I’ve waxed lyrical previously about Medion’s knack of putting together decent technology for a very reasonable price, so it’s no surprise to see the company entering the high definition TV market with the Medion MD 20099, a 32-inch HD LCD TV. What is surprising is the price tag – less than £600.
The slim Medion MD 20099 measures in at 1130 x 615 x 200 mm and can be wall mounted or used freestanding. It offers picture formats of 16:9, 4:3 or cinema, which can be adjusted manually or automatically, plus physical display resolution of WXGA 1366 x 768 and uses CTI, 3D comb filter and noise reduction technology for improved picture quality. Typical brightness is 550 cd/m_ with a contrast ratio of 1000:1.
Stereo Nicam sound is delivered via 2 x 10 Watt RMS outputs, supported by a five band equaliser. There’s also automatic programme search and storage of up to 100 channels, dual tuner PIP (picture in picture) with Multipicture, enabling viewing of a second channel in a thumbnail window, and PAT (picture and text) for picture and Teletext simultaneously on a split screen. Connections included are an HDMI socket with HDCP encoding, 75 Ohm antenna in, PC VGA in (15 pin D-Sub), S-Video In, Audio L/R In (Cinch, with optional YPbPr Video In), two SCART ports and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
It’s available from the end of May, but only in Toys R Us stores initially at just under £600.
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