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Microtek Enters LCD HDTV Market
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CARSON, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, CES, Jan. 5 -- Microtek, a world-leading manufacturer of digital imaging products, introduces two new 42-inch LCD HDTVs with Full-HD 1080p resolution in the United States through its North American subsidiary, Microtek Lab, Inc. The new CL42HA joins the Cineon(TM) series -- a high-end line of HDTVs created for the custom A/V installer and home theater channel -- while the new L42CX2A joins Microtek's line of HDTVs for video enthusiasts. With 1080p full-HD resolution, these LCD HDTVs display two million pixels; twice the resolution of typical plasma HD TVs at 720p and six times the resolution of standard DVD movies at 480p.

"We are proud to offer these new LCD HDTVs in addition to our plasma HDTVs," said Parker Plaisted, product brand manager at Microtek. "LCD and plasma have emerged as the top choices for consumers for high-definition televisions because they offer outstanding picture quality with the flat-panel convenience and affordable prices. Some people prefer plasma technology and others LCD technology. By offering both to our customers we can satisfy the full range of consumer needs, and we can monitor and compare the advances in these technologies to make critical decisions on future products."

Both the L42CX2A and the CL42HA deliver Full-HD 1080p with a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels in the wide-screen 16:9 format and are the perfect match for 1080i or 1080p video that is available now from broadcast TV, cable and satellite TV, Blu-ray discs and HD DVDs. Using advanced scaler technology, the L42CX2A and CL42HA also accept and accurately display video at 480i, 480p and 720p in addition to 1080i and 1080p.

Design Specifications and Factory Calibration

With more than 20 years of experience in digital color imaging, the Microtek engineering team has chosen high-quality components and implemented rigorous design specifications to deliver outstanding picture quality. The L42CX2A and the CL42HA LCD HD TVs offer a brightness of 500 cd/m2, contrast ratio of 1200:1 and viewing angle of 176 degrees. Each individual TV is calibrated at the factory to set the optimum brightness, contrast, sharpness, color saturation, and color balance for a typical home viewing environment. For the Microtek L42CX2A, factory calibration means the customer can enjoy the picture quality right out of the box with plug-and-play simplicity. For the Cineon CL42HA, factory calibration sets the middle-ground starting point for tuning the TV to a specific viewing environment. The controls used for the factory calibration are separate from the on-screen adjustment controls, so the factory calibration can be restored by simply restoring the default settings for the on-screen adjustment controls.

Input Connections

The Microtek L42CX2A and Cineon CL42HA feature a full array of input options that allow you to connect several devices to the LCD HDTV to create a comprehensive media center. These input connections include antenna ports for analog NTSC and digital ATSC tuners, composite video, S-video, component video (YPbPr), computer RGB via VGA port, and HDMI for 100% digital data transmission. The HDMI input facilitates direct input of digital signals from a variety of sources -- making the L42CX2A and CL42HA perfect displays for home theater, game consoles, digital photography, and the latest digital entertainment applications.

The Microtek L42CX2A 42" LCD HDTVs carry a one-year parts-and-labor warranty and will be available soon through Microtek's distribution channels and select direct mail and online retail stores for $1,899.99. The Cineon CL42HA 42" LCD HDTVs carry a two-year parts-and-labor warranty and will be available soon through custom A/V and home-theater installers for $1,999.99.

Microtek International is a global leader in designing and manufacturing innovative, affordable digital imaging products. Known for its first-to-market scanning technology, Microtek continues to provide a wide range of scanners to the photography, prepress, graphic design, and document imaging markets along with high quality projectors and flat panel televisions. Founded in 1980, Microtek International, Inc. is headquartered in Science-based Industry Park, Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence with major operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world. Microtek Lab, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Microtek International, Inc., is located at 16941 Keegan Avenue, Carson, CA 90746. Information about Microtek can be found on the Web at