Zenith Debuts 60" Plasma HD Screen
That's all changing with a new generation of large format plasma devices. At the Society for Information Display trade show in San Jose last month, NEC demonstrated a beautiful prototype 61" plasma screen, intended for the OEM market. In Las Vegas, at the INFOCOMM International Exhibition 2001, Zenith debuted its DPDP60W, a retail-ready 60" PDP monitor capable of both high resolution and high contrast ratio.
One of the largest hang-on-the-wall monitors, the DPDP60W is as big as four 30-inch wide televisions combined. The DPDP60W was designed to produce whiter whites and darker darks than previously possible, achieving a contrast ratio of 350:1. Zenith claims a palette of 16.7 million colors, with a peak brightness capability of 200 candles/square meter. The big screen offers 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and a 350:1 contrast ratio, a huge leap forward from the 200:1 ratio that offered by earlier PDPs. Compatible with HD, NTSC, VGA, SVGA and XGA video and digital input sources, the DPDP60W works equally well with a variety of sources: DVDs, computers, digital broadcasts, multimedia, and traditional video devices.
"Built-in image scaling capabilities allow the intelligent resizing of video and computer images to 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 conventional aspect ratios, as well as use of a picture zoom feature," stated an official announcement. "Gray side panels are available to mask images displayed in 4:3 mode, while a wide 160-degree viewing angle assures maximum visibility in home theater, office and room environments." The DPDP60W comes equipped with soft-touch screen controls and a universal remote control with an LCD display and "thumbstick" pointing device. Audio enhancements include Dolby Digital and a pair of small 10-watt speakers. Wall-mount and ceiling-mount accessory hardware is available, as is a matching pedestal. The DPDP60W has a suggested retail price of $32,000.