P resolution, 500cd/m2 brightness, and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Inputs include VGA, RGBHV, and DVI-D. RS-232C control is supported, and it includes a brightness sensor, temperature sensor, and support for use in up to a 5x5 videowall configuration. A slide-in media player is available as an option for use in digital signage applications.
The new Samsung UE46A 46in. LED display is Energy Star 5.0 approved and consumes an average of 40 percent less power than other flatpanel displays. The design of the monitor features an ultra-slim 1.18in. deep chassis and a minimal .2in. bezel for use in videowall applications that are virtually seamless. It is a native 1920x1080-resolution display with a 240Hz refresh rate. It is illuminated by edge-lit LEDs and offers up a 420 nits brightness rating, along with a 5,000:1 contrast ratio. Its fast 4-millisecond response time ensures exceptional video quality. An antireflective coating reduce glare and eye fatigue. Connectivity to the display includes VGA, DVI-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, component/ composite video, and audio. Built-in speakers produce audio from each input, and USB offering simple plug-and-play MagicInfo Lite signage software and an RS-232C interface are provided as well.
Sharp’s PN-A601 monitor is ideal for use in digital signage applications. It is a thin-bezel 60in. display with a 1920x1080 native resolution, and it can be used in either portrait or landscape mode. The full array LED backlighting produces up to 2000 cd/m2 brightness and up to a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The PN-A601 includes HDMI and VGA inputs with audio, and it offers expansion boards with DVI-D, RGBHV, component, SVHS, and composite video—each with stereo audio inputs. An optional media player is also available for use in a signage application. It is 24/7 rated for use in commercial applications, and it includes a three-year onsite limited warranty.
The new Sharp PN-L702B interactive display offers features not normally seen on an LED display, especially not one in the 70in.- size class. It features a native 1080p resolution, powered by a full-array LED backlight. The 70in. size offers up new possibilities for use in rooms where size was previously a limiting factor, but the built-in interactivity of the display offers far more possibilities. The PN-L702B features a dual-touch recognition system for operation by either the included digital pen or by use of a finger. The included Sharp software allows for creation of content using provided backgrounds, the opening and closing of files, and annotation over the onscreen content. Optional input/output expansion boards, a built-in computer, and a floor stand are also available.
Sony’s newest reference-grade displays finally offer a true replacement for conventional CRT monitors in broadcast and critical applications in a new OLED format. The BVM-E170 and BVM-E250 are 17in. and 25in. displays, respectively. They both offer full 1920x1080 resolution with excellent black level and contrast adjustment for use in both light and dark environments. Connectivity for each monitor includes dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Optional input modules are available for VGA and component, and additional SDI-type inputs. The displays provide extremely consistent picture quality through an exclusive panel-calibration and color-feedback system, making them a great choice for replacing aging CRT reference monitors.