updated 12:30 pm EDT, Fri June 29, 2007
LG France LCDs and plasmas
A host of new HDTVs have been launched in France by LG. In the realm LCD displays, the premier sets are in the LY95 series, which not only supports 1080p but has a wider color gamut, and uses DCDi to deinterlace and anti-alias images. Contrast is rated at 5,000:1, with a brightness of 500cd/m2; the response time is just 8ms, and buyers have access to two HDMI ports as well as a digital tuner. There are 37-, 42- and 47-inch models available.
Specifications are nearly identical in the LF65 and LC45 lines, with some key differences. The LF65s drop DCDi and some color range, while the LC45s are limited to sizes between 26 and 42 inches, and lose 1080p. Brightness also drops to 450cd/m2.
The top-of-the-line plasma is the 60-inch 60PF95, which is similar to the LY95 LCDs, but has 1,000cd/m2 brightness and 3,000:1 contrast. The 100Hz refresh rate should dramatically improve the appearance of motion. The companion 50PB65, meanwhile, is limited to 50 inches and WXGA (1366x769) resolution. The 42PC55 and 50PC55 are said to have tremendous contrast and brightness ratings -- 15,000:1 and 1,500cd/m2 -- but have not been identified as supporting 1080p.
No prices or foreign release dates are currently available.