updated 11:30 am EDT, Mon April 7, 2003
to include its first flat panel monitors series optimized for full motion video in broadcast and production environments. Five models have been introduced as part of the new LMD line of professional LCD monitors, including two multi-format 16:9 displays and three-rack mountable combination packages. [site not updated]
Sony's new multi-format, widescreen monitors include the LMD-170WS and LMD-230WS models, 17- and 23-inch displays, which feature a unique two-piece design. A separate multi-format engine houses the video processing, input connections, option slots, controls and power supply. Only the LCD panel and the tally light are mounted in the display cabinet, providing a light-weight design that allows greater installation flexibility.
The multi-format monitors accommodate a variety of standard and high-definition analog and digital signals, including 1080/60i, 720/60P, and 1080/24Ps. Optional plug in cards can be slotted into the rear panel to accept SDI, HD-SDI or iLINK (IEEE1394) digital interface decoding. Values for contrast, chroma, phase and brightness can be adjusted by knobs on the front control panel. Operational functions, such as blue only, H/V delay, and safety area markers, provide necessary evaluation tools. DC operation and three-color tally are also standard features.
Sony's new rack-mountable combination packages, models LMD-440, LMD-530 and LMD-720W, offer a variety of choices for flexible integration into a customer's existing environment. The LMD-440 package is a quad screen four-inch panel in a 2 RU package. The LMD-530 is a triple screen five-point six-inch panel in a 3 RU package. The LMD-720W is a dual seven-inch widescreen in a 3 RU package. All models come equipped with analog composite inputs, with optional input adaptors available for SDI signals.
The double (LMD-720W), triple (LMD-530) and quad (LMD-440) monitors are expected to be available in June for suggested list prices of $2,300, $1,900 and $1,800, respectively. The LMD-170WS and LMD-230WS multi-format monitors are due in July for $3,200 and $3,850.