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Mirror LCD TV - ad notam 30.0

by March 23, 2005
ad notam MIrror LCD TV

ad notam MIrror LCD TV

  • Product Name: 30.0 Mirror LCD TV
  • Manufacturer: ad notam
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: Star
  • Review Date: March 23, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 7000 (varies)

Display Type: TFT (thin film transistor) LCD

Monitor Size: 25" x 15" (29" diagonal)

Native Resolution: 1280 x 768 pixels
Picture Format: 16:9 HDTV
Viewing Angle: 176 degrees horizontal/vertical
Brightness: 450 cd2/m
Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Response Time: 22ms
Backlight Life: Estimated 30,000 hours

Supported Video Signals: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, RGB (VGA/SVGA/XGA/SXGA)

Video Inputs: S-video, composite, HD15 (VGA), SCART, Cable TV

Audio Outputs: 2.5mm stereo, banana jacks (L/R)
Remote Control: RF remote, 433MHz, 8 buttons

Case: Aluminum, Dibond 2
Magnetic Force of Mounting Magnets: 31.9 lbs
Warranty: 2 years
Power Consumption: 124W, 5400mA (typical)
Dimensions: 32.5" (W) x 20.5" (H) x 2.5" (D)
Weight: 28.6 lbs

Pros

  • Unlimited design flexibility
  • Seamless "LCD on glass" effect
  • Flexible mounting options
  • Advanced configuration options via OSD

Cons

  • Color and calibration off "out of the box"
  • RF remote has delayed response**
  • Slow pixel response time
  • Very little video processing - no 2:3 pulldown or jaggie reduction
  • No progressive component input**
  • Ridiculously overpriced

Introduction

I had experienced my first "mirror LCD" television at the 2004 CEDIA show when I stopped by the Philips booth for a look at their new Ambilight models. If I had thought the very concept of an LCD television hidden behind front surface-reflecting mirror was fascinating, actually seeing the technology up close was even more impressive. As a product, these LCDs target the progressive consumer who wants to add either the convenience of an LCD TV in the bathroom or bedroom, or those wanting that "wow" factor of having a technology that is years ahead of mass-market adoption.
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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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