Panasonic, the electronics maker, unveiled its line of VIERA series digital high-definition flat panel TVs. The line includes three plasma and six LCD TVs ranging from 19 to 50 in. The new models will be available in Japan on May 1, 2005.
The VIERA TH-50PX500, TH-42PX500, and TH-37PX500 plasma TVs all feature Panasonic's picture enhancement accelerator with kinetic system (PEAKS) technology incorporating a plasma panel, deep black filter, and real black drive system. The deep black filter attached to the front protection glass reduces light transmittance, effectively suppressing external glare and reflection. The real black drive system has realized a high contrast ratio of 3,000:1 in the dark environment, creating deeper blacks.
The TH-32LX500 and TH-26LX500 LCD TVs offer quick motion picture response and high contrast images that reportedly remain consistent at all viewing angles. The PEAKS processor features a clear focus driver that reduces the image persistence to 7.8 msec.
The VIERA PX500 and LX500 series have an SD Memory Card slot allowing MPEG4 recording onto an SD Memory Card while digital double tuners allow simultaneous recording and viewing of two different programs. The series has intelligent TV program guides, a universal design based remote controller, digital photo playback for viewing still photos, an HDMI terminal, and a RGB signal input terminal for direct connection of the display to a personal computer.
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