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What are the choices for ~50 inch rear proj DLP (HD2 chip) TVs with DVI/HDCP inputs?


It seems that the Samsungs are the only ones as the panasonic 52DL52 might not have DHCP (Can they upgrade a non-DHCP DVI input of a set on the field to include DHCP? I don't think so)


Anything else out there or coming soon?


I'm trying to decide if I should get a 34XBR800 now and forget DLP until next year.
 

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Optoma, they too I think are omitting HDCP on their DVI input. what they do have going for them is a lot of DLP experience.
 

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Oh yeeah. I forgot they showed those at CEDIA. Does anybody know their expected ship date?
 

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Just checked out the optoma specs at http://www.optomatv.com and it seems promising. Still haven't been able to get a expected ship date though.
 

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Some non-information straight from Optoma...


"The OptomaTV series is currently undergoing final development and we expect delivery in the first quarter of 2003. As the delivery date approaches, we will update you on availability and dealer locations. "
 

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Here's an email exchange I had today with AJ Abrams @ optoma.


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Luis,


Thanks for the thoughtful response.


1. HDCP is not supported on the DVI. I'm hoping that it can be an

upgrade for those that want it if it becomes a reality. Later versions

will most likely have it.


2. I am working on getting the discrete input commands for power and

inputs. I understand fully why it is important. Just trying to get

Taiwan to understand. At this point I can say...I will have them.


AJ


Luis P Caamano wrote:

>

> > -----Original Message-----

> > From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]

> > Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 1:45 PM

> > To: Luis P Caamano

> > Subject: Re: RD-50

> >

> >

> > Luis,

> >

> > Thanks for your interest. Can I ask how you got my name? You went a bit

> > high in the company for such an easy answer.

>

> Oops! I'd have to say. I called your main office

> number and asked the same question. She said,

> "uhmm, AJ should know, let me transfer you. Oh

> wait! you have to send him email." I said, "Good

> enough, thank you." And that's how I got that

> high. :)

> >

> > MSRP is $4995.

> >

> > Hoping for March as shipping date.

> >

> > Hope that helps.

> >

> > AJ Abrams

> > Head of Product Management and Product Development

> > Optoma Technology.

>

> I agree that was too easy an answer for you. How

> about these two?

>

> Does the RD-50 support HDCP on the DVI input? That's

> the reason I might not buy the Panasonic PT-52DL52.

>

> Does the RD-50 support discrete remote codes

> power and input selection? I hope it does because

> that's the main reason I'm not buying the Samsung

> 507.

>

> I appreciate your quick response AJ and I hope I

> didn't bother you too much. However, I'd like to

> take this opportunity (just in case is the last

> one :) to underscore the importance of usability

> on these sets.

>

> You see, these devices are not TVs anymore. They are the

> main display device of a home theater. As such, they

> have multiple source inputs from many devices, e.g.,

> laser disc, DVDs, VCRs, ReplayTVs, separate Audio/Video

> receiver, HDTV set top box, cable set top box, etc.

> That's about 9 different remotes. There's no way my

> mother or my 6 y/o will be able to operate all that

> using that many remotes, and though my wife could, she

> doesn't want to. That's where the programmable remotes

> come in.

>

> We have an MX500 remote at home, which is the only one

> we need to operate everything. The main task the remote

> accomplishes is switching the A/V receiver to the appropriate

> sound source, and the TV to appropriate video source, all

> with one single macro in one single button. In order to

> switch inputs, we need one of two things: either discrete

> input select remote codes or a way to get a base line input

> to switch from (usually accomplished with a CH+ code that

> switches to ANT1 input). So far so good.

>

> Unfortunately, the Samsung DLP TVs have neither

> discrete remote codes for input selection nor a way to

> to get a base line input to switch from. It's pretty

> silly. I can give you more details about how they

> screwed it up so well if you're interested.

>

> The Panasonic doesn't have discrete codes for input

> selection either but it does switch to the next active

> input. Something can be done with this one but it's

> not optimal.

>

> If you're still with me, I'm thrilled. I hope the

> RD-50 includes discrete codes. If it does, then I

> could go and buy a cheaper 34" CRT wide screen TV

> now, wait until March, and then get the RD-50.

>

> Thanks again for your time.

>

> Regards,

>

> Luis P Caamano

> Atlanta, GA USA


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AJ Abrams

Manager, Product Management

Optoma Technology

Phone: 813/792-0184

Fax: 813/792-0385
 
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