This is the next in a series of articles taken from the H/DTV Technology Review & CES 2005 Report by Rodolfo La Maestra, published in March 2005. If you are interested in downloading the full version of this report, it is currently available for purchase from our CES Report page.
Note: DLP, LCD-TV and PDP Plasma panels are not included in this section
CRT RPTVs Integrated
TTM Apr 05, HD component, ATSC tuner but no cable tuner
42'" PT421QHD $1000
47" PT471QHD $1100
52" PT521QHD $1200
65" BR6580 1080p UltraContrast Gen II LCoS, 2000:1 CR, offered also in 720p, DVI, VGA, HD component, upgradeable software
S10 LCD projector, pedestal design, 1200 ANSI, whisper mode, 2000 hour lamp life, vertical keystone correction, built-in speaker.
LV-S3 SVGA (800x600), 4.9 lbs, silent mode 32dB, 1250 ANSI lumens, 1.2X Canon Optical Zoom lens for up to 100" screen from 10.4 feet, ideal for small spaces, progressive scan conversion.
CV-1 9-inch CRTs
NTSC tuner, TTM Apr 04, 400:1 CR, 1080i, 600 cd/m2, 5 band-equalizer
47" DSJ-4710CRA $1300
55" DSJ-5510CRA $1600
LCD RPTVs monitors
Living Station line
Similar specs than previous P1 line but now integrated
ATSC/NTSC (no cable) tuners, 1280x720, DVI, component, RGB
47" LS47P2 $2900
57" LS57P2 $3400
Check complete details of the P1 line in 2004 report
57" 1080p prototype version, $4000 estimate, TTM 2006, will be released in a different size than the 57" shown as prototype
Anamorphic lenses, and DVI inputs, paired with either DVP1010 or DVP1050 ($10000) digital video processors
FDP-DILA3 3x0.7 inch chips, 1400x1050 at 800 lumens output
FDP-DILA2 3x0.9 inch chips, 1365x1024 at 100 lumens output
DILA-1080pHD $40000, 3 chips 1920x1080, 1.8 to 2.35 manual zoom, 2000:1 CR, DVI/HDCP, option of DVP1080 ($6500 TTM Feb 05) or DVP1510 digital video processors, DCDi
FujitsuNov 04 LCD FPTV LPF-D711 $25000, 1080p, three 1.3-inches 16x9 LCDs, Epson's technology, Advanced Video Movement II (AVM-II) digital video processor, selector unit LPF-QSD1WB with HDMI, DVI-D, component, digital and analog RGB, RS-232, 3300:1 CR, 1200 ANSI lumens, images from 36 inches to 25 feet diagonally, 3 year warranty on projector, 2000 hour warranty on bulb
LCD RPTV line
Virtual HD 1080p video processor, DVI, 26 point video processing, automatic 1080i 3:2 film correction, PCMCIA slot for photo memory card, TTM Apr 04
60" 60V500 $4500
50" 50V500 $3800
Jun 04 (company announcement of 2004/5 models)
Hitachi concentrated its DTV efforts in LCD (RPTV and direct-view) and CRT RPTV for 2004/5 models, which includes the new "CineForm" design series of fully integrated/CableCARD sets, expected by year-end 2004. The company has switched from 3 to 21 integrated models transitioning to CableCARD tuner integration, using Hitachi's VirtualHD 1080p upconversion video processing on all models.
