Although the 4K resolution-revolution is just beginning at the consumer level, at the professional level it’s an entirely different battlefield. Panasonic announced two new large-format 4K LED displays along with other new professional AV technologies at NAB 2014 earlier today.
According to the company Panasonic, “engineered these 4K LED backlit LCD display store-produce stunningly sharp images in a streamlined form factor with the system expandability required for professional 4K applications.” The 98” TH-98LQ70 and 84” TH-84LQ70 4K displays are, “ideal for a number of growing 4K resolution B2B applications including broadcast production, eye-catching digital signage for retail, rental and staging, design and simulation as well as command and control rooms.” These displays, combined with Panasonic’s imaging capture and workflow technologies, provide a “one-stop solution for organizations with image creation needs,” according to statement released from the company.
These displays deliver exceptional clarity with an astounding 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution and are equipped with the company’s next generation of image enhancement technology. This new technology up-converts non-4K sources to a higher level of picture quality – transforming ordinary Full HD resolution and a variety of PC signals into breathtakingly vivid images.
“We are receiving a growing demand of inquiries from our customers for high resolution workflow and display solutions, ranging from broadcast and industrial production to retail signage and event staging,” said Art Rankin, Senior Director of Professional AV Technologies, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “With the introduction of our LQ70 Series of 4K displays, we’re providing unmatched image quality in a slim yet ruggedized form factor to guarantee reliable, uninterrupted use by a wide variety of businesses, organizations and government agencies.”
LQ70 Series displays are equipped with a protective glass and also feature a ruggedized aluminum frame. The series’ durability was built on a strong legacy of durable Panasonic products including professional plasma displays and Toughbook® mobile computers and tablets.
These displays can be installed both vertically and horizontally to meet a wide range of installation needs. Additionally, the LQ70 Series were designed with the same screw holes as Panasonic’s existing large-format plasma displays to minimize installation time and costs. The displays are also built with SLOT3.0 architecture which provides for easy interface changes to match various applications. The 98” TH-98LQ70 and 84” TH-84LQ70 displays will begin shipment in September 2014.
New LED Displays and Projectors As detailed by Panasonic
Among the professional displays and projectors shown at NAB will be a new multi-touch interactive LED display and 1-chip DLP™ lamp-free projector, just announced today.
- Multi- touch TH-80LFB70U Interactive LED Display: This 80” interactive display features high-speed, multi-touch interactive capabilities to promote participation and collaboration in the classroom and the boardroom. Users can draw and write directly on a document or image on the screen, and wirelessly sync with any Windows, Android or iOS device using embedded Miracast™ functionality. The TH-80FLB70U also sports embedded DIGITAL LINK which is fully HDBaseT-compatible, facilitating users with a simplified AV infrastructure by transmitting HD video, audio and control signals over a single CAT5e or higher specification Ethernet cable for up to 100 meters (328ft.).The TH-80FLB70U will be available this month from authorized Panasonic resellers with an MSRP of $19,999.The 65-inch TH-65LFB70U and 50-inch TH-50LFB70U models will be available in June.
- TH-47LFV5U Video Wall Display: The 47” TH-47LFV5U can run continuously, leveraging a cooling fan that can be set to operate automatically at high temperatures. Additionally, the display offers high definition resolution and a wide viewing angle on an anti-glare surface, making it ideal for high-traffic areas such as airports, museums and retail stores. The display is also well-suited for the surveillance market and broadcast studios, offering a super narrow bezel for seamless multi-screen layouts. It’s built with pre-calibrated uniformity for multi-screen usage so that installation is simple and fast. The TH-47LFV5U will be available from authorized Panasonic resellers this month with an MSRP of $5,199.
- PT-RZ670U Lamp-Free Projector: The new PT-RZ670U is a 1-chip DLP lamp–free projector featuring 6,000 lumens of brightness– an ideal solution for large, brilliant 24/7 continuous signage applications, such as sports bars, and where flat panel displays are simply not large enough or have limited installation flexibility. Expanding signage possibilities, it features Geometric Adjustment for projecting onto specially shaped screens. With its lamp and filter-free design, the projector can run without maintenance for up to 20,000 hours, reducing total cost of ownership and minimizing strain on staff or the need for AV specialists. The PT-RZ670U, available in WUXGA and WXGA resolution, is capable of total 360-degree rotation (vertical, horizontal and tilting) and is also equipped with DIGITAL LINK which is fully HDBaseT-compatible, facilitating users with a simplified AV infrastructure by transmitting HD video, audio and control signals over a single CAT5e or higher specification Ethernet cable for up to 100 meters (328ft.). The projector features a wide selection of optional lenses and includes a black or white cabinet option. The WUXGA PT-RZ670U and WXGA PT-RW630U will be available from authorized Panasonic resellers in Fall 2014.
- PT-DZ16KU Full HD High Brightness Projector: The new PT-DZ16KU is a 3-chip DLP projector that is specifically designed to reduce total cost of ownership, for customers who worry about high maintenance. Featuring a maintenance-free Eco filter life of up to 12,000 hours, and a lamp life cycle of up to 3,000 hours and lamp relay mode for 24/7 operation this projector enables huge cost savings. Thanks to a highly efficient optical design this projector houses 16,000 lumens of brightness in a relatively compact body. With native Full HD 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) resolution and 10,000:1 contrast ratio the PT-DZ16KU is capable of delivering super large, crisp and detailed images. The PT-DZ16KU will be available from authorized Panasonic resellers this month. MSRP for the PT-DZ16KU is $94,999.