Sony launches lightweight and slim Multi-Format LCD Monitors
Sony has announced new lightweight and slim Full High Definition (Full HD) multi-format LCD monitors, adding to its comprehensive range of LUMA Series, professional and industrial LCD monitors. The new models consist of the LMD-A240 (24-inch, 1920×1200), the LMD-A220 (22-inch, 1920×1080), and the LMD-A170 (17-inch, 1920×1080). These LMD-A series monitors were developed as part of a broader redesigning of Sony’s professional monitor line-up to become lighter and slimmer in build and follow the November 2013 release of the company’s PVM-A series TRIMASTER EL professional OLED monitors.
The LMD-A series monitors incorporate Full HD LCD panels. For HD productions, this means that users can perform video monitoring at the original resolution without downscaling. The new models are lighter with approximately 30 percent less in depth compared to previous models from Sony. In addition, power consumption has been reduced by approximately 20 to 30 percent (1) depending on the model. The results are high quality, cost-effective LCD monitors that can be used across a wide range of applications including studio use, field monitoring or installation on a monitor wall.
“We’ve designed the LMD-A series LCD monitors to be lightweight, slim and robust, without compromising picture quality and colour reproduction that Sony’s monitors have come to be known for,” said Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia and New Zealand. “This new line-up really broadens our offering to customers, providing an unrivalled selection of professional monitors to meet their varying needs. Their innovative chassis design makes the monitors perfect for use in situations with portability demands or space constraints, such as in OB vans.”
On top of the basic features necessary to support the video production process, the new LMD-A monitors also feature a number of operational improvements such as an optimised I/P conversion system with low latency (less than 0.5 field excluding LCD pixel response time) and an In-Monitor Display (TSL UMD protocol) function.
With the comprehensive range of Sony’s professional monitor line-up catering to different applications, users have the ability to implement powerful and efficient monitoring systems according to their needs and budgets. Sony’s BVM series are used for the most critical evaluation, for example in colour decision and signal quality check, the PVM-A series can be used for comparably critical applications such as camera monitoring and camera control, while the new LMD-A series are used for video and source monitoring.
To make operations more streamlined, Sony’s PVM-A series and LMD-A series feature a unified design and user interface (2). This minimises configuration time and reduces training when both product lines are used within the same system. The ability to be powered by DC power supply (3) makes the LMD-A monitors ready for outside use. They can also be set-up on a rack mount or yoke mount easily. There is an optional protection kit available for LMD-A170 to reduce damage during transport or use.
From studio use to field monitoring, Sony’s LMD-A240, LMD-A220 and LMD-A170 monitors are high in picture quality, capable of standard colour emulation of ITU-R BT.709, EBU and SMPTE-C, and the most cost-effective professional LCD monitors suited for a variety of content creation and live production applications.
Key Features of the LMD-A Series LCD Monitors:
• I/P conversion system with low latency (less than 0.5 field excluding LCD pixel response)
The I/P conversion system delivers automatically optimised signal processing according to the input signals format, with low latency of less than 0.5 field. This frees operators from having to adjust the settings each time, and enables the efficient monitoring of video in real-time during live productions.
• In-Monitor Display (IMD) function for source monitoring
The monitors support the TSL UMD Protocol provided by Television System Ltd. The IMD shows the two tally lamps on screen along with dynamic text information received via Ethernet. The text can be positioned at the top or bottom of the screen depending on the IMD position setting, and a new feature includes support for European language symbols such as accent signs, umlaut sign and more. The video preview application in the LMD-A240 allows the position of the IMD to be shifted either to the top or bottom of the screen to prevent interference with the video images.
• High speed source switching for seamless monitoring
By speeding up the source switching, seamless monitoring of several video sources can be carried out. This function facilitates comparison of video sources plus the colour checking and repositioning of cameras. It is also available in Sony’s PVM-A series of professional OLED monitors.
• Well equipped for various content creation needs
Optional rack mounting brackets are available for the LMD-A220 and LMD-A170 monitors. The monitors also have screw holes on their side bezels for yoke mounting commonly used in program production (3rd party yoke-mount is required). An optional protection kit is also available for the LMD-A170, with corner bumpers to safeguard the monitor from scratches and impact.
Other essential features to support content creation:
• On-screen Tally
• Payload ID display in the Status menu
• SDI BNC 2-in/2-out
• Waveform Monitor
• Audio Level Meter
• Vector Scope
• Camera Focus
• Closed Caption EIA/CEA-608 and 708
The LMD-A220 will be available from February, 2014. LMD-A240, LMD-A170 monitors will be available from March 2014.
(1) Power Consumption*: LMD-A240: 51W (-27%), LMD-A220: 47W (-28%), LMD-A170: 49W (-36%)
*Comparing with previous Sony models
(2) Menu, Control Panel, Setting, Position of Input/Output, and Power Supply
(3) The LMD-A240/A220/A170 models are DC 12V-17V ready