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New HDTV Products
RCA will be introducing a 38" direct-view HDTV set at $3999 during the summer of 2000. The F38310 is compatible with 1080i signals and allows easy off-the-air reception of analog and digital signals as well as built-in standard and high-definition DirecTV satellite service. The set includes a .78mm Invar shadow mask tube that provides the resolution required by HDTV along with the brightest possible picture. A smaller Proscan 34" version, the PS34000, will be available for $3499 in late 2000.
RCA is also introducing two new widescreen projection HDTV sets, the 61" P61310 and Proscan 65" PS65000. Like the previous models, both of these RPTV sets feature integrated analog, digital and DirecTV receivers but will also offer HD component input connections. Pricing will be announced later this year.
A new Proscan 42" plasma screen, the PSP4200, rounds out the offerings with a 160-degree viewing angle, contrast ratio of 450:1 and up to 16.7 million colors. It supports 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i DTV formats, as well as standard analog NTSC signals. It is also capable of displaying computer images ranging up to SXGA quality. Included are S-Video, composite, component and RGB inputs. A backlit universal remote is also packaged. It is available for $12999 and includes the PSHD105 HDTV/DirecTV set-top receiver and an 18 by 24-inch elliptical satellite antenna.
New CD Recorder
RCA will be marketing a dual-tray CD recorder that is compatible with CD-R and CD-RW discs and allows copies of High Definition compact discs (HDCD). The recorder can copy at 2x from tray to tray and 1x from external sources. It includes CD Sync which eliminates false starts at the beginning of recordings. Bit rate conversion from 38kHz and 48kHz is also included. The CDRW121 allows for fades and sound effects such as clapping and cheering. Users may also manually add titles to their recordings using the CD Titling feature. The recorder will be available in April 2000 at a suggested price of $599.
Concept DVD Portable Gamer
The most innovative of RCA’s product concepts revolving around the DVD medium was "Goomi", a portable game machine that utilizes a 2.5" mini-DVD disc and backlit 2.2" LCD screen. Goomi has a colorful yet soft skin to protect it which easily peels open to reveal the machine. Closed, it is only 3.5" in diameter.