Sharp and Mitsubishi are introducing new monitors and displays at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference and exhibition in Las Vegas. The displays are either Mac compatible or, in some cases, sport FireWire interfaces that seem to expand upon Apple’s “digital lifestyle” vision.
Sharp Electronics is rolling out the LC-28HM2 28-inch widescreen LCD video monitor, its largest and widest LCD monitor to date. The new LC-28HM2 features widescreen high-definition resolution and 1280 x 768 component video inputs. Also, it’s designed to provide optimal viewing for video sources from HDTV signals and DVDs to XGA, SVGA and VGA computers.
The LC-28HM2 is compatible with digital television input signals and offers a widescreen aspect ratio for HDTV display. It’s available now at a list price of US$16,995.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics has announced the introduction of their HD-Upgradeable plasma display and corresponding digital receiver. The 50-inch 16:9 widescreen plasma is fully upgradeable to a complete high-definition TV system with the addition of the HD-5000 digital receiver, which connects via the company’s new MonitorLink connection.
Look for the PD-5010 HD-Upgradeable Plasma in early fall for a suggested value price of $18,000. As for the HD-5000 digital receiver, it’s essentially a complete digital television, without the display, according to Max Wasinger, Mitsubishi’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. When connected to the PD-5010 HD plasma display, you get all the features of an integrated HDTV, including a digital receiver, multiple analog tuners, FireWire 1394 interfaces, Home Audio Video interoperability (HAVi) software, and Mitsubishi’s NetCommand on-screen, icon-based home theater control system.”