Panasonic drops new 4K displays at NAB

April 7, 2014

Panasonic System Communications Co. of North America today announced two new large-format 4K LED-backlit displays along with other new professional AV technologies at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.

Panasonic said it engineered the 98-inch TH-98LQ70 and 84-inch TH-84LQ704K LED-backlit LCD displays for professional 4K applications including broadcast production, digital signage, design and simulation, and command and control rooms.

The displays also are equipped with the company's image enhancement technology that up-converts non-4K sources to a higher level of picture quality, the company said.

"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 Co. of North America, in the announcement. "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, a ruggedized aluminum frame and can be installed both vertically and horizontally. 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 interface changes to match various applications. The 98-inch TH-98LQ70 and 84-inch TH-84LQ70 displays will begin shipment in September 2014, the company said.

Among the professional displays and projectors shown at NAB will be a new multitouch interactive LED display and one-chip DLP lamp-free projector, just announced today, according to a company press release:

  • Multitouch TH-80LFB70U Interactive LED Display: The 80-inch interactive display features high-speed, multitouch interactive capabilities to promote participation and collaboration; 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 (328 feet). 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-inch 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, intended to make it ideal for high-traffic areas such as airports, museums and retail stores. The display is also is aimed at the surveillance market and broadcast studios, offering a super narrow bezel for seamless multiscreen layouts. Panasonic said. It's built with pre-calibrated uniformity for multiscreen usage to simplify installation. 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 one-chip DLP lamp-free projector featuring 6,000 lumens of brightness. The projector also 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, Panasonic said. 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. The projector features a wide selection of optional lenses and includes a black or white cabinet option. The WUXGA PT-RZ670U and WXGA PT-RW630Uwill be available from authorized Panasonic resellers in Fall 2014.
  • PT-DZ16KU Full HD High Brightness Projector: The new PT-DZ16KU is a three-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 is designed to enable siginificant cost savings, panasonic said. The projector houses 16,000 lumens of brightness in a compact body and delivers images with native full-HD 1080p resolution and 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The PT-DZ16KU will be available from authorized Panasonic resellers this month. MSRP for the PT-DZ16KU is $94,999.

Topics: Display Technology , Hardware

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