Philips Launching World’s First 21:9 LCD TV

January 15 2009one Commented

Categorized Under: HD

Most standard TVs have a 4:3 ratio and wide-screen TVs have about a 16:9.  This leaves black borders left at the top and bottom when watching certain movies.  This is something that Philips wants to eliminate by unveiling the world’s first 21:9 LCD TV.  The TV looks sleek has measures 56″ diagonally.   Movies that are in the 2.39:1 format will take up the entire screen.  Most traditional TVs will try to compensate by distorting the picture to fill the screen, but it loses the scope of the original video.

What about TV broadcasts and game consoles?  Their regular 16:9 aspect ratio is able to adapt to the fill the 21:9 screen.

“With our unique Cinema 21:9 we have developed a television which takes you as close to the experience that you enjoy at the cinema as you can get without buying a ticket. We believe that to really become absorbed in watching a film at home consumers are looking for a real cinematic viewing experience, so we have launched the world’s first cinema-proportioned TV screen perfectly complemented by our immersive Ambilight technology,” stated Des Power, SVP of Marketing Television for Philip Consumer Lifestyle.  “Philips new Cinema 21:9 takes enjoying movies at home to an entirely new level, the advantages over a traditional 16:9 ratio
screen in side by side comparisons are truly striking.”

The Cinema 21:9 LCD TV will be available in the spring of 2009.  More product specs will be arriving by the end of February 2009.


Eizo Unveils The FlexScan S2242W-H and FlexScan S2232W-E Monitors

January 15 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Video

Eizo is very well known for their specialized monitor products.  Now they have introduced two new FlexScan LCD monitors.  The two monitors expected to cover 95% of Adobe RGB and 92% of NTSC color space.  The FlexScan 2242W-H and the FlexScan S2232W-E are both 22″.  The S2242W-H has a 1920×1200 resolution and the S2232W-E has a 1680×1050 resolution.

Both monitors have a 1,200:1 contract ratio and a 12ms black-to-white response time.  Both have VGA and HDCP-capable DVI port, but not HDMI.  Each have two USB ports and built-in 0.5W speakers.  The monitors are expected to retail in Japan for ¥69,800/¥62,800 ($780/$700)


Newman ManMan A1 Looks Like A Pink iPod

January 15 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Portable Audio

Hello, Newman!  Newman is best known for creating devices that resemble already existing products.  The latest victim is a product that resembles a pink iPod nano.  The product is called the Manman A1.  It looks like a blatant copy of the Apple-made product.  The only difference is that the song controls are on play/next/previous buttons rather than being controlled by the spin-wheel.

Newman claims that this product has a Smart Touch UI with a cover flow system.  The screen size is estimated to be about 2″.  The ManMan A1 has a RockChip RK2705 medi chip which makes it possible to play multiple video files.  The ManMan A1 will be available in China by the end of the month.  It’ll be avialable in pink & blue.

[via MP4Nation]

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