-- Improved Display Panel, DVI Input with HDCP and Other Enhancements Provide Exceptional Image Quality and Total Installation Flexibility --
ITASCA, IL, September 5, 2003 -Marantz America today announced the introduction of its Model PD5040D 50 -Inch Widescreen Plasma Monitor, an all -new high -resolution video display device that is designed from the ground up to offer ultimate plasma monitor image quality, along with exceptional custom installation versatility including RS -232C control. Offering higher brightness and contrast along with sharper image quality, the PD5040D raises the bar in 50 -inch plasma performance and value, with a lower suggested retail price ($13,999) than the company's previous model.
The PD5040D is on exhibit at CEDIA 2003 at the Indianapolis Convention Center, Booth 230, September 5 - 7, 2003.
All -New Plasma Panel and Improved Technologies Deliver Extraordinary Performance
The Marantz PD5040D delivers extraordinary widescreen (16:9) picture quality for home theater systems and custom installations. The PD5040D incorporates a completely new 1365 x 768 high -definition plasma display panel that offers an exceptional new level of image clarity and sharpness, with superlative color accuracy and more realistic grayscale and blacks.
Greater Display Versatility and Home Theater Flexibility
Designed for total custom installation home theater versatility, the PD5040D is compatible with virtually every digital and analog video display device, and thanks to its built -in deinterlacer/scaler, can operate in either native progressive scan mode or upconvert video sources, depending on the signal source. The PD5040D includes a DVI input with HDCP (High -Bandwidth Digital Content Protection), enabling direct digital input of high -definition television signals including copy -protected broadcasts, for the best -possible reception of all digital television broadcasts.
The PD5040D can display a native 720p progressive scan image from a DVD -Video player, HDTV set -top box or computer, 1080i HDTV images from an HDTV set -top box or other HDTV sources, or an upconverted image from any NTSC source. The PD5040D can also display images from a computer up to UXGA resolution, and automatically scales or upconverts video sources as necessary.
The Marantz PD5040D includes a host of leading -edge image enhancement technologies to deliver extraordinary plasma monitor picture quality. It features a newly developed pixel panel that delivers clearer images with more realistic color accuracy, thanks to improved red, green and blue filters, plus advanced video processing and "intelligent" scan conversion technologies that yield smoother, more natural image quality with minimal motion artifacts. An automatic/manual color temperature function enables the user to adjust the monitor to a selection of color temperatures including the NTSC standard 6500 degrees, or choose a customized setting.
The PD5040D offers extensive connectivity options to facilitate its use in any home theater or custom installation, including seven video inputs -along with its DVI connection, the monitor provides digital RGB, component RGB, component RCA, S -Video and composite video inputs, as well as multiple audio inputs. The PD5040D is compatible with NTSC, PAL and SECAM formats. In addition, the monitor includes an RS -232C connection to facilitate integrated system control.
For maximum viewing flexibility, the Marantz PD5040D provides a choice of picture and aspect ratio modes that are optimized for viewing standard 4:3 format and 16:9 widescreen program material with the best -possible image quality. Its multi -screen operation enables viewers to watch the image from a video source and the output from a computer at the same time. Thanks to its high brightness and wide 160 -degree viewing angle, the PD5040D delivers exceptional image quality to viewers directly in front of as well as off to the sides of the screen, even in daytime and in brightly lit rooms. All key functions as well as video and audio adjustments are easily accessible via the PD5040D's intuitive on -screen menu and improved, easier to use remote control.
The PD5040D's slim -profile chassis measures just over four inches deep, facilitating wall mounting as well as installation on a stand or from a ceiling (using optional available mounting brackets or stands). Because it can be located without taking up any floor space, the PD5040D is the ideal big -screen home theater display for custom and designer installations, and its elegant dark silver metallic chassis complements every décor and living environment.
The Marantz PD5040D will be available in November 2003.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2003, Marantz America is committed to upholding the tradition of technological superiority initiated by founder Saul Marantz. In keeping with this emphasis on quality, Marantz audio and video components are carried only by the nation's premier independent audio/video specialty retailers. More information is available at www.marantz.com.
About D&M Holdings Inc.
D&M Holdings Inc. (TSE II: 6735) is based in Tokyo and is the parent company of wholly owned subsidiaries Denon Ltd., Marantz Japan, Inc. and McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. Denon, Marantz and McIntosh are global industry leaders in the specialist home theater, audio/video consumer electronics and professional audio markets, with a strong and long -standing heritage of manufacturing and marketing high -performance audio and video components. A wholly owned subsidiary of D&M Holdings U.S., Inc., Digital Networks North America, Inc. (DNNA), owns the ReplayTV®, Rio® and Escient® brands -all representing award -winning technologies in digital home entertainment. Additional information is available at www.dm -holdings.com.
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