Remember when saying “high definition” was enough for the display category? Not anymore. At CEDIA it seems that that vendors are now drawing a clear distinction, using 1080p as their top-of-the-line road sign. And while 1080p sets have been talked about before, it seems that it’s the only thing anyone wants to talk about now, when promoting their new lines.
Panasonic has gone so far as to commission market analyst firm IDC to deliver a white paper exhibiting the challenges and benefits of promoting 1080p, making the primary case to dealers that, with the better resolution of 1080p, consumers can get larger size monitors in smaller size rooms without compromising the viewing experience.
Meanwhile, the company released two new front projectors: the PT-AX100U ($2,999 SRP) and the PT-AX1000U (price TBA). The latter offers 1080p resolution and is geared towards the higher-end or hobbyist user and features an 11,000:1 contrast ratio, HD lens system, 14-bit gamma correction and, for the geek at heart, an onscreen wave-form monitor. The PT-AX100U has 720p native resolution and is geared towards a more “casual” user.