2008

Denon E Infocus Prontas Para A Era Blu-ray



Depois da rendição da Warner, a Toshiba imitou Hittler e “suicidou” o HD-DVD. A Denon já devia estar à espera disto há muito tempo, porque, depois de anunciar um leitor híbrido, adiou sem data o lançamento, e agora anunciou de rajada dois leitores Blu-Ray: DVD-3800BDCI e DVD-2500BTCI.



DENON DVD-3800BDCI


Leitor Blu-Ray/DVD-CD (reparem que não são compatíveis com SACD e DVD-Audio!...). Mas descodifica MP3/WMA e Divx. Além de ter suporte para JPEG e SD slot. Na parte que mais interessa aos videófilos, utiliza o processador Realta sxT2 HQV e HDMI 1.3a compatível com Deep Color a 36-bit. A saída é de 1080p/24fps com detecção automática de multi-cadência. No departamento áudio, descodifica todos os novos formatos multicanal: TrueHD e dts-HD-Master e utiliza conversores Burr Brown PCM-1976 para todos os canais, c/ master-clock interno para redução do jitter.


O 2500 tem as mesmas especificações vídeo mas não são feitas referências ao processador Realta nem à compatibilidade com TrueHD e dts-HD Master, até porque é apresentado como sendo um transporte digital.



IN FOCUS IN83

Entretanto, a Esotérico informa-me que já tem disponível o novo projector de referência de alta definição IN83. Que, segundo se pode ler no press-release que me foi enviado pelo Domingos Marcelino, constitui, e cito:

Uma nova solução de 1080 linhas efectivas de imagem, utilizando a mais avançada tecnologia de processamento de imagem com possibilidade de reprodução de toda a paleta de cores visível (Deep Color). Duas ligações HDMI 1.3 para a máxima compatibilidade. Os contrastes são intensos numa relação entre os 5000 e os 15000:1, com uma luminosidade de 1600 ANSI Lumens mesmo com grandes dimensões de imagem é possível visualizar durante o dia e utiliza-lo para difusão de eventos desportivos, etc.


O play Big IN 83 da Infocus irá chegar ao mercado nacional com um PVP recomendado de 4999€.




HD-DVD: CRÓNICA DE UMA MORTE ANUNCIADA



Tokyo-Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.


HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.


“We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called 'next-generation format war' and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop,” said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. 'While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality.”


Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition content. These include high capacity NAND flash memory, small form factor hard disk drives, next generation CPUs, visual processing, and wireless and encryption technologies. The company expects to make forthcoming announcements around strategic progress in these convergence technologies.


Toshiba will begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders to retail channels, aiming for cessation of these businesses by the end of March 2008. Toshiba also plans to end volume production of HD DVD disk drives for such applications as PCs and games in the same timeframe, yet will continue to make efforts to meet customer requirements. The company will continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives within the overall PC business relative to future market demand.


This decision will not impact on Toshiba's commitment to standard DVD, and the company will continue to market conventional DVD players and recorders. Toshiba intends to continue to contribute to the development of the DVD industry, as a member of the DVD Forum, an international organization with some 200 member companies, committed to the discussion and defining of optimum optical disc formats for the consumer and the related industries.


Toshiba also intends to maintain collaborative relations with the companies who joined with Toshiba in working to build up the HD DVD market, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation and major Japanese and European content providers on the entertainment side, as well as leaders in the IT industry, including Microsoft, Intel, and HP. Toshiba will study possible collaboration with these companies for future business opportunities, utilizing the many assets generated through the development of HD DVD.