Eleven new Ultravision CineForm models (below)
LCD RPTVs Integrated
Non-CineForm LCD Integrated RPTV
LCD FPTV Ultra-vision
ScreenPlay 5000, 3-chip, $2000, 1280x720, DVI/HDCP, component
DLA-QX-1 (QXGA) 2048x1536, 7000 ANSI lumens, CR > 1000:1, 1080i/24p/fp input capability, 12-bit gamma, 10-bit color processing, horizontal/vertical lens shift, optional anamorphic lens system, interchangeable lens system, HD-SDI input, DVI-D dual link option w/HDCP, for digital cinema screens <30 feet, home theater screens 12-20 feet, telecine transfer labs, YPbPr, RGBHV VGA, supports vertical Sync frequencies of 48Hz - 120 Hz (1080p/24/30/60i) and horizontal 31kHz -135kHz
DLA-HX2U 1400x788, 1500:1 CR, DIST, professional product
HD-2K, three D-ILA devices, 1920x1080 advanced technology, 2000:1 CR, 2-piece design, lower cost longer life lamp than Sony SXRD (one tenth), 13 element projection lens, outboard Faroudja 1080p signal processor via DVI-D, 13 pounds, TTM Summer 04
D-ILA RPTV line
A 70" RPTV was introduced as a D-ILA 1920x1080p integrated set; the picture was one of the best of the show:
D-ILA 1080p RPTV integrated line
LGCES 2005 LCoS RPTV line XG engine, integrated ATSC/NTSC/QAM Cable CARD tuners, 1920x1080p, $TBA, HDMI/HDCP, IEEE1394, 3500:1 CR, 62" 62SL1D $TBA, TTM TBA 71" 71SL1D $TBA, TTM Jul 05
CRT super-thin direct-view
April 2004 (company announcement of 2004/5 models)
Diamond Series LCD Integrated TVs
Eight CRT RPTV Fully Integrated Models
Medallion 615 Series, TTM Aug 04
First line of direct-view CRT TVs (ten)
13", 20", 24", and 27" analog models from $90 to $400 in Mar/Apr 05
27" TI-627 $450, TTM May 05, HDTV monitor
30" TI-630 $650, TTM Jun 05, HDTV monitor
32" TI-632 $700, TTM Jul 05, HDTV monitor
2004 lines (D64 and 54 RPTVs, L14 and LCX64 LCD RPTVs) are still current; check details and original MSRP prices on the CES 2004 report
Oct 04 (announced at CEATEC)
New 3rd generation, Matchline and Epic series in 55" and 62" sizes.
55" 55PL9774 $4300, TTM current
62" 62PL9774 $N/A, TTM Jun 04
55" 55PL9524 $3800, TTM current
62" 62PL9524 $4200, TTM Jun 04
In Oct 04, Philips announced that it has decided to discontinue their LCoS business with engines and RPTV, the company indicated that it had invested approximately $200 million in LCoS, the RPTV market was too small, and is not willing to increase the investment for the company to compete with these products. Operations were planned to stop on November 19, 2004. The company also announced a retail price reduction of $500 on existing LCoS sets.
Model 60 $15000, 1400x768, D-ILA
Model 100 $25000, 1366x768, LCD, 70 foot-lamberts
Sep 04 (CEDIA introduction)
Jun 2004 (company announcement of 2004/5 models)
CRT RPTVs Monitors
A year ago at CES 2004, Samsung announced that it would drop the 55" and 65" CRT RPTV monitor sets to focus on micro-display technologies, and actually happened in 2004. The company also indicated that it plans to transition the above CRT RPTV monitors to fully integrated CableCARD sets later in the year, a difficult endeavor when adding a relatively expensive HD tuner to the low cost of CRT models, according to Samsung. One integrated (transitioned) model mentioned at CES 2004 was:
52" HC-P5256W $2,200, TTM later 04, integrated w/ATSC/QAM CableCARD, DNIe, HDMI (note the estimated difference of $700 of the MSRP of 52" monitor vs. the estimated integrated at CES 2004 time).
CRT Direct-view Integrated Models (eight)
DynaFlat SlimFit CRT direct-view TV Series 30" TX-R3079WH $1300, TTM Mar 05, 15.5 inches deep, integrated ATSC tuner, HDMI, 2 HD/DVD component inputs
CRT RPTVs new line
PLV-HD10 1920x1080, 5500 ANSI lumens, 1000:1 CR
PLV-WF10 1366x768, 3000 ANSI lumens, 900:1 CR
First LCoS own brand (Veos)
65" 720p monitor, Brillian chip, $8000, 2000:1 CR, DVI, optional expansion port for ATSC tuner, QAM cable tuner w/Cable CARD, and 1394 memory card devices
February/June/August 2004 (company announcements of 2004/5 models)
In February 2004, Sony introduced twelve HDTV integrated models with ATSC/NTSC/QAM CableCARD unidirectional tuners with HDMI/HDCP digital connectivity and two HD-STBs with DVR for QAM Cable CARD tuning. Of the twelve models, six are LCD Grand Wega RPTVs, four CRT Direct-View sets, and two CRT-based RPTV sets, as follows:
LCD Grand Wega Integrated RPTVs
New models on the WE Series
Direct-View Integrated CRT Tubes
CRT-based RPTVs Integrated
Hi-Scan Series FD Trinitron WEGA Monitors
LCoS RPTV (Sony's SXRD Technology)
At CES 2005 the model above was shown with identical characteristics than the XBR set at CEDIA, the set was introduced now as part of the QUALIA hi-end line, and its price increased to $13,000. The TV does NOT accept 1080p externally.
SRX-R105 $60000, 5000 lumens, suitable for up to 25 feet screens.
