Once demanding tens of thousands of dollars, gas-plasma flat-panel displays have entered the realm of current real-world HDTV prices. One such newly affordable plasma display is SVA's widescreen HD4208TIII, a 42-inch set using a Samsung plasma screen with 852 x 480 native pixel resolution. The set gives you true EDTV (480p, progressive-scan) resolution as well as inputs compatible with full-resolution 720p and 1080i HDTV signals (optional set-top box decoder/receiver required) as well as analog PC signals up to 1,600 x 1,200 through a VGA input.
A plasma screen gives you vivid colors like you've never seen before, extremely wide viewing angles (wider, even, than those of most LCD screens), and easy placement due to a plasma monitor's slim profile--the HD4208TIII is a mere 3.9 inches deep, perfect for desk or wall mounting. Brightness tends to be extremely uniform across plasma screens, which are also impervious to the picture distortion and negative color balances that afflict CRT monitors when placed near lighting or sound systems. The HD4208TIII offers 160-degree viewing angles, high 700:1 contrast, and typically luminous 600 cd/m2 brightness.
On this display, SVA uses a dissymmetrical unit structure from Samsung for the optical elements, which greatly improves tricolor illumination balance over previous models. Moreover, the set's advanced plasma AI system can automatically increase the discharge frequency on gray and dark scenes to precisely control brightness levels. Thus, images become clearer, more natural, and generally more vivid. The set also features a pure-black driving system to enhance black-level regeneration and pure-gamma rectifying technology, which produces 1,024 gray levels for extremely detailed home theater viewing. The 24-bit real-color display can realize 16.7 million colors with good reducibility.
SVA's 72 Hz line-by-line scanning technology thoroughly eliminates any flickering of 60 Hz NTSC TV pictures. And, unlike many plasma sets, the HD4208TIII doesn't need an RF commutator between it and your cable box; you'll be able to enjoy pristine, high-contrast cable images (at standard cable resolution) right out of the box. The unit's stereo speakers are powered by a generous 12 watts per channel.
Inputs consist of the above-mentioned VGA computer input, one each composite, S-video, RF (for antenna or VCR/cable box signal), and HD component-video, and four accompanying stereo analog (left/right) RCA inputs for your associated source components (DTV set-top box, satellite receiver, PVR, VCR, DVD player, etc.). An composite-video based audio/video output lets you feed an SD (standard-definition) interlaced video signal to a PVR or VCR.
The SVA 42" Plasma TV creates a moving, um, movie experience, rather than just another movie night. Stylish and elegant, the TV is just over 3" deep and never detracts from the ambience of the room—yet it's always the center of attention. It combines HDTV compatibility (720p/1080i), integrated home theater audio, built-in TV tuner, futuristic developed panel, widescreen viewing, high brightness, and a superior 700:1 contrast ratio. Features 852x480 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, progressive scan, and 160° viewing angle. The separate AVC (Audio, Video and Computer) system holds all inputs and outputs, and a PC connection, reducing the cables, thus eliminating any unsightly distractions. TV is wall-mount compatible with the purchase of wall-mount brackets (sold separately). 110 lbs. (with stand). 25-1/2Hx46-1/4Wx3-3/4D".