Loewe Aconda Series Flat-screen TVs Include Computer Interface

Among the many accolades being showered on the Loewe Aconda line of high definition televisions are "elegant styling" and "unsurpassed performance." The line was recently introduced by Sensory Science Corporation. With 1080i capability and RS-232 computer interfaces, the new sets are pushing the limits of CRT design.

German-built Loewe Aconda televisions feature truly flat screens with "Invar" masking, 110 degree viewing angle, and 16:9 aspect ratio. They are said to provide "distortion-free images" and "the most film-like viewing experience" available in direct-view technology. "Our new Loewe Aconda series raises the bar for superior video performance that will turn the heads of even the most expert audio/video enthusiast, but we have also continued our leadership in aesthetics with a distinctive and superior design for a flat-screen television product,'" said Paul Fredrickson, Sensory Science's senior v.p. of marketing.

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company emphasizes the Aconda's advancements in moving-image technology, such as its sophisticated 3:2 pulldown circuitry, rendering excellent 60fps video from both 24fps film sources as well as 30fps video footage. Sensory Science claims "the smoothest motion available in digital direct-view television, as well as the best reproduction of film-to-video transfer available in any television or digital display."

The Aconda series includes a new RS-232 interface allows for home networking, simplified user operation, and externally controllable instant software upgrades. The sets sport five A/V inputs (four on the rear of the set and one on the front panel), including VGA, for maximum versatility. The graphical user interface uses 3-D graphics and text to guide users through setup and calibration processes. Five digital picture modes (Panorama, Cinema, Zoom, 16:9 and 4:3) allow optimization for any signal source; twin tuners permit split-screen picture-in-picture viewing. A simplified remote control operates all the Aconda's features.

Internal analog-to-digital converters change incoming audio signals to digital and process them for what Sensory Science claims is "the highest stereo separation, lowest distortion, and best signal-to-noise performance of any digital television on the market." The sets have built-in full-range two-way stereo speaker systems, which reduce the need for external speakers. "The Aconda can be configured to serve as the center channel speaker for Surround Sound systems," according to a company announcement. One unique audio feature is an automatic volume control, which reduces unexpected volume increases caused by commercials or the changing of channels.

The first Aconda televisions to appear at Sensory Science's more than 450 dealers will be available in two high-gloss finishes, either in "Piano Black" or "Stratos Metallic." They will retail at approximately $3600, with additional models expected early next year.