New Plasma unit can bring high-marging, add-on sales opportunities
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The CRN Test Center engineers know how difficult doing presentations can be. The heart of a good stage show is a high-end, big-screen display, which can weigh hundreds of pounds and require a lot of setup before it's show-ready.
Pioneer Electronics' PDP-503CMX Plasma Display is an alternative to the traditional rear-projection display, offering top-notch image quality, expansion capabilities, and high-margin, add-on sales opportunities for trade-show equipment and kiosk solution providers.
A 50-inch display in an 85-pound package, the unit can be set up by two people in just a few minutes. That capability should drastically reduce the exorbitant setup and shipping fees associated with trade shows, especially when compared with rear-projection system alternatives.
The PDP-503CMX also has an expansion slot that will enable solution providers to snare additional sales by customizing the display to meet specific customer needs.
Third-party developers are working on options that will take advantage of the slot, and future capabilities will include DVI, FireWire, picture-in-picture and SDI. Optional accessories from Pioneer include side-mount speakers and a tabletop stand.
A new color filter in the PDP-503CMX decreases reflections from external light, and the product's digital enhancement circuitry improves display clarity.
Whatever the technology, the PDP-503CMX's display quality is impressive and will prove to be an effective selling point. Test Center engineers tested the product using DisplayMate Technologies' DisplayMate Multimedia Edition and found no major weaknesses. The unit displays text sharp enough to be read from a distance.
The display measures 48 inches wide, 28 inches high and 4 inches deep. The display bezel is removable, so the unit can be installed in a larger cabinet such as a kiosk. The display has a native resolution of 1,280 x 768, and it can expand lower resolutions or compress higher resolutions to fit.
Setup is a snap: All that's needed is an input signal and an AC outlet. Inputs and outputs on the display's back panel include RS-232, analog RGB in and out, BNC H/V sync, DVI digital RGB, S-Video and composite BNC.
The display, which also has audio inputs and outputs, can be operated via the included remote control or buttons on the right edge of the cabinet.
>> PRICE: $15,500
>> WARRANTY: 1 Year
>> DISTRIBUTORS/INTEGRATORS: Industrial Displays
>> AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS: None
>> COMPANY: Pioneer Electronics (USA); Log Beach, Calif. ; (310) 952-2000
>> WEB ADDRESS: www.pioneerelectronics.com