SECAUCUS, N.J., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/
-- Asserting its leadership position in digital electronics
technology, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC)
announces its first progressive scan DVD player. The impressive
DVD- H1000 delivers crisp 480p digital images to recreate the
picture quality of the cinema right at home.
"Progressive scanning, one of the
properties of digital television, makes it possible to deliver
this theater-like experience," says Rusty Osterstock, assistant
general manager for Panasonic's DVD Division. "Imagine a near
film- like picture, with rich detail, extraordinary depth of
field, and the most precise color reproduction. The DVD-H1000 can
deliver DVD movies extraordinarily close to the way they
originally appeared on the big screen."
Unlike interlaced scanning (the
NTSC standard which projects alternating frames of 262.5 lines of
picture information every 1/60th of a second), progressive
scanning transmits a full 525 horizontal lines (480 of which are
displayed) in the same amount of time. With nearly double the
number of lines, progressive scanning offers higher picture
resolution and eliminates bothersome motion artifacts -- those
jagged edges on moving objects that are typical of a converted
The DVD-H1000 can handle both
progressive scan and interlaced output. By converting film source
signals to "480p" output, the progressive video processor chip
reproduces recorded information in a format that's more faithful
to the original. The processor can also convert from interlaced to
progressive scanning by performing critical signal processing
tasks with high precision, delivering an exceptionally accurate
All of this means viewers raised
on the NTSC standard will immediately notice a startlingly sharp
picture, full of detail and virtually free of digital artifacts.
In short, they'll enjoy the closest thing to a cinema right in
their own homes.
Panasonic didn't stop with the
progressive video processor. To raise image fidelity, the company
developed a 10-bit, "4:4:4" signal processor. This chip not only
converts the recorded luminance and color difference (Y, P(B) P®)
portions of the video signal from 8 to 10 bits, but, in a first
for consumer DVD players, also upsamples the color signal data.
Interpolation of P(B) and P® color difference data doubles their
recorded 6.75MHz sampling frequencies to match the luminance
signal's 13.5MHz frequency. This 4:4:4 bandwidth delivers striking
color reproduction along with flat luminance signal response for
high resolution and minimal picture noise.
The new progressive scan DVD
player even gives viewers an added degree of control over the
picture they see. Users can choose from adjustable Gamma
correction settings to bring out more detail in dark scenes. The
settings will be determined by the source material and the viewing
Pursuit of image quality alone
does not make a great DVD player. Only a balanced synergy of fine
sound and picture integrity can create a convincing theater
ambience. As is appropriate to this flagship model, the DVD-H1000
is endowed with the latest audio circuit technologies and
audiophile grade components, such as a 96kHz/24-bit DAC, newly
developed electrolytic capacitors which employ bamboo fiber
separators, and new high-capacity (0.1uF) copper film capacitors.
The player also incorporates an R-core toroidal transformer, which
helps eliminate magnetic flux leakage for reduced harshness at the
high end. The result is awesome audio best appreciated with an
equally outstanding high-quality amp and speaker system. Listening
to a high-sampling-rate/high-bit-depth (96kHz/24 bit) linear PCM
music recording will confirm the player's reference-quality audio
Structurally, the DVD-H1000 is a
master feat of workmanship. An aluminum die-cast chassis,
reinforced with a steel top and floor, houses direct-mounted
circuit boards and mechanical parts in an 8-block independent
construction figuration. By placing the drive assembly, audio
circuit board, video circuit board, power supply transformer and
other vital components in their own compartments, the 8-block
design avoids mechanical and electrical interference, thereby
preserving audio and video signal purity. The unit's aluminum
die-cast construction, meanwhile, adds rigidity and vibration
resistance, both of which help protect the integrity of the audio
and video signals.
Virtual Battery Operation
technology prevents AC power supply noise from entering the audio
circuitry, thereby isolating sound localization. Creating this
staple power supply helps preserve audio signal purity and
supports solid bass and clear treble reproduction as well.
The DVD-H1000's hi-fi design
extends to the unit's digital outputs as well as S-Video outputs
and standard audio/video outs. Component video jacks, which allow
separation of the video signal down into its luminance (Y) and
separate chrominance (P® and P(B)) elements, for the best
possible picture. The player also has six-channel RCA and optical
digital audio outputs should users opt for an external Dolby
Digital or DTS decoder.
The player also features an
illuminated universal remote control with easy-to-use joystick
mechanism. A 4:3 shrink function retains the correct dimensions of
a telecine (interlaced) 4:3 video transfer when displayed on a
16:9 screen. Other useful features include 5-speed smooth motion
scan (up to 100X), and icon-based, on-screen menu.
The DVD-H1000 will be available in
October, 1999, at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of
Panasonic consumer DVD products
are marketed in the United States by Panasonic Consumer
Electronics Company (PCEC), a division of Matsushita Electric
Corporation of America (MECA). MECA is the principal North
American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.,
(NYSE: MC; PCX) of Japan, one of the world's largest producers of
electronic and electric products for consumer, business and
industrial use. All prices are in U.S. dollars. (Consumers seeking
more information on the company's products can call Panasonic's
Customer Call Center at 800-211-PANA or access Panasonic's home
page at http://www.panasonic.com.
Media interested in Panasonic press releases can gain information
via the Panasonic Web site or through New Directions Public
Relations' toll-free fax-back system at 888-734-7490.)
Dolby, Pro Logic and Dolby Digital
are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corp.
DTS is a trademark of Digital
Theater Systems, L.P.
SOURCE: Panasonic Consumer