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Written by AVRev.com   
Wednesday, 08 August 2001

There is more and more programming slated for HDTV as the 2006 deadline slowly approaches which is overcoming a big objection to HDTV. The biggest problem for most Americans is price.

Panasonic is focusing on bringing the excitement of digital television to a wider audience with its new 47-inch (diagonal screen measurement), 16:9 widescreen HDTV projection monitor. With a suggested manufacturer's retail price* (MSRP) of $2,099.95, new model PT-47WX49 signifies a major leap toward more affordable pricing for digital television products -- without sacrificing quality or features.

"The new PT-47WX49 HDTV projection monitor represents Panasonic's ongoing commitment to making the benefits of DTV accessible to everyone," said Jonas Tanenbaum, National Marketing Manager for Panasonic's Display Group. "Advances in digital television technology have progressed to the point that, for nearly the same price one could expect to pay for a conventional analog projection set only a year or two ago, consumers can now enjoy the ultimate home theater experience that digital television offers."

The PT-47WX49's wide screen brilliantly displays the astounding clarity and intricate detail of the new digital television signals: 480p and 480i (line-doubled to 480p), and High Definition (HDTV) 1080i. (A DTV-certified digital receiver is required to view digital television signals.) The screen's 16:9 aspect ratio is similar to movie theater screens, and is consistent with the HDTV broadcast standard and DVD movies produced in the anamorphic widescreen format. This impressive, fine pitch screen allows viewers to experience the panoramic scenes of a film with incredible image quality, just as the director intended.

The set utilizes highly accurate digital convergence, aligning the red, blue and green images that produce white at more than 165 independent points on the screen. Additionally, the set-up menu allows users to fine-tune the color image alignment for nine separate points on the screen, to correct color infringement.

The PT-47WX49 also features a traditional NTSC tuner with a built-in progressive scan converter that "line-doubles" conventional NTSC analog signals to 480p, which can dramatically enhance the picture quality of today's standard TV broadcasts.

Two sets of universal component (Y, PB, PR) video inputs are provided to accept interlaced or progressive signals from different video sources, such as a DVD player or digital satellite receiver. The video signals are separated into their luminance (Y) and two color difference (PB, PR) elements, resulting in a picture with exceptional detail and accurate color.

Additional features include: 3 D Y/C, velocity modulated scan, powerful audio system with BBE high definition sound, two-tuner split-screen P-I-P, five-element hybrid lens, horizontal and vertical edge correction, four sets of A/V input jacks (one front, three rear), 3 S-Video input jacks, fixed and variable audio output, center channel audio input, surround sound, programmable On, Off and Sleep timers, V-Chip program lock-out and lighted universal A/V remote.

Also available is model PT-47WX51, which includes a tinted, protective screen shield as well as a lighted, universal "disc" A/V remote.








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