$2999 plasma TVs from Gateway?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jesse Skeen, Nov 22, 2002.

  1. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

    Apr 24, 1999
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    Just saw something on http://www.audiorevolution.com about Gateway (the computer company) announcing a 42-inch plasma TV with a list price of $2999. Anyone else heard about this? If the price gets a little closer to $2500, which is what I paid for my current 4x3 TV, I might go for it!
  2. Kevin. W

    Kevin. W Screenwriter

    Oct 27, 1999
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    Key Features
    Diagonal 42-inch Screen Size
    16:9 Wide Aspect Ratio
    852 x 480 native pixel with progressive scan
    600:1 Contrast Ratio
    570 cd/m2 Brightness
    Integrated Tuner and Speakers
    HDTV Signal Compatible
    160 Degree viewing angle
    Connector Types
    RCA jacks for audio, video, Y/Cb/Cr and Y/Pb/Pr
    6 pin DIN S-Terminal for S Video
    9 pin D-SUB for RS232
    15 pin D-SUB for RGB
    24 pin DVI
    Audio/Video Inputs/Outputs
    1 Composite Video
    1 S Video
    2 Component Video
    1 DVI video input
    1 RGB input
    6 Audio In ( L/R )
    1 Audio Output ( L/R )
    1 Subwoofer output
    • Advanced digital image processing: Get bright, flicker-free pictures with a processor that converts all interlaced signals into more advanced progressive scan. A built-in Digital Visual Interface eliminates the need for analog-to-digital conversion
    • 3:2 pull-down for film scan conversion: Automatically detect and convert film content for better display with minimal motion artifacts
    • Picture-in-picture (PIP): Watch two programs simultaneously using picture-in-picture with four selectable window position settings
    • Picture-on-picture (POP): Watch two programs at the same time
    • Digital zoom modes: Get rid of black bars
    • 3D Comb Filter: For more accurate color processing on S Video and Composite inputs
    • Dual HD component video inputs: Two high-definition component video inputs with auto-detection capabilities automatically synchronize the display to match the incoming signal source
    • Built-in amplifier and speakers: Internal 10-watt (5 x 2 watts) audio and built-in speakers
    • Bass extension circuitry: Option to add a separate subwoofer to enhance bass performance
    • Selectable fixed or variable audio outputs: Use software to select
    • BBE® sound maximizer: Built-in processor optimizes sound quality
    • SRS® sound processing: A built-in sound processor simulates surround-sound effects using only two speakers
    • HDTV signal compatible: Capable of accepting 1080I and 720p HDTV signals using an external HDTV decoder with RGB or component video outputs
    • 1280 X 1024 SXGA support: Built-in digital scaling engine accepts various computer and HDTV signals, then digitally maps the signals to fit within 852 x 480 pixels. Compatible signals include computer display resolutions up to 1280 X 1024 and HDTV signals including 720p and 1080i.
    Without Stand
    With Stand
    1040 mm/3.4 ft.
    1040 mm/3.4 ft.
    648 mm/2.1 ft.
    690 mm/2.3 ft.
    95 mm/0.3 ft./3.7 in.
    287.5 mm/0.9 ft./11.3 in.
    Net weight 68.8 lbs/31.2 kgs (without stand) 77.2 lbs/35 kgs (with stand)
    Temperature 32-104° F (0-40°C)
    Relative humidity 20-80%
    Pressure 800-1114hpa
    Temperature (-20 - 60° C)
    Relative humidity 20-90%
    Pressure 700-1114hpa
    Vibration X/Y/Z, 0.5G/10-55Hz (sweep), 10 minutes
    (ANSI A-weighted 1 meter) 40 dBA spl Max
    Residual hum (at volume max) 500 µW Max
    Practical max. Audio output (at 10% THD max) 1.0 vp-p 1 KHz input 5W + 5W Max. / 12 ohm
    Sound distortion (at 250 mw 1KHz) 1% max
    Audio output (input at 1.4 V p-p) >1.0V p-p
    Reliability Requirement
    The MTBF is 20,000 hours under operation at 25+/- 5° C (Half luminosity, motion picture)
    Emissions Requirement
    Your Plasma TV meets the EMI limits in all screen modes as qualified by FCC class B part 15.
    Power Source
    Input voltage 100 - 240 Vac, 50/60 Hz
    Input current 3.3. A
    Inrush current 60 A p-p/20 ms Max
    Power consumption 380 +/- 10% Watts (at 110 Vac/color bar pattern)
    Stand-by and Power Save 5 Watts Max (at 110 Vac)
    Video/ S-Video Signal
    Type Analog
    Polarity Positive
    Amplitude Video 1 Vp-p, (priority S-video) Y=1Vp-p C=0.286Vp-p
    Frequency H: 5.734 KHz V: 60 Hz(NTSC)
    Video/ S-Video Signal
    Frequency H: 15.734 KHz V: 60 Hz (NTSC)
    H: 15.625 KHz V: 50 Hz (PAL)
    Input impedance 75 Ohms
    Y/Cb/Cr or Y/Pb/Pr Signal (Component 1 and 2)
    Type Analog
    Polarity Positive
    Amplitude AV: 1 Vp-p (with sync)
    S-Video: Y: 1 Vp-p, C: 0.286 Vp-p
    Y/CB/CR H: 15.734 KHz V: 60 Hz (NTSC)
    Y/PB/PR: HDTV H: 15.625 KHz V: 50 Hz (PAL)
    H: 31 KHz V: 60 Hz (480P)
    H: 45 KHz V: 60 Hz (720P)
    H: 33 KHz V: 60 Hz (1080I)
    RGB Signal
    Type TTL
    Polarity Positive or Negative
    Amplitude RGB: 0.7 Vp-p
    Frequency H: support to 31 K-91 Khz
    V: support to 50-85 Hz
    DVI Signal
    Type Digital
    Polarity Positive or Negative
    Frequency H: support to 31 K-63 KHz
    V: support to 50-85 Hz
  3. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

    Apr 24, 1999
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    Hmm, maybe I should boycott it just because of that "get rid of black bars" feature [​IMG] though it might also let me crop TV so I can get rid of the onscreen logos!
    Why do they even bother putting in a built-in sound system when most people aren't going to be using it?
  4. Kyle

    Kyle Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 25, 1999
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    Trust me, the built in sound system sux! [​IMG] But it does have a built in tv tuner which most models in that price range don't have. You will want an external audio reciever.

    RANDY FISHER Second Unit

    Sep 1, 1998
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    "852 x 480 native pixel with progressive scan
    600:1 Contrast Ratio"

    The resolution and contrast ratio suck. I would NOT buy that thing site unseen. Try to demo it at a Gateway store first to make sure the image is acceptable with a video signal. Most plasma's I have tried out (except for the >$15,000 ones) suck. They look cool off though!


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