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Today the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) and the MIPI Alliance announced the finalization and release of the new Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard version 1.0. DSC is designed to be a low latency, and lossless performance compression standard for today's high-bandwidth video content. DEC has been adopted into VESA's embedded DisplayPort v1.4 and into MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) Specification v1.2 technologies.
"VESA recognized the need for display interface compression in mobile devices to extend battery life without compromising visual quality," said Dale Stolitzka, VESA Display Stream Compression Task Group Chairman and member of Samsung Display America Laboratory. "In addition, on-going development of DisplayPort standards, which includes 8K resolution support, foresaw the need for compression because of inherent limits in the existing display interface cables. VESA realized that compression was becoming a common need in the industry, and that a standard compression coding system could meet these common display interface needs."
Sony has announced the pricing for its latest line of Bravia TVs which are 4K-capable, with the entry-level 49-inch model, the XBR-X850B starting off at $2,099.
Moving our way from the 49-inch model, we have the 55-inch XBR-X900B priced at $3,999. The 79-inch model will set you back $8,999 and if you have money that you simply need to burn, you can opt for the 85-inch model for $24,999. Each 4K-capable Bravia TV will be shipping in June. Sony's 4K media player, the FMP-X10, will be getting upgraded, but the company hasn't announced pricing on that just yet.
During the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas just recently, Japan's public broadcasting organization, NHK, showed off an 8K test. This test, according to Mashable, was "so dense with detail that the human eye will not detect additional resolution".
NHK was showing off some footage that included a Japanese fireworks display, a short film by a performing arts troupe, a fashion show, and footage from a soccer game between Brazil and Spain. Mashable editor Josh Dickey said that this footage looked "real" and that it was "spectacular". Dickey talked more about the 8K footage: "The clarity and depth of field truly is uncanny, yet the picture had none of the harsh edges, strange light and "video" vibe of other super-HD displays and high frame-rate demos I've seen. It's somehow cinematic; yet you can focus in on any face in a large crowd and make out every feature at varying distances. It really is like being there".
He continued: "3D is already wobbling off to international markets, and if something like 8K ever catches on here, it won't help it. During the fireworks display footage, birds that fly into the shot had me thinking some sparrows had gotten into the place. Stereovision would be overkill". When will 8K penetrate more into the market? Well, the displays and TVs have no current ETA as we need broadcasts and movies to catch up.
HP has been making a line of monitors that aim at very high levels of color reproduction for years now. These monitors fall into the DreamColor range and are aimed at pros that need the most color reproduction possible. Two new monitors have been added to the range including the Z27x and Z24x.
These screen swill work with Mac or PC systems and each support up to 1.07 billion colors on the screen. HP says that the amount of color error the screens produce is so small that the human eye can't even see it. Both of the monitors have 10-bit color accuracy and are made for easy color calibration using commercially available sensors.
The Z27x supports 100% of the sRGB gamut, 100% of the AdobeRGB gamut, and 99% of the DCI-P3 gamut. This monitor also supports HP Night vision interface that has fading button backlights and a red backlight color for better visibility in low light.
This morning, AOC announced a new 24-inch class monitor designed with serious gaming enthusiast in mind. The new GP2460PQU is a 24-inch 1080p monitor that features a 144Hz refresh rate and a response time of just 1ms. These features produce crystal clear visuals and smooth motion even under the most intense gaming scenarios.
"The AOC G2460PQU is the ultimate gaming monitor with ample connectivity options and a sleek design to meet your competitive gaming needs. The wall-mountable monitor has a black hairline textured design with a sleek red bar at the bottom bezel, and comes with Display Port, HDMI, DVI-Dual Link, VGA, with four USB 2.0 ports," AOC said in a release. "The USB hub includes a fast-charging port for mobile devices that is three times faster than a standard USB port. Plus the monitor's four-way adjustable stand allows gamers to change the monitor height by 130mm, swivel left and right, tilt the screen angle, and pivot 90 degrees to landscape or portrait view to maximize the gaming experience."
Casio has an interesting new projector that is a short throw until able to produce a big image from only a short distance away from the projection surface. That is a nice feature on its own, but the XJ-UT310WN projector has a cooler feature. This is one of the LampFree projectors that Casio makes and instead of using an expensive lamp to create the light that only last a few hundred hours, the light source in this projector is good for tens of thousands of hours.
Casio's LampFree tech combines a LED, laser, and a florescent lamp to create a light source that is good for about 20,000 hours. Often these alternate light source projectors are too dim for some uses, but this new projector has 3100 lumens of brightness making it work in just about any setting. the native resolution is 1280 x 800 and the contrast ratio is 1800:1.
The short throw tech allows the projector to throw a 67-inch image from only 23-inches from the surface. Other features include 2GB of integrated storage for giving presentation without a PC. Connectivity options include HDMI, D-sub, and composite inputs. An available mobile app lets a presenter annotate images in real-time and supports a real-time web browser. Casio will ship the projector in Q3 2014 for $1999.99.
NEC has rolled out a new computer monitor that has a 23-inch screen size and an integrated HD webcam. The monitor is called the E232WMT and one of the key features it offers is support for multi-touch. Users can touch the screen with ten points at once to manipulate images and more.
NEC also equips the monitor with integrated speakers and when combined with the integrated webcam, the monitor is ready for video chats and conferences. Connectivity options include HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, and USB 3.0.
NEC uses a LED backlit AH-IPS panel with wide viewing angles and natural color reproduction. The brightness rating is 250cd/m2 and the dynamic contrast ratio is 15000:1. Ergonomic adjustability is built into the stand with height and tilt adjustment. NEC also rolls in a USB 3.0 hub that makes it easy to connect peripherals to the display. The E22WMT will ship this month for $629.
Samsung has announced several new displays that will be launching in the coming weeks. The most interesting of them is the 28-inch UD590 display. This monitor supports UHD resolution with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160.
One of the coolest parts about that display is that it is affordable even though it has UHD capability. The UD590 will sell for $699.99. For the money, you get a screen with good viewing angles and a brightness rating of 370 cd/m2 and support for 2 billion colors.
It features dual HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort. Response time for the panel is 1Ms GTG and it has a stand that can be tilted for a comfortable angle. Samsung also has a number of other new displays coming that support full HD resolution ranging in price from $249.99 to $329.99. The UD590 can be pre-ordered now and it's unclear when it will ship.
The vast majority of computer monitors on the market today are wide screen units that are wider than they are tall. A few years back most of the monitors out there were square. There are some folks that prefer that square aspect ratio for certain tasks.
If you like screen with that square design, NEC has a new unit that you might be interested in that is a budget offering. The 17-inch E171M has ergonomic adjustability and a 5:4 aspect ratio. The native resolution for the screen is 1280 x 1024.
The brightness rating is 250 cd/m2 and the display has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. NEC fits the cheap monitor with a 2-way ergonomic stand with 50mm of height adjustment and swivel capability. Connectivity options include VGA and DVI-D.
Right now, Ultra HD monitors are out of most consumers' reach as they are priced too high. 4K-capable displays range from nearly $1000 to close to $5000, depending on what you are after.
NPD DisplaySearch is now reporting that the industry will ship around 2 million Ultra HD monitors by the end of the year, with display makers paving the way for "affordable" 4K monitors at around 28 inches by the middle of the year. Normally cheap means crap quality, but Samsung and LG are both diving into the "affordable" 4K race, which should have users excited.
So if you're in the market for a monitor with a massive 3840x2160 resolution, you might want to wait a few more months as there should be more monitors to choose from.