Pacific Media Associates, the global market information experts on large-screen displays, has announced the Buckaroo winners for best-of-show products exhibited at CEDIA 2007. The Buckaroo award is named for the pioneering cowboys of the Great Basin country of the American West, which includes portions of California, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. These cowboys were known for fancy gear that displayed lots of silver ornamentation.
The Buckaroo Awards recognize those products in the display industry that lead the herd in terms of technology and presentation. The inaugural winners are two products in each of four larger categories: flat panel displays, front projectors, rear projection displays, and display mounts.
Flat Panel HDTVs
Toshiba wins a Buckaroo for their new REGZA line of LCD HDTVs that have bezels less than one-inch wide. This allows a 40” model to fit in the same physical space as a typical 37” LCD or plasma set.
Sharp gets a Buckaroo for demonstrating 52” next-generation LCD HDTV prototypes that are less than 1” thick and weigh about 55 pounds. Not only are the physical dimensions smaller than traditional designs, but the sets are expected to use about one-half the power of a typical LCD of the same size, and one-quarter the power of a plasma set.
The Action! M80 from projectiondesign is a high-end three-chip DLP with gorgeous 1080p native resolution. Rated at up to 8,000 lumens, this light canon is available with a choice of five optional lenses. This is a Robb Report-worthy product — not to mention Buckaroo-worthy — from one of the best projector design teams in the business.
Runco earns a Buckaroo for their new Reflection line of projectors, including the RS-440. This 720p model is a new platform that offers optional CineWide 2.35:1 support. It also breaks new ground in terms of lower pricing for Runco products; the projector is slated to ship in December with an MSRP of $4,995.
Rear Projection HDTVs
Mitsubishi showed the new 833 Diamond Series of 1080p DLP projection HDTVs which deserve a Buckaroo. In addition to x.v.Color support and thinner cabinets, these models are also 3D ready. This means that they have built-in support for three-dimensional graphics to create an immersive experience, whether your watching a 3D-enabled movie, sporting event, or video game.
The new Olevia 665H rear projection HDTV from Syntax-Brillian combines the Brillian 1080p LCoS imaging technology with Olevia’s video processing, to create an affordable 65” display that will list for $1,999 when it ships in the fourth quarter of 2007. The combination of quality and value earn a Buckaroo.
OmniMount worked with Samsung to create the Motion52 cantilever mount, with motorized tilt, pan, and swivel control. The mount will list for $799.95 when it ships in October, and wins a Buckaroo right now.
The next generation of In-Wall Swing Arm Mounts from Chief Manufacturing can handle flat panel HDTVs from 26” to 63”. Designed to be installed within a wall rather than on its surface, the mounts are less than 8” wide and no studs have to be cut to install them. It gets a Buckaroo for convenience and performance.
Congratulations to the winners of the first Buckaroo awards.
About Pacific Media Associates
Pacific Media specializes in global display market information, covering all large-screen display categories: front projectors, plasma and LCD TVs, and rear-projection displays. Their Large-Screen Displays Industry Service family of publications provides detailed worldwide quarterly updates (sell-in data and forecasts) on large-screen display markets, newsletters on new products and other key industry developments, monthly advertised price tracking, ad hoc analyses, and annual Web surveys of North American end users (including organizations and individual consumers) and both North American and EMEA resellers/retailers. Their Large-Screen Displays Tracking Service family of monthly reports offers timely sell-through data and analysis on unit sales, true volume-weighted street prices, and inventories of large-screen displays sold by leading North American retailers, resellers, and distributors. Pacific Media Associates was established by Dr. William Coggshall, who was previously a co-founder of Dataquest and helped start the syndicated high-tech market information business. The company headquarters is at 1060 Siskiyou Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Telephone +1 650-561-9020 http://www.pacificmediaassociates.com