The CES Report - Video Display Trends
In the LCOS corner stood only Toshiba and Philips, with competing three-chip and single-chip systems, respectively. Both wowed media and attendees alike with their sets' incredibly crisp, bright, rich resolution. Toshiba's 57-inch LCOS, available now at "select Cinema Series retailers" nationwide ($8,999.99), is the only rear projection TV boasting 1,080p resolution. Philips, meanwhile, is waiting until summer to introduce its sets, at prices much more competitive with DLP. Philips officials said the company's single-chip systems can be produced on normal semiconductor lines, resulting in efficiencies that can be passed on to consumers. Four models, 44-inch or 55-inch with or without its Pixel Plus processing system, will premier; one official said the 55-inch with Pixel Plus will ship for "about $3,999."
Runco led the way with new versions of three Reflection DLP front projectors enhanced with its GEN 3 technology, which makes more efficient use of optical light engine design. Its VX-5000ci ($26,995), VX-1000ci ($16,995) and CL-710 ($11,995) all ship this month. Runco's Vidikron brand introduced two DLP projectors at $8,995 and $4,995, both due this quarter.