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Akai Launches 56” DLP Projection Television

From Akai’s press release:

APH USA, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its latest entry into the digital convergence consumer electronics market with the introduction of the Akai PT56DL20 56” DLP Projection Television. The PT56DL20 marks the first DLP projection television introduced into the United States by Akai, who has launched several Akai digital and plasma products into the market within the past six months. The unit is scheduled to arrive at selected retailers in July 2004, and will be positioned as a breakthrough retail value in keeping with Akai’s positioning statement “Akai will bring new and advanced technology to a broader consumer audience”.

DLP technology is a revolutionary display solution that uses an optical semiconductor to manipulate light digitally. It’s also a proven and dependable technology preferred by leading electronics companies worldwide, with more than 2 million systems shipped to more than 50 manufacturers since 1996. Digital Light Processing, DLP and DLP Cinema are trademarks of Texas Instruments Incorporated, of which DLP Products is a wholly owned subsidiary.

The Akai PT56DL20 is a 56” 16:9 widescreen format DLP projection television. It features high 1500:1 contrast and 600 brightness for exceptional depth and clarity. The stereo system features four separate channels, and an integrated 60 watt stereo amplifier. The sleek design console model is only 16 inches deep, with a cosmetic matching entertainment stand available as an optional accessory with a $499 MSRP. Viewing options include dual tuner picture-in-picture, split screen, and picture-outside-picture. Video standards include 480p, 540p, 576p, 720p & 1080i.

“Akai’s projection televisions have been well rated in a leading consumer guide publication” said Mike Schoen, Vice President of Sales for Akai. “With the introduction of our first DLP model, Akai intends to bring the most advanced TV technology to a broader audience. The PT56DL20 features a terrific audio system, beautiful cosmetics and picture performance driven by DLP that will set a new standard for value in the United States.”

Key Features, PT56DL20 DLP Projection:
•    56” PTV with 16:9 Aspect Ratio
•    Digital Light Processing Technology
•    Dual Tuner Picture-In-Picture
•    HD Compatible 1080i/480p
•    3 Line Digital Comb Filter
•    60 Watt Stereo Amplifier
•    Full Function Remote Control

The PT56DL20 is the latest in a series of new product introductions that Akai has scheduled throughout the first half of 2004. For more information on current and future Akai merchandise, visit Akai online at www.akaiusa.com.