Sony Black Screen
50" LCT50HV $2100, TTM Dec 04, 1388x780 3-panel RGB, 1000:1 CR, 1000 Nits of brightness, 3:2 pulldown, wide 170/170 viewing angle, NTSC tuner, DVI/HDCP, YCbCr, YPbPr, VGA RGB for PC
61" $TBA, TTM end 05, ATSC tuner, 1920x1080p, NO 1080p input
May 04 (company announcement of 2004/5 models)
Thomson join venture with China's CTL (TTE) starting in July 04 will produce for the US market eleven fully integrated ATSC and Digital Cable Ready models with QAM CableCARD unidirectional (seven RCA Scenium DLP models, four RCA CRT RPTV models), with HDMI, and with component inputs. The new sets are said to recognize the Broadcast Flag. According to TTE, the company will become the largest company in the world for color TV products; selling 18 million sets annually (with a 22 million production capacity), representing 11% globally.
CRT RPTV Integrated
Current 42 Series DLP Integrated (continues in the line up)
CRT RPTV Monitors (carried over)
66 and 68 series below with DVI and subwoofer
Introduced seven new direct-view CRTs integrated
CRT HDTVs direct-view 4:3 monitors
May 04 (company announcement of 2004/5 models)
Toshiba announced its 2004-05 television line to dealers. The new line is mainly oriented to fixed-pixel digital display technologies, such as direct-view LCD TV, plasma, Digital Light Processing (DLP) rear-projection integrated sets and monitors, in addition to CRT-based rear-projection and direct-view products.
In January 2004 (CES), Toshiba announced their decision of discontinuing the LCoS line, which is now replaced by their support to DLP.
Cinema Series Integrated
Direct-view CRT Monitors
At the time of the May 04 announcement of new 2004/5 lines Toshiba anticipated a demand for direct-view digital televisions and will keep producing complete lines of analog CRT direct-view models (curved and flat-faced).
SED is formed by two glass plates with vacuum in between, one mounted with electron emitters and pixels similar in number to those of a CRT electron gun, and another glass plate coated with a fluorescent substance. The technology has a very narrow slit (several nanometers wide) made from ultrafine-particle film; reaction to voltage produces a tunneling effect and the emission of electrons, which are accelerated by the voltage applied between the glass plates and collide with the fluorescent-coated glass plate, which emits light.
SED has a wide angle of viewing, similar to CRT. Larger screens can be manufactured increasing the number of electron emitters to match the required number of pixels. SEDs do not need electronic-beam deflection. Wall-mounted large-screen TV displays can be made with only a few centimeters thick.
36" 1280x720, flat panel with CRT performance (demo)
CRT Direct-view TryPlay widescreen line
Jun 04 (Home Entertainment Expo)
FPTVs (in addition to the models 20 and 40 DLP FPTVs already introduced)
Sep 04 (CEDIA introduction)
LPX-510 $5500, TTM Sep 04, 3x 0.7-inch LCD panels of 1280x720, DCDi, 10-bit D/A converter, 1200:1 CR, 1000 brightness with 200 watt UHP lamp (3000 hours expected life), HD component, HDMI/HDCP, RS-232
Be sure that you read the next article in the series: DLP RPTV's & FPTV Projectors (Coming Soon)
Posted by Rodolfo La Maestra, October 15, 2005 8:14 AM
About Rodolfo La Maestra
Rodolfo La Maestra is the Senior Technical Director of UHDTV Magazine and HDTV Magazine and participated in the HDTV vision since the late 1980's. In the late 1990's, he began tracking and reviewing HDTV consumer equipment, and authored the annual HDTV Technology Review report, tutorials, and educative articles for HDTV Magazine, DVDetc and HDTVetc magazines, Veritas et Visus Newsletter, Display Search, and served as technical consultant/editor for the "Reference Guide" and the "HDTV Glossary of Terms" for HDTVetc and HDTV Magazines. In 2004, he began recording a weekly HDTV technology program for MD Cable television, which by 2006 reached the rating of second most viewed.
Rodolfo's background encompasses Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, and Audio and Video Electronics, with over 4,700 hours of professional training, a BS in Computer and Information Systems, and thirty+ professional and post-graduate certifications, some from MIT, American, and George Washington Universities. Rodolfo was also Computer Science professor in five institutions between 1966-1973 in Argentina, regarding IBM, Burroughs, and Honeywell mainframe computers. After 38 years of computer systems career, Rodolfo retired in 2003 as Chief of Systems Development from the Inter-American Development Bank directing sixty+ software-development computer professionals, supporting member countries in north/central/south America.