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Potent second televisions from Xoro with PVR function

Autor: Siobhan Hayes
03/16/2010, 20:08 CET

MAS Elektronik AG, the German manufacturer of Home Entertainment products for the Xoro brand, has announced new LCD TVs. Its portfolio is being extended with the HTC xx29d series. The televisions, with screen diagonals of between 15 and 22 inches, have HD-ready or Full-HD displays and are equipped with DVB-T receivers, DVD players and 3-in-1 card readers.

The models, which will largely be considered second televisions, have screen diagonals of 39, 47 and 55 centimetres. The HTC 2229d has a Full-HD resolution with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, whilst the two smaller models have a HD-ready resolution with 1,366 x 768 pixels. All of the new models are equipped with MPEG4 DVD players for playing back films, music and pictures and internal DVB-T tuners for digital aerial television with electronic programme guides (EPG) and Teletext.

An analogue cable tuner is also included. Thanks to the PVR-ready function, the new Xoro models can record television programmes on USB memories such as hard drives or memory sticks. The models even have a time shift function for playback.

Space-saving multi-talents for a child’s room or the living room - the HTC-xx29d series (Picture: Xoro)

There truly is no shortage of connectors: as well as HDMI and USB, there is a Video Component input with full screen playback (Progressive Scan), Composite Video (FBAS) and a scart port. Analogue stereo-audio, digital sound output (coaxial) and a headphone connection are provided for audio input and output. Thanks to the VGA connection, the xx29d range can also be used as monitors for laptops and PCs.

The HTC 1529D from Xoro with its 15.6-inch screen in 16:9 format has a contrast ratio of 500:1 and 500 cd/m˛ brightness. Its viewing angles are 160 degrees in both directions. Interesting for PC use: the typical response time is reported to be just five milliseconds – so gaming is not excluded. During use, the 1529D consumes 48 Watts, in standby just one Watt. The manufacturer is charging 200 Euro for the smallest all-purpose monitor.

The middle brother, the HTC 1929D (18.5 inches), costs 240 Euro. Its brightness and response time are identical to those of the 1529D, but the viewing angles are somewhat wider at 170 degrees. In addition, Xoro has doubled the contrast ratio to 1,000:1. Due to the larger screen diagonal, the 1929D consumes 60 Watts when in use. Naturally, part of this power consumption is due to the speakers integrated into all of the models, which offer a performance of 2 x 3 watts.

Finally, the HTC 2229D (21.5 inches) is set to cost 300 Euro. Its predecessor, the somewhat simpler looking HTC 2228D, was announced in the middle of February for 349 Euro. The 2229D consumes just 60 Watts. All in all, a pricing structure that seems to be justified given the versatility if the models and the space saving this makes possible, e.g. in the child’s room or in the multimedia corner of the living room. The scope of supply includes a remote control and batteries, a mountable base and a user guide.

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