Sony’s newest professional OLED monitors combine lightweight, slim and easily portable designs with the technology’s proven features of high colour accuracy, contrast and picture quality. The new models (PVM-A250, 25-inch and PVM-A170, 17-inch) achieved approximately 40 percent reduction (*2) in depth and weight compared to previous Sony models, delivering more flexibility and ease of use for live program production and broadcast truck applications.
To achieve the new monitors’ decreased weight and depth, Sony re-engineered their entire design, from the chassis to the OLED panel module’s structure to the signal processing board, material and parts. The result is savings in space and logistics expenses, especially important in the tight confines of a broadcast truck, For example, if 50 of the new monitors were loaded on a conventional OB vehicle, total weight is reduced by about 180 kg. Power consumption is also reduced by 9 percent in the PVM-A250 and 14 percent in the PVM-A170 monitor compared to previous Sony models.
“Higher resolution content creation – 4K and beyond – requires monitors with larger screen sizes for accurate colour evaluation on site,” said Anthony Kable, senior product manager, Sony Australia. “But bigger monitors are harder to carry and take up more space. These new models have the screen size needed for critical evaluation, with a thinner and lighter design that’s perfect for live broadcast and outdoor shooting. They even have a handle for easy carrying.”
Durability is also important for field monitors, to guard against shipping damage and the rigors of on-location use. Protecting the new monitors’ panel, connectors and cabinet is a unique body design and an optional panel protection kit with corner bumpers. This kit can also help maintain high image quality by reducing outside light reflection.
Other operational improvements over previous models include an I/P conversion system that delivers automatically optimised signal processing according to input signals, with low latency (less than 0.5 field). Users can also upgrade the monitors via Ethernet cable.
Sony’s unique OLED panel uses its Super Top Emission technology for high light efficiency, high colour purity, high contrast and high reliability. The new models also achieve industry-leading wide viewing angles, enabling group monitoring by video engineers or colourists and improving overall productivity and workflow efficiency.
Sony’s professional TRIMASTER EL OLED monitor line has expanded from master monitors to picture monitors since its first launch in 2011. The TRIMASTER EL technology and Sony’s uniquely developed OLED panel superbly reproduces accurate blacks and colours, and features exceptional dynamic range and outstanding motion response to enable the most accurate picture evaluation in the industry.
Sony’s TRIMASTER EL monitors have been well received by critical users who demand professional-quality picture performance, resulting in total global shipments of more than 25,000 units to date. The new monitors will be available from January 2014.