CES Day 3: Hitachi and Optoma
Most of Hitachi's current line was announced last spring and is already in the shops. But two new developments will find their way into new models this year. A new blinking backlight system, which will show up first in 37- and 32-inch models, is said to significantly clean up motion blur.
The second is a 55-inch, true 1920x1080 plasma panel. Expect this one in late 06 or early 07. The photo here is a screen shot from this plasma. Keep in mind that there are a lot of steps between screen and published photo in a screen shot, and it can provide only a rough idea of what is happening at a given moment. As good as it looks, the actual image looked way better.
Optoma was flooring everyone with one of the few operational prototypes of a 1080p, 1-chip DLP projector. The H81, which is expected to sell for $10,000 when it hits the shops this summer, threw a superb image sourced from 720p movie trailers stored on a Mac computer's hard drive.
In another room, Optoma also showed its new H72, at $4000 1280x720 DLP (and expected to street at near $2000). The trailer from King Kong looked particularly impressive. Though a close look revealed the projector's limitations compared to the H81, they weren't at all bothersome, particularly at the price.—TJN