|NEC Multeos M40-AV LCD HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Thursday, 24 April 2008|
NEC is known primarily for its computer monitors and professional displays, but the company is making a renewed push into the higher-end residential TV market. The Multeos M40 was one of its first consumer-oriented 1080p LCDs; the company has since released several new lines, but this product is still available through online channels.
The M40 is available in three configurations. The M40-IT is basically a large-screen monitor with IT-type connections. The M40-AV being described here adds HT-friendly connections for the same price, while the step-up M40-AVT model adds internal tuners for an additional cost. The M40-AV is a monitor only, with no speakers; you can purchase speakers separately for $350. The input panel has one of every type, including HDMI, DVI, RGBHV and component video, all of which accept 1080p. It also has an RGBHV output to send the signal to another monitor, plus RS-232 in/out ports for integration into an advanced control system.
This monitor comes with a nice array of advanced image adjustments, including a 100-step adjustable backlight, precise color management settings, multiple gamma options and incremental color temperature steps from 2600 to 10000 Kelvin. There are four aspect ratio options, and it can display 1080i/1080p signals with zero overscan.
The M40 has a distinctive two-tone cabinet that’s primarily brushed silver, with black side-panel accents.
The M40 does a nice job rendering both HD and SD sources, due to its pleasingly natural color and excellent detail. This monitor is capable of a lot of light output, so it’s a good fit for a brighter viewing environment. Its black level is solid, although not quite as good as some newer models from the big-name LCD manufacturers.
The M40’s viewing angle is only average. This is a monitor only, so it doesn’t have speakers or internal tuners. While it offers DVI, VGA and RGBHV connections, it only has one dedicated HDMI input.
The M40 is a versatile performer that does a nice job with both HD and SD content. Its monitor configuration, unique connection options and higher price tag aim it toward the specialty market.