Published on March 8th,2006 at 1:13 PM
By >Daimaou - G.G-B

HDTV: New HD TV’s and HD DVD recorders by Panasonic

Panasonic presented their new PDP (Plasma) TV range and DVD burner to more than 700 journalists today. 4 Novelties when it comes to TV, with PDP’s between 37 and 58″ and a 32″ LCD. The new burners come in 6 new models, 4 of which have a digital tuner and 2 with an analog one. Some versions have a HDD between 200 and 500GB, and some machines have besides an HDD and DVD burner the good old VHS system too. They also presented a complete Home Theater range that consists of 8 products.

As you can see, Panasonic made an effort and presented in total 18 new products, and the points to remember are:

For the TV:
1) not one single TV was Full HD! A big disappointment, all of them were HD Ready with 1366×768 as the best resolution
2) a good 4000:1 contrast ratio
3) HDMI all over the place

For the DVD burner/HDD/VHS:
1) the products with a digital tuner can copy Full HD 1080i videos (but what’s the use if your TV is not Full HD?!?!) and everything is in Hi-Visio
2) HDMI all over the place

For the Home Theater products:
1) HDMI support

Panasonic does offer a very interesting solution with one single remote control for products in their range that support HDMI, and this solution is called HDMI Link. The demos we saw on this were amazing, it’s really very clear and simple. these products are also designed to be used by a more ageing population, often a bit scared of new technologies. But as one journalist outlined: you need to have all the Panasonic HDMI gear, because if you try to use the unique remote control with non-Panasonic HDMI equipment, you will not get the magnificent video interface to navigate in all the menus.

Personally, I feel that this compatibility issue is of secondary importance, because, being a geek, not offering a Full HD TV is a nissed opportunity and a purchase stopper. The situation becomes even more strange when you do offer a DVD burner that supports 1080i and can record 1080i (50Mbps), but no Full HD TV.

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Comments
 

  • Merc

    So these are the new gen plasmas that were soon to be released, it is very stupid to not make them full HDTV, im guessing Panasonic will even the level by making it much cheaper then a hdtv of equal size.

  • Daimaou
    OmegaMerc said:
    So these are the new gen plasmas that were soon to be released, it is very stupid to not make them full HDTV, im guessing Panasonic will even the level by making it much cheaper then a hdtv of equal size.

    Well I really had the feeling that they try to mislead people with the term HD, there are nowadays so much confusion about HD, Full HD, HD ready… but in Japan they make it even worse, there is ONLY HD (some times Full HD) so for Japanese all new generation TV are HD. Well back to the conference, They really try to avoid the Full HD and HD Ready stuff, they were showing slide with 1080i with HD for the DVD recorder and next a HD Logo on the PDP… A journalist ask also the question about Full HD, but the answer was quite "fishy"… But this is true a Full HD panel is expensive (less than 300.000 Yen in Japan for a 37&quot

  • MrSatyre

    Jeezus, will you get off the "full HD" kick already???

    1080i is all the HD you will ever need. 1080p is totally unnecessary on any display under 60", and even then it’s really freakin’ hard to tell the difference between the two. I speak from experience as an HD PDP manufacturer (both 768p and 1080p), and unless you’re standing mere inches away from the display, you simply won’t see the difference.

    Stop crying the numbers game and do some objective research.

    It is not "very stupid" to not make a display or recording device "full HD". It is perfectly logical and economical because there is no content being broadcast at 1080p, and there are no plans by any network to do so. It is currently too bandwidth intensive. If and when 1080p content on Blu-ray or HD DVD ships (more delays are in the works for HD DVD as we speak), a 1080p display might make sense. As far as being able to record 1080p, that seems especially unlikely thanks to Hollywood.

  • Merc

    Listen, obviously you are NOT a hardcore gadget/computer person, so you wouldn’t understand why people would waste 1000$ more for 5% improvement, or just for bragging rights. There is no logical counter arguement to this.

 

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