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Pantel Introduces ‘Weatherproof’ HDTVs

3/27/2008 03:21:00 PM Eastern

Garden Grove, Calif. — Pantel announced it had added two weatherproof LCD HDTVs to its offerings: a 32-inch and a 42-inch model.

Previous high-definition TVs used outdoors had to be used under canopies or other types of overhangs, said the company, but were still often unprotected. The company’s new models feature proprietary dual-flow ventilation system that’s meant to keep the TVs cool when it’s hot, and its “state-of-the-art heating system creates heat to keep Pantel TVs working in colder climates,” said the company.

The TVs also come with an anti-reflective glass screen that’s designed to project the sun’s glare out of the viewing angle so users can watch “in any weather setting.” They can operate at a range of -40 degrees to 140 degrees, and they are rain/snow and wind/dust shielded.

An RF wireless package is included that allows the user to broadcast HD audio and video wirelessly up to 150 feet. The LCDs have 1,336 by 768, 720p native resolutions, with contrast ratios of 1,600:1.

The 42-inch (model PAN420) will retail for a suggested $4,450, and the 32-inch (model PAN320) will retail for a suggested $3,950. Both are currently available.

The company said additional sizes will be announced at a later date.


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